Standard Bank Top Women Conference 2018 Speakers

Aisha Pandor

CEO - SweepSouth

Aisha R. Pandor is co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, Africa’s first online end to-end platform for booking, managing and paying for home cleaning services. Aisha is one of very few black female tech startup CEOs both in South Africa and internationally, and has led SweepSouth to become one of the fastest-growing startups in the country. Venture-backed, SweepSouth won the SiMODiSA Startup SA pitching prize and later became the first South African startup to be accepted into the prestigious 500 Startups accelerator based in Silicon Valley in San Francisco.

 

Aisha is a former scientist who completed her PhD in Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town. While writing her PhD thesis, she also completed a Postgraduate Business Administration course at the University of Cape Town, coming first in class in that course and becoming the first student to graduate from the University with two separate qualifications from two different faculties, on the same day. Following her studies, she went on to work as a management consultant at Accenture South Africa. There she advised clients on HR management, digital strategy and supply chain management (managing hundreds of millions of dollars in operational expenditure) in the telecommunications and mining industries. During her time at the company, she was ranked among the top three in her peer group in the EMEA region.

 

After 2 years as a consultant, Aisha decided to bite the bullet and embark on an entrepreneurial journey with SweepSouth, an on-demand tech platform for booking domestic services that connects unemployed and underemployed domestic workers with homeowners who need their services. Her company launched in June 2014 and currently operates in 4 South African cities, providing work opportunities for thousands of women.

 

Aisha has acted as a tech startup pitching coach and mentor for SeedStars Africa 2017, and was awarded the Price Check eCommerce Female Entrepreneur of the year award and Black Entrepreneur of the year award for 2016.


 

Elizabeth Ming

Executive Director Strategy & Digital and Chief Disruption Officer | TBWA\Africa

In Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi, Africa has a strong and passionate leader working towards the continent’s social and economic transformation. As the former Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank, she led a strategy to mainstream gender in the Bank’s policies and operations, making the Bank a reference institution on gender equality in Africa. She has championed women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion.

 

Geraldine was previously Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group (DGP), based at Head Quarters(HQ) in New York, with activities in more than 170 countries, supported from six Regional Service Centres(RSCs) and HQs; She served in the South African Government as Minister of Public Service and Administration, for two consecutive terms. Geraldine serves on various boards across academia (including, the Institute for the Study of International Development, Mc Gill University and the Mapungubwe Research Institute- MISTRA), government and development organizations on issues including youth, women empowerment, capacity development & education, governance and poverty eradication.

 

In addition, she serves as a non-executive Board member of the Standard Bank Group and Standard Bank South Africa. A strong supporter of intergenerational dialogue, Geraldine mentors young women and men across the continent on leadership and resilience.


 

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi

non-executive Board member | Standard Bank Group & Standard Bank South Africa

In Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi, Africa has a strong and passionate leader working towards the continent’s social and economic transformation. As the former Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank, she led a strategy to mainstream gender in the Bank’s policies and operations, making the Bank a reference institution on gender equality in Africa. She has championed women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion.

 

Geraldine was previously Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group (DGP), based at Head Quarters(HQ) in New York, with activities in more than 170 countries, supported from six Regional Service Centres(RSCs) and HQs; She served in the South African Government as Minister of Public Service and Administration, for two consecutive terms. Geraldine serves on various boards across academia (including, the Institute for the Study of International Development, Mc Gill University and the Mapungubwe Research Institute- MISTRA), government and development organizations on issues including youth, women empowerment, capacity development & education, governance and poverty eradication.

 

In addition, she serves as a non-executive Board member of the Standard Bank Group and Standard Bank South Africa. A strong supporter of intergenerational dialogue, Geraldine mentors young women and men across the continent on leadership and resilience.


 

Johanna

Mukoki


 

Kate

Emmerson

Kate Emmerson – THE QUICK SHIFT DEVA – is loved for her no-nonsense style and she will inspire you to stop mucking about and playing small. She is South Africa’s foremost clutter expert, sought after international speaker, professional lifestyle coach, mastermind facilitator, runs retreats in idyllic locations and has published 3 books. She was recently handpicked to appear as an international expert in the transformational, multiple award winning film “The Secrets of the Keys” (USA). Kate is hell-bent on inspiring a global transition to LIVE LIGHT, LIVE LARGE by transforming South Africa and the WORLD one shelf, one life, one home, one heart and one business at a time.

