Entrepreneurship . Technology

Based: Johannesburg

Born to freedom fighters, Shaka Sisulu is a social activist, entrepreneur and media-technologist. A connector, he seeks to leverage access to decision-makers, opportunity and resources for the benefit of African society at large.

Shaka is a founding member and CE of 9,000 member volunteer organisation, Cheesekids, which has undertaken community-service initiatives in many South African townships and informal settlements since 2007. Cheesekids also hosts annual Mandela Day events uniting thousands in volunteerism and community service.

He serves on the boards of HIV/AIDS youth prevention interventionist, LoveLife, and Foundation for a Safe South Africa, which develops youth across SADC. Shaka also serves on various task teams of African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s ruling political party.

Shaka has been an executive in mid-tier media and ICT corporations for over a decade.  As co-founder of an incubator, he has developed and worked with dozens of start-ups in
SA, as well as DRC, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe since 1999. He continues to consults on strategy; sales and technology to greenfield ventures promising interesting social impact.

In conjunction with his Alma Mater, Gordon’s Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria) he has co-hosted The Dinner Club and Qiniso forums aimed at fostering dialogue amongst emerging thought-leaders. He has also participated in GIBS’ MindFest 2008, a thinking-retreat for influential and up and coming South Africans. He read for a
Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at GIBS in 2004.

He is a 2011 Archbishop Tutu Fellow, a fellowship developing emergent African leaders in conjuction with the University of Oxford (Said). He has recently joined the New Leaders of Tomorrow, Crans Montana Forum (Geneva), an international organisation that works for the promotion of International Co-operation; and Africa 2.0, a network of dynamic young professional Africans interesting in pursuing a positive agenda for change on the continent.

Shaka speaks extensively on social-activism; youth and developmental issues. He writes regular columns for City Press and Destiny Man magazine and is a weekly Talk-show host with Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk. He has recently published his first book, a series of reflections on life as a young South African, entitled “Becoming” (PanMacMillan).