Prof. PLO Lumumba is an Associate Professor of Public Law, a holder of an LL.D (Doctor of Laws) on the Law of the Sea from the University of Ghent, Belgium, Master of Laws degree and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. Prof PLO Lumumba holds an honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) (Honoris Causa) from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He is also a holder of the Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) (Honoris Causa) from Bells University of Technology in Nigeria. He has been trained on Humans Rights at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London in England, Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of the University of Lund in Sweden and on International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a Certified Mediator. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya FCPS (K), a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management (FKIM) and Honorary Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS). He is the Chairman of Farafina Investment Group in Monrovia, Liberia and Economic Strategic Growth and Development Initiative for Africa based in Nigeria.
He is the immediate former Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya School of Law, a former Secretary of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission and a former Director of the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), (Now Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)). He is the Founding Trustee of the African Institute for Leaders and Leadership (AILL) and founding Chairman of the Association of the Citizens Against Corruption (ACAC). He was the Founding Dean, Kabarak University School of Law, a former lecturer at the University of Nairobi (UON), the United States International University (USIU Africa) and Widener University USA (Nairobi Summer School).
He is a renowned legal practitioner. He has written several books including: Criminal Procedure in Kenya, An outline of Judicial Review in Kenya, Kenya’s long search for a Constitution: The Postponed Promise and Judicial Review and Administrative Law. He has published numerous articles in refereed journals and several book chapters. He has also edited several Books including Devolution in Kenya (with Prof. Mbondenyi and Dr. Kabau), The Constitution of Kenya (Contemporary Readings) (with Prof. M.K. Mbondenyi and S.O. Odero). He has co-authored ‘The Constitution of Kenya 2010 An introductory commentary’ with Dr. Luis Franceschi. He has also co-authored several books on Ethics. His non-legal books include; Swearing by Kenya, A Call for Political Hygiene in Kenya, The Searching Soul, Sanitizing Kenyan Politics, Mhh Africa! (Kiswahili), Ang’o Marach (Luo) and Watim Ang’o (Luo). He has also co-authored thirteen (13) other Books on Integrity as School Series. He has recently ventured into fiction with his book ‘STOLEN MOMENTS’.
In 2004, he received commendation from the Kenya Scouts Association for service to the society. In 2011, Bishop Okullu of College of Theology of Great Lakes University of Kisumu awarded him the order of St. Pauls the Apostle for restoration of Good governance and right values in society. In 2012 the East African Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities recognized him for valuable and exemplary contribution in the fight against corruption.
He has been named and recognized by the International Commission of Jurists (Kenya Section) and the Law Society of Kenya for his exemplary contribution to the legal profession. He was recognized by the Kenya-USA Association for the Martin Luther King Jnr., Leadership Award in 1996 and was the recipient of the 2008 Martin Luther King Africa Salute to Greatness Award by the Martin Luther King Jr. Africa Foundation. He has also been included in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World and is the Distinguished Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam for 2014. He was the 11th Kwame Nkrumah Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana in 2016. On 27th of May, 2017, he was invested Chief Tamba Taylor of Liberia for his Pan Africanist Activities. He was the 5th Abram Tiro Onkgopotse Lecturer at the University of Limpopo in South Africa for the year 2017. He was the 5th Apollo Milton Obote Lecturer for the year 2017. He was the Nelson Mandela Centenary Memorial Lecturer at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa in 2018. He was the 2nd Ray Phiri Memorial Lecturer at the University of Mpumalanga in 2019.
He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement for Patriotism and Advocacy by the African Forum – 2017. He was recognized by New African Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Africans in 2017.
In January 2018, he received the following awards and recognition:
African Luminary Award by African Cultural Association in the United States of America.
Freedom of the City of Lowell in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States of America for his role in the fight against corruption and bad governance in Africa.
Recognition by the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States of America for exemplary work in the fight against corruption and bad governance in Africa
He currently practices Law with Lumumba and Lumumba Advocates and coordinates activities under the aegis of the PLO Lumumba Foundation.
Taking over the reins from Spiro Georgopoulos, who oversaw the transition and repositioning of the South African Bank of Athens into Grobank, Bennie brings extensive experience as a previous Head of Capital and Balance Sheet Management in Group Treasury at Absa Bank, Group Financial Director and CEO of Consumer Finance of the JD Group and more recently, Chief Financial Officer (and Acting CEO) at the State-owned Land Bank, to one of South Africa’s most innovative banks.
“My mandate is to support the implementation and expansion of Grobank’s strategy as the premier banking partner across the food and agriculture value chain in South Africa,” says van Rooy. “At the same time, I am committed to the ongoing growth of our business and alliance banking offerings, which remain core to the future strategy of Grobank”.
“It is an exciting time in financial services as well as in the agricultural sectors in our country, and Grobank is set to take advantage of available technology, such as fintech, digital, and agtech among others to support and provide solutions to our current and future clients, while maintaining our close personal relationships with farmers and agri-businesses.”
