YUSUF MANJI RECIEVES PRESTIGEOUS “ICONIC BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR” AWARD
Johannesburg, 21 September 2015 – The Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust (AAEST), an historic African Union and African private sector initiative, congratulated Trustee, Mr. Yusuf Manji Head of Mentoring Program MOREH – DERECH of Quality Group on being named ‘Iconic Business Leader of the Year’ and on his organization being named ‘Africa’s Brand of the Year,’ by United Research Services International (URSI) and AsiaOne with PriceWaterHouseCoopers being the Process Reviewer.
He becomes the first African to win this prestigious award. Previous winners include Mr. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO & Chairman – The Emirates Group; Mr. Mohammed Alabbar, Chairman – Emmar Properties; Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus – Tata Sons; Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman – Reliance Industries Ltd; Mr. Yingluck Shinawatra, Ex. Prime Minister of Thailand; Mr. Merrill J. Fernando, Chairman – Dilmah.
Mr. Manji’s Quality Group is a major partner of the Africa Against Ebola Campaign having donated $US500 000 towards Africa’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
‘Yusuf Manji’s vision and leadership in leading efforts aimed at changing the health care narrative for the continent has been consistent, his pioneering of the use of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship to improve health systems in Africa makes this award even more justified. We congratulate him and his team at Quality Group for such exemplary vision and leadership,’ said Strive Masiyiwa, Chairperson of the AAEST.
‘This award would not have come at a better time, than when we are celebrating successes in combating the Ebola Epidemic. His immense contribution in the fight against Ebola and as an advocate of improved health systems on the continent is greatly appreciated and it is befitting that his efforts are recognized in this way. We congratulate him and look forward to his continued leadership on more complex challenges our continent face,’ expressed Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Chairperson of the AU Union Commission and Patron of the AAEST.
Through the leadership of the Trust, which the likes Mr. Manji, helped founding more than $35 million was raised to help the African Union to deploy 856 Health Workers to Ebola most affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. During the time of the deployment of health workers the rate of new infections was hovering around 600 per week and by the end of August 2015 only 3 new infections were recorded signaling a sharp reduction and a major success in eradicating Ebola.