From Cape Verde to the ministry, the brilliant journey of Elisabeth Moreno

Company manager Elisabeth Moreno becomes Minister for Gender Equality, July 6, 2020. Twitter screenshot

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In France, the composition of the government was announced Monday evening, around the new Prime Minister Jean Castex, with changes notably in the Interior, Ecology and Justice. Among the newcomers, the Minister responsible for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities. Elisabeth Moreno, from Cape Verde, replaces Marlène Schiappa in this function. She entered government and politics.


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Elisabeth Moreno was born in Cape Verde almost 50 years ago. She arrived in France at 7 years old, with her family, her parents and their six children, of which she was the oldest, to settle in the Parisian suburbs.

She obtained a master's degree in business law, and began by working as a lawyer in a Paris firm. She then creates her business, in the building sector, with her husband before becoming a boss in the technology sector.

She was recruited by France Telecom, then joined the team of the American computer giant Dell. Elisabeth Moreno then went through one of the leaders in electronics, Lenovo, and ended up leading the group in France. For the past year and a half, she has been president of HP Africa.

Last year, in an interview with the French daily newspaper Le Figaro , she explained “  tick all the boxes of the impossibility: parents who can neither read nor write ; a woman, black, raised in a city and evolving in the building then the techs ”.

Elisabeth Moreno is a member of the Interelles circle, a network of companies committed to diversity and equality in the scientific and technological sectors. It works in schools in priority neighborhoods. It has also created several associations to strengthen ties between France and Cape Verde.

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