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20 Powerful Women to Watch In 2014

03/01/2014 13:00 GMT | Updated 04/03/2014 10:59 GMT

1. Alek Wek: Sudanese model, advocate for refugee rights.

2. Angela Merkel: President Obama can say more about her especially when America was found to be tapping her calls.

3. Andrea Coleman: Founder of Riders for Health-working with rural communities in Africa in strengthening health care system through training and deliverance of health equipment.

4. Arrianna Huffington: Let's put it this way, without her vision, you won't be reading this post.

5. Baroness Lynda Chalker: Founder of Africa Matters Limited and specialist in Africa investment.

6. Dr. Loren Treisman: Executive of Indigo Trust; Champion of usage of technology in international development

7. Hillary Clinton: Forbes Magazine describes her as the only first lady to become US senator turned viable presidential candidate turned secretary of state http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinehoward/2013/05/22/the-worlds-most-powerful-women-2013/.

8. Joyce Banda: Malawi President- fired 25 ministers and reportedly told her cabinet that she has lost faith in them.

9. Juliana Rotich: Co-Founder of Ushahidi - web based reporting system, increasing transparency and eases sharing of information mostly in African countries.

10. Kate Middleton: Referred as Duchess of Cambridge. She is married to Prince William who is second in line for the British throne.

11. Nina Munk: Author of

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty.

12. Nomsa Maseko: BBC journalist - based in Johannesburg

13. Margaret Kenyatta: Wife of Kenya's President.

14. Malala Yousafzia: 16 year-old Pakistani education activist

15. Melinda Gates: Co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Interested in women empowerment.

16. Rebecca Garang de Mabior: widow of the late Sudanese leader John Garang

17. Robin D'Alessandro: CEO Vitol Foundation. Former oil trader and have since shifted to international development supporting innovative projects and working with NGOs including World Bank to change lives of the bottom poor.

18. Sasha and Malia Obama: Daughters of U.S President; They are becoming busy and shaping their lives probably setting fashion trends.

19. Stella Njoki: Entreprenure, Co-Founder of MPayer: Mobile and web application that enables businesses in Kenya and Tanzania to manage income and expense transactions both Mobile Money and in cash.

20. Zain Verjee: CNN Journalist - publicly discussed her struggles with Psoriasis, skin condition.