Based: Johannesburg

Lukhanyo Neer is an entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and Africa’s development. He is driven by a desire to see Africa developed in his lifetime that has seen him build or help build initiatives that are aimed at addressing Africa’s issues and further developing it. Lukhanyo is co-founder of In Sole Brands. In Sole Brands is a Johannesburg-based consumer goods startup targeting beauty and personal care opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa and its mission is to create Africa’s leading beauty and personal care business, providing products and experiences that delight African consumers and satisfy their unique needs. In addition, Lukhanyo is co-founder at Mosaic, a boutique innovation consultancy focused on solving key strategic challenges facing African retailers on issues of growth and strategy. In 2015, he conceptualised and is currently coordinating the operationalisation of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Youth Hub, a platform formed with the goal of putting African youth at the centre of Africa’s renewal and enabling them to work together on solving the political, social and economic challenges that Africa faces.