The Entrepreneur in the Workplace (Part 3).

The Entrepreneur in the Workplace (Part 3).

Forbes Magazine just named a young executive in our company, Teresa Mbagaya, as one of the “30 most promising entrepreneurs in Africa.”:

Forbes Extract

Teresa Mbagaya, who is from Kenya, was working at Google in the United States, when we first heard of her. Just like a football coach, I have my “talent scouts”, scanning and looking for young people, who will be the next “Ronaldo”, in the corporate world.
We asked her to join us, and gave her a new business unit to run, even though she is still in her twenties. She has a degree from Yale University.

Dr Precious Lunga, is a young woman with a PHD, in Neuroscience , from Cambridge University. She was living in England, where she had settled. One of my “talent scouts”, sent me a paper she had written on “Mobile Health”. I called her and asked her to set up a new business we call EcoHealth. She now has 500,000 customers, and is making money. She is a great entrepreneur.

Gavin Manning was running his own business, when he first came to our attention. He is what is called a “serial entrepreneur”,. We hired him. and he has now been with us for many years. He is one of the people who has a license to call me, anytime. Sometimes he comes to my house, in the middle of the night.

Tendai Mashingaidze worked for McKinsey before going off to start his own business. He soon realized that he wanted to help young people, as a “social entrepreneur”. When I heard about him, I flew him to London to present his ideas. I asked him to join us as a “social entrepreneur”:
He now runs an initiative to train young people in Computer Coding, called Muzinda Hub.

Les Cullen, is one of my favourite entrepreneurs, he has worked for us, for over 15 years. Every month he bombards me with “crazy new ideas”. He is like a kid in a toy shop. He is now over 70 years old.

We have lots of people like this: finding them and creating an environment in which they can thrive is one of my key jobs. They come from all races, and gender. They can be any age!

End of series.

Author: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 Replies to “The Entrepreneur in the Workplace (Part 3).”

  1. Afterthought 1.

    What Forbes said about Teresa:

    Mbagaya, 28, previously worked at Google on its Education team and partnered with the Emerging Markets Outreach team to provide free open source education materials to emerging markets. In 2013, she joined Econet Wireless as the youngest executive to found and lead Econet Education. Since joining Econet, Teresa has launched 3 education services in Zimbabwe with further aims for international expansion: Econet Zero targets 5 million Econet Broadband subscribers offering them free access to 50+ education websites including Coursera, EdX, Wikipedia, Codecademy and others; a global first for any Mobile Network Operator in scale. EcoSchool targets all tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe, an education platform that provides on-the-go, affordable, and reliable access to world-class educational content via the EcoSchool tablet. Recently, the business launched EcoSchool Academy to all 9 million subscribers, an interactive mobile learning environment which provides 50 short courses covering a range of topics. Econet Education has reduced the costs for Medical Students in Zimbabwe, providing tablets on which they can access their text books at significant savings.

  2. Afterthought 2.
    One of my senior executives came to me once and told me he was leaving to run his own business. I let him go. A few months later he came back and told me that he would like to return. We discussed what had happened. I then decided to take him back.
    He became a much better business man, and today runs one of our largest businesses. He is a great entrepreneur!

  3. good day Sir i am very inspired and motivated by your posts.the firdt time i heard of you was during the international pastors and patner’s conference 2013, since then i have reading your posts on facebook but lately i have decided to make summaries and to restudy every post that’s why i need a parental advice and guide on the decisions am about to make.iam 26 years old am still at my final year @ d university i am majoring in the English language and have a strong minor in french,for a year now i have been having a challenge to graduate i have decided to postpone my education and to get a job to build my professional lyf yet its been a challenge to get a job,i decided to do computer studies for the while. reading from your posts am inspired and i really want to be a good success n to b o help to my family n others.well i started thinking of buying a motorbike to put it into commercial business.i decided to do internet research n i fell on ur blog today n took time to read via some o your posts again, ds is what took my attention from your post “ther’s something wrong if your thinkin about setting a supermarket or grinding mill and yet you are using the internet everyday”i wish to ask of yor sir what kind of business should i take? i am staying in the capital city of my country wat business should i be in?now the challenge is this i dont have a capital or saving yet with which i could begin i wish to get an idea,is it right for me to begin to think of business plans right now?

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