The Namibian Businesswomen’s Awards have become an integral part of the Namibian business calendar, celebrating the achievements of some truly remarkable women.
Past winners include some of Namibia’s most talented business leaders, whose career paths and individual achievements continue to inspire business people around the country.
Hundreds of gifted decision makers have enjoyed the many benefits that the Awards provide, including career analysis and development, positive business profiling, new business opportunities, expansion of networks and self-development.
About the Awards
In the 23 years since its inception, this prestigious Awards programme has proudly honoured women whose achievements, commitment and vision have made them leaders in their chosen fields of endeavour.
Just as importantly, the Awards have also taken tremendous pride in recognising women whose self-sacrifice, unwavering dedication and generosity of spirit have led others to achieve greatness in their own right.
That is why the Namibian Businesswomen’s Awards are so wonderfully unique; why they are such an important part of the Namibian business calendar; and why, our winners could come from any field, and be at any stage of their career.
There is no single ‘type’ of woman who wins. They come from all walks of life and professions. Some have a few years’ experience. Others have many.
Some are in traditional fields of business. Others are trailblazing new career paths. What they all share is a strong sense of self and a belief that anything is possible – and they share their stories with us.
The Businesswomen awarded for their acumen and achievements since the award was first instituted, are:
1994 – Sharon Moore;
1995 – Carola Werner;
1996 – Dr Karin von Wenzel-Obholzer;
1997 – Carol Dercksen;
1998 – Prof Agnes van Dyk;
1999 – Sara Elago;
2000 – Lena Markus;
2001 – Anita Devenish;
2002 – Dr Christina Swart-Opperman;
2003 – Maria Shivute;
2004 – Dr Victoria Nicodemus
2005 – Amalia Schmidt
2007 – Rhiana Potgieter
2009 – Hettie Garbers-Kirsten
2011 – Nangula Uaandja
2013 – Ericah Shafudah
2015 – Baronice Hans
The Award Categories
To date the award was presented only in two categories, Entrepreneur and Corporate/Professional alternating each year. As from 2007 winners were announced in four different categories with an overall winner announced as Namibian Businesswoman of the Year every consecutive year. To ensure each entrant is judged on their individual merit, there are four Award categories. One for business owners, one for the corporate sector, one for community and government, plus a special category for young business women.
Each business category winner goes on to become a finalist in the National Awards ceremony. In this ceremony, the 18th Namibian Businesswoman of the Year is announced at a Gala Banquet scheduled for 18 October 2017.
Nominations is open and nomination forms can be obtained from the Namibia Economist offices; it will be published in the digital Economist newspaper, or it can be collected from the regional offices of the NCCI. Anyone who is associated with or knows an individual who meets the criteria can nominate that person as a candidate.
This includes spouses, employees, bankers, small business agencies, attorneys, accountants and business consultants.
As in the past, all judging will be done under the auspices of an auditor of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The competition is judged strictly on merit. Each award category will have a separate panel of judges and will include prominent business and community leaders as well as entrepreneurs. Judging will be based primarily on the information submitted on the official entry form. The judges will also interview entrants during the selection process.
The main sponsors of the Businesswoman of the Year Award are bank Windhoek, Telecom Namibia and Jaguar Windhoek. The event is organised by the Namibia Economist. This sponsorship enables us to send the Businesswoman of the Year to attend an International Conference for businesswomen. Our other smaller sponsors include: Roots Importers, Regus Namibia.
We are delighted by the endorsement of the NCCI and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare towards recognising women’s vital role in our economy.
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