Graduate School of Business: University of Cape Town
Mills Soko is Professor of International Political Economy, and former Director, at UCT Graduate School of Business.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1992. Soon thereafter he worked for a year as a research assistant with UCT’s Equal Opportunities Research Project. From 1994 to 1995 he was employed by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa as a researcher on parliamentary affairs, monitoring and preparing reports on the work of parliamentary committees in South Africa’s first democratic national legislature.
In 1996, he joined the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) – the upper house of the South African Parliament – as a researcher to the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs, and Public Enterprises. During this period he completed a Master’s degree in International Studies through the University of Stellenbosch. This was followed by his appointment as Head of Policy and Legislative Research in the NCOP, where he oversaw and coordinated the work of committee researchers. Subsequently he resumed his academic studies and obtained a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick. In 2004, he completed a doctoral thesis on the political economy of trade policy reform in post-apartheid South Africa at the same university.
He previously served as chairperson of the board of trustees of Inyathelo (The South African Institute of Advancement), and as deputy chairperson of the editorial board of New Agenda.
He is a member of the editorial boards of Global Governance, Journal of Common Market Studies and AfricaGrowth Agenda. He is a research associate of both the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Institute for Global Dialogue. He is a member of the Evian Group’s Brains Trust and the Evian Group’s Council of Global Thought Leaders. He is a member of the Africa Business Network, and of the Governing Board of the Association of African Business Schools.
He formerly chaired a working group on education and employment under the auspices of the Africa-Germany Partnership, an initiative of the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany Horst Köhler. And he was a member of the Warwick Commission on The Future of the Multilateral Trading System.
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
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.
Michelle Craig has worked as a journalist for 15 years,with most of her experience in television news.
She’s part of a team of news anchors, unpacking the biggest news stories during eNCA’s busiest daytime show, eNCA Now.
Unflinching in her delivery of breaking news, Michelle thrives on unscripted news.
Her interviews with politicians and newsmakers reflect the ethos of independent journalism, without fear or favour, asking the biggest players in the news the tough questions, with disarming candour.
Her finessed, sometimes frank but welcoming style of presentation, puts viewers at ease- part of the reason why South Africa’s leading television news channel, eNCA, has placed her in a timeslot known to lead the day’s news agenda.
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.
Damon J. BatisteFounder - President & Cultural Ambassador
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.
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.
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.
Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh is an author, scholar and lyricist.
He was president of the University of Cape Town’s Students’ Representative Council in 2010 and holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where he was a Weidenfeld Scholar.
His debut book, Democracy and Delusion: 10 Myths in South African Politics, won the City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award. The book is accompanied by a rap album of the same name.
He is currently pursuing a DPhil in International Relations at Oxford.
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.
As a director and a shareholder at Zoona, Lelemba has been a key part of successfully growing the business from one operating market to three and scaling of their agent network that provides entrepreneurship opportunities to women and youth from poor communities. This has created over 5000 jobs across Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique and since inception, over $2bn has been transacted over their mobile payment platform.
In 2014, Zoona was chosen as one of the top 10 companies best suited to take girls out of poverty by the Nike Foundation and Unreasonable group and Lelemba was personally invited alongside Zoona’s CEO to participate in an accelerator program focusing on the Girl Effect – the notion that investing in women creates better sustainable communities. This is an honour that Lelemba took to heart and has since driven strategies that identify high potential young women from poor communities and give them an opportunity to become entrepreneurs. This has resulted in the transformation of the Zoona agent network from 70:30 in favour of males to 60:40 in favour of women and has improved both the business and community impact results.
In 2014, Lelemba was named one of Africa’s most influential women by CEO Magazine and in 2015 was awarded the Rising Star Award at Zambian Women of the Year Awards. In 2016 she was named a Cordes Fellow as one of the world’s top 50 most promising emerging social entrepreneurs and in 2017 was named one of 50 changemakers advancing gender equality in South Africa and additionally was awarded as one of the most influential marketers in the world by the Global Marketing Congress.
