Thank you for visiting my site. I’m an entrepreneur, writer and speaker, and this is a place where I share information about the topics and projects I care about. I am particularly passionate about transformational leadership and organisational change, and enjoy helping fellow business owners, executive teams and CEOs get the best out of their people, especially in the midst of rapid political, environmental and socio-economic change. In this line of work I am often invited to offer business commentary for industry publications, on TV and on radio.
In 2006, after a short and colourful career in sales (that included peddling welding machines and earth-moving machinery spares), I took the entrepreneurial plunge and started a company called Cerebra. With a specialist focus on digital content and engagement, Cerebra won numerous multinational accounts and grew quickly to become South Africa’s leading social media agency. In my role as CEO of the business I had the privilege of working with Coca-Cola, Samsung, Toyota, Vodafone, AB InBev, Google, Ford, Huawei, Barclays, and many other remarkable brands. Cerebra was acquired by global advertising giant WPP in 2013.
In 2007 I co-founded a web start-up called Afrigator.com that was acquired by Naspers just 18 months later. Around the same time, I began hosting a popular networking event called the 27dinners, which went on to catalyse business collaborations and relationships through hundreds of successful events.
A big thank you to the talented team at Epitome for some of the photographs on this site.
Talks and Facilitation
I’ve spoken at over 300 conferences, corporate functions and industry events both locally and abroad, and facilitated a variety of workshops for over 40 major brands. I talk on the subjects I know best – media, social business, consumer behaviour, communication, marketing, advertising and branding – but am also happy to tailor content to your requirement.
Click on the link below to request a quotation for the format of your choice: a TED-style 20 minute presentation, a 45 minute keynote presentation, or a 3 hour (or full day) workshop facilitation.
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I have had the distinct privilege of sharing a stage with Mike on many occasions.
What sets Mike apart is his ability to package content so perfectly that not only do you enjoy listening to him, but you remember what he said months later.
He is smart, funny, handsome, likes long walks on the beach…
Mike is an informed and entertaining speaker on the topic of Social Media. Through his interactive approach and personal experiences he gets a clear message across as to the nature of social media and how it affects you and your business. The session was an hour well spent.
Joe van Niekerk
Mike was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Discovery IT Conference. Without exception, the delegates were highly complimentary of his presentation style and his insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with the era of social business and digital transformation.
His views are highly recommended to all businesses (new and old alike).
I watched Mike speak at an IMCConference on social media for business. Mike is an absolute pleasure to watch and listen to, his energy is addictive and he has the experience to back up his success. I’d happily attend another event to see Mike speak again.
Every time I hear Mike present, I am in awe of his presence and ability to hold the audience. He is able to take technical topics and make them seem so simple and obvious. With Mike, it never feels like you are being presented to…rather, you leave the room feeling as though he has merely confirmed your own thoughts (which you never actually had).
Mike was an excellent speaker who added tremendous value to our HR community. The information he provided us was relevant and insightful. He managed to present exceptional content to a very broad and diverse community and kept every audience member engaged.