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Democratic Republic of Congo



Occupational Information

Occupation: Media professional

Occupational Position: Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Africommunications Group (ACG)

Professional History

Born in the DRC of Rwandan heritage and raised in South Africa, Mimi Kalinda is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Africommunications Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations and communications agency based in Johannesburg, South Africa. ACG clients include AFIG Funds, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Previously, as FleishmanHillard’s Africa Lead, Mimi was part of the team that won PRISM Awards for the Barclays Africa “Prosper” campaign as well as the African Union’s campaign against Ebola. She also worked for Weber Shandwick, where she managed the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation account. From 2003 to 2006, Mimi worked in New York City, where she was a Production Assistant for 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, specifically on the film Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee. Mimi was the first African woman to host a show on MTV Europe and the recipient of the One World Media Award for Rien Que La Verite, a television program advocating the prevention of HIV/AIDS and an end to violence against women in the DRC.

Mimi sits on the Africa Brand Counsel, and is the Rebranding Africa Champion for Africa 2.0. She was a finalist for International African Woman of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards 2016. Mimi’s first book, Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent, was released in January 2017.



BA in Media Studies, New York University


2017 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow