Co-founder of a microfinance bank that helps struggling business women, Alima Hussein is a young mother with a hectic schedule.

Gender always plays a role ... even subconsciously.

Alima Hussein, government relations adviser for Rio Tinto

Currently living in Mozambique's capital Maputo, she manages the external relations teams for mining multinational Rio Tinto - a role which requires strategic thinking and strict confidentiality.

Alima is a quiet leader but her diplomacy skills give her power in the trickiest situations.

It is the quiet ones you have to watch!

Source: Al Jazeera