Breaking news: Transforming Africa through entrepreneurship…

__Town hall LIVE tomorrow 30 November at Stanford University 12:10 PST

I have just arrived for a three-day visit to Silicon Valley in California (one of my favorite places on planet Earth, second only to Africa, of course!) where I have been invited to speak on entrepreneurship and African agriculture development. There will be some very special guests in the audience. Stay tuned!

I know it will be really late for some of you, but it will be available LIVE to watch at (We’ll update you again closer to the time).

The discussion will be hosted by Stanford University’s Africa Business Club and the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

I’ll be joined by Stanford Professor of Economics, Paul Oyer (also co-director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies) and young #Afripreneur from rural Mali, Fatima Dicko, an award-winning mechanical engineer who is currently studying at Stanford Business School. Here’s a link to an interview that is sure to inspire: Women of Silicon Valley: 11 Questions with Fatima Dicko

Now a second-year MBA student, Fatima was the youngest senior engineer at Proctor and Gamble, on a small technology innovation team developing “new to the world projects” (three to 12 years from the market). Tomorrow at our town hall, she’ll be wearing her student/moderator hat…

Wow! #AfripreneursTalk

I really look forward!

Here are the details to tune in LIVE: 12:10 – 1:10 pm (Pacific Standard Time)

# Ghana 20:10
# Nigeria 21:10
# South Africa 22:10
# Kenya 23:10
# India 01:40


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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he 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 provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

3 thoughts on “Breaking news: Transforming Africa through entrepreneurship…

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.
    “If you could give your 18-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?”
    “Take pride in and ownership of your unique gifts,” answered our #Afripreneur moderator, Fatima. “There’s great beauty in being different and great beauty in imperfection. It’s okay and actually a wonderful thing to not think like the rest of the world.” (This was from the interview included in my briefing package).

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Moses writes,

    These big companies like where Fatima was; encourage a lot of creativity. Is that the secret to building a big business?

    My reply,
    That is #People part of the 3Ps of building a big business.
    If we go to “work” in order to be creative, then we will build a big organization.


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