Strategic Management, Public Relations & Communication Management, Integrated Public Relations, Relationship Marketing & Customer Relationship Management. Lecturer at PROVOX Centre for Public Relations & Communication Management, Continous Professional Development facilitator, Business Consultant, Turn around strategist and entrepreneur..
Specialties: Strategic Management, Corporate Development, Relationship Marketing & Customer Relationship Management, Strategy Development, Public Relations & Communication Management – Internal & External Communication, Marketing Communication, Branding, Publications / Newsletter production, Crisis Communication, Stakeholder Relationship Management, Corporate Social Investment (CSI), Public Relations Planning, Media Liaison, Local Economic Development (Community Tourism Development), Strategic Event Management, Concept Development, Event Planning, Implementation, closeout reporting, etc.
Bongiwe Mlangeni is executive director of the Social Justice Initiative (SJI), a non-profit that mobilises resources and supports civil society organisations that promote human rights and social justice. The SJI has raised funds for more than 80 social justice organisations in South Africa.
Previously, Bongiwe served as the communications director for the Graça Machel Trust and was the deputy director of Corruption Watch. She began her career in journalism in 1994. She has worked for leading print and broadcast media houses, mainly covering socio-economic and women’s rights issues in Southern Africa.
In 2004, she transitioned from journalism into the field of communications and has consulted for various international organisations. She holds a Masters of Management degree from the Wits School of Governance and has completed postgraduate studies at the Wits Business School and the London School of Economics. She is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
In 2004, Terry co-founded CGF Research Institute (‘CGF’) where he is an Executive Director and shareholder of the company. As the company’s Chief Executive Officer, guided by Terry’s expertise, CGF specialises in all forms of corporate governance research which in turn reinforces many of the company’s broad-ranging corporate governance consulting services.
CGF is firmly established in South Africa and the continent at large, and the company’s flagship products, namely the Corporate Governance Body of Knowledge® and the Corporate Governance Framework® is underpinned by the company’s renowned governance research, most of which is externally peer reviewed and approved by subject-matter experts found within the audit, legal and similar specialist fraternities.
Terry is an accredited podium speaker and regularly presents to business and government leadership through seminars and key-note addresses on GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance) covering the Corporate, SME and Government sectors. He has published numerous GRC articles, addresses CEO forums and regularly serves as an independent judge for national business awards. He is also a regular guest on national television and radio talk shows, and is considered a subject matter specialist in corporate governance.
Terry has chaired numerous GRC events, as well as also being appointed as a strategic partner to international events such as the ICGN 2007, World Climate Summit 2011, the MDG Review 2012 Summit and the Southern African Compliance Awards 2014.
In 2013 Terry was recognised by the Worldwide Who’s Who® organisation for his business accomplishments and knowledge within the arena of corporate governance. In 2014, he was named the SADC regional winner and SA country winner in the SME Sector by the international Titans-Building Nations Awards. Through these recognitions, Terry forms part of an extensive international network comprised of diverse and talented professionals, helping members to develop strong personal brands in order to distinguish themselves from others in their respective industries.
Terry previously served as an Honorary Patron of the Proudly South African ~ CGF School Governance Annual Awards and was also a member of the Institute of Bankers Leselo Appeals Panel. He is a regular guest lecturer at various universities, business schools and business forums.
Prior to CGF, Terry held various executive positions in the banking and IT business sectors over a period of 18 years, having also attained his MMP, AMP and EDP during this period.
Mbali Nwoko is an award winning commercial farmer, entrepreneur, speaker and columnist. She is the CEO of Green Terrace which is an
agribusiness based in Boksburg, Johannesburg that farms high value crops namely; baby marrows, green peppers and green beans and supplies to leading retailers, food processing companies and the fresh produce markets across South Africa.
In 2018,Mbali was included by Mail & Guardian as Top 100 Women Changing Africa.
Mbali has been featured on a number of radio interviews and publications such as: True Love Magazine, Drum Magazine, Farmers Weekly and NuFarmer Africa.
Mbali has been a two time finalist for the 702 Small Business Awards with Sage One in 2014 and 2017.
Mbali has been a self funded entrepreneur for the last 6 years.
