The author of ‘The Best Advice I Ever Got’ and ‘Conversations with JSE AltX Entrepreneurs’, Siya Mapoko is an international speaker, seminar leader as well as a scientific and business leader.
Since the beginning of the 2000’s, he has researched diverse fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, MRI drug research (contrast agents), investment analysis, Equity Trading, Entrepreneurship, super-fast business growth strategies and leadership.
He graduated from UCT with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry in 2002. In 2003, he spent time researching his MSc thesis at GlaxoSmithKline in England, where he focused on contrast agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Siya Mapoko-Business Entrepreneurship has also graduated from UNISA with qualifications in Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management.
In 2005, Siya joined Investec Asset Management as an Equities Trader and he was also a Financial Markets Reporter on SAfm.
He has spoken to thousands of people from around the world and he has been invited as a guest lecturer at universities and business schools in South Africa and in Europe.
His audiences have included diplomats from countries such as the US, France, Monaco, Austria and Belgium.
Siya has been nominated for a number of business and entrepreneurship awards. At the end of 2010, he was honoured by The Striding Man Society; an initiative of The House of Johnnie Walker – he was named one of 30 South African Striders and they featured him in their book titled ‘Celebrating Strides’.
Siya’s work has been widely publicized in the media. He has written columns for publications such as City Press and BBQ Magazine.
Academic: University of Pretoria, University of Cape Town, UCT GSB, Regenesys, University of Free State, Vaal University of Technology, International School of Investment and Finance – Siya is listed among the School’s top international mentors, alongside Robin Sharma and some of the world’s business and leadership gurus.
Corporate, Government & Non-profits: Vodacom, Firstrand, Old Mutual, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Deloitte, Sanlam, Cape Chamber, Free State Government, JSE, BMF, Leadership Magazine Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention, Distel (Oude Meester), PetroSA, TETA, and many others.
“Thank you so much for delivering the UCT Alumni Leadership address. We are enormously proud of your achievements as a UCT alumnus, and we are heartened by your willingness to give back to your Alma Mater through this evident support.”
Dr. Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
“I do believe and continue to have hope for our country and our economy with people like Siya.”
Lerato Molebatsi, former-Head: Group Public Affairs, Sanlam
“Thank you very much for your inspirational talk; it was a pleasure meeting you.”
Francis Kasasa, Consul General, Consulate of Monaco
“Siya will inspire other entrepreneurs and help them believe in themselves and in SA.”
“Siya, it was great to meet you and I wish you every success, both with your writing and your journey to your essence. It will be a privilege to see how the later manifests in your mission.” Mark J. Lamberti, Chairman, Massmart
“Siya, keep your head in the sky and your feet on the ground.”
Raymond Ackerman, Chairman, Pick ‘n Pay
“The talk was absolutely awesome; one of these days for sure you’ll be the president. What a good example you’ll be.”
Sharifa Fredericks, Accounts Manager, LRSSA
“I enjoyed your talk thoroughly at the Cape Chamber event. I must say you are in my mind what I call a “business cowboy” riding out into the wilds with both guns blazing and with absolutely no fear.”
Lacia Gess, HOME TO HOME INTERIORS
“His presentation was moving as he spoke about following and living your passion, setting clear goals for oneself and never giving up.”
Zephne Otto, Deloitte
“When you speak – it’s nothing superficial – there is sincerity that comes through, and people can RELATE to that. Thank you for strengthening us in this challenging season.”
Vuyokazi Matu, Director, Okuhle Media
“One of the best talks I’ve heard in the last 3 years.”
Pedro Rhode, GM Nedbank, Western Cape
“Siya, I give you a rating of 6 out of 5.”
Arthur Goldstuck, MD, World Wide Worx, author, speaker
“It was magic listening to you my brother.”
Rurik McKaiser, Entrepreneur: The Phoenix Group
“It was a delight hearing you talking passionately about your book and your work. It only offers inspiration!”
Lungelo Matiwane, MD: Matiwane GIE Forensic Investigations
“I’ve read Conversations with JSE AltX Entrepreneurs. Awe inspiring book!”
Carl Neethling, Investment Controller, Westmont Management Ltd, UK