Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Johannesburg was awarded the Titans: Building Nations, Continental Award for Education and Training: Academic. Earlier this year he walked away with both the South African and SADC Regional awards in this sector, the first step to being honoured with the esteemed Continental Award he received at a gala dinner hosted at the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo on 7 November 2017.
Prof Mpedi received the award in recognition of his efforts and leadership in research, industry development, social responsibility and his strategic vision for the sector. The awards, organised by CEO Global, are the leading African recognition programme honouring excellence in the private and public sector. The programme covers 23 economic sectors and has for the past seventeen years independently recognised those leaders who are at the pinnacle of their industry across Africa. Continental winners are afforded the opportunity to join the "Network of Influence", which give them access to developmental tools and serves as a platform to bring together small and medium enterprises with corporates and the public sector.
"Nominees undergo a rigorous multi-tiered judging process," says Annelize Wepener, Chief Executive, of CEO Global. "Quality assurance is provided by our audit partner throughout the judging process and the highest possible standard is maintained. Those individuals whom have been recognised as winners in their field can be assured that they have truly excelled."
The mission of the awards is to identify and recognise Africa's most influential male and female leaders. During the course of 2016, just under 4000 nominations across the various sectors were received from across the continent for the 2017 awards.
Finalists for this prestigious award under the category Education and Training: Academic included:
- Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi: South Africa
- Peter Mwila Lukonde: Zambia
- Prof Mohamed Thameeur Chaibi: Tunisia
- Dr Pierre Clarel Catherine: Mauritius
- Dr Matobola Joel Mihale: Tanzania
Dr. Eesa Fredericks (senior lecturer and HOD within the Dept. of Business Law) accepted the award on behalf of Prof Mpedi, who is currently attending and presenting a paper at The Annual Meeting and Global Law Deans' Forum of the International Association of Law Schools at the Symbiosis Law School in Pune, India.