Alan Knott-Craig is a successful entrepreneur and best-selling author. In 2013 he founded Project Isizwe, an NGO rolling out free WiFi in poor communities across South Africa, and in 2014 he founded Hero Telecoms, a national broadband provider.
Originally from Pretoria, he studied at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formerly UPE), qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002, and has subsequently invested or funded 27 companies in the tech, media and telecoms industry.
Alan was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. He was also included in “100 Choiseul Africa”, a list of top 100 young African business leaders in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
He has been nominated by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top eleven entrepreneurs changing the African landscape.
Alan has published eight books since 2008, including a national bestseller, Don’t Panic, and a global history of telecommunications. He is infamous for authoring four viral articles about why South Africa’s future is bright.
Speech for Net Prophet 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZG-qb3vRaE