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Nevine Abdelkhalek (Vice President at Engineering Consultants Group (ECG) & Founder/Manager of University To Work (UTW)  & Chairperson, Egyptian Businessmen Association (EBA) Sustainable Development Committee)

Nevine Abdelkhalek

Vice President at Engineering Consultants Group (ECG) & Founder/Manager of University To Work (UTW) & Chairperson, Egyptian Businessmen Association (EBA) Sustainable Development Committee

Dr. Abdelkhalek assumed different posts in her career and is currently the Vice President of ECG Engineering Consultants Group in Egypt. Among her achievements is the design and development of the Professional Academy for Teachers and the initiation of two main sustainable projects: one in Upper Egypt in the field of Illiteracy “Eliminating the Sources of Illiteracy” and also University To Work (UTW) and School To Work (STW) Initiatives. She has also supported the initiation of UNICEF and Rotary District 2451 - Egypt - "Water for Life" Project that is being implemented in Upper Egypt since 2013.
Dr. Abdelkhalek was the organizing committee chair of the 1st Water Summit with the Rotary & UNICEF that was Under the Auspices of The Prime Minister H E. Eng. Ibrahim Mehleb in June 2014 entitled Water is Life. Among her achievements include the organization of the round table of Investment in Upper Egypt in Summer of 2015 focusing on Assiut and Sohag with the Egyptian Businessmen Association (EBA) as well as “Made in Egypt” Forum & Exhibition for Sohag Ethnic products.
Dr. Nevine Abdelkhalek holds a charter manager status with the Charter Management Institute at the UK. As well as a PhD in Human Resources and has a vast experience in the field of Education for Development and Continuing Education as she started her career in Education through her postgraduate studies in Boston University and teaching in the Edward Devotion School in Brookline, Boston. She worked for over 22 years with the development programs provided by the Canadian Fund, the USAID and the EU which gave first-hand experience with the actual needs of the deprived communities in Egypt. She’s also on the BOD of the Businesswomen club of Emirates-Egypt.
Dr. Abdelkhalek has always been known as the Philanthropist among her family, friends and colleagues from a very young age. She was elected lately as the Chair of the American University School of Continuing Education Advisory Board of 2015 – 2017 and had chaired the same board before during (2009-2012).

Vanessa Adams (Vice President, Country Support and Delivery at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA))

Vanessa Adams

Vice President, Country Support and Delivery at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Vanessa Adams, Vice President Country Support and Delivery at AGRA, is a proven leader with strong private sector, investment facilitation and project management experience.
Ms. Adams has 25 years of progressive experience working in 42 countries, integrating over twelve agricultural and consumer goods value chains into regional and global markets. Previously, she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships for DAI. Prior to that, she worked in West Africa as the regional Export Business Development Director, Trade and Investment Director, and ultimately the Chief of Party (Regional Director) on the USAID West Africa Trade Hub program, Chief of Party in Ethiopia on the USAID flagship Agricultural Growth Program–Agribusiness and Market Development Program, and COP of the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, managing large multi-cultural teams and budgets.
She contributed to founding three pan-African nongovernmental organizations, including the African Cashew Alliance, Borderless Alliance, and Global Shea Alliance, as well as initiating the Women in Agribusiness Leadership Network in Ethiopia and has brokered numerous partnerships with African small and mid-size companies as well as Fortune 500 companies in win-win sustainable frameworks resulting in over half a billion dollars in exports from and investments in in Africa.
Vanessa holds an executive MBA from INSEAD.

Angelic Appoo (CEO of Enterprise Seychelles Agency (ESA))

Angelic Appoo

CEO of Enterprise Seychelles Agency (ESA)

Ms Angelic Appoo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Enterprise Seychelles Agency (ESA), which was created in August 2018 to replace the Small Enterprise Promotion Agency (SENPA).
Ms Appoo holds a Master Degree in Economic & Social Studies from University of Manchester, and has experience in Accounting, Administration and Management. She has been serving as the Deputy CEO of the Seychelles Licensing Authority since November 2016.
The objects of the Agency are to implement the policies and the strategies of Government relating to the micro, small and medium enterprises and to provide the micro, small and medium enterprises with the necessary services and support.

Michélle Booysen (Group President at Petanque NXT)

Michélle Booysen

Group President at Petanque NXT

Michélle Booysen, PhD founder, co-owner and President of the Pétanque NXT Group, is an economist with 30+ years’ experience in Business Development and Strategy Design and Implementation. Her focus is on simplifying complex business matters through the use of image-rich storyboarding techniques and 4th IR technologies to make it easy for all role players within an enterprise to understand who needs to do what and how to support business goals.

With training in law and economics, she is multi-skilled in process management, project management and enterprise development. As a creative and performance-orientated individual, Michélle believes that we can always do better than we think we can, and that enjoyment and having fun are key ingredients to success.

Michélle has received numerous nominations and awards, including the Technology and Women in Business (TWIB) Award for Top Entrepreneur in the Small Companies Category, the CEO Magazine Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award and the Enterprising Women of the Year Award in the small and medium business category.

Alan Boshwaen (Chief Executive Officer at Botswana Innovation Hub)

Alan Boshwaen

Chief Executive Officer at Botswana Innovation Hub

Mr. Alan Boshwaen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH).
BIH is a state owned company with a mandate to develop and operate Botswanas first science and Technology Park in which it will promote and facilitate research, development, education and innovation activities and support start-ups and existing companies to grow. BIH attracts companies, universities, research institutes and advanced training institutes to establish in the Botswana Innovation Hub and also seeks to establish strategic joint ventures and collborations.
Alan has extensive experience in the Financial Services and Banking sectors having been CEO of the Botswana International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and held senior management positions with Standard Chartered Bank Botswana and Barclays Bank of Botswana.
Alan has also previously worked for Debswana (De Beers Botswana) Diamond Mining Company.
He holds BA Honors in Industrial Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town.
He is a non-executive Board Member of the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation –a Telecomms Utility and of Letshego Financial Services –a regional Africa micro finance listed company.
He also serves on the Advisory Board of the University Of Botswana School Of Business.

