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Gustav Praekelt

Founder, Praekelt Foundation

Biography

Gustav Praekelt is the founder and chairman of the Africa-based Praekelt Group - a leader in the use of open source mobile technologies to deliver essential information and inclusive services to millions of people around the world, especially in Africa.

In 2003, he founded Praekelt Consulting, a for-profit helping clients to deliver content and information to any handset across the African continent. Praekelt Consulting has been responsible for many seminal launches in the African digital arena including the launch of mobile television, the first use of Social Impact Please Call Me technology, and the integrated use of mobile internet across the Sub-Saharan region.

His belief in the power of mobile phones to transform lives inspired him to establish the Praekelt.org in 2006 - A social enterprise that develops scalable mobile solutions for social good, whose programmes have reached over 100 million people across 30 countries in Africa.

In 2013 Gustav founded JoziHub , a technology startup launchpad and co-creation space in the heart of Johannesburg dedicated to creating sustainable change in Africa.

Regional Focus

West and Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa