East Africa: All Africa Business Leaders Awards announces winners
The All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) announced the winners of the East African chapter at a glittering awards ceremony held in Kigali, Rwanda, on September 9.
Already in its second year, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa awards honour business leaders from East, West and Southern Africa across five categories: Business Leader of the Year 2013, Business Woman of the Year 2013, Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, Young Business Leader of the Year 2013 and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
James Gatera, chief executive officer, Bank of Kigali, won the Business Leader of the Year award. Under his leadership, the bank has won several awards and, as the architect of the bank’s development, the top honours were deservingly bagged by Gatera. Jonathan Ciano, the Uchumi Supermarkets chief executive officer and group managing director and Duncan Kibui, chief executive officer, Chase Bank Kenya, were close contenders for the award.
Priya Budhabatti, the head of human resources at Craft Silicon Kenya ICT and Craft Silicon Foundation Kenya, was declared the winner of the Business Woman of the Year Award. The Craft Silicon Foundation seeks to inspire Kenya’s youth to take up careers in the dynamic Information Technology sector, with Priya motivating the younger generation with her vision of a vibrant future for African business. The other nominees were Joanne Mwangi, founder and chief executive officer of Professional Marketing Services Group and Nasim Devji, chief executive officer, Diamond Trust Bank Group.
The Entrepreneur of the Year award saw Peter Nduati, the founder and chief executive officer of Resolution Health East Africa Limited, bag top honours. Resolution Health has been responsible for several advances in the industry, and Peter Nduati is known as a path breaker in his field. Zafrullah Khan, managing director, Chase Bank Group and Patrick Bitature, the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the Simba Telecoms Group of Companies, East Africa, were the other contenders for this award.
Gachao Kiuna, Trans-Century Group chief executive officer and managing director, was declared the Young Business Leader of the Year. Kamal Budhabatti, the founder and chief executive officer of Craft Silicon ICT Kenya, and Joshua Oigara, chief executive officer at the Kenya Commercial Bank Group, were the other dynamic young leaders vying for this prestigious award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was posthumously awarded to business leader James Mulwana, as a tribute to his iconic contribution to African business. A former Chairman of the Standard Chartered Bank Uganda and several other boards, Mulwana exemplified enlightened business leadership and practice. He also displayed an entrepreneurial streak by founding several businesses.
The winners of the regional awards will be invited to the final awards ceremony to be held in Durban, South Africa on November 8.
Image:James Gatera, Business Leader of the Year at AABLA, East Africa, Source: The New Times, a Rwanda daily
Source: allAfrica.com; Official website of the AABLA awards