Africa SME Development Award 2018/19

There is a huge need to highlight SME success stories and those organizations and people who enable that success. The Awards will create positive opportunities, in addition to giving back to the development of Africa SMEs through sponsoring companies to have a profile on the portal – thus giving the SME visibility – with all the functionality to showcase projects, events and jobs. Qualifying companies will have significant exposure and promote African SMEs in a special way.

Bassirah Consulting International

Bassirah Consulting International (BCI) is a global Consulting company with customers in in four continents providing services in Trading ( Import and Export), Accounting : GAAP and IIFRS, Consulting: International Business Development, Export assistance, Export finance, Market research, country study. New business set up. We travel to fifty different countries. Our Staff has an average of fifteen to twenty years experience in there fields.

Canaan Modern Homes

Canaan Modern Homes was founded with a singular vision: Build homes that inspire.

At Canaan, we seek to build not just greener, but better homes, where every detail counts. Through our passion, enthusiasm, and dedication, we strive to build more than a just a house; we build a home, your family’s haven of comfort and security, surrounded with positive energy – both literally and figuratively, inside and out.

Data Agility Group, Inc.

Data Agility Group (DAG) helps companies preserve and protect their most precious asset: their data. We specialize in data and data center migrations, assessments, data center relocations and consolidations, and all related services.

Moving or consolidating a data center, or migrating data, can be a traumatic undertaking for a company. There are several risks involved for the inexperienced or unwary. With over 10 years of experience, working in over 20 countries and having migrated petabytes of data for Fortune 500 companies we take great pride in removing the fear from the process, and making migrations routine and trouble free.

Menes Konsult Limited

To equip you with adequate knowledge, resources, and confidence as necessary to guarantee your success, so that you may take full advantages of a wide range of global business relationships and opportunities. We are guided by the conviction that your accomplishments will tell our own success story and will set us apart from the rest.

We are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals whether you are a foreign business that is interested in (or currently) doing business in Africa or an African business that is interested in (or currently) doing business abroad.


Darral Addison CEO at Www.torpedopot. My company makes vertical growing solutions for personal use and large-scale farming operations. Our technology produces 500% more fruits and vegetables than hydroponics or traditional gardening.

BHR Global Associates

BHR Global can aid in everything from the finalization of your ideas for individual products to assisting in the development of additional products that will round out the product line or offering. BHR has relationships with companies that can provide product drawings and models to prove the concept and aid in the pre-sales process.

Seaways Energy Ghana Limited

Seaways International (Seaways) is a well established Owner and Operator of modern Offshore Support Vessels providing offshore marine services to the global energy industry.

Seaways’ fleet comprises of DPS-2 capability AHT’s, Terminal/Towage Tugs and Cargo Barges. Headquartered in Dubai, Seaways has a primary focus on the Middle East, West Africa, India and Singapore.


Fraym is a geospatial data company focused on Africa. Our proprietary database is the world?s best source of information on African consumers. Powered by billions of data points from surveys and satellites, Fraym revolutionizes decision-making with detailed insight on cities and subnational areas across the African continent. Fraym addresses the previously-unanswerable questions that have hindered business in Africa.

East Africa Chamber of Commerce

The EACC was formed with the vision to advance the social and economic development relationship between businesses and governmental agencies of East Africa and the U.S. To this end, and with the endorsement of the governments of East Africa through their Washington embassies, the Chamber is seeking membership, partnership and affiliations that will enable it to meet its objectives.

Endsight Consulting, LLC

Endsight was founded in 2011 and is led by Matthew McLean. The Endsight team combines a range of regional and technical expertise with government and private sector experience to deliver advisory services customized to achieve the outcomes you need.

GAA Exhibitions & Conferences

Global Attain Advancement also known as GAA Exhibitions & Conferences is a trade show, publishing, and trade missions company that formulate a portfolio of high-level investment, trade and development summits, forums, meetings, exhibitions, and exploratory trade missions. We focus on seven key areas which are designed to create opportunities for companies to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, market knowledge delivery, facilitating fantastic networking opportunities, promote brands and expand markets. We are the organizers of the Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit ( ATIGS).

American Homebuilders of West Africa

American Homebuilders of West Africa (AHWA) designs, builds and sells high quality, affordable housing in West Africa. AHWA markets homes to members of the West African diaspora, private sector professionals, employee cooperatives and others in West Africa. AHWA offers buyers three key benefits they are unable to access elsewhere: security of their investment, quality construction, and access to finance. AHWA has demonstrated proof-of-concept and positive cash flow in Guinea and plans to expand to neighboring countries (e.g. Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone etc.) in 2018 and beyond to help alleviate the regional housing shortage of approximately three million units.


Joel Igu


A physician with 9+ years of experience in public health, academic research and clinical medicine, passionate about improving maternal and child health and strengthening health systems through the power of social entrepreneurship and innovation.

