Prof George Mpedi, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Johannesburg walked away with both the South African and SADC Regional awards under the Education and Training: Academic sector at the Titans: Building Nations awards ceremony held at the Premier OR Tambo Hotel on 3 August 2017.
Prof Mpedi received the awards in recognition of his efforts and leadership in research, industry development, social responsibility and his strategic vision for the sector. This is the 2nd year in a row that he has received the award.
The event run by CEO Global, is the leading African recognition programme honouring excellence in the private and public sector. The programme covers 23 economic sectors and has for the past seventeen years independently recognised those leaders who are at the pinnacle of their industry. During the course of 2016, just under 4000 nominations across the various sectors were received from across the continent.
According to Annelize Wepener, Chief Executive of CEO Global, these awards dispel the notion that Africa has a paucity of innovative and progressive leadership talent. “There are tremendously inspirational stories at core of each winner’s professional and personal life story. I am really very privileged to interact with these individuals. They deserve the admiration and respect they are afforded, particularly Lifetime Achievers who have often been absolute pioneers in their field, she said.”
The regional winners automatically qualify for the Continental Awards ceremony to be held in Johannesburg on 1 November 2017, where the continent’s leading man and woman from each of the 23 economic sectors will be selected from the regional winners.
Prof Mpedi completed his B Juris degree (1996) and LLB degree (1998) at Vista University. In 2001 the LLM degree in Labour Law was conferred upon him by the then Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg). He was twice the recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) award (in 2000 and 2001, for purposes of doing research in Germany for his LLM dissertation and LLD thesis respectively). A National Research Foundation doctoral research award was also granted to him (2002).