Overseas Funding Community (FIN) in partnership with Forbes Better of Africa have earmarked main lights in enterprise, politics, innovation, management and the economic system in Africa for honour and celebration on the forthcoming FORBES Better of Africa Award which is slated for August 6, 2021.
The occasion, based on analysts, goes to be one of many largest and most prestigious within the yr 2021. A significant spotlight of the occasion would be the celebration of essential personalities who’ve and proceed to have important affect on the enterprise, political, management and financial panorama of Africa.
The awards is coming after months of intense analysis and thorough verification train by FIN and FORBES and can be offered by none aside from Mark Furlong, President of Customs Options at Forbes.
Among the many recipients are Sam Matekane, Kwame Bediako, Mahmood Ahmadu and Leo Stan Ekeh. Different awardees embody: Wendy Ackerman, Rajan Mahtani, Ken Sharpe, Claver Gatete and Paul Adefarasin.
The Chairman of Overseas Funding Community (FIN) Group, Olayinka Fayomi, will ship the welcome handle.
Additionally to ship a goodwill message, is the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Yemi Osinbajo who can be represented by Nigeria’s Cupboard Minister of Commerce and Funding, His Excellency Niyi Adebayo.
To ship a keynote handle is the Prelate and Metropolitan Senior Pastor of the Home on the Rock Nigeria and Founder and President of The Rock Basis, Pastor Paul Adefarasin.
Different panellists embody: Wendy Ackerman, His Excellency Ghadiyali Zuliquar, a multi-faceted technocrat, businessman and main entrepreneur within the Center East; Dalith Steiger, co-founder of the award-winning, Begin-up, Swiss Cognitive; Rajan Mahtani, a Zambian enterprise magnate and Chairman of Finance Financial institution Zambia Restricted, and Sam Matekane, an entrepreneur and chairman of Matekane Group of Corporations Lesotho.
The FIN – Forbes Better of Africa Award is normally given yearly in reference to the Better of Africa occasion held in New York Metropolis across the United Nations Common Award (UNGA) conferences to spotlight enterprise personalities with a file of making and constructing nice world companies which have made far-reaching and constructive contributions to the event of Africa.
WINNERS LIST AND PROFILES.
Paul Adefarasin is a Christian Minister, Creator, Coach, Philanthropist, Motivator, Speaker and Tv Broadcaster of ‘One thing Is About To Occur’, which airs in hundreds of thousands of houses throughout Africa and Europe for over 20 years. He’s additionally the convener of “The Expertise” -the largest musical occasion in Africa, and Founder and Metropolitan Senior Pastor of the burgeoning Home On The Rock, a multiracial, multi-tribal, and multifaceted Church with a number of daughter Church buildings and ministries throughout Africa and Europe. Paul is a skilled architect, and Founder and President of The Rock Basis, a charity which undertakes important social duty initiatives throughout the training, healthcare, jail welfare and reform house alongside empowerment, to say just a few. With over three many years of pastoral and visionary management, he mentors CEOs and entrepreneurs, and seeks to affect public coverage for good because the bridge builder exchanges concepts with important stakeholders, overseas and was home.
NANA KWAME BEDIAKO
VISIONARY, PHILANTHROPIST AND INDUSTRALIST, Nana Kwame Bediako is the C.E.O. of the Kwarleyz Group, which includes 5 firms: Wonda World Estates, Petronia Metropolis Growth, New Africa Development, Belfast Metropolis& Property Administration and New Africa Basis.
He has been a profitable developer within the Ghanaian real-estate house for over 15 years, and has developed over 500 residential and retail items. He hopes to vary the face of Actual Property in Ghana by investing in Landmark buildings together with No.1Oxford Avenue and Kwarleyz Residence.
Nana’s rising urge for food for seeing his continent and nation develop birthed Petronia Metropolis. Petronia Metropolis, one of many group most outstanding subsidiaries is a multi-billion-dollar venture which is a self-sustaining, master-planned, built-in metropolis over 2000-acres together with Residential, Places of work, Industrial, Leisure and Hospitality. Along with his position as President and CEO of Kwarleyz Group, Wonda World Estates and Petronia Metropolis Growth, Nana Kwame Bediako can be the founding father of The New Africa Basis, a non- revenue group aimed toward empoweringa new era of African leaders.
LEONARD NNAMDI STANLEY EKEH
Leo Stan Ekeh, Africa’s main serial tech entrepreneur and Founder/Chairman of the Zinox Group, is a most distinguished African ICT persona with quite a few awards and recognitions to his credit score.
