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Kenyan woman named best CEO in Australia

By Nyaboga Kiage September 15th, 2023 2 min read

A Kenyan woman living in Australia has been voted the best CEO in 2023 for her contribution to improving the lives of needy and disabled persons.

Ms Emily Korir, who is the CEO of BET Group Global, received the recognition during the Enablement Awards on Friday morning in Adelaide, Australia.

The annual award acknowledges and rewards individuals and organisations that have great contributions to the disabled living in Australia.

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“To be recognized in this category highlights the commitment to pushing boundaries, thinking outside the box, and implementing innovative solutions to improve the lives of people with disabilities,” Ms Korir said as she received the award.

Emily Korir, the CEO of BET Group Global, receives the award for Best CEO in 2023 during the Enablement Awards in Adelaide, Australia. PHOTO | COURTESY

Ms Korir thanked the Enablement Awards for acknowledging the contributions of her firm in Australia. She was accompanied by her husband Mr Benard Korir when she received the award.

Ms Korir has previously received other awards, including the Young Leader of the Year at the Celebration of African Australians in 2014.

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In 2015, she was inducted into the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll as the first African woman and appointed Ambassador for the UN International Women’s Day Campaign #BeBoldForChange in 2017.

Emily Korir, the CEO of BET Group Global, delivers her speech after she was voted the Best CEO in 2023 during the Enablement Awards in Adelaide, Australia. PHOTO | COURTESY

Ms Korir left Kenya in 1994 for further studies after which she got a scholarship to Japan, and ended up in Australia, then moved to the US in 2002 to get married to her husband, Bernard Korir. Thereafter, the couple relocated to Australia to raise their children.

It was while in Australia that Ms Korir embarked on establishing the BET Global Group, which she had envisioned along with her husband who is the company’s Managing Director of the company. With 230 employees, the company engages in providing housing and support services for people living with disabilities.

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