The annual honour recognises up to 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.
Herlihy’s role in helping to bring high-speed Internet access to more of Africa’s people, through the SEACOM high-capacity submarine cable system, earned him a place on the list.
He is the founder of SEACOM, and was the chief executive officer of the company at launch – and now focuses on strategic projects essential for SEACOM’s continued growth and success.
SEACOM’s official launch in July 2009, marked the beginning of positive changes in numerous African countries via the spread of access to wholesale broadband Internet. Over 17,000km of undersea fibre optic cable was laid, connecting Africa to the rest of the world via India and Europe.