Dr. Iqbal Survé

Dr Survé is a Physician, Entrepreneur and an ardent Philanthropist, born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa. He was affectionately known as the “Struggle Doctor” because of his provision of medical care towards victims of apartheid brutality including some of those imprisoned on the infamous Robben Island. Dr Survé had both a personal and/or…

Dr Survé is a Physician, Entrepreneur and an ardent Philanthropist, born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa. He was affectionately known as the “Struggle Doctor” because of his provision of medical care towards victims of apartheid brutality including some of those imprisoned on the infamous Robben Island. Dr Survé had both a personal and/or a professional relationship with many former Island prisoners including Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni and Govan Mbeki on their release from Robben Island.

President Nelson Mandela in 1997 made an impassioned plea for black professionals to enter the mainstream economy of South Africa to bring about meaningful transformation of the social and economic landscape in order to redress the economic legacy of apartheid. This resulted in Dr. Survé leaving his first love medicine, and founding The Sekunjalo Group, which is today wholly owned by the Survé family.

As an Entrepreneur, emerging from very humble beginnings, Dr Survé founded one of Africa’s most successful investment holding groups, The Sekunjalo Group (www.sekunjalo.com). He serves as Executive Chairman of The Sekunjalo Group, with its headquarters in Cape Town. The Group has more than 200 investments across the African continent, with an intrinsic market value exceeding $10 billion (USD). Sekunjalo is the shareholding/equity partner to a number of multinationals on the African continent including Siemens, Nokia, Saab, BT, and Coriant among others and Dr Survé serves as Chairman or Deputy- Chairman of many of these companies’ boards.

Sekunjalo is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Dr Survé is a regular contributor and participant in the Davos and Summer Davos meetings. Sekunjalo is recognized by WEF as one of the worlds’ fastest growing companies aka The New Champions/Forum Advisory member.

Sekunjalo’s investment portfolio includes Oil and Gas, Food, Fishing, Aquaculture, Power, Resources, Transport and Mobility, Telecoms, Civil Security and Defence, Media, Technology, Bio-technology, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and Asset Management. Sekunjalo pioneers many social impact investment initiatives in Sub- Saharan Africa. The Group and its investment partners together employ more than 115 000 people on the African continent. The Group is purpose driven to positively impact on the lives of its stakeholders on the African continent.

Survé Philanthropies (SP), the philanthropic foundation of Dr Survé and the Survé family, has 7 separate Foundations supporting children’s, women’s and human rights, education, music, arts and culture, entrepreneurship, social impact investing, climate change and healthcare. The Sekunjalo Group distributes 90% of its annual dividends to the Survé Philanthropic Foundations (SP), with the aim of impacting positively on the future of the people of Africa. Sekunjalo recently launched a R500 million social impact fund.

The story of Africa’s rising is an important narrative that The Survé family and Sekunjalo have committed to by investing in media on the African continent. In South Africa, Sekunjalo has recently invested significantly in the tech- media sector on the African continent. Dr Survé is the chairman of one of Africa’s largest print and online media groups, Independent Media, (www.independentmedia.co.za) which has 24 major newspaper titles with 10 million readers daily, including the only pan African newspaper, The African Independent (www.africanindy.com). In 2015, Sekunjalo founded Africa’s first global news, text, picture, video content syndication service, the African News Agency (ANA) (www.africannewsagency.com) which currently distributes African content across the world and reaches in excess of a billion viewers/readers daily with its platforms. Two year after launching, ANA successfully placed 15% of its shares with global partners at a valuation of $1,6 billion. Sekunjalo as part of its tech-media investments portfolio has acquired a majority shareholding in one of Africa’s largest and fastest growing e commerce companies, Loot (Loot.co.za).

Dr Survé serves on a number of multi-lateral institutions and global organisations. He is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and has twice been honoured by President, Bill Clinton for his contribution to the CGI. He serves as a founding member of the BRICS Business Council, appointed by the President of South Africa as one of five members. He is currently Chair of the South African Chapter of the BRICS Business Council and currently the President of the Business Council for the five BRICS countries. He is a regular WEF Davos and Summer Davos participant and served as the first chairman of the Global Growth Companies (GGC) Advisory Board and Vice-Chairman of the Global Agenda Council (GAC) for Emerging Multinationals. He is a participant member of the G20 meeting and serves on B20 Task Teams as well as the UNGA private sector forum. On the invitation of SA Presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma, he has participated on many presidential advisory working groups and state visits.

Dr Survé is the recipient of many awards for business excellence, economic empowerment, leadership and philanthropy. He was recently listed as one of Africa’s most influential leaders by Africa Magazine; honoured by Mayor Higgins of the City of New Orleans; and appointment as Honorary Consul for Cape Town of Finland. The Sekunjalo Group is the recipient of many awards including; top business performance and empowerment awards, for their contribution towards economic upliftment and sustainability.

Dr Survé is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and gatherings. He is an alumnus of the HRH Prince of Wales Business & Environment programme hosted by the HRH Prince Charles with CPI, a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative (ALI), a patron of the South Africa-Italy Summit, Co-chairman of the South Africa- Saudi Arabia Business Council (SASABC), a patron of the Munich based GISSAID, a patron along with Queen Sylvia and former President Nelson Mandela of the Swedish based World Children Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC), a founder member of the Siemens Global Sustainability Advisory Board, a member of the YPO Gold Cape Town chapter, patron of the South African chapter of the Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and twice honoured with the Directors award, for his contribution to tertiary education by the University of Cape Town (UCT) , Graduate School of Business.

Dr Survé and Sekunjalo are committed to mitigating the impact of climate change and in 2011 at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, successfully co-hosted with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Nobel Laureates Symposium on Climate Change with the participation of 7 African Presidents, 20 global Environmental Ministers and key UN representatives resulting in a authoritative statement on the scientific basis of climate change.

Dr Survé is an alumnus of the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Graduate School of Business (GSB), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Harvard University with degrees in medicine, science, and business.

In 2017 Dr Survé was appointed to the Forum Adviser’s board of the World Economic Forum and as a board member on the Stewardship Council for Information and Entertainment, which is one of the most prestigious System Initiative boards for the World Economic Forum.