Futurists & Technology Speakers:

Musa kalenga

musa kalenga

Location : JHB

Musa Kalenga is an enthusiastic entrepreneur who is passionate about using technology to empower the digitally invisible. As CEO and Founder of Bridge Labs, Musa addresses the problem of gaining access to appropriate online tools for entrepreneurs and Small to Medium Businesses (SMB’s) by building mobile platforms to support growth in emerging markets.

As a respected thought leader in the marketing industry, Musa advises on digital marketing strategy for businesses with his Marketing in a Digital World Executive Programme.

Professional Background
Musa started his first business, Monatefellaz, a youth marketing consultancy, while studying at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS). After Monatefellaz was incorporated into IHOP WORLD, as part of a merger with a division of the Brand Leadership Group, Musa worked as Managing Director before becoming Group Head of Digital Marketing at Nedbank, and then Facebook Client Partner for Africa. As a strategic marketer for these two companies, Musa worked with foreign governments and multinational companies to create innovative digital products and solutions in the travel, insurance, automobile, FMCG and banking industries.

“Musa has a genuine passion for the African continent, and rich entrepreneurial experience.”- Andile Masuku, entrepreneur and host of the Africa Tech Roundup Qualifications and Achievements With a Bachelor of Commerce and Chartered Marketer (SA) designation from WITS, Musa has excelled academically, and was the top student in Sustainability and Future Fit Business at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), while completing his MBA in 2015. Musa received three nominations for the prestigious Black Business Quarterly Awards in 2008, and was voted as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian in 2012. Musa was the first Chairman of the Youth Advertising Board of South Africa in 2005/6, and also holds the position of Head of Brand Portfolio for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). He is also a board member for Africa Teen Geeks. As a thought leader and influencer, Musa was a member of the Johannesburg Hub of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, an organisation of inspiring young individuals who work together to make a strategic and grassroots impact on their communities through dialogue, policy contributions and partnerships.

Writing and Publications
Musa is the author of Ladders and Trampolines , a book that shares anecdotes and experiences about working and doing business in Africa. Musa also writes articles on a number of topics, ranging from youth development and advancement in Africa to marketing, digital media, entrepreneurship and investment, as well as other human-interest topics.

Read more of his writing here .
Musa has also been asked to write for a number of publications, including the following:
● Sawubona Magazine
● Business Report

Public Speaking
As a television presenter, Musa worked on the breakfast show Africa Awakes on DStv, as well as SABC’s 1day CEO. Musa also hosted his own talk show, Kalenga Touch, where he explored topics such as entrepreneurial prosperity and African development. With years of business, strategy and marketing experience, Musa has also been asked to speak at a number of events, including the following:

● Social Media Week (Nigeria, Lagos)
● Social Media Week (South Africa, Johannesburg)
● Social Media Conference (Namibia, Windhoek)
● African Tech Round-Up (South Africa, Johannesburg)
● Ideas Expo (Botswana, Gaborone)
● TEDx Lusaka (Zambia, Lusaka)
● The Digital Edge Live (South Africa, Johannesburg)
● Lusaka Radio Summit (Zambia, Lusaka)
● Africawide Foundation Trust panel (South Africa, Johannesburg)
● LeaderEx, (South Africa, Johannesburg)
● Standard Bank Masterclass (South Africa, Johannesburg)
● Gartner Symposium ITXPO (Cape Town, South Africa)
● Accenture Ignite Ingenuity (South Africa, Johannesburg)
● Neumann van Rooyen Property Summit (South Africa,
● Mintek Graduate Programme (South Africa, Johannesburg)
● Moneyweb Breakfast (South Africa, Johannesburg)
● WITS University Ladders and Trampolines Book Launch (South
Africa, Johannesburg)
● Outside Insight panel discussion (South Africa, Johannesburg)
● Saphex (South Africa, Johannesburg)

Born in Zambia, Musa has lived in Scotland, Botswana and England. He currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Through the use of technology, the digitally invisible economy will be able to create viable, affordable and sustainable solutions that will solve crucial problems in our society.”- Musa Kalenga

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