About
AABLA
2016

The All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in partnership with CNBC Africa honour remarkable leadership and salute game changers of business on the continent for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.

CNBC Africa is proud to continue the tradition established by the awards that define and celebrate vision, the spirit of achievement and excellence in business leadership in Africa. The AABLA™ distinguish and honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy, and are visionaries behind today’s outstanding businesses.

Winners of the Awards exemplify the best in African leadership. They epitomize the core values of a successful leader, strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight – values that are imperative to carving out powerful business in a Pan-African and global economy.

  1. CEOs from the African listed companies are invited to nominate themselves or respected leaders in business.
  2. Nominations are received online via aablawards.com website.
  3. All documents needs to be filled out and supporting documents including the signed rules have to be summited. The AABLA™ team then confirms the CEO’s participation. Online nominations are encouraged with the specific achievements of the nominees included in the submissions.
  4. ALL information summited according to the criteria of the category, will make the nominee eligible as a candidate.
  5. Documents will be compiled and summited to the Business school for research and complete evaluation on the information and financial statements. Dossiers are created and summited to the judging committee in each region.
  6. Participants will be judged by an independent panel of judges, appointed by the Head Judge.
  7. The Judging Panel in each region reviews the shortlist, looking at achievements, financial performance and key competitive indicators over the past twelve months, and then determine the finalists for each category in each region.
  8. The finalists for each region are announced at the launch that takes place Live on CNBC Africa.
  9. The finalists must be available on the day for on hand interviews and to present themselves before the judging committee.
  10. The winners for each region are announced on Gala Banquet Dinner in that specific region
  11. The winners of each category in their respective regions will qualify to compete in the Finale’, this event marks the culmination of the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Winners.
  12. The finalist has to be present to accept these awards at the respective award ceremonies.

ABN Productions pioneered the annual All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in partnership with CNBC Africa 2011, after Founder and Vice Chairman of the ABN group Mr Rakesh Wahi attended the European business leader’s awards in 2009 and inspired by the recognition of European business leadership, decided to salute remarkable business leaders for their continuing commitment to excellence in Africa. In 2012 the awards grew into 3 regional segments, namely East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa – with a grand finale to bring all regional winners together and to celebrate an overall victor. The awards ceremony and gala dinner is presented in a half-hour show broadcast across 48 countries in Africa.

Now celebrating it’s 6th year, the awards have become synonymous with recognising the best in business leadership on the African continent and continue to grow in boldness and stature.

Award Categories for 2016
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Events Timeline

Official AABLA™ Launch
Johannesburg, South Africa

17 August 2016
East Africa
Kigali, Rwanda

8 September 2016
Southern Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa

29 September 2016
West Africa
Lagos, Nigeria

20 October 2016
Grande Finale Awards Ceremony
Johannesburg, South Africa

11 November 2016

AABLA  Table Sales

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USD $2500
Table of 8

East Africa 2016
Kigali, Rwanda

R40 000
Table of 8

Southern Africa 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa

USD $2500
Table of 8

West Africa 2016
Lagos,Nigeria

R55 000
Table of 8

AABLA™ Finale 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Devi Royappen  |  Tel +27 11 384 0300  |  devi.royappen@abn360.com
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2015 Winners

  • East Africa 2015 Winners

    Young Business Leader of the Year

    Edha Nahdi
    Company:
    Managing Director of Amsons Group

    Business Leader of the Year

    James Mworia
    Company:
    CEO of Centum Group

    Entrepreneur of the Year

    Julian Kyula
    Company:
    CEO of Mode

    Business Woman of the Year

    Gina Din Kariuki
    Company:
    CEO of Gina Din Group

    Philanthropist of the Year

    Mohammed Dewji
    Company:
    CEO of MeTL Group Tanzania

    Industrialist of the Year

    Benson Wairegi
    Company:
    CEO of Britam

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Jennifer Riria
    Company:
    CEO of Kenya Woman Holding
  • Southern Africa 2015 Winners

