The Secretary-General appoints Ms. Bola Adesola of Nigeria, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria, and Mr. Paul Polman of the Netherlands, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, to serve as Vice-Chairs of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact

The Secretary-General is pleased to confirm that Bola Adesola of Nigeria, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Nigeria, and Paul Polman of the Netherlands, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, will serve as the two Vice-Chairs of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

Ms. Adesola and Mr. Polman succeed out-going United Nations Global Compact Board Vice-Chair, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Former Chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies and of Anglo American plc. The Secretary-General extends his great appreciation to Sir Mark for serving in the position for the past ten years and shepherding the United Nations Global Compact into a new era.

Both Ms. Adesola and Mr. Polman have served on the Board of the United Nations Global Compact previously, and will bring to the position a wealth of experience in the private sector, in the corporate sustainability space and specifically with the United Nations Global Compact itself.

Ms. Adesola has served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Ltd since 2011. She has over 25 years of banking experience, including at First Bank of Nigeria and at Citibank. Ms. Adesola holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School, as well as a law degree from the University of Buckingham.

Mr. Polman has served as Chief Executive Officer of Unilever since 2009. Prior to joining Unilever, he worked at Nestlé S.A., and at Proctor and Gamble, where he spent 26 years. Mr. Polman holds degrees from the University of Groningen and from the University of Cincinnati.

As Chair of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the Secretary-General looks forward to working closely with Ms. Adesola and Mr. Polman, along with United Nations Global Compact Executive Director, Lise Kingo, as they lead the United Nations Global Compact, the entry point for business within the broader United Nations system.

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Ecobank launches Fintech Challenge competition for African start-ups

Ecobank (www.Ecobank.com), the leading pan-African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter its Ecobank Fintech Challenge. Now in its second year, the initiative gives African start-ups the chance to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially to partner Ecobank in rolling-out their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets. Ecobank is currently welcoming submissions from all start-ups and developers in any of Africa’s 54 countries to enter its 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge at http://EcobankFintech.com

10 Finalists will be selected to participate in an Awards and Innovation Fair at the global headquarters of Ecobank in Lomé, Togo in July 2018. Following a series of pitches from the finalists, a panel of judges will select the top three winners, who will receive cash prizes worth $10,000, $7,000, and $5,000 respectively.

All 10 finalists will also be conferred Ecobank Fintech Fellows and will qualify to explore opportunities to partner with Ecobank including:

  • Multi-national product roll-out: the most commercially viable start-ups can launch their products in Ecobank’s 33 markets across Africa
  • Service provider partner deals: start-ups with deep capabilities to become pan-African service partners within Ecobank’s ecosystem
  • Mentoring and networking support: founders will be conferred as Ecobank Innovation Fellows for a year, which grants them access to networking and mentoring from Ecobank’s vast global network of technology leaders, fintech experts, investors and management coaches.

Mr. Ade Ayeyemi, Group CEO, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, reiterated Ecobank’s dedication to support innovations in banking and finance across the continent, stating, “We, at Ecobank, believe that the current winds of change led by technology and innovation will redefine how banks do business, and indeed the relationships people have with their money. We want to be at the forefront of this change, in partnership with Africa’s rising start-ups, and that is why we created the Ecobank Fintech Challenge”.

Mr. Eddy Ogbogu, Ecobank Group Executive for Operations and Technology said, “The maiden 2017 edition of the Challenge proved that Africa has an impressive army of highly capable fintech start-ups. Ecobank is looking forward to another successful competition.”

Ecobank Fintech Challenge was designed in partnership with the advisory firm Konfidants and is supported by several partners across Africa and globally. Applications for the competition will close on 20th May, 2018.

More information on the competition, benefits, and how to apply can be found on the competition’s website at http://EcobankFintech.com

You can also interact with us on social media via our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/ecobankfintech) and twitter page (https://Twitter.com/ecobank_fintech)

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ecobank.

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About Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’ or ‘The Group’)
Incorporated in Lomé, Togo, in 1988 Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’) (www.Ecobank.com) the parent company of Ecobank is the leading independent pan-African banking group. It currently has a presence in 36 African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Group employs over 17,500 people in 36 different countries in over 1,200 branches and offices. Ecobank is a full-service bank providing wholesale, retail, investment and transaction banking services and products to governments, financial institutions, multinationals, international organizations, medium, small and micro businesses and individuals.
Additional information on Ecobank can be found at www.Ecobank.com.

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Ecobank launches Fintech Challenge competition for African start-ups

Ecobank (www.Ecobank.com), the leading pan-African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter its Ecobank Fintech Challenge. Now in its second year, the initiative gives African start-ups the chance to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially to partner Ecobank in rolling-out their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets. Ecobank is currently welcoming submissions from all start-ups and developers in any of Africa’s 54 countries to enter its 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge at http://EcobankFintech.com

10 Finalists will be selected to participate in an Awards and Innovation Fair at the global headquarters of Ecobank in Lomé, Togo in July 2018. Following a series of pitches from the finalists, a panel of judges will select the top three winners, who will receive cash prizes worth $10,000, $7,000, and $5,000 respectively.

All 10 finalists will also be conferred Ecobank Fintech Fellows and will qualify to explore opportunities to partner with Ecobank including:

  • Multi-national product roll-out: the most commercially viable start-ups can launch their products in Ecobank’s 33 markets across Africa
  • Service provider partner deals: start-ups with deep capabilities to become pan-African service partners within Ecobank’s ecosystem
  • Mentoring and networking support: founders will be conferred as Ecobank Innovation Fellows for a year, which grants them access to networking and mentoring from Ecobank’s vast global network of technology leaders, fintech experts, investors and management coaches.

