Simbarashe is 34 years old and the Founder and Managing Director of Oxygen Africa, a Zimbabwean renewable energy development company. Simba is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe Limited, a member of the Standard Bank Group, the leading banking and financial services group in Africa and largest in terms of assets. He is also member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Entrepreneurship for the 2018 – 2019 and the Shared Value Africa Initiative’s Africa Council of 8. Simba has been awarded the prestigious Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship by the African Leadership Institute & the Oxford University’s Said Business School.
Simba has also played an advisory role as part of expert working groups on renewable energy, innovation, entrepreneurship and SME development for Pan African projects run by the African Union Commission, European Union and World Health Organisation Africa Region. Simba is also a Member of the Board of Directors & Chairman of the Transformation and Strategy Committee for the Institute of Directors Zimbabwe an affiliate of the Institute of Directors UK founded 1903 & granted a Royal Charter in 1906.
In both 2018 & 2016 Simba has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of Africa’s 30 most promising & inspirational young entrepreneurs in Africa. Simba has also been recognised by the Africa Youth Awards as one of 100 most Influential Young Africans of the year. Afk Insider magazine named him among 12 Most Promising African Entrepreneurs of 2016 whilst in 2017 Africa.com named him among 40 Africans Under 40 – Making It In Africa. Africa Innovation Summit listed Simba’s project as one of the Top 50 Innovations in Africa for 2018. In October of 2018 the Institut Choiseul of France named Simba as one of Africa’s 200 economic leaders of tomorrow. The Zimbabwe chapter of the Junior Chamber International named Simba as one of the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Zimbabwe.
All Africa Business Leadership Awards by CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa nominated Simba for innovator of the year and young businessman of the year. Simba was also named in the Destiny Man Power of 40 2018 Report which chronicles the most dynamic young men in the subcontinent and the young independents Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) top 100 trailblazers for 2018. The Foremag Top 10 African Men Under 40 Making a Difference in Africa 2019.
Most Influential People of African Descent under 40 (MIPAD 100), a global civil society initiative whose efforts are in recognition of the UN-backed International Decade for People of African Descent, named Simba among its 2017 honourees for business and entrepreneurship inside Africa. Medium.com listed Simba among 100 game changers for inspiration on how you can hack entrepreneurship and growth in its 100 Must-Follow Black Entrepreneurs, Influencers & Speakers list of 2017.
Oxygen has received support from the Ministry of Energy & Power Development, National Project & Prescribed Asset Status from The Ministry of Finance & Economic Development and a Climate Action Endorsement from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate for driving and championing the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: (13), (7), (11) and (12).
Oxygen has also received a letter of recognition from the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat’s Momentum for Change Initiative. Momentum for Change is an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the globe that are moving the world toward a highly resilient, low-carbon future.