Ifeyinwa Afe never thought her corporate career would land her on the same stage as Oprah, Beyoncé, Trevor Noah and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but speaking at last month’s Global Citizen Festival turned out not only to be a personal highlight, but a high point in her career so far. At 31 years old, Afe is HP's managing director of Central Africa and the youngest managing director at HP EMEA. She moved into the post, which involves overseeing sales, logistics, financial reporting, employee engagement and human resource development, after the company split in 2015 and carved out new high-growth markets in the region. Afe is responsible for a large swath of territory, including Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra-Leone, Angola and Libya. “This is a huge market, because when you talk growth and development, Africa is really where you look to,” she says.