Dr Snowy Khoza, Chief Executive Officer of Bigen Africa, was one of five South Africans recently awarded Continental Lifetime Achiever at a gala dinner honouring Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans – Building Nations. The women shared the honour with 10 others from across Africa.
The “Lifetime Achievers” is one of 20 economic categories in which exceptional African men and women are selected from thousands of nominees through a multistaged process every year. Regional award events are held in South Africa, Mauritius, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Ghana and Cameroon before the process culminates in the Continental awards. This year’s prestigious event, which was hosted by CEO Communications at Gallagher Convention Centre on 30 October 2014, was attended by 900 guests, including most finalists
top-tier executives from across Africa.
Dr Khoza, who has over the past few years significantly developed Bigen Africa’s capacity to deliver cost-effective, sustainable infrastructure projects in South Africa and on the rest of the continent, is deeply honoured by the award.
“As a black South African woman who has taken a long and arduous journey to achieve personal career goals, I am also passionate about the development of others who face the same struggles and obstacles, such as debilitating poverty,” she says. “My role at Bigen Africa, which provides engineering and development finance management solutions, involves me in realising the company’s vision of developing sustainable infrastructure that will improve the quality of life of all. I am also excited about the transformation of impoverished and socially deprived Africans through ‘doing good while doing business’, the company’s creed embodied in the activities of Intuthuko, its corporate social investment arm.”
In both her private and professional lives, Dr Khoza has shown dedication to transformation principles, by creating a culture of empowerment in Bigen Africa’s human resources strategy and by supporting the personal development of young learners. She is especially passionate about furthering young girls’ lives through education, and increasing female representation in the workplace, especially at senior levels.
“Education is the key to the future for the country’s previously disadvantaged population,” she maintains. “I have been greatly encouraged by meeting my female counterparts in other African countries who have overcome social obstacles and achieved their professional goals. We need to encourage this in our own country even more through unlocking the door to quality education for everyone and providing opportunities for career development in our places of work. If we do, we will see many more previously disadvantaged men and women realise their potential and achieve great heights.”
Having through sheer determination and hard work obtained several qualifications, including a PhD in Social Policy and an MBA, Dr Khoza herself achieved the distinction of being appointed the first black woman to chair a multibillion rand organisation in the infrastructure development industry in 2009. Since then, she has spearheaded the company’s development as a thought-leading multi-national infrastructure development consultancy with core capabilities in engineering, management consulting and project finance.
Bigen Africa Awards 2014
Bigen Africa is committed to improving the world through its philosophy of “doing good while doing business”. The company strives to not only be a responsible corporate citizen but also to consistently deliver superior service levels in the market place.
To this end, Bigen Africa received numerous prestigious industry awards: