31 Jul 2019 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JUL (NAMPA) - The Economist Businesswomen Projects on Wednesday launched its Namibian Businesswoman of the Year awards, which celebrate the achievements of remarkable women and recognises the strides made by female leaders.
Speaking at the launch, Esmeralda Katjaerua who won Young Business Women award in 2017, said this title has opened multiple doors such as her law firm, Katjaerua Legal Practitioners, being selected as a member of Lexlink International Legal Network, an international network of boutique firms.
It has put us on the globe as everybody knows about us and we have had dealings with international bodies like people from Japan, Dubai and South America, simply on the basis of being a part of this international network, Katjaerua said.
She further encouraged women from all walks of life to apply for the awards as it will boost their connections and brands.
The awards are comprised of five categories, namely; the Young Business Women of the Year, Business Owner of the Year, Private and Corporate Sector, Community and Government Award, as well as the overall winner of the Namibian Businesswoman of the Year.
The Economist Businesswomen Projects Organiser, Desere Lundon-Muller added that the awards are judged strictly on merit and each category will have a separate panel of judges, which will include prominent business and community leaders as well as entrepreneurs.
The judging will be based primarily on the information submitted on the official entry form and the judges will also interview entrants during the selection process, Lundon-Muller said.
Past winners of the prestigious title include Managing Director of the Old Mutual Short-term Insurance, Nangula Kauluma (2017), Country Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Namibia, Nangula Uaandja (2011) and the first female chairperson of the Bankers Association of Namibia, Baronice Hans (2015).
The 19th biannual awards gala is set for 16 October in Windhoek