Mikhael has been an educator for more than 30 years at secondary as well as post-secondary level in a variety of capacities. Specialized in philosophy of science as well as science education, he has taught courses on teaching sciences in minority contexts. His main research interests lie in the area of knowledge development and management.
I am a Chartered Certified Accountant (CCA), qualified with Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA –UK) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership, a Postgraduate Qualification in Management from GIBS and a B. Compt in Accounting from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
I’m currently an Executive Director and the Chief Executive Officer at Business Leadership South Africa; an independent association of the leaders of some of South Africa’s biggest and most well-known organisation’s, a forum for engaging key players, including civil society and labour, to exchange ideas in the national interest, and to create effective dialogue with government and other stakeholders.
I also serve as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of ESKOM; Business Unity South Africa (BUSA); Resultant Finance (a PIC investee company) and serves on the Advisory Committee on Finance & Procurement at the University of Fort Hare.
I previously served as a Managing Director of the Black Management Forum (BMF), during which I was responsible for driving the overall strategy of the organisation, including its representation at various public forums, at the request of the BMF President or Deputy President. Before assuming this role, I served as the Chief Financial Officer and Operations Director of the BMF, having joined in May 2009. In 1995, I started my career in Finance and over the last 24 years, has had experience in a range of industries, ranging from training, consulting, telecoms and the healthcare sectors.
Climate Change, Air Quality and Sustainable Development (Dep. of Environment Affairs – RSA)
Dr. Tsakani Ngomane
Tsakani Ngomane completed her PhD in Agricultural Extension and Education in 2004 at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. She is a Gestalt facilitator qualified in International Organization and Systems Development (2006) with the Cleveland Institute, USA and is certified in evidence based-policy making for executive managers by the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
For 7 years (March 2011- July 2018), Tsakani had served the South African government as the Deputy Director General / Outcomes Facilitator for Rural Development and Environment, The Presidency: Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation. She has extensive managerial and academic experiences in the disciplines of agriculture, sustainable and rural development, education and civic engagement based on her work in South Africa, and internationally. Her profile includes Acting Superintended General and Deputy Director General, Mpumalanga Department of Education; Chief Director and Director for Agricultural Research and Extension, Limpopo Department of Agriculture; Senior Lecturer and Program Leader, Department of Agricultural Economics Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria. In July and August 2014, she was appointed Extra-ordinary Professor in the University of Mpumalanga and served full terms as EXCO Council and SENATE Member, respectively. In October 2018, she was appointed Council Member for the University of Stellenbosch.
Her areas of research and publications are in Civic Engagement, Agricultural Extension and Sustainable Development. She has served as supervisor, external and internal examiner for post-graduate students in various Universities; an External Reviewer for High Level Panel Reports on Food Security; an External Reviewer for the Scientific Body on Evaluations. A country representative on the 3ie Board, an Impact Evaluation organization based in the USA.
Tsakani has been a recipient of several awards, including the 2004 Penn State Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Dissertation, LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award; the Top USA/SA Fulbright Scholar Award for the year 2000; Social Sciences Research Council, NY & National Research Foundation African Youth in a Global Age Fellowship (2002-2003).
She is since August 2018 serving as the Deputy Director General for Climate Change, Air Quality and Sustainable Development, Department of Environment Affairs, South Africa.
Zama is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Her work experience has been mainly in development finance where she has spent 10 years. She started her career in investments as a Business Analyst at the Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC) Academy. She is a Fund Manager at the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) in charge of uMnotho Fund which provides acquisition, new venture and expansion finance. In her current role, she leads a team of 15 investment professionals in carrying out the mandate of improving access to capital by availing finance to black-owned entities. She also oversees the NEF’s Women Empowerment Fund which finances businesses that are majority-owned and managed by black females.
She completed her articles at KPMG where she stayed on to become an Audit Manager. She holds a few ex officio non-executive director positions and she is a member of the UCT Audit Committee.
Zama is the President of the African Women Chartered Accountants’ forum (AWCA). In 2018, she was selected as one the Top 35 CAs under 35 by the South African Institution of Chartered Accountants. In 2019, she was recognised by the Mail & Guardian as one of the 200 young South Africans to watch.
