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RIAAN FOURIE

For the last decade, Riaan has worked to encourage the philosophy of strength through vulnerability. He has endeavored to guide others to embrace their authenticity and better help each other by sharing their value, both at work or as entrepreneurs.

The future of work isn’t changing, it has changed. Riaan is doing his part in reminding us to navigate this in a strategic and meaningful way.

He believes in the youth of South Africa and their capacity to shape their individual futures by having faith in who they are and in their ambitions. He holds the view that this is as true for the everyday working South African as it is for the children being raised by them.

RIAAN’S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Riaan is followed by over 70 000 South Africans  who he motivates and guides with his videos and writing.

Riaan is proud to be the ambassador for Partners for Possibility and BeBold – both organizations share Riaan’s focus on the relationship between innovation, education and business.

Riaan has served as a consultant for several award-winning recording artists to guide them in the creation of a more authentic product and communication strategy.

Riaan has been privileged to serve as the youngest group facilitator of cutting-edge youth transformation programs developed in USA.

HE MADE UP HIS JOB IN MUSIC 

As an Artist Developer (a job he made up and later wrote a book about), Riaan has served as a consultant to Grammy and SAMA Award Winning artists, amongst many other talents. He was tasked with guiding them to trust in their authenticity when creating, allowing who they are to set their path and educate their strategies. He has also co-written hit songs in South Africa that are still being played on national radio today.

HE HAS FACILITATED AS PART OF NGO’S

He was invited to facilitate boys in their journey to become young men – by helping them connect to and express their feelings. The process was designed to share tools to help these boys take control of their lives. These boys were often selected from at-risk environments and as such Riaan has served in orphanages and home shelters as part of teams presenting cutting edge US programs to transform the life experiences of participating South African youths.

HE IS AN AUTHOR

Having made up his job as an Artist Developer, Riaan began writing a book for young adults that transparently tells his story of starting out as a 16-year-old entrepreneur and his journey to today. “How I Made Up My Job” focuses on how the personal and professional tools that he still uses today played a role to guide him along the way. He shares his emotional development strategies, insights, over a decade of branding and marketing knowledge and what it takes to be an entrepreneur in 21st Century South Africa.

HE IS THE FOUNDER OF First365

Riaan founded First365 (www.first365.co.za) in 2016 to create a space where soon-to-be entrepreneurs are exposed to successful millennial entrepreneurs. The space is designed to enable these entrepreneurs to share the story of how they managed their very first year of making their dream a reality. Although the event focuses on discussing daily tasks and the overall strategies that got them from having an idea to having a strong business, the importance of the First365 brand lies in its philosophy that the first year is the most difficult and the more we authentically talk about the challenges of that year, the more possible starting a new venture will seem to the youth of South Africa.

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Riaan is followed by over 70 000 South Africans (primarily black) who he motivates and guides with his videos and writing.
Currently he is the ambassador for Partners for Possibility and BeBold – both organizations share Riaan’s focus on the relationship between innovation, education and business.
Youngest group facilitator of cutting-edge youth transformation programs developed in USA.
Consulted several award-winning recording artists to guide them in the creation of a more authentic product and communication strategy.
Published his first book “How I Made Up My Job” in 2017 which has seen him featured on Expresso, HeartFM, SmileFM and other media outlets.
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