Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Unilever in April 2016. He is also Chair of Unilever’s Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Strive Masiyiwa

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Masiyiwa is the Chairman and founder of Econet Wireless, a diversified telecommunications group with operations and investments in Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Also, through Econet’s subsidiaries, the Group funds one of the largest scholarship programs for orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa.

Strive serves on a number of international boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, Chairman of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Micronutrient Initiative.

Strive is a juror of the Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize. He is also one of the founders of the Carbon War Room and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education.


  • 2016: Appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Unilever and was a member of Unilever’s Compensation Committee until April 2017 when he became Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee 
  • 2009: Co-founded the Carbon War Room
  • 2003: Joined the Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees
  • 1993: Founded Econet Wireless
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