Rapelang Rabana

Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30, chosen as a Fast Company Maverick, named Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum – Rapelang is an internationally lauded technology entrepreneur.

She is the Founder of Rekindle Learning, which enables people to adapt to the changing world of work, as well as FFWD Innovation where she helps corporates become hyper-scale startups.

Having graduated with Bachelor’s in Business Science with an Honours in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, Rapelang’s journey has been focused on the use of technology in various sectors including telecoms, education, financial services, and agriculture.

Amongst other roles, Rapelang also serves on the Boards of African Leadership University, Imagine Worldwide, and the listed entity Standard Chartered Bank Botswana.
Technology’s endless potential has seen Rapelang’s childhood curiosity in the workings of the world and her sheer belief in achieving better socio-economic outcomes, come full circle. As a speaker, she passionately spreads this message of improvement through innovation and her visionary insights continue to change the mindsets of organisations for increased adaptability and productivity in today’s working world. Rapelang regularly speaks at local and international platforms and has shared a stage with the likes of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell

Recipient, honours and awards:

  • Cover ForbesAfrica before 30; Forbes 30 under 30 –
  • Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs;
  • Choiseul 100 Africa;
  • United Nations World Youth Summit Awards Juror;
  • Harambe Entrepreneur, Endeavor High-Impact Entrepreneur;
  • Oprah Magazine O Power List.

Board Roles
• African Leadership University, Mauritius
• Standard Chartered Bank, Botswana
• Imagine Worldwide (Chair), USA