Born in the DRC of Rwandan heritage and raised in South Africa, Mimi Kalinda is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive officer of Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations and communications agency headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. ACG clients include MTN, Barloworld, Accenture, AFIG Funds, Nesta and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Previously, as FleishmanHillard’s Africa Lead, Mimi was part of the team that won PRISM Awards for the Barclays Africa “Prosper” campaign as well as the African Union’s campaign against Ebola. She also worked for Weber Shandwick, where she managed social impact accounts, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
From 2003 to 2006, Mimi worked in New York City for 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, specifically on the film Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee. Mimi was the first African woman to host a show on MTV Europe and the recipient of the One World Media Award for Rien Que La Verite, a television program advocating the prevention of HIV/AIDS and an end to violence against women in the DRC.
Mimi is a New York University graduate, and sits on the board of Catalyst for Growth and the Africa Brand Counsel. She is the Rebranding Africa Champion for Africa 2.0 and she was a finalist for International African Woman of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards 2016. Mimi is an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Program Fellow. Her first book, Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent, was released in January 2017.