Zimbabwean investor and entrepreneur Strive Masiyiwa is the chief speaker today at the National Prayer Breakfast under way at the Safari Park Hotel. Masiyiwa is the founder and group chairman of Econet Group.
Below is brief bio of Masiyiwa as posted on the website of the Econet Group:
Strive Masiyiwa is the chairman and founder of Econet, a diversified telecommunications group with operations and investments in Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Asia Pacific.Â His business interests also include renewable energy, water treatment, Coca Cola bottling, financial services and hospitality.
Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relationsâ€™ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College and the Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize Jury. 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 currently co-chairs the AU/WEF platform for investment in African agriculture, known as Grow Africa, and recently took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan.
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.
Masiywa is a well know international business leader who has over the years won international recognition and numerous awards for business excellence. In 2014 Masiyiwa was selected by CNN Fortune Magazine as one of “the world’s 50 greatest leaders”.
As a philanthropist, Strive Masiyiwa and his wife Tsitsi Masiyiwa, are members of the Giving Pledge and finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans.