Ivor Ichikowitz is a South African-born industrialist, social entrepreneur, and philanthropist (he is the founder of the Ichikowitz Family Foundation through which he carries forward a long family tradition of innovation, entrepreneurship and community engagement).
He began his career during South Africa’s political transition in the early 1990s, working to support Nelson Mandela’s programme of democratisation, national reconciliation, economic and industrial normalisation and integration into the African Continent and the global
economy. For more than two decades he has built a number of successful businesses on four continents in energy, aviation, mining, retail, tourism, ICT, media and marketing, aerospace and technology, manufacturing and, via his Family Foundation, he has invested in environmental and wildlife conservation, education initiatives, responsible citizenship, and charitable activities.
Ivor is the Chairman of TransAfrica Capital (Pty) Ltd, a leading private equity group which actively funds scientific research and development projects in a bid to find innovative solutions for the continent, while incubating new businesses and reinvigorating legacy operations as well as developing infrastructure on the continent. In keeping with his diversified business portfolio, Ichikowitz has interests in mining,
renewable energy and mid-stream oil projects in various countries across Africa. He has also invested in creating a green economy in West Africa which includes eco-tourism, sustainable forestry, and agri-business.
Ivor is the Group Chairman of Paramount Group, the global aerospace and technology group, which is also the largest privately-owned business of its kind in Africa, and arguably the Southern Hemisphere. The company employs several thousand people across 15 business units operating within the land, sea and air sectors. Through its unique portable manufacturing model, Paramount has helped industrialise client countries, providing new jobs and laying the foundations for sustainable indigenous and high-tech manufacturing sectors notably in South East Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and soon several African countries, too. The company is a trusted partner of more than 30 sovereign governments around the world.
He has a diversified real estate portfolio; prime residential, office and retail developments in South Africa, Europe and Australia, as well as numerous private equity investments across energy, media, banking, forestry, viticulture and art. He also owns Molori Safari Lodge, dubbed the Camp David of Africa because of its popularity among statesmen and A-list celebrities alike.
His passion for development and technology has meant that his companies have become leaders in the development and application of fourth industrial revolution technologies in digital design, digital prototyping, 3D printing and robotics. Ichikowitz has also made strategic investments into the development of wireless web access products and services, as well as the development of a uniquely African search engine.