Harold Pupkewitz Profile

Harold Pupkewitz
Born:   July 14, 1915; Vilnius, Lithuania
Died:   April 27, 2012 (aged 96); Windhoek, Namibia
Occupation:  Entrepreneur
Years active: 1937–2012

 On July 14th 2010, his 95th birthday, Harold Pupkewitz, formally opened the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business at the Namibia University of Science and Technology – an outstanding gift to the nation by a leader who has earned unanimous local and international recognition as one of Namibia’s outstanding citizens. After matriculating in Windhoek in 1932 Harold  read for his B.Com at the University of Cape Town  graduating with distinction in 1936 and joining the family business a year later. The Pupkewitz Group provides true  “university of life” education and training opportunities to all its staff and has launched many of Namibia’s successful entrepreneurs over the years.

Harold Pupkewitz  was a testimony to Juvenal’s dictum  “A healthy mind in a healthy body” inculcated by his Headmaster at  Windhoek High School, Mr J C Anderson. Over the years Harold Pupkewitz participated in athletics, swimming, rugby and  wrestling as well as  training and riding his own race horses. The Pupkewitz Foundation actively supports and promotes sports development amongst young Namibians.

 He was an active member of civic society, by serving the business community in numerous representative roles for which many  honours have been bestowed on him, including 50 years service to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1987) and  laureate of the Namibia Business Hall of Fame (2004).  Harold Pupkewitz has represented Namibian businesses at the highest national and international levels and delivered many public addresses earning him a well deserved reputation as a fearless advocate of ethical business and the advantages of the free-enterprise system.  Above all, an abiding respect for all people and the development of human potential as the true source of a country’s wealth, have been guiding principles of Harold Pupkewitz, leading to his significant support for Namibia’s vocational training and education system, active participation in the ETSIP education upgrade initiative and major support for the establishment of the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business.