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Africa investor Investment and Business Leader Award Winners recognised during World Bank Annual Meetings in Tokyo

Friday, 12 Oct 2012

Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment and communications group, yesterday announced the winners of the Africa investor (Ai) Investment and Business Leader Awards 2012, which took place at an invitation-only ceremony during the World Bank Annual Meetings in Tokyo, Japan.

These prestigious Awards are the longest-standing international awards on Africa to reward exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across Africa. They recognise the institutions and individuals improving the continentís investment climate.

Award winners included a number of high-profile personalities, who were recognised for their achievements. Africa's Innovation Leader of the Year was awarded to James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Bank, while Phuti Mahanyele, CEO of Shanduka, was recognised as Leading Africa Woman in Business of the Year. African Business Leader of the Year was presented to Brian Molefe, CEO of Transnet, and Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa, was awarded International Business Leader of the Year.

Admassu Tadesse, CEO of PTA Bank, was recognised as the Up and Coming Future Leader of the Year, and the prestigious Finance Minister of the Year Award was presented to Honourable Xavier Luc Duval, Minister of Finance of Mauritius.

Commenting on the Awards, Hubert Danso, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman Africa investor, said; "In this complex and competitive global investment and information environment, itís critical that Africa writes its own investment story. The achievements of the nominees, and winners of the 2012 Ai Investment and Business Leader Awards, play an important role in that process and assist domestic and international investors in identifying partners to participate in Africaís growth story."

Institutions recognised included; National Empowerment Fund for the Best Initiative in Support of SMEs and the Millennium Development Goals; Phatisa was recognised for Investment Climate Initiative of the Year; Bank of the Year was awarded to Kenya Commercial Bank, and Carbon Finance Initiative of the Year was given to Nedbank.

Emerging Capital Partners was awarded the Venture Capital/Private Equity Deal of the Year Award; Employer and Human Capital Investor of the Year went to SABMiller; Institutional Investor of the Year was awarded to Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund, and Investment Promotion Agency of the Year was given to Board of Investment Mauritius.

Africa investor (Ai) Investment and Business Leader Awards 2012 - Winners

Best Initiative in Support of SMEs and the Millennium Development Goals
National Empowerment Fund

Investment Climate Initiative of the Year
Phatisa

Bank of the Year
Kenya Commercial Bank

Carbon Finance Initiative of the Year
Nedbank

Venture Capital Private Equity Deal of the Year
Emerging Capital Partners

Employer and Human Capital Investor of the Year
SABMiller

Institutional Investor of the Year
Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund

Investment Promotion Agency of the Year
Board of Investment Mauritius

Leadership in Sustainable Investment in Africa
Olam

Africa's Innovation Leader of the Year
James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank

Leading African Woman in Business of the Year
Phuti Mahanyele, CEO, Shanduka

African Business Leader of the Year
Brian Molefe, CEO, Transnet

International Business Leader of the Year
Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa

Up and Coming Future Leader of the Year
Admassu Tadesse, CEO, PTA Bank

Finance Minister of the Year
Hon. Xavier Luc Duval, Minister of Finance, Mauritius

Note to Editors
For more information on the Africa investor Investment and Business Leader Awards, contact Catherine Wright on +27 11 783 2431 or cwright@africainvestor.com.
About the Africa investor (Ai) Investment and Business Leader Awards
The prestigious annual Africa investor (Ai) Investment and Business Leader Awards are the longest-standing international investment awards on Africa to reward exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across Africa. They recognise not only investing institutions but transformational business and government leaders improving the continentís investment climate.
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Africa investor is a specialist investment and communications firm advising governments, international organisations and businesses on communication strategies for capital market and foreign direct investments in Africa. Africa investor publishes Africa investor, the leading international newsstand magazine for Africaís investment decision makers; maintains the Africa investor 40 Investorsí Index, hosts the Ai Index Series Summit & Awards and the Africa investor Infrastructure Projects Summit & Awards, amongst other events.

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