2015 Africa's Best Recognised At 5th AABLA Grand Finale

JOHANNESBURG November 16, 2015 – The overall winners of the 5th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa Grand Finale, hosted by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela were revealed at a sensational gala dinner held in Sandton, South Africa on November 13.

Renowned for identifying excellence in business on the African continent, the All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa recognise the challenges and diversity of the African business arena, and the All Africa awards celebrated the overall champions of business who have shaped the continents business landscape.

Guests were welcomed by a poet from the Moruleng region to the Grande Finale before enjoying a sizzling opening by multi-award winning group The Muses, set to a light and laser show that ultimately revealed the All Africa trophies.

The event was attended by some of the biggest names in African business, including Raymond and Wendy Ackerman, Wendy Applebaum, Dr Johan van Zyl, Segun Agbaje, Louisa Majola and past AABLA winners Asher Bohbot and Gil Oved, with a keynote address by Gauteng Premier David Makhura and welcome by His Excellency Kgosi Nyalala Pilane of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2015.

The evening started with a special recognition by media partner Forbes Woman Africa, who, having awarded Wendy Appelbaum the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year award in September, went on to recognise her as the Forbes Woman Africa Woman of the Year for 2015. Appelbaum is the only person in the history of Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa to have appeared on both covers.

The evening commenced with awarding the All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year to Edha Nahdi, CEO of Amsons Group. Nteff Alain, Co-founder of The Gifted Mom and John Nicolakakis, CEO of Romans Pizza were also remarkable finalists in this category. In his thank you speech, Nahdi went on to thank his staff for their role in getting him to where he is now.

Jason Xenopoulos, CEO of NATIVE walked away as All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year Presented by Sea Harvest, contending fellow finalists Obinna Ekezie, Founder of Wakanow.com and Julian Kyula, CEO and Founder of Mode. In his thank you speech, Xenopoulos highlighted an observation by Brain Games host Jason Silva, whose #RedefineBillionaire campaign proposed that “Billionaire” should mean helping a billion people instead of making a billion in monetary terms.

The All Africa Business Leader of the Year Presented by Bosch saw three outstanding businessmen competing for the high-profile title, which was ultimately awarded to Segun Agbaje, CEO and Managing Director of GTBank. Agbaje was nominated in this category alongside Dr Johan van Zyl, Group Chief Executive of Sanlam and James Mworia, CEO of Centum Investment Company Limited. In his acceptance speech, Agbaje did not hold back in highlighting the blessings of being born in Africa and the potential of the continent as a global player.

The title of All Africa Business Woman of the Year went to Louisa Mojela and Gloria Serobe of WIPHOLD. They competed against Adepeju Adebajo, Managing Director of WAPCO Operations, Lafarge Africa Plc and Gina Din-Kariuki, Chair of Gina Din Group. Accepting the joint-award on behalf of Serobe, Mojela highlighted the importance of women in business and on the continent.

Wendy Ackerman of The Ackerman Foundation received the All Africa Philanthropist of the Year – one of two new awards added to the line-up. The category was introduced at the 2015 AABLA to recognise those who seek to promote the welfare of others and to encourage more benevolence on the continent. Ackerman was nominated alongside Fred Swaniker, Founder of the African Leadership Academy and Tanzanian businessman, Mohammed Dewji, Group CEO of MeTL Group. In her thank you speech, Ackerman noted: “The future, I’m quite sure, is Africa.”

Aliko Dangote, Chairman and CEO of the Dangote Group became the first in AABLA history to be named the All Africa Industrialist of the Year Presented by the IDC. In 2011, Dangote won Africa Business Leader of the Year and Africa Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural AABLA. As a new category to the AABLA, set on promoting beneficiation and manufacturing on the continent, the Industrialist category winner was selected by the judges as a key contributor to driving economic growth through a multitude of businesses. Rachmat Thomas of Chic Shoe Manufacturing and Dr. Benson Wairegi of Britam were nominated alongside Dangote.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award in association with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, awarded to Dr Christo Wiese, for his diverse achievements predominantly in the retail sector over the period of a lifetime.

The ceremony also took a moment to remember some of Africa’s notable business leaders who had passed on since the last AABLA in 2014 during a mobing In Memoriam segment, including Exclusive Books founder Philip Joseph, Murray Grindrod Senior of Grindrod and chairman of Allan Gray SA, Simon Marais.

Celebrations came into full swing as the evening concluded with a performance by the ever popular South African group Mi Casa, hot on the heels of their latest album ‘Home Sweet Home’. The AABLA Jaguar Land Rover fleet of premium vehicles chauffeured nominees and judges alike to and from the event in comfort, with the 2015 AABLA masters of ceremony looking elegant in Carducci suits.

The highlights of the All Africa ceremony will be broadcast in a bumper 90 minute special on CNBC Africa on November 18 at 21h15 CAT.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards

The 2015 AABLA were produced by ABN Productions.

2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards Judges Announced

THE ALL AFRICA BUSINESS LEADERS AWARDS SECURES TOP JUDGING LINE-UP

JOHANNESBURG April 22, 2015 – The All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa announced today its 2015 judging panel for East, West and Southern Africa. Bringing together the continents leading business, academic and media minds, the judging panel for Southern Africa is:

Bringing together the continents leading business, academic and media minds, the judging panel for Southern Africa is:

  • Yunus Suleman of KPMG
  • Bronwyn Nielsen of CNBC Africa
  • Jovial Rantao of Independent Newspapers
  • And businesswoman Pinky Moholi

In East Africa, the judging panel is:

  • Pete Ondeng of the East Africa Center for Leadership Development
  • Edwin Macharia of Dalberg Global Development Advisors
  • Jack Kayonga of Crystal Ventures Limited
  • Vivienne Yeda of the East African Development Bank
  • Wanjiku Mugane of Fedha Connect Limited

And the judging panel for West Africa is:

  • Bismarck Rewane of Derivatives Company Limited
  • Biola Alabi of Biola Alabi Media
  • Foluso Phillips of the Phillips Consulting Group
  • Godfrey Muitzwa of Africa Business News

The judges will deliberate across seven distinguished categories:

  • Young Business Leader of the Year
  • Business Women of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Philanthropist of the Year
  • Industrialist of the Year supported by the IDC
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

The AABLA recognise Africa’s bold leaders and change-makers of business in East, West and Southern Africa. The winners of each region will go through to the Finale, which is set to take place in South Africa, in November 2015, to determine the All Africa victor.

Yunus Suleman, Chairman of the KPMG Foundation, also serves as the Chief Judge for the AABLA.

The event will once again be produced by ABN Productions.

For more information and to enter the awards, go to www.aablawards.com by 31 May 2015 and follow the All Africa Business Leaders Awards on Twitter: @aablawards

Watch the Call for Entries promo on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/Ea4S5NSEvMA

2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards Call For Entries

NEW AWARD CATEGORIES WILL RECOGNISE PHILANTHROPY AND BENEFICIATION<

JOHANNESBURG March 11, 2015 – The 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa announced today its 5th year honouring outstanding achievements in business on the content, with the official opening of the Call for Entries at www.aablawards.com

The AABLA recognise Africa’s bold leaders and change-makers of business in East, West and Southern Africa. The winners of each region will go through to the Finale, which is set to take place in South Africa, in November 2015, to determine the All Africa victor.

The 2015 categories for East, West and Southern Africa are:

  • Young Business Leader of the Year
  • Business Women of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Two additional categories have been added to the 2015 season of the AABLA namely:

  • Philanthropist of the Year
  • Industrialist of the Year supported by the IDC

Entrants compete not only to win, but to follow in the footsteps of previous years’ winners. In 2014, the ceremony presented the coveted title of All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year jointly to Group CEOs of South Africa’s leading activations agency, The Creative Counsel, Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner. The two were recognised for using their collective charisma and entrepreneurial spirit to build the company into the top-ranking Marketing, Media and Advertising group in the country.

For his sustained success and bold contribution to solutions-based business and IT strategies across multiple platforms for companies of varying sizes, Asher Bohbot (South Africa), CEO of Enterprise Outsourcing Holdings (EOH) Limited, was named All Africa Business Leader of the Year 2014.

The prestigious accolade of All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 went to Executive Chairman of JSE-listed brokerage, Brimstone Investment Corporation, Fred Robertson (South Africa). Robertson was honoured for his demonstrated leadership on both the national and international business stages and, in particular, through his directorship and co-founding of numerous leading of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) companies.

Founder of Keroche Breweries, the first ever brewery to be owned by a Kenyan, Tabitha Karanja, was singled out as All Africa Business Woman of the Year 2014. The AABLA recognised her unfailing resilience and matchless business sagacity over nearly two decades in growing a company that now employs over 300 people and gives back to the community by educating the country’s youth.

Finally, the special honour of the All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 was bestowed upon Tanzanian pioneer of corporate social responsibility, Dr Reginald Mengi, CEO of IPP Limited, for his commendable contributions to worthy causes for positive change in underprivileged communities, education, health and environmental conservation.

Heading up the AABLA judging panel as Chief Judge is Yunus Suleman, Chairman of KPMG in South Africa.

The event will once again be produced by ABN Productions.

For more information and to enter the awards, go to www.aablawards.com by 31 May 2015 and follow the AABLA on Twitter: @aablawards

Watch the Call for Entries promo on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/Ea4S5NSEvMA

2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards Finalist Announced

JOHANNESBURG September 3, 2015 – The finalists in the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa 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.

The live finalists announcement on CNBC Africa brought together former AABLA winners, members of the press, key stakeholders and nominees to reveal this years contenders and celebrate the awards 5th anniversary.

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 AABLA 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.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards

The event will once again be produced by ABN Productions.

About the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa: The AABLA are the leading African award honoring excellence in business leadership on the continent. Established in 2011, the AABLA received over 100 entries from across the continent in 2015. The AABLA is presented in partnership with CNBC Africa. Partners and Sponsors of the AABLA include Forbes Africa, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration, Sea Harvest, Bosch, Carducci, Jaguar Land Rover, Independent Newspapers, Cinemark, IDC, Liquid Thought and Tomodachi.

About CNBC Africa and CNBCAfrica.com
CNBC Africa is the recognized as a leader in business news on the continent and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 8 million viewers in Africa. The network of 15 bureaus across the continent provides 9 live hours a day of business programming in Africa (weekdays from 07:45 a.m. – 21:00 p.m. CAT), produced at CNBC Africa’s headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg and includes contributions from CNBC’s bureaus worldwide. CNBC Africa also has a vast portfolio of online content on CNBCAfrica.com, with 275’000 page views per month, which delivers real-time market news, information and live streaming of the channel to a top-tier pan-African and global audience. CNBC Africa is available in 48 countries on DStv, Channel 410.

