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AGF Service Providers
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About the Awards

It is FREE to enter; there are 37 categories, all rewarding excellence in African Asset Servicing



About event

Be recognised and honoured in the African Fund Services space by participating in the 2021 AGF Africa Service Providers Awards. The Awards were created to honour and generate both industry and public recognition of the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of Fund Service Providers covering Africa. The 6th edition of the prestigious AGF Service Providers Awards are a recognized symbol of excellence as we are the only international awards in African Fund Services.

The winners will be invited to participate in the November issue (Special Edition) of Africa Global Funds magazine. The Awards issue will feature interviews, analysis, and/or opinion commentary with participating companies. The Awards issue will be distributed free of charge.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1.718.787.6105 or awards@africaglobalfunds.com

Deadline for submissions: Extended to September 17th, 2021.

Please note that the judging period is from July 2020 to June 2021.

Entry requirements

Entrants will be asked to submit a case study (up to 500 words) or statement that fulfils stated objectives of each award. Please note that the judging period is from July 2020 to June 2021.

  • Submissions will be accepted via the online entry system only.
  • Deadline for submissions: Extended to September 17th, 2021.
  • All information submitted will be for the use of judging and will remain confidential.
Methodology

Submissions will be assessed by the appointed panel of judges. In assessing a submission, judges will be looking for the following, but not exclusive, attributes:

  • The entry fulfils the stated award criteria
  • Clear identification of the service objectives
  • Evidence of a satisfactory client outcome
  • Key differentiators of your service
  • The use of innovation and/or technology brought to the task
  • Levels of ongoing service and support to the client
  • Levels of Best Practice

Those judged best in their category will progress to the finalist stage. The 2021 awards shortlist will be announced in September.

From the finalists, the judging panel will decide on the winning and highly commended entries.

NOTE: The judges' decision is final. The judges have the right to determine the standards of an award and to withhold an award in any category, if, in their view, the entries are not of sufficient merit. The judges also have the right to give a number of special awards.

Confidentiality

We recognize and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Entries are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organizations or individuals that have not won an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry. Therefore if you enter the Awards, but are not successful, this will remain confidential.

All entries and supporting material will be destroyed after the winners are announced.

The organizers reserve the right to use information contained in the winning entries (apart from contact details and any content marked not for publication) for subsequent publicity, promotions and other activities relating to the Awards.

Judging guidelines

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. We select individuals to serve as judges who have distinguished themselves in their field and who demonstrate exceptional leadership ability and vision. We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy and integrity. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles.

Judges will take part in a judging conference call, where the winners will be decided, with one expert per category will be asked to summarize the judges’ comments and provide any additional input as required. All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to keep information about entries and the final winners confidential.

The Judging panel

The judges are carefully selected for their wealth of experience and expertise, as well as their absence of conflicts of interest. The list of judges will be announced shortly, and published on this page.

IMPORTANT: The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries.

Categories & Entry Forms

Below are the individual award submissions



The Awards are open to companies providing services to the African asset management industry (traditional and alternative assets).

Entries will be judged on many factors including commercial success and business growth; sales/market share figures; demonstration of product innovation; future development possibilities; and positive customer feedback.

Please note that the judging period is from July 2020 to June 2021.

  • Submissions will be accepted via the online entry system only
  • Deadline for submissions: Extended to September 17th, 2021
  • All information submitted will be for the use of judging and will remain confidential

It is FREE to enter! Entrants can enter multiple categories.

NOTE: A separate entry must be supplied for each award.


