Mimi Kalinda

Mimi Kalinda, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and raised in South Africa, is the Group CEO and co-founder of Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations and communications agency based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In addition to her role at ACG, she serves as the Director of Global Communications for Innovations for Poverty Action headquartered in Washington, DC, and is the former Brand, Marketing, and Communications Director at the Global Development Incubator, also headquartered in Washington, DC. Previously, as FleishmanHillard (FH)’s Africa Lead, Kalinda was responsible for the global public relations firm’s engagement with its affiliates in Africa, as well as identifying and developing partnerships in new markets. She was part of the team that won PRISM Awards for the Barclays Africa “Prosper” campaign and the African Union’s campaign against Ebola. Kalinda also worked for Weber Shandwick, where she led pan-African business development efforts and managed social impact accounts for various organizations. She has extensive experience in the media industry, having worked with Director Spike Lee in New York City and hosting shows on MTV and Africa Business Report.

Mimi Kalinda is also a devoted mother, leveraging her experience of over two decades in communications in Africa and abroad to advocate for giving Africans a voice and reshaping the narrative of the African continent.

Job: Group CEO and Co-Founder at Africa Communications Media Group
Location: South Africa
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