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Euvin Naidoo      

Forbes' Top 10 Most Influential Men Under 40 in Africa

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

Naidoo seeks 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. A past TED talker, 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.

Speech Topics

How Companies Stay Ahead

Naidoo examines the exciting next generation of global business talent. If you want to know how companies stay ahead, then look no further. Talent. The kinds of people that they bring in, and the way that they integrate them into the greater organization. Naidoo points out how the companies that get the best people—and keep them—keep ahead of the game. But how to do it? By engaging with the big picture, Naidoo details the best practices to winning the war for talent. If you know what is essential to your strategy, you can find the best people and keep them.

What Now? Our Economic Future Depends on Change

In this talk, Naidoo deconstructs everything that led to our current global economic situation. Moving quickly, he points a way forward—a practical path that ends in recovery: Innovation is the key to making long-term gains throughout each and every sector. How can we bolster innovation? Surprisingly, Naidoo points to a world-wide need to establish meaningful, sustainable, cooperative practices that utilize the specific benefits each country has. There is perhaps no better speaker to plot this course than Euvin Naidoo, one of the most buzzed-about and hardest working economics scholars today.

Leadership in the 21st Century

In the last five years, seismic shifts have forever changed leadership practices at the upper echelon of business. New values have made obsolete a whole era of received leadership wisdom. So where does your company stand? In this provocative talk, Euvin Naidoo unleashes his sweeping and intricate knowledge of best practices and leadership trends, helping you change the way you think about leadership—and the way you actually lead. He traces the shift from hard to soft to smart power, explains the emergence of social responsibility, makes the important distinction between managing and leading, and presents, with brilliant analysis, the lessons unearthed from new and unlikely sources, including his case and research on Nelson Mandela's leadership at the Harvard Business School. Then, in a hands-on, step-by-step process, he turns abstract concepts into a practical tool kit, walking you through the implementation of these necessary new practices. Timely, bold and backed by one of the best business CVs in recent memory, Naidoo reveals, in a cogent, accessible talk, nothing less than what leadership looks like in the 21st Century.

Chasing Africa: How the 'Forgotten Continent' is an Economic Blueprint for the Future

Almost overnight, Africa has become the leapfrogging continent, implementing powerful economic change. The world is watching to see what it does next. In this brilliant new talk, Euvin Naidoo paints Africa not as a repository of aid, but as an innovator connecting economic recovery and hyper growth to sustainability. What can the rest of the world learn from Africa? Which lessons are applicable to US an Europe, and which are locked in to the context of Africa? Naidoo talks about Africa, but in the context of the global economy and your business. Economic recovery is now inextricably linked with the implementation of smart, sustainable technologies—and Africa, unburdened by old infrastructures, is carving an innovative path that has lessons for the rest of the world. Naidoo is in the unique position to give you the startling, upbeat news of what's happening half the world away—developments that will have an enormous impact on how we think about business, government, and kickstarting the global economy.

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