Born in Nigeria and based in the UK, Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao is an entrepreneur, influential speaker, podcast host, blogger, freelance columnist, social media personality and brand consultant. She is also the Founder and Managing Director of Malée – Africa’s 1st global luxury fragrance and body care brand.
Zeze has established herself as both a leader in the African-made luxury goods market. In addition, she is a sought-after consultant across a broad range of industries and topics. Over the years, she has garnered numerous global product and consumer awards. As well as recognition from leading publications such as CNN, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail. While Malée has been featured in leading publications like Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Pure Beauty, OK!, Huffington Post, You and Your Wedding, Women’s Health, Health and Fitness, Grazia and Psychologies Magazine to name a few.
Brand and Business Consultant
By the same token, Zeze firmly believes that a good idea simply isn’t enough in today’s crowded marketplace. In particular, it takes determination, passion, instinct, financial savvy and strong communication skills to achieve your goals. With this in mind, she lends over a decade’s worth of successful brand-building experience to start ups, multinational businesses, brands and learners. Often as a consultant on specific projects and guest lecturer in cosmetics, luxury goods, and start-up industries. To emphasise, her insightful talks focus on Africa, marketing, innovation, brand strategy, sustainability, product development, sales and distribution.
Most importantly, Zeze is a sought-after speaker and guest lecturer, having conducted numerous speaking engagements at a range of events and institutions. Including INSEEC Business School, In-Cosmetics, UCL School of Management, the Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust Women’s Conference, The Business of Design, She Leads Africa, Women’s Chapter and Telegraph Women to name a few. Significantly armed with incredible stories and experiences to share, Zeze motivates, inspires and engages audiences on a range of topics, including entrepreneurship, women in business, the start-up economy, the cosmetics and beauty industry, diversity and inclusivity.
Board Member and Philanthropist
Equally, Zeze serves as a trustee and board member for a number of organisations including INNOCOS, Great Ormond Street Hospital, CEW and the UK South African Chamber of Commerce. In particular, she is a firm believer in investing in the future of disadvantaged youth through health and education. To enumerate, as a member of the board of trustees for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH), Zeze helps raise funds for research into children’s health, provide family support, and invest in lifesaving medical equipment. In addition, she is also a sponsor and mentor of Ripple Reading, a non-profit company that focuses on literacy and leadership development of children within disadvantaged communities.
“I believe that a good idea isn’t simply enough in today’s crowded marketplace. It takes determination, passion, instinct, financial savvy and strong communication skills to achieve your goals”ZEZE ORIAIKHI-SAO
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