Amazons on Boards


Bronte Adams, Director, and founder of Dandolo Partners is a Rhodes Scholar, former McKinsey & Co consultant, senior government executive, and board director. Respected for her bipartisan and independent approach, she has led and managed public sector policy development and implementation and has advised a wide range of clients in the innovation, health, technology, science & research, startup, cultural, and education sectors. She advised the Hon. Alan Stockdale and went on to lead the Victorian Government’s technology arm as CEO, reforming government through the use of technology, managing major procurements, attracting foreign investment and stimulating the uptake of technology across commercial, public and community sectors.

Bronte has chaired and sat on numerous public and private sector entities. Current appointments include membership of the Rhodes Trust in Australia, Deputy Chair of Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee and the Health Innovation and Reform Council.

She has previously served as director or board member of a number of organisations, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Director); Melbourne University Publishing (Deputy Chair); Chair of VICSTART ($60M Technology Commercialisation Program); Deputy Chair of $120 M Science Technology Innovation Infrastructure Grants Program; Victorian Government ICT Advisory Council (Deputy Chair); Business Spectator Advisory Group; Australia Council’s New Media and Visual Arts Boards (2004); National Selection Committee of the General Sir John Monash Foundation; Victorian Government’s Innovation Economy Advisory Boar (appointed by the Hon. John Brumby) and three-person Tertiary Education Expert Advisory Group (appointed by the Hon. Jacinta Allen). 

She was appointed by the Hon. Richard Alston to the Commonwealth Government Broadband Advisory Group and was a judge of the Victorian Export Awards and Premier’s Literary Awards.

Bronte has over 20 years experience and national profile in technology, innovation, science and government policy in management, expert advisory and consulting roles. She has expertise in procurement, regulation, and infrastructure builds.

She is a trusted advisor at the most senior levels of government and universities and successfully assists large corporates in their commercial dealings with government. Prior to her role at McKinsey & Co, Bronte was an academic at Oxford University and has lectured around the world including at Harvard, Cornell, Delhi and Oxford Universities.



Over the years, the life and style of H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime have impacted greatly on African economics most especially with her deep passion for agricultural development which no doubt is one of the key factors that affects the likes of both rural and urban dwellers across the continent.

With a background academic qualification in Agricultural economics, it is obvious that her passion for agriculture goes beyond studying the course, rather it is more of a burning desire to put an end to poverty and food insecurities in the continent. This is evident in her words:  “Africa’s biggest challenge is limited markets and innovation… We need science and technology in order to help increase production and productivity.”

According to Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, “Every African country should be involved in the transformative development of the continent”, adding that; “supporting weather and climate services is critical in strengthening Africa’s resilience in the context of Africa Agenda 2063 on the Africa We Want”.

At the launch of her autobiography in May 2017, Tumusiime, who served as Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa for eight years, underscored the critical role of agriculture in fostering overall economic growth through mitigating household poverty and food insecurity. She stressed that there is a need for the government to increase funding to the agricultural sector to boost production which is key to sustainable economic growth. Tumusiiime also highlighted some of her key achievements which include pushing for the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)  an Africa’s policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth and prosperity for all.

She appeals to African governments to focus on increasing productivity by using irrigation, fertilizers and modern seeds.

Like the rest of the world, women in developing nations like H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, have begun to seat on boards and councils where their voices will be heard, and where they can make a significant impact for the benefit of women.

Tumusiime, who ended her tenure as the Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union in January 2017, has championed causes such as women empowerment, poverty eradication, agricultural development, strategic planning, and partnership building, among others. Her portfolio as AU Commissioner covers multiple sectors ranging from crop agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, land, water, environment, climate change, climate services, and disaster risk reduction to rural development.

She has mobilized and closely worked with other pan-African institutions and development partner agencies in all those areas to secure and provide support to the AU Member States. Her efforts have yielded increased responses in the framework of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Programme.

H.E Tumusiime holds a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics; Master’s in Economics, Planning and Managing Rural Dev.; and Diploma in Women and Dev. Previously she held senior positions in the Government Uganda, including as Commissioner for Agriculture Planning and Commissioner for Women and Development. Her expertise and experience as well as commitment have won her a number of key positions in regional and international organisations, such as membership of the High-level Advisory Panel of UNISDR, Advisory Board of Expo 2015 dedicated to the Theme: Feeding the Planet, Energy For Life, Governing Board of the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC), Chair of the Governing Council of the African Fertiliser Financing Mechanism (AFFM), Chair of the ALive Platform for livestock development in Africa, member of the Global Panel on Nutrition, among others.

