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 […]Continue reading
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 talk
Euvin Naidoo on the TED Blog
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 […]Continue reading