As the Chief Executive Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Parminder Vir OBE manages the overall day-to-day strategic development of TEF, as well as the implementation of the Foundation’s key initiatives such as the flagship Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.
She has had a 20-year award-winning career as film and TV producer with BBC Television, Carlton Television and Chanel Four, as well as CEO of her independent production company, Formation Films.
She served as a Board Director of several private and public sector boards including the UKTI Asia Task Force, UK India Business Council, Non-Executive Director of Goldcrest Films, Department for Culture Media and Sports, the UK Film Council and The Indus Entrepreneurs UK.
Ms. Vir was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to the Broadcasting and Film industry in 2002.
Why you should listen
During her talk, she will discuss the Foundation’s mission of ensuring that entrepreneurship becomes the primary driver of Africa’s economic growth and social transformation through the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme. She will also explain why long-term investment in Africa, rather than aid, is the key to the transformation of the continent.
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“Our aim is to find 1,000 entrepreneurs every year over the next ten years, operating in Africa with business ideas or early start-ups that can solve problems, thus making societal impact and in addition, become feasible, scalable businesses.”
“Our development vehicle is entrepreneurship and while leadership development, community outreach and a number of development vehicles are important, our core focus must be that which can make the greatest widespread impact.”
“Our true measure of success has been and continues to be empowering African entrepreneurs and there is no better part of the TEEP story than the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs themselves.”
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