    Young Business Leader of the Year

    John Nicolakakis
    Company:
    CEO of Roman's Pizza

    Young Business Leader of the Year

    Ashley Uys
    Company:
    Managing Director of Real World Diagnostics

    Business Leader of the Year

    Johan van Zyl
    Company:
    Group Chief Executive of Sanlam

    Entrepreneur of the Year

    Jason Xenopoulos
    Company:
    CEO of NATIVE

    Business Woman of the Year

    Louisa Mojela
    Company:
    Group CEO, WIPHOLD

    Business Woman of the Year

    Gloria Serobe
    Company:
    Executive Director WIPHOLD

    Philanthropist of the Year

    Wendy Ackerman
    Company:
    The Ackerman Foundation

    Industrialist of the Year

    Rachmat Thomas
    Company:
    Chic Shoes

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Christo Wiese
  • West Africa 2015 Winners

    Business Leader of the Year

    Segun Agbaje
    Company:
    Managing Director of GTBank

    Business Woman of the Year

    Adepeju Adebajo
    Company:
    Managing Director of WAPCO Operations, Lafarge Africa Plc

    Entrepreneur of the Year

    Obinna Ekezie
    Company:
    CEO of Wakanow

    Young Business Leader of the Year

    Alain Nteff
    Company:
    Co-founder of The Gifted Mom

    Industrialist of the Year

    Aliko Dangote
    Company:
    President of Dangote Group, Nigeria

    Philanthropist of the Year

    Fred Swaniker
    Company:
    Founder of African Leadership Academy

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II Sarkin Kano
    Company:
    Sarkin Kano
  • Finale Event 2015 Winners

    Business Leader of the Year

    Segun Agbaje
    Company:
    Managing Director of GTBank

    Business Woman of the Year

    Louisa Mojela
    Company:
    Group CEO, WIPHOLD

    Business Woman of the Year

    Gloria Serobe
    Company:
    Executive Director WIPHOLD

    Young Business Leader of the Year

    Edha Nahdi
    Company:
    Managing Director of Amsons Group

    Entrepreneur of the Year

    Jason Xenopoulos
    Company:
    CEO of NATIVE

    Industrialist of the Year

    Aliko Dangote
    Company:
    Founder of Dangote Group, Nigeria

    Philanthropist of the Year

    Wendy Ackerman
    Company:
    The Ackerman Foundation

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Christo Wiese

Sponsors and Partners

Sponsorship Enquiries
Alexander Leibner | Email alexander.leibner@abn360.com

Partnered By

BBK

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Young Business Leader of the Year Category Sponsor

Lancaster Ghana & Transnational Education

Business Leader of the Year Category Sponsor

Bosch

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Vehicle Partner
Newspaper Partner
Forbes Africa
Produced By
Southern Africa Business School

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West Africa Business School

Who We Are

Founded in 2011, ABN Productions is a pan-African brand experience and business events company based in Sandton, Johannesburg with a presence in 15 cities across the continent. Specialising in business events with a media component, incorporating event management, exhibition planning, conference organising and brand activations, the team’s creative flair and detailed execution has seen ABN Productions produce events for CEO’s, Presidents and Kings both on the continent and globally.

Through a strategic partnership with leading business media brands CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa, ABN Productions allows clients to increase their brand reach more than would be possible through a traditional business events production company. With a proven track record, ABN Productions has the knowledge and experience to deliver everything from concept to catering, branding, guest management and production elements at major events, best showcased through all the events produced for the ABN group including the All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa’s: Person of the Year.

ABN Productions offers clients a creative solution in the areas of business events management and business media. The events business has excelled in delivering world-class business forums, award ceremonies, made-for-television events and corporate functions to clients looking to connect with their target audiences in a premium and unforgettable way that suits individual needs. ABN Productions’ mission is to be the number one choice in business events management in Africa.

Whilst never compromising on quality, ABN Productions is flexible in its service offering and can tailor business event management services to fit any objective and budget.

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