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AABLA West Africa

The annual All Africa Business Leaders Awards – West Africa (AABLA – WA) is set to honour business excellence in the West Africa region that has had a considerable impact on their industry and the community that they serve.
AABLA - WA 2013 will take place on the 28th of August at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria and will be attended by captains of industry and government leaders.
The judging panel for AABLA West Africa will include; Seyi Bickersteth - National Senior Partner of KPMG Professional Services, Nigeria; Oscar N. Onyema -Chief Executive Officer, The Nigerian Stock Exchange and Bismark J. Rewane - Economist and Banker

AABLA - West Africa 2013 Winners

  1. West Africa Business Leader of the Year - Jean-Louis Ekra, Chairman & President of the African Export-Import Bank
  2. West Africa Business Woman of the Year - Biola Alabi, Managing Director of Mnet Africa
  3. West Africa Young Business Leader of the Year - Jason Njoku, CEO & Co-Founder of Iroko TV
  4. West Africa Entrepreneur of the Year - Sim Shagaya, Founder & CEO of Konga.com
  5. West Africa Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr Pascal Dozie, Founder & Former Chairman/CEO of Diamond Bank & current Chairman of MTN Nigeria

Judges

SeyiBickersteth   

Seyi Bickersteth - National Senior Partner of KPMG Professional Services, Nigeria

 

Seyi has a combined experience of over 33 years in providing tax, regulatory and business consulting
advices to various companies operating in major sectors of the Nigerian economy. He holds
Economics degrees from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and York University, Toronto, Canada.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Chartered Institute
of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).                                      

OscarNOnyema

Oscar N. Onyema -Chief Executive Officer, The Nigerian Stock Exchange

 

Oscar Onyema is the Chief Executive Officer of The Nigerian Stock Exchange, a position he assumed in April 2011. Prior to this role, he served for over 20 years in United States financial markets and the Nigerian information technology sector. Oscar is the Chairman of Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Limited, the clearing house for the Nigerian capital market; he is also a Council member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria (CIS). He is the Vice President of the African Securities Exchanges Association, and a Global Agenda Council member of the World Economic Forum. Mr Onyema holds an MBA in Finance and Investments from Baruch College, New York. He received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

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Bismark J. Rewane - Economist and Banker

 

Mr. BismarkRewane has more than thirty years' experience as an Economist, Banker & Financial Analyst. He is an economist by background and training, and a banker by profession. He is a Chartered member of the Institute of Bankers of England and Wales. Mr. Rewane is a part time facilitator of Macro-economic programme at the Lagos Business School, and a renowned and acclaimed commentator on contemporary political and economic issues.

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Finalists

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Business Leader of the Year

 

Jean Louis Ekra

Jean-Louis Ekra - President and Chairman, African Export-Import Bank

 

Jean-Louis Ekra assumed his current as role President and Chairman of the Board of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in January 2005 after successively serving as the Executive Vice-President and Senior Executive Vice-President of the Bank. Under his leadership, the Bank, with Headquartersin Cairo, Egypt,received investment grade credit rating from the three major international rating agencies: Fitch; Moody’s; and Standard &Poor’s.The Bank also won many awards and prizes for excellence from by various reputable organizations. Mr. Ekra was re-appointed by the Bank’s shareholders as President and Chairman of the Board for a second term in July 2010.

 

Prior to joining Afreximbank in 1996, Mr. Ekra held senior positions in various institutions, including serving as Vice-President in charge of International Financial Institutions at Citibank NA; Managing DirectoratSociétéIvoirienne de la Poste et de l’Epargne, the post and savings institution of Côte d’Ivoire; Country Manager for the West African Economic and Monetary Union region at Meridien BIAO sa, Abidjan; and Partner at DKS Investment, a financial advisory firm in Jersey. He is currently the Honorary President of the Global Network of Export-Import Banks and Development Finance Institutions.

 

Mr. Ekra holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and a Maîtrise en Sciences Economiques from the University of Abidjan.

 

In 2011, Mr. Ekra was listed among the 100 most influential people in Africa by New African magazine, a leading pan-African publication.

