On 6 November 2013, Hassen Adams, Executive Chairman of Grand Parade Investments was named the winner in the Exceptional Entrepreneur category of the Southern Africa Chapter of the EY World Entrepreneur Awards, with Stephen Koseff, CEO of Investec, emerging victorious in the prestigious Master Entrepreneur category, and Rob Stokes, Founder and CEO of Quirk named the winner in the Emerging Entrepreneur category.

The awards celebrate 16 years of recognising entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence in their respective fields of work and are recognised globally. The award provides a unique way of encouraging entrepreneurial activity and recognising the contribution of outstanding men and women who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing, and dynamic business, recognising them through regional, national, and global awards programs in 140 cities in 50 countries.

Ajen Sita, EY CEO for Africa says, “Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of any vibrant and growing economy. Any country looking at raising the living standards of its people supports and encourages entrepreneurship. EY supports entrepreneurship on our continent and the world because that is the only way to set countries on true economic sustainability and long term growth paths. I salute our 2013 winners and all the finalists; they are our everyday heroes that change people’s lives.”

CJ Kujenga, EY Africa Leader for the World Entrepreneur Awards says, “As EY we would like to congratulate our winners and all our finalists. We appreciate their efforts and dedication to the programme. It is through their commitment that this programme is successful every year. We are truly humbled to be associated with them.”

Stephen Koseff will fly the Southern African flag high alongside his West and Eastern African counterparts next year when he competes at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year event in Monte Carlo. He will vie against country winners from an expected 50 nations. The global programme celebrates the achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs and ensures that their contribution to their country’s economic and social progress is widely recognised and honoured. It is considered one of the world’s premier business awards akin to the business Oscars globally.

About the award winners

Master entrepreneur category winner of the EY World Entrepreneur Awards 2013, Stephen Koseff, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Investec PLC.

He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Investec Ltd and Investec Bank Limited. He has been an Executive Director of Investec Bank Limited since June 30, 1990. He joined Investec in 1980. He serves as a Director of Investec Securities Ltd., Investec Asset Management, Investec Bank (Israel) Limited, Investec Bank (UK) Limited, JSE Limited, Bidvest Group Ltd., Fedsure Holdings Ltd., and Ubank Ltd.

He serves as a Non-Executive Director at Investec Bank plc. He serves as a Non Executive Director of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, Rensburg Sheppards plc, Investec Finance plc and of Rensburg Fund Management Ltd.

Mr. Koseff is the recipient of various business awards, holds an MBA and a BCom and is also a CA(SA).

Exceptional entrepreneur category winner of the EY World Entrepreneur Awards 2013, Hassen Adams is known as the man who brought Burger King to South Africa.

He has a H. Dip. Civil Engineering (PenTech), Prof. Tech. Eng. and has been the Executive Chairman of Grand Parade Investments Limited since February 11, 2011. He is a Consulting Engineer and a founding Member of GPI.

Hassen Adams serves as the Chairman of SunWest International (Pty) Ltd. He also serves as Director of Cape Town Fish Market, Retail Corporation, Gold Circle and Grindrod Limited.

GPI is a black owned JSE listed company owning investments and operation in the South African gaming and leisure industry. Since its establishment in 1997, the company has positioned itself as a formidable player in the industry. Its investments include GrandWest Casino and Table Bay Hotel.

Emerging entrepreneur category winner of the EY World Entrepreneur Awards 2013, Rob Stokes is the Founder and CEO of Quirk, Africa’s largest full service online marketing agency established in 1999 and now South Africa’s 4th biggest advertising agency according to AdReview.

It has achieved incredible growth, doubling revenue year on year for the last three years and at one stage, adding a new member of staff every three days in 2011.

He is also the owner and founder of a number of technology and software businesses, including Quirk, Brands Eye and Idea Bounty. Furthermore, Rob was the first Chairman of the Silicon Cape Initiative, an organisation created to promote technology entrepreneurship in the Western Cape.

In 2012 he was also accepted into the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) a well-regarded, global network of Chief Executives.

Category Details/Criteria

Lifetime: celebrates senior business leaders who have served as an entrepreneurial icon for several decades, leaving an enduring legacy.
Master: honours individuals whose achievements have made them world-class entrepreneurs. You would have to be running an organisation with revenues starting from USD100m to qualify for this category.
* Exceptional: recognises individuals who have shown exceptional tenacity and determination in building a successful and established enterprise.
* Emerging: credits those individuals building young businesses with high potential.


*The minimum revenue threshold for participants is USD6m. The selection committee will assign nominees to the relevant category in an appropriate comparable manner.