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Ben Botes

Partner - SA Investors Network

MBA, M Psych

 

Ben Botes is an Entrepreneur, Speaker, Writer, Coach and academic. He is the founder of My1stBusiness.com and SA Business Plan and StartMe 4 web portals dedicated to entrepreneurs. He is also the Co-founder of Investors Network , Business support Hubs and incubators. He is considered to be one of SA’s new leading thinkers on the Coaching of entrepreneurs and small business leadership. His specialisms are Entrepreneur and leadership development, individual and organisational learning, business innovation, personal transformation, and team dynamics. Ben holds Master degrees in Psychology and Business Administration as well as qualifications in coaching and mentoring. Ten years ago, Ben became the youngest president of the European Coaching Institute, a body that promotes professional standards and accreditation for coaching and coach training providers in Europe. He is the author of numerous books and e-books on a number of small business issues, and has been featured in articles by The Guardian, The Times and the Wall Street Journal for Europe newspapers. Ben is also currently an associate lecturer in Business Start-up and Small Business Management at Middlesex University.

 

Ben's current projects concentrates on the provision and improvement of online networks and resources for first time business leaders and entrepreneurs and have consulted on these issues for organisations such as Accenture, Hewlett-Packard, Business Link UK, The Prince’s Trust and Shell. He also works as a Coach for a large range of small and medium size enterprises on strategy and innovation, knowledge management, personal effectiveness and network and support system development.

 

In 2000, after five years as a Management Consultant and Executive Coach, Ben moved to London from South Africa where he trained as a consultant with the consulting firm and think-tank Future Coaching, spending much of his time working on strategy, innovation and Futures & Scenario Planning with large clients such as HMI, an international hospitality and Leisure Company and the Ministry of Defence. Further work with corporate clients included the development and implementation of cultural diversity and leadership development programs in post-apartheid South Africa for ABSA Bank, Brilliant Business Systems and Toyota.

 

In his spare time Ben reads futurist literature and ambiguous philosophy. He is a keen sportsman and chef, loves animals and has a great passion for people.

 

Websites : http://www.my1stbusiness.com http://www.investorsnetwork.co.za

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