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Euvin Naidoo

SA President, SACCA

(Member of SACCA EXCO)

In 2011, SACCA co-President, Euvin Naidoo was selected by Forbes onto their ‘Top 10 most Powerful and Influential Men under Forty in Africa' list. Currently a banking executive in Johannesburg, South Africa, he also serves as Head of PBB Global Credit Portfolio Management & Risk Appetite for one of Africa's largest financial services group by assets, managing across a 17 country pan-African banking footprint. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, Euvin Naidoo is also an alumnus of global international consulting firm McKinsey & Co., having started his career at the Firm in the 1990s. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. In 2012 he was selected to serve on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for the USA. Per the official announcement released by the World Economic Forum, “Global Agenda Councils make up the world’s foremost intellectual network, convening the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from business, government, academia and civil society to address key global issues. Serving as a global brain trust, insights and recommendations from the Councils…set the direction for global, regional and industry agendas…”

In 2007, as the US based President and CEO of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America (SACCA), Euvin led the launch of the Africa Entrepreneurship Platform, committed towards empowering that segment of entrepreneurs and service organizations in the USA and Africa focused on growth, to successfully scale and enter new markets. In 2007 this program was featured at the Clinton Global Initiative's annual gathering in New York and has been acknowledged by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as helping to strengthen business ties across borders and boundaries, connecting markets.

Described on Forbes.com as a 'leading advocate for Western investment' into Africa he led a lineup of international innovators and thinkers as the opening speaker at the 2007 TED Global Conference where local, pan-African and international business, government and civil society leaders gathered to explore, discuss and push the next generation of ideas and actions to further develop Africa. Euvin Naidoo was the opening speaker at TEDGlobal 2007. In 2009 the Journal of International Affairs at Columbia University chose to profile 5 African leaders including Mo Ibrahim (founder of Celtel) and John Atta Mills (President of Ghana) - Euvin Naidoo was chosen to be profiled alongside these leaders as one of the 'FIVE FACES OF AFRICAN INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP'. As a banker, Euvin Naidoo has worked in both investment banking and retail in both New York and Johannesburg on acquisition finance and cross border focused transactions as well as focused African growth and strategy. He has been invited to teach and speak on operations, banking and financial services in Africa by some of the world’s leading institutions from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the World Bank, to Columbia University and MIT. At the Columbia Business School, he led a master class session in New York for the MBA class focused on “Doing Business in Africa”. In 2009 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) chose Euvin Naidoo to deliver their opening keynote lecture at the MIT Global Startup Workshop, an annual event bringing together thinkers and innovators.

In his part-time and personal capacity, Euvin Naidoo is the visiting lecturer for Private Equity and Service Operations at the University of the Witwatersrand's Business School, the WITS Business School (WBS), located in Johannesburg, South Africa. In February 2009, the BBC interviewed Euvin Naidoo and recorded his in-class MBA lecture series as part of the radio documentary "African Perspective: The Power of Africa´s Private Sector". In 2011, Euvin Naidoo was recognized in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the Wits Business School’s Annual Leadership Awards Gala Dinner ‘ Lecturer of the Year’( part time) for his contribution towards advancing the learning of a new generation of African business students.

In 2003, Euvin Naidoo co-authored the Harvard Business School case, 'Nelson Mandela, Turnaround Leader', with Harvard Business School Prof. Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Kanter and Naidoo’s research and collaboration went on to form the material for the South African chapter in the BusinessWeek and New York Times business bestseller, ‘Confidence’ which focuses on the DNA of turnarounds and successful growth strategies.

In 2008 Euvin Naidoo joined colleagues to serve on the Admissions Board of the Harvard Business School. He has also served as a judge for several years as part of the Harvard Business School's Annual Business Plan Contest (Social Enterprise Track), an event attracting entrants from around the world. Euvin Naidoo is married to South African trained Medical Doctor Roshini Moodley Naidoo, who completed her Masters of Public Health (MPH) and MBA at Harvard in 2003 and 2007 respectively.

Key Awards and Recognition:2012: Selected as one of: ‘Africa’s Rising Stars- closing plenary, 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa’ 

2011:Selected onto ‘Forbes Top 10 most Powerful and Influential Men under Forty in Africa' 

2011: Awarded ‘Lecturer of the Year’ (part time/visiting faculty), Wits Business School, Johannesburg 

2009: Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum 

2009: One of Five Faces of Innovation in Africa, Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs 

2009: BBC News speaks to ‘Africa Business Gurus’. Profile- focus on Africa thought leaders 

2007: Forbes.com article: “Leading advocate for Western Investment into Africa” 

Key Addresses and Engagements: Opening Address TED Global Conference, Arusha, Tanzania 

2009 : Keynote address, Mining Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa 

2007: Opening Keynote Address: Wharton Business School, Africa Business Conference, Philadelphia, USA 

2012: Moderator and Chair: Financial Infrastructure in Africa (Future of Africa’s Financial Landscape), World Economic Forum 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2009 : Opening Keynote Address MIT Global Startup Conference 

2008: New York University, Stern Investing in Emerging Markets Conference, New York, USA 

Forbes.com Profile of Euvin Naidoo 

BBC News Profile of Euvin Naidoo 

BBC Radio Documentary with Euvin Naidoo 

TED Global 2007 Opening Address by Euvin Naidoo- Profile and Video 

Launch of the Africa Entrepreneurship Platform in New York- Video 

Euvin Naidoo Announcement of YGL Selection 

Columbia University's Journal of International Affairs Profiles Mo Ibrahim, John Atta Mills and Euvin Naidoo- Faces of African Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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