Former Statistician General, Dr. Pali Lehohla, joins 22 on Sloane as a research resident advisor from March 1, 2018. Dr. Lehohla was at the helm of Statistics South Africa for almost 17 years. At 22 on Sloane, his role will include, but not limited to:
- Train, guide and mentor the team of researchers working with startups at Sloane
- Co-author an annual research on the state of entrepreneurship in Africa with the team at Sloane
- Support the research team at Sloane in their work with various private and public sector on the African continent
- Host Masterclass session with the startup residents once a month looking at data and trends in their various sectors
Speaking from his office at 22 on Sloane, Dr. Lehohla expressed his excitement in coming into the campus.
“I am very thrilled to be here. I am not a business man but I think I can help business people with information that will help them thrive. The vibrancy and energy in this environment is addictive and I look forward to engaging young people in this space and adding as much value as I can.”
Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEN, said, “Dr. Pali Lehohla not only possesses a great deal of knowledge of the underlying factors challenging the growth of new businesses, but it was clear to me the first time we met that he has an extraordinary, almost magical talent for communicating it in a way relevant to those looking to start and scale. Engaging him as a mentor to startups while contributing to research being conducted by our team at 22 on Sloane is further proof that Kizito Okechukwu, co-chair of GEN Africa, is already making tremendous strides in supporting the spread of entrepreneurship throughout the continent.”
Minister of Small Business Development, Ms. Lindiwe Zulu, described the appointment of Dr. Pali Lehohla as good news for all entrepreneurs in South Africa and the entire continent. “I am confident that entrepreneurs will benefit enormously from his sharp intellect and extraordinary ability to utilize data as a tool of planning and decision-making. We are confident that effective use of information and research will ultimately contribute to the growth, sustainability and success of emerging enterprises,” said Minister Zulu.
22 on Sloane is the largest startup campus in Africa. The campus offers disruptive startups and innovative SMEs a complete turnkey solution to scale, from the initial idea all the way to commercialization, funding opportunities and access to markets. Its aim is to nurture the entrepreneurial mindset, ensure their sustainability, and explore development of new industries and contribute towards job creation in Africa.
A global and diverse team of experienced entrepreneurs, mentors, scientists, managers, CEOs, and funders support entrepreneurs enrolled at the campus, with product development, services and business models. The experts are active throughout the journey to build their companies and assist with market entry and financing through angel funders and venture capitals.