Hardy attended Queen Mary College, University of London and graduated with a B.Eng in Computer Engineering in 1991. He has also attended Edinburgh Business School.
For two years after graduating from university, Hardy worked in IT consulting in eastern and southern Africa. In 1993, he started a career in banking and worked for one of Africa’s leading development finance institutions operating in 23 Sub Saharan African countries where he left in 2002 having served in various senior executive positions including as Chief Operating Officer.
In 2004, Hardy and his wife founded an investment management business in East Africa in which they still hold a minority interest.
In 2016, Hardy joined Econet, a privately held Pan African technology group where he is the Group CEO. Econet employs almost 6,000 people directly and has over 60,000 agents and operations in 23 African countries. Econet’s companies operate in fiber broadband, mobile telecoms, data centers, fintech, digital platforms and solar renewable energy.
Hardy has been married to Consolata for 25 years and together they have a daughter, and three sons. They live in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Hardy’s passion is mentoring young people and influencing other business leaders to become disciples of Jesus Christ. He enjoys swimming, reading and motivational speaking.