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South Africa



Occupational Information

Occupation: Businessman

Occupational Position: Founder and Chief Executive of Chapter One Innovation

Professional History

Rori Tshabalala is founder and Chief Executive of Chapter One Innovation, a 10-year old business model research and development firm that brings ideas to life - building, investing in and launching high-impact, “born-big” ventures and supporting corporates to do the same. In his role at Chapter One, Rori has been involved building ventures and servicing clients globally across sectors including the mining, media, healthcare, ICT, retail, education sectors.

Rori is also an active citizen – in 2012 he took a two-year sabbatical from Chapter One and became the youngest member of the founding executive team of the South African political party, Agang SA. He actively brought the idea of the party to life and led its campaign towards the 2014 national elections. He describes his time in politics as an unregrettable time of “failing spectacularly while daring greatly”; battle-scarred but deeply grateful for the unique lessons learnt.

Since leaving party politics, he has also co-hosted #FranklySpeaking, a flagship radio talk show on CliffCentral.com dealing with “hot-potato” socio-economic and political issues by asking the questions no one else will ask. 


Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Pretoria
MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.


2017 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow