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CXO of the Year Award

This award honours exceptional leaders in Africa and their outstanding contributions in building teams, setting new standards, and delivering on a clear vision in a rapidly changing business landscape.

About the CXO of the Year Award


The CXO of the Year Award honors exceptional leaders across Africa who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their organizations through visionary leadership, innovative strategies, and exemplary execution in a rapidly changing business landscape.

This prestigious award recognizes Chief Executives (CEOs), Chief Operating Officers (COOs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), Chief Technology Officers (CTOs), Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs), and other top executives (CXOs) who have excelled in driving their companies toward sustained growth and success.

This award celebrates leaders who have built and nurtured high-performing teams and set new industry standards through their strategic foresight and operational excellence. These executives embody the qualities of resilience, adaptability, and forward-thinking, essential for navigating the complexities of today's dynamic business environment.

Award Criteria


Visionary Leadership

The CXO must demonstrate a clear and compelling vision for the organization, inspiring and guiding their teams to achieve strategic objectives.

Team Building and Empowerment

The CXO must have a proven track record of building, leading, and empowering high-performing teams, fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment.

Impact and Results

The leader's contributions should have resulted in significant positive outcomes for the organization, such as increased market share, revenue growth, customer satisfaction, and overall business success.

2024 Awards Timeline


Here is the timeline for the 2024 Africa Tech Festival Awards!

Key information:

  • The shortlist will consist of the top 5 candidates per category and will be subject to a public vote.
  • The top three shortlisted candidates with the most votes from the public will progress to the finals.
  • The finalists will be sent to our expert panel of judges, who will determine the winners.
  • The winners will be announced live at the ceremony in Cape Town on 13 November.

2023 Award Winner


Winner: Ahmed Yusef, CEO, Hormuud Telecom

As the Chairman of Hormuud Telecommunications Company, Ahmed Mohamud Yusuf has played a pivotal role in making Hormuud the largest telecommunications company in Somalia. His visionary leadership has not only contributed to the company's success but has also been a driving force in the economic development of Somalia.

Under his leadership, Hormuud Telecom has boosted connectivity for every Somalia, installing 2, 3 and 4G services, pioneered fintech apps and ensured each Somali has the means to transact through introducing EVC Plus.