Prof. Catherina SchenckChair: Department of Waste and Society
University of Western Cape
Prof. Catherina Schenck
DST/NRF/CSIR Chair in Waste and Society
1. January 2012 April 2018: Professor and HOD in the Department of Social Work, University of the Western Cape.
2. January 2007- December 2011:
Professor at the Dept. of Social Work at the University of South Africa (UNISA)
2. January 2004 – December 2007:
Associate Professor at the Dept. of Social Work at the University of South Africa
3. January 2000 – December 2003:
Senior lecturer at the Dept. of Social Work at the University of South Africa
4. January 1987- December 1999:
Lecturer at the Department of Social Work at the University of South Africa.
Lecturer at the Dept. of Social Work at the University of Pretoria
Senior Social Worker and Supervisor at Sterkfontein Mental Hospital
Fieldworker, reconstruction social worker, supervisor and student supervisor at CMR Pretoria (Church Welfare agency)
DPhil University of South Africa (1999)
MA (SS) Mental Health University of South Africa (1981)
MA (SW) University of Pretoria (1980)
BA (SW) Hons. University of Pretoria (1976)
BA (SW) University of Pretoria (1974)
I have published over 70 article in peer reviewed journals in South Africa and internationally.
Several (11) Books and Book chapters have been edited and written.
I have supervised and co- supervised over 50 Master and PhD students as well acted as examiner for PhD and Masters students
Research in Waste .
Since 2009 my colleagues and I started with research on the waste pickers in South Africa which led to researching broader aspects in the Waste sector until I was awarded the DST/NRF/CSIR Research Chair in Waste and Society.
Taking over the reins from Spiro Georgopoulos, who oversaw the transition and repositioning of the South African Bank of Athens into Grobank, Bennie brings extensive experience as a previous Head of Capital and Balance Sheet Management in Group Treasury at Absa Bank, Group Financial Director and CEO of Consumer Finance of the JD Group and more recently, Chief Financial Officer (and Acting CEO) at the State-owned Land Bank, to one of South Africa’s most innovative banks.
“My mandate is to support the implementation and expansion of Grobank’s strategy as the premier banking partner across the food and agriculture value chain in South Africa,” says van Rooy. “At the same time, I am committed to the ongoing growth of our business and alliance banking offerings, which remain core to the future strategy of Grobank”.
“It is an exciting time in financial services as well as in the agricultural sectors in our country, and Grobank is set to take advantage of available technology, such as fintech, digital, and agtech among others to support and provide solutions to our current and future clients, while maintaining our close personal relationships with farmers and agri-businesses.”
Chris Venter, CEO of AFGRI Group Holdings (AGH), a shareholder of Grobank, indicated that, “As shareholders of Grobank that is part of the greater AGH group, we are pleased that Bennie has chosen to be part of the Grobank journey and our mandate to support food and agri-businesses. Bennie is fully committed to our passion of enabling food and job security across the continent. We are privileged to have Bennie on board as his financial acumen, business sense, values and dedication towards each position he has held previously have been of the highest order.”
Grobank is uniquely positioned to provide solutions, expertise and banking services as a result of the insights gained through our existing clients, alliance and industry relationships. “Combining the existing banking expertise in our business, with the thorough agricultural and food value chain knowledge of our strategic shareholders, creates a unique opportunity to deliver new and innovative solutions to agriculture and other sectors. I am delighted to join the Grobank family and look forward to exploring new opportunities that will make a meaningful difference to our existing and new clients,” van Rooy adds.
Lucille Meyer is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Chrysalis Academy.
She has a BA majoring in Sociology and Communications from UNISA; M.Ed. in Adult Education from the Victoria University of Manchester in the United Kingdom; a Senior Leadership programme through Harvard University in Boston USA; MBA from UNISA and a MPhil in Management Coaching from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. In March 2018 she obtained her Doctorate in Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
In addition to being an Integral Yoga teacher, she is a Quantum Energy Coach and a Trauma Release Exercise (TRE) facilitator. She has served as a Council Member at the University of Cape Town from 2012 -2016 and as a Member of the Western Cape Premier’s judging panel for the Social Innovation challenge of the Year Beyond Youth Programme from 2015-2016 (An internship for matriculants to develop leadership skills).
