Ivor Ichikowitz is Executive Chairman of the Paramount Group, which, since he founded it in 1994, has established itself not simply as Africa’s largest independently owned defence and aerospace business, but as a technology asset to the entire Continent. Paramount Group specialises in supporting and equipping peace-keeping missions around the world, placing the highest priority on the protection of the lives of international peacekeepers through the provision of the state-of-the-art equipment. Paramount Group has developed a stable of ground breaking mine- and IED-resistant armoured vehicles, leading the world in pioneering and successfully deploying this vital military technology. The Group is also active in the maritime defence sector, correctional services, support, training, logistics and maintenance and has established a global reach through joint ventures and shared production initiatives in the Middle East, Azerbaijan, India and Africa.