4th AHRI awards: Leading institutions & HR leaders honoured


A number of leading Institutions and HR Leaders from Africa, including Ghana, were celebrated at the 4th edition of the Africa Human Resources Innovation Awards (AHRIA) held on Friday 25th March 2022 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, Ghana.

This year’s event which was under the theme “Rewarding Excellence in the HR sector” was graced by the creme de la crème of the HR fraternity within Ghana and its neighboring countries.

And likewise leading organisations with top-notch HR models and practices, who have made sterling contributions to the corporate sector over the years.

Mr. Akin Naphtal, CEO/Founder of instinct wave in his welcome address applauded organisations and practitioners who have pushed the boundaries and raised the bar of excellence in the profession in spite of the effect of the covid -19 pandemic on the global work force.

“HR undoubtedly is the focal point of every organization, However, the Covid 19 pandemic has permanently solidified the position of this noble profession.

Employers and employees were thrown into chaos and uncertainty, with no clear end in sight. HR operated in crisis mode for much of 2020 and the first half of 2021, figuring out how employees could work from home, trying to provide extra mental and physical health support, and working more than ever on C-level strategies for keeping their organizations functioning. As the dust continues to settle and companies adjust to a new normal, the role of HR has fundamentally changed.” He said.

Some of the winners during the gala night included Telecommunication Giant, MTN Ghana who went home with six (6) most coveted awards, Goldfields Ghana, Absa Bank, VRA, DVLA, Bank of Ghana, Nigerian Brewery, among others.


Below is a list of winners who were honoured at the glamorous event

Best Organisation in Employee BenefitsMTN
Most Innovative Work Place Design of the Year:Standard Chartered Bank Ghana
Outstanding Employee Retention Policy Award: Absa Bank
HR Transformation in Public Sector: DVLA
Best Learning and Development Strategy: (Public Sector)VRA
Most Innovative Work from home plan: (Bronze)Guinness Ghana
Most Innovative Work from home plan: (Silver)Absa Bank
Most Innovative Work from Home Plan Policy: (Gold)MTN
Excellence in Workplace Health & Wellbeing:Nigerian Breweries Plc
Best Organisation in New Employee Onboarding: Star Insurance
Best Flexible Working Strategy: Guinness Ghana
Strategic HR Plan of the year: Goldfields Ghana
HR Innovation in Insurance: Star Insurance
Most Innovative Workplace Design (Public Sector):VRA
Best HR Innovation in Public sector: Bank of Ghana
Excellence in Leadership Development for Women: Standard Chartered Bank Ghana
Best Organisation in Work Place Culture: Karpowership
Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy: Guinness Ghana
Excellence in Change Management Strategy: Zoomlion
Employer Brand of the Year: MTN
Woman HR Professional of the Year : Gifty Addo Kissi

Acting Director of Human Resource


HR Professional of the Year (East Africa):Francis LichumaHR Director, East Africa Business


Male Professional of the Year:Collins Kofi FrimpongGroup Head, Human Capital


HR Emerging Leader:Martha Appiah MensahHR Manager (Tarkwa Mines)

Goldfields Ghana

Most People Focused CEO (Public Sector) Award:Mr. Kwasi Agyeman BusiaChief Executive Officer


HR Team of the year: BronzeAbsa Bank
HR Team of the Year: SilverGoldfields Ghana
HR Team of the Year: (Gold)MTN
Outstanding contributions to the HR profession:Mr. Olusegun Mojeed, FCIPMPresident & Chairman of the Governing Council

Chattered Institute of Personel Management Nigeria

HR Personality of the Year (Ghana):William EasmonDirector, People & Culture

Absa Bank

HR Personality of the year (Nigeria):Florence NyokabiHead, Human Resources Nigeria and West Africa

Standard Chartered Nigeria

Africa Top 50 HR Leaders:Ama Benneh- AmponsahChief Human Resources Officer, MTN Ghana
Africa Top 50 HR Leaders:Grace Omo-LamaiDirector of Human Resources, Nigerian Breweries Plc
Africa Top 50 HR Leaders:Gifty FordwuoHead, Human Resource, Standard Chartered Bank Ghana
Africa Top 50 HR Leaders:Mr. Alex Obu- SimpsonAg. Vice President and Head of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs

Goldfields Ghana

Africa Top 50 HR Leaders:Ms. Gloria D. QuarteySpecial Advisor on HR matters to BoG Governor

Bank of Ghana

Africa Top 50 HR Leaders:William EasmonDirector, People & Culture

Absa Bank

Africa Top 50 HR Leaders:Florence NyokabiHead, Human Resources Nigeria and West Africa

Standard Chartered Nigeria

Lifetime Achievement Award:Ms. Gloria D. QuarteySpecial Advisor on HR matters to BoG Governor

Bank of Ghana

Employer of the Year:MTN
HR Hall of Fame Award:MTN


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