Alan WindeProvincial Minister of Economic Opportunities
Before Alan Winde began his career in politics, he started and successfully operated 10 businesses.
Whilst running his businesses, he became active in his community. As a respected and trusted member of society, in 1996, he ran as an independent candidate and was successfully elected to the South Cape District Council.
Shortly afterwards, Alan was approached by the leadership of the Democratic Alliance, a party which believes in creating an open, opportunity society for all the people of South Africa, to run for Provincial Parliament in the Western Cape under its banner, a responsibility and challenge which he gladly accepted.
Between 2000 and 2009, Alan served various political roles, including being the Chief Whip of the official opposition, Western Cape Provincial Finance Chairperson and Member of the Executive Committee.
When the Democratic Alliance won the Western Cape Province in 2009, Alan was elected to serve as the Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. He was appointed to office by Premier Helen Zille on the 8th of May 2009.
In 2014, the Democratic Alliance won the Western Cape Province with an even greater majority, and Minister Winde was selected by Premier Helen Zille to become Minister of Economic Opportunities, in charge of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The above portfolios were joined under one Ministry to increase cohesion and alignment in the economy. He was inaugurated into the role on 26 May 2014.
Bonang currently is the CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and until June 2017 he was the VICE PRESIDENT UPSTREAM & CHAIRMAN of Shell Downstream South Africa (Pty) Limited, where he was Chairman of the boards of Shell South Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd; Shell Downstream South Africa (Pty) Ltd; Shell South Africa Refinery (Pty) Ltd and South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF). He had country responsibilities for the Oil, Chemical, Aviation, Marine and Lubricants global businesses and is operationally accountable for the Retail; Fuels & Bitumen; Supply & Distribution classes of businesses as well as Finance; Legal; HR; Safety (HSSE) and Transformation classes of functions.
Until 2008, he spent 6 years as the CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of Drake & Scull FM SA (PTY) Ltd, an integrated Facilities Management company owned by the Tsebo Outsourcing Group, where Bonang was also a member of the Executive Committee (Exco).
Until May 2003, he was CHIEF EXECUTIVE: SHARED SERVICES AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES of Sanlam; a member of the Exco; alternate director of the Sanlam Limited main board; chairman of the board of TASC; a director of Innofin; Gensec Property Services and Fundamo. .
Until August 2001, he was the EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT at South African Airways (SAA) responsible for Strategic Alliances, Network Management and Global Sales.
From 1996, he was the MANAGING DIRECTOR of OTIS (PTY) LTD – the world’s biggest and oldest elevator company where he spent five years– and in 1997, winners of the Black Management Forum’s (BMF) “Progressive Company of the Year” award
Awarded “The Momentum Friendship Blazer” as recognition for being the ‘first RSA Nation Building Champion’ in 2015. Winner of both the ‘Country’ (RSA) & ‘SADC Regional’ “TITANS – BUILDING THE NATION” 2014 CEO Magazine Awards. Bonang was conferred with an Honorary Professorship in Marketing Management by the University of Pretoria, where he serves on their Advisory Council. 2012 IPM CEO of the Year. SA Facilities Management Association 2007 ‘PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR’ and the 1997 Black Management Forum’s (BMF) MANAGER OF THE YEAR. Received the PRESIDENTIAL AWARD for his “Servanthood in South African Industry & the Economic Empowerment of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals” 2001.
Bonang has been a guest on numerous International TV, radio and magazine programmes. He travels regularly to the rest of Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Crispin is a Director and shareholder of Gamiro Holdings and CEO of Gamiro ISI (Insights: Solutions: Implementation).
Until July 2014, Crispin was the Managing Director of the Retail Mass Cluster of businesses at Old Mutual. This business unit employed more than 7500 people and included the lending, group insurance, iWyze short term insurance and Foundation market business units. It is a business that delivers multi billion rand profits to the group annually.
Prior to this he occupied the role of Director of Marketing, Corporate Affairs, and Communications for Old Mutual Emerging Markets, and prior to that he was the executive General Manager for Personal Financial Advice and Private wealth.
Crispin was at Old Mutual for 11 years and prior to that he was CEO and founder of a range of entrepreneurial ventures in IT and Financial services.