Earlier in the year, Tumusiime won the New African Woman magazine’s award in Agriculture for pushing the importance of food security and adding value chain to African goods while she was at the AU which called for radical measures of transforming agriculture through respecting the Maputo Declaration. The Award ceremony took place in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.


Sonia Dulá is the Vice Chairman for Latin America at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Global Corporate and Investment Banking Division. Before this role, she was Head of Latin America Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch.

Earlier in her career, Sonia spent nine years at Goldman Sachs. Before joining Merrill Lynch, Ms. Dulá was the CEO of Grupo Latino de Radio; a group of more than 500 owned and operated radio stations in Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. Prior to that, she was CEO of Telemundo Studios Mexico and co-founder of Internet Group of Brazil.

Sonia graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, in Economics from Harvard University and received an MBA degree from Stanford University.

Sonia has been a member of Young Presidents Organization and served on the Board of Women’s World Banking, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami), and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board. She is currently a member of the Board of the Council of the Americas and of ECLA (Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America, of Columbia Business School). She is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Council of Bank of America.

Sonia Dulá has run all three divisions of Bank of America’s Latin America business: Corporate, Investment Bank, and Wealth Management. Working with Mexico’s Ministry of Communications, Dula recently closed a multi-billion-dollar deal to bring mobile connectivity to more than 90% of Mexico’s population.

Born in Mexico and raised in Brazil, Dulá speaks five languages fluently and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Harvard University, and received her MBA from Stanford University.

Contrary to several notions which point to the fact that women can climb social ladders on their own, it is important to note that on the road to success everyone needs the support of others to pull through challenges and achieve overall success.


Nina Vaca, Founder, and Chief executive officer of Pinnacle Group, USA, and an expert in spoting talents speaks on the need for women to be adequately supported in other for them to adequately contribute to the growth of society. She also speaks on plans to encourage STEM-related activities the Hispanic community, and more. Excerpt:


In few sentences, please describe the person Of NINA VACA.


Nina Vaca is an entrepreneur, a business leader, a philanthropist, and a global ambassador for global entrepreneurship. For over 20 years, she has led Pinnacle Group as its founder, chairman, and CEO and under her leadership it has grown astronomically, becoming the fastest growing woman-owned business in the U.S. in 2015 and second-fastest in 2016 and 2017.  Nina has also been named one of the 101 Most Influential Latinos in America for over a decade and she serves as Chairman Emeritus for Life of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  In 2014, she was appointed a Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship by the White House and travels extensively in this capacity supporting and inspiring the next generation of global entrepreneurs.


What exactly are the unique functions of Pinnacle Group as a workforce solution powerhouse?


Pinnacle Group provides talent acquisition and management solutions to some of the world’s most iconic brands.  Our two main service lines are high-level IT talent acquisition and management, and contingent workforce program management.  Our focus is on helping our customers find the talent they need when they need it to effectively address their business objectives now and in the future.


What will you say motivated you especially while transitioning from an IT services firm to a group addressing human capital challenges?


You’ve often heard, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” and so it was with Pinnacle Group’s transformation from a niche IT services firm to a firm focusing primarily on the workforce solutions space.  In our over 20 years in business, we’ve had to reinvent ourselves several times as our clients’ needs have changed.  Our first major shift was after 9/11 dramatically reshaped the tech landscape, and the second major shift happened during and after the Great Recession in 2008-2009.  There is a third phase happening now, which is globalization and we are excited about the next steps in our evolution.


Through the trying times, did you ever feel too little given your status as a woman, and one who wanted to create an impact in society?


The most impactful woman in my life stands only 4’11” and yet we all look up to her.  Through my mother’s example, I have never doubted the power of an individual, no matter their size or gender, to make a difference.  But you have to believe in what you’re doing, find ways to give back and develop key relationships to help you along the way.  No one does anything alone, in business or in life.


What more do you think women can do to establish their roles as game-changers in society?


