Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister | Defence and Military Veterans
Elizabeth Lee Ming, Executive Director for Strategy & Digital and Chief Disruption Officer at TBWA\Africa
With over 17 years extensive experience in B2B and B2C Marketing on both client and agency side, Elizabeth has worked in SA, the UK and the USA at a number of blue-chip organisations. Her experience covers Customer Relationship Management, Direct Marketing, Digital Marketing, Data-driven Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Project Management, Digital Strategy and much more.
Judy Dlamini, Executive Chairperson, Mbekani Group
A career woman since 1987, Judy obtained her MBA from Wits Business School in 1999. She joined HSBC Investment Bank for several years, before leaving in 2003 to pursue her career as an entrepreneur – during which time she co-led the acquisition of 8% of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd by BEE consortium Imithi Investments (Pty) Ltd. She is the MD and Chairman of Mbekani Group, which celebrated 20 years in business in 2016.
Professor Glenda Gray, President of the South African Medical Research Council and leader of the first clinical HIV vaccines trials in the RSA
Pioneering medical researcher, scientist and HIV activist, Professor Glenda Gray is the only South African to feature in TIME magazine’s prestigious list of 100 most influential people in 2017. She has dedicated her life’s work in the search for a HIV/AIDS vaccine and is currently leading a large-scale clinical trial that could lead to the first licensed vaccine against HIV/AIDS. She has spent a large part of her career working at the huge Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
Kate Emmerson, Director of Quick Shift Deva Pty Ltd
Multi-qualified Kate is a leading ‘clutter’ expert, sought-after international speaker, professional lifestyle coach and mastermind facilitator who runs retreats in idyllic locations. She has published three books and was recently handpicked to appear as an international expert in the transformational, multiple-award-winning US film “The Secrets of the Keys” . Her Keynote presentations are designed to wake you up to live a fully engaged life.
Lee Naik, CEO Transunion Africa | Driving Information for Good | LinkedIn Top Voice | Public Speaker | Digital Transformation
Lee is a widely-recognised technology and digital transformation expert, public speaker and thought leader. He has spent the majority of his career shaping and managing the execution of complex transformation programmes and helping organisations understand the role of digital technologies in driving their relevance in an increasingly digital world. He leads the operations of Transunion across its African portfolio of businesses, where the prevailing ethos is ‘Information for Good’.
Lohini Moodley, Partner and Leader in Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice in Africa, McKinsey and Company
Lohini is a leader in McKinsey’s Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice in Africa. A major focus of her work is on unlocking the potential of information and communication technology (ICT) to transform lives, businesses and national economies in Africa.
Lohini has led and co-authored several research reports on ICT in Africa. She advises both business and public-sector leaders on approaches to enable and harness the rapid growth of ICT in Africa.
Margaret Hirsch, COO & Co-Founder, Hirsch’s
As well as managing 18 Hirsch branches and concept stores in three different provinces, Margaret has made it her goal to motivate and inspire young girls throughout the country, to work hard at achieving their own goals and to make sure that those in the poorer urban areas are able to attend school on a regular basis. She has won 19 major business awards, and continues to inspire and motivate women and people in poorer areas, wherever she goes.
Mymoena Ismail, CEO, National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa
Mymoena has a long history with developing e-skills human capacity in South Africa. Her work has included being part of the team that designed and implemented a national model for the development of e-skills human capacity in this country, with the impact being to improve its World Economic Forum (WEF) rankings. NEMISA (moving towards iNeSI – Ikamva National e-Skills Institute) is responsible for the development of e-skills human capacity in our increasingly digital era. Its distributed model was designed to impact against the National Development Plan, SA Connect and Outcome 5 of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF).
Phuti Mahanyele, CEO, Sigma Capital
Phuthi is the former CEO of Shanduka Group. Prior to that, she was the Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Before DBSA, she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She joined them in New York and later transferred to the South African office. Intensively involved in mentoring young professionals and students, Phuti is an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and also chairs the Bain Academy in South Africa. She is a Patron of the Bosele Foundation.
Pilisiwe Twala-Tau, CEO | Gauteng Enterprise Propeller
Mrs Pilisiwe Twala-Tau has extensive working experience in both the private and public sector, and has held various senior management positions. She is CEO of TOTI Capital, a newly founded preeminent majority black-owned and privately held investment holdings business. Pilisiwe is passionate about women & youth development in particular and runs a number of youth development programmes. She is currently the chairperson of the Institute of Local Government Association in Gauteng, and she also serves in Social Support Forums and structures in Johannesburg.
Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister | Department of Telecommunications & Postal Service
The Minister has held her current position since March 2017; prior to that, she was the Deputy Minister of the Department of Communications (DoC) from May 2014. She is a member of the ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee and of the Eastern Cape Provincial Working Committee. She has, in her time, additionally held roles in the following parliament committees:
• Portfolio Committee on Communications and Committee Whip in 2011
• Portfolio Committee on Defence and Committee Whip 2009 – 2011
• Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Intelligence
• Member of the ANC Parliamentary Caucus Sub-Committee on Political Education
Zeenith Ebrahim, General Manager and CEO, GE South Africa Technologies
Zeenith is responsible for GE Transportation’s sales across sub-Saharan Africa. For the past 8 years she has led some of Africa’s largest rail equipment transactions, resulting in more than 500 new locomotives being sold across Africa – each transaction marking a significant step forward in the continent’s rail infrastructure journey. Zeenith holds a Bachelor of Business Science – Finance & Accounting from the University of Cape Town, and a MBA from the University of Oxford as a recipient of the Nelson Mandela Scholarship.
