In 2015, esteemed Malawian business leader Dr Thomson Mpinganjira was the recipient of the Large-Scale Enterprise of the Year individual award at the MBC Innovation Awards.
As the founder of FDH Bank, Thomson Mpinganjira is the only Malawian individual to own a majority stake in a commercial bank. He beat prominent businessman Jimmy Korea Mpatsa to claim the prize, receiving a one-month trip to China and Egypt as well as a cash prize of MK500,000.
Accepting the award, Thomson Mpinganjira described it as an honour, explaining that he was humbled and overwhelmed. Dr Mpinganjira expressed his gratitude for the generous prize, as well as thanking those who nominated him. Finally, he praised MBC for coming up with the idea of the awards, explaining that it was an important step, both for the industry and Malawi, motivating the populace to work hard and inculcate integrity.
In the Small-Scale Enterprise of the Year section Rachel Sibande was runner up, with Davis Kansenza claiming the top prize, again taking home international trips and a cash award.
Former President Peter Mutharika – who presided over the ceremony – addressed the audience, underlining the importance of innovation in formulating effective solutions to some of the challenges Malawi was facing.
About the MBC Awards
MBC, or the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, is the country’s only public broadcaster. The organisation plays an integral role in facilitating the flow of information across Malawi, thereby encouraging and inspiring growth and development across the country.
Broadcasting in the official language as well as various regional dialects, MBC provides a range of programming reflecting its commitment to diversity, satisfaction in programming and objectivity, serving the needs and interests of the Malawian public at large by providing a comprehensive range of informative, educational and entertaining programming.
Dr Thomson Mpinganjira, Civil Service Reform Commissioner
Thomson Mpinganjira is a renowned businessman. In 2014, former President Peter Mutharika appointed Dr Mpinganjira a Commissioner on his Civil Service Reform Board, alongside Rev Matiya Nkhoma, accounts expert Evelyn Mwapasa, and Krishna Savjani, a barrister-at-law.
Announcing the move, President Mutharika explained that he wished to promote professionalism, technical competence and efficiency, with the overall aim of creating a new, non-partisan, corruption-free civil service.
Dr Thomson Mpinganjira is a highly successful Malawian business leader. FDH Bank, the leading financial institution he built from the ground up, now ranks amongst Malawi’s top 12 financial services providers.
Throughout the course of his career, Dr Mpinganjira has constructed an impressive portfolio of businesses, from First Discount House, to the establishment of FDH Financial Holdings – a major financial services provider in Malawi today.