Linda Mabhena-Olagunju is one of Africa’s few female industrialists, she is the Founder & CEO of DLO Energy Resources Group (Pty) Ltd a wholly black female-owned independent power producer which currently owns one of Africas’ largest wind farms at 244MW, she is also the co-founder and owner of South Africa’s first wholly black-owned EPC and O&M company. She is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in the energy and infrastructure space. She sits on the International Advisory Board of the University of Oxford.
In 2020, 2019,2018, and 2017 Olagunju was listed in the Choiseul 100 Africa Economic Leaders For Tomorrow which is an annual study carried out by the French Institute Choiseul that identifies and ranks young African leaders below the age of 40 who play a major role in the continent’s economic development.
In 2016 she was recognized as the Young Business Leader for Southern Africa under the CNBC All Africa Business Leaders Awards in the same year she was recognized as the overall winner of the Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Awards.
In 2015 she was recognized as the “Best emerging entrepreneur” by Forbes Women Africa in the same year her company DLO was also awarded the most innovative black business by the Black Business Quarterly.
She has also been featured on the front cover of Forbes Africa and has been recognized by ESI as 1 of the 50 Most Influential People in the African Power Sector. In 2014 she was featured on Oprah’s Power List amongst the 20 most powerful women in Africa.