2015 All Africa Business Leaders Awards: The nominees are…

Cnbc_africaThe 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.

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