Image credit: Louis Nderi, Stanford University Robert and Dottie King, Seed staff and Kenya participants, May 2016.

Transforming Africa Through Entrepreneurship

Tune for a discussion that will be hosted by Stanford Graduate School of Business 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.

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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.

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  1. Sanmi Lajuwomi

    I hope this will be recorded for some of us that cannot watch it live. This is a very relevant topic in this day and age where my generation is more attracted to flashy objected than expressing the flashes occurring in their young minds. Infact, i am currently working on a linkedin article titled “The role of capitalism in the positive development of society and human progress” based on my observation of the likes of Benjamin Franklin, John D Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie e.t.c has directed their energy and distributed their wealth for the good of the society and humankind. If we majority of Africans can adopt that mindset of service to humanity, we will see Africa transform within a decade.

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