Africa CEO Forum Awards 2019 introduces gender category

08Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Africa CEO Forum Awards 2019 introduces gender category

THE Africa CEO Forum Awards 2019 is slated for later this month in the Rwandan capital Kigali where top performing companies, investors and leaders for the past year will be feted.

A statement released yesterday by the organizers said this year’s seventh edition introduces Gender Leader of the Year award to be presented to a company that best distinguished itself through its actions to promote female leadership, particularly within its management bodies.

“Three criteria have been considered in the selection: women’s representation on the company's board of directors, the percentage of women on the executive committee of the group and its subsidiaries and, finally, the company's strategy for promoting female leadership,” reads the statement.

Another innovation, according to the organizers, is the Disrupter of the Year award, which will be granted to the CEO of a young company (set up within the last ten years) in the field of new technologies.

“This company stands out through its significant growth potential in Africa and for the disruptive nature of its activities, which challenge the conventional strategies deployed by more established groups by offering creative solutions,” reads the statement in part.

Each year, the Africa CEO Forum Awards recognise the business leaders, companies and investors whose strategy and performance have contributed most to Africa's growth momentum over the past year.Presented in partnership with Mazars, the Africa Ceo Forum Awards 2019 will grant a total of five prizes on the evening of March 25 among the finalists in the following categories: CEO of the year (Abderrahmane Benhamadi, CEO, Condor

Alioune Ndiaye, CEO, Orange Middle East and Africa Mark Bristow, CEO, Barrick Gold, Mohamed El Kettani, CEO, Attijariwafa bank and Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines); African champion of the year (Azalaï Hotels, Banque Centrale Populaire, Ethiopian Airlines Group, iSON Group, Mota Engil Africa, OCP Group and Royal Air Maroc); Gender leader of the year( Absa Group, Access Bank, First Bank of Nigeria, Unilever and Ynna Holding); international company of the year (Endeavor Energy, ENGIE Africa, Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals, National Aviation Services and Orange Middle East and Africa); disrupter of the year (Africa’s Talking, Baobab+, InTouch, Jumia and Kobo360 Inc).

For the past six years, the Africa CEO Forum has been the largest international gathering of African private sector decision-makers and financiers. At its previous edition in Abidjan in March 2018, it brought together 1,500 business leaders, public decision-makers and investors from Africa and around the world for two days of discussions around the need to transform African champions in the face of international competition.

The Forum is organized by Jeune Afrique Media Group, publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and by Rainbow Unlimited, a Swiss company specialising in the organisation of economic promotion events.