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Head: Group Communication & CSI
MMI Holdings Limited
Dan is a seasoned broadcaster with 35 years’ of experience under his belt. Having worked as a news reporter, editor, and presenter, his broadcasting credentials include Radio Mozambique’s English Service, BBC, Talk Radio 702, SABC and eNCA. He has been responsible for corporate communication and corporate social investment at MMI Holdings since 2009. Dan’s overall strengths firmly lie in his people skills, integrity, leadership, and management skills.
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Ron has been the editor of Business Times for the past two years. He was previously deputy editor of the Financial Mail, and Markets editor for Business Day - having first joined Times Media in 2005. He has reported for Moneyweb, Bloomberg, Reuters, and in 2014 enjoyed a stint with the highly respected Financial Times in London. He has covered everything from the ascension of Jacob Zuma to party leader and state president, to commodity markets and companies during the Chinese inspired super-commodity cycle that ended some three years ago.
Nicolaas Kruger began his career at Momentum as an Actuarial Assistant in July 1991. He was appointed Chief Actuary of Momentum in 1997. He became Chief Financial Officer of Momentum Group in 2007, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2009. In December 2010, he was appointed Group Chief Executive Office of MMI Holdings following the merger between Metropolitan and Momentum. His directorships include Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA), MMI Group Ltd and various other subsidiary companies with the MMI Holdings Group.
eNCA and contributor, Financial Mail
Former deputy minister of finance, Department of National Treasury.
Born in 1960 in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Mr Jonas is a born activist that got involved in in anti-apartheid politics from the age of 14. He led a number of political activities in the Port Elizabeth area and launched underground structures aligned to the African National Congress in the Eastern Cape and beyond. He was later sent to exile in Angola and Uganda. While in exile he was employed by the United Nations to run an education program for the cadres of the ANC movement. Upon his return to South Africa in the 1990’s, he was instrumental in establishing the ANC structures in the Eastern Cape. At the dawn of democracy in 1994, he played a key role in setting up the new Provincial administration in the Eastern Cape. He has served the ANC government in various positions before being appointed as Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of Finance for the Eastern Cape, Mr Jonas, served as the Deputy Minister of Finance from May 2014 until 30 March 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History & Sociology at Vista University. He furthered his studies with a Higher Diploma in Education at Rhodes University and has completed further courses in marketing from the University of Cape Town and several investment and trade promotion courses (Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia as well as development training with the German agency, GTZ).
Chairman, Shell SA and
Deputy Chairman, Business Leadership South Africa
Bonang Mohale is currently Vice President Upstream and Chairman of Shell Downstream South Africa (Pty) Limited. He is the Chairman of numerous Shell boards, as well as SAPREF (South African Petroleum Refinery). He holds an Honorary Professorship in Marketing Management from the University of Pretoria, and serves on their Advisory Council. In 2001 he received the Presidential Award for his “Servanthood in South African Industry & the Economic Empowerment of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals”. Bonang also serves as the Deputy Chairman of Business Leadership South Africa and has appeared on numerous International TV, radio and magazine platforms.
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Senior anchor of Business Day TV. 10 years’ experience as a business television news anchor with Summit TV and CNBC Africa. More than 5000 interviews with CEOs & business leaders
Thabiso Tema is an award winning television and radio personality, with nearly 20 years’ experience in broadcasting. He began his career as sports presenter on SAfm and went on to work for Metro FM, Classic FM and Radio 2000. He has developed a reputation as highly versatile broadcaster who is equally at home with his first love sport as he is when tackling the hot current affairs issues of the day. He currently woks as anchor and commentator for sports channel SuperSport International. He is also the presenter of the breakfast show on Gauteng-based talk radio station Power FM. In February 2016, TT as he is affectionately known, was appointed editor of Destiny Man magazine, a position he still holds.
Nikiwe Bikitsha is a multi-award winning broadcast journalist. Her career spans 18 years. Her area of expertise is political and business journalism and she is considered one of the leaders in her field. Her work has taken her across the world, interviewing global leaders and telling the African story. She holds a BA honours in journalism and media studies as well as a MA in journalism from Wits. She is the founder of a media company called Amargi Media, which seeks to produce and create bespoke media content. The company also provides media training for corporates and other entities on how to optimise their media exposure and put their best foot forward. Leadership accolades include the Hubert Humphrew fellowship at Walter Cronkite school of journalism in 2012-2013.This is a 10 month fellowship at a US university which is granted to mid -career professionals who are deemed leaders in their field. She has also recently been appointed as the youngest member of the Nelson Mandela Foundation board of trustees.
