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Speaker Bio

Zipho Sikhakhane is a sought-after global speaker, thought leader, writer, business strategist, and CEO of EMZ Advisory, a management consulting firm dedicated to enhancing organisational effectiveness and productivity.


Her insights on leadership, change, and organisation culture have positively impacted multinationals operating in emerging markets. She has traveled to over 35 countries and worked in 6 continents. She also serves on several boards and has a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University in the United States, completed on a full merit scholarship.


She founded EMZ Advisory, a 100% black female owned consulting firm in 2015 with vision of creating a firm that will enable business leaders to unleash their business potential. Through an advisory partnership that delivers customised, strategic solutions for private and public sector clients.


She has managed to fund the employment of over 30 specialists, graduates, trainers and facilitators in line with her passion of developing the youth within South Africa.


Zipho is the first black South African to receive a Masters in Business Administration from the prestigious Stanford University in the USA, which goes to show that Zipho is all about breaking barriers.


She also holds a Business Science Honours Degree from he University of Cape Town and has completed leadership courses in Austria, China, Czech Republic, Russia, USA.


Emerging from humble beginnings of growing up in a poor community in South Africa, She was driven to start her first business at the tender age of five, and has led numerous business ventures ever since.


Her insights on leadership and change management emerge from having held strategic positions in world-leading organisations locally and internationally.


Having worked in 6 continents and traveled to 30 countries, her global outlook gives her a unique perspective on local opportunities and challenges.


She speaks and facilitates on the topics of leadership, change management and doing business in Africa.


The Founder and CEO of EMZ Advisory, which consults to executive teams and of Africa’s biggest corporations.


She also invests in small businesses in East, West and Southern Africa and sits on a number of boards.




Effective Self-leadership in Changing Times


We should all take responsibility for leading ourselves and our organisations to success.


The talk will covers how individuals can better positioned to respond and thrive in the current environment of constant change and uncertainty.


It starts with first understanding how to adapt how we lead ourselves and others in response to the new reality of a VUCA world (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) and still be able to sustain and manage the other parts of our lives.


For centuries, women were scarcely given a chance in corporate, government and business to showcase their full potential.


After numerous years of trying to include women, research has shown businesses that have women in leadership have healthier and optimal financial performance compared to organisations that lack this.


The talk unpacks what orgnisations can do to address this by making the most of the women within the organisation.


The talk will be inspirational, practical and encouraging.


Zipho Sikhakhane


Understanding How Remarkable Women Lead

Inspired by the real world insights of many inspirational women, Zipho Sikhakhane talks about the essential behavioural traits that are suited for our fast-chang- ing, hyper-competitive and increasingly complex world.


These are relevant to both men and women alike and are currently largely underutilised and need to be brought to our consciousness in order to unleash potential.


The talk not only leans on the her own personal experiences as a successful woman in business, but also unpacks the five elements that have enables women to become more holistic leaders, which are meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing.


In the spirit of Womens Month in South Africa, this talk stands to honour the inspiring women of 1956 who leaned on their own uniqueness as a means to effectively drive change.


The talk will be engaging, inspirational and thought-provoking.


Add-on feature: Inspirational Poetry

Zipho has been writing and presenting poetry for many years. Upon request, she adds engaging poetry recitals to the keynotes.

Keynote Topic #1


Emerging from humble beginnings, Zipho shares how being an authentic and effective leader of self and others enabled her to beat the odds, achieve outstanding success and overcome the barriers that that continue to cripple business leaders worldwide.

Keynote Topic #2


We should all take responsibility for leading ourselves and businesses to success in the future. It starts with first understanding how to adapt how we lead ourselves and others in response to the new reality of a VUCA world (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity).

Keynote Topic #3


The diversity of ideas, inventions and decisions that come from self-aware leaders are what will enable organisation of the future to thrive. Leaders need to be able to self-disrupt in order to consistently re-invent their journey and that of the organisation as the world around them continues to change.

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