Black Entrepreneurs

Board Of Advisors


Kelly Ritchie

Husband, father of three and a Global Entrepreneur

International speaker, former advisor to the Rich Dad Company and personal friend of Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad) and Blair Singer (Little Voice Mastery, ABC’s of Building a Business Team).Kelly.Kelly is a keen student of Buckminster Fuller’s thinking and applies generalized principles to all business matters on a moment-to-moment basis.

Together with Blair Singer, Kelly owns SalesPartners Worldwide. He is SalesPartners’ Operations Director and has been instrumental in setting up franchises around the world as well as continuously improving their operations. Kelly also owns the global franchise of Hosemasters International with franchises world-wide.

Kelly has spent the last 22 years starting up and successfully running and supporting many businesses around the world.

Kelly is a master of start-up businesses and designer of systems and processes that lead to “More with Less” results. When educating, Kelly brings the invisible of systems into focus and demonstrates processes at work. His advice and support has saved and made companies like eye-level marketing andmag-walls millions of dollars.


Dr. Chibuzo Opara

 Chibuzo Opara

Is an entrepreneur and a medical doctor. He co-founded Integra Health Nigeria, a health systems research and consultancy firm which specialises in providing customised health care solutions for the public and private health care sector.

After 5 years of practising clinical medicine he delved into the field of health systems research and worked on topics as diverse as technology in health care, health economics and financing, management and innovation in health and health policy.

He has served as an international consultantproviding advice to the governments of Cameroun, Vietnam and Liberia on applying business thinking and innovative processes in health care. Currently he is working on the application of mobile health technology products in health care in Nigeria.




Anitha Soni

Anitha Soni is a development strategist and entrepreneur.  She has developed many of South Africa’s tourism strategies and institutions, and contributes strategically to her investments in Tourism, technology, and Natural Wellness through her Salt Cave business.

Anitha has served as Board Chairperson of KwaZulu-Natal Tourism, Tourism Grading Council, Brand SA; & Served on Boards of, SA Tourism (6 years), Tourism Empowerment Council, Tourism Durban and the Hospitality Industry Training Board, now Cathsseta.

Over the last 18 years, Anitha has been awarded the following awards:

  • 1995 – Business Women of the Year by Foundation for Business Excellence
  • 2002 – Business Women of the Year Black Business
  • 2010 – Global Brand Leadership at World Brand Congress
  • 2011 – Black Business Executives Circle of South Africa (BBEC)
  • 2011 – Women Super Achiever and Leadership – Africa-India Leadership Summit

Anitha continues her role as a Tourism development strategist and a  Tourism transformation activist, and now focuses on her pan-African initiatives and trade and investment with the BRICS countries.



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Mike Herrington

Mike Herrington currently holds the position of Executive Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) which is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA) and is the Team Leader for GEM South Africa. He is currently based at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Mike was involved with a number of Southern African companies in the 1970’s and 1980’s including Nedlor Investments in Zimbabwe in the 1970’s and then as General Manager of Southern Paper Industries in South Africa. In the mid 1980’s he moved to New Zealand to take up the position of General Manager of a cosmetic company and whilst there started his own cosmetic company which he later sold.  This company is still operating and employees over 250 people.

He returned to South Africa in 1989 and started a ladies hosiery company which he and a partner built-up to one employing several thousand people.  They eventually sold out to the Sara-Lee Corporation.

He was then joined the Business School in 2001. He is currently involved in teaching MBA students specializing in New Venture Planning and Entrepreneurship as well as teaching in Customized Academic Learning and Executive Education Programmes. His activities revolve around teaching, research and business creation both in the high-tech, high-potential sector as well as with SMME’s. He is involved in a number of SMME initiatives and has done research on SMME’s and entrepreneurship and is the South African Team leader for the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Monitor which is an International project incorporating 99 countries. In 2010 he was appointed to the Board of GEM and then subsequently in July 2011 became the Executive Director of the worldwide organization. He has managed to find a balance between theory and practice.





