2014 Speakers

Adrian Gore

Businessman, Innovator

Adrian Gore is the founder and chief executive officer of Discovery, South Africa’s largest private health care provider and the fastest growing diversified financial services group in the country. Under his leadership, Discovery has expanded its reach and business offering and, in addition to its head office in South Africa, has operations in the United Kingdom, United States and Asia. Discovery generates total income flows in excess of R50 billion and has over 8 000 staff globally serving almost six million customers worldwide.

Gore launched Discovery in 1992, with the core purpose of making people healthier and enhancing their lives. Since that time, he has transformed the company into a master of business reinvention, consistently entering new and diverse markets. His thought leadership in developing the Discovery business model has received international recognition and has been featured in articles from The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and The New York Times.

Gore is a passionate entrepreneur who helps other aspiring entrepreneurs through his Chairmanship of Endeavor South Africa, a global non-profit organisation that identifies and supports innovative, high-growth entrepreneurs in emerging markets. High-impact entrepreneurs are defined as those transforming their industries, their communities and their countries through business.

Discovery works proactively with government agencies, non-profit organisations and think tanks to share its product learnings in a social context, which helps improve public healthcare systems.

Gore currently participates as a delegate of the World Economic Forum and in 2009 was appointed to the World Economic Forum Global Health Advisory Board, which is committed to improving global healthcare.

In 2011, he was appointed to the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Advisory Board, whose mandate is to enhance care for the world’s most vulnerable populations, as well as to educate and prepare the next generation of health leaders and educators. He also currently sits on the Mailman School of Public Health Board of Overseers (Columbia University), an organisation committed to helping overcome today’s pressing public health issues, and translating research results into action.

Gore graduated from Wits University in 1986 with a BSc (Honours) in Actuarial Science. He is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (Edinburgh), an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (Chicago), and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

In 2004, Gore was chosen as South Africa’s leading CEO in the annual MoneyWeb CEO’s CEO of the Year Awards. In 2008, he received the Investec Award for Considerable Contribution in a Career/Profession, and two years later, was named as Business Leader of the Year by the Sunday Times.

In addition to holding several directorships locally and internationally, Gore is a mentor to young professionals through The World Economic Forum’s Fellows Global Leadership Programme, the Young Presidents’ Organisation, and the World Presidents’ Organisation where he aims to inspire a new generation of leaders that will carry the mantle of innovation and persist with a pioneering spirit to create better businesses and better societies.