WEF celebrates Africa's social entrepreneurs


The Schwab Foundation honoured five leading African entrepreneurs at the World Economic Forum (WEF) o Africa held in Cape Town.

The awardees were among 25 social entrepreneurs taking part in the meeting to provide expert perspectives on sustainability and social innovation, according to a statement.

The Schwab Foundation provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation.

The criteria of selection according to a WEF statement is, “the strength of their potential to become global economic leaders and are drawn from a broad spectrum of sectors, including infrastructure, oil & gas and aviation.”

The awardees are:

John Sargent and Ernest Darkoh of BroadReach Healthcare from South Africa. The company works to improve access to healthcare for underserved populations around the world. 

Christie Peacock of Sidai Africa from Kenya. Sidai provides veterinary and animal husbandry services to farmers. 

Katherine Lucey of Solar Sister which is based in Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria. The company focuses on a solar energy technology which is built around a woman-centred direct sales network. 

Sharanjeet Shan of Maths Centre Incorporating Sciences from South Africa. Its objective is to equip teachers, learners and parents with innovative materials and programmes to further develop their competency and performance in math, science and technology.

“Social entrepreneurs are an integral community of the World Economic Forum and an increasingly sought-after one,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the foundation.