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Dawn Marole

Economic Opportunity Award, 2002

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South Africa

Focus Areas

Economic Empowerment

In South Africa, decades of apartheid rule cut deep wounds that have yet to heal. Dawn Marole is advancing the reconciliation process by breaking with historical restrictions and creating new opportunities for South African women.

Her accomplishments are impressive – leader of a major investment holdings group and advisor to two government Ministries. More than just a skilled entrepreneur, Dawn matches her business success with social activism of equal caliber.

As founder and president of the Business Women’ s Association, she is training black female entrepreneurs – an unprecedented endeavor in a historically divided nation.

President Obansanjo of Nigeria chose Dawn to execute the all-Africa Women’ s Private Equity Fund, which empowers women with an active role in the economy. In a nation mourning hundreds of AIDS victims each day, she has launched one of South Africa’ s most comprehensive programs to support HIV/AIDS research and poverty relief for women and children.