Birgitta Cederstrom (Business Development Director Middle East & Africa of Frost & Sullivan)

Birgitta Cederstrom

Business Development Director Middle East & Africa of Frost & Sullivan

Experienced Commercial Director with a demonstrated history of advising and closing complex consulting research projects for global and regional clients. I possess over 25 years of strategic sales and marketing experience, enjoying leading global and regional teams to achieve set goals and aspirations. Through my last decade with Frost & Sullivan, I am the last years focusing on Digital Transformation that disrupt technologies and industries. With my deep ICT background and experience, I am a regular speaker on events to share our research insights and trends, as well as give time back to start up entrepreneurs as a mentor.
I was born in Africa as Africa was born in me

Doubell Chamberlain (Managing Director of Cenfri)

Doubell Chamberlain

Managing Director of Cenfri

Doubell is the founder and managing director of Cenfri and theme manager to the FinMark Trust, responsible for their work in microinsurance and retail payment systems. He is a development economist by training, specialising in financial inclusion innovation, financial sector policy and regulatory strategy for development, access to financial services and supporting governments on making markets work for low-income individuals.

Doubell has extensive experience in microinsurance, AML/CFT, distribution of financial services, optimal regulation for market development and has worked across the developing world including Africa (Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico), South and Southeast Asia (India, Pakistan, Indonesia).

Previously, he was employed as a freelance consultant to the FinMark Trust and an engagement manager at Genesis Analytics.

Doubell holds a master’s degree in economics (cum laude), BComm honours in economics (University of Stellenbosch/Free University of Amsterdam) and a bachelor in mathematics (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa).

Pauline Christian (Former President & Founder/President/CEO of Black Business & Professional Association &  Black Business & Professional Association)

Pauline Christian

Former President & Founder/President/CEO of Black Business & Professional Association & Black Business & Professional Association

Pauline Christian is the Immediate Past- President of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA). She is also the Founder/President/CEO of Best Lifestyle Residence, a retirement home in the county of Simcoe, Ontario. Previous to owning her business, she worked at Bell Canada for over 25 years, mostly in various leadership capacities. She is passionate about using leadership to mobilize, harmonize and develop the Black community and to realize socio-economic improvement and advancement.

She has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in 2010 by Women’s Post Canada as well as one of Canada’s Amazing Women by Women Alive and Maranatha News. She is an honoured member the Worldwide Who’s Who of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs: the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals.

Pauline’s awards stretch across various lines of disciplines within the community, i.e. 2010 Bob Marley Day Award for outstanding contribution to the City of Toronto as a leader and visionary; 2009 African Canadian Achievement Award for Business and Community Work; 2008 Black History Month Celebration Police and Community Award of Excellence for being a positive role model, enriching the lives of those in need; 2006 Gold and Dream “Each One Reach One” Award; and one of Bell Canada’s 5 Heroes in 2004, to name a few.

She sits on many boards, nationally and internationally and is also a motivational speaker who presents on over 20 different tops of which Networking is one of her favorites.

Bronwyn Corbett (Chief Executive Officer at Grit Real Estate Income Group)

Bronwyn Corbett

Chief Executive Officer at Grit Real Estate Income Group

Bronwyn is the Chief Executive Officer of Grit Real Estate Income Group, the largest pan African focused real estate fund listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and in Mauritius. Bronwyn has significant corporate finance and deal making experience. She played an instrumental role in the JSE listing of Delta Property Fund Limited in 2012 where she held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer prior to taking up the leadership role at Mara Delta Property Holdings.
During her tenure at Delta Property Fund Limited, Bronwyn spearheaded the diversification of the REIT’s funding sources into the debt capital markets, leading to the establishment of a ZAR2 billion Domestic Medium-Term Note Programme (DMTN programme). She led the team responsible for obtaining a national scale issue rating from Global Credit Ratings as part of the DMTN programme. In addition, Bronwyn co-headed the team responsible for growing assets under management from ZAR 2.2 billion at listing to ZAR 11.8 billion in May 2016.
Bronwyn is a founder member and served as non-executive director on the board of Mara Delta Property Holdings (now Grit Real Estate Income Group) where she played a significant role in the listing and conversion of the fund to its current pan-African focus, underpinned by dollar based leases. She assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in the lead-up to the fund’s merger with Pivotal to form Mara Delta. She has grown the portfolio from $220 million at inception to more than $800 million currently.

Hanan Darwish (Founder/CEO of Boldly Digital, Former Cluster President, Gulf Countries & Pakistan, Schneider Electric)

Hanan Darwish

Founder/CEO of Boldly Digital, Former Cluster President, Gulf Countries & Pakistan, Schneider Electric

Hanan Darwish is the Cluster President of Gulf Countries & Pakistan at Schneider Electric where she oversees all of the company’s business operations within the region.
Hanan Darwish brings outstanding leadership credentials with more than 17 years of experience in Schneider Electric.
Prior to her appointment, Hanan DARWISH was Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Human Resources for Energy Business in Schneider Electric; her scope covered over 29,000 employees worldwide.
She was managing HR Business transformation and change management to support the Group’s profitable Growth ambition while implementing best-in-class and Innovative solutions.
Prior to this role, Hanan was Vice President HR for North America where she was based in Chicago. In that role, she played a key role in driving Schneider Electric’s organizational effectiveness priorities within US, Mexico and Canada through reinforcing leadership development and succession planning, learning, career development, workforce management and Executive recruitment functions.
Previously, she led Human Resources for Schneider Electric France from mid-2008 to early 2012 covering a scope of 22,000 employees, where she was responsible of diversified and mutual functions in parallel as Diversity, Health and Social Strategy.
She also managed global Transformation Plan for French territory level by developing existing competencies to match future organization needs.
Hanan also held executive positions within Learning and Development program of Schneider Electric University.
Earlier in her career, Hanan had also served as HR Director for other Schneider Electric regions covering North East Africa as well as Gulf Countries.
Hanan started her career with PROCTER & GAMBLE for 7 years in several business roles as Marketing, Customer Business Development and Organization Development.

