Akobo of PANA Holdings Group, Emerges African Energy Person of the Year

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – March 15, 2024

Mr. Daere Akobo, Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of PANA Holdings Group, has been honored with the esteemed African Energy Person of the Year award at the 12th ALM Persons of the Year (POTY) Ceremony, held at the prestigious Ethiopia Skylight Hotel.

The event, themed “Building Resilient African Economies,” attracted over 300 attendees, including distinguished academics, business executives, industry leaders, legislators, investors, and representatives of international development organizations.

Mr. Akobo’s exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the energy sector in Africa have garnered widespread recognition and acclaim. As Chairman and GCEO of PANA Holdings Group, he has demonstrated visionary leadership, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to advancing Africa’s energy landscape.


Under his guidance, PANA Holdings Group has emerged as a key player in the energy sector, leading transformative projects aimed at promoting sustainable energy development, increasing access to electricity, and driving economic growth across the continent. Mr. Akobo’s strategic initiatives have successfully implemented numerous renewable energy projects, infrastructure investments, and partnerships that have positively impacted communities and economies throughout Africa.


His dedication to excellence, integrity, and sustainability has positioned PANA Holdings Group as a pioneer in the energy industry, inspiring stakeholders across the continent to embrace innovation and collaboration to address Africa’s energy challenges. Mr. Akobo’s relentless pursuit of excellence and unwavering commitment to driving positive change in Africa’s energy sector make him a deserving recipient of the African Energy Person of the Year award.

The recognition bestowed upon Mr. Daere Akobo at the 12th ALM POTY ceremony is a testament to his outstanding achievements, visionary leadership, and enduring commitment to advancing Africa’s energy agenda. His remarkable contributions continue to inspire and empower individuals and organizations across the continent to work towards a sustainable and prosperous energy future for Africa.

The event also featured roundtable panel discussions, keynote addresses, and networking opportunities, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and investment partnerships in driving Africa’s socio-economic development. ALM Persons of the Year winners were celebrated, and a special POTY edition of African Leadership Magazine was unveiled.

Exclusive dignitaries in attendance include; His Excellency William Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya; His Excellency George Weah, the former President of Liberia; Hon. Cllr. Fonati Koffa, the speaker of the Liberia House of Representatives, and His Excellency Rodrigo Guzmán Barro, the Ambassador, Embassy of Chile in Addis Ababa, The Hon. Dr. Kailesh Jagutpal, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Mauritius; Ngozi Ekeoma, the CEO of NAPAL Petroleum; Dr. Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan (FCA), the Group CEO of First Bank of Nigeria; Apostle Michael Adeyemi Adefarasin, Chief Servant, Kingdom Lifeline Apostolic Ministries International; Daniel Asiedu, the Managing Director of the OmniBSICBank, Accra, Ghana; Mr. Henry Fallah Saamoi, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Bank (Liberia) Limited, Monrovia, Liberia; Mr. Gil Bires, the Director-General of Investment and Export Promotion Agency (APIEX-Mozambique) among many others.


About ALM Persons of the Year (POTY)

The ALM Persons of the Year (POTY) Ceremony is a flagship annual event of the African Leadership Magazine, bringing together policymakers, private sector leaders, civil society representatives, and thought leaders to discuss Africa’s socio-economic growth and development. It honors individuals promoting people-centered leadership and a pan-African agenda in their chosen fields.


About African Leadership Magazine

Published by the African Leadership Organization (UK), African Leadership Magazine presents Africa’s best to a global audience, offering solutions to continental challenges and promoting impactful leadership. Over 16 years, the organization has facilitated African trade, fostered business networks, and provided public sector training and consulting services.

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