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Zipho Sikhakhane is an international speaker and business strategist. 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. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Young Achiever Award from the UNESCO Center 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. She delivers inspiring keynotes, workshops and poetry on Africa’s potential, leadership, entrepreneurship, youth and women in business. She has been featured in numerous publications worldwide and is published as a contributing author in Singapore in a book on inspirational women. She is also a weekly Business Columnist for the Sunday Times in South Africa.  

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 6 continents and visited 30 countries

Current Entrepreneurial Activities:

  • Angel Investor for Pan-African start-ups
  • Chairperson of Maneli Commodities
  • 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, communications

Examples of media where Zipho has been featured: