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8 - 12 November 2021
Virtual Event

Rapelang Rabana
‎Founder & CEO at Rekindle Learning


Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30, selected as a Fast Company Maverick, named Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2017 - Rapelang is an internationally lauded technology entrepreneur.

She is the founder and CEO of Rekindle Learning, a dynamic learning tech company that provides educational and performance support tools to improve learning efficiency and reduce time to competency for both corporates and academia. Rekindle Learning was profiled in the McKinsey Lions go Digital report as a striking innovation in mobile learning. With her infectious personality and ability to critically evaluate the use of technology in a social context, Rapelang brings a refreshing perspective to the possibilities of educational transformation in South Africa.

With many strings to her bow, Rapelang has served on the board of pan-African asset management, private equity and advisory firm Nisela Capital for many years and, as of October 2016, was appointed executive director of this burgeoning enterprise that is geared to building more black industrialists. Amongst other board roles, Rapelang also serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of Project Literacy - a campaign founded and convened by Pearson to address global illiteracy levels.

It is through technology that Rapelang’s childhood curiosity in the workings of the world and sheer belief in finding more effective ways of doing things has come full circle. As a speaker, she passionately spreads this message of improvement through innovation and her visionary insights continue to change the mind-sets of organisations for increased adaptability and productivity in the working world of today.

She has wide exposure to tech and business, from telecoms through her first startup, Yeigo; to fintech as a board member for Moro Group, an ICT and payment services group headquartered in Botswana; to social innovation as a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum; to green tech as a board member for Meniko Records Management Services, a digital records & document management company; to financial advisory and private equity as a director of Nisela Capital; to trend analysis as part of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Software and Society.

Rapelang regularly speaks at local and international conferences and events and has shared a stage with the likes of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Prof Mohammed Yunus of Grameen Bank.

Board Roles:

Nisela Capital, South Africa

Standard Chartered Bank

Education Trust, Botswana

Meniko, South Africa

Moro Group, Botswana

Project Literacy, US

Agenda Sessions

  • Digital Skills: Building the 4IR army

  • Bridging Africa’s digital skills gap: Enhancing human capacity to realise Africa’s 4IR potential