Puleng Makhoalibe: The Alchemy Inspirer


“Empathy is the most powerful force that makes us human and one. Designing from a place of empathy elevates the human experience. “

Dr. Puleng has a passion for creativity, design thinking and innovation. She has twenty years of experience working in the private sector, government and in higher educational institutions. She is a speaker, facilitator and a published author. Her academic background entails a BSc in Computer Science and Statistics, an MBA and a PhD in Business Management. 

Her international peers have recognised Makhoalibe as a global leader in creativity and innovation. In 2013, she received an award recognising her contribution to the international community of innovators and creatives. In 2016, she received an Africa Social Innovation Leardership Award. In 2019 she received an award to be part of the women leaders of the world and became a lead for the cohort. She had now joined the women leaders of the world council. She heads up the center of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) at Henley Business School. Besides her work at Henley Africa, she also works for Knowinnovation, a company accelerating interdisciplinary scientific innovation and for Inclusive Innovation, which focuses on innovation in developing countries. And she runs her own organisation, the Alchemy Inspiration. She is a past board member of the US-based Creative Education Foundation, whose mission it is to grow the next generation of innovators and creators and she facilitates at numerous annual conferences such as the African Creativity Conference in South Africa and the SA Innovation Summit – international platforms for innovators.