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Vumile Msweli

Dynamic, honest and fun. Vumi tells the story of her life and through hard work and perseverance, dreams do come true.


Vumile completed her High School with an A-Average at St.Mary’s DSG. She has previously worked for reputable multi-national institutions such as Barclays, Investec, Nedbank, First National Bank and Vodafone. Vumile is an Operations; Finance and Strategy executive in both the telecommunications and finance sectors. She has successfully lead global teams in Africa (Nigeria; Kenya; Democratic Republic of Congo; Zambia; Lesotho; Ghana; Tanzania; Mozambique and South Africa); and Europe (Scotland; Isle of Man and England). These teams held various specialties such as Operations; Client Services; Strategy; Business Development and Risk Management.

Vumile was most recently the Client Services Partner for Africa and the Middle East at Vodafone where she oversaw Service Strategy and Operations for Corporate Clients globally. She is currently the Chief Executive officer for Hesed Consulting which a consulting firm specializing in the African market. She currently serves as a non-executive director at the South African Association for Youth Clubs (SAAYC); Diabetes South Africa.

The African Millennial – Your next customer

This talks look at the African Millennial, their spending, worldviews, eccentricities and how they can be incorporated in the work place and as consumers better.

The future is female. The future is Africa.

With the projected largest population being in Africa in 2030 and the majority of that being female, we look at the need for diversity and how your organisation

I am not the desert I was born into

Takes an inspirational historical look at Vumile’s journey from impoverished township in KwaZulu-Natal to an international executive at 24 and the invaluable lessons she has learnt along the way.

Leadership lessons from Zululand

Vumile is an expert on millennials; conducting business in Africa; strategy and operations.

Vumile is an avid coach speaker having spoken in conferences; expos; workshops around the globe on topics such as leadership; women empowerment; finance matters and conducting business in Africa. She is an entrepreneur who commenced her first venture at 22 years old.

Her business interests currently span property; retail; logistics and consulting sectors. Vumile has been featured in publications such as True Love Magazine (2012); Destiny Magazine (2011; 2016 and 2017);Bona Magazine (2015); Essays of Africa Magazine (2016) as well as The Thinker magazine (2015). She has been featured on Ghana’s ETV, is regular contributor on SAFM (radio station) on business and women’s issues as well as the business anchor for Voice of Wits (radio station). She’s a guest writer on business; finance issues and women empowerment for Essays of Africa and Destiny Connect.

Vumile holds a Bachelor of Commerce: Accounting Sciences (University of Pretoria); Bachelor of Commerce: Finance Honours (University of Johannesburg); Masters Business Administration (University of London, United Kingdom); Executive Education (New York University, United States of America); Executive Education (GIBS, South Africa) and is currently studying a Doctorate Applied Leadership (UGSM, Switzerland)

She has been awarded the Avance Media’s 34th Most Influential Young South African (2018);one of Africa’s 1000 most influential voices(2018); Gauteng Premier Award for Excellence in Leadership (2017); Mail and Guardian Top 200 most influential Young South Africans (2016); Elle Boss of the Year in the Corporate Category (2016); Vodafone CEO Award (2016); Gordon Institute of Business Science: VAEP (2016) and University of Witwatersrand Radio’s Brand New Heavy in Business (2016).

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