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Podcast Interview with Jesmane Boggenpoel

Why it was selected for “CBNation Architects”:

In this episode, the guest is Jesmane Boggenpoel, an accomplished author, entrepreneur, and professional with extensive experience in private equity investments.

Key Points:

Jesmane's Story: Jesmane is the author of a book on racial reconciliation, healing, and inclusion titled “My Blood Divides and Unites”. She is a founder and Principal of AIH Capital, a private equity fund, and she has over 16 years’ experience in private equity, investments, and entrepreneurship. She has held a significant position such as the former Head of Business Engagement Africa at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Diversity and Inclusion Course: Jesmane has also created a diversity and inclusion course leveraging her book as a teaching aid. (

Board Positions and Accolades: Currently, she serves on the boards of several JSE-listed firms, including technology firm EOH, Murray & Roberts, and food retailer Spur. She is also the Chairperson of ETGIH, the largest African fertilizer group based in Dubai. Jesmane holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government and is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa). In 2013, she was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

CEO Hack: Jesmane uses her iPhone notes app to jot down ideas and reminders.

CEO Nugget: She emphasizes the importance of prioritizing growth.

CEO Defined: Jesmane defines a CEO as someone who brings people together to accomplish a wider vision and purpose.

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Jesmane Boggenpoel Teaser 00:00

Means bringing people together to accomplish a wider purpose and vision that's bigger than all of us and to produce content or product or a service that is relevant to the world at this point in time.

Intro 00:19

Are you ready to hear business stories and learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales, and level up your business from awesome CEOs, entrepreneurs and founders without listening to a long, long, long interview?

If so, you've come to the right place. Gresh values your time and is ready to share with you the valuable info you're in search of.

This is the I AM CEO podcast.

Gresham Harkless 00:47

Hello, hello, hello. This is Gresh from the I AM CEO podcast, and I appreciate you listening to this episode. If you've been listening this year, you know that we hit 1600 episodes at the beginning of this year. We're doing something a little bit different where we're repurposing our favorite episodes around certain categories, topics, or as I like to call them business pillars that we think are going to be extremely impactful for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business owners, or what I like to call CB Nation architects who are looking to level up their organizations.

This month, we are focused on innovation, disruption, women entrepreneurship, DEI, gig economy, remote economy, even the cannabis industry. Think about these industries and these disruptive technologies that really sometimes aren't as disruptive but there are people that are just paying attention to what the market needs, and they're providing that. So really think about the things that are quote and quote outside of the norm, but really help entrepreneurship to grow and fully develop.

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I think it's an extremely exciting time when you're talking about any type of innovation or disruption, because I think that there's so many opportunities and needs that aren't felt that are starting to be filled by different groups, different organizations, or even different industries. So what I want you to do is sit back and enjoy this special episode of the I AM CEO podcast.

Hello, hello, hello. This is Gresh from the I AM CEO podcast. I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Jesmane Boggenpoel of My Blood Divides and Unites.

Jesmane, it's great to have you on the show.

Jesmane Boggenpoel 02:12

Thank you.

Gresham Harkless 02:14

Super excited to have you on. Before we jump into the interview, I want to read a little bit more about Jesmane, so you can hear about all the other things that she's doing.

Jesmane, is the author of a book on Racial Reconciliation, Healing, and Inclusion, My Blood Unites, Divides and Unites. She's created a new diversity and inclusion course with her book as a teaching aid. Jesmane, is also the founder and principal of AIH Capital, a private equity fund. She has over 16 years of experience in private equity, investment, and as an entrepreneur. She's also the former head of business engagement, Africa at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

She currently serves on the boards of the following listed firms technology from Murray and Roberts and food retailer spur. She is the chairperson of the largest African fertilizer group that is Dubai based E. T. G. I. H. She holds a master's degree from Harvard University's J. F. K. School of Government and is a chartered accountant in South Africa. Jesmane was nominated as a young global leader of the World Economic Forum in 2013.

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Jesmane, you're doing so many awesome things. Super excited to have you on the show. Are you ready to speak to the I AM CEO community?

Jesmane Boggenpoel 03:22


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