Alex De Bruyn (CEO of DoshEx)

Alex De Bruyn

CEO of DoshEx

Alex de Bruyn is a seasoned blockchain and payments expert, who spent the better half of the past decade navigating the banking landscape and understanding the pitfalls of payments and banking. De Bruyn had a key focus on open-banking and PSD2, which naturally progressed to the inclusion of cryptocurrencies, blockchains and Bitcoin. This in turn lead to the birth of DoshEx, a specialized tokenized ecosystem developer and exchange with a key focusing on the development of smart contract to enhance current processes and procedures through transparency, accountability and distributed consensus rules.

De Bruyn is focusing on building distributed technologies into current business ecosystems and use cases, to further enhance adoption, usability and acceptance of cryptocurrencies, blockchains and more specifically smart contracts, in our everyday lives. De Bruyn, being supported by his Honours degree in Management Accounting, advises strategically with passionate insight as to how a distributed and tokenized future will look like.

Aida Diarra (Senior Vice President & Group Country Manager at Visa Sub-Saharan Africa)

Aida Diarra

Senior Vice President & Group Country Manager at Visa Sub-Saharan Africa

Diarra is a highly experienced executive in the financial services and digital financial industry and is well versed in growing business and operations across the African continent.
Her twenty-five-year career includes strategy development and implementation, business development and operational management.
Aida joins Visa from Western Union, where she has been since 1999 and served as the Regional Vice President for Africa & Managing Director for more than four years. Prior to this, she held a number of progressive leadership positions at the global money transfer business, developing her experience in marketing, sales, account management, strategy & planning and country / regional leadership positions.
Coupled with her passion for financial technology, she is a champion for diversity and Africa’s overall contribution to the industry and serves as a leading voice in these two areas through her non-executive work.

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi (Former Vice President and Special Envoy on Gender at African Development Bank)

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi

Former Vice President and Special Envoy on Gender at African Development Bank

Some of Geraldine’s early achievements include working on the preparation of the African National Congress for its first democratic elections in 1994 as National Deputy Elections Coordinator of the African National Congress. She previously served in the leadership of the African National Congress.
Geraldine served as member of the South African Parliament for three consecutive parliaments (1994 through September 2008 when she resigned from parliament). She served in the South African Government as Deputy Minister of Welfare and Population Development, thereafter as Minister for Welfare and Population Development. Subsequently, Geraldine was appointed as Minister of Public Service and Administration, for two consecutive terms until her resignation in September 2008.
She was a Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID), Mc Gill University Canada and served on the Africa Advisory Board of Women’s World Banking until December 2018.
Fraser-Moleketi was the former Global Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group (DGP) until end of August 2013; there after she joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) as Special Envoy on Gender (SEOG) at the level of a Vice President until 1 January 2017.
Geraldine serves on various boards across academia, she is the Chancellor to the Nelson Mandela University, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA); serves as Chairman to the Committee of Experts in Public Administration (CEPA) by the United Nations Secretary General for the period 2018 -2021.
Geraldine Fraser Moleketi was named "2016 New African Woman of the Year", an award made by London-based magazine New African.
She is a Non-Executive Board Member of the Standard Bank Group (SBG) and Standard Bank South Africa (SSA) and Lead Independent Director of EXXARO.

Michael Hailu (Director of Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural (CTA-EU))

Michael Hailu

Director of Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural (CTA-EU)

Michael Hailu has been Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) since May 2010.
He has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural research, communications and development in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining CTA, he held senior leadership positions at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya and at the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia.
Mr Hailu has implemented major strategic realignment of the CTA refocusing the Centre’s work on promoting innovations and capacities to advance youth and women entrepreneurship, digitalization and climate resilience in agriculture.
He has degrees from the Universities of Pittsburgh, USA and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has been trained in strategic leadership at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in the United States.

Chude Jideonwo (CEO of Joy Inc.)

Chude Jideonwo

CEO of Joy Inc.

Chude Jideonwo is founder of Joy, Inc. (, a benefit corporation based in Miami, Florida and Lagos, Nigeria, which mainstreams the research and evidence on human flourishing and positive emotions to transform the culture and build a new generation focused on the greatest happiness for the greatest many. All of Joy, Inc.'s profits are invested in charities.
He has been a Forbes 30 under 30 honouree, a CNBC Young Business Leader of the Year winner, and a World Fellow at Yale University.
His writing and work have been featured on the BBC, CNN, the Guardian, Aljazeera, the Huffington Post and the Financial Times, and he is the author of two books, Are We The Turning Point Generation? and How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald Trump.
He also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Pan Atlantic University.
A former board member at Microsoft 4Afrika, he now sits on the boards of RED, and the Oando Foundation.
Before Joy, Inc., he led African media group, RED for 13 years achieving 100 percent team retention, a 94 percent trust rate and a 96 percent joy rate in his last year; and working on national elections and social movements in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Liberia.
He writes a daily newsletter via and blogs about the future of his region on

Chernay Johnson (Engagement Manager at Cenfri)

Chernay Johnson

Engagement Manager at Cenfri

Chernay Johnson is an engagement manager at Cenfri, and insight2impact which is a resource centre focused on the smarter use of data, technology and behavioural interventions to advance financial inclusion. Chernay spends the majority of her time leading insight2impact’s digital platforms research portfolio which seeks to generate high-impact insights on financial and economic inclusion in Africa’s platform economy and digital ecosystem. In her personal capacity, she champions women empowerment initiatives to empower the next generation of female leaders in tech and advises research institutes on strategic and governance pathways.

