- Executive Chairman, Sekunjalo Investments, South Africa
Dr. Iqbal Survé is a medical doctor born and educated in South Africa. He was affectionately known as the “Struggle Doctor” because of his provision of medical care towards victims of apartheid brutality including those imprisoned on the infamous Robben Island such as Nelson Mandela on his release from Robben Island in February 1990. President Nelson Mandela in 1997 made an impassioned plea for black professionals to enter the mainstream economy of South Africa to bring about meaningful transformation of the social and economic landscape in order to redress the economic legacy of apartheid. This resulted in Dr. Survé leaving his first love medicine, and founding the Sekunjalo Group, which is today wholly owned by the Survé family. Today Sekunjalo is one of Africa’s most successful Investment Holding Groups with a portfolio of 176 investments and a net asset value exceeding $3.5 billion. Sekunjalo is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Dr Survé is a regular contributor and participant in the Davos and Summer Davos meetings. Sekunjalo is recognized by WEF as one of the worlds’ fastest growing companies aka The New Champions. Sekunjalo’s investment portfolio includes Oil and Gas, Food, Fishing, Aquaculture, Power, Resources, Transport and Mobility, Telecoms, Civil Security and Defence, Media, Technology, Bio-technology, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and Asset Management. Sekunjalo pioneers many social impact investment initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa. The story of Africa’s rising is an important narrative that The Survé family and Sekunjalo have committed to by investing in media on the African continent. In South Africa, Sekunjalo has acquired Independent Media http://www.independentmedia.co.za ,which is the largest print and online media group in South Africa with 20 major titles, more than 6 million daily print readers and 3 million online viewers. Two important initiatives which the Survé family and Sekunjalo has funded and committed to are: the launch of The African Independent (AI), the first continent wide print newspaper (distributed to 40 countries in Africa) which is also accompanied by the online website http://www.africanindy.com. The second major initiative is the launch of The African News Agency (ANA) http://www.africannewsagency.com to provide the first news and content syndication service by Africans for an African and global audience. ANA now includes a social media component similar to Facebook. To date, these two initiatives, the African Independent (AI) & the African News Agency (ANA) now reach a global audience of more than a billion people, on print, digital and mobile. ANA’s success is unprecedented in African media in that it recently placed a minority shareholding of 10% with international investors at a company valuation of a billion dollars (six months after its launch). The Survé Family Foundation’s philanthropy focus is mainly in Africa. The Foundation’s programs are committed towards: improving the rights of children and young people, woman’s development, music and educational initiatives for young people from less privileged communities. The Foundation’s programs over the last decade have impacted directly on more than 30 million people. The Foundation supports many global initiatives including the Clinton Global Initiative and the African Leaders Initiative.