 

She shares her enLIGHTening ideas and obsession with productivity, leveraging and de-cluttering through location free online coaching, corporate productivity days and mastermind groups for clients wanting to publish their own books and exponentially shift their lives. Clients include the YPO/WPO, Nike, Massmart, Sage VIP Payroll, Investec, Air Mauritius, Dove, HP, Tsogo Sun, EY and Dermalogica.

 

Kate inspires audiences by drawing on her vast experience and colourful life –a degree in Industrial Psychology, Industrial Relations, Master life coaching, NLP and EFT along with owning her first family business in the wellness industry at age 25, a professional aromatherapist and reflexologist, as an executive chef in Provence, managing the sexy Fashion TV at Silverstar and owning a Harley Davidson at 40.

 

Her Keynote presentations are designed to wake you up to live an engaged life. She truly lives her life according to the principles of being courageous, authentic and honest and is one of the main reasons clients are drawn to working with her again and again. She believes in the possibility that anyone can shift his or her life when pairing deep intention with a logical step-by-step guide. She wrote her first book, CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER to leverage her time and influence after realizing there are only so many homes she can personally go into to physically declutter. It is her mission to inspire people to LIVE LIGHT, LIVE LARGE.

 

Her second book, DITCH YOUR GLITCH was requested by her publishers to support clients on the next leg of the journey following her process of STEP IN, STEP UP and STEP OUT. She also shares her own unique journey of how she let life get the better of her several times, battling bulimia, financial loss and depression and shares this in a story titled “WHEN THE RABBITS STOMP”. N 2017 her 3rd book “Shift Your Home” was published and she is in negotiations with TV channels to create a TV show.

 

She is constantly sought after in the media for her expertise and fresh approach and has appeared on South African TV shows Morning Live, Business TV, Afternoon Express, 3 talk with Noleen and Dr Mol. She has published numerous articles in Psychologies and Destiny and been featured in Woman and Home, Fairlady, Succeed, Entrepreneur, Longevity, Shape Destiny, Cosmopolitan, Beeld, Cape Times, Rapport, Workplace, Jacaranda, 702 and Cape Talk.

 

“Kate was awarded the Woman’s Woman Feather Award for her contribution in transforming women’s lives in South Africa.

www.kate-emmerson.com


 

Kate

Moodley


 

Michelle

Adelman

Michelle Adelman is an American businesswoman and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Accite, a boutique project development and impact investment firm focused on investing in technology-led projects in growth markets, particularly southern Africa. Accite’s investment philosophy brings together proven technologies with world-class partners and localized business models to create pioneering businesses. Accite’s flagship investment, Go Fresh!, is a controlled environment, hydroponic horticulture operator that is the premier organic and sustainable vegetable brand in Botswana. Go Fresh! has received numerous awards for its produce over the past 3 years and was named the 2017 “Botswana National Horticulture Grand Champions”.

 

Ms. Adelman has 30 years of business experience as a former Accenture global Managing Director; as CEO of a US-based home health services company; and as Group Strategy Executive for the pan-African Econet Group.

 

Ms Adelman is a speaker and consultant on agricultural transformation in emerging markets and serves on the advisory board to the Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. In 2017, Ms. Adelman was named CEO Global’s Africa’s “Most Influential Woman – Business & Professional Services”.

 

Ms. Adelman serves on the Board of Directors of Botswana Human Resource Development Council, Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation, Bana Ba Letsatsi Trust and the Impact Fund. Michelle holds a BSc. In Agricultural & Environmental Engineering Degree from Cornell University..

 

 


 

Phuti Mahanyele

Executive Chairperson Sigma Capital

Phuthi Mahanyele is the Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital. Ms Mahanyele 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. Prior to the DBSA, she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She joined them in New York in 1997 and later transferred to the South African office.

 

She is involved in a number of activities with youth in her personal capacity. She is currently mentoring young professionals and students. She is involved with the “Dignity Day” programme which is led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and is focused on re-enforcing the values of dignity in young people. She is an honourary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and also chairs the Bain Academy in South Africa. She is a Patron of Bosele Foundation.


 

Mimi Kalinda

Author, co-founder & Managing Director | Africommunications Group (ACG)

Pontsho Manzi is Executive Chairman and She served on the board of PSASA CEO of BoAm Group; a holding company (Professional Speakers Association of for 4 Subsidiary companies called South Africa) Johannesburg Chapter and Recrutrain (HR Consulting), FabImage recently been appointed as Play Your Part (Image Consulting company), Bonisa Ambassador, an initiative by Brand South Media and Orassi. A human Resource Africa. She has delivered talks from entry Degree Graduate, Pontsho is a qualified level staff to executives in companies HR practitioner by training, an author, a such as GIBS, MTN, Multichoice, Standard
nationally and internationally recognised Bank, SA Express, HPCSA, Old Mutual, professional business and inspirational SASRIA, Kumalo Green, Sasol, MAN, speaker, facilitator, coach and Image Transnet, Department of Labour, consultant.