Women are just realizing the economic power they have in the world economy, not only as consumers but also as entrepreneurs and business leaders.  Recognizing this power and finding ways to use it productively has been happening gradually over several decades but is really picking up momentum now.  We are seeing more women starting businesses, leading business, and in corporate board rooms.  This is a  trend that needs to continue.


What are some of the things you envision for the Hispanic community which you would like to be a part of?


I have two specific visions for helping the Hispanic community thrive and I am actively working on both of these today. The first is helping more Hispanic women choose business.  Historically, there have been very few visible Latina business leaders for young women to look up to as mentors and role models and many girls and young women simply don’t see this as an option for their future.  Along with individual projects, I’m working on, I also founded the At the Table initiative, housed at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and helps provided resources to help more women get a seat at the table.  The second vision is to help connect Hispanic youth with STEM education and careers.  This is the surest way I know to help people change their lives and achieve prosperity in the current economy.


Would you say that Hispanic women are fairly treated compared to their counterparts across the world? If No, what do you think can be done to change the tide?


I’d rather focus on what we can do to support and empower all women globally.  Through my travels, as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, I have had the opportunity to speak with women on five continents about their challenges and their hopes for the future, and my main takeaway is that helping women succeed in business at all levels helps improve their lives, their families’ lives, and their communities.


In your opinion, is there a relationship between women and sustainable development? If yes, are there evidence-based proofs to such relationship and a way of validating this proof?


Absolutely – women play a vital role in global economic development.  Investing in their economic and business opportunities is a critical factor in achieving sustainable development.  This is one of the reasons I am so committed to supporting women entrepreneurs at all levels.  While my viewpoint has been largely developed from my own experiences and those of my family, as well as interactions with women around the world, it has been supported by numerous studies and publications worldwide.


Do you have any plans to organize mentorship programs for rural Latino youths?


Currently, I am focused on helping Latino youths in urban settings such as my hometown of Dallas, Texas.  One way we’re doing this is through a partnership with the Dallas Independent School District and our local community college district. Through this program, called P-TECH (Pathways to Technology Early College High School), Pinnacle Group serves as an industry partner to an early college high school whose student body is primarily Latina, preparing the students for career-track positions in STEM upon high school graduation. Currently, in its second year, we are thrilled to help the students grow and see a place for themselves in the business world.  There is nothing more fulfilling than being part of their success.


What’s the best way for the readers of Amazons Watch Magazine to connect with you?


The best place to connect with me is through my website,  I am also active on several social platforms:

Facebook @nina.g.vaca

Instagram @ninavaca

Twitter @ninavaca



Angeline Vere is the Chief Executive Officer of Telecel Zimbabwe, a post to which she was appointed to in mid-June 2015 while she had been “acting” since March 2013 when Francis Mawindi departed from the organisation. She has been part of Telecel since 2004.

Angeline was raised by parents who were both teachers. She is married to a tobacco entrepreneur and the couple has three children. She did her secondary education at Goromonzi High School. She is a lawyer by profession, a qualification she obtained from the University of Zimbabwe. She also holds a Masters of Laws from the University of South Africa and an ACCA Diploma in Finance and Accounting.

Her first job after school was at the Attorney General’s office where she worked as a prosecutor. She later joined the civil department in 1995 within the same organisation before moving on to join Fidelity Life Insurance Company. Angeline Vere also worked for the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe and Post and Telecommunications Corporation now commonly known as Telone Zimbabwe. She later joined Telecel Zimbabwe in 2004 as a legal manager before her promotion to the post of company secretary and legal director in 2010. In 2015, she was appointed the company CEO of Telecel.

Dr. Gloria Bonder is the Director of the Department of Gender, Society and Policies of the Latin American Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences (FLACSO Argentina). She coordinates two regional programmes including the UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America and the e-learning master’s programme on Gender, Society and Public Policies.  

Bonder is the coordinator of the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender. Since 2014, she has coordinated the region’s activities in the global GenderInSITE programme, through her role as the UNESCO Regional Chair. The programme aims to influence policies and policy makers in science, technology, innovation and engineering, to integrate gender equality principles and goals.

She is a researcher and consultant on Women, Science and Technology for several national, regional and international organisations such as: Minister of Science and Technology in Argentina, United Nations, Women and Development Unit, ECLAC and the Office of Science and Technology, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNDP and UNESCO, among others.