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YOUTH EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT – BRIDGING THE GAP IN DIGITAL TIMES
Chief Executive Officer
Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
Maryana Iskander is Chief Executive Officer of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, partnering with over 350 South African employers to source, place and successfully retain over 35,000 young, first-time work seekers in the formal economy. Maryana served as Chief Operating Officer of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York, a US$1billion national operation, and she currently sits on the board of directors. She has been an associate at global business consultancy McKinsey & Co., a strategy consultant for W.L. Gore & Associates, and a law clerk at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, and Vinson & Elkins in Houston. Maryana also served as Adviser to the President of Rice University and as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Maryana earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Rice University, a M.Sc. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Barrie Bramley is known a curious disruptor. Founder and former Managing Director of trend business Tomorrow. Today, he is currently a partner at the disruptive agency Calidascope where he works with businesses to help them find creative and useful solutions to ensure they both survive, and thrive into the future.
Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters
Debbie is the founder and CEO of Jack Hammer, rated one of South Africa's top 3 executive search firms. Jack Hammer consults to some of the region’s top blue chip corporates, global multinationals, and private enterprises, with a focus on executive and board level appointments throughout Africa. Debbie appears regularly on television and radio, and as a keynote speaker at conferences. She has recently published her first book, “IntheFlow – Taking Mindfulness to Work”. She is a founding member of the Cape Town Chapter of EO, a global entrepreneurship organization of 12 000 members – she currently serves on EO’s Regional Council for the MEPA Region .
Youth activist and former SRC president, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Hlomela Bucwa is completing her final year in Law at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She received the Student Governance Society Person of the Year Award in 2013 and became the first female SRC President at NMMU in 2015. She served as a Democratic Alliance Student Organisation Caucus leader, and works in mentoring young people as part of the Democratic Alliance Young Leaders Programme. She believes her greatest achievement to date has been in raising more than R9.8 Million for financially needy students.
NSFAS and Sifiso Learning Group
He started his career at Unilever. In 1989 he established Sizwe & Co, the first black-owned audit practice in Kwazulu Natal. In 1996 he became the founding partner of Nkonki Sizwe Ntsaluba now called SizweNtsaluba Gobodo which is the fifth largest audit firm in South Africa. In 1998 he joined Telkom SA as Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for its listing on the JSE and New York Stock exchanges. Sizwe was the CEO of FirstRand Banking Group since 2005 until he retired in September 2015. Sizwe serves as Chairman on various Foundations and Trusts. He is the Co-founder and Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust. He was appointed Chairman of the NSFAS in August 2015 and Chairman of the Ministerial Task Team developing a new funding model for students who come from poor and “missing middle” backgrounds Sizwe is now a social entrepreneur who recently founded Sifiso Learning Group which is establishing private schools in South Africa and is also involved in Edtech, academic publishing and real estate. Sizwe Nxasana has been conferred with honorary doctorates by the Universities of Fort Hare, the Durban University of Technology, the University of Johannesburg and the Walter Sisulu University.
Department of Higher Education
A former school principal, Mr Gwebinkundla Fellix Qonde was appointed Director-General in September 2011. He holds a Master’s degree in Education, as well as Bachelors in Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees and a Diploma in Labour Law. Mr Qonde started his career as an educator, moving through the ranks of management to become the Principal of Harry Gwala Secondary School. He has also served as a special advisor on education to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande. Other leadership positions include serving as a Councillor within the City of Cape Town. His local government experience at strategic management level spans six years in the positions of Executive Director for Corporate Services and Deputy Municipal Manager for the Cape Winelands District Municipality. During his tenure at Cape Winelands it won an award for the best run municipality in South Africa. Mr Qonde initiated the Khayelitsha Development.
PROTECTING SA’S ECONOMY – SHORT-TERM SOLUTIONS FOR LONG-TERM GAIN
Founder & CEO
Mohale is an entrepreneur, seasoned strategic marketer and transformational business leader with a career that spans over 18 years in marketing and advertising and financial services. He is formerly CEO of the Black Business Council and has also held senior positions in advertising including Chairman of FCB South Africa, Chairman of The Jupiter Drawing Room (JHB) and Director at TBWA\ South Africa. His financial services experience includes Marketing Communications and Corporate Affairs Director at Old Mutual Emerging Markets; Managing Executive of Absa Private Bank; Group Executive: Marketing at Absa; and Group Executive: Marketing at Liberty Group. Shout if anything unclear.
Founder & Managing Director
MOPSY Strategic Advisors
Mpho Sedibe is the founder and MD of MOPSY Strategic Advisors, a niche BBBEE consulting firm. With a technical background as a qualified Chartered Accountant, Mpho is able to bring tangible facts and figures to typically softer and intangible areas of business. Mpho possesses a wealth of experience in the financial, strategy and enterprise development sectors which she obtained from Investec Bank, Allan Gray, McKinsey, and leading MOPSY. Mpho has been a BBBEE thought partner for listed corporations including South African Breweries and Hulamin. She also co-owns and manages a luxury beauty studio, Studio MoMa, and sits on four boards.
Dr Iraj Abedian
Chairman and Chief Executive
Pan African Investment and Research.
