The Meru University family congratulates our Chancellor, Dr. James Mwangi, who won the 2020 Oslo Business for Peace Award. Dr. Mwangi is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Equity Group holdings PLC and Executive Chairman Equity Group Foundation.

This award celebrates exceptional honorees who exemplify outstanding business-worthy initiatives ethically by creating economic and societal value.

The award was founded to provide the honorees with a platform to share their business wisdom with the world and to help other leaders understand how ethical and responsible business can contribute to building trust, stability and peace. It also seeks to promote the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 8: helping to achieve sustained, sustainable and inclusive growth and decent work for all.

On receiving the award Dr. Mwangi said, “I dedicate this ward to our staff and to the millions of our customers who have continuously inspired us by trusting and believing in our common purpose and dream, that together we can solve our problem by seeking innovative solutions anchored on shared value and prosperity. By walking with us, they have demonstrated resilience in pursuing their dreams and have emerged winners by improving their lives and livelihoods and bringing joy and happiness to their families and communities.”

Dr. Mwangi stated that he shares this award with their micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME customers) who wake up every day to create wealth and opportunities for society. He further stated that the award belongs to the youth who embrace the power of opportunity extended by the Equity Bank Wings to Fly and Equity Leaders Programmes to fulfill the promise of a better future for themselves, their families and our communities.

“This award is a great inspiration to all Africans to believe in their dreams and to pursue them with dedication and conviction that together, we can change our continent within our lifetime. It’s my hope that this award will inspire the world to seize the COVID-19 moment as a call to build a more resilient global economy by putting purpose first and seeking business worthiness by being ethical and people-centered for a more equitable and sustainable world.”

The MUST family is proud of our Chancellor who continues to contribute to the socioeconomic transformation of the people of Africa. We are Proud of you Dr. James Mwangi.