Vuiyisa QabakaCEO at HYBR
VUYISA QABAKA is the Southern Africa partner at Pan African innovation advisory firm, HYBR Group. He holds directorships and advisory roles on various start-up boards, and is a founding non-executive director, equity crowdfunding platform, Uprise.Africa. Past projects have included setting up creative business strategies and innovation spaces, as well as consulting at executive committee level, with a focus bringing disruptive market positioning, offbeat social impact initiative and ecosystem development. Being involved with numerous companies and projects over the years, Vuyisa has built up extensive experience in corporate communications, business innovation, business development and marketing. His journey into entrepreneurship already started as a 2nd year student when he was involved with launching a student magazine and the Afriquezeen restaurant at UCT Upper Campus, he has since gained over 15 years of experience in the African business ecosystem and beyond. Vu or “Chief”, as he is known in business circles in Africa, currently consults in marketing and communications for the ICT industry and past projects include The Barn Khayelitsha, SiMODiSA, Startup South Africa Conference, Executive MBA startup mentorship with Columbia Business School. He currently serves on the boards of the Africa Tech and Creative Group (ATCG), a Pan African community and industry body working on the ACfTA. He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) Degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Property Analysis at the University of Cape Town and a Design Thinking in Practice short course from the D-School, at the UCT Business School. Vuyisa is currently studying towards a Certificate in Digital Money through Digital Frontiers and a certificate in design thinking from Stanford University. Vuyisa is a regular tech media contributor and has a weekly column in the Business Report, part of the Independent Media Group and the largest English language business publication in South Africa. But his media talents extend further than just writing. He is a past television host/presenter of Business Beat on Cape Town TV (DSTV Channel 263). He conducted economic studies tours in Israel, Italy and Peru. He mentors start-ups in various townships through SABEF’s Kasi2Kasi initiative and Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.