Funke Opeke, CEO of Maine One, a submarine communications cable stretching from Portugal to South Africa, has been named 2018 ‘Data Centre Dynamics Business Leader of the Year’.
Data Centre Dynamics (DCD), a UK-based group that tracks the growth of the data center industry and the organisation behind the accolade, made the announcement during the 2018 edition of its annual awards event in London this month.
The Business Leader of the Year Award recognises a company or individual who has done the most over the past 12 months to build the profile of the data centre industry to key stakeholder groups including investors, shareholders, financiers, owners, operators, the media and/or government.
Selected by an independent panel of data centre experts from hundreds of entries from across the world, Opeke was recognized for her role in leading her company, MainOne to success in West Africa.
She was praised for taking on the task of building a Tier III certified data centre from the ground up with cables connecting it to the rest of the world, as well as her ability to assert herself, deliver results and actively take on challenges within a male-dominated field while encouraging other women in her team to do the same.
Commenting on the award, Ms. Opeke, who was unable to attend the ceremony, shared a one-minute video where she thanked the organizers of the Data Centre Dynamics Awards for the award and affirmed the company’s commitment to the digital transformation of West Africa.
“Digital infrastructure is so critical to improving productivity and helps build economies and we are truly committed to ensuring that West Africa is well connected with the rest of the world and that we are able to provide high quality and low latency access to services to people in our region,” she said.