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
30 March 2020

Two Fellows, Aderonke Onadeko of the Class of 2006 and 2007 Fellow Mezuo Nwuneli have partnered together to launch Nourishing Africa, a hub for entrepreneurs to accelerate their work, connect with funders, markets, talent, and celebrate their successes.

It connects agtech and digital innovators to ensure that Africa nourishes itself and becomes a net exporter of food by 2050.  On the site, they explain the simple math: by 2050, 2.4 billion people will live in Africa. If they spend $1 a day on food, this represents a $876 billion annual market. If they spend $10, its an $8.76 trillion annual market. A key goal is to empower Africans to sustainably grow and supply this massive market, reaping the benefits of local jobs.

Norman Smit
25 March 2020

2014 Fellow Zeinab Camara has run for office for her first time in the Guinean elections and won her seat in the National Assembly.  She stood for election in Boffa as a candidate for the governing party, Rassemblement du Peuple Guinéen or RPG, and won her seat with 62.4% of the vote. She ran against Abdoul Aziz Keita, the UDG candidate. 

The elections took place on March 22nd - along with a constitutional referendum - after being postponed four times from the original date in January 2019. As of March 26th, the country was waiting for judicial validation of the results. 

Norman Smit
23 March 2020

2017 Tutu Fellow Yap Boum II has written a post titled Coronavirus: Amid the global pandemic, lessons for Africa which was published by the Brookings Institution on 20 March 2020.  Yap, who is a microbiologist and epidemiologist and the regional representative for Epicenter Africa, the research arm of Doctors Without Borders, started the article by saying that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented in modern times, bringing enormous human, social, and economic disruption. It's been a busy time for Yap, with the Coronavirus pandemic following the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was on the frontline in a Phase III trial ebola vaccine to reduce the numbers of people infected by the disease.

In the article, Yap says that for Africa, where most countries have relatively weak health systems, the relatively slow arrival of COVID-19 bought Africa time to prepare.

Charles Sidambe
20 March 2020

2007 Fellow and Medical Scientist, Tariro Makadzange has been appointed as board member at Population Services International (PSI).

Tariro is a highly-qualified medical scientist, doctor and infectious diseases physician scientist who has degrees from Zimbabwe, Harvard and Oxford Universities and is a senior manager at the global biotechnology research multinational, Gilead Sciences.  She told AFLI that she had PSI had confirmed her appointment in January.


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.

AFLI Workplace

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking and collaboration platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.

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