Speaker Profile: Mimi Kalinda
eTTP #FutureFit. Survive The Next Decade
27th February 2020, 18:00
Equinox Leadership and Innovation Centre
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Group Chief Executive and Co-Founder
Africa Communications Media Group (ACG)
Born in the DRC of Rwandan heritage and raised in South Africa, Mimi Kalinda is the Group CEO and Co-Founder of the Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations and communications agency headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. ACG clients include Barloworld, Accenture, the World Bank/IFC, the Rockefeller Foundation, AFIG Funds, Nesta, Lloyds, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Dalberg Advisors.
Previously, as the Fleishman Hillard’s Africa Lead, Mimi was part of the team that won the PRISM Awards for the Barclays Africa “Prosper” campaign as well as the African Union’s campaign against Ebola, for which they raised USD$51 million. She also worked for Weber Shandwick, where she managed social impact accounts, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Innovation Prize for Africa. From 2003 to 2006, Mimi worked in New York City, where she was a Production Assistant for 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, working specifically on the Inside Man film, directed by Spike Lee. Mimi was the first African woman to host a show on MTV Europe and the recipient of the One World Media Award for Rien Que La Verite, a television program advocating the prevention of HIV/AIDS and an end to violence against women in the DRC.
Mimi currently sits on the board of Catalyst for Growth (C4G), a solution launched by JP Morgan and Dalberg to support entrepreneurs across Africa, and she serves on the advisory board of Africa Works Ventures, a Hong Kong-based consultancy firm which facilitates investment from China for promising African companies. She is also a member of the Africa Brand Counsel, and advises policy makers and private sector leaders about Africa’s reputation and how the continent’s brand equity can be leveraged for its economic development. Mimi is the Rebranding Africa Champion for Africa 2.0 and has won multiple awards including being a finalist for the International African Woman of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards 2016, as well as a finalist for the Standard Bank Top Women Awards as Entrepreneur of the Year 2019. Mimi is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program Fellow which recognises highest potential young leaders across various sectors in the African continent.
Mimi is a New York University graduate. Her first e-book, Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent, was released in January 2017. Most recently, Mimi has led workshops on Storytelling and Narrative in Leadership for the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program, as well as for the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business: Women in Business Conference, and the African Trade and Investment Global Summit 2018 in Washington, DC.