Tim ModiseJournalist / Broadcaster/ Public Speaker
Tim Modise has worked in the broadcast media for over thirty years. He has worked for various radio & TV stations of the SABC, M-Net, Primedia, BBC & PowerFM across different formats from music, current affairs & talk shows. He was inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame in 2011.
Although grounded in the music formatted stations for 5 years of his early broadcasting career, the veteran journalist transitioned to the talk format when he introduced public education talk in 1988. He later introduced politically oriented talk, participating extensively in the coverage of the transition from ‘apartheid’ to the new ‘constitutional democracy’, reporting and commenting on the unbanning of the ANC and other liberation movements, the release of political prisoners, the uprisings, and subsequent negotiations that ushered in the South Africa of today. He provided voter education on his programmes, hosted the debates leading to the elections of 1994 which he also covered on both radio and TV. His highlight was being a panelist on the Mandela/De Klerk debate which was broadcast to a global audience of 800 million. He has interviewed all South African Presidents since 1990.
Tim Modise has also worked as a political analyst for AMB Securities & HSBC, a columnist for City Press newspaper and was appointed the founding chairman of Proudly South African by President Thabo Mbeki. He briefly worked as Chief Communications Officer of 2010 World Cup and later became CEO of Sizwe IT, a technology company.
He continues to cover South African public affairs and through his company FGPMedia, produces his own TV shows as well as his radio show on @touchhdonline. He has started a digital publication called Modise.net to promote entrepreneurship and the South African economy. He is involved in education & health sectors in his home community of Garankuwa as patron of the Tim Modise Primary School, member of Sefako Makgatho University & board member of George Mukhari Hospital. He has received numerous awards for community development, communication, broadcasting, reconciliation from IJR & Archbishop Tutu as well as for human rights from the Jaime Brunet Foundation, University of Navarro in Spain. He is a public speaker who has also given keynote speeches at graduation ceremonies of universities of Cape Town, Tshwane, UNISA & Wits. He has moderated and facilitated a variety of conferences & MC’d major events including Cape Town Jazz, Mandela 85 Birthday Ubuntu Awards & the Loerie Awards with Fran Drescher & Louis Gossett Jr. He obtained Advanced Management Diploma (AMP) from Henley Business School, Marketing Certificate UNISA, Financial Management Diploma from Damelin. Modise lives with his children in Kyalami, Johannesburg and enjoys music and reading biographies, world current affairs and developments.
Currently Tim Modise hosts his own current affairs shows on eNCA called ‘The Modise Network ‘ and another on SowetoTV called ‘ Tonight with Tim Modise’. He also promotes entrepreneurship with research company Plus94 Research, collaborating on their support platform called BizNexus.
Tim Modise has also founded a mobile app (Nile Media App) that seeks to connect people anywhere in the world with content from and of South Africa and Africa, through the most affordable and ground-breaking way possible. This was done with the support of his technology partners.
Nosisa Fubu is a member of the Executive Committee at KPMG Southern Africa responsible for Clients and Markets. Prior to this, Nosisa held the position of Head of Forensic at KPMG. Nosisa also served as a Board Member of KPMG SA.
As a Director in the Forensic Unit, she successfully led various high profile investigations in both the Public and Private Sectors. These resulted in multi-million rand recoveries for clients. Due to her expertise in the Forensic space, she was appointed to the Gauteng Anti-corruption task team which advised the Premier of Gauteng on various ethical and anti-corruption initiatives
Nosisa is also influential in the market, dealing mainly with Board members, Senior Government Officials (including Ministers and DGs) and C-suite executives.
Nosisa has a unique combination of skills including a good understanding of the Governance, Forensic and Compliance world.
She is a Charted Accountant, holds a BCompt and BCompt Honours/CTA. She also holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership
Nomshado (Shado) TwalaRadio DJ, Journalist, Entrepreneur and Radio / TV Producer
Nomshado (Shado) Twala
Shado is a well established media and public relations practitioner who has experience of over 25 years in the various disciplines. She brings a wealth of skilled knowledge and a wide network in the media sector.
With over a decade of marketing experience under her belt, Shado is currently managing her own entertainment business, Black Olive Entertainment. It is through this company that a platform for musical dialogue was established – The Sound Bites Series.
In the late 1980’s Shado became a household name as a presenter on radio and television – Radio Bop, Radio Metro, 702, P4 and Cape Talk. During this time, Shado also wrote a few articles for the Sunday Times, Two Tone Magazine (an insert in the Vrye Weekblad), Tribute Magazine and the Old Mutual Jazz Heritage Magazine. Shado then joined the Provincial Government of the Western Cape as the Premier’s Media Liaison and Public Relations Officer until July 2008. During this period, Shado had extensive experience with both South African and international media practitioners during the Premier’s international visits.
Over the years Shado’s voice has featured in various commercials and documentaries such as African Voices, Braam Fischer, Dennis Goldberg, Lillie’s Leaf Farm, Love featuring Mr & Mrs Walter Sisulu. She has also been invited to various corporate events as MC/ Programme Director. She participated as Chair of the Panel of Experts for the Gugulethu Street Naming process.
Currently she serves on various arts and culture platforms – Council Member of The Market Theatre Foundation; Chairperson of the Craft Design Institute; Member of the Advisory Board for the FynArts Festiival; Panelist of the Mbokodo Women in the Arts Awards and Consultant at the Maboneng Township Arts Experience. Shado hosts THE WORLD STAGE, a music program, on SAFM.
NSJF – Who’s Who Magazine – Copy and programme research
ICC World Cup 2003 – Member Music committe and talent co-ordinator
Old Mutual Jazz Heritage Magazine – Editor
Walt Disney Theatrical Productions – Artist recruitment and management
BET International – BET Jazz promotions in South Africa
Villa Celimontana (Rome) – Talent Co-ordinator SA
CSI Zurich – South Africa’s 10 years of Democrary Celebrations 2004 – Executive Producer
The World For All Foundation – NOT ALL IS BLACK AND WHITE campaign – 2010
Certificate of Merit – Mayor C Ray Nagin – New Orleans – 2003
Humanitarian Award – Table of Peace and Unity – 2010
MTN Hall of Fame – MTN Music Awards – 2011
Certificate of Excellence – Department Arts and Culture – 2013
Sandile Donald Muziwenkosi Zungu (“Zungu”) was born at Umlazi Township, Durban on the 10th of February 1967. He completed Matric at Vukuzakhe High School in 1983, and did post-matric at Hilton College the following year.
