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Click here to see the Nominees for the Namibian Businesswoman of the Year Awards

Click here to see the Nominees for the Namibian Businesswoman of the Year Awards

Namibian Businesswoman of the Year 2017

The Nominees by Category

Business Owner

Mariane Akwenye, Founder and CEO of Nomad Holdings,
Ina Cramer, Managing Director of Cramer Ice Cream,
Ashante Manetti-Maasdorp, Owner of Distinctive Art,
Ingrid Mettler, Managing Director of International Training College Lingua,
Claudette Nahum, Managing Member of Solid Ground Investments and Leading Edge Management Consultants,
Rosalind Schlabitz, Owner of Rosalind Julia Photography,
Paichon Shey, Owner of EDI Administration,
Irene Simeon-Kurz, Chief Executive of the Steelform Group and owner of Usakos Engen,
Irma Solomons, Founder and Managing Director of Afrisay Group Holdings.

Community and Government Sector

Helena Namene, Founder and Teacher at Amateta Primary School,
Elsie Shinedima, Executive Producer: New Business at NBC,
Louise Shixwameni, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Enterprises.

Corporate and Private Sector

Nangula Kauluma, Managing Director of Old Mutual Short-term Insurance,
Mildy Samaria, Managing Director of Cornastone Information Technology Services,
Trula Zoganas, Head: Private Banking at Nedbank Namibia.

Young Businesswoman

Ilke Akwenye, Manager: Transformation and Communications at Old Mutual,
Namtenya Aksel, Owner of Tenya Investments,
Esmerelda Katjaerua, Owner of Katjaerua Legal Practitioners.


Telecom Namibia

Bank Windhoek

Jaguar Windhoek

Namibia Economist

Roots Importers

Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Regus Business Centre




About The Author

Daniel Steinmann

Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA (hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees in Philosophy and Divinity. Publisher and Editor of the Namibia Economist since February 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 32 years. The Economist started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at It is the first Namibian newspaper to go fully digital. He is an authority on macro-economics having established a sound record of budget analysis, strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored hundreds of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. From time to time he helps economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. Since October 2021, he conducts a weekly talkshow on Radio Energy, again for a lay audience. On 04 September 2022, he was ordained as a Minister of the Dutch Reformed Church of Africa (NHKA). Send comments or enquiries to [email protected]