Her project and organisational experiences include being Chief Director in the Office of Deputy President T.M. Mbeki; Deputy Director General in the Office of President T.M.Mbeki; Assistant Secretary to Parliament; Chief Executive Officer of CapeNature until May 2011.
Lesego Sennelo is the founder and Managing Director of Gosele Advisory Services, a management consulting entity focused
on governance assessment and review. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant with vast experience in both the private and
public sectors, spanning over 15 years and has diverse professional experience including auditing, financial management,
corporate governance, strategy development and implementation, project management, investment management,
business development, stakeholder management, and people management.
She serves as a Non-Executive Director (NED) for Onelogix Group Limited, Ohorongo Cement, Redefine Properties Limited and Reef Tankers as well as the International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA). Her prior NED roles include, among others, Sasfin Holdings Limited, Foskor, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), AWCA, AWCA Investment Holdings (AIH), Limpopo Economic Development Agency and Medshield (Audit Committee).
Lesego served as the Managing Director of African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) Investment Holdings Limited (AIH), where she managed the operations and reported to the Board of directors. She also served on the AIH Board as well as its investee companies.
Lesego is the immediate past President of the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) Forum – A forum focused on accelerating of the advancement of African women Chartered Accountants. She is a Member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), the Aspen Global Leadership Network, Africa Leadership Initiative, SAICA, the Institute of Directors (IoD) as well as an Eisenhower Fellow.
Lesego is passionate about ethics and governance as well as skills and leadership development. She has mentored young professionals from various economic sectors.
Dr Dominik Heil’s research interests lie in organisational culture and development and analysing reputation risk. He is a well published academic in a number of academic journals in the US, Europe and South Africa. He is pioneering a mixed methodology to articulate organisational culture as a driver of productivity and creativity in organisations and a quantitative method to detect and evaluate corporate and country reputation risks.
He has worked in Europe, the US, Asia and Africa. He has extensive consulting experience in the areas of strategy, reputation and culture management and conflict resolution. He has worked with many of South Africa’s largest corporations and a number of multinationals.
Dominik has recently founded the research and consulting firm Works Access Ltd in Oxford/UK. He is the founder of Reputation Institute South Africa, a programme director and senior tutor at Cranfield School of Management and a sessional lecturer in strategy and leadership at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg.
Born in the DRC of Rwandan heritage and raised in South Africa, Mimi Kalinda is the Group CEO and Co-Founder of the Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations and communications agency headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. ACG clients include Barloworld, Accenture, the World Bank/IFC, the Rockefeller Foundation, AFIG Funds, Nesta, Lloyds, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Dalberg Advisors.
Previously, as FleishmanHillard’s Africa Lead, Mimi was part of the team that won PRISM Awards for the Barclays Africa “Prosper” campaign as well as the African Union’s campaign against Ebola, for which her they raised USD$51 million. She also worked for Weber Shandwick, where she managed social impact accounts, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Innovation Prize for Africa. From 2003 to 2006, Mimi worked in New York City, where she was a Production Assistant for 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, specifically on the film Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee. Mimi was the first African woman to host a show on MTV Europe and the recipient of the One World Media Award for Rien Que La Verite, a television program advocating the prevention of HIV/AIDS and an end to violence against women in the DRC.
Mimi sits on the board of Catalyst for Growth (C4G), a solution launched by JP Morgan and Dalberg to support entrepreneurs across Africa, and she serves on the advisory board of Africa Works Ventures, a Hong Kong-based consultancy which facilitates investment from China for promising African companies. She is also a member of the Africa Brand Counsel, and advises policy makers and private sector leaders about Africa’s reputation and how the continent’s brand equity can be leveraged for its economic development. Mimi is the Rebranding Africa Champion for Africa 2.0 and she was a finalist for International African Woman of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards 2016, as well as a finalist for the Standard Bank Top Women Awards as Entrepreneur of the Year 2019. Mimi is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program Fellow.
Most recently, Mimi has led workshops on Storytelling and Narrative in Leadership for the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program, as well as for the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business: Women in Business Conference, and the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit 2018 in Washington, DC.
Mimi is a New York University graduate. Her first e-book, Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent, was released in January 2017.