In 1983, Zungu was honoured as one of the top 10 participants in the erstwhile KwaZulu regional finals of the Old Mutual National Science Olympiad and in 1984 he came 81st in the national category of the Old Mutual National Science Olympiad.
Zungu completed a BSc (Mechanical Engineering) degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1988 as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the UCT Graduate School of Business in 1995. In 2000 he completed a Program for Global Leadership certificate at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.
Zungu has 6 years plant maintenance and projects management experience within engineering and production environments, having worked for Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), Engen Refinery, National Sorghum Breweries (NSB) and South African Breweries (SAB) during the period 1989 to 1994.
In 1998 he led SARHWU Investment Holdings to becoming BusinessMap Dealmaker of The Year. In 2000 he represented South Africa at the 6th finals of the World Young Business Achievers, which were held in Florida, USA and won the much-coveted Outstanding Business Strategy award. Zungu featured in the Financial Mail’s Little Black Book profiling South Africa’s 300 most influential blacks and graduated recently as a member of the World Economic Forum in his capacity as Young Global Leader. He serves on the BBBEE Presidential Advisory Council and is President of the Black Business Council. Zungu is also Chairman of the UCT Graduate School of Business advisory board.
Zungu was an associate within the corporate finance division of African Merchant Bank (AMB) prior to establishing Sarhwu Investment Holdings in 1997, a company that he led for three-and-half years, growing it from a zero asset base to more than R400 million in the net value of its assets. In August 2000 he assumed his duties at the then R6 billion New Africa Investments Limited (NAIL) as executive director responsible for strategy and empowerment. He became intimately involved in developing and implementing plans by NAIL to distribute its interest in Metropolitan Life Limited (METLIFE). He left the employ of NAIL at the end of 2001 after its complete transformation to a R1 billion media company.
Zungu was an independent non-executive chairman of Denel, which is South Africa’s state-owned arms manufacturer.
He currently serves as a non-executive director of Grindrod Limited and non-executive director of Novus Holdings, both listed on the JSE Securities Exchange. He is executive chairman of Zungu Investments Company (Proprietary) Limited (Zico), which is the holding company of his business interests.
Sikonathi Mantshantsha is the deputy editor of the Financial Mail, which he joined in 2012. He also writes for Business Day.
A qualified stockbroker and a recent graduate of the Management Advancement Programme at Wits Business School, Sikonathi started his career at Brait Securities as a messenger, then traded bonds and equities, before taking a position at UBS Investment Bank as a trade support analyst.
In February 2004 he became the chief editorial researcher at Media24 for Who’s Who of Southern Africa followed by a five-year stint at Finweek and Fin24.com as a financial journalist.
In 2010 he joined Bloomberg News before moving to Business Day and Financial Mail as an investment & energy writer.
Founder & Managing Director Academic Qualifications: M.Com (Communication Management), University of Pretoria 2003.
Regine is a corporate reputation specialist. She completed her Communication Management Honours degree Cum Laude at the University of Pretoria in 2001, and completed her MCom within a year. Regine founded Reputation Matters in 2005.
Regine developed the Repudometer®, which is one of the first tools that has been developed to quantify an organisation’s reputation. Regine is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) and sits on the advisory committee for the Western Cape.
Regine is the author of: Reputation Matters, Building blocks to becoming the business people want to do business with and writes a monthly column for Leadership Magazine.
Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa is a tourism executive with over 17 years’ experience in International Marketing, Business Development, International Trade Relations, among others in Tourism. Tshifhiwa brings the strategic focus and versatile business judgment gained during his work in Los Angeles, New York, and South Africa. Tshifhiwa is also best described as a social entrepreneur who founded ZOTE Investments and Projects where he partnered with various organisations in USA, New Zealand, UK, to bring over 400 international volunteers to contribute in youth development in Limpopo Province.
He has worked for companies like South African Tourism, Myriad Marketing, Protours, SARS, and HRG Rennies Travel.
He is the current CEO of Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa and he also sit on the Tourism Business Council of South Africa Board, Tourism BBBEE Charter Council, former Member of Awards Committe of South African Tourism.
Tshifhiwa holds a BBA Marketing Communications, Diploma in Marketing from (Institute of Marketing Management) and National Diploma in Tourism Management (University of Johannesburg). He is currently studying towards MSc Strategic Planning at Edinburgh Business School.
Jessica Shelver is an international political studies and communications professional with almost a decade’s worth of experience in political strategy, media studies, research and communications.
Jessica spent 8 years working in the UK, for a Non-Government Organisation Research Centre and Think Tank and served as the Parliamentary Liaison for the United Nations Association – Westminster Young Professionals.
Jessica moved back to South Africa in 2013 and has served as a Strategic Communications Advisor and Official Spokesperson to the Western Cape MEC for Education.
In 2012, Jessica won the South African Chamber of Commerce Rising Star of the Year Award. In 2013, she was named one of the top 13 African Economic Leaders to watch and in 2014, she was named one of Mail and Guardians top 200 South Africans for her contribution to governance and social upliftment projects.
Kone is a Chartered Accountant (SA) with extensive experience in the financial services sector.
Kone completed her articles at the audit firm Moores Rowland in 2001 before joining Standard Bank as Credit Manager. She gained exposure to equity management through stints at J.P. Morgan and Safika Holdings before joining Nedbank in 2007, where she spent seven years as a Senior Portfolio Manager: Group Credit Risk Monitoring and then Divisional Executive: Corporate Social Investment.
Through her career, Kone has developed a strong and holistic understanding of the risk and governance issues impacting organisations. She is committed to good governance and to providing Land Bank’s shareholders and stakeholder with the assurance that the Group is managed with due consideration to risk and compliance.
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.
A Pan-Africanist and an Afro Optimist. He’s one of the Co-Director of Zest Media (a Branding, Advertising and Communications agency) in South Africa. He is currently the Executive Chief Editor of Compatriot Magazine; a Publication of Zest Media. The Magazine is positioned as the First Pan-African Magazine with an Afrocentric narrative with a voice for positive African news/stories and business information in Sociology-economics, Thought-leadership, Business and Lifestyle (currently distributed in 4 countries namely South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya).
