Patrick E. Ngowi

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Patrick Ngowi
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Born (1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 35)
OccupationChairman & CEO HELVETIC GROUP
OrganizationLight for Life Foundation
Awards2016 100 Most Influential Young Africans (Africa Youth Awards), East Africa Young Business Leader of the Year Award 2014 (AABLA)[1]

Top 100 Young Economic Leaders 2014 - Choiseul Institute, Paris, France.[2][3]

Top 100 Most Influential Africans 2013-2014[4]

Patrick E. Ngowi is a Tanzanian businessperson and public commentator.[5] He is the Founder and Chairperson of Helvetic Group, a company specializing in the sale and installation of photovoltaic systems.[6]


Ngowi started his first business at age 14 when he started selling top-up vouchers for mobile phones in high school.[7] After graduating, Ngowi travelled between Asia and Tanzania and brought back trendy and cheap phones, and began buying inexpensive phones from low-cost manufacturers and selling them in the Tanzanian market.[7] He enrolled at Denzhou University in China, studying renewable energy.[7]

Patrick Ngowi founded Helvetic Solar in 2007 to provide and install solar equipment in Tanzania and the United States.[8] The company was awarded KPMG's Top 100 Mid Sized Companies in Tanzania Award in 2012.[7] The firm has since evolved into a business group, if which he is the CEO of Helvetica Group.[citation needed]


Forbes included Ngowi in its list of 30 under 30 Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs [9] and Forbes list of Young African Millionaires to Watch in 2013.[10] He was again listed in the 2014 list of Africa's Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs through Helvetic Group.[11] He was also named as East Africa's Young Business Leader of the Year 2014 by Forbes and CNBC.[12]

Ngowi has had multiple speaking roles at international events[13][14][15][16] and in 2015 was elected as Chairman of the United Nations Global Compact in Tanzania.[17][better source needed] A year later, it was announced that Ngowi was one of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) Global Pioneers.[18]


Ngowi is the founder of the Light for Life Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise of which focuses on providing free solar and small wind power systems for youth and women in rural and off-grid parts of Tanzania.[19]


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  2. ^ "Choiseul 100 Africa: Economic Leaders for Tomorrow - Institut Choiseul". 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  3. ^ "Home". 2014-10-01. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  4. ^ "New African Magazine 100 Most Influential Africans - Business". Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  5. ^ "The Africa We Want | Patrick E. Ngowi". Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  6. ^ "Home". 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  7. ^ a b c d Nsehe, Mfonobong. "The Young African Millionaire Lighting Up Tanzania". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  8. ^ "Meet Tanzanians Solar Entrepreneur Patrick Ngowi – Sun-Connect East Africa News". Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  9. ^ "30 Under 30: Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs". Forbes. 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  10. ^ "Ten Young African Millionaires To Watch In 2013". Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  11. ^ "30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2014". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  12. ^ "CNBC International – World Business News Leader". Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  13. ^ "World Bank Group". Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  14. ^ "International Monetary Fund Home Page". IMF. Archived from the original on October 1, 2006. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  15. ^ "How I Started My Business(es) — 2015 Africa Business Conference at Harvard Business School". 2015-02-05. Archived from the original on 2015-04-24. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  16. ^ "African Development Bank - Building today, a better Africa tomorrow". Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  17. ^ "Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez at the Launch of the Global Compact Local Networks Tanzania". UNDP. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  18. ^ Hub, IISD's SDG Knowledge. "UN Global Compact Summit Calls for Business Leadership on SDGs | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD". Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  19. ^ "Patrick Ngowi: Self-made Tanzanian millionaire". TRUE Africa. 2015-11-14. Retrieved 2019-12-09.