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COOVADIA
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE BANKING ASSOCIATION SOUTH AFRICA
Coovadia is the Banking Association of SA’s managing director. He is the
chairman of the National Business Initiative and treasurer of the African
Union for Housing Finance. He also serves on the board of the Centre for
Development and Enterprise. Coovadia is the first deputy president of the
International Union for Housing Finance and served as its president for five
years. He is a member of the University of Witwatersrand’s council and is also
on the board of the Nepad Business Foundation and Business Unity SA. He is
also the chairman of the Johannesburg Development Agency.
ANDILE
NGCABA
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF DIMENSION DATA MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
Andile Ngcaba is the Executive Chairman of Dimension Data Middle East &
Africa (DDMEA) and also the founder and Chairman of Convergence Partners
Investments. Professor Ngcaba has actively been involved in public policy
development at National, Continental and Global levels through his activities
on various bodies including the ITU, ICANN and the African Union. He
continues to serve in an advisory capacity to a number of national, regional
and international policymaking bodies in the technology and science sectors.
His latest venture is the establishment of The Cortex Hub in East London, South
Africa which will be competing globally in producing IT entrepreneurs who are
able to develop local and global solutions. The hub took in the first contingent
in January 2015. He serves on the boards of a number of the Convergence Partners’ portfolio companies including
Seacom and New Dawn Satellite Company, Africa’s first private communication satellite service.
MONDLI
GUNGUBELE
EKURHULENI EXECUTIVE MAYOR
Mr Mondli Gungubele has extensive experience in the public sector and is
a product of the trade union movement. He has a B Com (Law) Degree. He
also holds a National Diploma in Nursing and has various certificate courses.
Gungubele became actively involved in worker struggles in 1973. In 1982,
he became a member of the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM). It was
during this time that he sharpened his political and negotiation skills. Mr
Gungubele became a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature after the
1994 democratic breakthrough until 1997. In 1997, he took up the challenging
and exciting task of Health MEC in the Gauteng Provincial Government, a
position he held until 1999. In 1999, he was deployed to lead Gauteng’s Sports,
Recreation, Arts and Culture agenda. In 2009, Mr Gungubele was deployed
to Parliament as an ANC MP. He served as the Whip of the Justice and Constitutional Development Portfolio
Committee until he was redeployed to become the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in
October 2010.
COUNCILLOR KGOSIENTSO RAMOKGOPA
EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF TSHWANE
Atteridgeville-born Ramokgopa is the Executive Mayor of Tshwane and chairs
the ANC in Tshwane. He has an MA in public admin from the University
of Pretoria (UP), an MBL from Unisa and is writing his PhD thesis on local
government finance at UP. He is the former CEO of the Metropolitan Trading
Company and the Joburg Market. Under his leadership, Tshwane was adjudged
the 2015 Best Metropolitan Municipality of the Year at the Govan Mbeki
Human Settlement Awards and free Wi-Fi has been rolled in the city.
DR
KENNETH CREAMER
EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF TSHWANE
Kenneth Creamer has for the past 15 years taught macroeconomics in the School
of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. He
has a PhD in economics and has written a number of academic articles on fiscal
and monetary policy in South Africa. He also serves as CEO of Creamer Media.
EDWARD
CHRISTIAN KIESWETTER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ALEXANDRA FORBES
Kieswetter’s leadership at Eskom not only contributed the world-class technical
performance and complex engineering project achievements at Eskom Power
stations during the 1990s and early 2000s, but also won him the title of Boss of
the Year in 2000. He has obtained three master’s degrees. He cites the listing of
Alexander Forbes on the JSE in 2014 as one of his biggest achievements to date.
Kieswetter is a lecturer and governor at the University of Free State and the Da
Vinci Institute. He served as deputy chair of the IFAC’s International Accounting
Education Standard’s Board until November 2014 and has previously served on
the Inter-American Tax Association, representing South Africa on tax matters.
Edward is regularly invited to speak at local and international conferences. He
currently chairs the UK-based actuarial firm, LCP, in which Alexander Forbes
has a 60% investment.
