Alan Knott-Craig

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About Alan Knott-Craig

Alan Knott-Craig is an entrepreneur, author, and founder of Isizwe, an organisation focused on bringing affordable internet to low-income communities.

Originally from Pretoria, Alan studied at Nelson Mandela University (formerly UPE) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in 2002.

In 2003 he founded Cellfind, one of South Africa’s first mobile location-based service providers, and served as CEO until 2005. In 2006 he was appointed as CEO of iBurst and built one of South African’s largest wireless broadband networks. In 2010, he founded and became CEO of World of Avatar, an investment house for apps for Africa and later became CEO of Mxit after acquiring the company in 2011. At the time, Mxit was Africa’s biggest social network.

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Between 2003 and 2021 Alan co-founded and/or funded 27 companies in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector in Africa, including iFind34600, Toodu, Pondering Panda, Inqaku, Tribage, AvoChoc and Hero Telecoms.

He has published nine books since 2008, including a national bestseller, Don’t Panic, and a global history of telecommunications.

Alan was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. He was included in “100 Choiseul Africa", a list of top 100 young African business leaders in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and nominated as the 2015 ICT Personality of the Year by ITWeb.

He has been nominated by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top eleven entrepreneurs changing the African landscape.

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