Amb (ret) Patricia Moller

Moller Global Advisory LLC - President

Serving as Ambassador at U.S. embassies in Burundi, Guinea-Conakry, and as Charge a.i. in Morocco and Romania capped Ambassador Moller’s distinguished 25+ year career at the U.S. Department of State — a career characterized by numerous prestigious awards. She has been acclaimed for her expertise inter alia, in business development, security sector reform, managing crisis, human rights advocacy and for innovative entrepreneurial leadership.

Melissa Sanderson

Freeport McMoRan Inc - VP for Africa

Melissa Sanderson is vice president for Africa at Freeport McMoRan Inc, covering government and community relations. Melissa was in the diplomatic service for 21 years, and lived almost eight years in Africa as a diplomat and with Freeport. She also worked as a corporate investment advisor at Fifth Third Bank. Mel also serves as Chair of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, Chair of the Arizona District Export Council, is a member of GPEC’s International Leadership Council, and recently joined the board of the Arizona Council for Economic Education.

Benson Kasue

East Africa Chamber of Commerce - Founder

Benson is the founding chair of East Africa Chamber of commerce (EACC) in Dallas Texas and Kenya Diaspora Advisory council of Texas. Benson is an entrepreneur and continues to link businesses in both the US and East African. Benson’s extensive network includes business and government leaders in both USA and the East African region. He provides information relevant to facilitating trade and investment between US and EACC.

Martin Ezemma

Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation - Director of International Business Development

Martin is the Director of International Business Development at the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. He has the responsibility to promote international business in goods and services to help Prince George’s County companies create jobs, lease commercial space, and increase the County’s commercial tax base. He oversees connecting Prince George’s County companies with “ExportMD” and other grant opportunities, attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into Prince George’s County, including EB-5 investment, and attract international companies into the County.

Prof Olajumoke Familoni

International Centre for Leadership and Entrepreneurial - Chairman

Olajumoke Familoni is a Professor of Entrepreneurship, a seasoned facilitator and the founder of ICLED. ICLED is a firm that has core services in Businesses School of Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Tutorial school, , consultancy services for Small businesses. Ola is also the Founder of Global Initiative for Entrepreneurial and Capacity Development. An NGO set up to support awareness of social courses and entrepreneurship. Familoni is a writer of many books in entrepreneurship and leadership. She speaks at entrepreneurship summits.

Pearl Akosah

International Development Consultant

Seasoned, proactive and results-oriented development specialist with a versatile skill set. Eighteen years hands-on experience working on donor projects in Africa and the United States in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – Education and Health initiatives – proposal/grants evaluation and management; USAID technical assistance, business development, program design, coordination, implementation and grants management. Focused on micro, small, medium enterprise (MSME) development, private sector development, food security, agribusiness, rural development, education and health projects.

Wolanyo (Woody) Agudu

Eneri Visions - CEO

Wolanyo “Woody” Agudu has leveraged a distinguished career in telecom engineering into the growing services and software business known as Eneri. Throughout his career he has helped to build some of the world’s most technologically advanced networks, honing his expertise in CDMA wireless technology, optical switching and transport, SONET, RF, TCP/IP and cell and packet Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing and switching.

Marissa Fayer

Fayer Consulting LLC - CEO

Fayer Consulting is a Global Consulting business focusing on small to mid-size Life-Science, Medical Device and consumer companies working nationally and internationally to help companies reduce costs and increase profits. Specializing in Manufacturing Relocation, Offshoring and/or Outsourcing, Project Management, Strategic Advising, M&A Due Diligence, High-Performing team development, Company/divisional Strategy, Optimization of your Operations, and Implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. We also partner with you to create additional business development and strategic growth opportunities available in our vast network.

Robert Homans

Aperio Associates - Principal

Aperio Associates brings together commercial finance professionals with decades of World-wide experience in commercial and Islamic finance. Aperio’s services include:

  • Commercial finance workshops and seminars for employees of financial institutions;
  • Consulting services for financial institutions engaged in commercial finance
  • Individual and group coaching for commercial finance professionals

Jeremy Gorelick

Municipal Finance - Senior Advisor

Jeremy Gorelick is a development economist with a geographic focus on the global South and a passion for creatively solving complicated financial dilemmas. His varied experiences have helped to shape his unique career path, including:

  • consultancies to and partnerships with governmental and intergovernmental organizations in the developing world and work with the United Nations, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, the Department for International Development (United Kingdom), the French Development Agency, and other prominent organizations known for leadership in their respective field.
  • leadership roles with European banks on Wall Street
  • private real estate development in the greater New York metropolitan area
  • teaching responsibilities at the Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University and the State University of New York
  • leadership in globally-focused volunteer organizations
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