2015 ALL AFRICA BUSINESS LEADERS AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa finalists were announced during a live broadcast on DStv Channel 410, marking the start of the award that will travel to East, West and Southern Africa, to recognise the best in business across the continent.
In Sandton, the live 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards finalists announcement on CNBC Africa brought together royalty, former AABLA winners, members of the press, key stakeholders and nominees to reveal this years contenders and celebrate the awards 5th anniversary.
“This is a true African award and I can’t explain to you how it has opened my eyes to go into Africa. I landed in Nigeria a week ago and a bunch of reporters came up to me and asked me ‘you were quoted on the night of the All Africa Business Leaders Awards as saying…’ and it was a big honour and I realised that that actually opens your mind into Africa and your business opportunities – you become an African player.”
– 2014 All Africa young Business Leader of the Year, Ran Neu-Ner of The Creative Counsel
Working through over a hundred qualifying submissions, judges spent well over two months examining, analyzing and deliberating the candidates for 2015, narrowing it down to only a handful of business leaders per category, in each region.
The 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards finalists for each region are:
- Young Business Leader of the Year – East Africa
- Edha Nahdi, CEO of Amsons Group
- Eric Kinoti, Founder & Director of Shade Systems (EA) Ltd
- Danson Muchemi, Founder of Web Tribe Ltd.
- Barclay Paul Okari, Founder and CEO of Impact Africa Group
- Young Business Leader of the Year – Southern Africa
- Ashley Uys, Managing Director of Real World Diagnostics
- Sylvester Chauke, Founder of DNA BrandArchitects
- John Nicolakakis, CEO of Roman’s Pizza
- Young Business Leader of the Year – West Africa
- Ahonsi Unuigbe, Chief Executive of Petralon Energy Nigeria
- Nteff Alain, Co-founder of The Gifted Mom
- Yetunde A. Odugbesan, CEO of Yetunde Global Consulting
- Entrepreneur of the Year – East Africa
- Heril Bangera, CEO of Flame Tree Group
- Julian Kyula, CEO and Founder of Mode
- Bimal Kantaria, Managing Director of Elgon Kenya Limited
- Entrepreneur of the Year – Southern Africa
- Samuel Seeff, Chairman of Seeff Properties
- John Nicolakakis, CEO of Romans Pizza
- Braam van Huyssteen, Founder of Tekkie Town
- Jason Xenopoulos, CEO of NATIVE
- Entrepreneur of the Year – West Africa
- Paul Orajiaka, CEO of Auldon Limited
- Swaady Martin-Leke, Founder and CEO of YSWARA Luxe
- Obinna Ekezie, CEO of Wakanow
- Business Leader of the Year – East Africa
- James Mworia, CEO of Centum Investment Company Limited
- Rakesh Rao, CEO of Crown Paints
- Dr. Benson Wairegi, Group Managing Director of Britam
- Mohammed Dewji, Group CEO of MeTL Group
- Business Leader of the Year – Southern Africa
- Edward Kieswetter, CEO of Alexander Forbes
- Dr Johan van Zyl, Group Chief Executive of Sanlam
- Sisa Ngebulana, CEO of Billion Group
- Business Leader of the Year – West Africa
- Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of GTBank
- Issam Darwish, CEO of IHS Holding Ltd.
- John Bonoh Sisay, CEO of Sierra Rutile
- Business Women of the Year – East Africa
- Dr. Jennifer Riria, Group CEO of Kenya Women
- Iza Irame, CEO of African Alliance
- Gina Din-Kariuki, Chair of Gina Din Group
- Business Women of the Year – Southern Africa
- Jeanne Groenewald, Founder of Elgin Free Range Chickens
- Natasha Sideris, Founder of Tashas
- Louisa Mojela and Gloria Serobe, WIPHOLD
- Business Women of the Year – West Africa
- Adenike Ogunlesi, Founder of Ruff ‘N’ Tumble
- Dr. Leticia Osafo Addo, CEO of Samba Foods
- Nimi Akinkugbe, CEO of Bestman Games Ltd
- Adepeju Adebajo, Managing Director of WAPCO Operations, Lafarge Africa Plc.
- Philanthropist of the Year – East Africa
- Mohammed Dewji, Group CEO of MeTL Group
- Ashok Shah, CEO of Apollo Investment Limited
- Damaris Too-Kimondo, Director of Shrand Promotions
- Philanthropist of the Year – Southern Africa
- Solly Noor of Solly and Zohra Noor Foundation
- Wendy Ackerman of The Ackerman Foundation
- Wendy Appelbaum of Wendy Appelbaum Foundation
- Philanthropist of the Year – West Africa
- Fred Swaniker, Founder of African Leadership Academy
- Patrick Awuah Jr, Founder and President of Ashesi University
The Lifetime Achievement Award in each region and for All Africa will once again be selected by the judging committee and announced on the night. As a new category to the fold, the Industrialist of the Year category presented by the IDC, will take on a similar format.
The AABLA, now in their fifth year, recognise Africa’s bold leaders and change-makers of business in East, West and Southern Africa. The regional events will be staged in Nairobi on September 15, Johannesburg September 30 and Lagos October 22 with the Finale taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on November 13.
The winners of each region will go through to the Finale, hosted by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela, to crown an All Africa victor.
“This is the ultimate award that you could win as an African businessman – the recognition is incredible, it builds credibility, it puts you on the map, it creates this iconic image and it has been a lot of fun as well.”
– 2014 All Africa young Business Leader of the Year, Gil Oved of The Creative Counsel
The event will once again be produced by ABN Productions.