Thato Kgatlhanye is one of South Africa's leading young entrepreneurs. She holds a BA in Brand Management from VEGA The School of Brand Leadership in Cape Town and started her career in New York working with American marketing guru and author Seth Godin. Upon her return, she founded Rethaka, a manufacturing company which Bill Gates personally recognised for its innovation: repurposing schoolbags. Her pursuit to do work that has real-world impact, has seen her founding her second company, Seven Twelve, a personal development agency.
Through her efforts to make a dent in the world, she has been recognised on numerous platforms the most recent being listed on the highly acclaimed Forbes 30 under 30 list, she received the International Elle Impact Award, and in 2016 she became the youngest woman at age 23 to appear on the cover of Forbes Women Africa. As a thought leader on hacking innovation in Africa, she has appeared on various stages as a keynote speaker in South Africa, USA, Austria and Belgium.