Since high school, Rapelang has questioned how the world works. She believed that there had to be better, simpler more effective ways to do things – and there is: technology. Since the founding of her first company (straight out of university) she’s been proving to the world that she’s right.
As a speaker, she’s been taking this message across the globe, and changing the way organisations adapt and thrive in a knowledge economy. Named Entrepreneur for the World by the World Economic Forum and featured on the cover of Forbes Africa before the age of 30, Rapelang Rabana has never taken anything for granted.
With a fierce commitment to going against the grain, she has established herself as one of Africa’s fastest rising stars. Achievements & Roles: 2015 – 15 Women Changing the World - World Economic Forum 2014 – Entrepreneur for the World - World Entrepreneurship Forum 2013 – ForbesAfrica Cover & 20 Young Power Women In Africa – ForbesAfrica 2013 - Global Agenda Council for Software and Society - World Economic Forum 2013 – Rekindle Learning profiled in McKinsey Lions go Digital report as a ‘striking innovation’ in mobile learning 2012 – Forbes’ 30 under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs – Forbes Africa 2012 – O Power List - Oprah Magazine South Africa 2012 – Invited to attend World Economic Fourm Annual Meeting in Davos 2011 – Selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, network of exceptional young leaders below 30.
She is the founding CEO of Yeigo (an innovative Cape Town based company that developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications). Yeigo created groundbreaking applications and services that took advantage of the internet, mobile and cloud computing technologies to tackle the cost of communication.
Coined by CNN.com as Africa’s Marissa Mayer, Rapelang recently founded learning technology company Rekindle Learning to challenge the existing norms within (largely ineffective) organisational and academic learning. Rekindle Learning explores the role of technology and the latest learning pedagogies to ensure that learning actually happens and knowledge is built up; significantly increasing recall, building capabilities, reducing time to competency and creating value within organisations.
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“Based on attendee feedback, our audience … were inspired by your achievements, felt educated by your knowledge and impressed & motivated by your energy and dynamism.” Saldys Jusu-Sheriff, Director, Barclays London
"Her elegant and graceful style conveys an inspiring story full of wisdom and insight. She is a compelling speaker to young and old audiences alike.” - Stefan Louw, Director, Innovate the Cape