Elsie S. Kanza

Tanzanian Ambassador to United States of America

Elsie S. Kanza is a Tanzanian Economist and current Ambassador of Tanzania to the United States of America.

Elsie S.Kanza in 2018

She has served in various positions in the Ministry of Finance and Central Bank of Tanzania, including becoming a Personal Assistant to His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania and also his Economic Advisor.She joined the World Economic Forum in 2011 and has been engaged in changing the narrative of the African economy. Elsie was named as one of Pan-Africa's continent-leading women in 2020 by Forbes.


  • I strongly believe that the 21st century will be Africa’s century, that its young population has the potential to build a world where they are not only materially better off but also where things are fairer, more sustainable, and more tolerant than at any other time in history.
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