Thebe Ikalafeng is Dubbed “Mr Brand” by the Mail & Guardian, Thebe Ikalafeng has been recognised as one of South Africa’s top 10 thinkers in marketing along with former South African State President Nelson Mandela in a survey by Ipsos Markinor.
An award winning marketer and advisor, he is the founder of the 2008 Fin Week “Marketing Services Company of the Year,” The Brand Leadership Group and a non-executive director of Mercantile Bank Holdings and Foodcorp Holdings, and a member of Durban University of Technology council, Vega School of Brand Communications advisory committee, and the Sunday Times Marketing Excellence council.
A chartered marketer, Ikalafeng graduated cum laude with degrees in BSc. and MBA. from Marquette University in the USA.
He has been recognised by the American Marketing Association/Marquette University with an Award for Marketing Excellence and by the Asia Brand Congress with an award for Global Brand Leadership.
Passionate about brands and their relationships with people and nations, Thebe Ikalafeng – Brand Development, Marketing is a sought after speaker, prolific writer and consults globally on personal, political, commercial and nation branding and related matters and has addressed thousands of delegates across the world, including, Cambridge University (Uk), Barcelona (Spain), and Mumbai (India) as well as several leading African Nations.
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 experience across 100 brands and businesses and travels to over 50 countries globally, where he’s gained an incomparable perspective and knowledge on building African and global brands and reputations.
Renowned as a transformational brand architect, over the years he has led the development of leading African place, political, consumer and institutional brands that shape the African brand and reputation, such as Brand Ghana and Brand South Africa, Transnet, Universities of South Africa (UNISA) and Botswana (UB), Zambia’s Zanaco Bank, Namibia’s Government Employees’ Pensions Fund (GIPF), Kenya based Africa Green Revolotion Forum’s pan-African initiatives in Tanzania and Ethiopia, and the successful political branding campaign for the late President Atta Mills and President John Mahama of the ruling party of Ghana in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
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 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.
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 and expertise in Africa and building brands and reputations of places, people or institutions:
Africa Inside: Building Businesses, Brands and Relationships in Africa
Africa – The New Global Opportunity
Brand You: Inspired Performance [Personal Branding]
Brand, the Beloved Country [Nation Branding]
Building Great Brands: Issues, Insights and Trends [Brand Leadership]
Customer Experience: The New Competitive Differentiator [Branded Customer Service]
Made In Africa – Inspiration for Design, Brands and Culture [Branding In Africa]
Celebrity Branding: Lights, Camera, Action [Celebrity Branding]