Bonder has developed several research projects on gender issues and/in technology and science, education, communication, health and youth, and published books and articles both national and international.

She is a member of the advisory board of UN Women for Latin America and the Caribbean and WISAT (Women in Global Science and Technology). 

Prof. Bonder was distinguished by UNESCO as one of the 60 women worldwide who has helped accomplish the organization’s goals throughout the 60 years of its existence, representing the voices, aspirations, and visions of many women around the world.   

In 2015 she was elected member of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development.



Prof C. Hope Sadza is the Founder and Founding Vice Chancellor of the Women’s University in Africa. She holds a PhD in Public administration with the University of Zimbabwe where her research was on “Critical Organisational problems of administering and Managing Social Development in a newly-independent Public Service”: the case of Zimbabwe. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with the University of Missouri, Columbia and BSc Public Administration with the same University. She also holds a Primary Teachers Diploma with Waddilove Teachers’ College, Marondera in Zimbabwe.

Professor Sadza’s employment record backdates to 1964 as a school teacher. Post-Independence she became registrar of Apprenticeship Authority in the Ministry of Manpower Planning and Development in Zimbabwe. She is one of the founding Directors of the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Administration & Management (ZIPAM).In 1987 to 1989 she was Commissioner of the Public Service Review Commission, Government of Zimbabwe. In 1988 to 1990 she was Zimbabwe Parastatals Commissioner. In 1990 to 2000 she was Public Service Commissioner in Zimbabwe.

Professor Sadza has done a lot of publications with emphasis on gender issues some of which include: The Impact of 1980/1990 Economic Reforms on the Condition of Women

In Africa, The case of Zimbabwe, Published by International Institute of

Administrative Sciences, Brussels, Belgium, 1996; Women, Power and society: Challenges to Democracy, Chapter on Women, Power and Culture in Zimbabwe Published by International Institute of Administrative Sciences, Belgium, Brussels, 1997; Gender Mainstreaming in the Public Service, Commonwealth Secretariat, United Kingdom, June, 1999; Civil Service Reform in a Developing Country: A critique of the Management and Administration of the Zimbabwe Reform Programme, published by Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. Westport, U.S.A., 2000; Enhancing the Role of Women in Wealth Creation. African Journal of Public Administration and Management (AJPAM), Vol. XVII, No1, January 2006; Investing in Women for Sustainable Development: The case for the Women’s University in Africa. Britain and Zimbabwe Magazine, Issue No. 24, 2nd Quarter 2007.

She has presented papers at national and international fora among which were: Localisation of Examinations in English-speaking countries of Africa (1981) Ethiopia; Training Policy and Documentation (1982) Mauritius; Colloquium for Public Service Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries responsible for National Training Institutes of the sub-region (SADCC) Swaziland, 1990; Management of Administrative Reform, Oxford, England, 1991; “Improving Productivity of African Public Services”, Tunisia, November 1991; Development Management in Africa, Thirty years of Experience, Emerging Challenges and Future Priorities, Ethiopia, 1993; Democratic Structures in Public Service Improvement, Pretoria, South Africa, 1997; Role of Public Administration in Promoting Social Development – “The Zimbabwe Experience”, Stockholm, Sweden, 1995; Ten years after the Decade of Women 1995 Dakar, Senegal; Senior Women in Government, Management Training, Nairobi, 1996; UNDP Policy Conference on Management Development, United Nations, New York, 1996; Improving Tertiary Education in Africa, Ghana, 2003.


Professor Sadza is a member of various Boards among them:


  1. First Executive Chairperson of the Women’s University in Africa (WUA) Board of Trustees: Vice Chancellor and founder of the University
  2. Non-executive Director, Barclays Bank Zimbabwe, from 2005
  3. Board Member of Securico Security Services
  4. Non-Executive Director of Delta Corporation Ltd. (Listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange), from 2007


  1. Vice Chairperson, Joshua Nkomo Scholarship Trust – current
  2. Committee member of the Advisory Group of Eminent Persons for Peace Initiatives in Africa – current.
  3. Foundation committee for the establishment of the Manicaland State University – current
  4. Panel of Adjudicators for the Institution of Directors for choosing the Director of the Year 2006 Award and 2008.

She is also into consultancy mostly in the education field. She has won several awards in recognition of her outstanding works of empowering women through education. Professor Sadza is married and has two children.