Tracey WebsterTracey Webster


South Africa

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Entrepreneur

Occupational Position: CEO Enterpriseroom

Professional History


Tracey Webster is CEO of the Enterpriseroom, a specialist consultancy that assists companies across a range of industries to develop and implement high impact, sustainable enterprise and supplier development, supply chain, economic inclusion and community outreach solutions. Tracey has spent the past 20 years starting, innovating, scaling and building sustainable organisations.  She has worked in London, USA, South America, Southern, West and East Africa and has developed an exceptional network of leaders and entrepreneurs spanning these continents.

In 2014 and 2015, Webster was the Executive Director at the African Leadership Institute. In that time, she developed the brand architecture for the Institute to position it as the premier centre of knowledge and thinking on leadership in Africa.  The institute’s flagship programme is the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which builds the capacity and capability of the cream of Africa’s emerging leaders spanning a multitude of sectors across the African continent. Webster mobilised the network to engage in initiatives that included advisory sessions and campaign strategy development for a Presidential Candidate in Tanzania, awareness and support for a Nobel Peace Prize nominee in Uganda, and mentoring of entrepreneurs in South Africa. She brokered opportunities amongst the network and profiled the Tutu Fellows in the media as thought leaders in their various sectors.

Prior to that, Webster held the position of Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. It was founded by Sir Richard Branson to create a launch-pad for aspirant South African entrepreneurs. Webster developed a “Life Cycle” for Branson entrepreneurs, which included hands-on practical training, mentorship, and access to networks, markets, resources, industry networks and master-classes. During her three-year tenure, 483 businesses, spanning 21 industries attended the Centre, which resulted in significant revenue growth and job creation in each business. She built strong relationships with South African corporates who partnered with the Branson Centre to help small business access supply chain contracts and finance.  She connected entrepreneurs to investment opportunities, and advocated for improvements to the regulatory environment for SME’s to the then Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan.

Prior to entering the world of enterprise development, Webster was a social entrepreneur who started the Starfish Greathearts Foundation, dedicated to the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children across South Africa. She is its founding member and served as its CEO. Under her leadership, Starfish supported 22,000 orphaned and vulnerable children across South Africa with education, health, food and psycho-social support.  Webster has also worked for Deutsche Bank London in global markets in their origination team for commercial paper and as their investor relations specialist. She has used her corporate experience to professionalise and change the perception of the NGO sector in South Africa.

Qualifications


BA Dramatic Art, Honors, University of the Witwatersrand
TV Presenting Certificate, Nadia Bilchik (CNN Editorial Producer)
Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme, Gordon Institute of Business Science

Programs


2007 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Peter Wilson
14 March 2017

The African Leadership Institute has a strong cohort of candidates for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  Amongst nearly 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, 26 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Spanning various industries, representing eleven African countries and ranging from 29 to 39 years of age, the selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.  The biographies of the 2017 candidates follows:

Norman Smit
02 March 2017

The United Nations has called attention to the wave of attacks in South Africa targeting foreigners living in the country. The attacks in South Africa have spawned calls for retaliation on South African businesses and nationals in Nigeria. The UN news site, the UN Dispatch, reports that youth groups have been the major drivers in this violence, and it goes on to quote an open letter by Ugandan youth leader and Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen. In his open letter, Ochen says that while the youth have been at the center of the attacks, they can also be part of the solution. He called on youth leaders in Africa to embrace non-violence. 

Peter Wilson
10 February 2017

There were 283 nominations of Africa’s finest young leaders from over 30 countries for the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which starts on 22nd April. Applications closed on 15th January 2017.  Since then, a selection panel of past Fellows and AFLI Board Members have been working tirelessly to draw up a short list of candidates for final evaluation by the selection panel. The short list of 52 candidates was finalised on 7th February, and the plan is for the final selection of the 2017 Tutu Fellows to be agreed upon by the AFLI Board at the end of February. Only 17 candidates are finally selected.

Norman Smit
07 February 2017

The Bertha Centre, which is run by 2013 Tutu Fellow Dr. Francois Bonnici, has been profiled as one of the top five university-based social impact centres in the world.  The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is at the University of Cape Town and is part of the Graduate School of Business.  The nonprofit organisation the Bridgespan Group published the report which was done by the Skoll Foundation


A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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