“Africa is full of doers with impact who are unfortunately not always recognised for what they do. This year’s MB100 award does just that, it proves that there is valuable work being done across the continent that yields significant social benefit. It has been incredibly gratifying to see so many African doers recognised and rewarded for their impactful work.” – Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, and one of the African representatives on the judging panel.”
In an era where profit and purpose converge to address the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues, the Meaningful Business 100 (MB100) has emerged as a beacon of recognition and support for outstanding individuals leading the charge. The 2023 edition of this prestigious award program has shone a spotlight on Africa, with twenty-five visionary business leaders from across the continent earning their place in the MB100 hall of fame. These remarkable individuals hail from Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia, embodying a diverse tapestry of innovation and dedication.
The MB100, now in its 5th edition, stands as a testament to the global nature of the purpose-driven business movement. Over 800 nominations were received from 93 countries, spanning a wide spectrum of change-makers, including social entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and impact investors. These individuals, driven by the desire to bridge profit and purpose, have earned their spot in the spotlight.
Supported by influential partners like EY, Hogan Lovells, and Babson College, the MB100 offers a year-round program designed to empower these leaders and magnify their positive impact. Pro bono services, tailored workshops, expert mentorship, increased profiling, and exclusive networking opportunities provide the tools and resources required to drive positive change on a grand scale.
Founder and CEO of Meaningful Business, Tom Lytton-Dickie, commented on the 2023 MB100, commending the African cohort for setting a standard in the profit and purpose arena. He noted that these leaders are addressing some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges, and their ongoing work promises to make a substantial difference on a global scale.
Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, an African representative on the judging panel, emphasized the importance of recognizing the valuable work happening across the continent. The MB100 Awards have put a spotlight on the significant social benefits being generated by these African doers, rewarding them for their impactful work.
The 2023 MB100 winners from Africa showcase an array of diverse and impactful initiatives.
A distinguished panel of 29 experts judged the MB100 nominations, evaluating each nominee across five key areas: Durability, Impact, Innovation, Leadership, and Scope. Notable judges included Matthias Stausberg, Group Advocacy Director, Virgin; Nikhil Seth, Assistant Secretary-General, UN & Executive Director, UNITAR; Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator; Shaun Seow, MD, Investments, Temasek; and Stasia Mitchell, EY Global Entrepreneurship Leader.
The Meaningful Business 100 Awards stand as a testament to the global commitment to address the most pressing issues of our time. They celebrate leaders who exemplify the fusion of profit and purpose, while providing the necessary tools and resources to further their vital work. As Africa’s influence in the global business landscape continues to rise, these honorees represent a powerful force for change and progress. The 2023 MB100 winners from Africa are testament to the continent’s tremendous potential to create a better future for us all.