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TEDxBRISTOL 2011 - TONY BURY - THE MOWGLI FOUNDATION

TEDxBristol 2011 took place on Thursday 8th September 2011, at the MSHED Museum, in Bristol, South West England. Find more of our talks, the videos, the audio and the TEDxBristol experience, online at: http://www.tedxbristol.com About the speaker: Philanthropist and serial entrepreneur Tony Bury grew up in an area which borders some of Southern Africa's most beautiful National Parks. As a result, Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, the story of Mowgli and the lessons he learnt from his animal mentors, has stayed with him throughout his life. He has spent the past three decades founding and running start up companies across the world. These include amongst others AK Group (Qatar), AK Trading (Qatar), Nefco (Qatar), Kestrel (Australia), Tomotechnology (Canada), Contax (UAE) and its various related businesses. Finding himself deeply moved by an encounter with the author CK Prahalad in 2005, Tony vowed to use his entrepreneurial flair to 'give something back.' Prahalad's book, 'The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid', challenges companies to revolutionize the way they do business in developing countries and advises on how to harness entrepreneurial potential. With a grandfather who was a consulting engineer on the first iron and steel plants in India, South Africa and Canada, Tony believes that giving communities, especially in developing countries, the tools and know-how to unlock their potential is paramount to the development of a family unit, society and ultimately an economy. Remembering his Zimbabwean roots, the Mowgli story and the mentors who have shaped his life and enabled him to grow as a businessman and an individual, Tony was inspired and founded The Mowgli Foundation in 2008. The Mowgli Foundation invests in mentors and entrepreneurs to make a difference. About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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