Mr. Tony Elumelu
The Chairman of Heirs Holdings and Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu has been named as one of four African Business Leaders of the Year by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA).
The CCA is a Washington-based organisation that works closely with governments, multilateral groups and businesses to improve the African continent’s trade and investment climate, and to raise the profile of Africa in the United States business community.
A statement said Elumelu was honoured at the inaugural event as one of the continent’s most successful entrepreneurs, with a track record of value creation across key sectors that are transforming the African private sector.
“Elumelu’s commitment to a new model of African philanthropy was also recognised. Elumelu is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, a pan-African proprietary investment company, and the founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, a philanthropic institution that enhances the competitiveness of Africa’s private sector through leadership and entrepreneurship development and impact investment.
“Both in investment and philanthropy, Elumelu’s approach is characterised by seeking to apply long term, African led solutions, with a focus on creating economic and social returns,” it explained..
Other winners of the award, according to the statement were Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam; Director of Government and International Affairs for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Mr. Geoff Rothschild; and President and Chief Executive Officer, PTA Bank, Mr. Admassu Tadesse.