Dr Iqbal Surve

Dr Iqbal Survé

Executive Chairman

Dr Survé is a Physician, Entrepreneur and an ardent Philanthropist, born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa.

He was affectionately known as the “Struggle Doctor” because of his provision of medical care towards victims of apartheid brutality, including some of those imprisoned on the infamous Robben Island.

Dr Survé had both a personal and/or a professional relationship with many former Island prisoners including Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni and Govan Mbeki on their release from Robben Island.

After leaving medicine in 1997 he founded The Sekunjalo Group, which is today wholly owned by the Survé family. Dr Survé serves as the Executive Chairman of The Sekunjalo Group, headquartered in Cape Town.

The story of Africa’s rising is an important narrative that the Survé family and Sekunjalo have committed to by investing in media on the African continent. Dr Survé is the chairman of one of Africa’s largest print and online media groups, Independent Media, which has 24 major newspaper titles with 10 million readers daily, including the only pan African newspaper, The African Independent.

In 2015, Sekunjalo founded Africa’s first global news, text, picture, video content syndication service, the African News Agency (ANA), which currently distributes African content across the world and reaches in excess of a billion viewers/readers daily with its platforms. Sekunjalo, as part of its tech- media investments portfolio has acquired a majority shareholding in one of Africa’s fastest growing e commerce companies, Loot.

Dr Survé serves on a number of multi-lateral institutions and global organisations, and is a regular key note speaker at international conferences and gatherings.

He is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), and a founding member of the BRICS Business Council.

He is a regular at the World Economic Forum Davos participant and served as the first chairman of the Global Growth Companies (GGC) Advisory Board, and Vice -Chairman of the Global Agenda Council (GAC) for Emerging Multinationals. In 2017 he was appointed Chairman of the South African chapter of the BRICS Business Council.

In 2017 Dr Survé was appointed to the Forum Member Adviser’s board of the World Economic Forum, and a board member of the Stewardship Council for the Entertainment and Systems initiative – one of the most prestigious System Initiative boards for the World Economic Forum.

He is a participant member of the G20 meeting and serves on B20 Task Teams as well as the UNGA private sector forum

Dr Survé is:

  • An alumnus of the HRH Prince of Wales Business and Environment Programme
  • A Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative (Ali)
  • A patron of the South Africa -Italy Summit
  • Co-chairman of the South Africa- Saudi Arabia Business Council (SASABC)
  • A patron of the Munich based GISSAID
  • A patron of the Swedish based World Children Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC)
  • A founder member of the Siemens Global Sustainability Advisory Board
  • A member of the YPO Gold Cape Town chapter
  • Honoured twice with the Directors award for his contribution to tertiary education by the University of Cape Town (UCT), Graduate School of Business
  • He is Finland’s Honourary Consul in Cape Town

Dr Survé is an alumnus of the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Graduate School of Business (GSB), the American College of Sports medicine (ACSM) and Harvard University, with degrees in medicine, science and business.