Tomi Moyan’s work in the continent is geared towards seeing a better Africa and believes Africa has what it takes (both human and natural resources) to deal with and find solutions to her problem.
If you’re not positive about solution driven conversations, don’t speak to this guy!
Madam Chaka holds a Master of International Business and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Monash University, Australia. She studied African Studies through the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Academy to understand the needs of the Ccntinent. She studied Africa and International Trade, African Thought Leadership and Gendered Policy Planinng within the African context.
Following her studies, she was selected as inaugural chair of the Former President Thabo Mbeki’s Alumni Forum. Madam Chaka is currently leading the private sector sub-committee to mobilise funds to build the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library. She formed part of the advisory team to Former President Mbeki to Nigeria to launch the Afro Champions initiative alongside the world’s richest black man Aliko Dangote, Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo and Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo.
Madam Chaka has been appointed as the Africa Lead Football for Peace. She recently led a successful delegation to garner the support of H.E President George Weah of Liberia. She was selected as a finalist for the 2017 McKinsey Next Women Generation Award.
She founded a company called Afro Visionary Legacy, a boutique capital raising, strategic advisory and public speaking firm with a focus on Africa and its diaspora. Madam Chaka has experience from top – tier consulting firms having worked within the advisory divisions of the likes of Accenture, Deloitte and KPMG. Her career has seen her on platforms in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Liberia, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Namibia, Uganda, United Kingdom, Dubai & U.S.A.
Some of the key highlights, through her company included capacity building for members of ministry of health across three countries Sierra Leone, Malawi and Kenya. She was tasked to convene a session with regards to the implementation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Industrialisation strategy for the private, government and civil society during the SADC Industrialisation week. She hosted a business forum were 7 African countries were represented from Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, ESwatini and Ethiopia.
As a Pan African speaker, she has shared stages with H.E Vice President, Jewel Taylor of Liberia and H.E Former Vice President of Zimbabwe Joice Mujuru, Former President H.E. Mbeki of South Africa, Former President H.E. Mkapa of Tanzania, Former President H.E. Marzouki of Tunisia, and Former President H.E Mohamud of Somalia and Former Minister of Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare, H.E. Patrick Zhuwao of Zimbabwe. In addition,as a speaker, she has addressed children in underprivileged schools in Ghana, DRC and Zimbabwe. She has also spoken at prisons including addressing over 900 high maximum male prisons in Leeuwkop Prison.
Some of her notable keynote presentations include; Responsibilities of Africans to innovate and collaborate with each other across the continent; Doing business with an “African” mindset; How women can become the driving force for Africa’s development; The role of private sector and job creation in the renewable energy and water affairs sectors; Role of youth in the realisation of Agenda 2063. She has appeared on various media platforms such Forbes Women Magazine, Huffington Post, Liberia Broadcast System, Kwese TV in Ghana, Vox Africa Francophone in Belgium and DRC, African Diaspora TV and Channels TV in Nigeria.
Shaun is a director at Africa Special Opportunities Capital (ASOCapital), with more than 20 years of private equity, M&A and corporate finance experience, including 15 years of distressed, special situations and growth private equity across the United States and Africa.
His expertise includes restructurings and turnarounds, business rescue, managed wind-downs and distressed corporate investing.
ASOCapital seeks to provide companies with flexible funding solutions, to facilitate necessary restructuring and recapitalisation, with a focus on on special situations and distressed credit opportunity asset management, advisory and management services.
Shaun is a CA (SA) and has a B.Compt. (Honours) and an MBA (London Business / Columbia Business School (New York)). He is a registered senior business rescue practitioner and a member of the South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association.
Policy and Planning – Executive Mayor at City of Johannesburg
Mbali Motsoeneng works as a Manager in Policy and Planning in the Private Office of the Executive Mayor at City of Johannesburg. Her portfolio includes service delivery, governance, public health and safety projects. Born in Johannesburg, her exposure to inequalities in South Africa led her to politics where she drives efficiencies in service delivery in local government.
She obtained a Master of Management from Wits School of Governance, specialising in Public Development Management to understand the role of government in creating a conducive environment for the social and economic inclusion of immigrants in Johannesburg. Her passion for public service and advocacy led her to being elected as a Federal Deputy Chairperson on the national youth leadership of the official opposition party in South Africa. In this position she works on driving solutions for youth unemployment in South Africa, by prioritising youth-led decisions in policy conversations about economic participation and labour market demands.
As a Global Shaper she is engaged in community development projects that focus on helping underprivileged communities in gaining access to internet, reducing the digital divide, and lobbying 4th Industrial Revolution readiness.
“Promoting positive community and economic growth in our neighbourhood” is an objective that drives Glenton daily.
Glenton had refined his public and private sector strategic management skills during his tenure as Managing Director of Tourism Buffalo City (covering East London, King Williams Town and Bhisho), and the Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Cape Tourism Board, which is now The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA)
As an Associate Director at KPMG he led the Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Unit for Africa and South Africa before moving onto Grant Thornton in a similar position. During his tenure as Project Manager at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Glenton ensured that Business embraces its Civil Society role by driving a holistic approach which enables business within Nelson Mandela Bay to work towards long-term sustainability, through projects such as the Nooitgedaght Low Level Water Scheme and the re-activation for the much needed Addo Road refurbishment.
Glenton’s business management experience cuts across various sectors, such as Tourism Hospitality, Petro-chemical, Mining and all spheres of government to name a few.
As active citizen, Glenton acts as an independent advisor to the Nelson Mandela Bay Consultative Christian Churches, The Nelson Mandela Bay Civil Society Coalition, and the Northern Areas Education Forum and Mentors a numbers of local businesses within the ICT and Services Sector
Glenton was recently appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism.
In his spare time he is the President of the Nelson Mandela University Football Club and is a budding golfer.
MA in Lingusitics (National University of Benin)
MPhil (University of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
MA in African Studies (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
PhD in African Studies (University of the Witwatersrand)
Certificate of supervision of dissertation and thesis in Social Sciences (Monash Australia)
French Language Teacher (Alliance française de SOWETO):1994-2004
Lecturer French and African Literature, University of Johannesburg):2002-2004
Lecturer French and African Studies: 2004-2009 (Monash University)
Pan African Parliament (2006-2009: Translator and Electoral Governance Specialist)
United Nations Economic Commission For Africa (2009-current: French Editor)
Elmen Lamprecht is an HR Technology, Analytics and Talent Expert, focussing on helping companies improve the Recruitment, Retention and Management of their Talent.
