, a Zimbabwean national, is one of Africa's most respected business leaders.
first came to international prominence when he
fought a landmark constitutional legal battle in Zimbabwe.
The ruling, which led to the removal of the state monopoly in telecommunications, is generally regarded as a milestone in opening Africa's telecommunications sector to private capital.
Mr Masiyiwa is chairman and chief executive of Econet Wireless, a global telecommunications group based in South Africa with operations in 18 countries.
is also involved with leading African businesses in areas including financial services, insurance, renewable energy, hotels and safari lodges.
is internationally recognised for his
leadership in campaigning against corruption in Africa and championing the rule of law.
He has served on numerous boards and trusts in Zimbabwe and internationally.
He is a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and a board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.
is also active in promoting awareness of the impact of AIDS
wife established and fund a foundation that provides scholarships to more than 25,000 orphans.
family live in Johannesburg.
Panel Members Kofi Annan, Linah Mohohlo and Strive Masiyiwa launch the 2013 Africa Progress Report