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About the Awards

The African Banker Awards are designed to recognise the reforms, rapid modernisation, consolidation, integration and expansion of Africa’s banking and financial sector.

Organised by  IC Events, the African Banker Awards is a landmark annual event for the African finance world, rewarding achievements, commending best practices and celebrating excellence  in African banking.

Recognising the 400 personalities and banks that are driving Africa’s rapidly transforming financial sector, the African Banker Awards brings together industry leaders from Africa and the world. It celebrates the achievements of those who are driving growth, development, creating new economic opportunities for citizens and communities  and inspiring the new generation of bankers who are shaping Africa’s future.

Why attend?

The African Banker Awards is a prestigious event paying respect to those positively changing the African Banking landscape.

Attending this event will give you an opportunity to compete, network and celebrate with the industry elite.

Who attends?

Delegates attending the African Banker Awards include top ranking bankers and industry leaders, Central Bank Governors, Ministers of Finance, government officials and diplomats from Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA. Attendees meet and mingle with key representatives from Africa’s banking and finance community.

Attendees include:

  • African banks and financial institutions
  • International investment banks and private equity groups
  • Intergovernmental organisations and development agencies
  • Government official from across Africa including Head of States, Ministers, Governors of Central Banks and Diplomats
  • CEOs and business leaders
  • Media

Previous attendees include:

Access Bank Afreximbank African_Development_Bank_AfDB_logo ADC

World-Bank-logoBank of Kigali BGFI Bank Attijariwafa Bank

BMCE Bank Standard-bank-logo Randmerchantbank  FirstBank_generic_square

NedBank Capital Logo CorisBank AfrikaMicrosoft Wavetec

GTBank Equity Bank Citi Logo

Categories

The judges

  • Koosum Kalyan
    Chairman - EdgoMerap Pty Ltd

  • Zemedeneh Negatu
    Managing Partner - Ernst & Young Ethiopia

  • Tom Minney
    Chief Executive - African Growth Partners

  • Alain le Noir
    CEO - Finances Sans Frontières

  • Christopher Hartland – Peel
    Principal - Hartland-Peel Africa Equity Research

  • Kanika Saigal
    Deputy Editor - African Business Magazine

Nominees & winners


2009 Winners

Absa Most Innovative Bank of the Year
African Development Bank Best Development Bank of the year
Barclays Best Global Bank of the Year
Citadel Investment Fund/Private Equity Fund of the Year
Ecobank African Bank of the Year
Equity Microfinance Institution of the Year
GTB African Banker of the Year
NBC Local Bank
Nedbank SCR
Nedbank Capital Deal of the Year
Tito Mboweni – Reserve Bank Central Bank Governor of the Year
Standard Bank Investment Bank of the Year
Dr. Youssef Bourtos-Ghali Finance Minister of the Year

 


2010 Winners

Access Bank Socially Responsible Bank of the Year
Actis  Investment Fund/Private Equity Fund of the Year
African Finance Corporation Deal of the Year
Amhara Credit and Saving Institution (ACSI Microfinance Institution of the Year
Attijariwafa Bank African Bank of the Year
Banque Internationale Arabe Tunise (BIAT) Best Local Bank in Africa
Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Best Development Bank of the year
Ecobank-Nedbank Alliance Most Innovative Bank of the Year
Dr. James Mwangi – Equity African Banker of the Year
Renaissance Capital Investment Bank of the Year
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Best issuing House
Standard Chartered Bank Best Global Bank of the Year
Syda Bbumba Finance Minister of the Year

 


2011 Winners

Actis Investment Fund/Private Equity Fund of the Year
EB-Accion Savings & Loans Company Microfinance Institution/Project of the Year
EFG-Hermes Investment Bank of the Year
Equity African Banker of the Year
FirstBank Most Innovative Bank of the Year
Millennium BIM Best Local Bank in Africa
National bank of Egypt Socially Responsible Bank of the Year
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Deal of the Year
Standard Bank Group African Bank of the Year
Adebayo Ogunlesi African Banker Icon
Evelyn Oputu Lifetime Achievement Award
HE Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile – Governor of the Bank of Uganda Central Bank Governor of the Year
HE Situmbeko Musokotwane Finance Minister of the Year

 


