Zipho Sikhakhane


Zipho Sikhakhane is a global speaker and business strategist. She has held 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 US.
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 and facilitated interventions on leadership, change management and Africa’s potential.

She has been featured in numerous publications worldwide and is published as a contributing author in Singapore in a book on inspirational women.

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, Sikhakhane’s journey has been one of consistently breaking barriers. She uses her inspiring life story to help individuals and businesses unleash their true potential.

Current Positions

CEO & Founder of EMZ Advisory Group
Angel Investor in East, West & Southern Africa
Board Chairperson for Maneli Commodities Trading

Professional Background

International Project Director, Inditex Zara (Spain)
Customer Strategy Manager, Edcon Retail Group
Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company
Worked in 6 continents in the last 10 years

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

Leadership, strategy execution, change management, customer centricity and communications


About Author

Bontle Moeng is the Founder and Managing Director of BizNis Africa. Moeng has spent 16 years working in the digital and online media industry across Africa. She applied her trade at True Love magazine prior to discovering her passion for Investment news in key sectors across Africa. Moeng previously worked for ITWeb, Starfish Mobile Technologies, ITNewsAfrica, AVATAR Agency, eNitiate, Global Interface Consulting and Havas Johannesburg. Her primary focus is to provide solid and valuable content on investment opportunities for the ICT, Energy and Mining sectors across Africa. In addition, the online news publication assists global companies to expand their presence in Africa. Email:

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