Mr. Strive Masiyiwa is founder and Executive Chairman of South Africa-based, diversified international telecommunications group Econet Wireless. Under his leadership and guidance, Econet Wireless has developed, since its formation in 1993, into a global telecommunications enterprise with operations and investments in more than 14 countries in Africa, Europe and the East Asia Pacific Region. The company operates in the core areas of mobile cellular telephony, fixed public networks, internet and satellite services.
He is a well-known international business leader who has won numerous international awards for business excellence. In 1999 he was named by the Junior Chamber International as one of the “Ten Most Outstanding Young Persons of the World.” In 2003 he was chosen as one of the “15 Global Influentials of the year” in a Time Magazine poll.
Over the years Mr. Masiyiwa has served on many international boards and foundations, and has also been involved in numerous initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and social development in Africa. In 2003 he joined the Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees. He also serves on the board of AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Agriculture), an initiative chaired by former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan.
Outside his business interests Mr. Masiyiwa is also active in promoting awareness on the impact of AIDS in Africa. A foundation which he and his wife founded and fund currently provides scholarships to more than 26000 orphans.
As one of the most respected African business leaders today, he speaks regularly on African business at major international business gatherings, and has been regularly featured in leading international publications and television programs.