Gwarega Dambudzo

Which entrepreneur, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why? by Gwarega Dambudzo

In business, having coffee with someone is a potential for a quick exploration of ideas and potential synergies – ‘quickly bouncing off ideas.’ There is little time to discuss matters in detail; thus, one needs to be succinct; otherwise, one misses an opportunity to be heard. However, dinner presents ample time to ask, listen and engage. Dr Strive Masiyiwa is one entrepreneur I would most like to have dinner with if an opportunity occurs. Understanding how he manages complex relationships, handles negotiations, and remains resilient in challenging operating environments will empower any emerging leader.

About Gwarega Dambudzo

With a background in social and economic infrastructure delivery as an engineer, I redirected my energy into mentoring owners of small and medium-sized businesses to formalise their structures, comply with legislation, improve operations and financial performance, manage risk, and build strategic partnerships. An MBA qualification helped me to hone these skills while leading and managing a consulting engineering practice I founded more than ten years ago. I am passionate about entrepreneurship, business strategy, governance, stakeholder engagement and risk management, skills I am ready to deploy on any Board as a non-executive director. On the topical nexus of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), I believe diversity and inclusivity are beneficial to organisations and should be leveraged responsibly without destroying the value-creating capacity of the organisations.

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