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Segun Agbaje Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank plc

 

With over 19 years of investment and international banking experience, Mr. Agbaje oversees the general management of the bank’s day-to-day operations and has earned a reputation as a truly accomplished and highly respected professional within the West Africa sub-region.

 

Segun joined Guaranty Trust Bank as a pioneer staff in 1991, after a rewarding stint at Ernst & Young, San Francisco, USA. He subsequently rose through the ranks to become an Executive Director in January 2000 and Deputy Managing Director of the Bank in August 2002. His experience cuts across most aspects of the Bank’s business including commercial banking, investment banking, treasury, corporate planning and strategy, settlements and operations.

 

Mr. Agbaje possesses a deep understanding of the Nigerian business environment, having led the execution of large and complex transactions in financial advisory, structured and project finance, balance sheet restructuring, debt and equity capital raising in the Nigerian Energy, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Manufacturing sectors. In addition, he helped develop the Interbank Derivatives market amongst dealers in the Nigerian banking industry and introduced the Balance Sheet Management Efficiency system.

 

Segun has been very instrumental in the Bank’s foray into the international capital markets over the years, which has translated into a US$350 million Regulation S Eurobond in January 2007 and a US$750 Global Depository Receipts (GDR) offer that same year, whose listing on the London Stock Exchange made Guaranty Trust Bank the first Nigerian company and African bank to be listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Bourse.

 

In 2011, he further led GTBank to launch the first Sub-Saharan Africa financial sector benchmark Eurobond when the Bank launched its USD500million Eurobond without a sovereign guarantee or credit enhancement from any international financial institution.

 

Mr. Agbaje serves on the board of several other notable business concerns, which include; Guaranty Trust Assurance Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank (Ghana) Limited, Guaranty Trust Bank (Gambia) Limited and Guaranty Trust Bank (UK) Limited.

 

He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and holds a B.Sc and MBA from the University of San Francisco, USA. Mr. Agbaje was appointed Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc in June 2011.

 

Mr. Segun Agbaje is the Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, a leading African banking group operating from an extensive branch outlay in Nigeria and banking subsidiaries in Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom.

 

With over 19 years of investment and international banking experience, Mr. Agbaje oversees the general management of the bank’s day-to-day operations and has earned a reputation as a truly accomplished and highly respected professional within the West Africa sub-region.

 

Under his leadership Guaranty Trust Bank plc has successfully gained impressive year on year market share and etched a position as the most profitable bank in Nigeria consecutively for the last 3 years. His deep understanding of complex business scenarios have enabled the Bank undertake large ticket transactions in financial advisory, structured and project finance, balance sheet restructuring, debt and equity capital raising in the Nigerian Energy, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Manufacturing sectors.

 

Mr. Agbaje has been very instrumental in Guaranty Trust Bank’s foray into the international capital markets over the years. This has translated into 3 major transactions: a US$350 million Regulation S Eurobond in January 2007, a US$750 million Global Depository Receipts (GDR) offer that same year and a US$500 million Eurobond in 2011. The listing of the GDRs on the London Stock Exchange made Guaranty Trust Bank the first Nigerian company and African bank to be listed on the Main Market of the London Bourse, while the US$500 million Eurobond was the first Sub-Saharan Africa financial sector benchmark Eurobond issued without a sovereign guarantee or credit enhancement from any international financial institution.

 

In 2012, Mr. Segun Agbaje received the African Banker of the Year Award from the African Banker due to the year on year performance of the Bank. Under his leadership, Guaranty Trust Bank plc has also received numerous accolades and commendations for exceptional service delivery, innovation, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and management quality. These awards include the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 Best Bank in Nigeria Awards from Euromoney, the 2011, 2010 and 2009 Best Bank in Nigeria Awards from the Banker Magazine and the 2011 Best Bank in Nigeria Award from EMEA Finance Awards.

 

His belief that service quality, innovation and technological advancement are critical factors that influence customer choices, has continued to define the operations of the bank, leading to the introduction of several innovative products and service channels that are industry firsts.

 

Mr. Agbaje is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and holds a B.Sc and MBA from the University of San Francisco, USA. He joined Guaranty Trust Bank as a pioneer staff in 1991, after a rewarding stint at Ernst & Young, San Francisco, USA and subsequently rose through the ranks to become an Executive Director in January 2000 and Deputy Managing Director of the Bank in August 2002. He was appointed Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc in June 2011.

