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

Norman Smit
06 April 2017

In this TEDx talk, Tutu Fellow Ed Mabaya talks about his childhood growing up in rural Zimbabwe and how it gave him the insight into the power of improved seed to provide a pathway out of poverty. He left the small family farm where he grew up. But when he returned, it was to the realisation that food security remains a problem for too many parts of rural Africa. Successful farmers are able to make enough money to invest in their children's educations. A key element to better farming outcomes is better seed.  Mabaya calls this improved seed the 'hunger buster 2.0'.  Climate smart varieties of non-GMO, conventionally-bred seed offer opportunities for bigger harvests.

Sello Hatang
01 April 2017

Nelson Mandela called him “a person of strong opinion and sharp insight”.

To all of us at the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada is more than a hero of the South African liberation struggle. He is “Mr K” – a lovable and loving friend of Nelson Mandela for 67 years and a long-time friend of the NMF. Having served Mr Mandela as his Parliamentary Counsellor for the five years of his term as President of South Africa, Mr K stepped down when Mr Mandela decided not to run for a second term. Mr Mandela invited him to serve as a Trustee of his post-presidential office – which became known as the Nelson Mandela Foundation – which he did from 1999 until 2016.


Where do I even begin to describe how much you meant to me. Words fail to adequately describe my love, respect and admiration for you, my dearest K! Not only were you a man I deeply respected, a freedom fighter and iconic South African, but I had the privilege to call you my dearest friend. Thinking back, I cannot help but chuckle at how you insisted I drop the 'Uncle' nonsense, and just call you Kathy, because you loved that it made you feel much younger.

As I think back at the beautiful box of memories, moments and deep conversations shared with you, I am comforted by the time we got to spend together. I am comforted by the fact that your strength, conviction and bravery have left a great legacy and a lifetime of lessons for us all.

Norman Smit
30 March 2017

One of the candidates participating in the 2017 Tutu Leadership Programme, Sonkita Conteh, has been selected by the Schwab Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum as a Social Entrepreneur of the Year awardee for 2016.  The Schwab Foundation drafts the list annually from a global pool of candidates.  The annual selection usually comprises about 20-25 people who join the 260 social entrepreneurs in a global network that fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of ideas.  The foundation works closely with the World Economic Forum to integrate their awardees into regional and global meetings of the WEF.

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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