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


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 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 Africa’s top entrepreneurs and women in business.

Mallinson is the only African to have sat on the advisory board for the Mobile World Capital. She has featured as one of IT Web’s Top 5 SA IT Personalities, as one of the Top Woman in ICT by the South African Communications Forum and was recently selected as an “Inspiring Fifty” woman by the Consulate of the Netherlands, as well as a finalist in the AWIEF Awards which recognises top female entrepreneurs from across Africa.

Although based in Johannesburg, Mallinson regularly presents her views on learning, technology and social entrepreneurship across the globe. She is an independent learning consultant, advising small to large companies (and governments), on all aspects of organisational learning and knowledge management. 

When not travelling, Barbara spends time with her three favourite people - Ennis, Edie and Marshall.



Barbara has a wealth of experience within the learning technology space. She helps organisations to implement visionary learning, training and professional development strategies. 
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Barbara regularly presents her views on learning, technology and entrepreneurship across the globe.

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Advisory Boards

Barbara sits on a number of local and international advisory boards within the digital industry.

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