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Executives from FIFA, NBA, World Rugby, Vivendi Sports and Rugby Africa among the largest and most influential panel of judges ever assembled for a journalism prize in Africa

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The judging panel for the APO Group African Woman in Media Award consists of 100 luminaries, with global icons such as Naomi Campbell joined by executives at diverse organizations like Microsoft, Harley-Davidson and FIFA

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, November 3, 2020/ — APO Group, the leading pan-African communications and business consultancy, is delighted to announce the jury for the prestigious APO Group African Women in Media Award 2020. The Award recognizes, celebrates and empowers African women in the media who support female entrepreneurship throughout the continent.

This is the largest and most influential panel of judges ever assembled for an African media award, and it reflects the importance of recognizing gender equality in business and the media.

APO Group has brought together 100 luminaries, with global icons such as Naomi Campbell joined by senior executives from every major industry on the continent, from Microsoft to Dangote; Twitter to Coca-Cola; and Harley-Davidson to LEGO!

Here is a full list of the 100 judges :

  1. Fatma Samoura, Secretary-General of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
  2. Aïda Diarra, Senior Vice President and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa of Visa
  3. Naomi Campbell, Model, actress, businesswoman
  4. Aydan Olcer, Regional Communications Director, Middle East and Africa of Microsoft
  5. Kezia Anim-Addo, Head of Communications, Sub-Saharan Africa of Facebook
  6. Zayna Aston, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, EMEA, of YouTube
  7. Emmanuel Lubanzadio, Head of Public Policy Sub-Saharan Africa of Twitter
  8. Samantha Fuller, Head of Communication Sub Saharan Africa of Uber
  9. Camilla Osborne, Head of Communications of Coca-Cola Africa
  10. Acha Leke, Chairman Africa of McKinsey & Company
  11. Ifeoma Dozie, Director, Marketing and Communications, Sub-Saharan Africa of MasterCard
  12. Jason Pau, Senior Advisor for International Programs of the Jack Ma Foundation
  13. Michael Carney, Regional Marketing Manager of Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  14. Urszula Bieganska, Head of Marketing Middle East and Africa of LEGO Group
  15. Mai Youssef, Corporate Communications and Marketing Services Director, Africa, Middle East and Turkey of Canon
  16. Amadou Gallo Fall, Vice-President of the NBA, and President of the Basketball Africa League
  17. Amadou Diallo, Chief Executive Officer Middle East and Africa of DHL Global Forwarding
  18. Hannah O’Leary, Director, Head of Modern and Contemporary African Art of Sotheby’s
  19. Julie Gichuru, Head of Public Affairs and Communications of Mastercard Foundation
  20. Helen Da Fonseca, Head of Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and CSR of L’Oréal South Africa
  21. Louise W. Wanjohi, Communications Lead – North, East and West Africa of IBM
  22. Vanessa M. Moungar, Director, Gender, Women and Civil Society of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
  23. Carole Van Cauter, Global Marketing Manager of Brussels Airlines
  24. Candace Gilowey, Head of Marketing – South Africa and Sub Sahara Africa of Levi Strauss & Co.
  25. Dudu Ndlovu, Head of Communications of KPMG South Africa
  26. Sarah Fernandez, Director of Public Relations and Communications – Middle East and Africa of Accor
  27. Dr. Rasha Kelej, Chief Executive Officer of Merck Foundation
  28. Byron Kennedy, Executive Head: Group Media Relations and Spokesperson of Vodacom
  29. Dominic Rumbles, Head of Communications of World Rugby
  30. Patricia Obozuwa, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer of GE Africa
  31. Samantha Muna, Director Development East Africa of Hilton Worldwide
  32. John Gely, Head of Africa of MoneyGram International
  33. Beatrice Gachenge, Head of Communications, Sub-Saharan Africa of Novartis
  34. Lee Martin, Senior Advisor of Getty Images
  35. Stephanie Aboujaoude, Senior Area Director, Marketing and Communications, Middle East and Africa of Radisson Hotel Group
  36. Sthe Shabangu, Public Relations and Communications lead for Africa of Cisco
  37. Rukmini Glanard, Executive Vice President Global Sales, Services and Marketing of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
  38. Maor Aharoni, Africa and Israel Communications of Motorola Solutions
  39. Anthony Chiejina, Chief Corporate Communications Officer of Dangote Group
  40. Jacqui O’Sullivan, Executive: Corporate Affairs of MTN South Africa
  41. Sonia Adnane, Head of Communications and Public Affairs Africa of Siemens Gamesa
  42. Marwa Gomaa, Africa Communications Director of Tetra Pak
  43. Abdellah Ghali, Head of Communications of OCP Africa
  44. Christa Botha, Communications Director, Africa and Middle East of Sage
  45. Adenike Laoye, Group Head, Corporate Communications, and Chief of Staff to the Group CEO of Ecobank
  46. Abdou Diop, Managing Partner of Mazars Audit and Consulting
  47. Andre Martin, Head of Communications and External Relations, Middle East and Africa of DP World
  48. Angela Russell, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa
  49. Ben White, Founder and CEO of VC4A
  50. Bola Atta, Group Head, Corporate Communications of United Bank for Africa
  51. Michael Okwiri, Vice President, Corporate Communications and CSR of Airtel Africa
  52. Christian Bwakira, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa of Ingenico Group
  53. Clare Spurrell, Head of Global Communications of CARE International
