Top 10 Women To Watch In Banking & Finance To Be Celebrated During 2022 Angaza Awards Ceremony                      

The Angaza Awards Women to Watch in Banking & Finance program will on 8 June celebrate the 2022 list of Top 10 women who are steering and shaping Africa’s financial services sector. Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female president and 2011 Nobel Prize Winner, is among the leaders celebrating the Awardees through the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development. H.E. Sirleaf has worked through the Presidential Center to equip women leaders including young women in the civil service as part of the Amujae Initiative. 

The Angaza Awards event is sponsored by Old Mutual (, Remitly (, and Equity Group Holdings (  The featured speakers include Her Excellency Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed, African Union Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, Executive Director and Board Secretary, EJS Presidential Center for Women and Development, and veteran journalist Zulfiani (Uni) Lubis. The 2022 Awards follows last year’s program which featured Dr Nancy Onyango of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and New York Times Best-Selling Author Gail Evans as keynote speakers and was sponsored by Equity Bank Group and Old Mutual Ltd. 

For Old Mutual, this partnership supports our strategy to positively impact and transform the communities that we operate in. We firmly believe that the inclusion of women in the economy empowers others, helps society to grow stronger and leads to greater success and economic growth. We’re proud to have a growing number of women in top leadership positions at Old Mutual, including five dynamic female leaders on our Exco, making us one of Africa’s most gender-transformed financial services companies

Tabby Tsengiwe, General Manager of  Public Affairs & Communication at Old Mutual Limited. 

The 2022 Angaza Awards list was compiled following a three-month entry period which saw dozens of professionals from Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe submit applications. The Angaza Awards criteria included an assessment of the applicants’ area of responsibility and contribution to firm performance. Scores were also awarded for achievements that transcended the institution and resulted in shared value creation in the society and through environmental responsibility. The awardees are multifaceted professionals representing banking, investment banking, insurance, fintech, insurtech, cross-border payments, and development finance.

As a leading global provider of financial services for immigrants and their families, we commend those that are having a positive and profound impact on diversifying the financial services industry and to make it more inclusive. It’s an honor to participate in and support the Angaza Awards, and look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of these outstanding recipients.

Amal Kammon, Head of Region, Remitly

The Angaza Awards Judges Panel was chaired by Sustainable Finance and Responsible Investment in Africa Policy Advisor Nuru Mugambi and constituted by Mutumboi Mundia, Director of Market Supervision & Development, Zambia Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Catherine Musakali, Co-Founder of Women on Boards Network Kenya; Hedwige Nuyens, Managing Director, International Banking Federation; Yawa Hansen-Quao, Executive Director, Emerging Public Leaders Ghana; Joanita Lunkuse-Jaggwe, Expert on Financing, Office of the Prime Minister, Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Uganda and 2021 Angaza Awards Recipient; Luke Ombara, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya; Esohe Denise Odaro, Head of Investor Relations, International Finance Corporation; and Maxwell Pirikisi, Director, South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SACCI) and President, South Africa-Nigeria Business Chamber (SA-NBC). 

Angaza Awards is building a very credible pipeline of credible role models, women leaders in banking and finance who are values driven and have chosen to innovatively turn the challenges we face into opportunities. I have been challenged by the Angaza Awards to do more; we have revamped the Equity Equip program for women in the bank. We also recently had a wonderful celebration for International Women’s Day and kicked off a book club

Mary Wamae, 2021 Angaza Awards Winner and Executive Director of Equity Group Holdings

In addition to sponsoring the Awards, Old Mutual is supporting the Top 10 through mentorship and profile building. Other partners for the Angaza Awards include Kenyan Wallstreet, Digital Banker Africa magazine, Graça Machel Trust, New Faces New Voices Kenya, Platform Africa, East Africa Venture Capital Association, African Securities Exchanges Association, Kenya Bankers Association, Leading Ladies Network Ghana, Women on Boards Network, Kaleidoscope Consultants and Ngazi. 

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