Azim Omar, Africa Strategic Growth Markets Leader, says “The EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award celebrates the energy and ideas developed by African entrepreneurs to advance the continent’s economies and generate positive change. As can be seen in our past winners in the Master entrepreneur category award; Johann Vorster of Clover SA, winner in 2015, Asher Bohbot of EOH winner in 2014, Stephen Koseff of Investec, winner in 2013 and Sipho Nkosi of Exxaro, winner in 2012."
The winners also become part of a group of the world’s most influential and innovative high-growth entrepreneurs. “For the past 18 years the programme has recognised and celebrated entrepreneurs for their vision, leadership and accomplishment. As a leader in guiding these entrepreneurs and their companies, it is our honour to recognise their impact, while encouraging others to follow in their footsteps,” adds Omar.
The programme incorporates ten countries in the region: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. In addition, the awards have a footprint in East and West Africa.