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Africa investor Investment and Business Leader Awards 2013 shortlist announced

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Johannesburg, South Africa; 27 August 2013: Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment and communications group, today announced the shortlist for its prestigious Africa investor (Ai) International Investment and Business Leader Awards, established in 2005, to shed light on Africa’s many investment and business leader success stories.

These prestigious Awards are the longest standing international investment awards that reward exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across Africa, and recognise the institutions and individuals improving the continent’s investment climate. The Ai Investment and Business Leader Awards will take place on 10 October 2013, during the Africa investor CEO Investment Climate Summit in Washington DC, running alongside the World Bank Annual Meetings.

Commenting on the Awards, Hubert Danso, CEO and Vice Chairman of Africa investor, said; “We are delighted with the increased global interest and recognition these Awards bring to position Africa as a competitive international investment destination. This year, we are also pleased to add the African Central Bank Governor of the Year and Sovereign Wealth Fund Investor categories to our Awards, in recognition of the pivotal roles they play in creating the environment and investing on a long term basis in the continents growth story.”

The Africa investor Investment and Business Leader Awards will be presented on 10 October 2013 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington DC, during the Africa investor CEO Investment Climate Summit, held in association with the World Bank Group during the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings.

Africa investor Investment and Business Leader Awards 2013 – Full shortlist:
1. Best Initiative in Support of SMEs and the Millennium Development Goals

  • Industrial Development Corporation
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • African Development Bank
  • African Export-Import Bank
  • Motsepe Foundation
  • Coca-Cola Africa Foundation
  • Econet Group

2. Investment Climate Initiative of the Year

  • The African Development Bank
  • Made in Africa Foundation
  • Tony Elumelu Foundation
  • Invest in Africa Foundation
  • The Investment Climate Facility for Africa
  • Initiative for Global Development
  • USAID
  • ACP Business Climate Facility (BizClim)

3. Bank of the Year

  • Standard Bank
  • Kenya Commercial Bank
  • First Bank of Nigeria
  • Equity Bank
  • Guaranty Trust Bank
  • Barclays Africa
  • Zenith Bank
  • Ecobank

4. Carbon Finance Initiative of the Year

  • African Development Bank, CIF Forest Investment Programme (FIP), Ghana
  • Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités (GERES), StovePlus Initiative, West Africa
  • Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Stove-Factory-In-A-Box, Nigeria
  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Southern African Power Pool Standardized Baseline
  • ICLEI Africa, Urban-LEDS, South Africa
  • East African Development Bank (EADB)/UNFCCC, Regional Collaboration Centre, Uganda
  • CEMEX Assiut, Alternative Fuel Project, Egypt
  • Karan Biofuel Limited, Karan Biofuel CDM Project, Kenya

5. Venture Capital/Private Equity Deal of the Year

  • Agri Vie
  • Emerging Capital Partners
  • TLG Capital
  • Phatisa
  • Abraaj Group
  • Helios Towers
  • Silvertree Capital
  • Carlyle Group

6. Employer and Human Capital Investor of the Year

  • GE
  • Ernst & Young
  • MTN
  • First Bank of Nigeria
  • Nestlé
  • Coca-Cola
  • Microsoft
  • UBA

7. Institutional Investor of the Year

  • China-Africa Development Fund
  • UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
  • The Carlyle Group
  • AP Pensions, Denmark
  • Government Employees’ Pension Fund (GEPF)
  • BlackRock
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan

8. Investment Promotion Agency of the Year

  • DR Congo Investment Promotion Agency
  • Liberia National Investment Commission
  • Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Agence Marocaine de Développement des Investissements, Morocco
  • Centro de Promoção de Investimentos, Mozambique
  • Tanzania investment Centre
  • Uganda Investment Authority
  • Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission

9. Leadership in Sustainable Investment in Africa

  • Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Chairman, Econet
  • Patrick Awuah, Founder and President, Ashesi University
  • Ashish Thakkar, CEO, MARA Group
  • Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom
  • Joshua Oigara, CEO, Kenya Commercial Bank
  • David Constable, CEO, Sasol
  • John Oliphant, Principal Officer, GEPF
  • Paul Edwards, Director General, Pumangol

