Thebe Ikalafeng

Thebe Ikalafeng

Founder and CEO, Brand Leadership Group Founder and Chairman, Brand Africa

Thebe is an award-winning pan-African marketer and non-executive director on private and public sector boards. Moreover, he is a pioneer of Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands and has worked on over 100 brands across Africa, making it unsurprising that he has visited over 100 countries, including every country in Africa – from Cape to Cairo.

His distinguished corporate career which started at Colgate Palmolive in New York and concluded as CMO for NIKE Africa has culminated in over 75 awards in branding and marketing communication globally. Thebe holds both a BSc and MBA degree from Marquette University in the USA, executive education at Wits Business School in South Africa and Harvard Business School, and is a chartered marketer (SA).

His ambitions don’t lie just in the corporate space, however, because not only has Thebe summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, but also Mount Elbrus in Russia, the highest mountain in Europe.