  54. Claudia Brunner, Media Relations Specialist of Rotary International
  55. Coralie van den Berg, General Manager of Rugby Africa
  56. Sue Musunga Chuzu, Marketing and Communications Manager, Africa and Middle East of CNH Industrial
  57. Didier Acouetey, President and Founder of AfricSearch Group
  58. Eddie Mandhry, Director for Africa and Middle East of Yale University
  59. Christina D’Souza, Head Brand and Communications Middle East & Africa at Sodexo
  60. Filipe de Botton, President of the Portuguese Diaspora Council
  61. Florizelle Liser, President and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa
  62. Ginikanwa Frank-Durugbor, Head, Corporate Communications of Lafarge Africa
  63. Leslie Richer, Director of Information and Communication of the African Union
  64. Giovanni “Gianni” Merlo, President of the International Sports Press Association, AIPS
  65. Itumeleng Matlaila, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs – Africa of Puma Energy
  66. Jean Pascal Mvondo, Francophone Africa government and corporate advisory lead of the United Nations Capital Development Fund
  67. Karen Taylor, CEO of Invest Africa
  68. Mathilde Schneider, Head of Group Communications of AFD – Agence Française de Développement
  69. Kate Johns, Head: Africa and International Media Relations of Standard Bank
  70. Kelly Arnold, Managing Director, Sub-Sahara Africa, Retail Intelligence of Nielsen
  71. Sanaa Sayagh, General Manager of Roche Morocco
  72. Leland Rice, CEO of Dedalus Global
  73. Lesiba Sethoga, Head of Marketing and Communications – South Africa of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)
  74. Lilian Kanyi Mwangi, Marketing and Communications Manager – East, Central and Southern Africa of DHL Africa
  75. Linda Brown, Head of Communications and Advocacy Services, Africa of BASF
  76. Louise Kanyonga, Chief Strategy and Compliance Officer of Rwanda Development Board
  77. Alexander Amosu, Founder of Lux Afrique
  78. Maximilian Jarrett, Africa Programme Manager of the International Energy Agency
  79. Mohamed Rahman Swaray, Minister of Information and Communications of Sierra Leone
  80. Monica Zanette, Migration Mobility Dialogue Senior Coordinator of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development
  81. Mwanja Ng’anjo, Ag. Head of Communications of the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD)
  82. Nafissatou Dia, Communication and CSR Director of CFAO
  83. NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber
  84. Olivier Laouchez, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of TRACE
  85. Olly Cann, Director of Communications of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
  86. Oyinade Adegite, Group Head, Corporate Communication of Guaranty Trust Bank
  87. Paulo Gomes, Co-Founder of New African Capital Partners, former Executive Director of The World Bank
  88. Pierre Havenga, Managing Director MEA of Vertiv Co
  89. Robins Tchale Watchou, CEO of Vivendi Sports
  90. Rose Thuo, Head of Communications and Marketing, Africa of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  91. Sarah Utermark, Director of Commercial Partnerships of Opera
  92. Sherry Kennedy, Senior Communications Officer of the African Trade Insurance Agency
  93. Tolu Ogunlesi, Special assistant on Digital and New Media to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari
  94. Tshepang Motsekuoa, Communications Manager – Africa of AGCO Corporation
  95. Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Director of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)
  96. Stéphane Rogovsky, Founder and CEO of R-Squared Agency
  97. Tiekie Barnard, CEO and Founder of the Shared Value Africa Initiative
  98. Victor Oladokun, former Director of Communication and External Relations of the African Development Bank Group
  99. Walid Loukil, Deputy General Manager of Loukil Group
  100. Yoven Moorooven, CEO of ENGIE Africa
  101. Zemedeneh Negatu, Global Chairman of Fairfax Africa Fund
  102. Nila Yasmin, Winner of the 2020 APO Group African Women in Media Award
  103. Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and chairman of APO Group

“I want to thank all the judges for devoting their time and energy to the APO Group African Women in Media Award,” said Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and Chairman of APO Group. “I’ve never seen a judging panel of this quality before, and we are honored that every member shares our vision for women empowerment and entrepreneurship. Their passion and enthusiasm has helped make this award the biggest of its kind in Africa.”

The APO Group African Women in Media Award is part of APO Group’s commitment to supporting the development of journalism on the continent. 

The award is open to African female journalists whose stories were broadcast or published between 1st January and 31st October 2020. The stories are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and community impact.

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The judges will be asked to select the winning journalist, who will then be announced at the 6th Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum’s (AWIEF) Virtual Conference and Awards, hosted from 2-3 December 2020, with the theme ‘Reimagining Business & Rebuilding Better.’  

AWIEF is a prestigious annual event that sees global thought leaders, industry experts, policymakers, academics, development organizations and investors gather to connect, network, share, collaborate and transact in a combined effort to boost Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem for women. 

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Rahul Roy
Rahul Roy
I am a computer guy by profession and a sports fanatic by choice.


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