Dr Jackie Chimhanzi is the CEO of Africa Leadership Institute (AFLI). Before joining AFLI, she was Senior Strategist at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a leading development finance institute (DFI) on the continent with a mandate to promote and fund industrialization and economic development.
Prior to that, she was Lead of the Africa Desk with Deloitte South Africa. Her mandate was to assist companies to access and optimise opportunities across the African continent in the following sectors: Agriculture, Consumer Business, Mining, Oil & Gas, Power, TMT, Financial Services, Healthcare and Infrastructure. Before that, she was a Manager in the Deloitte Consulting Strategy unit and led project teams on diverse client engagements interrogating and informing the strategies of major entities in energy, oil and gas, steel, banking and agriculture. She led 2 projects at Eskom – the largest power entity on the African continent as well as Sasol, a significant South African petrochemicals group that has expanded globally from South Africa. She also led 2 steel projects.
She is passionate about Africa and is convinced that Africa’s development can only be fostered and sustained by involving more young people and women. To that end, she is a Fellow and Board Member of the highly competitive pan-African ArchBishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Programme run by the African Leadership Institute (AfLI) at Oxford University and is also a founding member of New Faces New Voices, under the patronage of Mrs Graca Machel (Mandela) committed to widening financial access for African women entrepreneurs. She was invited to President Obama’s town hall with Young African Leaders on his recent visit to South Africa.
She was featured on the Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012 list – women under 45 who are shaping the narrative of the continent’s rising. She was also named 1 of 13 African women to watch in 2013 by Ventures Africa magazine. Jackie is a keen Africa watcher who speaks at Africa- focused conferences and closely monitors, analyses and writes on trends and issues on the continent. She has either spoken or participated at the following conferences