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Lerato Mbele

Presenter, BBC World News

Lerato Mbele is presenter of on BBC World News television, who specialises in the coverage of business and economics. She is the face of “Talking Business Africa” – a television programme that aims raises the conversation about business leadership, company strategy and innovations that have enabled companies to thrive on the African continent.

Lerato travels the continent visiting boardrooms, to farms, factory floors and tech incubators, in order to find out more about the people driving new industries. She meets with the “movers and shakers” leading these companies and finds out more about the principles of business leadership on a complex but exciting continent.

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

Lerato Mbele joined BBC World News in June 2012 and has been with the global news organisation ever since.

Prior to that, she was a Senior Business Anchor at CNBC Africa and was the prime time news anchor at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Throughout her media career, she has interviewed notable international figures, including the IMF’s Christine Lagarde;  Dr. Jim Kim the former World Bank 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 have all 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 named on the Oprah O Magazine Power List of 21 African women “rocking the world”. In 2014, Lerato Mbele was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

 Lerato Mbele-Roberts is a regular speaker at international conferences that focus mainly on economics and investments in Africa. She has hosted moderated plenaries and hosted television debates, at World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings, African Development Bank, the United Nations, Nigerian Economic Summit and various international platforms.

Academically, Lerato Mbele is a Chevening Scholar who 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.