2012 Winners

Access Bank Best Regional Bank in Africa : West Africa
Attijariwafa Bank Best Regional Bank in Africa : North Africa
Bank of Kigali Best Regional Bank in Africa : East Africa
BCI Best Regional Bank in Africa: Southern Africa
BGFI Best Regional Bank in Africa : Central Africa
BMCE Bank Group Socially Responsible Bank of the Year
Citadel Capital Investment Fund/Private Equity Fund of the Year
Coris Bank International Best Retail Bank in Africa
Ecobank African Bank of the Year
Equity Bank Award for Innovation in Banking
Dr Eleni Gabre-Mahdin – Ethiopia Commodities Exchange African Banker Icon
Groupe Banque Populaire Award for financial Inclusion
Olusegun Agbaje – Guaranty Trust Bank African Banker of the Year
Renaissance Capital Investment Bank of the Year
Standard Bank Group Deal of the Year
Standard Chartered Bank Best Bond Deal
Arnold Ekpe Lifetime Achievement Award
HE Kerfalla Yansané Finance Minister of the Year
HE Mustapha Kamel Nabli Central Bank Governor of the Year

 


2013 Winners

Africa Garanty Fund Award for Financial Inclusion
Attijariwafa Bank African Bank of the Year
Joao Figueiredo – Banco Unico African Banker of the Year
Banque Populaire Best Retail Bank in Africa
CFC Stanbic & Fieldstone Deal of the Year
Citadel Capital Private Equity Fund of the Year
Ecobank Transnational Togo Award for Innovation in Banking
Gulf African Bank Best Islamic Finance Initiative
Nedbank Socially Responsible Bank of the Year
Rand Merchant Bank Investment Bank of the Year
Standard Bank Fixed Income Deal of the Year
Michael Joseph African Banker Icon

 


2014 Winners

Andrew Alli – Africa Finance Corporation African Banker Icon
Bank of Kigali Best Regional Bank in Africa : East Africa
Banque Centrale Populaire Best Regional Bank in Africa : North Africa
Banque Islamique de Mauritanie Best Islamic Finance Initiative
CitiGroup Global Markets Deal of the Year- Equity
Vivienne Yeda – East African Development Bank African Banker of the Year
Ecobank Mali Best Regional Bank in Africa : West Africa
GTBank African Bank of the Year
Investec Asset Management Fund of the Year
Mastercard Award for financial Inclusion
Nedbank Award for Innovation in Banking
Nedbank Socially Responsible Bank of the Year
Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company Mortgage Bank of the Year
Rand Merchant Bank Investment Bank of the Year
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Best Regional Bank in Africa: Southern Africa
Standard Chartered Bank Deal of the Year- Debt
State Bank Mauritius Best Retail Bank in Africa
Trust Merchant Bank Best Regional Bank in Africa : Central Africa
Elizabeth Mary Okelo Lifetime Achievement Award
HE Linah Mohohlo Central Bank Governor of the Year
HE President Paul Kagame Special Recognition Award
Hon Armando Manuel Finance Minister of the Year

 


2016 Winners

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) Infrastructure Deal of the Year
Attijariwafa Bank Best Regional Bank: North Africa
Banco de Comercio e Investimentos Best Regional Bank: Southern Africa
Bank of Kigali Best Regional Bank: East Africa
Banque Populaire African Bank of the Year
BIM – Banco Internacional de Moçambique (Millennium bim) Award for Innovation in Banking
BMCE BANK Socially Responsible Bank of the Year
Commercial International Bank (Egypt) S.A.E Trade Finance Deal of the Year
Credit Suisse AG, London Branch Deal of the Year – Debt
Albert Essien – Ecobank Transnational Incorporated African Banker of the Year
Fondation Attawfiq Micro-Finance Award for Financial Inclusion
Groupe BGFIBank Best Regional Bank: Central Africa
Orabank Best Regional Bank: West Africa
Tidjane Thiam – Prudential African Banker Icon
Rand Merchant Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank Limited Investment Bank of the Year
Senegal Sukuk, Citi and ICD Best Islamic Finance Initiative
Standard Advisory London Limited Deal of the Year – Equity
Standard Bank Group Limited Best Retail Bank in Africa
Jim Ovia – Zenith Bank Lifetime Achievement Award
Hon. Claver Gatete Finance Minister of the Year
Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u Central Bank Governor of the Year

Selection Process

Selection Process

The competition starts with a Call For Entries when banks and financial institutions are invited to submit entries for the categories on offer. Once the deadline is closed the African Banker Awards Committee will select and announce the shortlist for each award category. The Committee is composed of the editorial teams of African Business and African Banker magazines and it benefits from the expertise of leading organisations and industry figures with an in-depth knowledge of the African business landscape. Once the shortlist has been decided, nominees will be informed individually.

The categories for the African Banker Awards are chosen to recognise the key banking fields and initiatives that form the make-up of the African banking world.

The winners are selected by our panel of judges and will be announced on the evening of the award ceremony.

Past awards

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