Higherlife Co-Founder Strive Masiyiwa named among 50 of Africa’s Disruptors

Higherlife Foundation Co-Founder and Econet Wireless Group Chairman, Strive Masiyiwa has been named among Africa’s top 50 Disruptors by the African Report- one of the leading news organisations on the continent.

A man who needs no introduction, Mr Masiyiwa is described as one of 50 Africans who are transforming the continent Africa’s by shaking up the status quo, asking uncomfortable questions, upending business models and fighting preconceptions.

A leading business voice who serves on the board of numerous internationally recognised companies such as the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Strive Masiyiwa is one of Africa’s leading shapers and visionary leaders. His prolific contributions to Africa’s digital evolution and education through his foundations have won Mr Masiyiwa numerous awards and accolades.Through his avant-garde leadership his company Econet Wireless Group, has become a leading voice in African business through its cutting edge products and services such as Vaya and EcoCash.

Recently the Higherlife Foundation Co-Founder was appointed as an African Union Special Envoy to mobilise the private sector response to COVID-19 and is leading a private partnership to start local manufacturing of medical equipment in Africa. Working with fellow philanthropists Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Skoll, the group have teamed up to help African nations secure urgently needed ventilators, breathing support devices and other medical equipment, in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more of this initiative here

“We all need to help Africa navigate itself through something which is not of its making and is affecting us.” And this is where we really need some global thinking and audacious thinking. Because if we don’t think how to help Africa through this, it could be a very difficult next two or three decades and it doesn’t have to be so,” states Strive Masiyiwa in a recent interview with Milken Institute Chairman Michael Milken.

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A man on a mission to move Africa forward, Strive Masiyiwa still takes time to chronicle his experiences as an entrepreneur through his Facebook page. Here he imparts knowledge on the art of entrepreneurship and inspires many Africans to become game changers in an effort to build a better Africa. Visit his page here

More on the exclusive Top 50 list here