He pioneered Desktop Publishing and Laptop Graphics, Biometric Revolution for elections, WIMAX, Important IT Options and e-Commerce, amongst others in Africa.
For his incisive entrepreneurship and as a satisfaction to fashionable Nigeria, he has been honoured by two Nigerian Presidents, specifically with the ICON OF HOPE award in 2001 and the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2003 by President Olusegun Obasanjo, as effectively because the Nationwide Productiveness Advantage Award by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 for his sustained management within the ICT sector.
A primary-rate Indian skilled economist and Threat Administration skilled with greater than 57 awards and over 4 Doctorate levels (Honorary), Mr Ekeh has remained within the forefront of enthroning digital democracy, selling gender empowerment in Nigeria and past, whereas additionally touching many lives via the Leo Stan Ekeh Basis.
MAHMOOD AHMADU OON, MIOD
Mahmood Ahmadu is a number one African entrepreneur and renown philanthropist. He’s the founder and government chairman of on-line Built-in Options Ltd (OIS). OIS is a specialist visa software company that gives on-line passport, visa processing and technical help companies for Governments.
Mahmood’s different important enterprise pursuits spans the next sectors; Mining, Actual Property, Development, Agriculture, Bottling Water, E-education, E-healthcare, and Fintech unfold throughout 53 nations in 5 continents.
Mahmood’s philanthropic actions have made it attainable for tons of of scholars to afford good high quality training each domestically in Africa and overseas.
He’s the a recipient of the Nigerian Nationwide Honour of the ‘Officer of the Order of the Niger’ (OON)
He’s additionally previous recipient of Forbes Better of Africa (Excellent Chief award) 2020
Wendy Ackerman was born in Cape City, South Africa, and schooled on the College of Witwatersrand. She joined her husband, Raymond, at Decide n Pay when he acquired the corporate in 1967, and was the primary girl director of a retail chain in South Africa. Her focus on the firm was on the Group’s general growth, worker advantages and welfare. She retired from the Board in 2010 and is now Honorary Life President.
She and Raymond performed an essential position in rejecting apartheid-era laws, each by selling employees, and thru arranging satisfactory housing for black staff.
Wendy is a Trustee of the Ackerman Household Instructional Belief Fund, helping college students from all around the nation with bursaries for tertiary training.
Wendy is Founding Trustee of the Duet Endowment Belief, a joint endowment belief for the development and preservation of Cape City Philharmonic Orchestra and Cape City Opera.
Wendy can be very concerned in environmental points and has been recognised by the SA Nature Basis for excellent achievement.
Wendy acquired the All Africa Philanthropist of the 12 months for 2015 on the All Africa Enterprise Leaders Awards.
Sam Matekane is an entrepreneur and main enterprise magnet in Lesotho. He established Matekane Group of Corporations in 1986 as Matekane Transport and Plant Rent. It developed right into a multi-sector company embodying aviation, property growth, mining, logistics provide chain, hospitality, farming and aviation. Matekane popularly often known as ‘courageous Mosotho man” is Lesotho’s strongest competitor within the enterprise world.
Like most profitable businessmen, Sam Matekane invested sweat and tears to create a legacy that may enhance and flourish the Lesotho nation via employment, Infrastructure, CSI/CSR packages and financial progress. His resilience, tenacity and satisfaction for his nation has made him the profitable chief he’s right now throughout numerous industries.
He’s the founding father of Maluti Sky airline which gives scheduled and constitution flights. The airline was based in 2009 as MGC Airways, changing into the primary privately owned airline in Lesotho.
The Group is internationally acknowledged as specialists in structure, engineering, venture administration, and funding and makes use of cutting-edge applied sciences which have allowed tem to emerge as visionaries of the brand new Africa. The group has given to the individuals of Lesotho greater than his authorities throughout this pandemic
Over time, he has been concerned in over 100 companies and owned greater than 50 firms and 20 partnerships. He began in meals distribution and manufacturing native drinks like Spring Valley mineral water and African Twist Smooth Drinks; He began first in Zimbabwe with PET in 1999. Nevertheless, he bought lots of the firms and right now he’s centered on actual property growth and property.
Ken’s imaginative and prescient now could be to consolidate the property property into essentially the most outstanding actual property growth firm in Zimbabwe with high-quality prestigious properties making an affect not solely within the Harare skyline but in addition to make a distinction within the general social-economic progress of the nation.
He additionally has a number of tasks and firms exterior the nation in companies, property, tech and different energy era.