About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover sells fully imported vehicles manufactured in the United Kingdom. Acquired by Tata Holdings in June 2008, it currently has the strongest product line-up in its history, and a future that promises to be exciting and profitable. JLR has two iconic brands, each with a wonderfully rich heritage, as well as incredibly powerful consumer equity and appeal. Jaguar Land Rover sub-Sahara Africa is located in the Route 21 Corporate Park situated in Irene, Centurion. It currently employs a total of 55 permanent employees, across sales and marketing, customer service, and Training Academy operations. JLR has representation in 19 sub-Saharan markets, where it has invested over $50m in refreshing its dealer network to offer customers first-class facilities for buying and servicing their vehicles.

Partners and Sponsors of the AABLA include Forbes Africa, Bakgatla –Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration, Sea Harvest, Bosch, Carducci, Jaguar Land Rover, Independent Newspapers, Cinemark, IDC, Liquid Thought and Tomodachi.

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2015 Countdown to the 5th AABLA Grand Finale

JOHANNESBURG November 6, 2015 – The 5th All Africa Business Leaders Awards® in Partnership with CNBC Africa and hosted by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela, are pulling out the stops on November 13, 2015 for the most spectacular night out, celebrating business in Africa, with majestic performances by award winning groups The Muses and Mi Casa.

The 5th AABLA® Grand Finale hosted by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela will welcome regional award winners from East, West and Southern Africa, along with AABLA® Grand Finale host, His Excellency Kgosi Nyalala Pilane of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela, Ministers, Director Generals, Traditional Leaders, Ambassadors and Captains of Industry, along with VIP guests.

Bonney Tunya from CNBC Africa’s Kenya bureau, Esther Ugbodaga from CNBC Africa’s Lagos bureau and George Ndirangu from CNBC Africa’s Kigali bureau will join Nozipho Mbanjwa from CNBC Africa’s Johannesburg headquarters in presenting the awards on the night, bringing a pan-African flavor to the evening.

Known for identifying excellence in business on the continent, the 5th All Africa Business Leaders Awards® in Partnership with CNBC Africa honour remarkable business leadership and salute game changers of business on the continent for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.

  • All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year
  • Nteff Alain, Co-founder of The Gifted Mom [Nigeria]
  • Ashley Uys, Managing Director of Real World Diagnostics [South Africa]
  • John Nicolakakis, CEO of Romans Pizza [South Africa]
  • Edha Nahdi, CEO of Amsons Group [Kenya]
  • All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year Presented by Sea Harvest
  • Julian Kyula, CEO and Founder of Mode [Kenya]
  • Jason Xenopoulos, CEO of NATIVE [South Africa]
  • Obinna Ekezie, CEO of Wakanow.com [Nigeria]
  • All Africa Business Leader of the Year Presented by Bosch
  • James Mworia, CEO of Centum Investment Company Limited [Kenya]
  • Dr Johan van Zyl, Group Chief Executive of Sanlam [South Africa]
  • Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of GTBank [Nigeria]
  • All Africa Business Woman of the Year
  • Adepeju Adebajo, MD of WAPCO Operations, Lafarge Africa Plc. [Nigeria]
  • Louisa Mojela and Gloria Serobe, WIPHOLD [South Africa]
  • Gina Din-Kariuki, Chair of Gina Din Group [Kenya]
  • All Africa Philanthropist of the Year
  • Mohammed Dewji, Group CEO of MeTL Group [Tanzania]
  • Wendy Ackerman of The Ackerman Foundation [South Africa]
  • Fred Swaniker, Founder of African Leadership Academy [Nigeria]
  • All Africa Industrialist of the Year Presented by the IDC
  • Benson Wairegi, Group MD of Britam [Kenya]
  • Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group [Nigeria]
  • Rachmat Thomas, MD of Chic Shoe Manufacturers [South Africa]

The highlight of an amazing night will be the All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award presented in association with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, to one of the following finalists:

  • HRH Muhammad Sanusi II Sarkin Kano [Nigeria]
  • Dr. Jennifer Riria, Group CEO of Kenya Women [Kenya]
  • Dr Christo Wiese, Chairman of Shoprite and Pepkor Holdings Limited [South Africa]

The evening will also once again pay tribute to those business leaders on the continent who have passed away over the past 12 months in a moving ‘In Memoriam’ tribute, commemorating their life, contributions and achievements.

The AABLA® Jaguar Land Rover fleet of luxury vehicles will be bringing finalists and judges to the event, with the 5th AABLA® Grand Finale male masters of ceremony dressed by Carducci.

The 5th AABLA® Grand Finale judging panel consists of the head AABLA® judges from each region, namely:

  • Yunus Suleman, former Chairman of KPMG in South Africa and Africa
  • Pete Ondeng, Founder of Lead Africa Institute
  • Bismarck Rewane, MD of Financial Derivatives Company Limited

The 5th AABLA® Grand Finale hosted by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015, in the Pavillion of the Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton, and will be televised on CNBC Africa, November 18, 2015 at 21h15 CAT. The AABLA®, produced by ABN Productions, will be televised across the world via CNBCAfrica.com and in more than 48 countries and territories on the continent via DStv on Channel 410.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2015.

2015 East Africa's Business Excellence celebrated at the AABLAs

NAIROBI September 16, 2015 – The winners of the East African regional 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa were announced at a stylish ceremony held at the dusitD2 Nairobi, Kenya on September 15.

CNBC Africa will bring the highlights of this ceremony to its viewers on September 23 at 21h15 CAT.

The East African winners will go on to contend other regional winners from West and Southern Africa to determine Africa’s most respected business game-changer at the All Africa AABLA Finale, to take place in November.

Known for identifying excellence in business on the continent, the All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa recognise the challenges and diversity of the African business arena, and the East African awards, supported by IPP Media, highlight those who have shaped the regions business sector.

The title of Young Business Leader of the Year – East Africa went to Edha Nahdi, CEO of Amsons Group. Having started in early 2006 as an importer of bulk oil and petroleum products under the Camel Oil Tanzania retail brand, the business diversified into cement, inland container depots, real estate and bulk grain storage to name a few. Nahdi was up against Eric Kinoti of Shade Systems, Danson Muchemi of Web Tribe Ltd. and Barclay Paul Okari of Impact Africa Group.

Julian Kyula, CEO and Founder of Mode walked away as Entrepreneur of the Year – East Africa Presented by Sea Harvest, for his work in the mobile technology space, contending fellow finalists Heril Bangera of Flame Tree Group and Bimal Kantaria of Elgon Kenya Limited.

The Business Leader of the Year – East Africa Presented by Bosch saw three experienced business magnates competing for the coveted title, which was ultimately awarded to James Mworia, CEO of Centum Investment Company Limited. Mworia was nominated in this category alongside Mohammed Dewji, Group CEO of MeTL Group and Dr. Benson Wairegi, Group Managing Director of Britam.

The title of Business Woman of the Year – East Africa went to Gina Din-Kariuki, Chair of Gina Din Group for her achievements in the public relations sector, running against Dr. Jennifer Riria of Kenya Women and Iza Irame of African Alliance.

Tanzanian businessman, Mohammed Dewji, Group CEO of MeTL Group received the newly added Philanthropist of the Year – East Africa award. The category was introduced at the 2015 AABLA to recognise those who seek to promote the welfare of others and to encourage more benevolence on the continent. Dewji was nominated alongside Damaris Too-Kimondo of Shrand Promotions and Ashok Shah of Apollo Group.

Dr. Benson Wairegi of Britam became the first in AABLA history to be named Industrialist of the Year for East Africa. As a new category to the AABLA, set on promoting beneficiation and manufacturing on the continent, the category winner was selected by the judges as a key contributor to driving economic growth.

At the pinnacle of a magnificent night was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award for East Africa, awarded to Jennifer Riria of Kenya Women whose lifelong commitment to supporting women enterprises in East Africa, made her the first female recipient of this extraordinary AABLA title.

Guests took the opportunity to view Jaguar Land Rover’s latest offering, with the 2015 AABLA host Bonney Tunya looking dashing, dressed by Carducci.

The AABLA will travel on to Southern Africa, celebrating the region’s business leaders on September 30 in Johannesburg, before the final regional round takes place in West Africa on October 22 in Lagos.

Regional winners will then vie for the ultimate title of Africa’s business icon in their sector at the black tie All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa All Africa Finale in Johannesburg on November 13, 2015 hosted by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela, where the ultimate trailblazers of African business are named and commended for their part in the continent’s success.

Partners and Sponsors of the AABLA include Forbes Africa, Bakgatla –Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration, Sea Harvest, Bosch, Carducci, Jaguar Land Rover, Independent Newspapers, Cinemark, IDC, Liquid Thought and Tomodachi.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards

The event will once again be produced by ABN Productions.

2015 Southern African Business Leaders shine at the AABLA

JOHANNESBURG October 1, 2015 – The winners of the Southern African regional 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa were announced at a glamorous ceremony held at the Hilton Sandton Hotel, Johannesburg on September 30.

The live finalists announcement on CNBC Africa brought together former AABLA winners, members of the press, key stakeholders and nominees to reveal this years contenders and celebrate the awards 5th anniversary.

The Southern African winners will go on to contend other regional winners from West and East Africa to determine Africa’s most respected business game-changer at the All Africa AABLA Finale, to take place in November. Known for identifying excellence in business on the continent, the All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa recognise the challenges and diversity of the African business arena, and the Southern African awards highlight those who have shaped the regions business sector.

Attended by some of the biggest names in Southern African business, including Raymond and Wendy Ackerman, Wendy Applebaum, Edward Kieswetter and Dr Johan van Zyl among many, executive mayor of Johannesburg Parks Tau opened proceedings with a keynote address on the growth plans for the city.

The evening started with a special recognition by media partner Forbes Woman Africa, who, having awarded Phuti Mahanyele in 2014, handed over the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year award to Wendy Appelbaum.

The first AABLA title of Young Business Leader of the Year – Southern Africa went to joint winners Ashley Uys, Managing Director of Real World Diagnostics for his exceptional work in the health sector, whilst John Nicolakakis, CEO of Romans Pizza was commended for his contribution to job creation and developing business opportunities. Sylvester Chauke, Founder of DNA BrandArchitects was also a finalist.

Jason Xenopoulos, CEO of NATIVE walked away as Entrepreneur of the Year – Southern Africa Presented by Sea Harvest, for his contribution to the creative industry, contending fellow finalists Samuel Seeff, Chairman of Seeff Properties, John Nicolakakis, CEO of Romans Pizza and Braam van Huyssteen, Founder of Tekkie Town. In his thank you speech, Xenopoulos highlighted the importance of leadership and strong values in Southern African business.

