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Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy and Innovation

Zipho Sikhakhane is an international speaker, writer, and business advisor.
She has held management positions in industry leading corporations worldwide and is the first black South African to complete an MBA at the top-ranked Stanford University in the USA.

She delivers inspiring keynotes, workshops and poetry on Africa’s potential, leadership, entrepreneurship, customer centricity, business strategy, innovation, youth and women in business.

In 2016, she received the Outstanding Young Achiever Award from the UNESCO Centre for Global Education.

In the last 15 years, she has presented in four continents, including a TEDx Talk in the USA on Africa’s potential.

From being raised by a single parent in a poor township in northern KwaZulu Natal to overcoming the challenges faced by individuals from disadvantaged communities, Zipho’s journey has been one of consistently breaking barriers.
She uses her inspiring life story to help individuals and businesses unleash their true potential.

Professional Background:

• International Project Director, Inditex Zara (Spain)
• Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company
• Customer Strategy Manager, Edcon Retail Group
• Worked in 10 of the 30 countries visited in the last
10 years

Current Entrepreneurial Activities:

• Angel Investor for Pan-African start-ups
• Operations Executive at Circle Food Group
• Business Advisor to managers and entrepreneurs

Academic Credentials:

• Masters in Business Administration, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA graduated on full scholarship
• Bachelor of Business Science Honours, University of Cape Town, SA – graduated on full scholarship with first class honours and distinctions.
• Matriculated among the top in the province, with six distinctions
• Completed leadership courses in Austria, China, Czech Republic, Russia, South Africa

Areas of Expertise (for workshops):

Business strategy, change management, customer centricity, retail operations, communications


Leadership Begins With YOU
Individuals must learn how to lead themselves first, before they can effectively lead others.

Emerging from humble beginnings, Zipho shares the leadership techniques that enabled her to beat the odds, achieve outstanding academic success and rise to key leadership positions in industry leading corporations worldwide.

She advocates for having the confidence to lead from that which is authentic and unique to one’s true self, and further gives guidelines on how to develop the determination one needs to overcome the challenges that currently cripple leaders worldwide.
Her insights lean on the depth of research and expertise she has developed about effective self-leadership.

Leading Africa to Prosperity

Africa presents immeasurable growth opportunities for local and multi-national corporations. The businesses that can successfully tap into these opportunities are ones that understand the importance of having a long term perspective and adapting their leadership approaches to the local context.

Zipho leans on her own experiences of having successfully developed and implemented business strategies for leading corporations in South Africa and the rest of the continent.
She has also delivered a TEDx talk in the United States on the progress and potential of African economies.

Entrepreneurship – Building the Giants of Tomorrow

Zipho has spent her career helping entrepreneurs build businesses that will last and achieve scalable growth.
She has been an entrepreneur since as early as the age of five years old and recently graduated from Stanford University in Silicon Valley in the United States, the global hub of entrepreneurship and innovation.
She shares the latest insights on the opportunities and pitfalls faced by entrepreneurs both in the local and global context.

Zipho regularly publishes her insights in the weekly business columns that she writes for the Sunday Times in South Africa.

Inspirational Poetry

Zipho has been writing and presenting poetry for many years. She delivers engaging poetry recitals on a variety of topics.

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