The world will be a more fair and equitable place if we give opportunities to entrepreneurial talents that are too often dismissed on the basis of race, class and gender.
Yusuf is co-founder and CEO of the Awethu Project. Amongst the top matriculants of 2000, he studied Economics at Harvard, and later completed two Masters degrees as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford. Here, the idea for the Awethu Project took root. Since moving back home in 2010, he has grown Awethu from a R60 000 startup into the most innovative SME investment company in South Africa, raising over R160 million, and creating nearly 400 jobs. His work has been recognised by the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Echoing Green Foundation, and the Skoll World Forum.
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