Prior to joining Cenfri, Chernay worked as a professional economist at the South African Reserve Bank, Credit Suisse Securities and spent time consulting as a visiting researcher to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Rozetta (formerly known as the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre). In recognition of her impactful economic research on sub-Saharan Africa, The Financial Mail ranked her as one of the top three young analysts in South Africa in 2016.

Chernay holds a Master of Economic Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town with a dual specialization in Business Strategy and Economics.

Andrea Laperriere (Executive Director of Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN))

Andrea Laperriere

Executive Director of Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN)

During his career, Mr. Laperrière has led/managed numerous large scale projects on behalf of Private Corporations and subsequently, within the United Nations.
He has extensive work experience in the Americas, Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, in particular in developing countries and in conflict/post conflict environments.
Currently he is the first Executive Director of the Global Open Data initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), a global Secretariat conceived by the G8 to stimulate innovation and productivity in global agriculture and nutrition.
Prior to GODAN, Mr Laperrière has been Deputy CEO in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) at the World Bank, Director General of the Global Trust Council (GTC), a Sweden-based international organization and held various senior positions in the United Nations Common System.

In this context he played a senior role in the design and the implementation of major reforms in agencies such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

Among other positions, Mr. Laperrière has been the first Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Victims at the ICC, Director of the Administration and Finance Division in WHO, and Coordinator for all reconstruction and rehabilitation activities under the responsibility of UNICEF in Iraq.
Prior to his career in the UN, Mr. Laperrière was Director in the International Services of Price Waterhouse. In this position, he led numerous development, privatization, mergers and structural reform projects in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Caribbean.
Mr. Laperrière is an expert in international development. Spécialisations: International Development, Information Systems, Emergency, Policies, negotiation, organizational development, HR, Economics, International Law.

Wendy Luhabe (Economic Activist and Social Entrepreneur Founder Women’s Private Equity Fund & Co-Founder WINDE)

Wendy Luhabe

Economic Activist and Social Entrepreneur Founder Women’s Private Equity Fund & Co-Founder WINDE

Wendy Luhabe is a pioneer in the Economic Empowerment of Women with her revolutionary ideas which enabled South African Women to become Investors for the first time in the mid ‘90s, after South Africa became a democracy.
She has chaired and served on a number of diverse Boards in South Africa and overseas over the past 20 years, including becoming the founding Chair of South Africa’s International Marketing Council founded by President Mbeki more than 10 years ago.
She is an Economic Activist, a champion for Social Entrepreneurship, a Mentor for younger generations and a recipient of numerous Awards and honors.
She is a recipient of three Honorary Doctorates for her work with Women, is a former Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg and was awarded the Lieutenant of the Victorian Order (LVO) by the British Royal Family in 2014.

Tramayne Monaghan (Chief Innovation Officer at Tencent Africa)

Tramayne Monaghan

Chief Innovation Officer at Tencent Africa

Tramayne Monaghan is the Chief Innovation Officer of Tencent Africa. He has a CA(SA) and MBA to his name. Tramayne comes from a traditional CA(SA) background and completed his Honors degree at NMU in Port Elizabeth. Tramayne then embarked on three years of articles with Deloitte where he focused on manufacturing and retail.

Tramayne always enjoyed the business side of audit and spent his time identifying business strategies and ploys that would work for his client. He wanted to utilise the skills he learnt to grow business.

Post his articles he joined the Business Risk division of Deloitte and counted Naspers as one of his clients. It was there, and at one of their subsidiaries – an e-commerce company- that he realised the power of technology.

Moving to Tencent, or then WeChat Africa, Tramayne was able to learn from the deep end about mobile businesses, digital trends and entrepreneurship. As the team was small and there was a culture of agility, Tramayne built products, invested in startups and incubated ideas for Tencent.

In his current role he ideates new potential mobile products and devises the strategies for going to market. He is also responsible for the Video Entertainment branch of Tencent Africa.

Tramayne currently advises two startups in South Africa and loves to travel and learn.

Pauline Mujawamariya-Koelbl (Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor of PROWAH & GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation)

Pauline Mujawamariya-Koelbl

Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor of PROWAH & GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation

Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl is an Innovation Catalyst, Angel Investor and Co-Founder of the Professional Women of African Heritage (PROWAH) in Switzerland. PROWAH initiative aims to empower professional women of African heritage to connect, learn from one another and expand professional and leadership skills so that they are change agents who shape the African narrative globally. Pauline’s passion lies in innovation, entrepreneurship and empowerment of youth and women.

Pauline worked for the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) from 2011 to 2018 as the Managing Director and Program Director for AIF’s flagship program, Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), where she was responsible for the overall management of the Foundation and led all work related to building African innovation ecosystems and catalyzing market-orientated solutions for African-led development across the continent.

Pauline has over 20 years’ experience in international affairs and philanthropy industries including various UN bodies and international organizations in Africa, Europe and USA. Pauline currently serves as a Board of Directors member of the Flame Tree Initiative, a US-based NGO that uses ICTs to address the digital divide through collaboration with African universities. In addition, Pauline is an Advisory board member for EurAfrican Forum and Innovation in Laboratory Engineered Accelerated Diagnostics (iLEAD). She is also a Bellagio/PopTech Catalyst, a joint initiative between the Rockefeller Foundation and PopTech, working with a global community of innovators and thought leaders for positive social change.

