Oslo Business for Peace Award Honourees

Business for Peace is an international foundation based in Oslo that aims to support, inspire, and recognise global business leaders who are positively changing the face of business. Founded in 2007, the Foundation was established with the vision that all business leaders see improving society as their core purpose. At the centre of the Foundation’s efforts is the annual Oslo Business for Peace Award. Each year, recipients are selected by an independent committee of Nobel Prize Laureates in Peace and Economics in closed-door sessions. The Award is conferred annually to the exceptional individuals who exemplify the Foundation’s concept of being businessworthy: ethically creating economic value that also creates value for society. Past honourees represent leaders of diverse industries worldwide.

These global role models have committed to building back better business at a time where uncertainty dominates world economies. Here, we share their success stories to inspire the global business community to take positive steps to change the face of business.

View all of our past Honourees here.

Sir Richard Branson (2014)

Sir Richard Branson is the founder and owner of Virgin Group. Branson uses his reputation to influence important issues also outside business.

Dr. Jennifer Nkuene Riria (2016)

Dr Riria is Group CEO of Kenya Women Holding (KWH) and has led Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) for over two decades.

Lori Blaker (2018)

Lori Blaker champions inclusion and gender equality as core values at TTi Global, a staffing, recruiting, and consulting firm operating on five continents with over 2000 employees.

Dr. Agbor Ashumanyi Ako

Dr. Agbor Ashumanyi  Ako (2019)

Working toward a world free of preventable maternal and infant mortality, Agbor  Ashumanyi  Ako is one of the co-founders of  GiftedMom, a digital health platform based in Cameroon that gives pregnant women and mothers across Africa access to vital health information and care.

James Mwangi

James Mwangi (2020)

Dr. James Mwangi is the Managing Director and CEO of Equity Group Holdings, the leading bank in East and Central Africa, which focuses on serving customers at the bottom of the economic pyramid.