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 summitted Mount Kilimanjaro and been to over 70 countries across Africa and the world and worked with over 100 diverse brands including Brand Ghana and Brand South Africa, Transnet in South Africa, University of South Africa and University of Botswana, Zanaco Bank in Zambia, Bank Populaire du Rwanda, Mail&Guardian Africa in Kenya, Africa Green Revolution Forum in Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia, and the successful political branding and campaigns for the late President Atta Mills and President John Mahama of Ghana in 2008 and 2012, and the referendum in Congo.
He is the founder of the award-winning brand and reputation advisory firm, Brand Leadership Group, deputy chairman of South African Tourism, and non-executive director of the JSE listed Car Track Holdings, Mercantile Bank Holdings and WorldWideFund for Nature (WWF), and a member of the Henley Africa Business School and African Business Magazine Advisory Boards. He is founder of Brand Africa, Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands and Public Sector Excellence initiatives. Ikalafeng holds BSc and MBA degrees from Marquette University (USA), completed executive education at Wits Business School and Harvard Business School, and is a Chartered Marketer (SA).
Ikalafeng is widely recognized and respected in Africa and the world. He has been featured in global and Africa media such as CNN, BBC, CNBC Africa, FT, African Business and New African. He writes, speaks and advices on branding, reputation and related matters in Africa and the world.