Divine Ndhlukula (Managing Director of Securico)

Divine Ndhlukula

Managing Director of Securico

Divine Ndhlukula is the founder and Managing Director of DDNS Security Operations (Pvt) Ltd.
This is the holding company for SECURICO SECURITY SERVICES; Canine Dog Services and MULTI-LINK P/L, an electronic security systems company. Divine is one of our role models, who has been there, started her own, made it, still going up, unstoppable and unlimited.

From humble beginnings, Divine founded SECURICO SECURITY SERVICES in 1999 in her backyard cottage. She started off with four employees and the company has now grown to over 3500 employees. Through hard work, determination and focus, Divine has built the company to become the most respected and sought after player in the security industry. Her company is also the first Zimbabwean manned security company to be certified to the internationally acclaimed ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System.

Divine has an Executive Masters in Business Admin from Midlands State University and an MBA from Women’s University in Africa which was conferred in recognition of her business leadership and gender equality initiatives. She also holds Accounting and Marketing Management diplomas. She has done several executive development programs among others: Success Motivation International – Dynamics of Successful Management; Empretec Entrepreneurial Development Program; Strategic Business Management by AF International in Sweden, Millennium Training Prog for Directors by International finance Corp (IFC)

Divine worked for ZBC from 1980 to 1982 as an Accounting Officer, Old Mutual as an Accounting Officer from 1982 to 1985 and then for Intermarket Life Assurance Company as Marketing Executive from 1995 to 1999 where she left to fulfill her vision to start SECURICO in 1999.

Her leadership excellence has been recognized by the corporate fraternity as evidenced by the numerous business accolades she has won, among others Empretec Entrepreneur of the Year 2001 and Empretec Entrepreneur of Decade (Services Sector) 2002; Manager of the year 2005 for Zim Institute of Management; Celebrate a Sister Business award 2006; Institute of Directors Zimbabwe Director of the Year (SMEs) 2008; Institute of Directors Overral Director of Year(Run Up) 2009; Zimbabwe Women Filmmakers/UNIFEM Business Award 2010. Her company has won several awards among other National Quality Awards Company of the Year 2011, Zimbabwe’s 7th Best Employers 2010 and won the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship 2011 Grand Prize run by Legatum and Omidyar.

She is active in charting business policy direction as she is a ZNCC National Executive Council member and current Vice Chairperson of the ZNCC Harare, sits on the Chamber of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) Business Linkages Committee and is immediate past chairman of the Security Ass of Zimbabwe.

Divine has a GREAT passion for women’s economic and social empowerment and involves herself in a number of women organizations. She is a role model who has been encouraging women and young people to become entrepreneurs. Through her conscious and deliberate efforts, women are now accepted in the security sector with her company employing more than 900 women, arguably the largest employer of women in Zimbabwe outside civil service. Divine was recently named one of the most successful women in Africa by Forbes.

Peter Ndoro (Anchor at SABC)

Peter Ndoro

Anchor at SABC

Peter Ndoro has more than 25 years’ experience as a broadcaster in television and radio. He is currently a prime time news anchor/producer for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
His media career has seen him work in Africa and abroad, including a three-year stint as a news anchor/producer at BBC World Service in London. There, he specialised in Pan African news and current affairs.
Other assignments over the years have included anchoring leading business programme for CNBC Africa where he was also the director of corporate communications. He also spent some time at SABC Africa anchoring their flagship Pan African breakfast news programme that was broadcast across the continent.
Peter was also a prime time business news anchor at the business channel Summit TV (now Business Day TV). He also gained many years of experience in entertainment television as a presenter on the pay TV channel, M-Net.
Radio listeners have also heard his voice presenting programmes on Talk Radio 702, 947 and SAfm in South Africa and Radio One in Zimbabwe.
Peter trained as an accountant at Coopers and Lybrand and graduated from the University of South Africa with a degree in Accounting. Prior to entering the broadcast arena, he worked in accounting, advertising marketing and business management. Peter is currently in the final stages of completing his MBA with Henley Business School.
With his understanding of current affairs, particularly pan-African issues, and knowledge of business affairs he has become a sought-after conference

Patricia Nzolatima (Chairwoman at Bizzoly Holdings)

Patricia Nzolatima

Chairwoman at Bizzoly Holdings

Patricia Nzolatima has over 12 years of experience in entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. She is the Founder and CEO of the International Working Ladies Group and Bizzoly Holding, a women-owned company and foundation. She is also the co-founder and managing director of EXP-Comunitcart, one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s first marketing agencies. She founded the first women’s economic empowerment hub in Kinshasa, an accelerator program for women entrepreneurs.
As a serial entrepreneur, Patricia is a sasoned Leader in market disruption initiatives on the continent. She is in the founder of Working Ladies Cabs/Ubizcabs, the first female-driven taxi company in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This transportation company includes “Ubizcabs,’’ taxis that are driven only by women ; Ubizdelivery, a courier and food delivery service ; and Ubizjet, a private, on-demand jet company. Patricia’s second company, Bizzoly FMGG SARL specializes in mineral water and local food transportation, packaging, and value chain Under the “Working Ladies’’ brand. In 2018, in partnership with UBA Group, she launched a visa prepaid card with the “Working Ladies brand’’ to finance women entrepreneurs’ projects through her women’s economic empowerment hub.
In 2012, she participated in the young African Leaders Mandela Fellowship program. Patricia is an active YALI alumna and has attended the G20 Young Entrpreneur Alliance summit with the South Africa delegation three times.
In 2013, Patricia was awarded the Woman of Yeear award by the Dutch multinational company Vlisco, and in 2016 she became the “muse’’ of the Vlisco Campaign. She is presently the DRC Ambassador for Women in Africa, L’oreal’s Women in Science, and UNESCO. In 2018, Forbes Afrique named her as one of the top 100 Leaders of Tomorrow. She has also been highlighted on the “Choiseul Institute 100 Africa Economic Leaders of Tomorrow Under 40’’ in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Patricia holds a master’s degree in law from the protestant University of Congo (DRC) and a master’s degree in business English and marketing management from the cape Studies Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition, she has earned several professional certificates including the President Program Certificate from Havard University’s Business School and the Havard Ministerial Leadership Program Certificate from Havard University’s Kennedy School. Patricia is currently pursuing the seed Transformation program at Standford University’s Business School.

