Shukri Toefy is not interested in boundaries but doing things differently.
- GQ Magazine
Shukri Toefy is an entrepreneur, film producer and co-founder and CEO of FORT––an award-winning independent, creative content and production network, with head offices in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Shukri holds a degree in Law and Politics from the University of Cape Town, an Executive MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business, and has the distinction of being an Entrepreneurship Expert with the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
The fundamentals of Shukri’s approach to business was galvanised by the founding of FORT, a business originally created to pay back student loans that today is one that empowers and drives change. A penniless student missing lectures to meet with clients––pitches crafted on trains, and rehearsed on the streets––passion and focus would define his hunger for more in a period of disruption.
Over a decade later, in 2017 Shukri launched a pioneering shared prosperity model in which FORT donated one percent of the company to its community trust, Hold The FORT, as well 10% to its employee fund.
As the founder of The Rainmakers Journal, a thought leadership platform, Shukri’s passion for non-traditional sources of knowledge has been crafted into a series of projects.
Unwritten, a film under The Rainmakers Journal by Shukri Toefy, has enjoyed critical acclaim. The film won the Van Gogh award at the Amsterdam International Film Festival as well as awards in official selections in LA, Rome and Bali.
In 2016, Shukri launched the #CreateMovement campaign. A mobilisation of the continent’s celebrities and most influential players in business to decolonise Africa’s creative economy, the campaign aimed to create a more equitable African Creative Economy and received continent-wide support.
Following this, Shukri was recognised as a Young Global Changer, and invited to the G20 Global Solutions Summit in Berlin––marking a shift from business leader to global keynote speaker.
As a strategic advisor, Shukri’s focus has been on entrepreneurship, business model innovation, storytelling, shared value, and private and public policy on economic and social development, for projects including the South African Presidency’s Youth Employment Service, G20 Policy Forum, Ivory Coast Economic Council and a number of public listed companies in Africa.
This strategic insight is tangibly realised by Shukri’s most current focus––his ability to identify and grow some of the most exciting growth businesses and startups––culminating in an overriding imperative: Shape a new global landscape, and create impact that reaches inwards but extends far beyond borders.
He has served on a number of boards, and is profiled in various publications. Shukri 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
An award-winning independent, creative content and production network, with head offices in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Investments in some of the most exciting growth businesses and startups across media, technology, creative, and digital.
The Rainmakers Journal is an anthology of the common man’s knowledge that, through a series of projects, workshops and events, shares the value of shared knowledge.
Strategic advisory company with a focus on entrepreneurship, business model innovation, shared value, private and public policy on economic and social development.
He is helping set the pace as a real trailblazer
- Fast Company
As a speaker, Shukri’s focus areas are entrepreneurship, business model innovation, storytelling, shared value, and private and public policy on economic and social development.
Shukri’s impact has lead him to speak at many global events, hosting masterclasses on trends, the changing value chain of the new creative economy, the power of knowledge sharing, and alternate models of creative leadership.
Failure has never been an option for him
- Forbes Africa