Refinitiv announces 2018 excellence award winners for East Africa

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Lenin Oyuga, Region business head, East Africa, Refinitiv.
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Refinitiv, formerly Thomson Reuters Financial and Risk business, yesterday hosted the inaugural 2018 East Africa Excellence Awards in Upperhill, Nairobi. Described as the ultimate form of recognition of the organisation’s customer excellence, the annual Excellence Awards highlight the great work being done by financial markets participants.

The awards were first held in Southern Africa in 2017 and their success has led to them now also being hosted for the first time in East Africa in 2018. The awards honoured financial markets participants from across East Africa, including Indian Ocean Islands, who help to drive growth and efficiency, transparency and deepening in their respective countries and the region.

Sneha Shah, Managing Director for Africa at Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Risk Business said “We are very excited to be bringing the Excellence Awards for the first time in East Africa. What is going to drive the success and growth of our economy is committed individuals and companies that are contributing to strong and stable financial systems and institutions. The inaugural 2018 East Africa Excellence Awards will recognise and highlight the great work of individuals and companies who amongst many outstanding nominees were selected, by the independent judges, as the ones producing the most impact for East Africa’s financial markets.”

Winners of the 2018 East Africa Excellence Awards were ranked in 5 categories as follows:

Best Partner

Winner: Jovanna Prefumo, The Mauritius Commercial Bank

Runner Ups: Peter Malinzi, FNB Tanzania (ACI Chair Tanzania); and Anthony Kirui, Barclays Bank of Kenya

Most Impactful Business – Doing Good and Doing Well

Winner: Evelyn Ossilli, Safaricom

Runner Ups: Wilfried Owor, Uganda Bankers Association; and Ronald Muyanja, Stanbic Bank

Innovation

Winner: Brian Onyino, Equity Bank Kenya

Runner Ups: Dorothy Maseke, ICEA LION Insurance; and Daniel Gachau, Equity Bank Kenya

Embracing Technology

Winner: Benoni Okwenje, Stanbic Bank Uganda

Runner Ups: Thomas Oduor, Commercial Bank of Africa; and Daniel Gachau, Equity Bank

Longest Service

Winner: Yandraduth Googoolye, Bank of Mauritius

Runner Ups: Rishy Lutchmun, Bank One; and Nitin Shah, Kapa Oil Refineries Limited

People’s Choice

Winner: Anthony Kirui, Barclays Bank

Runner Ups: Moses Kiboi, Barclays Bank; and Kenneth Kitunugulu, Stanbic Bank Uganda

As of 1 October 2018, the Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk business became known as Refinitiv following close of the strategic partnership transaction between Thomson Reuters and private equity funds managed by Blackstone.

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