He graduated with BA in Social Science and Humanities from UCT in 1990, completed an Honours degree in Business and Administration at Stellenbosch Business School in 1992 and completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School in 2013.
He is chairperson of Foodbank South Africa, an organisation which feeds 119 000 South Africans nationally and on a daily basis.
He is the non-executive Chairman of the Old Mutual Foundation which makes disbursements of R80 million a year to projects in Education, Enterprise Development, Skills Development and Staff Volunteerism initiatives.
He serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Frontier Rare Earths in Luxembourg,
He is the chairman of Inclusivity Solutions, which is part of the Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) and a member of the Board of Advisors at the Graduate School of business at the University of Cape Town.
He was the recipient of the Christo Wiese Medal for Enterprise from Die Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns in 2000.
He was the recipient of the Jaycee Awards for Outstanding young South Africans in the Western Cape in 2001.
He is married and has four children, an avid Western Province / Stormers fan and is a regular runner and cyclist.
Louise van Rhyn is a social entrepreneur. She believes the worlds’ huge intractable problems can be solved through cross-sector collaboration and a solid understanding of complex social change. Her approach to change is shaped by 30 years of working as an Organisational Change and Leadership Development practitioner. She holds a Doctorate in Complex Social Change and has founded a few entrepreneurial organisations.
Having worked in the UK, US and many countries around Europe, she returned to South Africa in 2004 to help make democracy work ‘at home’.
In 2008 she started a social enterprise with a purpose to mobilise active citizenship around the significant social issues facing the country. In 2010 she launched Partners for Possibility, an innovative leadership development process for business and school leaders. Business leaders develop their capacity to lead in a complex and unfamiliar environment by becoming a co-learning and co-action partner to a school principal. The focus of their partnership is to lead positive change in an under-resourced school.
So far more than 1,300 leaders across South Africa have benefited from the programme and they’ve won many national and international awards for their innovative approach to enable business leaders to make a significant contribution in education while developing their leadership skills. Leaders report that they learn more about leadership from working with a school in an under-resourced community than attending a course at a business school.
Mondli Makhanya, who is currently the Editor-in-Chief of City Press, has been in the media industry for more than 26 years. He is one of South Africa’s most respected editors and an influential columnist. Makhanya’s insights on South Africa’s political and social developments are much sought after. He is a regular speaker at public and private events and is frequently invited to speak on panels across a range of topics.
He began his career at the Weekly Mail where he covered the transition to democracy and also reported on business and economic debates during that period. During this time he had a stint on Newsweek magazine in New York.
After the Weekly Mail he worked for The Star as political writer and later as deputy news editor and executive editor.
He was one of the founding editors of Sunday World before moving onto the Sunday Times where he worked as political editor. Makhanya has served as editor of the Mail&Guardian, Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Times as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Times Media Group.
Makhanya has also served as Chairperson of the South African National Editors Forum and as Treasurer of the The African Editors’ Forum.
Mr Themba James Maseko has a BA LLB (Wits) an MBA (De Montfort University) and the Senior Executive Programme (SEP) from Wits Business School and Harvard Universities.
He was Director General in the departments of Public Works, Public Service and Administration and Gauteng Department of Education, Cabinet Spokesperson and CEO of the Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS). His private sector experience include Managing Director of Damelin Education Group and Educor.
He has served on the Boards of the International Marketing Council (IMC), Adopt a School Foundation, Centre for Public Service Innovation, Vista University Council and the Nelson Mandela Reception Committee. He was the General Secretary of the National Education Coordinating Committee (NECC), President of BSS and a Member of Parliament in 1994.
He is currently a Director at Ricopart Pty) Ltd, a private investment company.
Gary has been involved in the advertising and communications industry for 37 years and operated on three different continents.
He started his career at Ogilvy SA and worked his way through the ranks to become their Group Managing Director for South Africa and Africa. He later headed the Ogilvy Group UK as Chairman and CEO and sat on Ogilvy’s Worldwide Board.
Along the way he also co-founded The White House, which was one of South Africa’s hottest shops in the early 1990s and co- founded Public Image in Australia.
Gary is a past President of the European Advertising and Communication Association and has sat on the boards of both Think London and the London 2020 Legacy project.
Gary co-founded OFyt in March 2012, and is the Founder – Leih’s Truth and Propaganda.