His career spans over 15 years with in-depth experience in Human Resources, Talent Attraction & Acquisition. After
starting as an HR Generalist, his expertise developed into Talent Attraction and Acquisition, fulfilling Regional and
National roles in Outsourced Labour services, Permanent Recruitment and BPO services with several JSE listed companies
Elmen’s core focus is on the achievement of business objectives by unlocking human potential through symbiotic
collaboration between intelligent machines and human ingenuity.
HUNDREDflowers Integrity and Reputation Management Consultancy
With more than 15 years’ experience in government communications, stakeholder relations, public affairs and reputation management, Lionel Adendorf is one of South Africa’s most experienced integrity and reputation management professionals.
Currently MD of HUNDREDflowers Integrity and Reputation Management Consultancy as well as Reputegrity Compliance and Ethics Solutions, Adendorf is a chartered PR-practitioner, registered with PRISA, a Fellow of the African Public Relations Association and a professional member of the International Public Relations Association.
Vuyelwa Nyakaza is an Entrepreneur, Brand Architect and senior Strategist with almost 20 years’ experience working in
Branding, Trade and Investment. She is the founder and Managing Director of Sukume Consulting which is involved in
Strategy (development and implementation) and Branding.
Vuyelwa positions African economies, places, businesses and brands for global competitiveness and socio-economic
transformation. She works across Africa mainly in the Economic Development field. With particular focus on SME
Development, Intra-Africa Trade and Economic Indigenisation, she is able to advise high-ranking leaders in the private,
public and non-profit sectors. As an entrepreneur, Vuyelwa trades in African leather goods sourcing, branding and
retailing. Currently, she is in the process of creating platforms to promote other Made-by-Africa brands/ services through building awareness and providing market access for them.
Vuyelwa has developed positioning strategies for the economies of some African countries including Namibia (2019), Lesotho (2017 – present), Botswana (2014 – 2017) and South Africa (SA) in partnership with the Department of Trade & Industry (the dti) while working at Brand South Africa (2007 – 2010). The main aim is to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Trade, Tourists and Global Events to the countries. Her work involves dealing with trade and investment promotion agencies, nation branding entities, governments departments, etc.
Prior to founding Sukume, Vuyelwa was the Global Brand Strategist for the MTN Group. She was responsible for developing branding and marketing strategies and ensuring their accurate translation and effective implementation across MTN’s footprint of 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East. She managed key projects to build MTN and strengthen its position as Africa’s first and (currently) only truly global brand.
Vuyelwa was also Marketing Manager at Brand South Africa. She led the development of South Africa’s global brand strategy in the build up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. She was responsible for creating and rolling out value propositions that depict South Africa as an attractive destination for trade, investment, etc.
Vuyelwa built robust classical marketing experience managing Unilever brands in local (South Africa), regional (Africa, Middle East & Turkey) as well as international (Brazil) roles. She gained solid emerging and emerged markets experience dealing with diverse cultures working on local and global brands.
Vuyelwa is a sought-after speaker at conferences and events dealing with place/ nation branding, trade and investment and economic development in Africa. She has spoken and presented in a variety of countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Israel, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
She is currently studying for a PhD in Anthropology, has a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
Jeremy Sampson graduated from Canterbury College of Art, England, now the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), in visual communication. There he studied under Graham Clarke, Stanley Hickson, Roy Chambers and Jim Hodgeson.
A career working between London and Johannesburg in marketing, advertising, graphic design, public relations, reputation management and branding. He founded and was the Executive Chairman of the Africa operations of the international branding group, Interbrand until he stepped down in October 2014. Winning numerous awards along the way in the UK, USA and South Africa and in 2010 being awarded the prestigious Financial Mail AdFocus Lifetime Achievement Award. During that period the company either won or was shortlisted more times than any other in its field in the Financial Mail AdFocus and Finweek AdReview awards.
A former: President of South African Designers (representing South Africa at six ICSID world conferences) Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers UK (sitting on the international relations board), board member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), Member IPA (UK), Founder of The Brand Council, Board member of the interim Marketing Association (MASA) and Visiting Professor at University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and Visiting Professor Da Vinci Institute. He has presented papers and spoken in Cancun, Mexico (World Stock Exchanges), Geneva, Switzerland (WIPO), Istanbul, Turkey (Unilever), Dubai, UAE (Hyundai) as well as London, Accra, Nairobi, Windhoek, Harare, and numerous times locally. At the annual Brand South Africa conference in 2017 he was the keynote speaker presenting a paper ‘Country of Origin’.
Today he is managing director of Brand Finance Africa (the London based global group in 25 countries) and in addition consults/mentors/advises,sits on boards/advisory panels, writes and speaks and is very active in the media, including hosting programmes for Classic fm and being The Brandfather. Apart from the worlds of reputation and brands and branding his interests include art and printmaking and the world of wine. He is married with five children and two grandchildren.
Phumlani M. MajoziPolitical Analyst / Non-Executive Director
Free Market Foundation
Phumlani M. Majozi
Phumlani M. Majozi is a Political analyst and Non-executive director. His writings on political and economic issues have been published in the City Press, African Liberty, Politicsweb and BizNews. Currently, he’s a contributor on News24 Voices – where he writes about South Africa’s political and economic issues.
Phumlani is a member of the council at the South African Institute of Race Relations. He also sits on the boards of three organizations: Independent Entrepreneurship Group, Free Market Foundation South Africa (where he is also a youth coordinator), and Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA).
Mushambi is an international speaker and tech leader with over 12 years of experience in building brands and businesses across Africa and the United States.
His high impact company, Altivex, emphasises African engagement in the tech and digital industries, with the intent of making Africa a leading hub of innovative authority. As a digital lab, its client base includes Dis-Chem, Vodacom, Granadilla, African Bank, South African Reserve Bank, SES, Sofn’Free, Telkom and more.
As a speaker, Mushambi shares insights on Tech, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His speaking clientele includes Suits &; Sneakers, QuickBooks, Standard Bank, PWC, Allan Gray and LeaderEx to name a few. Through his content, he hopes to further cultivate and advance Africa’s next generation of innovators and tech adjacent businesses.
