The continent’s top influential leaders came together at the esteemed SADC South Region Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 3 August, recognising Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans: Building Nations. CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, Louise Driver, walked away with two awards.

The event, which was held in Johannesburg, celebrated generative individuals who promote critical and collaborative thinking. As the SADC South leg of the recognition programme, it is the first part of CEO Global’s recognition programme that occurs across the continent in eight regions. In each of these regions, country and regional winners are identified. Executive Mayor for the City of Joburg, Herman Mashaba, presented a talk on ‘How we can chart a course to prosperity’, where he described the deliberate actions business and society leaders can take to achieve this objective.

The ceremony created an opportunity to network and engage with business leaders who are critical thinkers, adept at managing complex businesses and multiple stakeholder relationships, exude confidence when handling unexpected events and are successful at ensuring their businesses continue to be market leaders.

Annelize Wepener, Chief Executive of CEO Global, says, “There are tremendously inspirational stories at the core of each winner’s professional and personal life story. I am very privileged to interact with these individuals.”

Honoured at the event for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans: Building Nation, Louise Driver was awarded in the Welfare and Civil Society Organisations including Non-Profit category as a country winner and a regional winner.

Driver says, “This awards ceremony is a platform to highlight the incredible work that the Children’s Hospital Trust does and I am very privileged to be at the helm of it. The work that we do contributes to ensuring children from across South Africa – and even beyond – have the opportunity to lead healthy lives so that they too can become generative individuals and strong leaders one day.”

The Children’s Hospital Trust advances healthcare through the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Driver, who has over 20 years of development and corporate experience, has steered the Trust through dozens of fundraising projects and programmes. She has also won the South African Businesswomen Association Award as well as the International Fundraiser of the Year Award.

She says, “It is an honour to be recognised for these two awards and to be named an inspiring woman in the industry.”