The Business Leader of the Year – Southern Africa Presented by Bosch saw three seasoned businessmen competing for the notable title, which was ultimately awarded to Dr Johan van Zyl, Group Chief Executive of Sanlam. Van Zyl was nominated in this category alongside Edward Kieswetter, CEO of Alexander Forbes and Sisa Ngebulana, CEO of Billion Group.

The title of Business Woman of the Year – Southern Africa went to Louisa Mojela and Gloria Serobe of WIPHOLD for their achievements spanning two decades.They ran against Natasha Sideris, Founder of Tashas and Jeanne Groenewald, Founder of Elgin Free Range Chickens.

Wendy Ackerman of The Ackerman Foundation received the newly added Philanthropist of the Year – Southern Africa award for her ongoing community work. The category was introduced at the 2015 AABLA to recognise those who seek to promote the welfare of others and to encourage more benevolence on the continent. Ackerman was nominated alongside Wendy Appelbaum of the Wendy Appelbaum Foundation and Solly Noor of the Solly and Zohra Noor Foundation.

Rachmat Thomas of Chic Shoe Manufacturing became the first in AABLA history to be named Industrialist of the Year for Southern Africa. As a new category to the AABLA, set on promoting beneficiation and manufacturing on the continent, the category winner was selected by the judges as a key contributor to driving economic growth.

The highlight of a magical night was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Southern Africa in association with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, awarded to Dr Christo Wiese whose business empire has reached across Africa, Asia and Europe with his interest and influence ranging from fashion, to fitness, furniture, private equity and retail. In his thank you speech, Wiese highlighted the vast opportunities that Africa presents.

The AABLA Jaguar Land Rover fleet of luxury vehicles chauffeured nominees and judges alike to the event in style, with the 2015 AABLA masters of ceremony looking dapper in Carducci suits.

Now, regional winners will vie for the ultimate title of Africa’s business icon in their sector at the black tie All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa All Africa Finale in Johannesburg on November 13, 2015 hosted by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela, where the ultimate trailblazers of African business are named and commended for their part in the continent’s success.

With #AABLA2015 having trended on Twitter throughout the night and into the early morning in South Africa, the highlights of the ceremony will be broadcast on CNBC Africa on October 7 at 21h15 CAT.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards

The event will once again be produced by ABN Productions.

2015 Top Business Leaders Honoured at AABLA West Africa

LAGOS October 23, 2015 – The winners of the West African regional 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa were announced at a dazzling ceremony held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos on October 22.

Now, the West African winners will go on to contend other regional winners from Southern and East Africa to determine Africa’s most respected business leader at the All Africa AABLA Grande Finale, to take place on November 13 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Renowned for identifying excellence in business on the African continent, the All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa recognise the challenges and diversity of the African business arena, and the West African awards focus on those who have shaped the regions business sector.

The evening commenced with awarding the Young Business Leader of the Year – West Africa Presented by Lancaster University Ghana, to Nteff Alain, Co-founder of The Gifted Mom. Ahonsi Unuigbe, Chief Executive of Petralon Energy Nigeria and Yetunde A. Odugbesan, CEO of Yetunde Global Consulting were also notable finalists.

Obinna Ekezie, Founder of Wakanow.com walked away as Entrepreneur of the Year – West Africa Presented by Sea Harvest, for his work in the online space, contending fellow finalists Paul Orajiaka, CEO of Auldon Limited and Swaady Martin-Leke, Founder and CEO of YSWARA Luxe.

The Business Leader of the Year – West Africa Presented by Bosch saw three seasoned businessmen competing for the notable title, which was ultimately awarded to Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of GTBank. Agbaje was nominated in this category alongside Issam Darwish, CEO of IHS Holding Ltd. and John Bonoh Sisay, CEO of Sierra Rutile.

The title of Business Woman of the Year – West Africa went to Adepeju Adebajo, Managing Director of WAPCO Operations, Lafarge Africa Plc.. She competed against Adenike Ogunlesi, Founder of Ruff ‘N’ Tumble, Dr. Leticia Osafo Addo, CEO of Samba Foods and Nimi Akinkugbe, CEO of Bestman Games Ltd.

Fred Swaniker, Founder of the African Leadership Academy received the newly added Philanthropist of the Year – West Africa. The category was introduced at the 2015 AABLA to recognise those who seek to promote the welfare of others and to encourage more benevolence on the continent. Swaniker was nominated alongside Patrick Awuah Jr, Founder and President of Ashesi University.

Aliko Dangote, President of the Dangote Group became the first in AABLA history to be named Industrialist of the Year for West Africa Presented by EcoBank. In 2011, Dangote won Africa Business Leader of the Year and Africa Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural AABLA. As a new category to the AABLA, set on promoting beneficiation and manufacturing on the continent, the Industrialist category winner was selected by the judges as a key contributor to driving economic growth through a multitude of businesses.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award for West Africa in association with IHS, awarded to His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II Sarkin Kano, for his contribution to Nigeria’s economy through his long and notable career in the banking and financial sector.

The AABLA Jaguar Land Rover fleet of premium vehicles chauffeured nominees and judges alike to the event in comfort, with the 2015 AABLA masters of ceremony looking elegant in Carducci suits.

Regional winners will compete for the ultimate title of Africa’s business icon in their sector at the black tie All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa All Africa Grande Finale in Johannesburg next month, hosted by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela, where the definitive trailblazers of African business are named and commended for their part in the continent’s success.

The highlights of the West African ceremony will be broadcast on CNBC Africa on October 28 at 21h15 CAT.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards

The AABLA are produced by ABN Productions.
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About the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa
The AABLA are the leading African award honoring excellence in business leadership on the continent. Established in 2011, the AABLA received over 100 entries from across the continent in 2015. The AABLA is presented in partnership with CNBC Africa. Sponsors of the AABLA include Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration, Bosch, Carducci, IDC, Jaguar Land Rover, Lancaster University Ghana, EcoBank, IHS and Sea Harvest. Partners include Cinemark, Forbes Africa, Independent Newspapers, Arik Air, Liquid Thought and Tomodachi.

About CNBC Africa and CNBCAfrica.com
CNBC Africa is the recognized as a leader in business news on the continent and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 8 million viewers in Africa. The network of 15 bureaus across the continent provides 9 live hours a day of business programming in Africa (weekdays from 07:45 a.m. – 21:00 p.m. CAT), produced at CNBC Africa’s headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg and includes contributions from CNBC’s bureaus worldwide. CNBC Africa also has a vast portfolio of online content on CNBCAfrica.com, with 275’000 page views per month, which delivers real-time market news, information and live streaming of the channel to a top-tier pan-African and global audience. CNBC Africa is available in 48 countries on DStv, Channel 410.

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2015 West Africa Prepares to Celebrate Business Excellence at the AABLA

LAGOS October 19, 2015 – Africa’s most prestigious business awards, the annual 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa head to Lagos, Nigeria, this week, celebrating the pioneers and change-makers of West Africa.

With West Africa’s finalists having been revealed for their significant contributions to the region’s success, the third and last regional round of the AABLA will take place at the Eko Hotels & Suites in Lagos on October 22nd to announce this years winners and celebrate the awards 5th anniversary.

Regional winners will then vie for the ultimate title of Africa’s business icon in their sector at the esteemed All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa Grande Finale in Johannesburg on November 13th, 2015 hosted by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela.

The finalists for each category in the West African round are:

  • Young Business Leader of the Year – West Africa Presented by Lancaster University Ghana
  • 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 – West Africa Presented by Sea Harvest
  • 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 – West Africa Presented by Bosch
  • Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of GTBank
  • Issam Darwish, CEO of IHS Holding Ltd.
  • John Bonoh Sisay, CEO of Sierra Rutile
  • Business Woman of the Year – West Africa
  • Adenike Ogunlesi, Founder of Ruff ‘N’ Tumble
  • 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 – West Africa
  • Fred Swaniker, Founder of African Leadership Academy
  • Patrick Awuah Jr, Founder and President of Ashesi University

The Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by IHS 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 EcoBank, will take on a similar format.

“Reviewing some of the West African 2015 finalists, the region presents some very strong candidates and we look forward to seeing who will take this years regional honours and represent West Africa at the All Africa Finale to be hosted in Johannesburg,” comments Alexander Leibner, Head of ABN Productions, producers of the AABLA.

Guests will once again be treated to the best of Jaguar Land Rover at each of the regional events, with Arik Air as the official Airline Partner and Lagos Business School supporting the event as the Knowledge Partner. The 2015 AABLA hosts will be dressed by Carducci.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2015.

2016 Africa's Ultimate Business Leaders Named For 2016 Finale

AFRICA’S ULTIMATE BUSINESS LEADERS NAMED FOR 2016

2016 Winners Announced for the All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa

 

JOHANNESBURG November 14, 2016 – Africa’s 9 best business leaders were celebrated at the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa (AABLA), at the exclusive All Africa Finale, held in Johannesburg on Friday 11 November 2016, attended by prominent businesses leaders from across the continent, ambassadors and the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura.

 

The winning business leaders triumphed at the All Africa Finale after an 11-month long journey in Africa’s leading business award, which recognizes Africa’s bold leaders and change-makers of business in East, West and Southern Africa. As the pinnacle of the AABLA, the All Africa Finale drew an audience from across the continent and the world, with attendees from as far afield as the United States, Australia, Scotland and India.

 

Vice Chairman and Founder of the ABN Group, Rakesh Wahi, opened the evening with the launch of his book ‘Be A Lion’, a memoir of his life as an entrepreneur and business leader in emerging markets. Guests were then welcomed with a keynote address by the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura followed with an address by Kgosi Pilane of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela.

 

The AABLA presented trophies to the 9 All Africa category winners:

  • East Africa’s Darshan Chandaria of the Chandaria Group won the All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year presented by Lancaster University and Transnational Education Ghana.
  • West Africa’s Sola David-Borha of Stanbic IBTC Holings was singled out as the All Africa Business Woman of the Year presented by WIPHOLD.
  • Representing West Africa, the All Africa Innovator of the Year title went to mPedigree Network’s Bright Simons.
  • West Africa’s Abdulsamad Rabiu is the founder of BUA Group was named Industrialist of the Year presented by the IDC.
  • All Africa Philanthropist of the Year trophy went to West Africa’s Aliko Dangote of the Dangote Foundation.
  • South Africa’s Discovery earned the notable title of All Africa Company of the Year with CEO, Adrian Gore, also named All Africa Business Leader of the Year presented by Bosch.
  • The prestigious accolade of All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year presented by the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, went to South African Stephen Saad, CEO of Aspen Pharmacare.

