As president of the South African Chamber of Commerce - America, Euvin Naidoo works with leading corporations and governments to strengthen trans-Atlantic economic ties.

Why you should listen

Euvin Naidoo wants to change your mind about Africa. Armed with facts, figures and a forward-looking outlook, he conveys a nuanced picture of a continent that's large, diverse and full of potential, with stabilizing economies and business growth. Speaking at TED in a personal capacity, he offers persuasive reasons why the continent's challenges should be reframed as opportunities, and why investing in Africa can make great business sense.

A third-generation South African, Naidoo spent four years as a consultant with McKinsey & Co., and holds an MBA from Harvard, where he currently sits on the Board of Admissions. As a banker and venture capitalist, he focuses on acquisition finance and private-equity transactions for emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. He now is President and CEO of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America (SACCA), a position which allows him to promote entrepreneurship and business investment throughout Africa.

Euvin Naidoo’s TED talks

Euvin Naidoo on the TED Blog

Global Issues

10 ways to chart tangible progress in Africa since 2007

April 2, 2012

In 2007, at TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania, Euvin Naidoo gave an opening talk about investing in African countries — laying out 10 markets and metrics to watch as African nations gained capacity. Today, in a follow-up post, investor Ryan Hoover looks at these 10 metrics that Naidoo laid out — and charts how much has […]

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Premiere: Euvin Naidoo on the Africa You Don't Know

August 1, 2007

In the talk that opened TEDGlobal 2007 (“Africa: The Next Chapter”), South African investment banker Euvin Naidoo sets the scene, framing the conversation that would unfold over the four-day event. “What’s the worst thing you’ve heard about Africa?” he asks. After fielding call-outs of “famine,” “war,” “corruption,” he urges the audience to move past these […]

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Quotes from Euvin Naidoo

George Kimble said, ‘The only thing dark about Africa is our ignorance of it.’ So let’s start shedding light on this amazing eclectic continent that has so much to offer.
Euvin Naidoo
TEDGlobal 2007 • 198K views Jul 2007
Inspiring, Informative
The first myth to dispel is that Africa is not a country. It’s made up of 53 different countries. So to say ‘invest in Africa’ is a no-go. It’s meaningless.
Euvin Naidoo
TEDGlobal 2007 • 198K views Jul 2007
Inspiring, Informative