b2ap3 small MimiKalindaMimi Kalinda

Democratic Republic of Congo



Occupational Information

Job Title: Group CEO and Co-Founder of the Africa Communications Media Group (ACG)

Professional History

Mimi is the Group CEO and Co-Founder of the Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations and communications agency headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with offices in Kigali, Rwanda; Harare, Zimbabwe; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire. One of the most satisfying accomplishments of Mimi’s career is the part she played in raising $51 million for the African Union Ebola campaign.

Describing herself as a narrative shaper, Mimi has led workshops on Storytelling and Narrative in Leadership for the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program, as well as for the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business: Women in Business Conference, and the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit 2018 in Washington, DC.

Mimi is the Re-branding Africa Champion for Africa 2.0 and she was a finalist for the International African Woman of the Year Award at the Women4Africa Awards 2016. Mimi was featured in 2018 as a Forbes Afrique Top 40 Under 40 leader in the communications industry and a finalist of this year’s Standard Bank Top Women Awards (2019) in the Entrepreneur of the Year category. She is an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Program Fellow.

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

 Additional Tags: Media Studies, Literature, Storyteller, Business, Leadership, Re-Branding, Communications, Entrepreneur


About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.