How Entrepreneur Isabel Dos Santos Gives Back To The Broader Community
Economic development in Africa is something that needs to be approached from many different angles according to entrepreneur Isabel dos Santos. She recently spoke at a European Parliament panel about this issue which was named “Africa and Emerging Technology”. She talked about everything that needed to be involved including agriculture, telecommunications, and digital technology.
Isabel dos Santos has built a number of successful businesses over the past 20 years. She has worked in Africa and across Europe in executive roles such as being the chairperson of Unitel which is Angola’s biggest telecommunications firm. Other industries she has worked in include oil & gas, finance, construction, and education. Her experience across a broad range of industries gives her the ability to speak in depth about Africa and the key issues that continent faces.
She says that Africa features very male-dominated societies which makes it especially tough on female entrepreneurs such as herself. Isabel dos Santos says that discrimination and prejudice exist at every level of society. There have been many times when she was negotiating a business deal and her male counterpart would look at her male assistant instead of her, for example. This was despite she was the owner of the company.
It’s because of the challenges she has faced herself that she philanthropically supports women becoming entrepreneurs in Africa. She says that women should make their best business bet which involves their passion, skills, and motivation. She says they need to develop five-year plans built around an idea they had for starting a company. She says they must execute their plan themselves without delegating parts of it to others.
Isabel dos Santos says that she is passionate about supporting social ventures. From when she began her career she would have a division of the company that focused on being socially responsible and creating sponsorship programs. Dos Santos supports nonprofits and believes that entrepreneurs and companies should give back to the countries in which they operate. Among the nonprofits she has supported are a children’s hospital and a program to prevent malaria. She has also supported several clean water initiatives and a Christmas telethon that supported underprivileged children.
More interesting facts about Dos Santos career at http://www.africanews.com/2018/10/20/interview-with-africa-s-richest-woman-isabel-dos-santos-of-angola//