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Lerato Mbele

Presenter, BBC World News

Lerato Mbele is a journalist specializing in business and economics and a BBC World News presenter. She is the face of “Talking Business Africa,” a television program about business leadership, company strategy, and innovations that have enabled companies in Africa to thrive. 

Until recently, she was the presenter of “Africa Business Report” and is an occasional presenter on the weekly BBC program “In Business Africa.” 

Lerato joined BBC World News in June 2012. Prior to that, she was a Senior Business Anchor at CNBC Africa and the prime-time news anchor at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). 

Throughout her media career, she has interviewed notable international figures, including Christine Lagarde, former IMF Managing Director; Jim Kim, former World Bank Group President; the late UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan; the US Secretary of State John Kerry; various Heads of State and prominent personalities, such as Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote, Mo Ibrahim, Joseph Stiglitz; even musicians such as Bob Geldof, Akon, and Will.i.am have been featured on her television shows. 

In early 2016, Lerato was nominated in the media category of the inaugural New African Women Awards. Previously, she was included in the Oprah O Magazine Power List of 21 African women “rocking the world.” In 2014, Lerato Mbele was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Lerato is a regular speaker at international conferences that focus primarily on economics and investments in Africa. She hosted television debates and plenaries for the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank, the United Nations, and more. 

Lerato is a Chevening Scholar and holds an MSc degree in Development Studies from The School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. 

She completed her undergraduate and Honours degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch respectively. 

She was recently appointed as a member of the council (the board of directors) at the University of Cape Town.