International business leader and founder of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters was awarded Africa's Oil and Gas Leader of the Year at the recent Forbes Best of Africa Gala which held at Forbes HQ in New York City.
Benedict Peters,founder of Aiteo Group
The award is an acknowledgement of Peters’ significant contribution to oil and gas development in Africa by visionary leadership, distinguished service and transformational realignment of a sector dominated by International Oil Companies. The Forbes Award also recognised Peters’ commitment to bettering the lives of people and societies across Africa by philanthropic engagement.
On presenting the award Mike Perlis, CEO and vice-chairman of Forbes Media said, “recipients are singled out for their work in bringing prosperity to all 55 countries of the African continent”.
According to Paul H. Trustfull, the editor: Emerging Markets for Forbes, “Peters’ ascendancy in Africa’s Oil and Gas sector has been exemplary as well as revolutionary. His company, Aiteo, has thrived for about two decades – going from a downstream start-up to becoming a leading integrated energy conglomerate with strategic investments in hydrocarbon (or commodities) exploration and production.”
Dedicating the coveted award to all Aiteo employees worldwide, Peters said “The acknowledgement by Forbes as Oil and Gas Leader of 2018 is inspiring. It means a lot to me and the entire Aiteo Group.”
“I am delighted that the international community recognises our contribution towards Africa’s self-sufficiency in energy and our aspiration to become a reference point for indigenous capacity in oil and gas. This award motivates us to broaden our vision for the continent, despite all odds, and accelerate her economic transformation. We believe that Africa has what it takes to lead the world and we will continue to push the frontiers of development through our investments in people and technology. The success of our Oil and Gas Upstream subsidiary proves that the future we envision in Africa rests to a large extent in the hands of Africans.”
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