JACK
VAN DER MERWE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, GAUTRAIN
rElzer (Jack) van der Merwe obtained honours BSc degree in civil engineering
from the University of Pretoria. In 2012, the premier appointed him as the
project leader for the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis project. He was made an
honorary fellow of the South Africa Institution of Civil Engineers in February
2014. He is currently the CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency.
KHUMO
MOROLO
DIVISIONAL EXECUTIVE: AGRO, INFRASTRUCTURE AND NEW INDUSTRIES
Morolo holds IT qualifications and postgraduate degrees in engineering. She
became the first woman power station manager in Africa and has served
as a general manager responsible for a cluster of power stations generating
16% of South Africa’s electricity. She was also a projects general manager
responsible for the construction of new power stations, which culminated with
the commissioning of the first new power stations in SA since the 1980s, the
open cycle gas turbines in Atlantis Cape Town and Mossel Bay. She is currently
the divisional executive for the agro, infrastructure and new industries at the
Industrial Development Corporation.
KOKO
MOTLANALO KHUMALO
AFRICA RISK MANAGEMENT LEADER – EY (ERNST & YOUNG)
Khumalo holds a B.Com (Acc) from the University of Limpopo and B. Compt
(Hons) (Acc) from UNISA. He is a qualified Charted Accountant. Khumalo
is currently a partner at Ernst & Young (EY). She is the Africa Leader for Risk
Management. She serves in the Executive Committee of both South Africa
and Africa Region. She reports to the Africa Chief Executive Officer and
Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Risk Management Leader.
She is responsible for Enterprise Risk Management, conflict and compliance,
independence, risk management in EY – Sub Saharan Africa. She is a former
PwC Partner and held various positions at PwC, including being a Managing
Partner of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. She also served in the PwC
Governing Board and the Southern Africa Executive Committee, being the first
female to be appointed in this role.
LITHA
NYHONYHA
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, REGIMENTS CAPITAL
BMr Litha Nyhonyha hold Bachelor of Commerce, Certificate Theory in
Accountancy from the University of Cape Town, CA (SA). Mr Nyhonyha is
a passionate entrepreneur with proven expertise in establishing fast-growing
businesses. Born in Langa, Litha studied accounting at the University of Cape
Town. He completed his articles with Ernst & Young, serving as senior audit
manager before moving into corporate finance. In 1992 he helped establish
Thebe Investment Holdings, which became South Africa’s first significant BEE
investment holding company. With a string of successful acquisitions under
his belt, and having played a major role in growing Thebe’s net asset value
from R100 000 to over R500 million, he left in 2001 to lead a restructuring,
as well as the building of a financial services portfolio at Worldwide African
Investments, now known as Pembani Group. At Worldwide, he successfully turned around NBC holdings – an
actuarial consulting and fund administration business, returning it to profitability and regaining its former glory
amongst clients. He still remains a director of Worldwide and serves on several listed company boards, including
Kumba Iron Ore, Sovereign Foods and AECI.
LUCI
ABRAHAMS
DIRECTOR LINK CENTRE, WITS UNIVERSITY
Luci Abrahams is Director of the LINK Centre, a public interest research centre
based at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She
is building a research programme in ‘digital knowledge economy studies’ and
is knowledgeable with respect to a wide range of relevant themes, including
ICT policy, regulation and management; electronic communications law, theory
and practice relating to deployment of network infrastructures; broadband,
NGN, NRENs and RRENs; spectrum management issues; cloud computing;
monitoring, evaluation and analysis of e-services and e-government; e-services
in the health sector; and knowledge management with respect to building
knowledge-intensive organisations. She has published scholarly articles, public
policy papers and case studies on themes including electronic governance,
innovation and e-development, universities in the knowledge economy, provincial perspectives on the emerging
knowledge economy, and spectrum regulation. In addition to her university work, Luci has had a public service
career, the highlights of which include: Advisor to the Premier of the Gauteng Provincial Government on the
emerging global city-region, a term as Commissioner with the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) and a term
as Council Member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI).
