This keynote was part of the ‘Innovate Durban’ programme, an annual event that was this year integrated with ISEA2018.
- Ms. Matsi Modise is the MD of SiMODiSA, an industry association whose mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship by collaborating with policy makers to enhance the success rate of high impact, high growth entrepreneurs in South Africa. She is the founder and CEO of Furaha Afrika Holdings (Pty) Ltd, with subsidiaries including Furaha Solutions (a joint venture partnership with Work Force, a listed AltX-JSE company), Furaha investments & advisory. Her experience ranges from Investment banking, enterprise development and building entrepreneurship ecosystems on the African continent. She is an advisory board member on the Barclays Africa Shared Growth Advisory Board, Agri-Vie Private Equity Fund; a Non-Executive board member of The Innovation Hub, a subcommittee member of the South African Venture Capital/ Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and a trustee of the MMI Masikhululise Trust. In January 2016 Matsi was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of the Top 50 Global Shapers to attend the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She has been named South Africa’s Top100 Young Independent Disruptors by Independent Day media and one of the Top 30 African leaders in technology, business, art, science and policy design by Quartz Africa. [source: accountancysa.org.za/bio-matsi-modise/]