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Pieter de Villiers

Group CEO of Clickatell

Pieter is the Group CEO of Clickatell, which he started 18 years ago with three fellow South Africans and has built up into a multi-million dollar company operating across multiple continents. A Silicon Valley experienced entrepreneur and angel investor, Pieter has a passion for mobile technology and the empowerment it leads to. He is one of the youngest mobile industry veterans in global telecoms, mobile messaging, and mobile payments. He is also the first South African to be backed by top-tier Silicon Valley VC firm Sequoia Capital. Since its launch, Clickatell boasts one of the largest messaging-as-a-service footprints globally as well as one of the fastest growing mobile payment networks, serving thousands of businesses across over 220 countries and territories. Many industry organisations have recognised Pieter for his leadership and achievement in the mobile industry, including Global Technology Business who named him as one of the "top 40 under 40" executives who will likely "run the telecoms industry in 2020." Other awards include Industry Personality of the Year, and in 2012, the San Jose Business Journal awarded him with the Social Economic Impact Award. He is an active participant in socially responsible initiatives such as SiMODiSA.org, working on enabling entrepreneurship in South Africa and Africa.

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