Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of Technobrain Manoj Shanker, is this year’s All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) Entrepreneur of the Year.
Shnaker beat other contenders in his category for his successful efforts to build a unique African company that puts Africa first as a Communications Technology Solutions developer with capacity to win and deliver major national projects in countries across the continent and the world.
“We salute the East African AABLA winners who represent the highest standard of boldness and rare character in the region’s business landscape. These pioneering leaders exemplify the vision and spirit of a dynamic African economy,” says Joe Muganda, Managing Director – Kenya Breweries Limited.
The AABLA which are Africa’s most respected business awards, recognize the continent’s trade and industry game-changers in a variety of categories that mirror the multifaceted nature of the African business environment. The categories include Young Business Leader of the Year, Business Woman of the Year, Business Leader of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year.
This year, the East African Business Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award both went to Dr Reginald Mengi, CEO of IPP Limited, who has pioneered corporate social responsibility in Tanzania, Business Woman of the Year category lauded Tabitha Karanja as an industry leader owing to her 18 years as the CEO of Keroche Breweries Limited, a company that employs over 300 people and gives back to the community through youth education, in turn creating the next generation of Kenyan business leaders.
The accolade of East Africa’s Young Business Leader of the Year went to Helvetic Solar CEO Patrick Ngowi, a serial entrepreneur and pioneer who founded the Helvetic Group of Companies, which is the fastest-growing network in Renewable Energy in East Africa.