As an entrepreneurial expert, he has advised multiple accelerators and incubators including the Innovation Hub, Standard Bank and Endeavor. Mushambi’s business leadership has seen him play a part in forming and becoming a board member of multiple companies in the healthtech, fintech, edutech and creative industries.
Founder and General Director of WCFDavos
President of the Word Communication Forum Association
CEO Тоp Communications LLC
Yanina boasts an extensive career of over 15 yrs in communications in Russian politics and energy industries and also as a scientist in the fields of philosophy and psychology. As a fully qualified psychologist and philosopher, she initially started her career in HR and corporate psychology.
In 2009, with the rapid growth of the internet and the vast impact of digital reality which started changing all industries and turned communications into a key driver of human, social and business relationship development in general, Yanina initiated the World Communication Forum in Davos – as a global platform for sharing expertise aimed at stronger influence of the professional communicators’ community on the global development of the world. From 2009 till 2013, Yanina was the co-Founder and Content Director of the summit, and since 2013 she is the General Director of the event.
Yanina’s experience comprises of corporate communications, corporate psychology and political, social and public communications. She is also an acknowledged expert in applied psychoanalysis and political psychology.
In 2014, the WCFDavos forum’s community established a non-profit, non-governmental organization – the World Communication Forum Association (WCFA), with Yanina elected as the President of the Executive Board.
The goal of the organization is to support initiatives related to improving and developing the education in the field of communications and global culture and also to implement international projects focused on communications and progressive vision of the future.
For over 25 years, Yanina has been actively practicing Tai Chi and she holds a gold medal from the championship in Europe for 2013.
She is the author of the book “Stop Frame” dedicated to the psychoanalytical approach in HR.
I have just (April 2018) joined the Tsogo Sun sales team (69 people) as the Head of Sales (aka National Sales Manager). My main responsibility is to lead the team to achieve the revenue targets set for the business, drive the relationship building with both internal and external clients as well as to identify new opportunities for revenue growth for hotels.
In my previous position, I was an Executive Marketing Manager for hotels – a position I held from 2009 – 2018. My main responsibility, through marketing communications, was to position Tsogo Sun hotels, grow revenue and add value to the business by managing all the promotions, advertising, marketing strategies, etc.
From 2008 – 2009 I worked at Sandton Convention Centre as a General Manager: Sales & Marketing. My Main responsibilities were to generate revenue for the SCC, manage a team of 10 people (Sales & Marketing) and manage all marketing activities in a bid to position SCC as a premium African venue for Conferences and Events locally & internationally.
From 2005 to 2006 I worked at the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller as the General Manager: Marketing and Communications. I then moved on to Ogilvy Johannesburg as a Group Account Directorworking on the South African Tourism account. From 2001 to August 2005, I worked for the Gauteng Tourism Authority as a Senior Marketing Manager. My key responsibility was to provide strategic leadership to and management of the Tourism Marketing Integration Business Unit. My work entailed Strategic Planning; Research; Exhibitions; Support to MICE market; Advertising and Promotions; Tourism Awareness; SMME Development; tourism information services; publications; financial management and Management of the business unit. I had 25 people in my unit and 5 of them reporting directly to me. I also acted as CEO on a number of occasions where the CEO was out of the country or on leave.
Terry Tselane has established himself as an authority on elections and electoral processes. He has served as a Commissioner for the Electoral Commission of South Africa for almost 14 years. In 2011 he was appointed the Vice-Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of South Africa for a seven (7) year term. He has also acted as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission for over a year. Terry has delivered four (4) major National and Provincial elections as well as four (4) local government elections and his record remains unmatched by any Commissioner in terms of the number of elections he delivered in the history of South Africa.
Terry Tselane joined the IEC in 1998 and established the IEC in Gauteng Province and recorded the highest number of registered voters in the country. He further went on to help establish the Association of World Election Management Bodies (A-WEB) as well as the Commonwealth Electoral Network (CEN). He currently serves in the Executive Board of A-WEB and has also served in the Executive Committee of Commonwealth Electoral Network. Terry further played an instrumental role in the re-establishment of the Association of Africa Electoral Management Bodies (AAEEA). He also served as the President of the Electoral Commission Forum (ECF) of SADC countries. He has been described by Prof Anil Seal, a well-respected head of the Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust, as “the founding father” of the Cambridge Association of Mutual Peer Support. Terry has been part and has led many election observations mission. His recent mission was in Gambia where he led the African Union Observer Mission.
Terry was the Chief Executive Officer of Gauteng Tourism from 2002 to 2006. While at the Gauteng tourism authority he transformed Gauteng into a world-class tourism destination, surpassing all destinations in South Africa in terms of tourism arrivals. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Gauteng Film Commission in 2006, which he then established as one of the most well respected film commissions in the world.
Terry’s leadership skills were recognised during the struggle years as a student activist. He served in various organisations such as President of the Black Students Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the Convocation, and later as a member of the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand.
Terry is a true ambassador of Electoral Democracy and has represented South Africa in many local and international platforms. He has further promoted South Africa as both a tourism and film destination and also reinforced South Africa’s position as a pre-imminent leader of electoral democracy in the world. He has presented numerous papers and speeches in many platforms.
Lelemba Phiri is an award winning educator, writer, keynote speaker and gender-lens angel investor.
She is the Principal at the Africa Trust Group that takes a holistic approach to investing in women by investing in both the woman entrepreneur and the enterprise; and facilitating their access to markets and critical business tools.
Lelemba is also a director and shareholder for Zoona, an African mobile payments business that enables community entrepreneurs to provide much needed financial services in their communities and Africa Trust Academy a coaching and training company focused on leadership and entrepreneurship development and financial literacy.
She is passionate about women leadership and entrepreneurship development in Africa and has committed her life’s work to advancing equality and empowerment for women.
Sheraan Amod is a South African entrepreneur with significant experience in technology startups and venture capital. He founded the personalised publishing company Personera in 2009; raising funding from marquee investors and commercializing the company in the USA before exiting it to the US firm Impression Works in 2013.
