Education & Entrepreneurship Town Hall


For the second town hall of 2018, Strive Masiyiwa will have an engaging conversation around the topic – “The Power of Partnership: Strengthening Education,” moderated by Eddie Mandhry, Director for Africa, Yale University.

Speakers included:

Prof Peter Salovey, President, Yale University

Prof Ebenezer Owusu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana

Elizabeth Elango-Bintliff, CEO of Junior Achievement Africa

Dr Patrick Awuah, President and Founder, Ashesi University

Venue: University of Ghana Great Hall

Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Co-hosts: Yale UniversityYale Young African ScholarsUniversity of GhanaHigherlife Foundation and #KweséInc

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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 “Education & Entrepreneurship Town Hall

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    What a time we had together in Ghana!
    I enjoyed every minute. Thank you the support and attention.

    As I promised last year, I’m going to be doing more and more Town Halls with some quite amazing people from around the world.
    From Ghana we travelled directly to Kenya arriving at 4am for the second day in a row, where I spent the whole day in board meetings. By evening we had already left.

    Remember I still have a day job; as President Obama once said “we must learn to walk and chew gum at the same time.”
    Each one of us has far much more capacity to do things than we can possibly imagine. Stretch your capacity…don’t stop pushing yourself.

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Pulling off an event like the one in Ghana takes months of planning from the time we first agree to do it.
    Yale University had a team on the ground. We had a team from Ghana, London, and Johannesburg.
    Then there were the teams from Ghana University, our host, and the Ghana government including former students of Yale some of whom are now ministers in the government.

    We also had help from the former students of Yale University in Ghana and Nigeria.

    It was also part of our special partnership with Facebook cemented last year.

    Even as I thank all these amazing people, let’s not forget the importance of proper planning for anything to go right.

    My Electrical engineering professor used to say to me:
    “A job well done looks simple. When you do a job really well, everyone who sees it must think it was simple.”


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