The categories for this year are: Status Action
Advisory Firm - Fund Structuring Not on file
Advisory Firm - Private Equity Not on file
Independent Advisory Firm - Pan-Africa Not on file
Independent Advisory - South Africa Not on file
Investment Survey Provider Not on file
SME Financier Not on file
Banking and Custody Provider: Global Custodian Not on file
Banking and Custody Provider: Sub-Custodian Not on file
Placement Agent Not on file
Derivative Clearing Provider Not on file
Securities Lending Provider Not on file
Brokerage Services Not on file
Prime Broker Not on file
Regulatory Hosting Platform Not on file
Fund Administrator - Hedge Funds Not on file
Fund Administrator - Investment Funds Not on file
Fund Administrator - Under $20bn Private Equity Funds Not on file
Fund Administrator - Over $20bn Private Equity Funds Not on file
Fund Administrator - Real Estate and Infrastructure Funds Not on file
Fund Administrator Overall - Pan-Africa Not on file
Fund Administrator Overall- South Africa Not on file
Investment Administrator - Pension Funds Not on file
CIS Trustee Services Not on file
Middle-Office Solution Not on file
Index Provider Not on file
Legal Service - Investment Funds Not on file
Legal Service - Private Equity Not on file
Tax Advisory Firm Not on file
Fund Accounting and Reporting Software Provider Not on file
Portfolio Management Software Provider Not on file
Private Equity Software Provider Not on file
Data Management Solution Not on file
Risk Management Solution Not on file
Capital Matching Platform Not on file
Research and Data Provider - Capital Markets Not on file
Research and Data Provider - Private Equity Not on file
Marketing and Communications Consultancy Not on file

Judges

The judges are carefully selected for their wealth of experience and expertise, as well as their absence of conflicts of interest.



Judging guidelines

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. We select individuals to serve as judges who have distinguished themselves in their field and who demonstrate exceptional leadership ability and vision. We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy and integrity. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles.

Judges will take part in a judging conference call, where the winners will be decided, with one expert per category will be asked to summarize the judges’ comments and provide any additional input as required. All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to keep information about entries and the final winners confidential.


IMPORTANT: The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries.

Tanya van Lill

Tanya van lill

Tanya van Lill

Tanya van Lill

CEO, SAVCA

Tanya joined SAVCA in March 2017, after a rewarding 10-year career at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) with her last role being Director of Academic Programmes where she also served on the board of the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), an international academic association that represents the Executive MBA industry.

Tanya is passionate about human and organisational development. During her time as a learning and development specialist focusing on management and leadership development, Tanya gained valuable experience working with various companies across a wide range of sectors. She holds an MBA and Post-Graduate Diploma from GIBS where her MBA research focused on methods to develop a global mindset. Tanya also holds a BCom Informatics and Honours in Business Management from UNISA.

Tanya is also passionate about developing the private equity and venture capital sector in Southern Africa. Through personal experiences, Tanya understands the complexities entrepreneurs face during the various stages of their business lifecycle and is a regular contributor at various events to help entrepreneurs, and investors, understand the value and impact of private equity and venture capital. Tanya is the mother of a stunning young man, a motorbike/car enthusiast and a South African PowerLifter.

Tim Staermose

Tim staermose

Tim Staermose

Tim Staermose

CEO, ST Funds Management

Tim Staermose is CEO of ST Funds Management Limited, the Investment Manager of the African Lions Fund, a boutique long-only investment fund investing in companies in sub-Saharan Africa ex-South Africa.

Tim started the fund in 2020, after a career spanning more than 25 years in the Emerging Markets in Asia, where he worked for many years in sell-side equity research, and for several independent equity research firms.

He has also been an advisor and manager of funds for several high net individuals and family offices for more than a decade.

Today he is based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, one of the few African frontier markets fund managers, living full-time in a frothier African economy.

Dr Daniel Broby

Dr daniel broby

Dr Daniel Broby

Dr Daniel Broby

Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Accounting and Finance, University of Strathclyde Glasgow

Dr Broby is a leading academic in the field of Financial Technology (Fintech). He has a PhD in Accounting and Finance from Strathclyde University, an MPhil in Economics from Brunel University and an MSc in Investment Analysis from Stirling University. His research interests focus on distributed technologies, market operational efficiency and novel financial innovations and business models. He is one of the world’s most recognised experts on index construction. He wrote ‘A Guide to Index Construction’ for Risk Books, described in a review as “a comprehensive academic treatise on the subject. His research is extending the literature within the finance discipline to incorporate big data analysis, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. As director of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Innovation, he is focused on updating the curriculum in taught finance to incorporate Financial Technology. He has helped develop Financial Technology to cluster status at Strathclyde University. He is enabling financial technology knowledge exchange from academia to industry.

