At 33 years old, Simbarashe is the Founder and Managing Director of Oxygen Africa, a Zimbabwean renewable energy development company focused on commercial and industrial rooftop solar photovoltaic projects. As one of Africa’s most prominent young up-and-coming entrepreneurs, he has first-hand knowledge of the challenges that face entrepreneurs – including social entrepreneurs – on the continent. He has dedicated his career to powering Africa through new green technologies, with the emphasis on the creation and implementation of African solutions by Africans.
Simba is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Entrepreneurship for 2018-19. He was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa in both 2016 and 2018, and was recognised by the Africa Youth Awards as one of the 2016 100 Most Influential Young Africans. Afk Insider magazine named him among 12 Most Promising African Entrepreneurs of 2016, while in 2017 Africa.com named him among 40 Africans Under 40 – Making It in Africa. Africa Innovation Summit listed Simba’s project as one of the Top 50 Innovations in Africa for 2018. In October of 2018, the Institut Choiseul of France named him as one of Africa’s 200 Economic Leaders for Tomorrow. The Zimbabwe chapter of the Junior Chamber International named Simba as one of the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Zimbabwe.
Oxygen has received support from the Ministry of Energy & Power Development, National Project Status from the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development and a Climate Action Endorsement from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate for driving and championing the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Climate Action (13), Affordable & Clean Energy (7), Decent Work & Economic Growth, Sustainable Cities & Communities (11) and Responsible Consumption & Production (12). Oxygen has also received a letter of recognition from the United Nations Climate Secretariat.