MR
JEFFREY THAMSANQA RADEBE
MINISTER IN THE PRESIDENCY FOR PLANNING PERFORMANCE MONITORING
AND EVALUATION; YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Minister Radebe holds a B.Juris degree from the University of Zululand obtained
in 1976; LLM in International Law from Leipzig University obtained in 1981
and studied at the Lenin International School, Moscow in 1985. Radebe is a
Chairperson of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee, Member
of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress
(ANC) from 1991, Member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the
ANC since 1991, Member of the SACP Central Committee and Head of
the ANC Policy Unit amongst others. After the historic democratic elections
on 27 April 1994, Mr Radebe served as the Minister of Public Works of the
Republic of South Africa from until June 1999. Among other achievements,
Mr Radebe received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters by the Chicago
State University in 1996, and Leucospermum flower named Radebe Sunrise was bestowed in him on 23 October
2005. He was awarded Honorary Colonel by the South African Air Force, Mobile Deployment Wing in 2006.
PETER MOYO
CHAIRMAN OF VODACOM GROUP LIMITED
Peter Moyo is Chairman of the Vodacom Group Limited. He is also Group CEO
and shareholder of an investment firm, Amabubesi Group. He is also chairman
of Willis SA (PTY) LTD., CSC SA (Pty) LTD., Business Against Crime South Africa
as well as chairman of the Audit Committee of the Office of the Auditor
General. Mr Moyo is a Non-Executive Director of Right to Care and Right to
Care Health Services. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of
Stellenbosch Business School. Peter served as Non-Executive Director on the
board of Transnet Limited, chaired the Board of Trustees of Transnet Second
Defined Benefits Fund, and also served on Transnet’s Risk Committee and the
Audit Committee, which he also chaired. In addition, he previously served on
the board of Telkom. Peter is a former Group CEO of Alexander Forbes and
Deputy MD of Old Mutual. Before joining Old Mutual, he was a partner and
served on the National Executive of accounting firm Ernst & Young. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and
also has the following qualifications under his belt: B.Compt, B. Compt Honours from the University of South
Africa (Unisa), Advanced Management Programme from Harvard Business School and a Higher Diploma in Tax
Law from the University of Witwatersrand.
PHILIP
HARRISON
CHAIR, SOUTH AFRICAN RESEARCH IN DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND
MODELING, UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND
Prof. Philip Harrison is the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis
and City Planning funded by the National Research Foundation and hosted by
the University of the Witwatersrand. He served as a member of the National
Planning Commission in the Office of the President from 2010 to 2015.
Previously, Prof. Harrison was Executive Director in Development Planning and
Urban Management at the City of Johannesburg for 4 years from 2006 to
2010. Prior to that, he held a number of academic positions at the Universities
of the Witwatersrand and Natal, including Professor and Chair of Urban and
Regional Planning at Wits from 2001 to 2006. He has published widely in the
fields of city planning and regional and urban development. His most recent
publication is the jointly edited book Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after Apartheid.
RAVI
NAIDOO
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, CITY OF JOHANNESBURG
RRavi Naidoo is the Executive Director in Economic Development in the City
of Johannesburg. He has worked in the development field for 24 years and
holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University. He has previously worked as
Director of NALEDI and Group Executive for the DBSA. Some of his notable
achievements include his role in pension fund amendment (1995), restructuring
the UIF (1996), restructuring the social security system (2000), revised film and
TV incentives (2006), convening the national Heath Roadmap (2008), and
establishing the national Green Fund (2012).
SAM
TSIMA
PRESIDENT & CHAIRPERSON: COMETSA GOC INTERNATIONAL (PTY) LTD
Sam Tsima is an Executive Business Coach, and the President and Chairperson of
Cometsa Group of Companies International (Pty) Ltd. He is also Non-Executive
Director of South Africa – German Training Services (SAGTS), Project Consultant
of Dr Richard Maponya Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship Development.
