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Celso Roberto Pitta do Nascimento was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to a middle-class family. His father was a tradesman and his mother a public servant. At the age of sixteen, after his father's death, Pitta took his first job as a clerk at the Ministry of Planning.

He received his first degree in economics in 1968, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and traveled to England, where he completed a master's degree in transportation economics at Leeds University in 1971. Pitta then studied advanced administration at the Harvard Business School, graduating in 1980. Pitta worked as a consultant in the fields of administration and finance, and worked for several Brazilian businesses, including Estaleiros Mauá and Casa da Moeda do Brasil. Pitta moved to São Paulo in 1986, where he worked for a large private corporation called Eucatex.

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Cajetan N. Iheka

Nigerian economist, business consultant, and politician, was born in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of present-day Anambra state, Nigeria, on 28 July 1960. Soludo was born to Pa Simeon Nwankwo Soludo and Mgbafor Soludo. Mgbafor, Soludo’s mother, died in 1968, when he was eight years old. At the time Soludo was born, Nigeria was preparing for independence, which Britain granted on 1 October 1960. Anambra state, where Soludo was born, was part of the defunct Eastern region at that time. It was to become part of the East-Central state until the politics of state creation in Nigeria named it Anambra, and it is one of the states that constitute Nigeria’s South-East geopolitical region today.

After his secondary education which he passed with a distinction grade Soludo secured admission into the prestigious University of Nigeria Nsukka in the present day Enugu state to study economics Here too Soludo ...

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Jeremy Rich

businessman and official, was born on 16 February 1922 in Bensonville, Liberia. His father was an Americo-Liberian politician, William Richard Tolbert Sr. His mother was Charlotte Augusta Hoff-Tolbert. His father's family had originally moved from South Carolina to Liberia. Tolbert attended primary school from 1927 to 1935 at the Central National School in White Plains, Liberia. In 1936 he enrolled in the secondary school division of the University of Liberia, and he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Liberia in 1941. Clarence Simpson Sr., then the Liberian Secretary of State, hired Tolbert as both his personal secretary and chief of the passport division. In 1944 Tolbert obtained a government scholarship to study at Howard University in Washington, DC. He transferred to the University of Michigan in the following year and graduated in 1948 with an undergraduate and a master s degree in forestry Upon returning ...

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Jeremy Rich

Cameroonian human rights activist and businesswoman, was born in Tcheboa, a town located in the Bénoué department of the province of North Cameroon on 28 November 1951. She attended secondary school in the northern Cameroonian city of Garoua and in the southern port city of Douala. Yaou passed her baccalaureate examinations in 1971. Once she had completed her secondary education, Yaou studied economics at the University of Rouen in France. Yaou received her undergraduate degree in economics in 1975. From 1975 to 1979, Yaou enrolled at Georgetown University and Claremont Graduate School in the United States, where she eventually earned a master’s degree in business administration.

Yaou returned to her homeland and was hired almost immediately by the Société Nationale des Investissements SNI This parastatal organization served to promote economic development Back again in Cameroon she was chosen to become the Minister of Women s Affairs ...