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Pearl Maphumulo

Managing Director

The Business Development Agency

Pearl Maphumulo is a young South African entrepreneur with over 6years experience in an
assortment of media sectors, mainly PR & branding of start-ups. She's currently Managing
Director of The Business Development Agency (Pty) Ltd., an entity focused on the development
of small businesses across the continent.She has been a nominee at the African Achievers Awards under the category 'Excellence in Leadership' a business and entrepreneurship column contributor for a South National newspaper; and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper member.

In 2016 Pearl was selected by Dutch Foundation Building Bridges as South African youth
ambassador for a project called 'Road to Nairobi 2016 [#RTNB2016] powered by the Embassy
of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The project, running in 8 African countries [South Africa,
Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda & Kenya] saw her travel to rural
and township communities alike interacting with a myriad of youth entrepreneurs trying to
understand the challenges faced by them, possible solutions, as well as the SDGs theyre
addressing.

During the 2nd High Level Meeting in Nairobi this 2016 of the Global Partnership for Effective
Development hosted by the Kenyan government, Pearl moderated a panel of leaders such as,
Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade & Development, Lillianne Ploumen, UN Policy Adviser & Action
Campaign Regional Director, Sering Falu Njie, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kanini Kariuki
& Mowgli Foundation CEO, Kathleen Bury. Over and above this, Pearl has been speaker on an
assortment of international platforms, speaking mostly to youth entrepreneurship and
development. She is coauthor the Africa80 book and 1 of the founding members of the Africa80
foundation, a not-for- profit entity with the vision to help Transform Africa through collaboration.
[The book was coauthored by 80 young African leaders from over 30 countries]

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