 

Finally, the special honour of the All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon South African Brian Joffe, for his exceptional accomplishments over the period of a lifetime.

 

The All Africa Finalists were chauffeured to the award in style by the Official Vehicle Partner Jaguar Land Rover.

 

The AABLA recognise Africa’s bold leaders of business in East, West and Southern Africa and once again are partnered by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela to bring Africa’s leading business award to the continent.

 

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2016

 

The 2016 AABLA Finale was supported by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Lancaster University and Transnational Education Ghana, Bosch, IDC, the GGDA, WIPHOLD, Jaguar Land Rover, WITS Business School, Independent Newspapers and Forbes Africa. The event was proudly produced by ABN Event Productions.

 

The All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa now looks ahead to 2017, anticipating the emergence of new industry leaders and the continued success of business stalwarts on the continent.

 

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2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards Finalist Announced East 1

EAST AFRICA TO CELEBRATE REMARKABLE BUSINESS LEADERS

KIGALI September 15, 2016 – The winners of the East African round of the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa (AABLA) were announced at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) during an elegant ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda on 8 September.

CNBC Africa will broadcast an AABLA East Africa highlights special on the network on 15 September at 7pm CAT, DStv Channel 410 or streamed live on YouTube and CNBCAfrica.com.

The East African winners will go on to compete against the boldest business leaders from around the continent in the Grand Finale to be held later this year for the coveted title of Africa’s most respected pioneer in their chosen field.

Identifying game-changing business leaders in a variety of categories, the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa recognise the diversity of the African business landscape, and the Kigali leg celebrated those who have forged and helped shape the East African business world.

The event saw close to 200 guests fill the main auditorium of the KCC to recognise and celebrate business excellence in the region. Guest of honour, Rwandan Finance Minister Claver Gatete, gave the keynote address in the presence of His Royal Highness (HRH) Kgosi Nyalala Pilane of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Ambassadors and captain’s of industry.

The 2016 AABLA East Africa winners are:

Young Business Leader of the Year – East Africa presented by Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa

  • Darshan Chandaria, Director and Group CEO of Chandaria Group

Entrepreneur of the Year – East Africa presented by the GGDA

  • Ashok Shah, CEO of APA Insurance

Business Women of the Year – East Africa

  • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder of soleRebels

Innovator of the Year – East Africa

  • Danson Muchemi, Founder of Web Tribe

Company of the Year – East Africa

  • Bank of Kigali

Business Leader of the Year – East Africa presented by Bosch

  • Egide Gatera, Chairman of Rwanda Mountain Tea

Industrialist of the Year – East Africa presented by the IDC

  • Claver Mugabo, Founder of Trust Industries

Philanthropist of the Year – East Africa

  • Damaris Too-Kimondo, Director of Shrand Promotions

Lifetime Achievement Award – East Africa

  • Jacques Rusirare, Founder of Ameki Group

The AABLA, now in their sixth year, recognise Africa’s bold leaders of business in East, West and Southern Africa and once again are partnered by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela to bring Africa’s leading business award to the continent. The AABLA will move on to Johannesburg on September 29 before finishing the regional rounds in Lagos on October 20. The Grand Finale will crown an All Africa winner in Johannesburg on November 11 and promises to be the business event of the year.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2016

The AABLA East Africa are supported by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa, Bosch, IDC, the GGDA, RDB, Rwanda Events, Jaguar Land Rover, University of Rwanda, Radisson Blu Kigali, Independent Newspapers and Forbes Africa.

The event is proudly produced by ABN Productions.

For Interviews, Images Or Further Information Contact:

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All Africa Business Leaders Awards
ABN Productions
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About the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa:

The AABLA are the leading African award honoring excellence in business leadership on the continent. Established in 2011, the AABLA received over 100 entries from across the continent in 2016. The AABLA is presented in partnership with CNBC Africa. Partners and Sponsors of the AABLA include Forbes Africa, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration, Bosch, Jaguar Land Rover, Independent Newspapers, IDC.

About CNBC Africa and CNBCAfrica.com

CNBC Africa is the recognized as a leader in business news on the continent and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 8 million viewers in Africa. The network of 15 bureaus across the continent provides 9 live hours a day of business programming in Africa (weekdays from 07:45 a.m. – 21:00 p.m. CAT), produced at CNBC Africa’s headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg and includes contributions from CNBC’s bureaus worldwide. CNBC Africa also has a vast portfolio of online content on CNBCAfrica.com, with 275’000 page views per month, which delivers real-time market news, information and live streaming of the channel to a top-tier pan-African and global audience. CNBC Africa is available in 48 countries on DStv, Channel 410.

About Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover sells fully imported vehicles manufactured in the United Kingdom. Acquired by Tata Holdings in June 2008, it currently has the strongest product line-up in its history, and a future that promises to be exciting and profitable. JLR has two iconic brands, each with a wonderfully rich heritage, as well as incredibly powerful consumer equity and appeal. Jaguar Land Rover sub-Sahara Africa is located in the Route 21 Corporate Park situated in Irene, Centurion. It currently employs a total of 55 permanent employees, across sales and marketing, customer service, and Training Academy operations. JLR has representation in 19 sub-Saharan markets, where it has invested over $50m in refreshing its dealer network to offer customers first-class facilities for buying and servicing their vehicles.

About Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela

Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela nation reside in South Africa’s North West province close to Sun City. Bakgatla are a sub-group of the Ba-Tswana nation. Their language, Setswana is one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. The natural beauty and mineral resources which hold the core wealth of this nation, has led His Royal Highness (HRH) Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, Traditional Leader of the region, to a vision now known as the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela Master Plan. The long-term Master Plan is anchored on four main pillars; agriculture, mining, tourism and infrastructure. The natural magnificence and mineral resources of the region have resulted in the development of vibrant tourism and mining industries. HRH Kgosi Pilane has spearheaded joint ventures with various mining groups and business partners and now prudently manages his people’s share of the wealth, ensuring that they are continually being uplifted on many levels.

About IDC

The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC) is a national Development Finance Institution (DFI). It was established in 1940 to promote economic growth and industrial development in South Africa. The IDC’s mandate includes the rest of the African continent and are active throughout the entire region. The IDC operate in a broad spectrum of industries and with specialized knowledge and experience, are able to offer valid and appropriate financial assistance to a wide variety of individuals and companies.

About WIPHOLD

Women Investment Portfolio Holdings Limited (WIPHOLD) is an investment and operating company owned by black women and dedicated to the empowerment of black women. WIPHOLD has a diversified portfolio from financial services through to mining resources and infrastructure development. Operational investments are concentrated in the financial, infrastructure and resources sectors, with financial services comprising the bulk of the portfolio. Strategic and value investments are more widely diversified, something the group is now also aiming for with its operational investments.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group, founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886, is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” In Africa, Bosch has been present since 1906 through its network of partners and distributors. The company sees Africa as a major growth market and currently has subsidiaries in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and in Ghana.

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2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards Finalists Announced East

EAST AFRICA TO CELEBRATE REMARKABLE BUSINESS LEADERS

KIGALI September 8, 2016 – The Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) dome will light up the night skyline, as it is set to host the East Africa round of the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Thursday, September 8.

The event will see close to 200 guests fill the main auditorium of the KCC to recognise and celebrate business excellence in the region. Guest of honour Rwandan Finance Minister Claver Gatete, will join His Royal Highness (HRH) Kgosi Nyalala Pilane of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Ambassadors and captain’s of industry in commending finalists from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

The AABLA recognise the Continent’s most pioneering business game-changers in a variety of categories that mirror the multifaceted nature of the African business landscape. The AABLA will be the first award dinner to be held at the KCC, which opened in July 2016 for the 27th AU Summit.

The 2016 AABLA East Africa finalists are:

Young Business Leader of the Year – East Africa presented by Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa

  • Darshan Chandaria, Director and Group CEO of Chandaria Group
  • Trushar Khetia, Founder and CEO of Tria Group
  • Jean de Dieu Kagabo, Founder and CEO of Soft Group

Entrepreneur of the Year – East Africa presented by the GGDA

  • Ashok Shah, CEO of APA Insurance
  • Bimal Kantaria, Director of Elgon Kenya

Business Women of the Year – East Africa

  • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder of soleRebels
  • Joseline Kateeba, Managing Director of Crest Foam

Innovator of the Year – East Africa

  • Danson Muchemi, Founder of Web Tribe
  • Patrick Buchana, Founder of AC Group
  • Ernest Kayinamura, CEO of Hexakomb

Company of the Year – East Africa

  • APA Insurance
  • Bank of Kigali
  • National Microfinance Bank (NMB)

Business Leader of the Year – East Africa presented by Bosch

  • Juliet Umutoni, Country Manager of DHL Express Rwanda
  • Egide Gatera, Chairman of Rwanda Mountain Tea
  • Fatima Abubakar, Country Manager of DHL Express Uganda

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. The Industrialist of the Year category presented by the IDC along with the Philanthropist of the Year, will take on a similar format.

The AABLA, now in their sixth year, recognise Africa’s bold leaders of business in East, West and Southern Africa and once again are partnered by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela to bring Africa’s leading business award to the continent. The AABLA will move on to Johannesburg on September 29 before finishing the regional rounds in Lagos on October 20. The Grand Finale will crown an All Africa winner in Johannesburg on November 11 and promises to be the business event of the year.

Highlights from the East Africa event will for the first time be shown on RTV, following the premiere broadcast on CNBC Africa on September 14, 2016 at 7pm CAT.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2016

The AABLA East Africa are supported by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa, Bosch, IDC, the GGDA, RDB, Rwanda Events, Jaguar Land Rover, University of Rwanda, Radisson Blu Kigali, Independent Newspapers and Forbes Africa.

The event is proudly produced by ABN Productions.

About the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa:

The AABLA are the leading African award honoring excellence in business leadership on the continent. Established in 2011, the AABLA received over 100 entries from across the continent in 2016. The AABLA is presented in partnership with CNBC Africa. Partners and Sponsors of the AABLA include Forbes Africa, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration, Bosch, Jaguar Land Rover, Independent Newspapers, IDC.

About CNBC Africa and CNBCAfrica.com

CNBC Africa is the recognized as a leader in business news on the continent and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 8 million viewers in Africa. The network of 15 bureaus across the continent provides 9 live hours a day of business programming in Africa (weekdays from 07:45 a.m. – 21:00 p.m. CAT), produced at CNBC Africa’s headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg and includes contributions from CNBC’s bureaus worldwide. CNBC Africa also has a vast portfolio of online content on CNBCAfrica.com, with 275’000 page views per month, which delivers real-time market news, information and live streaming of the channel to a top-tier pan-African and global audience. CNBC Africa is available in 48 countries on DStv, Channel 410.

About Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover sells fully imported vehicles manufactured in the United Kingdom. Acquired by Tata Holdings in June 2008, it currently has the strongest product line-up in its history, and a future that promises to be exciting and profitable. JLR has two iconic brands, each with a wonderfully rich heritage, as well as incredibly powerful consumer equity and appeal. Jaguar Land Rover sub-Sahara Africa is located in the Route 21 Corporate Park situated in Irene, Centurion. It currently employs a total of 55 permanent employees, across sales and marketing, customer service, and Training Academy operations. JLR has representation in 19 sub-Saharan markets, where it has invested over $50m in refreshing its dealer network to offer customers first-class facilities for buying and servicing their vehicles.

About Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela

Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela nation reside in South Africa’s North West province close to Sun City. Bakgatla are a sub-group of the Ba-Tswana nation. Their language, Setswana is one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. The natural beauty and mineral resources which hold the core wealth of this nation, has led His Royal Highness (HRH) Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, Traditional Leader of the region, to a vision now known as the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela Master Plan. The long-term Master Plan is anchored on four main pillars; agriculture, mining, tourism and infrastructure. The natural magnificence and mineral resources of the region have resulted in the development of vibrant tourism and mining industries. HRH Kgosi Pilane has spearheaded joint ventures with various mining groups and business partners and now prudently manages his people’s share of the wealth, ensuring that they are continually being uplifted on many levels.

About IDC

The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC) is a national Development Finance Institution (DFI). It was established in 1940 to promote economic growth and industrial development in South Africa. The IDC’s mandate includes the rest of the African continent and are active throughout the entire region. The IDC operate in a broad spectrum of industries and with specialized knowledge and experience, are able to offer valid and appropriate financial assistance to a wide variety of individuals and companies.

About WIPHOLD

Women Investment Portfolio Holdings Limited (WIPHOLD) is an investment and operating company owned by black women and dedicated to the empowerment of black women. WIPHOLD has a diversified portfolio from financial services through to mining resources and infrastructure development. Operational investments are concentrated in the financial, infrastructure and resources sectors, with financial services comprising the bulk of the portfolio. Strategic and value investments are more widely diversified, something the group is now also aiming for with its operational investments.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group, founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886, is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” In Africa, Bosch has been present since 1906 through its network of partners and distributors. The company sees Africa as a major growth market and currently has subsidiaries in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and in Ghana.

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2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards Finalists Announced Southern

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BUSINESS GIANTS CELEBRATED IN JOHANNESBURG

JOHANNESBURG October 6, 2016 – The biggest names in Southern African business attended the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa (AABLA) in Johannesburg during a glamorous gala dinner on 29 September.

CNBC Africa will broadcast an AABLA Southern Africa highlights special on the network on 6 October at 7pm CAT, DStv Channel 410 or streamed live on YouTube and CNBCAfrica.com.

The Southern African winners will go on to compete against their peers from around the continent in the All Africa Grand Finale to be held on 11 November 2016 in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Identifying game-changing business leaders in a variety of categories, the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa recognise the diversity of the African business landscape, and the Johannesburg leg celebrated those who have forged and helped shape the Southern African business world. The evening was hosted by CNBC Africa’s Gugulethu Cele and Alexander Leibner.

“This is for every young African girl who has a dream,” said Young Business Leader of the Year – Southern Africa winner Linda Olagunju, Founder of DLO Energy Resources.

The title of Business Woman of the Year – Southern Africa went to Lindani Dhlamini, CEO of one of South Africa’s leading majority black-owned professional services firms, SekelaXabiso.

Joint winners of the category Innovator of the Year – Southern Africa went to Ryan Harrison and Stacey Brewer, Co-Founders of SPARK Schools. “This is such a defining moment for education for South African citizens,” said a passionate Brewer in her acceptance speech.

Mathys Wehmeyer, Director of Hazleton Pumps, won the award for Industrialist of the Year – Southern Africa. “All our staff, on average, have been with us for 35 years,” said Wehmeyer.

Company of the Year – Southern Africa went to Discovery. “That’s a fantastic award,” uttered an excited Founder and CEO of Discovery, Adrian Gore during his thank you speech. “This award is really special for us. We are remarkably grateful and I talk on behalf of all our ten thousand people who will cherish this.” He also went on to take Business Leader of the Year – Southern Africa. “This really is a humbling experience,” commented Gore.

Entrepreneur of the Year – Southern Africa went to Stephen Saad, Group CEO of Aspen Pharmacare. “I want to thank all the people that supported this journey,” said Saad. “As excited as we were nearly 20 years ago, the best is yet to come!”

The Lifetime Achievement Award – Southern Africa went to Founder of Bid Corporation, Brian Joffe. During his acceptance speech, Joffe highlighted the important role education played in South Africa. “Education is the cornerstone of our future and if we get that wrong we can say all the nice words we like, we are not going to get there. To everyone that is involved in education, we better get that right – we’ve spent twenty years and we haven’t got it right yet.” He concluded by saying: “Smart people make money. Smart people make happiness. Smart people have great lives. And we want to be smart people.”

The AABLA recognise Africa’s bold leaders of business in East, West and Southern Africa and once again are partnered by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela to bring Africa’s leading business award to the continent. The AABLA will move on to Lagos on 20 October 2016 to recognise the best in business in West Africa. The All Africa Grand Finale will crown an overall winner in November, promising to bring together some of the biggest names in African business.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2016

The AABLA Southern Africa are supported by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa, Bosch, IDC, the GGDA, Jaguar Land Rover, WITS Business School, Independent Newspapers and Forbes Africa.

The event is proudly produced by ABN Event Productions.

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All Africa Business Leaders Awards
ABN Productions
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About the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa:

The AABLA are the leading African award honoring excellence in business leadership on the continent. Established in 2011, the AABLA received over 100 entries from across the continent in 2016. The AABLA is presented in partnership with CNBC Africa. Partners and Sponsors of the AABLA include Forbes Africa, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration, Bosch, Jaguar Land Rover, Independent Newspapers, IDC.

About CNBC Africa and CNBCAfrica.com

CNBC Africa is the recognized as a leader in business news on the continent and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 8 million viewers in Africa. The network of 15 bureaus across the continent provides 9 live hours a day of business programming in Africa (weekdays from 07:45 a.m. – 21:00 p.m. CAT), produced at CNBC Africa’s headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg and includes contributions from CNBC’s bureaus worldwide. CNBC Africa also has a vast portfolio of online content on CNBCAfrica.com, with 275’000 page views per month, which delivers real-time market news, information and live streaming of the channel to a top-tier pan-African and global audience. CNBC Africa is available in 48 countries on DStv, Channel 410.

About Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover sells fully imported vehicles manufactured in the United Kingdom. Acquired by Tata Holdings in June 2008, it currently has the strongest product line-up in its history, and a future that promises to be exciting and profitable. JLR has two iconic brands, each with a wonderfully rich heritage, as well as incredibly powerful consumer equity and appeal. Jaguar Land Rover sub-Sahara Africa is located in the Route 21 Corporate Park situated in Irene, Centurion. It currently employs a total of 55 permanent employees, across sales and marketing, customer service, and Training Academy operations. JLR has representation in 19 sub-Saharan markets, where it has invested over $50m in refreshing its dealer network to offer customers first-class facilities for buying and servicing their vehicles.

About Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela

Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela nation reside in South Africa’s North West province close to Sun City. Bakgatla are a sub-group of the Ba-Tswana nation. Their language, Setswana is one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. The natural beauty and mineral resources which hold the core wealth of this nation, has led His Royal Highness (HRH) Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, Traditional Leader of the region, to a vision now known as the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela Master Plan. The long-term Master Plan is anchored on four main pillars; agriculture, mining, tourism and infrastructure. The natural magnificence and mineral resources of the region have resulted in the development of vibrant tourism and mining industries. HRH Kgosi Pilane has spearheaded joint ventures with various mining groups and business partners and now prudently manages his people’s share of the wealth, ensuring that they are continually being uplifted on many levels.

About IDC

The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC) is a national Development Finance Institution (DFI). It was established in 1940 to promote economic growth and industrial development in South Africa. The IDC’s mandate includes the rest of the African continent and are active throughout the entire region. The IDC operate in a broad spectrum of industries and with specialized knowledge and experience, are able to offer valid and appropriate financial assistance to a wide variety of individuals and companies.

About WIPHOLD

Women Investment Portfolio Holdings Limited (WIPHOLD) is an investment and operating company owned by black women and dedicated to the empowerment of black women. WIPHOLD has a diversified portfolio from financial services through to mining resources and infrastructure development. Operational investments are concentrated in the financial, infrastructure and resources sectors, with financial services comprising the bulk of the portfolio. Strategic and value investments are more widely diversified, something the group is now also aiming for with its operational investments.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group, founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886, is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” In Africa, Bosch has been present since 1906 through its network of partners and distributors. The company sees Africa as a major growth market and currently has subsidiaries in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and in Ghana.

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2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards Finalists Announced West

AABLA CELEBRATES WEST AFRICAN BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENTS

LAGOS October 21, 2016 – Lagos hosted some of the most notable names in West African business as the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa (AABLA)raised a glass to unmatched achievements. The last of the three regional events ahead of the All Africa Grand Finale, the West African winners go on to compete against their peers from around the continent on November 11 in Johannesburg.

Identifying game-changing business leaders in a variety of categories, the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa recognised the diversity of the African business landscape, and the Lagos leg celebrated those who forged and helped shape the West African business landscape.

The 2016 AABLA West Africa winners are:

Young Business Leader of the Year – West Africa presented by Lancaster University and Transnational Education Africa

  • Seyi Abolaji and Seun Abolaji, Co-Founder’s of Wilson’s Juice Company

Entrepreneur of the Year – West Africa presented by Lagos State

  • Suleiman Yusuf, CEO of Blue Camel Energy

Business Women of the Year – West Africa

  • Sola David-Borha, CEO of Stanbic IBTC Holdings

Innovator of the Year – West Africa

  • Bright Simons, President of mPedigree Network

Philanthropist of the Year – West Africa

  • Aliko Dangote, Founder of the Dangote Group

Industrialist of the Year – West Africa presented by the IDC

  • Abdulsamad Rabiu, Founder of BUA Group

Company of the Year – West Africa

  • Dangote Group

Business Leader of the Year – West Africa presented by Bosch

  • Issam Darwish, CEO of IHS Holdings

Lifetime Achievement Award – West Africa presented by GT Bank

  • Dr Christopher Kolade, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Pan-Atlantic University

The AABLA recognise Africa’s bold leaders of business in East, West and Southern Africa and once again are partnered by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela to bring Africa’s leading business award to the continent. The AABLA will conclude in Johannesburg on 11 November to recognise the best in business in the All Africa Grand Finale, bringing together the biggest names in business from across the continent.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2016

The AABLA West Africa are supported by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Lancaster University and Transnational Education Africa, Bosch, IDC, GT Bank, Jaguar Land Rover, Lagos Business School, Lagos State, Eko Hotels & Suites, Q21, Independent Newspapers and Forbes Africa.

