The mission of the Harvard Business School is to educate leaders who will make a difference in the world. The Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School established the ABC Leadership Excellence Award to recognize the remarkable achievements of HBS alumni who exemplify this mission. In 2006, the Africa Business Club was proud to honor Adebayo O. Ogunlesi as the first recipient of this award.


2016 Recipient: KHANYI DHLOMO


Khanyi Dhlomo began her media career as an award-winning television news and lifestyle anchor, followed by an eight-year stint as Editor of the women’s magazine True Love, during which she doubled the publication’s readership and circulation. In 2003, she was named one of the most influential women in South African media by The Media magazine.Following her editorship of True Love, she spent 18 months in Paris, France, as Head of SA Tourism and then completed an MBA at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. She also holds a BA in Communications and Industrial Psychology from the University of South Africa and a certificate in Media Management form the University of Stellenbosch Business School, where she is a former Alumnus of the Year.

After returning to SA from Boston, she launched Ndalo Media, a multi-platform company which publishes DESTINY and DESTINY MAN magazines, websites and social media platforms with the aim of producing compelling, unique and empowering business and lifestyle content. Ndalo Media’s Contract Publishing Division produces and publishes content marketing platforms for companies including South African Airways, Transnet, Nedbank Private Wealth and Anglo American. With her team, Dhlomo recently launched Athari Concepts, a provider of eventing, communication strategy and business development solutions for clients. It is currently planning to launch an online entrepreneurial mentorship platform, as well as other initiatives targeting school education and children’s literature.

In 2009, she received the Olay SA Iconic Woman Award in the Media, Arts & Entertainment category.In 2010, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She was recently named one of Forbes magazine’s 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa aged under 40 and was also chosen as a style icon at the 2015 SA Style Awards. In addition, she was selected as one of only 40 individuals chosen annually to be a young African economic leader in the Choiseul 100 Africa rankings.Inspired by both the business world and women’s empowerment, Dhlomo and her company support charities and organizations working with women, entrepreneurs and children. To this end, Ndalo Media recently partnered with Unicef (the United Nations Children’s Fund) and is a sponsor of #CHPink, an initiative launched by global fashion icon Carolina Herrera and her daughter, Carolina Herrera de Báez, in collaboration with SA’s Breast Health Foundation, to support women undergoing breast cancer treatment.


Past Recipients



Ismail Douiri


Uche Orji 2014

Uche Orji


Fola Laoye 2013

Fola Laoye


Hakeem Belo-Osagie 2012

Hakeem Belo-Osagie


Thierry Tanoh 2011

Thierry Tanoh


Tope Lawani 2010

Tope Lawani


Cyrille Nkontchou 2009

Cyrille Nkontchou


Allan Gray 2008

Allan Gray


Ndidi Nwuneli 2007

Ndidi Nwuneli


Adebayo O. Ogunlesi 2006

Adebayo O. Ogunlesi