Returning from New York, Sheraan went on to found the Internet venture incubator Springlab, focusing on South African technology investments. This soon led to the creation of RecoMed (where Sheraan is CEO), which has rapidly become the fastest growing online healthcare booking platform in Sub Saharan Africa. RecoMed seamlessly connects doctors and patients in real-time, with a strong consumer and B2B platform business that reaches stakeholders across the healthcare, life insurance and corporate wellness ecosystem.
He holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Cape Town.
Metji Makgoba Communication Lecturer and Researcher
University of Limpopo
Metji Makgoba is a 28-year-old communication lecturer and researcher at the University of Limpopo, who studies towards a Ph.D. in Corporate Social Responsibility at Cardiff University as a Commonwealth Scholar. He also serves as a guest editor for JOMEC Open Access journal and a seminar leader at Cardiff University.
As an Erasmus Mundus scholar at Newcastle University in 2013/2014, he completed his master’s degree in media and public relations with distinction after he left his position as an assistant communication officer at the University of Limpopo. His thesis, a first class, is titled, “The sexualisation of politics: a critical discourse analysis of Zapiro’s political cartoons of president Jacob Zuma”.
He writes regularly about social and political issues for the African Times and uses his background in critical political and media discourse to offer insights about South Africa’s political issues on Energy FM.
Metji cut his professional teeth as a commentary assistant at Host Broadcast Services, a Swiss company, and the University of Limpopo, where he was the founding editor of the student Magazine, Keyaka.
He served as a sports reporter in 2013 for the Jesmondlocal, a hyperlocal online publication, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. His articles have also appeared in the Daily Vox and Huffington Post SA.
He mentors young people who are interested in writing for the media.
Krigan Naicker is the MD of Big Bay Financial Services – an Accounting, Taxation, Assurance, and Business Consultancy Practice based in Cape Town although his client base is both local & international.
Krigan Naicker sits on multiple boards, including but not limited to; Financial Services, Technology, NGO’s, Consulting & Investment companies & The National Property Forum as Director of Transformation, Governance and Risk.
His major focus is to accelerate transformation in the property sector, which he considers to be the most strategically important sector in South Africa in the long term.
Krigan Naicker has accumulated a decade worth of knowledge, experience & exposure in the property industry & publishes articles in this regard. He in turn has a successful consultancy that specializes in providing financial services and auditing solutions to the property industry, from Tier-1 to the family operated estate agencies.
Coming from a Financial, Legal and Compliance service industry, Krigan has an expert understanding of the property industry & translates this into greater value to his clients to supplement their business growth. He has an enviable track record in reducing compliance costs to ensure that audits are performed on a low-risk base methodology.
Krigan Naicker, with his consolidated knowledge of Financial, Technological, Legal and Compliance, assists stakeholders to be successful in the current transformation in the property sector. This transformation is further backed by programming Artificial Intelligence to enhance profitability and reduce compliance costs in the Property, Financial Services & Retail industries.
His long standing track record with his client base is testimony to his work ethic & professionalism.
Creative brand and marketing communications strategist with over 10 years’ experience in conceptual design, branding and marketing development across a wide range of industries. Strong background in brand strategy and design as well overall alignment of corporate brand to business strategy within the parameters of delivering effective campaigns that aim to support company growth while collaborating with key stakeholders both internally and externally.
MA student – Creative Brand Leadership (Vega School of Branding)
Sam Mensah Jr. is Founder and CEO of KISUA, a unique fashion brand that takes inspiration from traditional African techniques and materials, blending them with a contemporary design aesthetic and ethical production methods to create styles for the modern professional. The brand’s clients include award winning musician Beyoncé and the YOOX Net-a- Porter Group, the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer. KISUA is the only African fashion brand with distribution centers on 3 continents- Africa, Europe and America, from where the company services a global client base through its international ecommerce platform. The company won ‘Best Emerging African Brand’ in the Best Brands Africa Awards 2015.
Prior to founding KISUA he worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank London, in technology at Intel, setting up the Silicon Valley company’s Africa operations, and in venture capital as Africa Director for Intel Capital. Sam who is from Ghana but lives in Johannesburg holds an MA in Economics and Management from Oxford University and an Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu African Leadership Fellow.
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.
Theo Ndindwa has been involved in the creative industry and community development in various roles over the past 15yrs. from and trained in Gugulethu, Cape Town and London, UK. Theo has experienced the professional industry of the arts internationally and is committed to the successful development of South Africa.
As one of the first black male classical trained dancers and founder of a dance institution in the country,over the past decade the iKapa has been a pioneer in the transformation, social inclusivity and economic development in Dance/Arts in SA.
He has been instrumental in the growth and success of the organization locally and internationally through the establishment of new & nurturing of existing professional, business and creative partnerships.
For PR professionals in India the name ‘Yogesh Joshi’ evokes much admiration. They know him as the man who showed them how to reach for the stars, and demonstrated that being ‘Indian’ and being ‘world-class’ are not mutually exclusive. Mr Joshi earned this respect and admiration by single-handedly elevating the PR profession to its international status. It is also his transformative work which prompted industry bosses to acknowledge the power and role of communication in keeping their businesses running smoothly.
Mr Joshi is currently President of the Association of Business Communicators of India, better known as ABCI. It is a forum, a mission that was started in 1956-57 by the late Mr Victor Paranjyoti to recognise and reward excellence in creative business communication. Since 2004, when Mr Joshi was elected President for the first time he has repeatedly proven himself a dynamic leader and true torchbearer by taking ABCI past new frontiers and milestones every year. Over the years, he has built up a body of work and accomplishments that continues to inspire the professional community. In the process, he has also revealed different facets of his personality: he is at once visionary, strategist, pioneer, hands-on leader and game-changer.
Neeshan Ishwarlal was born 9 January 1962, and resides in the Mondeor area of Johannesburg. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, and in 1989 with a Post graduate Bachelor of Education degree. He also completed a MSC degree in public policy and management through correspondence with the University of London in 2008. Neeshan is currently the Executive Director at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation for the past six years. In 2009, Neeshan acted as the Advisor to the MEC of Education and from 1999 to 2004 as the Deputy Director of the General Department of Local Government in Gauteng and of the General Office of Premier. Neeshan was well entrenched in his work with the ANC from 1990 to 1999, holding the following positions: Provincial Elections Coordinator, Local Government Councillor and the ANC organiser for the Lenasia Branch. Prior to this, Neeshan was a teacher at Topaz secondary school in Lenasia for three years.
