Presidential aide Tolu Ogunlesi, Dangote Group’s Anthony Chiejina Join Influential Panel of Judges Assembled For African Journalism Prize

Posted on November 3, 2020

APO Group, the leading pan-African communications and business consultancy, has announced the jury for the prestigious APO Group African Women in Media Award 2020.

The judging panel consists of 100 luminaries including Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Tolu Ogunlesi and Dangote Group Corporate Communications boss, Anthony Chiejina with global icons such as Naomi Campbell joined by senior executives at diverse organizations like Microsoft, LEGO, Harley-Davidson, Coca-Cola, Twitter and FIFA.

This is the largest and most influential panel of judges ever assembled for an African media award, and it reflects the importance of recognizing gender equality in business and the media.

The Award recognizes, celebrates and empowers African women in the media who support female entrepreneurship throughout the continent.   

Here is a full list of the 100 judges:

Fatma Samoura, Secretary-General of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) (ïda Diarra, Senior Vice President and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa of Visa (

Naomi Campbell, Model, actress, businesswoman (

Aydan Olcer, Regional Communications Director, Middle East and Africa of Microsoft (

Tolu Ogunlesi, Special assistant on Digital and New Media to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari (

Kezia Anim-Addo, Head of Communications, Sub-Saharan Africa of Facebook (

Zayna Aston, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, EMEA, of YouTube (

Anthony Chiejina, Chief Corporate Communications Officer of Dangote Group (

Emmanuel Lubanzadio, Head of Public Policy Sub-Saharan Africa of Twitter (

Samantha Fuller, Head of Communication Sub Saharan Africa of Uber (

Camilla Osborne, Head of Communications of Coca-Cola Africa (

Acha Leke, Chairman Africa of McKinsey & Company (

Ifeoma Dozie, Director, Marketing and Communications, Sub-Saharan Africa of MasterCard (

Jason Pau, Senior Advisor for International Programs of the Jack Ma Foundation (

Michael Carney, Regional Marketing Manager of Harley-Davidson Motor Company (

Urszula Bieganska, Head of Marketing Middle East and Africa of LEGO Group (

Mai Youssef, Corporate Communications and Marketing Services Director, Africa, Middle East and Turkey of Canon (

Amadou Gallo Fall, Vice-President of the NBA, and President of the Basketball Africa League (

Amadou Diallo, Chief Executive Officer Middle East and Africa of DHL Global Forwarding (

Hannah O’Leary, Director, Head of Modern and Contemporary African Art of Sotheby’s (

Julie Gichuru, Head of Public Affairs and Communications of Mastercard Foundation (

Helen Da Fonseca, Head of Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and CSR of L’Oréal South Africa (

Louise W. Wanjohi, Communications Lead – North, East and West Africa of IBM (

Vanessa M. Moungar, Director, Gender, Women and Civil Society of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (

Carole Van Cauter, Global Marketing Manager of Brussels Airlines (

Candace Gilowey, Head of Marketing – South Africa and Sub Sahara Africa of Levi Strauss & Co. (

Dudu Ndlovu, Head of Communications of KPMG South Africa (

Sarah Fernandez, Director of Public Relations and Communications – Middle East and Africa of Accor (

Dr. Rasha Kelej, Chief Executive Officer of Merck Foundation (

Byron Kennedy, Executive Head: Group Media Relations and Spokesperson of Vodacom (

Dominic Rumbles, Head of Communications of World Rugby (www.World.Rugby)

Patricia Obozuwa, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer of GE Africa (

Samantha Muna, Director Development East Africa of Hilton Worldwide (

John Gely, Head of Africa of MoneyGram International (

Beatrice Gachenge, Head of Communications, Sub-Saharan Africa of Novartis (

Lee Martin, Senior Advisor of Getty Images (

Stephanie Aboujaoude, Senior Area Director, Marketing and Communications, Middle East and Africa of Radisson Hotel Group (

Sthe Shabangu, Public Relations and Communications lead for Africa of Cisco (

Rukmini Glanard, Executive Vice President Global Sales, Services and Marketing of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (

Maor Aharoni, Africa and Israel Communications of Motorola Solutions (

Jacqui O’Sullivan, Executive: Corporate Affairs of MTN South Africa (

Sonia Adnane, Head of Communications and Public Affairs Africa of Siemens Gamesa (

Marwa Gomaa, Africa Communications Director of Tetra Pak (

Abdellah Ghali, Head of Communications of OCP Africa (

Christa Botha, Communications Director, Africa and Middle East of Sage (

Adenike Laoye, Group Head, Corporate Communications, and Chief of Staff to the Group CEO of Ecobank (

Abdou Diop, Managing Partner of Mazars Audit and Consulting (

Andre Martin, Head of Communications and External Relations, Middle East and Africa of DP World (

Angela Russell, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa (

Ben White, Founder and CEO of VC4A (

Bola Atta, Group Head, Corporate of United Bank for Africa (

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