Barbara Mallinson

Barbara Mallinson is the Founder and CEO of Obami – a learning solutions company that’s been recognised by the likes of Forbes, CNN and Business Insider as one of the most innovative technologies in the world, as well as one of best start ups to come out of Africa.

Mallinson was identified as one of the Mail & Guardian’s “Top 200 Young People to Take to Lunch”, and has been branded an IT Hero, as well as one of Cape Town’s top 10 Women in Business, by the Cape IT Initiative. She’s been recognised by UNESCO Courier as one of 21 young people changing the world, while the likes of IT Web Africa, CNN, Forbes and the Financial Mail, identified her as one of the top entrepreneurs and African women in business. 

Mallinson is the only African to have sat on the advisory board for the Mobile World Capital. She was featured as one of IT Web’s Top 5 SA IT Personalities and was recently nominated as one of the Top Woman in ICT by the South African Communications Forum.

Although based in Cape Town, Mallinson regularly presents her views on learning, technology and social entrepreneurship across the globe.