Mimi Kalinda

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Mimi Kalinda is a global communications specialist with 25 years of expertise in creating, putting into practice, and assessing effective strategies in Africa, Europe, and the US.

Mimi co-founded Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations and communications agency headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2012. She is extremely passionate about policy-level stakeholder engagement and topics relating to global development. Additionally, she also has extensive experience facilitating and managing business partnerships and programs between Europe and Africa.

Mimi sits on the board of the AKO Caine Prize and Catalyst for Growth (C4G), a solution launched by JP Morgan and Dalberg to support entrepreneurs across Africa and Europe. She serves on the advisory board of Africa Works Ventures, a Hong Kong-based consultancy which facilitates investment from China for promising African companies. She is also a member of the Africa Brand Counsel and advises policymakers and private sector leaders on Africa’s reputation and how the continent’s brand equity can be leveraged for its economic development. She was recognised as International African Woman of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards in 2016, as Forbes Afrique 40 under 40 in 2018 and The Best PR Leader on the African Continent – Awarded by World Communication Forum Association 2022.

Born in the DRC of Rwandan heritage and raised in South Africa, Mimi graduated cum laude from New York University with a degree in Media Studies. Her first e-book, Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent, was released in January 2017.


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