Inspiring a Life of Significance

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Rapaleng Rabana

Founder Rekindle Learning & FFWD Innovation

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

See digital technology through the eyes of a practical, hands-on innovator - from her first startup, straight out of university, Yeigo, to Chief Digital Officer of South Africa’s largest IT company, Rapelang is truly a digital native. She reverse-engineers her 15+ years of experience in building tech companies, to unpack all things digital in a meaningful way. Rapelang is now the Founder of Rekindle Learning, which enables people to adapt to the changing world of work, as well as a founding partner at FFWD Innovation, which helps companies innovate faster.

Rekindle Learning enhances employee engagement through learning in the flow of work and life using bite-sized, continuous learning across areas such as sales, digital skills, compliance. The startup was profiled in the McKinsey Lions go Digital report as a ‘striking innovation’ in learning. FFWD Innovation helps companies innovate faster turning corporations into hyperscale startups and employees into owners.

Amongst other roles, Rapelang also serves on the Boards of African Leadership University, Standard Chartered Bank Botswana and Imagine Worldwide. Rapelang has spoken at over 200 occasions on local and international platforms and has shared a stage with the likes of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell. She obtained B. Business Science (Computer Science Honours) and an M.Sc from the University of Cape Town, giving her a technical and business background. She has since believed that there had to be better, simpler more effective ways to do things – and there is: technology.

Recipient, honours and awards: Young Global Leader; Cover ForbesAfrica before 30; Forbes 30 under 30 - Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs; Fast Company Maverick; Choiseul 100 Africa; World Summit Awards Juror; Harambe Entrepreneur, Endeavor High-Impact Entrepreneur; Oprah Mag O Power List.

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