The event is proudly produced by ABN Event Productions.

For Interviews, Images Or Further Information Contact:

Chloe Gibbons
All Africa Business Leaders Awards
ABN Productions
+27 11 384 0300
chloe.gibbons@abn360.com

 

About the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa:

The AABLA are the leading African award honoring excellence in business leadership on the continent. Established in 2011, the AABLA received over 100 entries from across the continent in 2016. The AABLA is presented in partnership with CNBC Africa. Partners and Sponsors of the AABLA include Forbes Africa, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration, Bosch, Jaguar Land Rover, Independent Newspapers, IDC.

About CNBC Africa and CNBCAfrica.com

CNBC Africa is the recognized as a leader in business news on the continent and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 8 million viewers in Africa. The network of 15 bureaus across the continent provides 9 live hours a day of business programming in Africa (weekdays from 07:45 a.m. – 21:00 p.m. CAT), produced at CNBC Africa’s headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg and includes contributions from CNBC’s bureaus worldwide. CNBC Africa also has a vast portfolio of online content on CNBCAfrica.com, with 275’000 page views per month, which delivers real-time market news, information and live streaming of the channel to a top-tier pan-African and global audience. CNBC Africa is available in 48 countries on DStv, Channel 410.

About Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover sells fully imported vehicles manufactured in the United Kingdom. Acquired by Tata Holdings in June 2008, it currently has the strongest product line-up in its history, and a future that promises to be exciting and profitable. JLR has two iconic brands, each with a wonderfully rich heritage, as well as incredibly powerful consumer equity and appeal. Jaguar Land Rover sub-Sahara Africa is located in the Route 21 Corporate Park situated in Irene, Centurion. It currently employs a total of 55 permanent employees, across sales and marketing, customer service, and Training Academy operations. JLR has representation in 19 sub-Saharan markets, where it has invested over $50m in refreshing its dealer network to offer customers first-class facilities for buying and servicing their vehicles.

About Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela

Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela nation reside in South Africa’s North West province close to Sun City. Bakgatla are a sub-group of the Ba-Tswana nation. Their language, Setswana is one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. The natural beauty and mineral resources which hold the core wealth of this nation, has led His Royal Highness (HRH) Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, Traditional Leader of the region, to a vision now known as the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela Master Plan. The long-term Master Plan is anchored on four main pillars; agriculture, mining, tourism and infrastructure. The natural magnificence and mineral resources of the region have resulted in the development of vibrant tourism and mining industries. HRH Kgosi Pilane has spearheaded joint ventures with various mining groups and business partners and now prudently manages his people’s share of the wealth, ensuring that they are continually being uplifted on many levels.

About IDC

The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC) is a national Development Finance Institution (DFI). It was established in 1940 to promote economic growth and industrial development in South Africa. The IDC’s mandate includes the rest of the African continent and are active throughout the entire region. The IDC operate in a broad spectrum of industries and with specialized knowledge and experience, are able to offer valid and appropriate financial assistance to a wide variety of individuals and companies.

About WIPHOLD

Women Investment Portfolio Holdings Limited (WIPHOLD) is an investment and operating company owned by black women and dedicated to the empowerment of black women. WIPHOLD has a diversified portfolio from financial services through to mining resources and infrastructure development. Operational investments are concentrated in the financial, infrastructure and resources sectors, with financial services comprising the bulk of the portfolio. Strategic and value investments are more widely diversified, something the group is now also aiming for with its operational investments.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group, founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886, is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” In Africa, Bosch has been present since 1906 through its network of partners and distributors. The company sees Africa as a major growth market and currently has subsidiaries in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and in Ghana.

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2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards Finalists Announced

2016 ALL AFRICA BUSINESS LEADERS AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

JOHANNESBURG August 18, 2016 – The finalists in the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa were announced during a live broadcast on DStv Channel 410 on Wednesday night, marking the start of the award that will travel to East, West and Southern Africa, to recognise the best in business across the continent.

The live finalists announcement on CNBC Africa brought together members of the press, key stakeholders and sponsors to reveal this years contenders for the sixth season of the awards.

Working through over a hundred qualifying submissions, judges spent well over two months examining, analyzing and deliberating the candidates for 2016, narrowing it down to only a handful of business leaders per category, in each region.

The 2016 AABLA finalists for each region are:

Young Business Leader of the Year – East Africa presented by Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa

  • Darshan Chandaria, Director and Group CEO of Chandaria Group
  • Trushar Khetia, Founder and CEO of Tria Group
  • Jean de Dieu Kagabo, Founder and CEO of Soft Group

Young Business Leader of the Year – Southern Africa presented by Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa

  • Linda Olagunju, Founder and Managing Director at DLO Energy Resources
  • Jackie van Niekerk, CEO of Pivotal Property Fund
  • o Siya Beyile, Founder of The Threaded Man

Young Business Leader of the Year – West Africa presented by Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa

  • Tope Aroge, Managing Director of the Arog Bio Allied Agro Services
  • Seun and Seyi Abolaji, Founder’s and Managing Director’s of Wilson’s Juice Company
  • Uneku Atawodi, Founder of Bamboo Green Concepts

Entrepreneur of the Year – East Africa

  • Ashok Shah, CEO of APA Insurance
  • Bimal Kantaria, Director of Elgon Kenya

Entrepreneur of the Year – Southern Africa

  • Stephen Saad, Group CEO of Aspen Pharmacare
  • Magda Wierzycka, CEO of Sygnia Asset Management
  • Mark and Brett Levy, Joint-CEO of Blue Label Telecoms

Entrepreneur of the Year – West Africa

  • Paul Orajiaka, is the Founder of Auldon
  • Wole Faroun, CEO of Netplus Advisory
  • Suleiman Yusuf, CEO of Blue Camel Energy

Business Women of the Year – East Africa

  • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder of soleRebels
  • Joseline Kateeba, Managing Director of Crest Foam

Business Women of the Year – Southern Africa

  • Lindani Dhlamini, CEO of SekelaXabiso
  • Monica Singer, CEO of Strate

Business Women of the Year – West Africa

  • Sola David-Borha, CEO of Stanbic IBTC Holdings
  • Udo Okonjo, CEO and Founder of Fine & Country West Africa
  • Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola, CEO of Wecyclers

Innovator of the Year – East Africa

  • Danson Muchemi, Founder of Web Tribe
  • Patrick Buchana, Founder of AC Group
  • Ernest Kayinamura, CEO of Hexakomb

Innovator of the Year – Southern Africa

  • Thato Kgatlhanye, Founder of Rethaka
  • Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison, Founders of SPARK Schools

Innovator of the Year – West Africa

  • Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola, CEO of Wecyclers
  • Bright Simons, President of mPedigree Network

Company of the Year – East Africa

  • APA Insurance
  • Bank of Kigali
  • National Microfinance Bank (NMB)

Company of the Year – Southern Africa

  • Discovery
  • Bidvest
  • Aspen Pharmacare

Company of the Year – West Africa

  • Dangote Group
  • LafargeHolcim
  • Nestlé Central & West Africa
  • Zenith Bank

Business Leader of the Year – East Africa presented by Bosch

  • Juliet Umutoni, Country Manager of DHL Express Rwanda
  • Egide Gatera, Chairman of Rwanda Mountain Tea
  • Fatima Abubakar, Country Manager of DHL Express Uganda

Business Leader of the Year – Southern Africa presented by Bosch

  • Adrian Gore, Founder and CEO of Discovery
  • Mike Brown, CEO of Nedbank

Business Leader of the Year – West Africa presented by Bosch

  • Abdulsamad Rabiu, Founder of BUA Group
  • Issam Darwish, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of IHS Holding
  • John Bonoh Sisay, CEO of Sierra Rutile

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. The Industrialist of the Year category presented by the IDC along with the Philanthropist of the Year, will take on a similar format.

The AABLA, now in their sixth year, recognise Africa’s bold leaders and change-makers of business in East, West and Southern Africa. The regional events will be staged in Kigali on September 8, Johannesburg September 29 and Lagos October 20 with the Finale taking place in Johannesburg on November 11.

The winners of each region will go through to the Finale to crown an All Africa winner per category.

For more information, go to www.aablawards.com and follow the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards

The AABLA are supported by Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa, Bosch, WIPHOLD, IDC, Jaguar Land Rover, University of Rwanda, Wits Business School, Lagos Business School, Radisson Blu Kigali, Independent Newspapers and Forbes Africa.

The event is proudly produced by ABN Productions.

About the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa:

The AABLA are the leading African award honoring excellence in business leadership on the continent. Established in 2011, the AABLA received over 100 entries from across the continent in 2016. The AABLA is presented in partnership with CNBC Africa. Partners and Sponsors of the AABLA include Forbes Africa, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration, Bosch, Jaguar Land Rover, Independent Newspapers, IDC.

About CNBC Africa and CNBCAfrica.com

CNBC Africa is the recognized as a leader in business news on the continent and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 8 million viewers in Africa. The network of 15 bureaus across the continent provides 9 live hours a day of business programming in Africa (weekdays from 07:45 a.m. – 21:00 p.m. CAT), produced at CNBC Africa’s headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg and includes contributions from CNBC’s bureaus worldwide. CNBC Africa also has a vast portfolio of online content on CNBCAfrica.com, with 275’000 page views per month, which delivers real-time market news, information and live streaming of the channel to a top-tier pan-African and global audience. CNBC Africa is available in 48 countries on DStv, Channel 410.

About Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover sells fully imported vehicles manufactured in the United Kingdom. Acquired by Tata Holdings in June 2008, it currently has the strongest product line-up in its history, and a future that promises to be exciting and profitable. JLR has two iconic brands, each with a wonderfully rich heritage, as well as incredibly powerful consumer equity and appeal. Jaguar Land Rover sub-Sahara Africa is located in the Route 21 Corporate Park situated in Irene, Centurion. It currently employs a total of 55 permanent employees, across sales and marketing, customer service, and Training Academy operations. JLR has representation in 19 sub-Saharan markets, where it has invested over $50m in refreshing its dealer network to offer customers first-class facilities for buying and servicing their vehicles.

About Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela

Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela nation reside in South Africa’s North West province close to Sun City. Bakgatla are a sub-group of the Ba-Tswana nation. Their language, Setswana is one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. The natural beauty and mineral resources which hold the core wealth of this nation, has led His Royal Highness (HRH) Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, Traditional Leader of the region, to a vision now known as the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela Master Plan. The long-term Master Plan is anchored on four main pillars; agriculture, mining, tourism and infrastructure. The natural magnificence and mineral resources of the region have resulted in the development of vibrant tourism and mining industries. HRH Kgosi Pilane has spearheaded joint ventures with various mining groups and business partners and now prudently manages his people’s share of the wealth, ensuring that they are continually being uplifted on many levels.

About IDC

The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC) is a national Development Finance Institution (DFI). It was established in 1940 to promote economic growth and industrial development in South Africa. The IDC’s mandate includes the rest of the African continent and are active throughout the entire region. The IDC operate in a broad spectrum of industries and with specialized knowledge and experience, are able to offer valid and appropriate financial assistance to a wide variety of individuals and companies.

About WIPHOLD

Women Investment Portfolio Holdings Limited (WIPHOLD) is an investment and operating company owned by black women and dedicated to the empowerment of black women. WIPHOLD has a diversified portfolio from financial services through to mining resources and infrastructure development. Operational investments are concentrated in the financial, infrastructure and resources sectors, with financial services comprising the bulk of the portfolio. Strategic and value investments are more widely diversified, something the group is now also aiming for with its operational investments.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group, founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886, is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” In Africa, Bosch has been present since 1906 through its network of partners and distributors. The company sees Africa as a major growth market and currently has subsidiaries in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and in Ghana.

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ABN Productions
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2017 7th AABLA To Announce Finalists On CNBC AFRICA

7TH ALL AFRICA BUSINESS LEADER AWARDS TO ANNOUNCE FINALISTS ON CNBC AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG, SEPTEMBER 12: The 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa reveal the much anticipated finalist shortlist on CNBC Africa at 19:00pm on 14 September 2017.

 

This marks the start of what is set to be another memorable AABLA™ season, honouring business excellence across the continent. Annually, the AABLA hosts three regional events in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, before moving on to the AABLA Finale, which is hosted in South Africa.

 

Speaking on the occasion, The Co-Founder of the ABN Group and Founder of the AABLA awards said “The AABLA’s are today the most coveted awards on the African continent. Through the AABLA’s it has been our mission to recognize extraordinary leaders on the continent who have made a distinct difference to their organizations, industries and the communities across the continent. We are looking forward to a great event on 30th November”.

 

The Finalist Announcement broadcast, featuring an interview with previous AABLA winner and Discovery CEO, Adrian Gore, will reveal the shortlisted business leaders for each regional event, in the following categories:

 

  • Young Business Leader of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Business Woman of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year
  • Company of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year

 

The finalists will now go on to compete in the regional awards, which will be broadcast on CNBC Africa as follows:

 

  • AABLA Southern Africa: October 5th
  • AABLA West Africa: October 26th
  • AABLA East Africa: November 9th

 

The winners of the regional awards will then go on to compete in the coveted AABLA Finale, which will be broadcast on December 7th.

 

For more information, visit www.aablawards.com and follow the 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2017.

 

The event is proudly produced by ABN Event Productions.

 

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About CNBC Africa:

CNBC Africa is Africa’s most powerful multiplatform business media brand; owned by Africa Business News and headquartered in Johannesburg. It is part of the global CNBC family, reaching audiences in over 100 countries. Together with its companion site CNBCAfrica.com, CNBC Africa focuses on business, money, finance and economic news originating from Sub-Saharan Africa. CNBC is available in 90% of Sub-Saharan Africa through DTH and Satellite TV operator, MultiChoice Africa, DStv, Canal Plus and StarTimes Nigeria. You can also access CNBC Africa through our digital live-stream. CNBC has bureaus in over 15 cities, including, Lagos, Abuja, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Accra, Kigali. CNBC currently has an estimated patronage of over 500,000 viewers in South Africa. Viewership data in other markets is not currently available.

 

About ABN Event Productions:

Founded in 2011, ABN Event Productions; owned by Africa Business News and headquartered in Johannesburg, is a Pan-African events company, offering clients a unique and creative solution in the areas of events and business media. ABN Event Productions has excelled in delivering world-class business forums, award ceremonies, launch events, television events and corporate functions to clients looking to connect with their target audiences in a premium and unforgettable manner. Through partnering with television platform, CNBC Africa, and the digital counter-part, CNBCAfrica.com, as well as ABN Publishing which houses Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa, ABN Event Productions allows clients to increase their brand reach more than would be possible through a traditional events company. ABN Event Productions has the knowledge and experience to deliver everything from concept to catering and production elements at major events and is responsible for all event operations for the ABN Group.

 

About ABN:

ABN offers a holistic approach to telling Africa’s business story – first. With much-esteemed international brands such as CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa, providing a broadcast and print platform respectively, the ABN conglomerate also offers resources to organise world-class events across the African continent, through ABN Event Productions. ABN Training Institute boasts state-of-the-art facilities to provide media training among many other courses, while ABN Digital is the company’s online presence for your up-to-date business and markets news. Through its sub-brands, ABN aims to be Africa’s leading aggregator and distributor of business and economic.

 

2017 AABLA East Africa Regional Awards

7TH ALL AFRICA BUSINESS LEADER AWARDS GEAR UP FOR ALL AFRICA FINALE

Johannesburg, November 22nd: The 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa will reach its pinnacle next week as the seventh edition of the largest pan-African business awards crown winner of winners at the All Africa Finale.

In November, the final regional round saw East Africa’s boldest business leaders claim the regional trophy in their respective categories. Now regional victors will travel to Sandton Convention Centre on 30 November 2017 to see who will take the All Africa title at a black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony.

East Africa’s Jennifer Bash, CEO of Alaska Tanzania Industries (AKTZ) took the Young Business Leader of the Year category and will face Alloysius Attah, Co-Founder and CEO of Farmerline from West Africa and Sylvester Chauke, Chief Architect of DNA Brand Architects from Southern Africa, in the All Africa Finale. The All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year is Presented by Lancaster University Ghana.

 

Business Woman of the Year – East Africa was taken by Fatma Riyami Diwani, Managing Director of NatureRipe Kilimanjaro. She will now meet Oluwatoyin Sanni, Group CEO of United Capital Group of West Africa and Yolisa Phahle, CEO of M-Net in Southern Africa, to see who will walk away with the All Africa Business Woman of the Year title. The All Africa Business Woman of the Year is Presented by WIPHOLD.

 

Godfrey Magila, Founder & CEO of Magilatech won the Innovator of the Year – East Africa category and is set to go head-to-head with James Steere, Co-Founder of i-Drop Water, who had won the Southern African leg of the AABLA™.

 

Jean De Dieu Kagabo was crowned Industrialist of the Year – East Africa. The CEO of Soft Group will now take on his peer from Southern Africa, General Mthembu, Founder of Mthembu Tissue Converting. The All Africa Business Industrialist of the Year is Presented by the IDC.

 

Entrepreneur of the Year – East Africa, Maida Waziri, CEO of IBRA Construction Africa meets Southern Africa’s Ivan and Lynette Saltzman, Founders of Dischem Pharmacies and Mustapha Njie, CEO of TAF Africa Homes, to determine the All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017.

 

Chandaria Industries of East Africa, Capitec Bank Holdings of Southern Africa and Guaranty Trust Bank of West Africa will contend for the coveted All Africa Company of the Year trophy, won by Discovery Holdings in 2016.

 

Recognising Africa’s captains of industry, the Business Leader of the Year title for East Africa was bestowed upon Joshua Oigara, Group CEO of Kenya Commercial Bank. Joined by Khalid Abdulla, Group CEO of African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) and Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Bank at the All Africa Finale, who will claim the All Africa Business Leader of the Year title this year?

 

For the ultimate award of the All Africa Finale, Dr Samuel Motsuenyane, Founder of the Dr Sam Motsuenyane Rural Development Foundation and Kirit Patel, Founder & Chairman of RAMCO Group are the finalists for the All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

The AABLA™ East Africa judging process was done in conjunction with Auditing Partner Grant Thornton and Research Partner Chandaria School of Business. The 2017 AABLA™ East Africa judging committee included:

Francis Kamulegeya – Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Head Judge)

Martha Daud Luleka – Business Development Senior ,FoodBev International

Prof.Nshuti Manasseh – Professor of Finance, The University of Kigali

 

The All Africa AABLA™ judging panel brings together key judges from each of the regional awards, headed by Forbes Africa Managing Editor Chris Bishop, to select the annual overall winners.

 

For more information, visit www.aablawards.com and follow the 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2017. Hospitality packages and tickets to the event are available through the official AABLA™website.

The AABLA™ are proudly produced by ABN Event Productions.

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For further information, please contact:

Samantha Antonio

7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards

E: Samantha.Antonio@abn360.com

O: +27-11-384-0300

W: www.aablawards.com

Twitter: @aablawards

 

 

About CNBC Africa:

CNBC Africa is Africa’s most powerful multiplatform business media brand, owned by Africa Business News and headquartered in Johannesburg. It is part of the global CNBC family, reaching audiences in over 100 countries. Together with its companion site CNBCAfrica.com, CNBC Africa focuses on business, money, finance and economic news originating from Sub-Saharan Africa. CNBC is available in 90% of Sub-Saharan Africa through DTH and Satellite TV operators: DStv, Canal Plus and StarTimes Nigeria. Viewers can also access CNBC Africa through a digital live-stream on CNBCAfrica.com and YouTube. CNBC Africa has bureaus in Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Kigali with an estimated patronage of over 500,000 viewers in South Africa. Viewership data in other markets is currently not available.

About ABN Event Productions:

Founded in 2011, ABN Event Productions; owned by Africa Business News and headquartered in Johannesburg, is a Pan-African events company, offering clients a unique and creative solution in the areas of events and business media. ABN Event Productions has excelled in delivering world-class business forums, award ceremonies, launch events, television events and corporate functions to clients looking to connect with their target audiences in a premium and unforgettable manner. Through partnering with television platform, CNBC Africa, and the digital counter-part, CNBCAfrica.com, as well as ABN Publishing which houses Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa, ABN Event Productions allows clients to increase their brand reach more than would be possible through a traditional events company. ABN Event Productions has the knowledge and experience to deliver everything from concept to catering and production elements at major events and is responsible for all event operations for the ABN Group.

