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

Founder and CEO – Brand Leadership Group
Founder and Chairman – Brand Africa

Thebe Ikalafeng is arguably the foremost global African branding authority. In a distinguished corporate career which started at Colgate Palmolive in New York and concluded as chief marketing officer for NIKE for Africa, he won over 75 awards in branding and marketing communication globally. He is the founder of the award-winning Brand Leadership Group and has worked on over 100 corporate, nation and political brands across Africa. Brand Leadership has been recognized by Fin Week Magazine as “Marketing Services Agency of the Year” in 2008 and was inducted into the Rebrand Hall of Fame for Excellence in Branding in 2015. A fellow of the Institute of Directors, he is a non-executive director at South African Tourism, Mercantile Bank Group, Cartrack and WWF South Africa. He has held directorships in the public and private sector, including Brand South Africa, Foodcorp and Nike South Africa. He has been recognized by New African Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans. He founded Brand Africa, an inter-generational movement to create a positive image of Africa, celebrate its diversity and drive its competitiveness and Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands, the only pan-African research and ranking of brands in Africa, to promote excellence in building brands in Africa. He is widely quoted and consulted globally as the pre-eminent authority on brands and branding in Africa. He has judged awards on design, branding and leadership globally, including the Red Dot Design awards in Germany and St. Gallen Symposium ‘Wings of Excellence’ in Switzerland. He has served as the inaugural vice-chairman of the Brand Council of Southern Africa and as the first indigenous African chairman of the Loeries. 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 in the US, and is a Chartered Marketer (SA). He has summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa and Mount Elbrus in Russia, the highest mountain in Europe. An avid traveller he has been to over 100 countries globally. An Afro optimist passionate about promoting African tourism, trade and business, he has been to 52 countries in Africa. He writes, speaks and consults on Africa-focused branding, leadership and related matters.

Ikalafeng 03/2019

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