Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group, a pan-African telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) and renewable energy company, focused on digitally connecting customers in the 28 markets – mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Masiyiwa serves on several international boards including Unilever Plc, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations in the US, and Stanford University. A former board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He has served on two key United Nations Commissions, at the invitation of the Secretary-General – one on Financing Global Education Opportunity, and another on Sustainable Energy for All.
In Africa, he has worked on reform of the African Union and enabling the Continental Free-Trade Area, as part of a Taskforce led by President Paul Kagame. He also drives continent-wide digital transformation as the only private sector member, among a dozen Heads of State, of the SMART Africa Board.
As a philanthropist, Masiyiwa is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which has supported the education of over 250,000 African orphaned, vulnerable and gifted children across Africa over the past 20 years.
Over the last few years, Masiyiwa has devoted his time to mentoring the next generation of African entrepreneurs through his Facebook page, which has a growing followership of over 3.9-million young people from across the continent. For almost two years, Facebook has identified his platform as having the most engaged following of any business leader in the world.
Masiyiwa has been selected twice, in 2014 and 2017, to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”.