All Africa Business Leaders Award – East Africa Awards 2012

We congratulate the winners of All Africa Business Leaders Award – East Africa 2012 presented by CNBC, Africa Business News and Forbes Africa.


Below are all the winners of the AABLA – East Africa 2012 in their respective categories:


    • Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr Manu Chandaria

  • Dr. Manu Chandaria OBE EBS (Elder of the Burning Spear) is hailed as “one of Kenya’s leading industrialists”. He is the chairman and CEO of the Comcraft Group of Companies, a billion dollar enterprise that has a presence in over 40 countries. He has won several awards in East Africa and internationally in recognition of his entrepreneurial endeavours and is also a noted philanthropist.


    • Young Business Leader of the Year – Jack Kayonga, CEO of Rwanda Development Bank

  • In RDB, Jack has been instrumental in leading in innovation, business practices, management and operations. RDBs investment in agriculture is expected to create about 150, 000 jobs which will impact livelihoods of more than 1 million People.


    • Business Woman of the Year – Jennifer Barassa, founder and CEO of Top Image.

  • Jennifer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Kenya Women Finance Trust. In addition she heads the Women’s Desk at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce where she is also a Director. She is also on the Boards of the National Council of Women of Kenya and the Constituency Development Fund. She also serves on various school boards.
    • Entrepreneur of the Year – Vimal Shah, CEO of Bidco Group

  • Mr. Shah is the CEO of BIDCO Oil Refineries Ltd, the largest manufacturer of edible oils and detergents in East and Central Africa. A well-known entrepreneur and business personality in Kenya, Mr. Shah is one of the most respected CEOs in the region.


    • Business leader of the Year – Dr James Mwangi, CEO and MD of Equity Bank

  • Dr. Mwangi has been pivotal in the transformation of Equity Bank into one of Africa’s brightest business success stories. His is truly an inspirational story of entrepreneurial spirit with an innovative business model that has the potential to be replicated globally.


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