GLOBAL AFRICAN BRAND AND REPUTATION
ARCHITECT, ADVISOR AND AUTHOR


“Your [EY Strategic Growth Forum Africa] presentation was the highlight of the conference,”
 Ali Mohamed, Head of Africa - Qatar Financial Centre

“Your presentation was the highlight of the retreat. It was not only inspiring but gave my team practical examples that each person could relate to,”
 Leah Banda - Group Head Marketing and Communications, ABC Bank Holdings Limited

“Fantastic presentation and
charismatic delivery”
 Arnaud Piorkowski - General Manager Duty Free Middle East,
Africa and Indian Sub-continent,
Philip Morris International


“Your work is a rich source of inspiration for young people in Angola, Brazil and elsewhere in the world,”
 Celso Salles, Educasat - Brasil


“Thank you for such an inspiring, informative and entertaining speech...thoroughly enjoyable,”
 Crispin Reed - Managing Director Brandhouse United Kingdom


“One of the big names in our marketing and advertising industry”
 Craig Canavan, Property Magazine


“One of the country´s foremost thinkers on brands”
Siphiwe Mpye, Editor, Blink


“South Africa´s Mr. Brand”
 Mail & Guardian


“Delightfully unpretentious, understated glamour and
matching charm"
 Fairlady


“He´s led the brand (NIKE)
into pole position”
 Michelle Constant, GQ


“Stylish, bright and witty”
 Marika Sboros, Star


“One of South Africa’s most reputable marketers”
 Top Billing

“Thank you for arranging such brilliant guest speakers... I really thought that anyone following Geoff would struggle to meet the bar he set, but Thebe took it to the next level”
 Kade Krause, Kite Logistics

“Thanks for the opportunity to witness and listen to one of the most dynamic and inspiring guest lecturers I have ever heard. Thebe Ikalafeng - has truly left a mark in my life. His guidance and comments made me think clearly about my personal branding”
 Anusha Govindsamy, Regional Sales Manager Commercial Fuels, Masana Petroleum Solutions


“For the ongoing value you continue to add to SA and the continent, I salute you”
 Joanna Ndebele, Ubank

“I have just listened to your presentation at Knowledge Resources Brand Conference. I enjoyed it for the content and
your brilliant presentation skills,”
 Gabriela Salinas, author, "International Brand Valuation Manual" and Global Brand Manager, Delloite (Madrid, Spain)

Organizations and Initiatives Associated with Ikalafeng
as a Founder, Partner, Director or Trustee

Brand Leadership Group WWF South Africa
Brand Africa Car Track Holdings
Public Sector Excellence South African Tourism
South African Tourism
Brand Finance Africa Mercantile Bank Holdings
 
Biography

Thebe Ikalafeng is arguably the foremost global African brand and reputation architect, advisor and author.

Named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African Magazine, he has summited Mount Kilimanjaro and been to over 70 countries across Africa and the world.

He is the founder of the award-winning African brand and reputation advisory firm, Brand Leadership Group, and has worked on over 100 diverse brands across Africa gaining an incomparable perspective and experience on building brands and reputations in Africa, including Brand Ghana and Brand South Africa, Transnet in South Africa, University of South Africa and University of Botswana, Zanaco Bank in Zambia, Mail&Guardian Africa in Kenya, the Africa Green Revolution Forum in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya, Bank Populaire du Rwanda, and several successful political branding and campaigns for, among others, the late President Atta Mills and President John Mahama of Ghana in 2008 and 2012 respectively, and the Congo Brazzaville Referendum in 2015. Brand Leadership has been recognized as Fin Week “Marketing Services Agency of the Year, 2008” and in 2015 was inducted into the Rebrand Hall of Fame for Excellence in Branding.

In a distinguished corporate career which started in brand management in Colgate Palmolive in New York and concluded as chief marketing officer for NIKE for Africa and in consulting, he has won over 75 awards globally in marketing and branding.

Ikalafeng is non-executive director of Mercantile Bank Holdings (a subsidiary of Caixa CGD, the Portuguese state-owned banking corporation and the second largest bank in Portugal), Car Track Holdings, (JSE listed vehicle tracking and fleet management company operating in 20 countries in Africa, Europe Asia and the USA) and WWF South Africa (WorldWideFund for Nature). He is deputy chairman of South African Tourism and chairman of Brand Finance Africa. He is a member of the Henley Africa Business School and IC Publications (publisher of African Business, New African and African Banker) advisory boards. He is a former non–executive director of Foodcorp Holdings and a former Trustee of Brand South Africa. He is Founder and Chairman of Brand Africa, and founder of Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands and Public Sector Excellence.

He has served on all notable industry bodies, including a 5-year tenure as chairman of the prestigious Loeries advertising awards in South Africa, and as non-executive director of Marketing Federation of Southern Africa and the Direct Marketing Association of South Africa, and vice-chairman of the Brand Council of Southern Africa, and judged leading industry awards locally and globally, including the Loeries locally and the acclaimed global design award, Red Dot, in Germany. He is founder of the Africa Network of independent Africa-focused marketing, media & branding agencies across Africa.

Widely recognized across Africa, Ikalafeng is co-host of the CNBC Africa Marketing, Media and Money Show and has addressed diverse audiences in most of the leading African and global capitals, and has been featured in global and Africa media such as CNN, BBC, CNBC Africa, FT, African Business and New African.

Born in South Africa, Ikalafeng holds BSc and MBA degrees from Marquette University in the USA, completed executive education at Wits Business School in South Africa and Harvard Business School and is a qualified Chartered Marketer (SA).

He writes, speaks and advices on branding, reputation, sustainability and related matters globally focused on Africa.

Ikalafeng 09/2016

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