Rene Awambeng Receives Global Executive Leader Award at the Buckingham Palace
Powerlist Black Excellence Awards 2024
In a dazzling ceremony at the Buckingham Palace that showcased the finest of Britain's African, African American, and African Caribbean talents, Rene Awambeng, Director & Global Head Client Relations at Afreximbank, was bestowed with the prestigious Global Executive Leader Award at the Powerful Media's Powerlist Black Excellence Awards 2024. The Powerlist Awards, an annual affair, serve as a tribute to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields and communities.
Recognizing Remarkable Leadership
The Global Executive Leader Award, sponsored by the London Stock Exchange Group, is a testament to Mr. Awambeng's exceptional leadership, transcending geographical boundaries. It celebrates his visionary approach, innovative spirit, influential presence, and the transformative impact he has had on Afreximbank.
This accolade spotlights individuals whose contributions extend beyond the United Kingdom, underlining the global influence of their work. Rene Awambeng's dedication to Afreximbank's mission to catalyze trade, foster economic growth, and drive positive change across the African continent has undoubtedly earned him this honour.
A Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace
To mark this momentous achievement, Rene Awambeng received a Royal Invitation to Buckingham Palace in London for the Powerlist Celebration of Black Excellence Awards 2024 Reception, graciously hosted by King Charles III himself. Surrounded by the grandeur of the palace, Mr. Awambeng expressed his profound gratitude: "I am passionate about serving Africa at Afreximbank, and this Award is a recognition of the transformational work and contribution we do to make positive change in Africa. At Afreximbank, we see the Diaspora as the 56th country of Africa. This Award is a privilege and should serve as inspiration for the younger men and women to work hard and aspire for change."
Executive Profile: A Journey of Excellence
Renowned for his illustrious career in international banking, Mr. Rene Awambeng has a track record spanning over three decades, marked by remarkable achievements. As the Director & Global Head, Client Relations at Afreximbank since December 2016, he has played a pivotal role in generating over US$8 billion in revenues and working on more than US$50 billion of loan assets across the African continent.
Rene Awambeng's expertise spans structured trade, corporate, commercial, and investment banking. His proficiency extends to various domains such as origination, product management, cross-border trade flows, trade finance, credit risk management, compliance, treasury, project finance, and general banking management across Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Europe.
A sought-after advisor on banking trends, commodity trade finance, regional business, intra-African trade, and infrastructure development, Mr. Awambeng frequently shares his insights at international banking conferences and seminars.
Building Bridges: A Network of Influence
One of Mr. Awambeng's defining strengths is his extensive network of key relationships across both the public and private sectors, spanning Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, the UAE, the United Kingdom, and Russia. Over the course of his career, he has cultivated strategic institutional partnerships, further enhancing his impact and influence.
Educational and Philanthropic Pursuits
Rene Awambeng holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, and an MBA from the University of Nottingham Business School, United Kingdom. He is a proud member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in London.
Beyond his illustrious career, Mr. Awambeng is the Founder and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Awambeng Renal Care Foundation, a non-profit charity providing critical medical support to kidney disease patients. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the African Sepsis Alliance and the Board of the Africa Energy Chamber. Additionally, he holds the esteemed position of President of the SME Trade & Business Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Rene Awambeng's receipt of the Global Executive Leader Award stands as a testament to his dedication, vision, and unwavering commitment to the betterment of Africa's economic landscape. His inspirational journey serves as a beacon of hope for the younger generation, urging them to strive for excellence and make a meaningful impact on the world stage.