Shingai Ngara

An entrepreneur, strategist, change agent, deal-maker, turnaround specialist, speaker, researcher and Chemical Engineering alumnus of University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. His primary focus is in implementing the Green Economy through integrating financial and engineering know-how in designing Information Systems enabled Green Energy systems with Corporate Strategic Change Management capability embedded. He has consulted in business strategy and operational improvement primarily in South Africa for financial and engineering companies, for multi-lateral organizations and municipal government in policy as well as being a mentor to small businesses. In addition he has a particular passion for education looking at entrepreneurial leadership development working with amongst others the Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women Certificate in Entrepreneurship and is currently investigating the transition to mobile/electronic learning in Africa.

His experience includes formal employment with Old Mutual, Absa Bank and consultancy for SASOL, Absa Bank, Standard Chartered, the United Nations and mentoring and coaching small and medium enterprises.

Colleen Larsen

Colleen Larsen 

Colleen is a networker & organiser, but more than that she is a visionary with a passion for empowering entrepreneurs & women.  A leader whose career spans 28 years within financial services. She founded Business Engage in 2005, and initiated the F-Factor which is about creating a measured new gender mindset in corporate South Africa in January 2013. She is a council member of Business Unity South Africa and the Head of 85 Boards Southern Africa, which is a multi-cultural, multi-generational international network of over 28 000 women. Colleen is one of eleven ILO cadre in South Africa accredited by the ILO as experts in women entrepreneurship development.  She is also accredited by the ILO to carry out gender audits. She created the Gender Mainstreaming Awards, with the first event in August 201



Lucille Jacobs , after completion of B. Comm (Honours) degree from the University of Pretoria, she spent close to two decades in the media and management world at firstly Media24, as the only female CEO of a newspaper business unit in South Africa, RCP Media which included Sunday national newspapers – Rapport, City Press and Sondag. And later as a founding member and Deputy CEO of South Africa’s newest national newspaper, The New Age.


Lucille is passionate about entrepreneurship development and women empowerment initiatives, and is on both local and international boards, of various institutions in these fields.

She has also jumped to the opportunity to be the new show manager of the Rand Show, the biggest consumer event in Africa. And believes that the 120 years rich history of the Rand Show, is a wonderful platform to build further on and creating new memories for show visitors.



Kevin Fleischer

Kevin Fleischer 

Kevin has a BA in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an M.Phil in Finance from Oxford.  He worked in Corporate Finance at Morgan Stanley in New York and London, before becoming a partner at Ceres Capital, an emerging-markets structured finance boutique based in London.  He moved away from investment banking in 1995, becoming Chief Financial Officer of the Newsforce Group, a television and satellite transmission business based in the UK, with operations in Cyprus, Sydney, Hong Kong and SA.  He helped to restructure and re-domicile the business, and in 1998 negotiated its sale to France Telecom. Kevin then joined Letsema, a consulting group based in Johannesburg.  He founded Letsema Investments, and as Managing Director he was involved in early Black Economic Empowerment policy formulation, the setting up of Labour Union investment groups, and the structuring of leveraged investments in listed companies.

From 2002 to 2005, Kevin was the founder CEO of Blue Catalyst, a venture capital project of the South African government.  Blue Catalyst financed technology start-ups and hosted an award-winning online collaborative platform for the venture capital community in South Africa. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the South Africa Venture Capital Association.

He is currently an active investor in early-stage businesses in South Africa, Europe and the Middle East, ranging from business-process technology, to film, fine art and ‘green’ cleaning products.  He consults to government and industry on film and SME policy.  He is on the Exco of the Independent Film & TV Producers Organisation and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Initiative.





Yaa Ashantewaa K. Archer-Ngidi 

Acknowledged and introduced by many as Facillitator/Speaker “par excellence”, Ashantewaa, rapporteur and experienced organisation consultant will share her experience in a practical and entertaining manner. Ashante strives to empower and motivate people through her dynamism and assertive style so they can strive in all aspects of their lives and make a difference to their world.

“Over the years I have been committed to seeing and helping people change, bring change and enacting change, this experience of speaking has given me the drive to continue doing what I now know fulfils me: MOTIVATINGAS MANY INDIVIDUALS, COMMUNITIES & ORGANISATIONS  as I possibly can.