top story Africa investor international Awards recognise African and global investment Leaders at Ai CEO Investment Summit alongside World Bank Annual Meetings

Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment and communications group, yesterday announced the winners of the prestigious Ai Investment and Business Leader Awards 2014, which took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington DC, during the Ai CEO Investment Summit on the eve of the World Bank Annual Meetings. These prestigious Ai 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. Read the full list of 2014 winners below. Award winners included a number of leaders who were recognised for their achievements. Finance Minister of the Year was awarded to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who thanked Ai for its continued leadership in attracting investment and investors to Africa.The Award for Africa's Innovation Leader of the Year went to Michael T. Mack, CEO of Syngenta, and Africa’s Leading Woman in Business was presented to Monica Musonda, CEO and Founder of Java Foods. African Business Leader of the Year was awarded to Dr Ahmed Heikal, CEO and Founder, Qalaa Holdings; Bob Diamond, Co-founder of Atlas Mara, was recognised as International Business Leader of the Year, and Up and Coming Future Leader of the Year was awarded to Alex Okosi, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa.


Pravin Gordhan
Minister of Finance, South Africa, at the Ai CEO Investment Climate Summit 2012
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Chairperson, AUC, at the Ai CEO Infrastructure Investment Summit 2013
Ed Mathias
Director, Carlyle Group, at the Ai CEO Infrastructure Investment Summit 2013
John Oliphant
Principal Executive Officer, Government Employees Pension Fund