Neeshan has served on the following organisations: Lenasia Civic Association, Progressive Teachers League, Homeless Support Committee, Lenasia Community Police Forum, South Western Chamber of Commerce and the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance. He is currently on the board of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, East Wave Community Radio, and Sanca – Nishtara.
In the 1980s, Neeshan was an activist for the Transvaal Indian Congress, United Democratic Front, Lenasia Youth League, ANC Underground and MK and is now an executive member of the Civic Association of Johannesburg.
His interests include hiking, travelling and reading and he has received the following awards: American Field Service student exchange programme 1979/80 and Indicator (Newspaper) Human Rights Award – 1992.
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.
Dr. Gábor Hegyi is founding Managing Director of Capital Communications, a leading Budapest-based corporate, branding, financial and business communications agency. Gábor is also Committee Member and former co-Chair of the World Communications Forum.
Gábor founded Capital in 1996 with the backing of the UK’s Dewe Rogerson (now Citigate Dewe Rogerson). In 2011, Capital completed its buyout from Citigate Dewe Rogerson, and is now a leading independent agency, with over 20 years of accumulated experience. Capital Communications was the first agency in Hungary to specialize in corporate and financial communications and investor relations services, for clients including listed companies, the Budapest Stock Exchange, banks and other multinational firms. The company now offers a wide range of communications services, including branding, financial, corporate, business-to-business and technology communications, M&A and transaction communications, online and social media relations, investor relations, reputation management and brand-building, crisis communications and public affairs.
Gábor has advised numerous Hungarian, CEE, Asian and European companies and MNCs, and led numerous significant communications campaigns, many of them pioneering projects for their regions and markets. These have included domestic and international stock exchange flotations for some of Hungary’s largest companies; launch campaigns for leading multinationals entering the Hungarian market; some of Central Europe’s largest M&A transactions; reputation and brand-building exercises.
Between 1993 and 1996 he was deputy managing director and head of financial and corporate communications at STAR PR/Worldcom Hungary. In 1991 he helped to set up the Public Relations Department of the Budapest Stock Exchange, serving as marketing adviser from 1992 to 1993.
Gábor spent some of his formative teenage years at international school in Beijing. He graduated from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and completed his doctorate degree in marketing at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences, now Corvinus University of Budapest. Gábor taught marketing at Corvinus University of Budapest, and also frequently lectures on branding and communications at schools, universities, conferences and professional associations internationally.
Gábor received the prestigious PRO PR Award, conferred by the leading SEE communications conference, the PRO.PR Conference, for his contribution to the development of the PR profession.
As a committed environmentalist and active marine sports enthusiast, Gábor is an active supporter of the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation on Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast, and has been conducting CSR activities for Blue World for almost two decades.
Tshepo Matseba is the Head of Brand and Reputation at a South African financial services brand.
He is the former Corporate Reputation Strategist at M&C Saatchi Abel. Matseba is the former President of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA).
He hold a number of roles including Chairman at Reputation 1st, a boutique strategic communication and reputation management consultancy. In addition, he is the Business Editor of The Afropolitan magazine and Editor in Chief of The Official NEPAD Yearbook. He was the Head of Marketing and Communication at Liberty Corporate.
Matseba has over 16 years expertise across marketing communicatios, he served in a range os industries including higher education, financial services, telecommunications, and information communication (ICT) in Africa and the Middle East for a number of brands including Discovery, Huawei, Momentum, MTN and UNISA’s Graduate School of Business Leadership.
He holds the APR status, which is internationally recognised in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia through the Global Alliance of Public Relations and Communication Management Associations (GA).
Matseba is the chairman of the judging panel for the Brand Summit and Awards South Africa and a regular speaker at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Advocate Thuli Madonsela is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a lifelong activist on social justice, constitutionalism, human rights, good governance and the rule of law. Named one of TIME100 influential people, in 2014 and Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2016, Thuli Madonsela is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution and co-architect of several laws that have sought to illuminate South Africa’s democracy.
Thuli Madonsela was South Africa’s Public Protector for 7 years and Coarchitect and Founding Chairperson of the African Ombudsman Research Centre. She has a global reputation for integrity and fearlessness in enforcing accountability and justice in the exercise of public power and use of public resources.
She has a history of highlighting the importance of social justice and general inclusive enjoyment of the fruits of democracy in the pursuit of peace.
Currently resident at Harvard University as an Advanced Leadership Fellow, Thuli Madonsela has accepted the Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University with effect from January 2018. She is a Paul Harris Fellow, Tallberg Global Leader, and the recipient of Transparency International’s Integrity Award, the German Africa Prize and the Commonwealth Lawyers Truth and Justice Award, among her innumerable accolades.
Simon Susman was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1950 and spent his childhood in South Africa. He matriculated from St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown and in 1969 went on to the University of Cape Town where, due to “much anti -apartheid politics”, he did not obtain his degree.
Simon moved to London in 1971 and worked in various positions for Marks & Spencer, eventually becoming personal assistant to Lord Sieff, the Chairman.
In 1982, Simon returned to Woolworths in South Africa where he architected and built the Woolies’ Food business. He further held a number of top executive positions in the group before becoming Chief Executive in 2000. In 2003 Simon took over the chairmanship of Woolies’ Australian subsidiary, Country Road.
Woolworths is a $6bn group operating in Southern Africa and in Australia where it owns both the Country Road Group and now David Jones, the 176 year old department store group. The businesses are bywords for quality and sustainability.
Within Woolworths, Simon instigated and drove a comprehensive programme entitled the
“Good business journey”. Through this programme, the Group continually strives to do business in a way that is deeply sustainable both socially and environmentally.
During Simon’s 10 year period as CEO, the share price rose from R2.60 to over R26.00, strongly reinforcing his view that a business, deeply rooted in values and passionately delivering on sustainability, can bring real value to all stakeholders.
Simon is currently Chairman of; the Woolworths Group; the London based Virgin Active fitness business; and the Dubai based Al Tayer Retail Board.
Bruce WhitfieldFinancial Journalist / Radio & TV Presenter
The Money Show (Radio 702)
Bruce is a multi-platform award-winning financial journalist. His work on radio, television and in print gives him unique access to South Africa’s biggest power brokers in business and money.
