A few days ago, we had the opportunity to meet with Parminder Vir, on the margins of the Nollywood Week Film Festival in Paris. The CEO of The Tony Elumelu Foundation came to present her work for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP) to the french audience, through the screening of “Transforming Africa”. The documentary tells the story of one man’s vision to harness and unleash the ingenuity and creativity of Africa’s entrepreneurs to spur innovation and economic development on the continent. We seized the occasion to ask the business executive a few questions on the role of diasporas in Africa’s development. Here’s what she had to say.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), is an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropy, dedicated to catalysing entrepreneurship across Africa. It was founded in 2010 by Tony O. Elumelu, who describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, a philanthropist and an Afrocapitalist. Born, raised and educated in Africa, Mr Elumelu has been responsible for creating businesses across the continent, in sectors critical to Africa’s economic development.
Parminder Vir was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation in June 2015. As CEO, she manages the overall day-to-day operations and strategic development of TEF, as well as the implementation of its key programmes. Under her leadership the Foundation continues to empower African entrepreneurs, and ensure that entrepreneurship is the primary driver of Africa’s economic growth and social transformation.
Parminder Vir is the architect of the 10 year, $100 million Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP), designed to identify, grow and create 10,000 African entrepreneurs. A programme built by Africans for Africans. The first 1000 African entrepreneurs selected in March 2015, will help shape the future of this groundbreaking programme.
This March 22, 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria, the Tony Elumelu Foundation announced the selection of the second round of 1,000 entrepreneurs chosen the TEEP 2016.
Watch “Transforming Africa”, the documentary here :