Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of Econet Wireless Global Ltd., speaks during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills , California, U.S., on Monday, May 2, 2016. The conference gathers attendees to explore solutions to today's most pressing challenges in financial markets, industry sectors, health, government and education. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Econet Group founder Strive Masiyiwa has been named among 2021 World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine.

Masiyiwa is number 48 on a list that also includes International tennis sensation Naomi Osaka, country music legend Dolly Parton and the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern who occupies the first position.

Below is Masiyiwa’s profile as highlighted by Fortune;

“Masiyiwa’s entrepreneurship has had a major impact in Zimbabwe, his home nation, and on the African economy more generally.

“Econet, the telecommunications firm he launched in the 1990s, helped pioneer mobile loans and cashless payments on the continent, sparking a wave of adoption that has expanded economic well-being for millions of unbanked people in Africa–while also helping Masiyiwa become a billionaire.

“Now based in London, Masiyiwa is a board member at Unilever and Netflix, among other big Western companies–helping each do business in Africa with local development needs in mind”.

In 2020 Strive was named as a special representative to the African Union in charge of the COVID-19 response.

Masiyiwa was central to the creating of the Africa Medical Supply Platform (ASMP) which is an online marketplace designed to make it easier for African Union member nations to receive PPEs, COVID medication and vaccines.

You can check out the rest of Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders list in the link below.