 

She is the founding editor and publisher A philanthropist at heart, Pontsho of Fabulous Woman magazine and Author scooped two awards at the 2014 DTI of arguably the first South African black South African Premier Business Awards, female created and owned annual Young Entrepreneur Award and Play Your inspirational Diary for women called Part Award. She was also awarded Diary for Fabulous You. She created and Rising Star Award in 2011. A nominee for launched Diary for Fabulous you and South African Most Influential women Fabulous Woman Magazine through her 2012 and Shoprite Woman of the year newly formed publishing company called Award 2012 – Heroine Category. Pontsho Bonisa Media to offer inspiration to was also a Finalist in the International women.

 

Passionate about leadership, women empowerment and youth development. She has been featured on media shows Pontsho is also a Founding Director and like SABC 3, eTV, CNBC Africa, Good Chairman of non-profit initiatives, Morning Africa, SAfm, Radio 2000, Kaya Fabulous Girls Foundation and Fabulous FM and many more. She has also been Woman Awards, to empower women and featured and profiled in many print girls in building successful careers in their media publication locally and abroad.
chosen fields.

 

She served on the board of PSASA CEO of BoAm Group; a holding company (Professional Speakers Association of for 4 Subsidiary companies called South Africa) Johannesburg Chapter and Recrutrain (HR Consulting), FabImage recently been appointed as Play Your Part (Image Consulting company), Bonisa Ambassador, an initiative by Brand South Media and Orassi. A human Resource Africa. She has delivered talks from entry Degree Graduate, Pontsho is a qualified level staff to executives in companies HR practitioner by training, an author, a such as GIBS, MTN, Multichoice, Standard nationally and internationally recognised Bank, SA Express, HPCSA, Old Mutual, professional business and inspirational SASRIA, Kumalo Green, Sasol, MAN,
speaker, facilitator, coach and Image Transnet, Department of Labour, consultant. Vodacom, Cell C and many more.

She is the founding editor and publisher A philanthropist at heart, Pontsho of Fabulous Woman magazine and Author scooped two awards at the 2014 DTI of arguably the first South African black South African Premier Business Awards, female created and owned annual Young Entrepreneur Award and Play Your inspirational Diary for women called Part Award. She was also awarded Diary for Fabulous You. She created and Rising Star Award in 2011. A nominee for launched Diary for Fabulous you and South African Most Influential women Fabulous Woman Magazine through her 2012 and Shoprite Woman of the year newly formed publishing company called Award 2012 – Heroine Category. Pontsho Bonisa Media to offer inspiration to was also a Finalist in the International
women. Business Woman Category of Women 4 Africa Awards 2014.

Passionate about leadership, women empowerment and youth development. She has been featured on media shows Pontsho is also a Founding Director and like SABC 3, eTV, CNBC Africa, Good Chairman of non-profit initiatives, Morning Africa, SAfm, Radio 2000, Kaya Fabulous Girls Foundation and Fabulous FM and many more. She has also been Woman Awards, to empower women and featured and profiled in many print girls in building successful careers in their media publication locally and abroad.


 

Vere Shaba

Founder & Director | Green Buildings & Certifications at Shaba & Ramplin Green Building Solutions in South Africa

Vere Shaba is the founder and Director: Green Buildings & Certifications at Shaba & Ramplin Green Building Solutions in South Africa.

 

She holds a BScEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town and is a Green Star SA Accredited Professional with the Green Building Council of South Africa, a Green Star Accredited Professional with the Green Building Council of Australia and a LEED Accredited Professional with the United States Green Building Council.

 

Vere has worked for multi-national engineering consulting firms as a mechanical engineer in building services specialising in green building engineering designs which led to her passion and specialist green building experience in office, retail, healthcare, education and hospitality project in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda. She is now the founder and director of Shaba & Ramplin Green Building Solutions.

 

In 2013, Vere was selected as one of SA’s Top 100 Women in Business in the “Top Women in Business and Government 10th Edition” publication, featuring as one of the ten Top Women in Engineering.

 

In 2017, she was selected as one of the Inspiring Fifty women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in South Africa by the Kingdom of Netherlands, as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans and was an SA Women in Property Award regional winner.

 

Vere is passionate about green buildings, engineering and economic empowerment through science and technology across the African continent.

 


 

Wendy Luhabe