In his professional career, prior to academia, he was a successful investor in emerging and growth markets. He held several ‘C’ level positions in leading asset management firms. The investment performance of the funds he managed was recognised by Morningstar (with their highest five-star rating). He has served on several financial industry task forces, committees and policy councils.

Roxanne Ryan Alozie

Roxanne ryan alozie

Roxanne Ryan Alozie

Roxanne Ryan Alozie

MD for Business Development, DFC

Roxanne Ryan Alozie is the Managing Director for Business Development for the Chief Development Office of the US International Development Finance Corporation. She leads business development operational activities, strategic analysis, and product innovation. Prior to working at the US International Development Finance Corporation, Roxanne worked for over 10 years in strategy, operations and research at Gartner ( formerly Corporate Executive Board) International Finance Corporation, and AT Kearney. Moreover, she spent the first ten years of her career working in financial services on Wall Street, both as an underwriter and in marketing strategy. Roxanne received her MBA from University of Michigan, and an MS from the London School of Economics and BS from Cornell University.

Tamer El-Raghy

Tamer el-raghy

Tamer El-Raghy

Tamer El-Raghy

MD, Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund

Tamer El-Raghy is the Managing Director of the Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund (ARAF); a $58m impact fund and the world’s first equity fund designed to build the climate resilience of smallholder farmers. Tamer has more than 20 years of private equity, venture capital, M&A, entrepreneurial, and innovation experience in Africa, the Middle East, the United States, and Europe.

Prior to joining ARAF, Tamer was with responsAbility AG as head of Agri&Food PE Fund in Africa where he co-led the structuring, due diligence, and closing of transactions that impacted 35,000 smallholder farmers. Before responsAbility AG, he led Cargill’s growth strategy and M&A activities in Africa with a focus on animal nutrition, animal protein, and commodities value chains in Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Zambia, and Ghana, impacting 50,000 smallholders.

Tamer started his career as a materials engineer, where he co-invented a new class of materials, held nine patents, and founded 3-ONE-2 LLC, as a joint venture, commercializing the technology for both civilian and defense applications. Tamer earned an MBA from the New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business , a PhD in Materials Engineering from Drexel University, and a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering from Cairo University.

Abhimanyu Yadav

Abhimanyu yadav

Abhimanyu Yadav

Abhimanyu Yadav

Head of Fixed Income & Currencies, MCB Investment Management

Abhimanyu heads fixed income and currencies at MCB Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of the MCB Group, a leading financial institution in Mauritius. He is an investment professional with a broad skill set including portfolio management, trading, quantitative analysis and risk management in both the asset and liability sides of the asset management business. He joined MCB IM in May 2015, and prior to that was a portfolio manager at MEAG New York Corporation, where he managed and traded the $22bn credit portion (US$ IG/HY/EM, CDX/CDS and C$ IG) of the firm’s $40bn AUM.

Khaled Saba

Khaled saba

Khaled Saba

Khaled Saba

Senior Country Advisor - Egypt, Mediterrania Capital Partners

Over 25 years of international executive experience and a wide network in multiple industries across Egypt, the GCC, South Asia and Europe.

- Track record in executing high profile capital markets and M&A transactions and in leading the business development, restructuring, operations and value creation efforts of medium sized and multinational ventures.

- Previously headed Investment Banking at Beltone Financial, Strategy & Commercial at Orascom Telecom and Research at EFG-Hermes.

- Held several board seats in Telecoms, Healthcare, Pharma, Tourism and Chemicals.

- BA in Economics and an MBA in Marketing and Int’l Business from the American University in Cairo.

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