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 Andrew Alli - Africa Finance Corporation President And CEO

 

Responsible for all aspects of running a pan-African private sector-led DFI with US$1.2 billion in capital that provides debt and equity investments and advisory and arranging services in respect of investments in infrastructure across Africa.

 

Responsibilities include the development and implementation of strategy, deal origination, review and implementation, liaison with all stakeholders, and the development of internal policies and procedures.

 

Developed strong partnerships with regional and international institutions such as the African Development Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, PTA Bank and Afrexim Bank.

 

Since 2008, AFC has developed from an organisation with a few commitments, largely in West Africa, to an organisation with operations in some 10 African countries. In 2011 AFC reviewed over 70 potential investments with a total project cost of US$3 billion and processed approximately 30 deals in over 10 countries with an aggregate project cost of about US$1.5 billion – all with professional staff strength of about 45 people. AFC has been instrumental in a number of notable projects including the Cabeolica wind farm Project in Cape Verde, Africa’s first commercial wind farm, the Main One fibre optic cable, which opened the broadband market in West Africa and in the Jubilee oil project in Ghana. AFC’s portfolio of disbursed projects currently stands at over US$400 million. In the period since 2008, AFC’s profitability has increased from approximately US$5 million to US$37 million. AFC is currently executing a 5 year business plan that will see it become one of the leading financial institutions on the contnent by 2015.

 

Also responsible for developing and monitoring all aspects of a financial services business including treasury, which manages over US$700 million of liquid assets,and is responsible for AFC’s international borrowing program, which commenced in 2011 and has so far raised some US$400 million in funding and lines of credit from various global financial institution. Also have overall responsibility for risk management and internal functions like accounting and finance, and human resources. Chair various internal management committees including the Investment Committee (responsible for all management investment decisions) and the asset and liability management committee. Responsible for instituting an Environmental and Social Management Policy, a Procurement Policy, and various financial policies, amongst others.

 

Business Woman of the Year 2013

 

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Arunma Oteh - Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria.

 

Board Membership

 

Pension Commission Nigeria
Asset Management Company of Nigeria
Advisory Board of the Africa Investor
International Financing Facility of Immunization, a charity organization set up by governments to fast track immunization, a critical vehicle for achieving the MDGs.

 

Key Event in the past year

 

Career History

 

Director-General of the Nigeria Securities and Exchange Commission
Vice-President for Corporate Management at the ADB (2006), responsible for Language Services,
General Services and Procurement, Human Resources, and Information Management and Methods
Division Manager Investments and Trading Room, ADB (1997 – 2001) when she was appointed the Bank's Group Treasurer responsible for fund raising and investments in major international capital markets
Senior Investment Officer/Senior Capital Markets Officer (1993 – 1997)
Worked in corporate finance, consulting, teaching and research for a number of institutions including the Harvard Institute for International Development, U.S.A. and Centre Point Investments Limited, Nigeria.
The African Development Bank, ADB (1992)

 

Education

 

Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), Harvard Business School
First class honours degree in Computer Science from University of Nigeria, Nsukka
 Biola Alabi 6

Biola Adekanbi-Alabi - Managing Director, M-Net Africa M-Net Africa Managing Director

 

Biola Alabi was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes. Nigerian by nationality, African by outlook and Global by experience, Alabi has spent four years increasing M-Net’s African portfolio. She oversaw the launch of the language channels AfricaMagic Hausa and Yoruba in 2010, plus AfricaMagic Swahili in 2011. In 2012 Alabi led a restructure of the AfricaMagic channels, expanding the line-up from 5 general to 8 themed channels. She has also overseen 4 editions of the popular reality series Big Brother Africa -Revolution, All Stars, Amplified, and StarGame. She was also a driving force behind the glittering Face of Africa Finale in Lagos in 2010 and the first-ever AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards in 2013. A University of Cincinnati graduate with a degree in public health and marketing, Alabi’s previously worked with leading brands Sesame Street, Bigwords.com and Daewoo Motors.She is married and is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

 Sola David-Borha

Sola David-Borha - Chief Executive: Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC

 

Sola David-Borha is the Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a full service financial Group with eight subsidiaries including Stanbic IBTC Bank, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers, Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers, Stanbic IBTC Capital, Stanbic IBTC Trustees and Stanbic IBTC Asset Management.

