The recent Persons of the Year Awards, held by African Leadership Magazine, saw a number of executives from engineering firms across the continent being lauded. In addition to winners in a number of categories, African Leadership Magazine inducted CEOs into the African Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

The annual event, which is in its 7th year, was organized in partnership with Training Excellence South Africa and the centre for Economic and Leadership Development to celebrate excellence in business, politics, and diplomacy. This year, the event took a slight departure from the traditional focus on political leaders to focus on business leaders who are contributing towards spreading wealth and creating jobs. 

Engineering leaders lauded

The African Leadership Magazine selection committee considered, among others, four broad themes including Africans whose activities, policies and actions have contributed to investments into Africa’s young people, jobs and wealth creation; promotion of sustainable peace and development; delivery of democratic values; and the promotion of Africa’s image globally.

Winners of the ALM Business Leadership Excellence Award included David Jones-Mensah, Managing Director of Dominion International Petroleum Limited Ghana; Mukwandi Chibesakunda, Chief Executive Officer of National Savings and Credit Bank (NATSAVE) in Zambia; Faizal Antonio, CEO of Laraf Group in Mozambique; Mohammed Jebbar, Group Director General of BC Skills in Morocco; Tewolde Genre Mariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airline; Oliver W. Klark Jr, CEO of RoviaGate Technology in Monrovia- Liberia; Shamila Ramjawan, Founder/CEO/Co-Owner of Famram Solutions; Rosemary Chambe Jairo, Deputy High Commissioner of Tanzania; Xolani Qubeka, Executive Chairman/Managing Director of Malvilox Roofing Solutions; and William G. Greaves Jr, President & CEO of International Strategic Consultancy Group from New York, USA.

The African Banker of the Year Award (Entrepreneurship Development Category) was awarded to Olukayode A. Pitan, Managing Director/CEO of the Bank of Industry, Nigeria. The African Distinguished Executive Leadership Excellence Award of the Year (Energy Category) was awarded to Ahmed Zaid Saeed Al Shemeili, Head of the CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) unit in the Supreme Counsel for National Security (NCEMA) in the UAE.

The African Leadership Commendation was awarded to Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria, Susan Shabangu, South Africa’s Minister of Social Development, Herman Mashaba, Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, and Ayanda Dlodlo, Minister of Public Service and Administration in South Africa.


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