Elisabeth Medou Badang was born on December 7, 1963. She studied finance and accounting and got a Master’s degree from the University of Paris XI and later on a Diplôme d’études Comptable Supérieur. Elisabeth added more to her studies by specializing in strategy, management and commerce. In 1999, she joined Orange Cameroon (then known as Mobilis), and became Cameroon’s first administrative and financial director to serve on the board of directors.
She served as Deputy Executive Director in 2004 before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Orange Botswana in December 2009. In 2013, she replaced Jean Bardet to become not only the first woman but also the first African to become head of Orange Cameroon.
Some of her successes recorded in her successful career include:
- Honoured with the medal of Knight of the National Order of Merit in 2013.
- Best operator in Southern and Eastern Africa at Africa Telecom People (ATP)
- Award with Orange Botswana, 2013
- Best African Telecom Manager, ATP Award, 2014
- Empowering Women Rebranding Africa Award at the Rebranding Africa Forum, 2015
- Orange Cameroon Top in use Africa 2016, 2015
- Orange Cameroon Top job global, 2016
- The Ngondo 2016 dubbed by the Ngondo after 15 years of partnership with Orange Cameroon.
The married mother of two is definitely a role model for aspiring young ladies in Africa.
The day will come when man will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.