2017 AABLA Southern Region Winners

7TH ALL AFRICA BUSINESS LEADER AWARDS CROWN WINNERS FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA 

JOHANNESBURG, SEPTEMBER 29th: The 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa announced the winners of the Southern Africa leg at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton.

VIP guests joined the Southern Africa finalists, as they went head to head for the coveted AABLA™ regional trophy, in their respective categories.

“An entrepreneur and leader has unwavering belief in their vision and their ability to calmly manage through some of the toughest economic conditions – this is the reason we find ourselves here today celebrating the very best in business,” noted Managing Director of the ABN Group, Roberta Naicker, during her welcome address. “These awards are a tribute to those Captains of Industry who have made a qualitative and quantitative difference, to the companies, industries and communities that they serve.”

The awards were hosted against the backdrop of a stunning white lounge setting thanks to official décor partner, MOOVE Exhibition and Events Supplies, supported by AV and Technical Partner, TCH Bonisa.

 

AABLA™ Southern Africa Master of Ceremonies, Alexander Leibner looked the part in a tailored blue Tailor Me suit and kept VIP guests entertained throughout the night, as the AABLA™ Southern Africa winners were revealed as follows:

Young Business Leader of the Year Presented by Lancaster University Ghana Sylvester Chauke – Chief Architect, DNA Brand Architects.

 

Business Woman of the Year 

Yolisa Phahle – CEO, M-Net

 

Innovator of the Year 

James Steere – Co-Founder, I-Drop Water

 

Industrialist of the Year Presented by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) 

General Mthembu – Founder, Mthembu Tissue Converting

 

Entrepreneur of the Year 

Ivan and Lynette Saltzman – Founders, Dischem Pharmacies

 

Philanthropist of the Year 

Jannie Mouton – Founder and Chairman, PSG Group

 

Company of the Year 

Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd

 

Business Leader of the Year 

Khalid Abdulla – Group CEO, African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI)

 

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Dr Samuel Motsuenyane – Founder, Dr Sam Motsuenyane Rural Development Foundation

 

The winners will now go on to compete with East and West African winners in the AABLA™ Finale on November 30th in Sandton, which will be broadcast on CNBC Africa on December 7th.

 

The AABLA™ Southern Africa judging process was done in conjunction with Auditing Partner Grant Thornton and Research Partner Henley Business School. The 2017 AABLA™ Southern Africa judging committee included:

 

  • Chris Bishop, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa (Head Judge)
  • Kate Moodley, Franchise Director at Discovery
  • Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director of Henley Business School Africa
  • Cas Coovadia, Managing Director of The Banking Association of South Africa
  • Khanyisile Kweyama, Chairperson of Brand SA
  • Prof. Lumkile Wiseman Nkuhlu, Chancellor of The University of Pretoria
  • Russell Loubser, Director of Strate Limited

 

The highlights of the Southern Africa AABLA™ will be broadcast on CNBC Africa on October 5th at 9pm CAT.

 

For more information, visit www.aablawards.com and follow the 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2017.

The AABLA™ are proudly produced by ABN Event Productions.

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For images and further information, please contact:

Angelique Forman

7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards

E: angelique.forman@abn360.com

O: +27-11-384-0300

W: www.aablawards.com

Twitter: @aablawards

 

 

About CNBC Africa:

CNBC Africa is Africa’s most powerful multiplatform business media brand, owned by Africa Business News and headquartered in Johannesburg. It is part of the global CNBC family, reaching audiences in over 100 countries. Together with its companion site CNBCAfrica.com, CNBC Africa focuses on business, money, finance and economic news originating from Sub-Saharan Africa. CNBC is available in 90% of Sub-Saharan Africa through DTH and Satellite TV operators: DStv, Canal Plus and StarTimes Nigeria. Viewers can also access CNBC Africa through a digital live-stream on CNBCAfrica.com and YouTube. CNBC Africa has bureaus in Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Kigali with an estimated patronage of over 500,000 viewers in South Africa. Viewership data in other markets is currently not available.

 

About ABN Event Productions:

Founded in 2011, ABN Event Productions; owned by Africa Business News and headquartered in Johannesburg, is a Pan-African events company, offering clients a unique and creative solution in the areas of events and business media. ABN Event Productions has excelled in delivering world-class business forums, award ceremonies, launch events, television events and corporate functions to clients looking to connect with their target audiences in a premium and unforgettable manner. Through partnering with television platform, CNBC Africa, and the digital counter-part, CNBCAfrica.com, as well as ABN Publishing which houses Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa, ABN Event Productions allows clients to increase their brand reach more than would be possible through a traditional events company. ABN Event Productions has the knowledge and experience to deliver everything from concept to catering and production elements at major events and is responsible for all event operations for the ABN Group.

2017 AABLA™ Call For Nominations Extended

2017 AABLA™ CALL FOR NOMINATIONS EXTENDED

 

The 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) have extended the call for nominations to 30 June 2017

 

JOHANNESBURG, 8 June 2017 – The 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa have extended their call for nominations to 31 June 2017, affording business leaders from across the continent a last opportunity to enter this prominent award. It will be the seventh year that Africa’s largest business award will host a series of regional award ceremonies in East, West and Southern Africa, before crowning an All Africa winner at the Grand Finale.

 

The annual AABLA™ are set to honour business excellence and leaders who have made a considerable impact on their industry and community. The AABLA™ in Partnership with CNBC Africa salute game changers of business on the continent for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.

 

The AABLA™ will recognize business excellence across the following categories:

  • Young Business Leader of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Business Woman of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year
  • Industrialist of the Year presented by the IDC
  • Company of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Philanthropist of the Year

 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is selected at the judging panels discretion, recognizing those who have built significant business empires over the period of a lifetime.

 

In 2016, the AABLA presented trophies to the following All Africa category winners:

  • East Africa’s Darshan Chandaria of the Chandaria Group won the All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year.
  • West Africa’s Sola David-Borha of Stanbic IBTC Holings was singled out as the All Africa Business Woman of the Year.
  • Representing West Africa, the All Africa Innovator of the Year title went to mPedigree Network’s Bright Simons.
  • West Africa’s Abdul Samad Rabiu is the founder of BUA Group was named Industrialist of the Year.
  • All Africa Philanthropist of the Year trophy went to West Africa’s Aliko Dangote of the Dangote Foundation.
  • South Africa’s Discovery earned the notable title of All Africa Company of the Year with CEO, Adrian Gore, also named All Africa Business Leader of the Year.
  • The prestigious accolade of All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year went to South African Stephen Saad, CEO of Aspen Pharmacare.
  • Finally, the special honour of the All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon South African Brian Joffe, for his exceptional accomplishments over the period of a lifetime.

 

The AABLA™ will also remember those business leaders who have passed away between November 2016 and November 2017 in the “In Memoriam” segment during the AABLA™ Finale. Those wishing to submit a name are encouraged to do so on the official AABLA™ website.

 

The 2017 AABLA™ season will kick-off in Southern Africa with the regional gala dinner in Johannesburg on 28 September 2017, followed by the West African regional gala dinner in Lagos on 20 October 2017, concluding in East Africa with the regional gala dinner in Nairobi on 2 November 2017. The All Africa Grand Finale will be held on 30 November 2017 in Johannesburg, bringing together the winners of each regional event, to select the overall victor in each category.

 

For more information and to submit a nomination, visit www.aablawards.com and follow the 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2017

 

The event is proudly produced by ABN Event Productions.

 

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Photo Captions:

2017 AABLA All Africa Industrialist of the Year, Founder and Chairman of the BUA Group – Abdul Samad Rabiu

2017 AABLA All Africa Business Leader of the Year, CEO of Discovery Health – Adrian Gore

 

For images and further information, please contact:

 

Alexander Leibner

7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards

E: alexander.leibner@abn360.com

M: +27-83-310-8388

O: +27-11-384-0300

W: www.aablawards.com

 

 

2017 The AABLA™ Welcome Research Partner HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL

THE AABLA™ WELCOME AWARD PARTNER HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL

Leader in the academic industry, Henley Business School Africa, has partnered with the 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) to assist in the judging and assessment of all nominees for 2017.

JOHANNESBURG, 13 JUNE 2017 – Henley Business School Africa (Henley Africa) has partnered with the prestigious 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa, as the official Southern Africa research partner.
The annual AABLA™ are set to honour business excellence and leaders who have made a considerable impact on their industry and community. The AABLA™ in Partnership with CNBC Africa salute game changers of business on the continent for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.

 

The AABLA™ Southern Africa take place at Montecasino in Johannesburg on 28 September 2017 with the AABLA™ Grand Finale celebrating the best in African business at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 November 2017.

As the AABLA™ research partner for Southern Africa, Henley Africa will audit the academic documents and will conduct reputation research for all Southern African entrants.

Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Henley Africa’s Dean & Director, is on the judging panel for the Southern Africa AABLA™ and also involved in the selection process for the AABLA™ Grand Finale on 30 November 2017, when Africa’s All Africa winners will be announced.

Foster-Pedley says Henley Africa is delighted to be the research partner for the awards. “Henley has been involved in growing business leaders in Africa for the past 26 years. Our vision is to build the people, who build the businesses that build Africa. We are therefore very pleased to partner with CNBC Africa, who has its finger on the pulse of Africa’s business news.”

Henley will be encouraging its students, alumni and clients – many of whom are prominent leaders that are making a difference in their industries and communities – to enter the awards.

“The awards tie in with our emphasis on being a truly international business school, at the forefront of teaching sound business principles and highly effective leadership skills that are internationally accredited and recognised,” comments Foster-Pedley.

“Over the years many of Africa’s prominent business leaders have enrolled at Henley. They like the fact that we are rated among the top business schools in the world. We are also the only business school in Africa to offer a triple-accredited MBA, with accreditation from the leading UK, European and US accreditation bodies. We are also accredited by South Africa’s Council on Higher Education and many of our alumni work in senior positions in government, industry, media, business schools and NGOs,” concludes Foster-Pedley.

 

For more information and to submit a nomination, visit www.aablawards.com and follow the 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2017

 

Entries have been extended and will close on 31 June 2017. The event is proudly produced by ABN Event Productions.

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

Jean Robertson

Henley Business School Africa

PR Manager

pr@henleysa.ac.za

 

Alexander Leibner
7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards
E: alexander.leibner@abn360.com
M: +27-83-310-8388
O: +27-11-384-0300

Twitter  @AABLAwards 

Website:  www.aablawards.com

Hashtag: #AABLA2017