South Africa’s Martina Laurie has been named as CEO Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government for her 13 years of work dedicated to the empowerment of urban black women through skills transfer and employment.Laurie is the CEO of Hands On Treatment, a Proudly South African company that pioneered mobile corporate massages in South Africa in 2002. It has since grown from a modest Johannesburg-focused wellness and massage services company to a progressive national wellness services venture.

The award was presented to Laurie in honour of her contribution to skills development of black women in the youth sector.