Dr Iraj Abedian
Dr Iraj Abedian, an economist by training, has extensive business and research experience in South Africa. Since 1994 he has been involved in macroeconomic policy making and is a respected adviser to a number of public and private sector organisations. Dr Abedian served as the chief economist and EXCO member of Standard Bank Group of SA over 2000 to 2004 (May) before co-founding Pan-African Capital Holdings in 2005. Over the period 2005 to 2009, Iraj was a member of the Presidential Economic Advisors during the Presidency of President Mbeki and President Motlanthe and acted as the Special Advisor to Minister of Mineral Resources, SA Government during 2010 to 2012 (June). He is also an Extraordinary Professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.
Aluwani Capital Partners
Sibusiso Mabuza is the CEO and founding member at ALUWANI Capital Partners (Pty) Ltd. Prior to that he was the CEO at Momentum Asset Management (Pty) Ltd. He has over 19 years’ experience in the financial services sector and has held numerous leadership positions within the asset management space. He began his career in 1998 at Investec Asset Management where he fulfilled various roles including equity dealing support, portfolio administration and scrip lending. Sibusiso has also worked as a Portfolio Manager, Director for the Asset Management Business and Member of the Executive Decision Forum at Cadiz Financial Strategy Group. Sibusiso holds a Bcom (Hons), Mathematical Modelling of Derivatives LAP.
Department of National Treasury
Lungisa Fuzile is a Master of Commerce graduate. He joined the National Treasury in 1998 as a Deputy Director and rose through the ranks to become head of the Intergovernmental Relations division. It was under his leadership that Intergovernmental Relations introduced the Infrastructure Delivery Improvement Programme (IDIP) to solve the capacity and institutional challenges faced by the provincial departments of Health, Education and Public Works in the delivery of infrastructure. In July 2008 he assumed the position of Deputy Director-General in the Asset and Liability Management (ALM) division and on the 16 May 2011 he was appointed Director-General of the National Treasury. His various roles at the National Treasury have provided him with an in-depth understanding of the National Treasury’s roles and functions, and a profound appreciation of how the National Treasury’s work impacts on all sectors of the South African economy and the country’s citizens.
GEOPOLITICAL UNCERTAINTY – NAVIGATING RISKS
Radio talk show anchor &
With more than 20 years’ experience as a political journalist in SA, Karima Brown keeps very active in discussions around SA's political economy. She works as a political analyst for eNCA, and hosts Talk@9 on Talk Radio 702 on Sundays. She also does a daily crossing on SA politics for Xolani Gwala's morning breakfast show on 702, to set the political agenda for the day. Previously she worked as the Group Executive Editor for The Independent Media Group where she managed 20 newspaper titles and also sat on the presidium of the BRICS media council. She was a former Political Editor at Business Day from 2005 to 2010, where after she was the anchor of Political Exchange, a daily television program focusing on the political economy of the African continent at CNBC Africa. Karema was the launch editor of Forbes Woman Africa.
Dr Johan van Zyl
African Rainbow Capital
Dr Johan van Zyl
Johan van Zyl holds a PhD in Economics and a DSc in Agricultural Economics and worked in academia and as consultant to the World Bank before being appointed as the vice-chancellor of the UP. He became CEO of Santam in 2001. Two years later, he was appointed Group CEO of Sanlam Limited. Under his strategic leadership Sanlam became a top performing financial services institution and a dynamic emerging market financial services provider. Van Zyl is currently a non-executive director of Sanlam Limited and various other Boards of both listed and unlisted companies; CEO of Ubuntu-Botho Investments and Co-CEO of ARC.
Dr Kingsley Makhubela
Chief Executive Officer
Brand South Africa
Dr Kingsley Makhubela
Dr Kingsley Makhubela has had an illustrious and distinguished career in the public service. Prior to joining Brand South Africa in August 2015 – Dr. Makhubela served as the Director-General of the Department of Tourism and preceding that, he held, amongst others, the position of Chief of State Protocol at the Department of International Relations and Co-operation. Dr Makhubela has also been at the helm of positioning South Africa in Portugal and Kenya during his tours of duty as Ambassador and High Commissioner respectively. Holding a Master’s degree in Diplomacy from the University of Pretoria, Dr Makhubela recently obtained his PhD looking at the conflict in Somalia, through the School of Political Science at the University of Pretoria.
CEO: Africa & Asia
MMI Holdings Limited
Innocent Dutiro is the CEO of MMI Holdings’ Africa and Asia businesses. His long career has included significant Engineering experience in the power generation sector before moving into the field of Strategy Consulting. Immediately prior to joining MMI, Innocent was a Partner in the Johannesburg office of Bain & Company where his work was focused on advising clients in the Financial Services Industry. He holds B.Sc. (University of Zimbabwe) and M.Sc (University of Manchester, UK) degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Wits Business School.