10. Africa’s Innovation Leader of the Year

  • Charles Green, CEO, Helios Towers Africa
  • Sifiso Dabengwa, CEO, MTN
  • Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Craig Fitzgerald, CEO, Econet Wireless
  • Michael Miebach, Divisional President for Middle East & Africa, MasterCard
  • Patrice Motsepe, Founder and Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals
  • Sung Yong Hong, CEO for Africa, Samsung
  • Ginni Rometty, Chairman and CEO, IBM

11. Africa’s Leading Woman in Business

  • Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, Founder and President, Aksal Group
  • Evelyn Oputu, Managing Director, Bank of Industry
  • Eleni Gabre-Madhin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange
  • Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, CEO, ArcelorMittal
  • Tabitha Karanja, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Keroche Breweries
  • Isabele Dos Santos, Businesswoman, Angola
  • Bola Shagaya, CEO, Bolmus International Limited
  • Maria Ramos, Group CEO, Absa Group Bank

12. African Business Leader of the Year

  • James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank
  • Jean-Louis Ekra, President, Afrexim Bank
  • Aliko Dangote, CEO, Dangote Group
  • Ahmed Heikal, Founder and Chairman, Citadel Capital
  • Tidjiane Thiam, Chief Executive, Prudential
  • Bisi Onasanya, CEO, First Bank of Nigeria
  • Tony Elumelu, Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation
  • Kennedy Bungane, Chief Executive, Barclays Africa

13. International Business Leader of the Year

  • Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa
  • Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and Co-CIO, PIMCO
  • Chi Jianxin, CEO, CADFund
  • Muhtar Kent, The Coca-Cola Company, CEO
  • Sunny George Verghese, CEO, Olam International
  • Arif Naqvi, Group CEO, Abraaj Group
  • Murilo Ferreira, Vale, CEO
  • Sunil Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Group

14. Up and Coming Future Leader of the Year

  • Andrew Rugasira, Founder, Good African Coffee
  • Fred Swaniker, Founder and CEO, African Leadership Academy
  • John Oliphant, Principal Officer, GEPF
  • Ozwald Boateng, Co-Founder, Made in Africa Foundation
  • Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa
  • Uche Orji, CEO, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority
  • Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Freight
  • Ashish Thakkar, CEO, MARA Group

15. Finance Minister of the Year

  • Hon. Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Finance, the Republic of South Africa
  • Hon. Nizar Baraka, Minister of Economy and Finance, the Kingdom of Morocco
  • Hon. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, The Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Hon. Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, the Republic of Ghana
  • Hon. Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, the Republic of Rwanda
  • Hon. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Minister of Finance, Republic of Namibia
  • Hon. Xavier Duval, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, the Republic of Mauritius
  • Hon. Alexander Chikwanda, Minister of Finance and National Planning, Republic of Zambia

16. Central Bank Governor of the Year

  • Lamido Sanusi, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria
  • Gill Marcus, Governor, South African Reserve Bank
  • Rundheersing Bheenick, Governor, Central Bank of Mauritius
  • Michael Gondwe, Governor, Bank of Zambia
  • Njuguna Ndung’u, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya
  • John Rwangombwa, Governor, National Bank of Rwanda
  • Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, Governor, Bank of Uganda
  • Ipumbu Shiimi, Governor, Bank of Namibia

17. International Sovereign Wealth Fund Initiative of the Year

  • Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development
  • Temasek Holdings
  • Abu Dhabi Investment Council
  • China Investment Corporation (CIC)
  • Qatar Investment Authority
  • Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD)
  • Mubadala Development Company
  • Norway Government Pension Fund Global

18. African Sovereign Wealth Fund Initiative of the Year

  • Revenue Regulation Fund, Algeria
  • Libyan Investment Authority
  • Pula Fund, Botswana
  • Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority
  • Fundo Soberano de Angola
  • Sovereign Fund of the Gabonese Republic
  • Mauritania National Fund for Hydrocarbon Reserves
  • Equatorial Guinea Fund for Future Generations

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