Founder of Econet Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa, joins Africa Progress Panel

Zimbabwean-born businessman and cellphone pioneer brings knowledge of business and governance issues to the Panel, chaired by former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan

The Africa Progress Panel welcomes Strive Masiyiwa as a Member of the Panel, bolstering the Panel’s experience of business, governance, and other issues critical to Africa’s development.

“Strive brings a wealth of extraordinary business and governance experience. We’re delighted to have him join us,” Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, said.

Widely known for a landmark ruling which led to the end of state telecommunication monopolies in Zimbabwe and elsewhere, Mr Masiyiwa’s flagship business, the South Africa-based Econet Wireless is a global telecommunications group with operations, investments and offices in more than 18 countries worldwide. Other business activities include financial services, insurance, renewable energy, bottling, and hospitality.

Mr Masiyiwa is also recognised internationally for his leadership contributions in a number of other areas including crusading campaigns to stamp out corruption in Africa. He is also a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation, and a board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, also chaired by Kofi Annan, and a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, a global, independent non-profit established to help entrepreneurs unlock market-driven solutions to climate change.

“It is an immense privilege to receive this invitation and I look forward to working with the Panel however best I can to promote sustainable and equitable development in Africa,” Mr Masiyiwa said.

“This is also a tremendously exciting moment to be working on oil, gas, and minerals – the subject of this year’s Africa Progress Report and a critical issue for our continent,” he said.

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