African Business

In its January issue,?African Business Magazine?identifies 15 African business leaders positioned to take advantage of the continent’s opportunities in 2015.

 African BusinessThe leading pan-African business publication looks ahead to profile the key game-changers and pioneers to watch in the year ahead.

The January edition of?African Business Magazine?profiles 15 business leaders whom the magazine thinks will be making headlines in the coming years.

Unsurprisingly, Africa seems to belong to the prominent businessmen and those with the resources and capital to steam-roll ahead. The list of those profiled includes figures such as Aliko Dangote (the Dangote Group), Titus Naikuni?(Airtel Kenya)?and Tony Elumelu?(Heirs Holdings); individuals who are well equipped?to ride the technological, demographic and social trends to drive Africa’s development on the global stage.

Dangote remains one of Africa’s most influential business figures, as he continues to grow and expand his operations. “What makes Dangote interesting is how the master strategist applies his long-term dictum to turn ‘challenges into opportunities.’ Every year he continues to surprise us,? explains Anver Versi, Editor of?African Business Magazine.

Group Publisher and CEO for IC publications, Omar Ben Yedder, states “The list names CEOs who have established themselves over the years and continue to innovate and define the face of change.?

The list also includes Sim Shagaya, Founder and CEO of?konga.com?- a Nigerian start-up currently dominating the e-commerce scene. In?this edition,?African Business?highlights how Sim Shagaya managed to raise over?$25 million in 2014 -?the single largest amount by any start-up in Africa -?after attracting the attention of international venture capitalists.

Nigerian, Kenyan, and South African CEOs feature heavily on the 2015 list. A surprise is Laurence Do Rego, Group Executive Director of Finance at Ecobank. In 2014, Do Rego was suspended from the bank for?whistle-blowing, yet?overcame these challenges and was?vindicated?for her stance on professional integrity.

Moving forward from what was a whirlwind 2014 for the Ecobank Group, her role will be critical in keeping one of Africa’s great success stories on the right track and she is touted to replace Albert Essien when his terms ends this year.

The full list is available in the January issue which is currently on sale. The cover story features the future of African Cities with the rise of urbanisation across the continent.

 

Source African Business

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