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Nationality: South African/Zimbabwean

Professional address: 7 Douglas Road, Sundowner, 2195, Johannesburg, South Africa

Principal function: Vice-Chair and Chief Operating Officer of ACI Group

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Other current directorships and positions:

In foreign countries:

Within the ACI Group:

Vice-Chair of ACI Trust Holdings Company Ltd (Guernsey);

Vice-Chair of ACI Holdings & Investments (Austira);

Vice-Chair of ACI AG (Liechtenstein);

Vice-Chair of ACI Ltd (Canada);

Vice-Chair of ACI Ltd (Japan);

Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of ACI T/A Outwood Mineral Resources Pvt Ltd (Zimbabwe).

Outside the ACI Group:

Director Consultant, Intergroup Brand Consulting (South Africa);

Chair, Sankofa Republik (South Africa);

Director, The Jupiter Drawing Room (South Africa);

Co-Founder, Kush Kollective (South Africa);

Partner, Proudly Afrikan (South Africa);

Production Director,  TEDx Soweto (South Africa).

Production Director, TEDx Johannesburg (South Africa)

Non-profit organisations: 

Director Chair, The Sankofa Creative Incubation;

Director Co-Chair, The ACI Foundation;

Director Co-Chair, The Abundance J.N.U. Foundation.

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Biography:

“We face neither East nor West; we face forward.” – Kwame Nkrumah

We Are Therefore I Am. Believer In Knowledge Of Self and Self-Determination. Afro Futurist, Brother, Son, Village Boy, Farmer, Kushite, Afrikan World Traveller, Polymath, Pan-Afrikan Instigator Of Thought, Strategist, Creative, Friend, Writer, Editor, Award-Winning Afrikan-Centred Brand Specialist, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of ACI, Charles is a Zimbabwean born in Mutare and lives life through the creative eye. He attended his tertiary education in Cape Town, South Africa (IMD Business School) and in Johannesburg at Milpark Business School where he studied Strategy and obtained an MBA in International Business and Strategy.

In 2001 together with a few friends, he co-founded the iconic Kush Kollective a Pan Afrikan creative incubator responsible for iconic music shows and Kush Khoza as well as Proudly Afrikan, online Pan African journals. In 2002 he worked with Ogilvy Africa (WPP group) and was responsible for business development and client management in sub Sahara Africa. In 2005 he joined The Standard Bank Group as Regional Head: Africa, responsible for Marketing, Pan Africa football sponsorship, country strategies as well as new markets strategies i.e. Mergers in Nigeria, Kenya and Argentina as well as being part of a team that opened a new Standard Bank operation in Angola.

In 2010 he focused on ACI, where he is currently Chief Operating Officer responsible for business development, operations and managing the agri-business division. To pursue his marketing interests outside of ACI, he formed a Pan Africa consulting company called Sankofa Republik, a Pan African creative incubation hub where he works with Multi- national organisations in the areas of marketing, communication, business development, creativity and strategy development. He is an award-winning African-centered brand specialist, director consultant of Intergroup Brand Consulting and The Jupiter Drawing Room.

Charles is passionate about ideas that change the world importantly rural development. He is a Partner and coordinator of TEDxJohannesburg, a local offshoot of TED America. TED is dedicated to ideas worth spreading and inspires him to use his creativity to make a difference in the world. He is also a drummer, saxophonist, poet and a published writer.

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