The African Leadership Network , Africa's premier network of new generation leaders, announced the judging panel of the prestigious 2012 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) . The panel is made up of 5 of Africa's leading entrepreneurs and business executives with illustrious records in building businesses and promoting entrepreneurship. They represent 4 African regions and collectively, bring more than 150 years of senior-level business experience and unrivalled business knowledge in Africa.
The members of the judging panel, whose profiles are attached, are:
1. Chris Kirubi , Serial Entrepreneur and Investor – Kenya
2. Ahmed Heikal , Founder and Chairman, Citadel Capital – Egypt
3. Divine Ndhlukula , Founder & CEO, Securico & Grand Prize Winner, AAE 2011 - Zimbabwe
4. Adedotun Sulaiman , Founder & Chairman, Arian Capital Management - Nigeria
5. Yvonne Ike , CEO, West Africa, Renaissance Group - Nigeria
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Fred Swaniker CEO of the African Leadership Network (ALN), said: "We are thrilled by their acceptance to serve as judges for the 2012 AAE and we commend their exemplary contribution to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs in Africa. The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship are a powerful and prestigious platform to spotlight the best of the best among Africa's entrepreneurs."
The awards were previously owned and coordinated by the Legatum Group and are this year being managed by the African Leadership Network. The Awards Gala Ceremony will be held on 11 October 2012, in Accra, Ghana at the African Leadership Network's flagship yearly event, the ALN Annual Gathering. The awards will have four categories:
• Lifetime Achievement Award to be bestowed on a remarkable senior and iconic African business leader that has left an enduring legacy of decades of entrepreneurial success in Africa.
• Transformational Business Award to be awarded to an outstanding African entrepreneur who has built a company with revenues greater than USD 50 million.
• Outstanding Mature Business Award for a remarkable African entrepreneur with a business that has made revenues between USD 5 million – USD 50 million.
• Outstanding Small and Growing Business Award to be given to a stellar African entrepreneur with a business that has revenues between USD 500,000 and USD 5 million.
Comment on the announcement, Divine Ndhlukula, a member of the judging panel, and the Overall winner for the Awards last year, said:
"With the African Leadership Network taking the lead in the management and hosting of the awards, the awards should serve as a focal point for recognising and rallying the next generation of entrepreneurs in Africa. In its sixth year now, it is essential to see more African women entrepreneurs recognised for their achievements and I encourage people to nominate outstanding women entrepreneurs for the Awards."
The competition for the Awards opened 5 weeks ago and runs until 31 August 2012.