Higherlife Foundation Co-Founder and Econet Wireless Group Chairman, Strive Masiyiwa was recently named among the world’s top 50 greatest leaders by Fortune Magazine- a renowned magazine that gives in depth analyses of people and ideas that are shaping the business world on a daily basis.
A man who needs no introduction, Mr Masiyiwa was described as 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.
Mr Masiyiwa is a leading business voice who serves on the board of numerous internationally recognised companies such as Unilever and UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy. His avant-garde leadership has made his company Econet Wireless Group, a leading voice in African business through its cutting edge products and services.
Now in its fourth year, the Fortune Magazine list gives prominence to men and women “in business, government, philanthropy and the arts, and all over the globe who are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same”. All those on the list are chosen as they “excel at leading effectively in today’s environment”. According to Fortune, this includes, acknowledging reality and offering hope; bringing people physically together, and building bridges.
“Strive Masiyiwa’s life and his business story is impressive, but it is his lifelong commitment to helping others that set him apart…He is a crusader who has transformed countless sectors and lives while also seeking to preserve Africa’s vital resources through his own sustainable investments and environmental policy leadership…I am inspired by his vision, his persistence, and his fearless spirit.”
As expressed by Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society above, Mr Masiyiwa undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest leaders. He has spearheaded many ground breaking contributions in a number of areas outside of business including fighting hunger, poverty, and Ebola as well as his crusading campaigns against corruption in Africa.
Mr Masiyiwa is highly committed to the future of Africa through education and together with his wife they started Higherlife Foundation which has supported over 42,000 African orphans by providing them with scholarships, access to quality education and lifelong development.
The business icon is also member of the Africa Progress Panel, which is a group of 10 influential and highly respected individuals who advocate at the highest levels globally for equitable and sustainable development in Africa through policy change and coalition building.
A man always on the move, Mr 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.
A prolific philanthropist and business icon, Mr Masiyiwa is the true definition of Africa’s great minds who are leading the way in transforming the continent. In his own words, ‘Africa is not going to be left behind or outside the data revolution’, Mr Masiyiwa captures his passion for putting Africa on the map.
He has been at the forefront of ensuring that the voice of African business is heard at major international gatherings such as when he was given the honour of introducing former USA President Barack Obama at the White House Summit on Global Development which saw top global experts talk about the energy, food security, global health, good governance, development partnerships and youth initiatives around the world.
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