Rene Parker

Chief Executive Officer, RLabs

Rene Parker is a social impact entrepreneur with extensive experience in building social ventures at scale. Her role as the CEO of RLabs has led to its transformation from the humble beginnings of a community project in Cape Town into an award-winning global social enterprise. RLabs is a global movement that has inspired replication of the model in 23 countries and impacted more than 20 Million people since its inception in 2009. Rene has a passion for empowering women in technology and business and continues to support startups and innovation hubs across Africa by providing mentorship and strategic direction. She is a sought-after international speaker with a strong focus on innovation, social entrepreneurship, Living Labs and empowering women through technology and entrepreneurship as well as a thought leader who provides a variety of consulting services for international development and community innovation to both the private and public sectors.

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