“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"

“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)

Ikalafeng is recognized as an inspirational, engaging and insightful global African authority on building brands and reputations across Africa and the world.

His keynote addresses are shaped by his extensive corporate, advisory and board experiences over 100 brands and businesses in Africa and travels to over 60 countries globally, where he gained an incomparable perspective and knowledge on building African and global brands.

He is the founder of the award-winning pan-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 in Africa, including Brand Ghana and Brand South Africa, Transnet in South Africa, University of South Africa, University of Botswana, Zanaco Bank in Zambia, Mail&Guardian Africa in Kenya, the Africa Green Revolution Forum in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zambia, Africa Food Prize in Kenya, Banque Populaire du Rwanda, and several successful political branding and campaigns for, amongst others, the late President Atta Mills and President John Mahama of Ghana in 2008 and 2012 respectively and the Congo Brazzaville Referendum in 2015.

Equally at ease with an audience of one or thousands, he has addressed diverse audiences in all the continents at blue-chip organisations and events such as Intel in the USA, South African Business Club and Brand Finance Forum in the United Kingdom, ICCA in China, Icograda Design Week in Spain, Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association in Dubai, DHL Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention and Meetings Africa in South Africa and EY Strategic Growth Forum Africa.

Whether you're hosting a major event or you just need a fresh perspective, Ikalafeng will inspire the audience with ideas that energize, excite and empower.

Ikalafeng's signature topics reflect his passion for thought leadership in Africa and building brands and reputations of places, people, products or institutions:

  1. Africa Inside: Building Great Brands and Businesses in Africa
  2. Africa, the Good News: Peace, Prosperity and Unity.
  3. Brand You: For Inspired Performance [Personal Branding]
  4. Brand, the Beloved Country [Nation Branding]
  5. Customer Experience: The New Competitive Differentiator [Branded Customer Service]
  6. Made In Africa – Inspiration for Design, Brands and Culture
  7. Celebrity Branding: Lights, Camera, Action [Celebrity Branding]
  8. Intellectual Property for African Competitiveness and Wealth Creation.
  9. Inspiration or Appropriation? How Africa is influencing brands globally.

He has facilitated various leadership and branding related workshops internationally.

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A selection of Ikalafeng's speaking engagements & media appearances.

Not all of these events are open to public. Check with organisers.

Date Event/Media Role Location Topic
31 Aug
ATA's World Tourism
Panellist Kigali, Rwanda Unlocking Africa’s Tourism Potential
15 Sep
FNB Leadership Conference
Keynote Gaborone, Botswana Leadership in a Digital Age
28 Sep
Keynote Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Unlocking Africa’s Tourism Potential
28 Sep
Gauteng High Impact Leadership Summit
Interviewer Johannesburg, South Africa In conversation with Dr Richard Maponya
6 Oct
Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA)
Keynote Lilongwe, Malawi Steering Organizations through Business Turbulence
19 Oct
Business of Design 2017
Keynote Johannesburg, South Africa Creativity in an African Age
26 Oct
Cape Town Tourism AGM and Breakfast Session
Keynote Cape Town, South Africa Africa Inside: Building Great Brands and Businesses in Africa
9 Nov
Zambia Institute of Marketing
Livingstone, Zambia Markets Beyond Borders
18 Jan
9th Edition of INVESTOUR
Panellist Madrid, Spain Brand Africa: Fostering Tourism Development and Investment Opportunities
23 Feb
African Digital Summit 2018
Keynote Casablanca, Morocco Brand Leadership in a Digital Age