Amb. Claver GATETE is Rwandan Minister of Infrastructure. Previous to that, he served as Minister of Finance and Financial Planning and had beforehand served as Governor of the Nationwide Financial institution of Rwanda.
Amb. Gatete additionally served as Rwanda’s Ambassador to the UK, Eire, and Iceland. He’s additionally presently a member of the Presidential Advisory Council.
Amb. Claver Gatete was born in Uganda and he’s an Economist who was schooled in Canada on the College of British Columbia.
He served because the Secretary Common and Secretary to the Treasury within the Ministry of Finance and Financial Planning, Director Common for Financial and Social Affairs within the Presidency, Private Consultant of the President on NEPAD Steering Committee, Head of Africa Peer Evaluate Mechanism and Nationwide Economist at UNDP Rwanda.
He additionally labored as Economist for the Authorities of Canada in numerous portfolios
Dr. RAJAN MAHTANI
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Affiliation of Licensed Accountants and the British Affiliation of Accountants and Auditors -holds a PhD in Industrial Regulation from the London Institute of Enterprise Research.
Founder and Group Govt Chairman of the Mahtani Group integrated in Zambia in 1981. A conglomerate with presence in Zambia, Malawi, South Africa and different elements of the world ranging throughout numerous sectors reminiscent of Monetary companies, Insurance coverage, Vitality and Actual Property.
Founder and Chairman of Jail Fellowship Worldwide- Zambia affiliate to Jail Fellowship Worldwide in Washington D.C, taking care of the welfare of inmates, ex-inmates and their households and advocating for a good and efficient prison justice system.
As a part of his contribution to the training sector, he launched the Stephen Malama Award in 2013. A prestigious annual award offered to the very best graduating scholar on the Zambian Bar.
Mrs. OLAYINKA FAYOMI
Mrs. Olayinka Fayomi is an funding advisor and Group Chairman of Overseas Funding Community (FIN), she holds a Grasp’s diploma in Enterprise Administration, B.Sc. [Hons] in Economics and Nationwide Diploma in Enterprise Laptop Science. She was a pioneer administration employees of Nigerian Funding Promotion fee (NIPC) earlier than retiring voluntarily as a Director .
She is a member of a number of Worldwide Boards together with Girls College, Harare, Zimbabwe, Mediame College, Edo State , Nigeria and a former juror on the BBC World Problem Venture. Her curiosity in world affairs has taken Yinka to over 80 nations .
A former member of the Governing physique of Brent Council in London, United Kingdom .
is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Economist. She is understood internationally for selling Africa within the mild of “African Lions”, which has generated quite a lot of world debate and a spotlight.
Mrs. Fayomi based the Nigeria Diaspora Funding Community, her capability constructing actions with youth and girls teams earned her a worldwide recognition from the Monetary Commonplace Newspaper and GC4W because the ‘Most Dynamic Nigerian Feminine in Diaspora’ and ‘World Girls Champion for Management in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in America’ respectively amongst others.
With confirmed expertise in mobilizing sources and managing capability constructing initiatives, she has organized over 40 worldwide conferences and seminars.
She additionally based the African Youth & Girls Empowerment Community, an NGO devoted to capability constructing, entrepreneurship and empowerment of youth and girls in Africa. (www.greenspringinitiatives.com).
In 2019, Olayinka, a philanthropist, enterprise advisor to a number of African nations on FDI, joined the likes of Barack Obama, Sir Paul McCartney, Maya Angelou, Will Smith, David Beckham, David Cameron and tons of of world figures who’ve added handwritten messages within the Home of Commons guide of Tribute Messages to a 20th Century Hero, Nelson Mandela.
Olayinka was nominated for the guide and the mission with it by its Chief Patron, His Excellency Zulfiquar Ghadayali CEO of the Personal Workplace of the Royal Household of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She additionally accepted to be Chair of the Blue Sky Village (Africa). Via her dedication and exhausting work, Overseas Funding Community (FIN) has about 20,000 members in her database with over 5,000 potential buyers.
She is married to Ambassador Akin Fayomi and they’re blessed with four kids
ABOUT FOREIGN INVESTMENT NETWORK (FIN)
For greater than 20 years, United Kingdom-based FIN has been a key driver of overseas direct funding (FDI) for Africa and different creating economies. The agency is captivated with altering the African narrative and has organized over 40 worldwide funding and enterprise occasions in help of rising markets. FIN’s consulting work contains oil and fuel, agriculture, telecommunication, metallurgical and engineering, infrastructure and maritime industries.
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