Jon-Hans Coetzer serves as the Chief Academic Office of the EU Business School Group.
He has over 18 years of experience as a senior academic leader in higher education specializing in Hospitality, Tourism and Business Management Studies. He served as Chief Academic Officer of Glion Institute of Higher Education, Academic Dean of IHTTI, Neuchâtel, as Academic Dean of the European University’s Swiss Campuses and he served as a member of the strategic management team. He has an established record of working with a variety of higher education partners including private and public universities in the United Kingdom and in the United States.
Jon-Hans has specific areas of expertise that include faculty development; effective learning design and high-impact educational practices; strategic planning; international education management; enrolment management; strategic partnership and research; accreditation; and strategic crisis management.
His research interests focus on the human-centred organizational development and instructional design for adult education.
Jon-Hans serves since 2016 as a member of the board of the World Communication Forum Association.
Maxim Behar is a leading Public Relations expert, Founder, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board of Directors of M3 Communications Group, Inc. – a leading company in the field of Public and Media relations in Bulgaria, part of Hill+Knowlton Strategies.
He was also President of ICCO (International Communications Consultancy Organization) – the largest and most influential global organization of Public Relations professionals and practitioners until the end of 2017. In 2016 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the first Museum of Public Relations – in New York and became the first Bulgarian ever included in the prominent annual Global Power Book of the renowned British weekly PR Week. Same year African Public Relations Association appointed Mr. Behar as Ambassador for Europe and Honorary Fellow of the Association.
Maxim Behar is also Honorary Consul General of Republic of Seychelles to Bulgaria.
Maxim Behar uses his wide experience and strong presence in many countries all over the world in his daily PR and international business activities.
He is currently Chairman of the Board of World Communications Forum in Switzerland, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of For Our Children Foundation, Vice-President of The Atlantic Club in Bulgaria, Member of the executive Committee of James Michel Foundation in Seychelles and many more.
Maxim Behar is a dreamer and a hard worker with a dynamic personality. He was part of many Distinguished Lectures like World Communications Forum, Davos, Switzerland; Northwestern University, Chicago, USA; John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, University of Milan, Yerevan State University, Moscow Economic University, MIRBIS Business School in Moscow; American University in Bulgaria; South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria and others.
Mr. Behar is engaged in the social and cultural life of the country. Maxim is also a practitioner and a believer in the idea of a more ethical world. He serves on the Board of several organisations including Junior Achievement Bulgaria (2001 – 2012). Before that he served as Chairman of the Board of the Bulgarian Association of PR agencies (2009-2011), and is now a Member of the Board.
Maxim’s latest book “Generation F” reached #4 of sales on Amazon and his previous books “111 Rules on Facebook” and “Secondary Instinct” were also considered best sellers in the country.
Maxim graduated in Engineering Economics and earned an Advanced degree in International Economic Relations from the Prague Economics University. After that he has completed other prestigious courses as “Thought Patterns for High Performance”, trained personally by legendary Lou Tice at Pacific Institute in Seattle. He graduated also full practitioners program in Public Relations in many PR companies all over US, organized by US Agency for International Development and “Full Corporate Program of Japanese Style of Management” in Yokohama Kenshu Center. While he was studying he began his career as a journalist in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Poland and this shaped his future career. He remained active in journalism until 1995 ending as Managing Editor of Standard Daily in Sofia.
Mr. Behar is a polyglot fluent in Bulgarian, English, Czech, Polish and Russian.
One of his favorite rules in life is: If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough! He play drums, golf, jumps with parachute and adores rock music.
Damon J. BatisteFounder - President & Cultural Ambassador
Damon J. Batiste
Damon is currently the Founder, President and Cultural Ambassador for New Orleans South Africa Connection, NOSACONN INC & NOSACONN TMC – The Movement Continues / LC3, applying his extensive forty-five years of leadership, background, networking contacts, entertainment business experience and training to create opportunities for different communities both locally and internationally.
His roles include being Producer and Director of Festive Events in United States and Global Initiatives for the enhancement Education, Music, Art, Film, Fashion, Special Needs, Aid’s Awareness, Economic Development to help establish Cultural & Educational Exchange Programs and Government Relations, Sponsorship and Community Outreach across the World.