The Development Champion award is attributed to a major player whose leadership, vision and exceptional actions has helped in the development of the African continent. In 2014, the Rwandan, Donald Kaberuka was rewarded for “his leadership at the helm of the African Development Bank and his deeds for the development of the African continent . Former Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Onudi) the Sierra Leonean Kandeh Yumkella, won the prize in 2015 for his outstanding contribution to sustainable energy on the African continent. Last year, Carlos Lopes, former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Community for Africa (ECA) received the award for his commitment to the endogenous development of the continent and the mobilisation of its domestic resources. This year Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS President and Ceo is rewarded for his vision, leadership, passion,ambition for Africa, at the head of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.