Masiyiwa joins prestigious award panel
By BiztechAfrica – Jan. 16, 2012, 11:37 a.m.
Zimbabwean telecoms tycoon Strive Masiyiwa has been appointed to serve on the jury that awards the world’s largest humanitarian prize.
Masiyiwa, founder of Econet Wireless, has been named a juror by the The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, to serve on the Prize jury, beginning with selection of the 2012 recipient this winter. He replaces Olara Otunnu, a former United Nations Under-Secretary and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, whose term has ended.
“Serving on the Hilton Humanitarian Prize jury is both an honor and a great responsibility,” said Masiyiwa. “Selecting one organization from among so many worthy NGOs to receive this prize is an endeavor I take seriously and humbly.”
At USD1.5 million, the Hilton Prize is the world’s largest humanitarian award. To date, 16 organizations judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering have received the prize, which is presented annually.