Dubai, UAE – The 6th edition of the Burj CEO Awards recently celebrated exceptional entrepreneurs, humanitarians, and business leaders during an exclusive Mediterranean cruise from Greece to Turkey, held from August 22 to 27, 2023.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum and sponsored by the global online trading platform GTC, the event recognized outstanding individuals and organizations across 50 diverse categories.
In the assembly of awardees, Walther Uzi E. Buenavista emerged as the recipient of this year’s esteemed Best Franchise of the Year award. Buenavista pioneered the groundbreaking “Buy 1 Take 1” shawarma concept in the Philippines in 2015, firmly anchoring his innovative endeavor as a proudly Filipino brand. His unwavering determination and business acumen, discovered through an unconventional path, stand as an inspiration.
Beyond culinary excellence, Shawarma Shack’s mission extends to empowering the Filipino community through employment, education, and entrepreneurship. Their rapid growth of over 750 stores across the Philippines underscores the impact of this commitment, reflecting Buenavista’s role as a luminary millennial entrepreneur.
Buenavista’s words, “By combining hard work and perseverance, a Filipino brand can excel globally,” encapsulates his journey.
The Burj CEO Awards, often called the ‘Oscars’ of business, was pioneered by CEO Clubs Network Worldwide. The gala has traveled globally, recognizing over 300 exceptional business leaders and organizations. Dr. Tariq A. Nizami, Founder & CEO of CEO Clubs Network Worldwide, stated, “Excellence is the result of intention, effort, direction, execution, and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.”
Sarah Dong, Managing Partner of CEO Clubs Network Worldwide, highlighted the essence of leadership, “Empowering others to rise together, creating jobs and turning dreams into reality.”
Attended by 100+ award nominees, VIP guests, officials, CEOs, and global entrepreneurs, this year’s Burj CEO Awards offered recognition, insightful discussions, networking, and star-studded concerts, creating an unmatched experience.
Dr. Nizami’s gratitude extended to Go Turkey, a substantial supporter poised to shape Turkey’s economic landscape.