He is a Member of the Panel of Advisors: Shanduka Black Umbrellas Incubator
(Gauteng Region), member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa
(IoDSA) and former Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Institute of People
Management (IPM), South Africa. He is a Registered Coach & Member of
Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (Comensa). Sam is a former Programme
Manager of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE), Gordon
Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria. Prior to joining
Cometsa Group in July 2009, Sam was Regional Human Resources Director: Sub-Sahara Africa at Motorola
SA (Pty) Ltd where he was reporting into the Middle East Africa Region in Dubai. He is the former Manager
of the Centre of Expertise-Group Diversity Management at Sasol Group, responsible for Employment Equity,
Global Diversity & Inclusion, Black Economic Empowerment (from HR perspective) and Accelerated Leadership
Development Programme (ALDP). Sam also worked and received corporate training in Germany between 1988
to 1992.
MOLEFE
SETH PHALATSE
CHAIRMAN, RITZ PUMPS SOUTH AFRICA
During Molefe Seth Phalatse’s work history that spans over 47 years, He gained
valuable management experience primarily in the motor industry. Specific areas
of responsibility were in production, human resources, corporate affairs, and
the sales and marketing divisions. In this period he began his working career
as a clerk and worked his way into management, and in the last nine years he
served as an executive Director in the main board of BMW South Africa. Phalatse
holds a Diploma in Labour Relations from the University of South Africa and
Executive Programme in Marketing Management from Stanford University’s
Graduate School of Business. Over the last four decades of his working life
he developed excellent strategic and operational skills predominantly in the
manufacturing sector. His core managerial competencies are specifically in the
marketing, sales and corporate affairs areas
SHEILA HENRIETTA VALERIE GALLOWAY
Group Chief Executive Officer, Utho Capital (PTY) Ltd
BL (Hons) and LLM
Sheila is a qualified lawyer with a Masters in Law with over 25 years of
experience in investment banking having worked for Merrill Lynch, Standard
Chartered Bank, Royal Dominon Bank and ABC Bank. She is a seasoned banker
and entrepreneur.
Sheila is a founder of the Utho Group of companies which was established
in 1999. Utho Capital is a leading infrastructure and PPP specialist firm
undertaking major infrastructure projects across SADC. Sheila heads the Africa
Infrastructure division of the firm and advices various Governments across the
continent.
STEVE LEWIS
Managing Executive for Retail Transformation, Telkom
Steve Lewis is currently the managing executive for Retail Transformation
at Telkom. He oversees a number of strategic projects that are aimed at
transforming Telkom. In particular he heads up the Customer Experience
programme. Steve has performed in a number of roles over a long career in
Telkom. These include product development and management, group strategy
and technology introduction. Steve holds an M.Sc. Engineering from the
University of Natal in South Africa. He is a registered professional engineer.
Steve has also acquired a number of business qualifications from the Kellogg
School of Management, the University of South Africa and the University of
Pretoria.
TASHMIA
ISMAIL
Lecturer, Gordon Institute of Business Science
Author and academic Tashmia Ismail leads the Gordon Institute of Business
Science’s Inclusive Markets Programme and is a PhD fellow at UNU Maastricht
Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology. She also
teaches in the US and the Netherlands. She published a book, “New Markets,
New Mindsets”, in 2012 and has written and published multiple articles and
case studies. She has served as adviser and expert on several bodies including
BOP Global Network, Business Call to Action and Business Fights Poverty and
the UNDP advisory board on the report “Realising Africa’s Wealth”.
THABISO TENYANE
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Phakwe Group
Mr Thabiso Tenyane is founder and Executive Chairman of Phakwe Group of
companies. He is an accomplished global leader, investor, and entrepreneur
with over 20 years of experience in managing multimillion-rand global
businesses in industries that include ICT, Public sector, Energy, Investments,
Aviation, and Engineering. By capitalizing on his sharp business acumen,
technical expertise, interpersonal skills, and strategic mindset, among other
attributes.He is a stakeholder and Investment Strategist having worked
with the market leaders in a variety of industries. His experience, skills, and
expertise cover project funding, infrastructure investment, strategy, Mergers
& acquisitions, consulting and advisory at both Executive and Board level. Mr
Tenyane holds MBA (Nixon University /USA) EDP, MAP (Wits University) and
certificate human resources (RAU).