Lerato Mbele is presenter of Africa Business Report on BBC World News television. Prior to joining the BBC in 2012, Lerato served as Senior Business Anchor for CNBC Africa, hosting a variety of business programmes and discussions related to the economy, business environment, stock markets, entrepreneurship and leadership. Lerato began her journalism career in 1999 at the state-owned broadcaster The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She went on to serve as an anchor for the channel’s daily news show News at 10 and also fronted the weekly show, Public Interest and The Ambassadors. Lerato has interviewed notable international figures, including Christine Lagarde, Jim Kim, Bill Gates Aliko Dangote, John Kerry, Nobel laureates Kofi Annan and Mohamed Yunus. She has also interviewed several African presidents, including Paul Kagame, John Dramani Mahama, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, James Michel and more. In early 2016, she was nominated for the inaugural New African Women Awards in the media category. Previously she was named on the Oprah Magazine Power List of 21 African women “rocking the world”. In 2014, she was named a Young Global Leader, by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a recipient of a literary award from the World Association of University of Women. Lerato also the co-edited the book “Designing Democracy,” alongside Ayesha Kajee, during her tenure as a researcher at the SA Institute of International Affairs. Lerato Mbele-Roberts is a regular speaker at international conferences, focusing mainly on economics and investments in Africa. She has hosted and moderated plenaries and television debates, at the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings, African Development Bank, the United Nations, Nigerian Economic Summit and various international platforms. Lerato Mbele-Roberts is a Chevening Scholar who holds an MSc degree in Development Studies from The School of Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London. She completed her undergraduate and Honours degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch.
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