Lelemba holds a Masters Degree in Development Finance with distinction from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. She is a UK Certified Chartered Accountant (FCCA) and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting (Hon) from the Oxford Brookes University (UK). She has worked with private, public and government organizations for over 15 years with experience extending across South Africa, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Angola and other sub-Saharan countries.
Lelemba was the financial expert TV presenter for SABC 3’s lifestyle magazine show, The Power Within. She is the author of an e-book entitled ‘Financial Fitness in Five Workouts’. She has been featured in several media including CNBC Africa, the Oprah magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Destiny Magazine, the New York based Diaspora Voice Talk Show, Radio France, Zambia Daily Mail and South Africa FM.
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.
Ron Derby has worked as a financial journalist over the past fifteen years, beginning his career at Moneyweb in Johannesburg. Over that time he has worked at Business Day, Reuters, Bloomberg, Financial Mail, Financial Times in London and is now the editor of Business Times, South Africa’s biggest weekly business publication. He has a bachelors degree from GIBS Business School and a diploma in Journalism.
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.
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.
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).
Kganki Matabane is the Chief Executive Officer of the Black Business Council.
Kganki spearheaded SENTECH SOC Ltd’s expansion into the rest of the African continent since July 2017. Before that he spent 5 years as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of SENTECH.
During his tenure as COO, SENTECH achieved 5 consecutive clean audits (a first in the history of the company). He is a highly-experienced public and private sector professional with more than 20 years working experience (more than 10 of those years at Executive level) and have served as an Executive Director of Operations and Transformation Policy at Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). He held various strategic positions at the Black Management Forum (BMF), Gauteng Provincial Legislature, City Power Johannesburg, Spoornet and Anglo American
Other notable current positions:
• Non-Executive Director: Sandown Motor Holdings, a Mercedes Benz SA Company;
• Member at Limpopo Province Premier’s Employment Growth and Development Advisory Council;
• Board member and Chairperson of REMCO; and
• Practising member – South African Institute of Professional Accountants
• The Institute of Directors of SA
• The Black Management Forum
Shoni Khangala is the Founder and CEO of Potential Exponents. The company has a particular focus on Coaching and Mentoring and also offers a number of SETA Accredited Training Programmes (including Change Management, Coaching and Mentoring and Conflict Management).
Shoni is a Certified Life and Business Master Coach, a Professional Speaker and Member of the Professional Speakers’ Association of Southern Africa (PSASA). He is also a COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) Registered Coach. He serves on COMENSA’s Ethics Portfolio Committee.
Shoni has the most unique experience of having worked for two World Heritage Sites which are visible from each other (i.e. Robben Island Museum and Table Mountain National Park). He has been part of Western Cape Tourism for decades. He served two terms on the very first Board on tourism in the Western Cape.
Shoni’s career started off in one of SA’s well known food and clothing retail chains as a Trainee Merchandiser in one of the Clothing Divisions. His corporate experience includes the clothing industry, financial services, educational services, recruitment and HR consulting services, as well as tourism and conservation within the public sector.
Apart from experience gained within fulltime employment, Shoni has a wide range of experience; including Assessment of Competency, training of Assessors, grading of accommodation establishments, as well as tutoring in Business schools – where he has lectured MBA students in Marketing, International Business, Corporate Strategy, Business and Professional Ethics as well as Organizational Behaviour and Management.
Shoni has two Master’s Degrees: in Marketing from Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Business School in Scotland; and in Tourism Development and Management from New Buckinghamshire University (formerly Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College) (Top Student); a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) (Top Student); Diplomas in Business Management and in Personnel Management (Executive Education); as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cape Town. He has also completed courses in Human Resource Development; Organizational Behaviour; Learning Facilitation; Career Management at Post Graduate Level (Rand Afrikaans University).
Shoni is conversant in all South African languages, plus Sign Language.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.