Chris Venter, CEO of AFGRI Group Holdings (AGH), a shareholder of Grobank, indicated that, “As shareholders of Grobank that is part of the greater AGH group, we are pleased that Bennie has chosen to be part of the Grobank journey and our mandate to support food and agri-businesses. Bennie is fully committed to our passion of enabling food and job security across the continent. We are privileged to have Bennie on board as his financial acumen, business sense, values and dedication towards each position he has held previously have been of the highest order.”
Grobank is uniquely positioned to provide solutions, expertise and banking services as a result of the insights gained through our existing clients, alliance and industry relationships. “Combining the existing banking expertise in our business, with the thorough agricultural and food value chain knowledge of our strategic shareholders, creates a unique opportunity to deliver new and innovative solutions to agriculture and other sectors. I am delighted to join the Grobank family and look forward to exploring new opportunities that will make a meaningful difference to our existing and new clients,” van Rooy adds.
I am a Chartered Certified Accountant (CCA), qualified with Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA –UK) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership, a Postgraduate Qualification in Management from GIBS and a B. Compt in Accounting from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
I’m currently an Executive Director and the Chief Executive Officer at Business Leadership South Africa; an independent association of the leaders of some of South Africa’s biggest and most well-known organisation’s, a forum for engaging key players, including civil society and labour, to exchange ideas in the national interest, and to create effective dialogue with government and other stakeholders.
I also serve as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of ESKOM; Business Unity South Africa (BUSA); Resultant Finance (a PIC investee company) and serves on the Advisory Committee on Finance & Procurement at the University of Fort Hare.
I previously served as a Managing Director of the Black Management Forum (BMF), during which I was responsible for driving the overall strategy of the organisation, including its representation at various public forums, at the request of the BMF President or Deputy President. Before assuming this role, I served as the Chief Financial Officer and Operations Director of the BMF, having joined in May 2009. In 1995, I started my career in Finance and over the last 24 years, has had experience in a range of industries, ranging from training, consulting, telecoms and the healthcare sectors.
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.
Sampo is currently the General Director for Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo Region, Espoo (Finland)
Duties include Strategy development and overseeing the implementation of Action Plans. Management, leadership, planning, organization and supervision of activities of Omnia, a Mandated Body and public sector organization that operates within the greater Helsinki area with a target group of over 1,5 million people. The services offered range from regional development and projects to education and training and directly reach over 40 000 learners in the public and private sectors. Omnia implements the EFQM framework and has annual internal audits on all key processes. The number of staff is 1000 persons
Omnia is a UNEVOC nominated Center of Excellence (CoE) in VET.
He is also the Chairman of the Board of Omnia Education Partnerships Ltd (OEP) (international commercial arm of four Finnish organizations exceling in education, training, development cooperation and humanitarian assistance).
General Manager of Omnia Education Co.
Project Leader in EU Twinning Project Enhancing quality and effectiveness of VET system in the Republic of Moldova (March 2019-February 2021).
Prior to this he held positions as Deputy Mayor (Education and Cultural Services), Director of Development (Education and Culture)
He holds a Masters in Philosophy and Masters in Political Science
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Jansson is the CEO of OEP, a Finnish company partnering with public and private sector customers seeking sustainable solutions for up/reskilling, job creation and education sector professional development.
Her national and international work has focused on system-level reform, innovation and capacity building.
She is currently working on models for scalable skills development, including using AI and visual learning environments.
Rob Davidson is the Managing Director of MICE Knowledge, a consultancy specialising in research, education and training services for the meetings and events industry.
His main areas of expertise are conferences and incentive travel, and he has written seven books on these themes, including his latest publication, Business Events (https://www.routledge.com/Business-Events/Davidson/p/book/9781138735767).
He has carried out research projects for a number of major organisations including the Poland Convention Bureau, the Ireland National Tourism Development Authority, and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence.
He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on themes linked to business events, in particular to present the results of his ongoing research into conference industry trends. Rob also teaches as a Visiting Professor in four European universities, where he educates and inspires Events Management and Tourism Management students every year.
In 2015, he was awarded a Doctorate from the University of Greenwich for his thesis, entitled ‘Technological and Demographic Factors as Agents of Change in the Development of Business Events’.
In 2016, he won the Best Conference Speaker award at the Global Event Awards.
In 2017, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the IBTM WORLD exhibition in Barcelona.
Phumlani M. MajoziPolitical Analyst / Global Market Researcher
Phumlani M. Majozi
Phumlani M. Majozi is a political analyst and global markets researcher. His writings on socioeconomic issues have been published on New24, City Press, Politicsweb and BizNews. From March 2018 to May 2019, he hosted a current affairs show on Salaamedia radio and One Nation FM 88.9. The show covered South Africa and the rest of the African continent.