A Celebration of Excellence in U.S.-Africa Business Relations
â€‹Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, N.W.
This special dinner and program was an opportunity for CCA to recognize three accomplished business leaders who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in private sector business development and superior service to nation and community.
We hope that you enjoyed the evening.
The evening opened with a warm welcome from the Awards Dinner’s emcee, Mpule Kwelagobe, Founder and CEO of MPULE Institute for Endogenous Development, and Former Miss Universe, Botswana. Ms. Kwelagobe then introduced Paul Hinks, Chairman of the CCA board and CEO of Symbion Power.
Mr. Hinks began his remarks by highlighting CCA’s recent achievements including the addition of African business leaders on CCA’s board and the 23 events CCA convened and organized during the US-Africa Heads of State Summit this past August. "No other organization dared to do so much and so well in support of the President Obama’s African Initiative".
He also highlighted two 2015 important initiatives: The US-Africa Agribusiness Conference which will be held in conjunction with MIT on April 1-2 and the 10th CCA US-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November 2015, in cooperation with the African Union.
The Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Business Innovation by African Diaspora was presented to Dr. Eddy Agbo, Fyodor Biotechnologies. The award is designated for a member of the African Diaspora who has made a unique contribution in business that not only exhibits entrepreneurship, but also contributes and improves the lives of persons in Africa and beyond.
Fyodor Biotechnologies in cooperation with Johns Hopkins University Hospital developed an easy five-minute self-test that anyone anywhere in African can use to determine if she or he has malaria, therefore eliminating long waits for doctor confirmations.
CCA was honored to present the 2014 African Business Leader of the Year Award to:
Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Amoudi, Owner and Chairman, MIDROC Ethiopia
Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and Founder, Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe
Mr. James Mworia, Group CEO and Managing Director, Centum Investment Company, Kenya
Delivering the keynote this year was Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield referenced President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Policy based on five pillars: Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Spurring Economic Growth, Trade and Investments, Advancing Peace and Security; and Promoting Opportunity and Development. She also emphasized that international efforts in West Africa will eventually lead to the end of the Ebola outbreak and requested support from businesses to show that West Africa is open for business.
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