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