Daniel David

Daniel David

CEO of SOICO Group and Founder of MOZEFO


English, Portuguese


Specific topics

Desarrollo sostenibleInnovationMass MediaMedios de comunicacióninnovationsustainable energy development

Daniel David (Mozambique, 1966) is a prominent media businessman in Mozambique and the Lusophone Africa and one of the main voices of the region advocating from the private sector in favour of sustainable development, economic growth, innovation, use of technology and digital transformation. He is the executive director of DHD - Consulting & Holding, Limited, a holding company with investments in media, information technology and real estate.

Considered one of Africa's top 15 entrepreneurs (Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 - Ernst & Young), Daniel David became one of the most influential men in Mozambique in 2000 after creating the Independent Society of Communication (SOICO). With a television channel (STV), a radio (SFM), a newspaper (O País), online platforms and a series of international conferences in its portfolio, SOICO has consolidated as the leading private media group in Mozambique.

In 2014 he launched the Mozambican Economic and Social Forum - MOZEFO, inaugurating a space of intersectoral and inter-generational dialogue that did not exist in the country until then. Through MOZEFO, Daniel David assumed the mission of contributing to accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth for Mozambique, bringing together the private sector, public sector and civil society in a debate platform aimed at identifying challenges and proposing solutions for a more humanized growth.

An influential figure within the Mozambican business community, Daniel David is also president of the Chamber of Commerce Mozambique – Portugal. In 1998, he was elected vice-president of URTNA (Union of Radio and Television in Africa) and had special appearances at the United Nations Forum on TV and Radio in New York, at the Common Wealth Broadcast Convention in Cape Town and at the SABA - South African Broadcast Association.

His business career has been recognized with various national and international acknowledgments, such as the distinction by the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac, at the Afrique Avenir Forum, and the rank of Commander of the Order of Merit awarded by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in 2016.

Topics of his conferences

Business and development
The role of the private sector in the promotion of sustainable development
The importance of spaces for debate among actors
The experience of Mozambique and MOZEFO

Entrepreneurship as a driver of change
Entrepreneurship culture
Entrepreneurship as a factor of social inclusion
Young people, leadership and entrepreneurship

Present and future of Africa
The current scenario faced by Mozambique and Africa
Challenges and opportunities
Why invest in Mozambique?

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