Savannah Maziya
South Africa
Savannah Maziya
  • CEO, Bunengi Holdings; Chair, Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa (Infrastructure, Mining)
Born February 1968. B.A., Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts; MBA, De Montfort University, U.K.
“South Africa has been very, very advanced in insisting on women being on boards and actually penalizing companies that don’t have that diversity, and penalizing them financially.”

Summary

Maziya discusses her wide-ranging career, including as CEO of the African Broadcast Network and later as an executive in infrastructure and mining concerns. She explains how the end of Apartheid in South Africa has enabled great business opportunities for those who had been previously excluded. Maziya also discusses her advocacy of girls’ STEM education.

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Maziya discusses her wide-ranging career, including as CEO of the African Broadcast Network and later as an executive in infrastructure and mining concerns. She explains how the end of Apartheid in South Africa has enabled great business opportunities for those who had been previously excluded. Maziya also discusses her advocacy of girls’ STEM education.
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Diversification

Savannah Maziya, the founder of South Africa-based Bunengi Holdings, a project development, management and investment company that operates across Africa in infrastructure, natural resources and financial services, recounts how her involvement in the mining industry naturally led to involvement in both infrastructure and agriculture as the business needed to supply logistics as well as food for its workers.


Government and Business

Savannah Maziya, the founder of South Africa-based Bunengi Holdings, a project development, management and investment company that operates across Africa in infrastructure, natural resources and financial services, explains how the post-Apartheid government of South Africa opened up many opportunities for entrepreneurship to previously excluded groups, including women, and how these policies can provide a good model for other countries.



Fundraising (1)

Savannah Maziya, the founder of South Africa-based Bunengi Holdings, a project development, management and investment company that operates across Africa in infrastructure, natural resources and financial services, describes the high-risk, high-reward nature of investing in Africa in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure, and consumer goods.


Gender

Savannah Maziya, the founder of South Africa-based Bunengi Holdings, a project development, management and investment company that operates across Africa in infrastructure, natural resources and financial services, speaks about the importance of empowering women to succeed in business, and the continuing challenges even in contemporary South Africa where legislation has emphasized the need for gender diversity.

Keywords: Gender, South Africa


Fundraising (2)

Savannah Maziya, the founder of South Africa-based Bunengi Holdings, a project development, management and investment company that operates across Africa in infrastructure, natural resources and financial services, describes attracting international investment despite continuing reputational liabilities of being based in Africa.



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"Interview with Savannah Maziya, interviewed by Emmanuel Akyeampong, April 17, 2015, Creating Emerging Markets Project, Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, http://www.hbs.edu/creating-emerging-markets/."