Shukri Toefy is not interested in boundaries but doing things differently.
- GQ Magazine


Shukri Toefy is an entrepreneur, strategic advisor, investor, speaker, film producer, and CEO of Fortified Group.

He holds a degree in Law and Politics from the University of Cape Town, and has the distinction of being an Entrepreneurship Expert at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

The fundamentals of Shukri’s approach to business is galvanised by his entrepreneurial background, which includes the founding of FORT and the building of a number of exciting companies and brands.

This is tangibly realised by Shukri’s most current focus––his ability to identify and grow some of the most exciting growth businesses and start ups––culminating in an overriding imperative: shape a new global landscape, and create impact that reaches inwards but extends far beyond borders.

Shukri has been recognised for a number of awards, including Cannes Lions, the Loeries Awards, ProMax, Amsterdam International Film Festival, official selections in LA, Largo, Rome and Bali, and most notably, is an EY World Entrepreneur finalist.

Collectively, Shukri’s endeavours speak to his unwavering dedication to empowering and driving change, a personal mission reflected in the ethos of Fortified Group. This is also evident in the entertainment projects Shukri is currently involved in, where his commitment to taking authentically African stories to global audiences has found traction amongst the major studios in Hollywood.

At present, Shukri is a Special Advisor and Ambassador to the G20 World Policy Forum. He has chosen to sit on a carefully curated list of boards, and is chairman of Southfields Group. He is also a guest lecturer at a number of universities around the world.

As a strategic advisor, Shukri has consulted to some of the most exciting brands on the continent and globally around business strategy, communication and growth. Recognised as one of the top creative minds on the African continent, he has frequently spoken at industry events such as Cannes Lions, a festival of creativity and the meeting place for the entire creative industry.

He has been profiled in various publications including Forbes Africa, Huffington Post, GQ, Marketing Week, Creativity and AdAge, and has been named a Top 40 CEO by Under40CEOs, and one of Fast Company’s Most Productive People.

Celebrates African creativity and believes in decolonising the African creative economy.
- Huffington Post

He is helping set the pace as a real trailblazer
- Fast Company

Failure has never been an option for him
- Forbes Africa