Bruce has been named Financial Journalist of the Year three times in the past decade by independent judges in the annual Sanlam Awards and has received recognition for his work on the economy, companies and personal finance.
Bruce has developed the ability to tell compelling stories about the political economy in a way that is creative and engaging.
He has worked in the highly competitive London radio market and has worked as a foreign correspondent for various global news organizations. He graduated top of his class with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University and has been practicing as a journalist for over two decades. One day he hopes to turn it into a career.
Bruce presents The Money Show on 702 and CapeTalk, hosts Taking Stock, a weekly TV show on eNCA, and is a columnist and writer for Business Insider.
He is also a sought-after public speaker, MC and conference facilitator.
At the age of 43, Kieno is a media veteran, having been part of the commercial media landscape for the past 25 years. Kieno is the host of the Kieno Kammies Show on Cape Talk and has worked on a number of other commercial radio stations across South Africa, this includes hosting the top independent commercial music breakfast show on Jacaranda FM. His international media work includes commentary for the BBC as well as having been contracted as a consultant correspondent for NBC TV News New York and London, with his highlight being the privilege of having worked with US news legend Tom Brokaw.
Kieno is also a businessman, heading up KKStrategic, which assists disruptive technology businesses develop value propositions while assisting them with market entry in strategies and executions. The businesses Kieno currently works with include a disruptive alarm app invested in by Alan Gray’s E Squared, a med tech business driven by artificial intelligence, as well as a blockchain technology business aiming to disrupt a number of industries, with his partner being a Brazilian start up already doing millions of dollars worth of digital asset trading.
The South African daily anchor of the ‘The SAFM Market Update with Moneyweb and the nightly business show ‘Moneyline on eNCA’ from Monday to Thursday. Siki also hosted eNCA’s “The Big Debate”.
This acclaimed TV and radio personality has also been the ‘Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year – TV’ twice, and was included in the ‘Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women.
She also won the acclaimed ‘Telkom ICT Journalist (TV) of the Year’ Award’. She’s been listed on YouTube as ‘one of the Top 10 African journalists to watch, and her alma mater Rhodes University presented her with the Emerging Old Rhodian award for 2015 in recognition of her role as one of the leading public voices on finance in South African media.
M3 Communications Group Inc.
ICCO Immediate Past President
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.
Rashid ToefyDeputy Director General: Economic Operations
Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Rashid Toefy is currently the Deputy Director General: Economic Operations in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.
Before joining the department, Rashid was the Managing Director of MCI in Africa. The MCI Group is world’s largest conference and association management company, and brings people together through innovative meetings, events andb congresses and provides strategic association management consultancy in 60 cities around the world.
He served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), the leading convention centre in Africa from 2008 to 2014, positioning it as a global leader in sustainability.
He has worked extensively in the travel and tourism industry, both in South Africa and abroad. He spent three years based in Amsterdam, developing business and marketing strategies for travel companies and tourism businesses in over 30 countries, working extensively in Central Europe and Latin America.
Rashid is a member of the United Nations Global Compact Advisory Board in South Africa.
He has a degree in Economics and Environmental Science, as well an MBA from the University of Cape Town with his Masters Dissertation focusing on Collaborative Leadership, balancing discipline and diversity in effective decision making.
Rashid has become a thought leader on sustainability and implementation of triple bottom line principles within an organisation. He has spoken at several conferences, both in South Africa and abroad, about the importance and value of establishing social and environmental consciousness in businesses.
Rashid hates settling for mediocrity, and wants to do profound things that impact positively on all those around him.
“we all need to make the following two ancient philosophies part of our lives….the first is the Japanese concept of Kaizen – “continuous improvement” and the second is the uniquely African concept of Ubuntu meaning “I am because we are”.
Mteto Nyati was born in the Eastern Cape town of Mthatha where he completed his first years of schooling. Upon completion of his studies, he was offered a scholarship to do a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, which he completed in 1995.
He started off his career in the gases and welding products industry where he served in various roles. He later joined an FMGC where he was instrumental in consolidating the company’s plants in one central operation. He left the industry and joined a JSE-listed packaging manufacturer and later left to pursue a career in ICT at IBM South Africa. He served IBM South Africa in various capacities before he joined Microsoft South Africa in 2008 as Managing Director, a position he served for six years.
In October 2014 he joined MTN as Group Chief Enterprise Officer and in July the following year he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of MTN South Africa. In April 2017 he joined Altron as Chief Executive.
He has won a number of accolades in his illustrious career, including being named as one of Yale University’s World Fellows on Global Leadership. He was also named Male Business Personality of the Year which was conferred by the Oliver Transformation and Empowerment Awards.
He was also recognised as the 2014 IT Personality of the Year by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa.
Managing Partner of HilburgMalan, Duke is a communications strategist who understands the barriers and opportunities facing Asian business going global and African entities doing business in Asia. He has served as a trusted advisor to global CEOs and senior Government officials.
Formerly Vice President: Corporate Affairs at FleishmanHillard in Hong Kong, Duke’s expertise spans resolving complex reputation management challenges, China-Africa market access and is a thought leader in Creating Shared Value initiatives. He has worked with leadership teams at Discovery, Burberry, the Ethiopian Investment Commission, Alibaba and Prudential.
Before joining FleishmanHillard Duke was Head of Reputation Management at, Johannesburg listed Discovery Limited – recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the leading Companies Changing the World. Duke’s impact in leading his team and enhancing Discovery’s corporate reputation saw him receive a Marketing Leadership Award.
Duke has held key communications roles at Barclays Africa, The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation as well a consultancy where clients included BMW and South Africa’s finance and mining ministries.
He is passionate about youth empowerment and served as a board member of Young Business South Africa and worked in Washington D.C at a leading youth development organization – Presidential Classroom.
Based in Hong Kong, Duke is a graduate of GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) and the Tshwane University of Technology.
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
Sean Lewis is an ordinary South African citizen with a diverse professional background, having worked in and between Education, Information Technology and Public Relations. He currently works in Information Technology in the telecommunications industry.
He is also a Guest Lecturer on the Executive MBA program at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and has been actively involved for most of his life in civil society and sporting organisations. He is one of the Founding Members of, and still active in the South Africa 1st Forum. He is 55 and married with children, living in Cape Town.