Irene Ochem (Founder and CEO of Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF))

Irene Ochem

Founder and CEO of Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)

Irene Ochem, founder and CEO of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is soft-spoken but compelling, of gentle approach yet radiating passion, firmly rooted in reality yet driven by a strength of conviction and determination that will bore their way through any opposing circumstances or situations. These are among the qualities that have brought her across countries and continents, through daunting obstacles and deep-seated prejudices to where she now stands, spearheading a highly influential pan-African women’s economic empowerment organisation and business network that she is determined will be the number one, globally recognised platform for female entrepreneurship in Africa.

The seeds of this ambition were sown many years ago when working as a young volunteer at The International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP-UNESCO) where she encountered the desperate need for female inclusivity in sciences. From there, extensive involvement in international organisations as conference organiser, administrative coordinator, research administration manager, international consultant and development specialist has steadily grown her vision to include the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem, from stakeholders and business experts to policy makers and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Highly qualified, holding bachelor’s and postgraduate degrees as well as an MBA in International Management acquired at the University of London, Irene holds postgraduate qualifications in project management, gender and trade-related issues. She speaks four languages and is a sought-after speaker and participant in international meetings on entrepreneurship, women and gender.

Irene’s focus is Africa’s most underutilised resource – women, some 50%+ of the continent’s population – and she is harnessing high-level, successful female entrepreneurs as well as young aspiring businesswomen to create the unique AWIEF platform bringing big and small together to connect and interface. Her programmes, including the annual AWIEF Conference and Exhibition, the AWIEF Awards, the AWIEF Growth Accelerator Programme to make companies “investment ready”, the AWIEF business networking breakfasts and her impressive profile as conference speaker have enabled AWIEF to enter into partnership reputable international and global institutions, including partnership with the Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio/NEPAD) as Country Coordinator for implementation of the FemBioBiz Accelerator Programme which focuses on women-owned businesses in the health and agriculture biotechnology sectors. AWIEF has recently partnered with Nedbank to implement the AWIEF Growth Accelerator Programme in South Africa in 2018 and 2019.

Arunma Oteh (Former Vice President & Treasurer at World Bank)

Arunma Oteh

Former Vice President & Treasurer at World Bank

Arunma Oteh served as the World Bank Vice President and Treasurer from September 30th, 2015 to November 30th 2018.
As Treasurer, she led a team that manages assets totaling USD200 billion for the World Bank Group, 60 central banks, sovereign wealth funds and other official institutions. She and her team also maintained the World Bank’s global reputation as a prudent and innovative borrower in over 50 currencies by executing well – prepared transactions and carefully coordinating credit rating and capital market relationships for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).
She was also responsible for an extensive financial advisory business for World Bank clients and cashflows of over $7 trillion.
Prior to joining the Bank, she served as Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. During this period, she rebuilt the Nigerian capital markets after the global financial crisis and served on Nigeria’s Economic Management team. Prior to joining SEC Nigeria, she worked at the Africa Development Bank for 17 years, including as Group Vice President, Corporate Services (2006 to 2009) and as Group Treasurer (2001 to 2006).
She started her career at Centre Point Investments Limited, Nigeria in 1985. She has served on several Boards during her 33 year career, notably, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (2010 to 2015), which regulates 95% of the World’s securities markets and the pioneer Board of the International Financing Facility for Immunization (2006 to 2011).
She has also previously served on the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Institutional Governance, and the Africa Advisory Council for World Women’s banking.
She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a First Class Honors Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nigeria Nsukka.

Daniel Plato (Executive Mayor City of Cape Town)

Daniel Plato

Executive Mayor City of Cape Town

Daniel Plato is a South African politician who is the Mayor of Cape Town, after having taken office on 6 November 2018, a position he previously held from May 2009 until June 2011. He previously served as Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and Western Cape Provincial Minister of Community Safety.
Born in Cape Town, Plato was involved in political activities during his high school career. He was a community organiser and played a crucial role in mobilizing residents against the Apartheid government. He was elected a ward councillor in 1996. He served in various positions and internal Democratic Alliance caucus positions during his tenure as Cape Town city councillor. He was elected mayor in 2009, succeeding Helen Zille.
He left office on 1 June 2011 after the Democratic Alliance nominated Patricia de Lille to be the party's mayoral candidate ahead of the 2011 local government elections. Western Cape Premier Helen Zille reshuffled her cabinet and appointed Plato to the position of Provincial Minister of Community Safety, succeeding Albert Fritz. He was sworn in on June 2011.
In August 2018, he declared himself to be a candidate to replace Patricia de Lille, who announced in August 2018 that she would resign in October 2018. He was selected by the Democratic Alliance in September 2018. In late October 2018, Plato resigned as Provincial Minister of Community Safety and Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and was sworn in as Member of the Cape Town City Council on 1 November 2018. He was elected Mayor of Cape Town on 6 November 2018.

Samantha Pokroy (Founder & CEO of Sanari Capital)

Samantha Pokroy

Founder & CEO of Sanari Capital

Samantha Pokroy is the founder and CEO of Sanari Capital, a private equity firm investing in the lower mid-market, with a specialization in founder-run, owner-managed and family-owned businesses. Samantha has fifteen years of private equity and venture capital experience in the South African and United States markets. She played a leading role in investments at Ethos Private Equity, prior to which she worked in private equity in Chicago and investment banking and consulting in New York.

