At 26, Sechaba Oa Selialia’s opinion matters, and important people are listening. People like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

They recently invited him to a meeting in Paris to give his insight into the question:

How can African entrepreneurs play a role in the continent’s industrial development?

A full-time investment banking analyst and a start-up founder, Selialia has experience on both sides of the entrepreneurial question. He is an Allan Gray Fellow, as well as a member of the group’s executive committee. Selialia heads up a portfolio that provides support to businesses founded by the alumni.

In 2013, he made the leap into the business world when he invented the Scoody, a fashion item that combines a hoody and a scarf. His fashion label start-up won the licence to manufacture and distribute Kaizer Chief FC-branded Scoodies nationwide.

He also understands the importance of identifying and supporting young talent. He was the recipient of an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation university scholarship, which he used to obtain an Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from UCT.

It’s no wonder that, in 2012, he was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers who are playing a role in positively and proactively impacting the global agenda.

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