The Africa CEO Forum Awards 2016 will honour CEOs and companies

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The Africa CEO Forum 2016 will be taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 21 and 22 March. The event has become the international forum of reference dedicated to the development of the private sector in Africa and this year, for the fourth time, the achievements of CEOs and companies in Africa will be honoured during the Africa CEO Forum Awards 2016. A new category “young CEO of the year” has been introduced and will recognise the achievements of a young and upcoming CEO.

The Africa CEO Forum Awards honour companies and investors whose strategies have demonstrated their commitment to play a part in Africa’s growth over the past year.

Six prizes will be announced on the evening of 21 March 2016, in the presence of Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. Finalists in the various categories include:

African company of the year
1. Ascendis Health
2. Dangote Group
3. Ison Group
4. Maroc Telecom
5. Naspers
6. Safaricom
7. Sanlam
8. Seplat

African bank of the year
1. Afriland First Bank
2. Attijariwafa Bank
3. BGFIBank holding
4. Guaranty Trust Bank
5. Groupe Banque Populaire
6. Rawbank
7. Standard Bank Group
8. Zenith Bank

Private equity investor of the year
1. Africa Finance Corporation
2. AfricInvest
3. Amethis Finance
4. Blackstone
5. ECP
6. KKR
7. Vital Capital Fund
8. Wendel Africa

International corporation of the year
1. Africa Internet Group
2. AXA
4. G4S
5. Heineken
6. Olam
7. Necotrans
8. Unilever

CEO of the year
1. Aliko Dangote, president/CEO, Dangote Group
2. Brahim Benjelloun-Touimi, chairman of the board, Bank of Africa Group
3. Divine Ndhlukula, founder and MD, Securico
4. Fatima Beyina-Moussa, MD, ECAir
5. Jaswinder Bedi, CEO, Bedi Investments
6. Jean Kacou Diagou, president, NSIA Group
7. Oba Otudeko, president, Honeywell Group
8. Zouhair Bennani, CEO, Label’Vie

Young CEO of the year
1. Ashish J. Thakkar, founder and CEO, Mara Group
2. Gossy Ukanwoke, founder, BAU R&D
3. Jason Njoku, co-founder and CEO, Iroko
4. Manuel Osa Nsue Nsua, CEO, Banco Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial
5. Michael Macharia, founder and group CEO, Seven Seas Technologies
6. Saad Sefrioui, MD, Groupe Addoha
7. Sangu Delle, founder and CEO, Golden Palm Investments
8. Sébastien Kadio-Morokro, MD, Petro Ivoire

The Africa CEO Forum Awards will, for the first time, honour a “young CEO of the year” – an African CEO under 40 who heads an upcoming African company that shows strong growth potential.

Since the first Africa CEO Forum Awards in 2012, nearly 100 companies, private equity funds and CEOs have been nominated by succeeding juries and 20 Awards have been presented. These include the coveted CEO Of the year title which has been awarded to:

  • Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines (2012)
  • Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, CEO, Kalagadi Manganese (2014)
  • Issad Rebrab, CEO, Cevital and Chris Kirbui, Director, Centum Investment Group (2015)

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Set up in partnership with the African Development Bank, the Africa CEO Forum is an event organised jointly by Groupe Jeune Afrique, publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and Rainbow Unlimited, a Swiss company specialising in economic promotion events.

In 2015 the third edition played host to more than 800 African and international figures, including 500 CEOs from 43 African countries and 100 top-level speakers. The Africa CEO Forum is firmly established as the foremost event on development issues in the African private sector.

Press contact: Abdoul Maïga – Tel. +33 1 44 30 18 18 – [email protected]