Samantha holds an MBA (Hons) from the University of Chicago, a BCom and BA Honours degree in Industrial Psychology from University of the Witwatersrand and is a CFA Charter Holder. Samantha is a director on the board of SAVCA.

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard (Founder & Chairman of APO Group)

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard

Founder & Chairman of APO Group

Franco-Gabonese entrepreneur Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard is the founder of the APO Group, a leading media consulting firm and press release distribution service in Africa and the Middle East. The company, which Pompigne-Mognard founded in 2007, employs close to 80 employees across its offices in Switzerland, Dubai, Senegal and Hong Kong, and has an annual turnover of several million dollars. APO’s bluechip clients include GE Africa, Dangote Group and DHL among others.

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard recently stepped down as CEO of APO Group, and will now assume the position of Chairman, focusing on delivering high-level counsel for APO Group clients and developing his own investment fund dedicated to Africa.

He recently recounted the story of APO’s early beginnings and mused on the evolution of the media relations business in Africa.

Julia Raphaely (CEO of Associated Media Publishing (AMP))

Julia Raphaely

CEO of Associated Media Publishing (AMP)

Julia Raphaely is a majority shareholder in Associated Media Publishing (AMP) and CEO of the group.

As CEO of the company, she is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction and creating a vision for the group, improving business results and overseeing the group’s day-to-day operations.

Julia completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cape Town in 1987, after which she studied at the AAA School of Advertising (graduating with honours). She completed a Masters Degree in Interactive Telecommunication at the University of New York in 1993.

Since joining AMP full time in August 1993, Julia has played a significant role in establishing the company as one of the largest independent publishers of glossy women’s magazines in South Africa. AMP has steadily grown its reach, not only in print but now also as a multi-platform media house. Julia has not only embraced the significant challenges the print industry currently faces but continues to transform AMP into a business that will flourish in the years to come.

Julia is a decisive and determined leader with proven commercial management and operational skills. Above all, she is a true professional and team player focused on innovation and continually striving for a streamlined and successful business foundation. One of her biggest strengths is her ability to embrace change – a skill much needed in today’s fast-paced business environment.

Her experience covers a broad spectrum, including business development management, marketing, finance, digital media and sales.

Associated Media Publishing (AMP) is a multimedia company that reaches an estimated 20 million consumers each month in Southern Africa. With four prominent titles in its stable: Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, House and Leisure and Women on Wheels, AMP speaks to a wide variety of women in their various stages of life, mindsets, and across multiple platforms.

Mignon Reyneke (Associate Professor at Graduate School of Business (GSB))

Mignon Reyneke

Associate Professor at Graduate School of Business (GSB)

Mignon is a Marketing / Business Strategy Consultant with experience in the corporate and academic fields, both locally and internationally. Her corporate experience includes a range of different areas from retail to journalism, banking and advertising (Harrods (London), CNN (London), Investec (SA), Morgan Stanley (UK), Eliance Communications (SA).

She is Associate Professor of Digital Marketing at the UCT Graduate School of Business where she teaches on the MBA program and is also regularly involved with custom corporate training. She consults in the area of business and marketing strategy and the execution thereof across various industries.

She holds a B.Com degree (University of Pretoria), an MBA from the University of Melbourne (MBS) and a PhD in luxury branding from Lulea University of Technology (Sweden).

Rupert Scofield (President & CEO of FINCA International)

Rupert Scofield

President & CEO of FINCA International

Rupert Scofield is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of FINCA International, author of “The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook,” and presenter of The Social Enterprise Podcast.

A pioneer in microfinance and life-long social entrepreneur, Mr. Scofield leads FINCA International, the majority-owner of 20-community-based microfinance institutions and banks across Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. Through this global network—known as FINCA Impact Finance—FINCA International is enabling access to responsible financial services.

After more than two decades of growing and scaling a global microfinance network, Mr. Scofield is leading FINCA International on the next leg of its journey: supporting the rise of social enterprises delivering basic service and financial innovation. Combined, FINCA International’s work in microfinance and social enterprise helps low-income families achieve a better standard of living.

Mr. Scofield travels around the world meeting with microfinance clients, social entrepreneurs and commercial and philanthropic investors. He frequently serves as a keynote speaker on microfinance, social enterprise and impact investing.

Mr. Scofield holds M.A. degrees in agricultural economics and public administration from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.A. from Brown University. He also has an honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Roehampton in London.

Vera Songwe (Executive Secretary at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)

Vera Songwe

Executive Secretary at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Vera Songwe is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Previously Songwe was Regional Director Africa covering West and Central Africa for the International Finance Corporation, and Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Mauritania at the World Bank. Her main areas of interest are fiscal policy, innovative financing mechanisms for development, agriculture, energy and economic governance.
She is a member of the African Leadership Network, a member of the World Bank Group team that recently raised a historic US$49.3 billion dollars in concessional financing for the low income countries of the World as part of the International Development Association (IDA) 16th replenishment. Prior to this, she worked in the East Asia and Pacific Region’s - Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit, as Country Sector Coordinator and Senior Economist for the Philippines, where she led the dialogue on macroeconomic, fiscal policy and governance issues.
She has worked in Mongolia, Cambodia and Morocco managing different World Bank programs and the economic and growth policy dialogue. Prior to joining the Bank, Dr. Songwe was a visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, USA.
She has published several articles on governance, fiscal policy, agriculture and commodity price volatility and trade.
Dr. Songwe holds a PhD. in Mathematical Economics from the Center for Operations Research & Econometrics and from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. She holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Nadine Spencer (President & CEO of BrandEQ Group Inc. President, Black Business People Association)

