Strive Masiyiwa is the founder of the Higher Life Foundation and also the founder and Executive Chairman of the diversified international telecommunications group Econet Wireless. (www.econetwireless.com). Econet Wireless International is a global telecommunications enterprise with operations, investments and offices in more than 15 countries (in Africa, Europe, USA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific).
Other business activities include operations and investments in some of Africa's leading businesses in areas such as financial services, insurance, renewable energy, bottling for Coca-Cola, hotel and safari lodges.
Mr Masiyiwa is a well-known international business leader who has won numerous international recognition and awards. Some of his awards include the following: "10 Most Outstanding Young Persons of the World" (Jaycees 1999 - Business Category), "15 Global Influential's of the Year" (CNN/Time Magazine Poll -2003), Builders of Modern Africa (2010 - Winner), "25 Leaders of Africa's Renaissance" (Times of London - 2011), "20 Most Powerful Business People in African Business" (Forbes Magazine - 2011).
As a respected business leader today, Mr Masiyiwa speaks regularly on business and economic issues at major international gatherings, and has been regularly featured in leading international publications and television programmes, among them the Economist, Newsweek, CNN, Barron's of New York and the Financial Times and The World Economic Forum.
In the Higher Life Foundation, Mr Masiyiwa is Trustee in Capernaum Trust, National Healthcare Trust, Christian community Partnership Trust, Joshua Nkomo Scholarship Fund. He also serves on many international boards and foundations like the Rockefeller Foundation, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Carbon War Room, Yookos Trust, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Archbishop Desmond Tutu's e-Health Ambassadors Programme, Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
Tsitsi Masiyiwa is a founding director of the Trusts under the Higher Life Foundation. She is one of the key visionaries behind the project. Mrs Masiyiwa is an inspirational figure who provides both spiritual and material support to the Trusts at the same time bringing with her a wealth of local and international experience and expertise in non-governmental and volunteer Christian work.
Mrs Tsitsi Masiyiwa is the Executive Chairperson of the Higher Life Foundation overseeing five Trusts with operations in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi and Lesotho namely; Capernaum Trust.
International, Capernaum Trust, Christian Community Partnership Trust, Joshua Nkomo Scholarship Fund and National Healthcare Trust Of Zimbabwe.The five Trusts were founded by Mrs Masiyiwa and her husband Mr Strive Masiyiwa having identified the drastic developmental and social needs of African communities in the countries where their telecommunications network Econet Wireless International was in operation. The Trusts are directly funded by the personal funds and in partnership with their various companies.
Through Capernaum Trust, 41 808 orphaned and disadvantaged children known as History Makers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi and Lesotho are directly assisted through interventions such as education scholarships from primary school through to tertiary, spiritual, social and life skills training, food packs and medical assistance. In addition to that Capernaum Trust also offers 60 international scholarships to children that are part of the Capernaum Trust program.
Waterford College Kamhlaba, United World College is one of the key avenues that Capernaum Trust uses to offer international scholarships to History Makers. Founded in 1961 by British teacher Michael Stern, Waterford College Kamhlaba, is a charitable/not for profit College in Swaziland that offers education to Forms 1 to 5, followed by two years dedicated to the International Baccalaureate (IB). IB students at the college achieve an average of about 34 points, which the British university admissions system equates to more than four A grades at A-level. As a result History Makers that have been sponsored to attend Waterford College Kamhlaba have been admitted into top international universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Brown, LSE, Harvard and Yale. We sponsor 29 History Makers who are on the Waterford College Kamhlaba scholarship program represented by nation as follows Burundi 8 History Makers, Zimbabwe 14 History Makers and Lesotho 7 History Makers.
The Higher Life Foundation prides itself in the international exposure and experience that it affords to its beneficiaries. Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia is an internationally recognized institution noted as the largest liberal arts college for men in the United States of America. In partnership with Morehouse College through the recently established Ambassador Andrew Young Scholarship, The Higher Life Foundation has opened up 10 new scholarship opportunities for History Makers to further their tertiary education at Morehouse College. Ambassador Andrew Young is the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, who is internationally recognized for the vital role in the Civil Rights Movement and international peacekeeping efforts. Notable Morehouse College alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., filmmaker Spike Lee, actor Samuel L. Jackson and former Bank of America Chairman Walter E. Massey.Mrs Masiyiwa chairs the board of National Health Care Trust of Zimbabwe which offers scholarships to medical students at the Zimbabwe College of Sciences.
In a direct effort to improve the quality of education medical students received the Trust in 2011, partnered with the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) to set up of a Virtual Learning Centre at the University of Zimbabwe. CARA was established in the United Kingdom in 1933 to help "academics, university teachers and investigators of whatever country who, on grounds of religion, political opinion, or race are unable to carry out their work in their own country". The state of the art Virtual Learning Centre is the only such establishment in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa and it has filled a vast educational resource gap, enabling medical students in Zimbabwe to receive education of the highest quality in their own country.
Mrs. Masiyiwa also displays a passion for the gospel by serving as a Deaconess and evangelist. She is also the mother of six (6) children.