Mr. Ade Ayeyemi, Group CEO, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, reiterated Ecobank’s dedication to support innovations in banking and finance across the continent, stating, “We, at Ecobank, believe that the current winds of change led by technology and innovation will redefine how banks do business, and indeed the relationships people have with their money. We want to be at the forefront of this change, in partnership with Africa’s rising start-ups, and that is why we created the Ecobank Fintech Challenge”.

Mr. Eddy Ogbogu, Ecobank Group Executive for Operations and Technology said, “The maiden 2017 edition of the Challenge proved that Africa has an impressive army of highly capable fintech start-ups. Ecobank is looking forward to another successful competition.”

Ecobank Fintech Challenge was designed in partnership with the advisory firm Konfidants and is supported by several partners across Africa and globally. Applications for the competition will close on 20th May, 2018.

More information on the competition, benefits, and how to apply can be found on the competition’s website at http://EcobankFintech.com

You can also interact with us on social media via our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/ecobankfintech) and twitter page (https://Twitter.com/ecobank_fintech)

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ecobank.

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Sherelle Folkes
Sherelle@BrandCommsGroup.com
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About Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’ or ‘The Group’)
Incorporated in Lomé, Togo, in 1988 Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’) (www.Ecobank.com) the parent company of Ecobank is the leading independent pan-African banking group. It currently has a presence in 36 African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Group employs over 17,500 people in 36 different countries in over 1,200 branches and offices. Ecobank is a full-service bank providing wholesale, retail, investment and transaction banking services and products to governments, financial institutions, multinationals, international organizations, medium, small and micro businesses and individuals.
Additional information on Ecobank can be found at www.Ecobank.com.

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Africanews TV celebrates 2 years: 2016-2018

Within two years, Africanews (www.Africanews.com), the first pan-African and multilingual media outlet stands out among the media landscape on the continent. The channel is already a leading source of news for millions of Africans in search of a relevant and independent information.

Whether on television screens, on the website or through its mobile applications, Africanews has for the past two years been offering to its audience a credible and an unbiased pan-African information in French and in English, produced and realized by Africans, and broadcasted from the headquarters in Pointe-Noire.

After a successful launch in 2016 with two awards (“Best Launch” at the Grand Prix des Médias 2016 and “Best New Channel Launch” at the 2016 Content Innovation Awards), Africanews has maintained this excellence. Reports on the continent have seen strong growth and Africanews content delivery has been enriched with two new weekly magazines launched in 2017and 2018:

International Edition (https://goo.gl/yU3CNc), the press review of international news from a pan-African perspective

Inspire Middle East (https://goo.gl/GWcAMs), a window on the MENA region which takes viewers into the leading edge of innovations, be they technological, cultural or lifestyle-related.

Africanews will soon be launching Inspire Africa, highlighting millions of men and women who established Africa’s development and are driving the continent’s growth, creativity and innovation. A programme broadcasts on Africanews and Euronews.

Africanews Audiences
The results of the latest Africascope 2017 * survey also underline the good performance of the channel since its launch, with an annual audience of 6.3 million people, up from 2016.
In French-speaking Africa, Africanews achieves its best scores, where its awareness rate now stands at 45%, reflected by a weekly audience of 3.2 million viewers.

Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews and President of Africanews
“From the beginning, Africanews has positioned itself as a news outlet with an editorial independence to provide informations, and for two years, our audience shows an ever increasing loyalty to this information broadcasted without any ideological preference nor nationalism, intended for the citizens of the continent”.

Africanews Distribution
In 2017, Africanews increased its distribution and is now available in 38 countries and 11.7 million homes ** in sub-Saharan Africa, thanks to the partnership with the leading pay-TV platforms of the continent ,including Canal+ Africa, Startimes, Azam TV and Kwesé TV.

Africanews online
Africanews expanded its digital offering in 2017 with the launch of its Apps (July for iOS devices and January 2018 for Android devices), allowing its audience to access the latest African and international news anywhere and anytime.

*Africascope 2017 survey (Kantar TNS)
**Source:Dataxis Q3.2017

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africanews.

For further information, please contact:

Press Office:
Solange Bodiong Chauwin
Communication Officer
t +33 (0)4 28 67 05 35
Solange.Bodiong-Chauwin@Africanews.com

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About Africanews
Africanews (www.Africanews.com), launched in 2016 (digital in January, TV in April), stands out as the first pan-African multilingual media source produced simultaneously in French and English, and offering coverage of African and global news from a sub-Saharan perspective.

Today, Africanews TV is available in 38 countries and 11.7 million homes across sub-Saharan Africa thanks to major pay-tv players and national channels (partial broadcast). The Africanews signal covers sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean islands via two satellites: SES 4 and SES 5.

Africanews’ digital platforms, available around the world, highlight the challenges and opportunities of a connected Africa:

  • africanews.com (www.Africanews.com) has a responsive web design suited to all mobile, tablet and computer screens and has the added feature of adapting to the quality of the available connection;
  • two YouTube channels (in English (www.YouTube.com/africanews) and French (www.YouTube.com/africanewsfr) ) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/africanews.channel) and Twitter accounts @africanews (https://Twitter.com/africanews) and @africanewsfr (https://Twitter.com/africanewsfr).

Africanews is a 100% Euronews subsidiary. Africanews adheres to the same editorial charter as its European sister channel, Euronews.

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