 

Prior to this appointment, Sola served as Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Bank from May 2011 to November 2012. She also served as Deputy Chief Executive of the Bank and Head of Investment Banking Coverage Africa (excluding South Africa). She has acted in other capacities including Acting Managing Director of IBTC Chartered Bank PLC and Executive Director for Corporate & Investment Banking.

 

She served as a member of the Presidential Committee on Verification and Reconciliation of Fuel Subsidy Payments in 2012 and as a member of the nominating committee of the Sovereign Investment Fund.

 

Sola David-Borha holds a first degree inEconomics and an MBA degree from Manchester Business School, United Kingdom. Her executive educational experience includes the Advanced Management Programme of the Harvard Business School. She is an Honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and also a council member of the CIBN Practice License Board. She sits on the board of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the Excel Charity Foundation.

 

Entrepreneur of the Year 2013

 

Fabrice Sawegnon 

Fabrice Sawegnon, CEO of Voodoo Group

 

'' young blood , vibration, international expertise.'' Is the slogan of Voodoo Communication well known in the little world of the African advertising community . After graduating from the National Institute of Technical Education (INSET) in Yamoussoukro, Fabrice Sawegnon began his business career in 1993 at Métalivoire as product manager. He then entered Panafcom Young & Rubicam where he climbed the steps one by one: Head pub, group leader and account manager where he was in charge of the Nissan budget. Always as account manager, Fabrice joined McCann where it radiates to Coca-Cola and Sprite of 21 countries in West Africa and East. But best of all, he had in his of his mind the idea of lauching his own business.

 

On 17 June 1999, Voodoo Communication opens. Insolent creativity shifted in cantilever with codes,'' agency'' sorcerers eats budgets and price highly disputed (Ivoiris today Orange, in 2000, the Golden World Francophone advertising Beirut in 2002 ...). In Côte d'Ivoire, despite the decline in advertising revenue caused by the long socio-political crisis, Voodoo is in top form and made the race. The agency has developed and has, apart from the Ivory Coast, subsidiaries in six African countries (Cameroon, Benin, Gabon, Senegal, Mali, Niger). To achieve its lofty ambitions, Fabrice Sawégnon created Voodoo Voodoo Communication Group which includes, Voodoo Media (publisher of the magazine Life and Tycoon) and Soda (event planning and entertainment agency).

 

Crowned its contribution to the victory of President Alassane Ouattara in the presidential elections of 2010, Fabrice Sawegnon has the means to build a future that sparkles. "Our priority, he explains, is to create brands or specific products (Life Star, Tycoon, Life magazine,Malife VNO ) and export activities of the group in each country where we operate. " Normal for an African '' agency '' level of international expertise in sales of 15 millionEuros and is about to embark on the battle of the liberalization of the Ivorian TVspace .
 Tayo Oviosu

Tayo Oviosu - Paga Founder, CEO

 

Tayo has over twelve years of experience in a variety of technical and business roles in High-tech and Private Equity. Most recently, he was Vice President at Travant Capital Partners where he was responsible for executing the firm‘s investment strategy in West Africa.

 

Prior to joining Travant, Tayo was a Manager, Corporate Development, at Cisco Systems in San Jose California. In that role, he was responsible for strategy, acquisitions, and private equity investments in four technology sectors - Virtual Computing, Application Networking, Security, and Network Management. Tayo also helped lead Cisco‘s investment expansion in Africa. At Cisco, Tayo led numerous acquisition and private equity investment opportunities, including the $130m acquisition of Reactivity, and investments in Aquantia (10G Base-T, Series A), and Guardium (Database Security, recently sold to IBM). Tayo was also responsible for the private sale of 22% of Cisco‘s South African operations to a consortium of investors in 2007.

