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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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.
I have had the privilege of listening to Mike speak on two occassions in the last two years. He was by far one of the best speakers at both events. Mike has the full package – he is intelligent, witty, insightful, energetic and colloquial – a rare combination. I look forward to hearing Mike speak again in the near future.
Linda van der Merwe
Having the pleasure of listening to Mike addressing – amongst others – the topic of personal branding, the word “extreme” came to mind when I think of him. Not only an extremely entertaining and engaging speaker, but truly gifted with being extremely knowledgeable.
Mike hosted a very informative social media training workshop for our investment banking spokespeople. His incredible insight into the topic is undoubtedly the best in the country and it is always invaluable to hear from someone who is on top of their game. Thanks Mike for a fantastic session.
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’s participation at Tribe Thursday made the event! If you’re looking for a razor-sharp intellect who is not shy to mix it up and really get people thinking then Mike’s the man! Unconventional, outspoken, lateral, and thoroughly entertaining Mike’s speaker debate at Tribe Thursday ensured we had the jagged edge to keep people talking!