Mitchell Elegbe received the general management award for his exemplary leadership abilities that has seen Interswitch revolutionise the electronic payment industry in Nigeria, and Africa as a whole. His commitment to professional growth and innovation, has led Mitchell to create a team of winners, motivating them to see the value in their work and consistently rise to the occasion at all times, irrespective of the odds. It was no surprise that Mitchell dedicated his award to the entire Interswitch team, stating that, 'the Interswitch success story is by no means the story of one man, but an inspiring story of a dedicated and exceptional team'.
The Leadership award for social Impact was awarded to Dr. (Mrs.) Oby Ezekwesili for her relentless and passionate pursuit of a not for profit enterprise; committed to the advancement of others. While Mrs. Bukky George, received the leadership award for entrepreneurship for her outstanding entrepreneurial qualities in growing and developing her business.
The HBSAN award is an annual event that recognises excellence, inspiring others to leave a mark in the evolution and development of Nigeria's economic and social landscape. HBSAN is the alumni group of Nigerians and resident non-Nigerians who have benefited from the management education at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Harvard Business School) in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA.