Daniel David (media entrepreneur)

Daniel David (15 February 1966[1]) was born in Maputo, Mozambique. He is a CEO & Chairman of DHD Holding and SOICO Group. And he is one of the main voices of the region advocating for sustainable development, economic growth, innovation and the use of technology for the digital transformation of Africa.

Daniel David
Born (1966-02-15) 15 February 1966 (age 58)
Maputo, Mozambique
OccupationCEO of SOICO Group
EducationDegree in Business Administration and Management
Notable awardsCommander of the Order of Merit of Portugal (President of the Portuguese Republic)

Biography edit

Daniel David was born in the Moamba district of Maputo province.[1] He began by working as a Physical Education teacher, but then he was seduced by South Africa's gold mines, like many other young people of his age, and left Mozambique. He work there as a miner for 18 months[2] and latter returned to Mozambique.

He attended the Management course at UNISA RSA University (Advanced Executive Program), and holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from the Polytechnic University (formerly ISPU).[1]

Business career edit

He joined the Television of Mozambique (TVM) as an administrative in 1989. After that, he was the Director of Training and Cooperation; Commercial Director and Marketing and later, appointed member of the Board of Directors of TVM. In 2000, when he was 34 years old, he founded Independent Communication Society (SOICO, Ltd),[3] the first private media group in Mozambique to hold a television channel (Stv, 2002), a radio station (Sfm, 2004), a daily newspaper (O País, 2005)[4] and the international cable news channel STV Notícias (2014).

International career edit

He has had a long professional career, nationally and internationally. Throughout his career, Daniel David had a continental projection in the area of Social Communication. In 1998, was elected Vice-President of URTNA (African Union of Broadcasting) and he had special appearances in United Nations Forum on TV and Radio – New York; Common Wealth Broadcast Convention – Cape Town; SABA – Southern African Broadcast Association.[5]

In September 2009, he was the only Mozambican invited to be a member of the "Clinton Global Inniciative" meeting, the year after his biography appeared in the book "Africa Greatest Entrepreneurs", published by Moky Makura.[2] In 2010, he participated of the Gala International Emmy Awards in New York.[6] Four years later, in 2014 he was President of the Mozambique-Portugal Chamber of Commerce.[7]

Implication in the development of Mozambique edit

Mozambican Economic and Social Forum - MOZEFO edit

In 2014 he launched the Mozambican Economic and Social Forum - MOZEFO, inaugurating a space of intersectoral and inter-generational dialogue that did not exist in the country until then.[8] The second edition of the Forum was held in 2017.[9] The MOZEFO's mission is to contribute to the accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth of Mozambique, bringing together the private sector, public sector and civil society in a debate platform aimed at identifying challenges and proposing solutions for a more humanized growth.[10]

MozTech edit

In 2014 he created MozTech, currently Mozambique's largest technology fair, a space for debate, interaction and exchange of experiences between different sectors of society with the aim of putting technology at the service of the country's development.[8] In 2018, MozTech held its fifth edition, focused on the importance of digitalization.[11]

100 Best SME Award edit

He also created the 100 Best SME Award, which since 2012 rewards the best performing small and medium-sized companies in the Mozambican market.[12][8]

Awards and honours edit

In 2007, he received the honorary award "Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award", awarded by Ernst & Young.[13] He has been recognized as well with various national and international acknowledgments, such as the distinction by the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac in 2007,[14] at the Afrique Avenir Forum[15] and the rank of Commander of the Order of Merit awarded by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in 2016.[16]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Curtas notas biográficas de Daniel David". O Jornal (in Portuguese). 7 October 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Makura, Moky (2008). Africa's Greatest Entrepreneurs. South Africa: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-302736-2.
  3. ^ Lusa (27 July 2017). "Grupo privado de comunicação moçambicano Soico vai ser reestruturado". Diário de Noticias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  4. ^ Abreu, Filomena (4 May 2015). "DANIEL DAVID. "I still have much to do for Mozambique"". Villas & Golfe. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Daniel David". World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  6. ^ "The International Emmy Almanac - Winners Edition 2010 - 2011". ISSUU. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  7. ^ City Press (7 September 2014). "How to Spread it – Daniel David: Helping others to take the first step". News 24. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Biography". Daniel David (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  9. ^ Silva, Barbara (18 November 2017). "Mozefo. Moçambique quer aprender com os sucessos internacionais". Dinheiro Vivo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  10. ^ "MOZEFO: "Moçambique pode supreender o mundo pelas suas valências"". AICEP - Associação Internacional das Comunicações de Expressão Portuguesa. 13 February 2015.
  11. ^ Alberto, Ilídia (9 May 2018). "A digitalização é parte integrante do modo de estar e de fazer negócios". O Pais (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Objectivo". www.100melhorespme.co.mz. Archived from the original on 26 February 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Notícias / News" (PDF). LAM - A companhia Moçambicana. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  14. ^ Associated Press (15 February 2007). "Africa - not just a place of 'doom and gloom'". NBC News. Cannes (France). Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Daniel David". Thinking Heads. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  16. ^ Presidency of the Portuguese Republic (26 April 2016). "Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 March 2019.

External links edit

  1. Daniel David. Official website. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  2. Mozambique: Media and Telecoms Landscape Guide (July 2012). Archived 28 January 2021 at the Wayback Machine (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 March 2019.