Last week we were proud to announce that Paul Matthew, North Star Alliance’s Director Africa, was named as Social Entrepreneur of the Year Africa by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Today we wanted to share some of the footage from this exciting announcement. While we highly encourage you to watch the full video below feel free to skip to 0:55:00 to watch the award ceremony directly, or 1:00:00 to see Paul receive his award.

All of us at North Star would of course like to congratulate Paul for this much deserved award, and thank again both the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum for their consideration and support.


Schwab Foundation

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in over 40 countries around the globe. Social entrepreneurs implement innovative and pragmatic solutions to social problems by tackling the root causes and creating social transformation.

The five winners of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Africa award work across Africa, and are among 19 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs from around the world who are taking part in the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting, providing their perspectives on sustainability and social innovation.
The other four award winners are:

  • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Co-Founder and Managing Director, soleRebels, Ethiopia
  • Sameer Hajee, Chief Executive Officer, Nuru Energy Group, Rwanda
  • Andrew Muir, Executive Director, Wilderness Foundation, South Africa
  • Seri Youlou and Thomas Granier, Co-Founders, Association la Voute Nubienne, Burkina Faso
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