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8 - 12 November 2021
Virtual Event

8 - 12 November 2021
Virtual Event

CXO of the Year

Voting is now open!

'The CXO of the Year Award' is back for 2021 - recognising the outstanding achievements of CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, CDOs and others in driving development within the African tech space.

WINNER

Brelotte BA, CEO, Orange Mali

Appointed in August 2018 General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Orange Mali, Mr. Brelotte BA is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. He joined the Orange Sonatel Group in 2001, where he successively held several positions including that of Director of Management Control, and Marketing Director of Orange Guinea in 2007. He was then appointed General Manager and CEO of Orange Bissau between 2008 and 2011, General Manager and CEO of Orange Niger between 2012 and 2017, and General Manager and CEO of Orange Guinea between 2017 and 2018. 

 
In Mali, Brelotte focused on accelerating the deployment of fixed and mobile broadband networks, which has made it possible to have more than 90% of the Malian population now covered by 4G, in parallel with the deployment of fiber networks for FTTH offers. Digitization is also a priority for Orange Mali, in particular to simplify the customer experience on Orange Money, and on new diversification offers.  


Orange Mali also announced in July 2021 the construction of a 25 MWp solar farm in collaboration with the Malian Electricity Company (EDM), which will make it the first remote self-production project in sub-Saharan Africa. 

shortlist

Stephen Blewett, CEO, MTN Cameroon

Stephen Blewett served as Chief Executive Officer of MTN Benin for  five years and took over as Chief Executive Officer of MTN Cameroon in 2020 . During his tenure MTN Benin experienced a double-digit growth rate in several segments and substantially extended their Market leadership position. This performance earned Stephen numerous awards, including Best Chief Executive Officer in Benin in 2019, all sectors, and Best Chief Executive Officer of all the MTN Group subsidiaries in 2020. In MTN Cameroon he has succeeded in 1 year to turn around a poor performing business into a high performance double digit growth business.

John Kamara, CEO, Adanian Labs

John Kamara is a tech entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience working in new market acquisitions across various technology verticals in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.  

He is a leading expert on how businesses can leverage key technology trends, transform organizations and drive competitive advantage for impact in industries including finance, agriculture, health, education, gaming and start-up enterprises.  

Having worked in market growth leadership roles for global technology companies at Google, Sun Microsystems, eir Ireland, Digicel, BMC Software and others, he is committed to seeing technology play a critical role catapulting Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution while creating critical mass impact. 

John is a Pan African renowned business leader, entrepreneur, investor, consultant, mentor and public speaker holding multiple roles including:  

  • Founder - AI Centre of Excellence
  • Founder - Afyarekod
  • CEO - Cortex Africa (Leading Artificial Intelligence Company in Africa) 
  • Director Non-Executive - Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa
  • Director for Strategy - Data Driven Innovation Center under CREATES Center of Excellence at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology 
  • Chevalier (Knight) Ordre Des Arts est des Technologies - Crypto Chain University

Robin Reetch, CEO, Kune Food - Kenya

Robin is the Founder and CEO of Kune Food, a 1M$ funded foodtech based in Nairobi. Kune produces quality affordable meals delivered to individuals, corporates, and retails everyday. 

Kune Food promises customers an average delivery time of 30 minutes. To achieve this, Kune owns its entire supply chain, from cooking to packaging to delivery with its own drivers.  Prior to Kune, Robin supported European start-ups to raise capital through Ayomi, a crowd equity platform, and created Hanoia, Vietnam's first co-living operator. 

Sherry Singh, CEO Mauritius Telecom

Sherry Singh took the reins of Mauritius Telecom (MT) as CEO in February 2015, and has been the driving force that has led MT to achieve innovative tech projects, disrupting the national and regional landscape. Projects include:

  • The Safe City project: enhances efficiency of the Police Force and emergency services by providing active monitoring of 4000 intelligent video surveillance cameras, a unified Command Centre for cohesive supervision, real-time communication and intelligent traffic management.
  • The my.t money app is the first mobile wallet in Mauritius enabling P2P transfers, share bill, recharge and QR based payments which revolutionised the local FinTech industry.
  • Conceptualized beSafeMoris, the only official Covid-19 application to inform about covid-related matters. It was the main instrument that helped Mauritius get back on its feet during the pandemic by providing digital work permits and vaccination pass.