Herman Mashaba is South African, born in 1959 in apartheid South Africa. Herman Mashaba's academic dreams were shattered when his university was shut down due to political unrests. He subsequently started his business career selling hair products on a commission basis in Johannesburg. In 1985 he started to start his own hair care manufacturing business named "Black Like Me", becoming one of the first successful black entrepreneurs of that era. Herman has recently launched his autobiography, "Black Like You".
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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In fiscal year 2016, our long-term investment commitments totaled about $18.8 billion, including $7.7 billion mobilized from investment partners. IFC’s investments in fragile and conflict-affected areas climbed to nearly $1 billion, an increase of more than 50 percent over the previous year.