CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Busola Doregos, the former Finance & Strategy Manager at Uganda Breweries Limited; Moses Kargbo, Finance Manager, Tugende; Martha Sebunya, Finance Manager, Mengo Hospital; Maxwell Odera, Finance Manager, Fiduga Uganda; Joshua Karamagi, CFO, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd (UEGCL); Brian Collins Amanyire, CFO, Bank of Africa and Godfrey Byekwaso, CFO Centenary Bank.

Nominations for the third edition of the annual 2020 Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Awards, close tonight, 22nd November 2020 at midnight.

There are 8 categories in the annual awards that were created in 2018 to “illuminate the essential role that the finance function plays in driving integrated thinking in decision-making and in building sustainable business models.”

The awards are an initiative of the ACCA Uganda, and Deloitte Uganda and are being organised under the theme “Building resilient finance leaders and organisations”.

To nominate your favourite CFO in any of the 8 categories, follow this link:

https://www.accaglobal.com/africa/en/member/member-networks/uganda-cfo-awards/submit-your-nomination.html

The annual CFO Awards seek to “illuminate the essential role that the finance function plays in driving integrated thinking in decision-making and in building sustainable business models,” according to the organisers.

The 8 categories up for grabs are: CFO of the Year, Young CFO Award, Public Sector Award, Not-for-Profit Award, SME Award, Strategy Execution Award, Finance Transformation Award and Social Impact Award.

To be nominated, the nominee must be a Ugandan resident; a member of a recognised professional accounting body and has been a CFO or finance director for at least three years.

Godfrey Byekwaso, the Centenary Bank CFO, who won the Finance Transformation Award in 2018 and a Strategy Execution award in 2019 says the awards have inspired him to keep winning in life and more focused.  COURTESY PHOTO

In an interview with CEO East Africa, Godfrey Byekwaso, on of last year’s winners, who won the Finance Transformation Award in 2018 and a Strategy Execution award in 2019 said the awards have inspired him to keep winning in life and more focused.    

“The awards have motivated me to think excellence all the time in whatever I do. I have become a continuing student of leadership and change. I have broadened my understanding of success and my outlook for aspiration and inspiration have changed,” he said.

“My personal plan is more purposeful with a much more focus on others.  I was inspired by the ACCA CFO Awards and shall not look back. Participating in the ACCA CFO awards is an opportunity to measure your personal achievements as a professional accountant and a leader. It is a tool for self-awareness assessment. It is a good challenge that you should be part of. Nominate yourself, your colleague or supervisor. Be an inspiration,” added Byekwaso.

Other winners last year were: Busola Doregos, the former Finance & Strategy Manager at Uganda Breweries Limited, who won the CFO Of the Year award. She also co-shared the, Finance Transformation Award with Moses Kargbo, Finance Manager, Tugende.

Martha Sebunya, Finance Manager, Mengo Hospital won the Not For Profit Awards while Brian Collins Amanyire, CFO, Bank of Africa won the Young CFO of The Year Award. The SME Sector Award was won by Maxwell Odera, Finance Manager, Fiduga Uganda while the Public Sector Award went to Joshua Karamagi, CFO, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd (UEGCL).

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Muhereza Kyamutetera is the Executive Editor of CEO East Africa Magazine; strategic communications consultant, social-economic analyst and travel enthusiast based in Kampala.