Funke Opeke, founder and CEO of MainOne, is no stranger to hard tasks.

She has led their technology company to success in West Africa, having to build the component parts of a data center business from the ground up, including the cable that attaches it to the rest of the world.

Those of you that have followed her exploits in the press know that she is not afraid to speak up, assert herself, deliver results and actively take on challenges within her male-dominated field. Importantly, she encourages the women of her team to do the same.

This award was sponsored by White & Case.