Michelle Ntalami is one of the most sought after young, successful and self-made entrepreneurs in Kenya and Africa. She is the founder of Marini Naturals, Africa’s first full-range haircare line for all natural and Afro-textured hair. Through her wealth of knowledge in business and branding, she has conceptualized and spearheaded the design of everything about the brand, from its name, to its logo, colors, scents, packaging, label design, brand plan, marketing, sales and distribution strategy…making it a brand with global footprint in over 10 countries, in under one year.
This has earned Michelle several coveted recognitions such as Top 40 Under 40 Women in Kenya, Most Influential Women in Business in East Africa (DigiTalk Africa), Africa’s Most Promising StartUps by CNN and an AABLA Award Nominee as Africa’s Top Entrepreneur. Her quality brand Marini Naturals has also won several top awards and accolades across the continent. Michelle is also a renown coach and mentor. She runs her own monthly Entrepreneurship Masterclass at Edulink Campus, where she educates, inspires and equips young people with all the knowledge they need to have to navigate the world of entrepreneurship.
Michelle is also a real brand influencer, both on digital and conventional platforms. She has built her name as one of Kenya’s most respected and renown entrepreneurs. Her charm is her zeal for life and her authenticity in her lifestyle, her vulnerability in her struggles, her grace in her wins, and her honesty in her failures. All this she does with the rare ability to still make business look cool! You can call her our very own Jessica Alba!
Michelle holds a First Class Honors Degree in Communication & Design from the University of Nairobi. She also holds a Master of Arts in Interior and Brand Design from Florence Design Academy in Italy, one of the world’s best Design Schools. (Ranked 2nd Worldwide.) She is a Chartered Marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, U.K., having broken the record of the youngest Chartered Marketer in Kenya and the top Student Globally, in 2010. (A first for Kenya and Africa.) Michelle is also a MCIM Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, (CIM) U.K. She currently sits on the CIM Board, Kenya Chapter as the Vice Chair.