 

Prior to Cisco, Tayo was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting in the CRM and Technology practice. At Deloitte he worked on cases in five industries – high tech, telecom, pharmacy retail, government, and healthcare. He was primarily responsible for leading technical implementation teams.

 

Tayo also had stints at start-ups Biomorphic VLSI as a Semiconductor Chip Design Engineer, and Event411 as a Software Engineer.

 

Tayo earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Southern California. He also has a Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
 Sim

Sim Shagaya - Konga.com Founder, CEO

 

Sim founded Konga Online Shopping Limited in July, 2012 to be the leading retailer in Nigeria with dedication to stellar customer service and making the Nigerian consumer incredibly happy. Konga.com offers low prices and fast delivery services on thousands of products nationwide.

 

Sim is also Founder and Executive Chairman of DealDey Limited Nigeria’s largest grouping buying, lead generation and demand optimization website, which offers Nigerian merchants a potent way to liquidate inventory.

 

Before Sim’s venture into E-commerce he co-founded and was CEO of E-motion Advertising Limited; a leading out of home advertising company with assets in cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

 

He graduated from George Washington University, Washington DC and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. He proceeded to obtain a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College; he later obtained an MBA from Harvard University, Boston Massachusetts in 2003.

 

Sim has over 11years managerial spanning companies such as Google Inc., Rand Merchant Bank and Microstrategy Inc.

 

He is 38 years old and married with children.

 

Kindly find below links to videos of CNN and FT interviews with Sim Shagaya.

 

CNN :

 

http://www.cnn.co.uk/video/#/video/business/2013/01/14/marketplace-africa-nigeria-online-shopping.cnn

 

FT: http://video.ft.com/v/2363129703001/Online-shopping-comes-to-Nigeria

 

 

Young Business Leader of the Year 2013

 

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Obinna Ralph Ekezie - Wakanow.com Limited, Founder and Managing Director

 

Mr Obinna Ralph Ekezie was born in Warri, Delta State. He is from Orlu Local Government Area of Imo state.

 

He is the Founder and Managing Director of Wakanow.com Limited, Obinna Ekezie, leads the management team. He studied Mechanical Engineering and Business at the University of Maryland. He also completed the IBM Total Quality Management Business Program.

 

He is the co-founder of ByMobilePhone LTD. ByMobilePhone LTD is a wireless access service provider to mobile networks in Nigeria. ByMobilePhone LTD was the exclusive distributor of ESPN and CNN mobile content in Nigeria.

 

Mr Obinna was also an accomplished professional basketball player. He was drafted into the National Basketball Association in 1999 by the Vancouver Grizzlies and played in the NBA for five years.
 JasonNjoku iROKO Partners

Jason Njoku - iROKO Partners, CEO and Co-Founder

 

Jason Njoku is CEO and Co-Founder of iROKO Partners. He was born in London and graduated from the University of Manchester in 2005 with a Chemistry degree. In 2010, Njoku came across the global phenomenon that is Nollywood and realised the industry had considerable issues with distributing its content to a worldwide Diasporan audience. In an attempt to solve the distribution problem, Njoku moved from London to Lagos in 2010 and started his quest to start streaming Nollywood movies online.

 

Nollywood Love was the company's first online platform, streamed on YouTube. To-date iROKO Partners is still YouTube's largest partner in Africa. In 2012, the company launched iROKOtv, a dedicated platform to stream Nollywood movies. In early 2012, Njoku and his business partner, Bastian Gotter, closed on a funding round from US-based hedge Fund Tiger Global, totaling $8 million. This money was invested in content acquisition and also into building a dedicated website for the movies - www.irokotv.com. To-date, the site has a movie library of 5000+.

 

Based in Anthony Village, Lagos, Njoku's team buys online licenses for Nollywood movies and streams the vast majority of them to movie lovers in 178 countries around the world. The site sees approximately 1Mn unique visits a month.

 

In 2012, Njoku was touted by Forbes Africa as one of Africa's Top Young Millionaires to watch and has also been named as one of London's Top Black Men of Power in Black Enterprise Magazine. He has also been featured in CNN, BBC, Financial Times, France 24, The Economist and other notable international news outlets.

 

iROKO Partners also has offices in London, New York and Johannesburg and a staff of around 100 people

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