Rising Star programme

Last week for entries: 5th annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards


For the past four years, the Standard Bank Rising Star Awards have been identifying, recognising and celebrating young talent across all industries in South Africa.

The Awards are a unique opportunity for young, talented individuals in the 28-40 year age category to showcase their successes, as well as prove their commitment to development and growth – not only of themselves and their organisations, but also their industries and communities.

“We have a wealth of young talent in South Africa, and we need to recognise it,” says Laura Barker, Managing Director of BlackBark Productions, organisers of the Rising Star Programme. “What is great about our programme is that it is not just an award – it is a platform for young talent to establish themselves in a lifelong network of like-minded individuals, and grow exponentially by connecting with the top minds in the country.”

Standard Bank’s Global Head of Resourcing, Amelia Muller, says that Standard Bank is proud to be the headline sponsor again this year. “We have seen first-hand the significant role these awards play in identifying and celebrating talent across all industries,” she says. “They provide a unique platform for our young leaders to showcase the work they have done, as well as encourage us with their potential for reaching even greater heights. They also provide a cross-industry network of up-and-coming leaders that will soon be a powerful force to be reckoned with in the business world. Importantly, the awards are also putting Africa on the map when it comes to showing the global business community what amazing talent we have on the continent.”

Nomination Process

Human resource personnel and line managers are encouraged to nominate young people that they feel deserving of a Rising Star award within their organisation, and can do so via the online submission form to be found at www.risingstarawards.co.za.

Nominees will be required to complete an entry form, and those who progress to the semi-finals will go through a second round of entry forms, which requires more detail and supporting documents from the nominee, as well as verification from their nominator. Finalists will be then invited for an interview in front of a panel of experts – a three-hour question-and-answer session that delves into the heart of whether the candidate has what it takes to edge out the others. The deadline for nominations is 15 April 2016, with finalists being announced in June, and the gala dinner announcing the winners held at the Sandton Hilton on 22 July 2016. The criteria have been developed by USB-ED (University of Stellenbosch Executive Development) from their research into the Future Leader, and USB-ED will also moderate the judging process. Terms and conditions can be found on the website.

The twelve industry categories are banking and financial services; construction and engineering; energy and chemicals; entrepreneurship; ICT; manufacturing, retail and FMCG; media and marketing; mining and minerals; professional services; service: public and private; tourism, leisure and hospitality; and transport, logistics and supply chain.

“It is a tough process, but it is rigorous for a reason,” explains Barker. “The Standard Bank Rising Star awards are aspirational, and representative of the cream of the crop where young talent is concerned. We know that these leaders really deserve to be winners, and that the award is meaningful as both a personal and professional recognition of their drive and determination.”


Sponsors for the 5th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards include Standard Bank, ArcelorMittal, Sasol and Hilton Worldwide.


The Rising Star Programme is operated by BlackBark Productions, and is now in its fifth year. It recognises, celebrates and connects young talented individuals who have the capacity to excel in their chosen fields, and who contribute to the future of our nature in an inspirational manner.

Rising Stars are more than just top performers with technical expertise – they are polished, brilliant, and show tremendous promise as future leaders.

The Programme is a significant and sustainable vehicle through which organisations, our country and our continent can identify and nurture these “organisational and national assets” who are set to play a key role in shaping the future of our country and our continent.

The Rising Star Programme is establishing a living community of young African talent that will be developed, mentored and provided with platforms for development and communication, therefore enabling them to become role models, opinion leaders and the inspiration for other future African Talent.

Rising Star has successfully recognised over 200 talented young individuals over the past four years in its programme in both South Africa and Kenya.

Visit www.risingstarawards.co.za for more information or contact:

Cheryl van der Merwe

Media Liaison & Communications Director

eQ Online (Pty) Ltd

+27 72 174 9858



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