A love of technology and a heart for people have been the fuel behind Mike Saunders’ entrepreneurial journey. An international keynote speaker, digital thought leader and author. He has a unique ability to lead business with a crystal-clear leadership philosophy that encompasses “unlocking potential”, “nurturing trust” and “developing narrative.”
He believes technology innovates a new future, accelerates growth potential and scales business. According to Mike, “technology unlocks our future and is a fundamental driver of our success.” It’s his belief in technology and people that spurred him to founding DigitLab.
DigitLab has grown to be one of South Africa’s premier digital marketing agencies and was voted one of South Africa’s best Digital Agencies in 2012. DigitLab provides services in Social Media, SEO, Advertising, Digital Research, Mobile App and Web Development. The agency is proud to include a variety of national and international brands on their client list including KPMG, City Lodge and Beiersdorf.
In 2015 Mike launched the Digitlab Academy; to educate marketers and supports the academic industry with sound digital strategy education material. A powerful partnership with Vega, School of Branding, saw over 150 people run through the academy in its first quarter.
Digital Swarm, a nationwide digital community that fuels the growth of the digital marketing industry is another brainchild of Mike’s. The swarm hosts quarterly events in Durban and JHB and has attracted speakers from SA’s top brands like KFC, AXE and Google.Acknowledged by his peers in 2012, as one of the Top 20 South Africans to follow on Twitter. Mike was awarded Special Honours at the New Generation Awards for his contribution to the industry. Over the last few years Mike has won the respect of business by his determined approach to helping people navigate a diverse and complicated world of Digital Business.
A born entrepreneur with a deep belief that entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful solutions to poverty. Mike mentors business through his consulting business Brave Narrative.
In 2016, Mike released his first book “The Five Year Mark”. “The Five Year Mark” imparts the lessons Mike has learnt while establishing his businesses and is an inspirational, clear and practical template for entrepreneurs looking for success.
As an international keynote speaker Mike is able to engage his audience in an interactive, personal and energizing manner by drawing on his life experiences and personal stories. With over 10 years experience in the digital industry Mike speaks with authority drawn from his experience. He leaves delegates captivated and inspired about the potential in both technology and people. He has had the privilege of working with some of the most prestigious organisations in the world including Vodafone, Beiersdorf, Bidvest, IBM, Toyota, KPMG, Norton Rose, Exxaro and SPAR.