African Leadership Network to hold entrepreneurship summit in Mauritius
The African Leadership Network’s 3rd Annual Gathering in November, 2012 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, Ghana
Mauritius is set to play host to 300 of the most dynamic ‘new generation’ leaders in Africa from October 2 to 5. The African Leadership Network will hold its 4th Annual Gathering at the Long Beach Hotel in Belle Mare to provide a platform for stimulating discussions about innovative ways to create prosperity for Africa.
Carefully customized networking opportunities will allow attendees to forge beneficial new partnerships that will ultimately contribute to the continent’s progress. The highlight of 2013 is the exciting Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship, which mark ALN’s seventh year of recognizing and awarding the most outstanding African business leaders. The Omidyar Network, an investment firm established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, will sponsor the prize money of over $200,000 under the five categories of Lifetime Achievement Award, Transformational Business Award, Outstanding Mature Business Award, Outstanding Small and Growing Business Award and Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award.
Of the 12 finalists, 3 are from Kenya: Julian Kyula, CEO, Mobile Decisioning Africa Limited (Mo-De); Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Founder and Executive Director, Akili Dada, and Evans Wadongo, Founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Development for All. Ghana is represented by 2 nominees: Albert Osei, Founder and CEO, Koko King and Deborah Ahenkorah, Founder and Executive Director, Golden Baobab Prize. Tanzania also has 2 finalists to its credit: Abhijit Sanyal, CEO, Chemi & Cotex Industries Ltd and Susan Mashibe, Founder and CEO, VIA Aviation, Tanzania.
The others nominees are Anthony Haggar, CEO, Haggar Holding Company, Sudan; Mitchell Elegbe, Founder and CEO, Interswitch Limited, Nigeria; Alain Yav, CEO, Pygma Communication, Democratic Republic of Congo; Muhammad Jah, Founder and CEO, QuantumNet Group, Gambia and Erick Rajaonary, Founder and Managing Director, Guanomad, Madagascar.
The African Leadership Network is a premier community of young, dynamic and influential leaders in Africa. ALN aims to catalyze prosperity in Africa by firstly celebrating and promoting entrepreneurship as the surest way for Africa to achieve prosperity, and secondly creating and strengthening relationships between leaders in Africa such that these relationships can lead to greater intra-African trade, investment, partnership and collaboration.
African economies are growing at an unprecedented level, and the continent is the second fastest growing region of the world. Africa’s work force is set to match China’s by 2030, and become the largest and youngest in the world by 2050, underlining the central role that leaders have in shaping the continent’s future. With over 60% of its population under 25, Africa’s youth provide a historically unmatched pool for talent, skill and hands to reach out to a prosperous future for the continent.