Elsie Pule, HR Executive | Eskom
Elsie spent her first few career years at Eskom, during which time she fulfilled various roles spanning the entire HR value Chain. For almost three years she was Chief Officer Human Resources at South African Revenue Services (SARS), before returning to Eskom as the Senior General Manager in December of 2012. She acted as the Group Executive Human Resources as from November 2014 until she was officially appointed as the Group Executive Human Resources in June 2016. From there her achievements and accolades have mounted, both from within the organisation and without, with Elsie responsible for leading HR teams of over 1 400 employees spanning all areas of South Africa.
Jamie Whittaker, Global Chief Digital Officer | Barloworld Equipment Group
Jamie has recently been appointed as Global Chief Digital Officer of the Barloworld Equipment group which operates CAT dealerships in southern Africa, Spain, Portugal, Siberia and the Russian Far East. He is responsible for establishing the overall digital strategy and vision and supporting the injection of “digital” into the group’s individual businesses. Prior to joining Barloworld he held a number of roles at Discovery, spanning more than 10 years. Before joining Discovery, Jamie worked across the EMEA region for Johnson & Johnson. His current trusted expertise and global vision stemmed initially from cutting his teeth on any and all projects that came his way during the .com bubble.
Jayshree Naidoo, Head of the Standard Bank Incubator | interim CEO of Feenix.Trust.
Jayshree Naidoo is currently the Head of the Standard Bank Incubator and the interim CEO of Feenix.Trust. She was previously identified as one of the Top 25 Global Fintech Influencers. Her previous leadership roles included the Head of Strategy Management and Innovation at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, CEO of DaVinci Design as well as leadership positions at Discovery, ABSA and Internet Solutions. She has local and international experience in strategy, consulting, innovation and e-commerce. Her experience within the private sector spans over a period of 25 years, within various industries. Jayshree is a professional speaker at both local and international conferences. Her more recent talks include presenting a paper at the World Bank in Washington on the Incubator Model she developed as well as the Thriving Entrepreneur Conference earlier this year at Vodaworld.
Jonathan Ayache, General Manager, South Africa, UBER
Jonathan Ayache joined Uber in October 2013 as the first Operations & Logistics Manager in Cape Town. Before joining Uber, Jonathan worked for four years at Eighty20, a management consultancy based in Cape Town, specialising in data-driven research and analysis. The role involved financial and statistical modeling on projects in the hospitality, financial services, housing, insurance, banking and retailing sectors. He holds an Business Science degree with an honours in Finance from the University of Cape Town. General Manager, South Africa, UBER
Nontokozo Madonsela, Head of Marketing, PBB South Africa, Standard Bank
Tebogo Legodi, SEB Core Executive | Digital Lead at Sanlam
Tebogo Legodi is a proficient strategist within the eCommerce and digital migration areas. Core focus areas include the provision of solutions set to improve the Digital presence of brands and increase their Commercial value. With over 10 years’ experience in the e-Commerce space, Tebogo has worked on projects in diverse multi-cultural and global organisations within the Financial Services, Technology and Aviation industries. She offers a solid academic foundation up to MBA level, with experience in management level role driving the success of brands in Africa, delivering innovative ‘first mover’ solutions to high-profile brands & enterprises.
Kate Moodley, Author and Franchise Director, Discovery
Kate is an accomplished business woman with a number of academic qualifications which includes a Masters in Law. She began her career in legal but quickly moved into the financial services industry and insurance in particular. Kate has gone from strength to strength starting as a Candidate Attorney with Deneys Reitz. She became a Legal Advisor with Old Mutual in 2003 and moved on to Momentum as a Business Development Manager for Momentum in 2005. Her career grew markedly in Momentum as she established herself first as a Regional Manager and then moved on to General Manager (Executive Management). In 2010, she took the courageous step of becoming a Franchise Director at Discovery – essentially running her own business under the Discovery umbrella.
Kate has been selected as a spoke-person and chair of the African Women’s International Conference. She has been awarded CEO’s SA’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government for Insurance. She has also been selected as “FNA”s Women who are making a difference. Throughout her career she has sought to establish a consistent and growing personal brand.
Kate has written numerous articles for magazines such as Oprah, Personal Finance, CEO, M-Magazine, Momentarily, Cosmo and Woman and Home., Entrepreneur. Etc. She has just completed her first book titled I Inc.
In her book, I Inc.: Be the CEO of your Brand. Kate explores the lessons she has learnt in her career. Her advice and practical examples provide useful insights into the world of personal branding and will set her readers on the road to leveraging their personal and professional strengths for career success.