Thembani Biyam | eCommerce Africa

Thembani Biyam

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Managing Director: Southern Africa
OLX

Thembani is a 29 year old eCommerce Chief Executive.

His involvement in basketball exposed him to entrepreneurship at an early age. Due to his efforts in transforming basketball whilst at university, he was selected as one of the top 100 Brightest Young Minds &, subsequently, one of the top 24 leading protégés in South Africa who attended the MTN Business Leading CEO Council. As chairperson of UKZN basketball, he co-founded 2 basketball leagues in Pietermaritzburg.

In 2015, he completed a 3 year journey as the Board Support to the Managing Director/ Board Member of T-Systems SA – a leading International ICT Company - working on various strategic initiatives, strategy formulation, strategy implementation & special projects within the organisation. 

He completed a successful journey at McKinsey & Company - one of the largest and most prestigious management consultancies worldwide - where he graduated from the McKinsey Leadership Programme 1 year early & transitioned to Junior Associate. His time at McKinsey consisted of organisational transformations & market entry pieces, across the domains of IT, procurement, inventory management, balance sheet management, corporate strategy & revenue growth strategy.

As a result of his achievements, Thembani was invited as one of 40 pioneering intra-preneurs in SA to speak at the Annual Levi’s Pioneer Nation Festival – a 16 hour festival bringing hundreds of budding professionals & entrepreneurs together to hear 40 pioneers share their stories of challenge & achievement.

After only 5 years of work experience, Thembani joined OLX SA as the Head of Strategy, Analytics & Monetisation. 1 year later, Thembani has been promoted to role of Country Manager. OLX SA is a member of the OLX Group - the largest online classifieds company worldwide and a proud Naspers company. 

Thembani's future aspiration is to dramatically impact the eCommerce industries across Africa with disruptive products and services owned and created by Africans.


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