Lucy Quist has been honoured at the maiden Ghana Legacy Awards, alongside six other distinguished Ghanaians, for her extraordinary leadership and impact in Corporate Ghana and for her exceptional ability to transform businesses for growth and positive reputation even in the most challenging situations.
Lucy Quist picked the Corporate Leadership Award for her exceptional leadership, drive, strategic insight and her commitment to shaping the minds of the next generation of African and global leaders through her mentorship initiatives and the Evolve with STEM project.
Under her leadership as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Ghana, the company has consistently led the telecom industry in data and digital innovation – providing the best experience and superior offerings to meet the current and future needs of customers.
Through the company’s life transforming Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, thousands of Ghanaians have been sustainably supported through several interventions in health, environment, youth empowerment and education.
Airtel Ghana has also won more than 20 local, regional and international awards over the last two and half years including Best CSR Initiative at the Global Carriers Award in 2016.
The Award citation read: “There are two general views of how talent is best nurtured and developed. One view is that burgeoning talent should be honed and specialized in a specific art, sharpened and chiseled into an arrowhead aimed at a single task or goal. The other view is that talent should be tested and shaped through varying experiences in a wide range of environments.
“While both methodologies have their supporters and merits, the brilliant and eclectic education and career of Lucy Quist provides profound evidence for the validity and likely superiority of the latter method. Her life, education, and career has crisscrossed several countries, fields, and industries, and yet she has found success at whatever she has set her mind to”.
Lucy Quist was honoured alongside reputable business magnate Sir Sam Jonah, renowned UK-based fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, head of the anti-corruption unit at the African Development Bank Anna Bossman, world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, tech innovator Herman Chinery-Hesse and young Scholar Shadrack Frimpong.
Receiving her award, Lucy Quist revealed what motivates and drives her to achieve the dream of transforming the continent.
“Not only do we want to set examples for our people to be entrepreneurial but we want them to be enterprising on a large scale. We need to mentor our small business owners to grow their enterprises into large businesses – to transform Africa, and of course my beloved Ghana, into the amazing place that I believe and I know is possible. Let us redefine what is normal in Africa.”
The Ghana Legacy Awards, an initiative of Babu Global, seeks to honour Ghanaians who are blazing the trail in their various fields of endeavour.
The inaugural honorees, comprises both local and diaspora Ghanaians who have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields and are contributing towards positively projecting Ghana on the global stage.