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Jabu joined the Concordia Leadership Council in 2015, bringing with him over 35 years of private sector expertise. He played an integral role in shaping Concordia’s overall development and growing the Africa Initiative, for which his contributions and long-term focus were unmatched. Jabu leaves an indelible mark on countless youth and entrepreneurs, as well as South Africa’s business community. 

“Jabu had a profound impact on me as a social entrepreneur during my time in South Africa,” remarks internationally-recognized champion for women and girls, and trusted advisor to Concordia’s Africa Initiative, Vivian Onano. “He was so supportive of my achievements and celebrated every aspect of my budding professional career. I will forever be grateful for his unwavering commitment to young people and for how much he believed in me. The international community has lost a visionary leader and I stand with Concordia in celebrating his life and accomplishments for years to come.”  

“We are deeply saddened by this news, and our heart goes out to Jabu’s family,” commented Concordia’s Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Nicholas Logothetis. “Jabu worked tirelessly to empower black entrepreneurs across South Africa, and his legacy will never be forgotten. We’re so grateful for all that he did for Concordia.” 

Matthew Swift, Concordia’s Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, commented: “I’m humbled to have worked so closely with Jabu over the past six years. Not only did Jabu share his wisdom and insight numerous times on the Concordia Summit stage, but he was a driving force behind the scenes, as well. We’re so fortunate to have known him and I’m confident he will set an example for many for years to come.”

Concordia extends its heartfelt condolences to Jabu’s wife and children during this very difficult time.