Nadine Spencer

President & CEO of BrandEQ Group Inc. President, Black Business People Association

Nadine Spencer is the CEO of BrandEQ Group Inc.a global agency specializing in social change marketing, communications, and public relations. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from York University.
Spencer is a big picture visionary who has accelerated strategic growth and brand visibility for a diverse portfolio of clients. She also pioneered BrandEQ Black, BrandEQ’s cultural sensitivity arm, whose goal is to work with Fortune 500 companies, banks, governments, and leading nonprofits to look at racial biases in advertising and marketing. Her coined “People Matter” strategy grabs attention, demands interaction, and generates long-term value for clients.
When she’s not managing BrandEQ, Spencer is a public speaker, covering topics from business intelligence to diversity and inclusion. She has also participated in discussions with the White House on issues regarding anti-discrimination, and equality for women and girls of color.
Spencer currently serves as President/CEO of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) and Director both on the York University Alumni Board and the Lifelong Leadership Institute Board. Recently acknowledged in the book 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women, Spencer has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Harry Jerome Business Award, The Dale Carnegie Highest Award in Public Speaking Award, the Brilliant Minded Woman Philanthropist Award, and the 2018 Women Worth Watching Award.
Her passion lies in supporting the advancement of women’s education and working to alleviate poverty. She is driven by the principal belief that everything is possible.

Matlou Tsotetsi (CEO of Ellen Grace Consulting)

Matlou Tsotetsi

CEO of Ellen Grace Consulting

Matlou Tsotetsi is a seasoned marketer. Her experience spans over 20 years which includes a myriad of industries including the South African and Nigerian public and private sector projects.

Before founding her own consulting business Matlou was on the pioneering team that established and launched the Proudly South African brand/campaign – a buy local campaign. She also developed brand and marketing strategies for the Edcon (Edgars) group – As head of marketing for the kids wear division and later responsible for all activewear brands (Nike, adidas, Puma and RBK) and footwear. She worked on various project within the chain both as an employee and later as a consultant.

In the recent past, she has developed brand and communications strategies for Eskom, Tiger foods, Harbour Fish Market, South African Breweries, and Simbavati River Lodge in South Africa – among others.

In Nigeria, she was part of the team that worked on the brand repositioning for the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, Sidmach Technologies, strategic work for the Nigeria Centenary project, brand and communications strategy for YOA Insurance, developed a web sales portal for YOA direct. She was MD for Blake and Harper an Abuja based communications agency, to develop strategies for their various public sector clients.

Matlou is currently the CEO of Ellen Grace Consulting. She is the brand and sponsorship director and member of the international committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), a continental programme in association with the African Union Commission. She also sits on the board of AWIEF (Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum).

Pat Utomi (Founder & Chairperson of Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL) & Pan-African Private Sector Trade & Investment Committee (PAFTRAC))

Pat Utomi

Founder & Chairperson of Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL) & Pan-African Private Sector Trade & Investment Committee (PAFTRAC)

A fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria and founding Senior Faculty of the Lagos Business School -Pan African University, he was Director of The Centre For Applied Economics at the Lagos Business School. He has served in Senior positions in government, as an Adviser to the President of Nigeria; the Private Sector, as Chief Operating Officer for Volkswagen of Nigeria, and in academia. He is the author of several Management and Public Policy books including the Award Winning Managing Uncertainty: Competition and Strategy in Emerging Economies, 1998 and the 2006 book Why Nations are Poor.. His academic background covers a range from Policy Economics, Business Administration, and Political Science to Mass Communication. As an entrepreneur he has founded or co-founded companies that are active in fields including financial services, ICT, Media and Agriculture.
Appointed Professor of the Social and Political Economy Environment of Business, the pioneer Entrepreneurship teacher at LBS has been a scholar-in-residence at the Harvard Business School and the American University in Washington DC. As leader of Civil Society, he is the founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership; The Widow Support Centre and the Concerned Professionals, which was bulwark against-military oppression, among numerous other social enterprise initiatives.
He has served on the key apex private sector associations, including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, The National Council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA). He is active on the International speaking circuit, especially on the subjects of Growth Economics, Comparative Development Economics, Leadership, the Curse of Oil and China’s Economic surge and growing influence in Africa.
He has collaborated fairly frequently with the center for strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington and Chatham House in the UK. He has also written commissioned papers for the UK’s DFID including the latest collaboration with Colleagues from Oxford on the Political Economy of growth in Nigeria. He is a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins School of Advance International Studies (SAIS).
He has studied and written about the Political economy of growth in Latin America and Asia, particularly Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India and Hong Kong, countries in which he is much traveled. Utomi who was voted one of the top 10 Nigerian Living Legends in the Vanguard Newspaper/Silver Bird Television poll in 2009.
As a Business Angel he has helped found such companies as Linkserve (Nigeria’s first ISP), Socketworks (Pioneer e-government systems developer in Nigeria, and Business Day (Nigeria’s first daily business newspaper) He created the iconic LBS monthly executive briefing breakfast and hosted it for its first 10 years, and inspired the founding of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies of LBS (now EDC) after a 1996 visit to the Sole C Snyder Centre at Wharton, in Philadelphia. His other books include Critical Perspectives in Political Economy and Management; To Serve is to Live; Business Angel as a Missionary and four other books that are collections of his published opinions. He has written dozens of chapters in edited volumes. Conversations with him have also been published in books of interviews with Utomi.

Tanya Van Lill (CEO of Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA))

Tanya Van Lill

CEO of Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA)

Tanya van Lill joined SAVCA in March 2017, after a rewarding 10-year career at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) with her last role being Director of Academic Programmes where she also served on the board of the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), an international academic association that represents the Executive MBA industry.

Tanya is passionate about human and organisational development. During her time as a learning and development specialist focusing on management and leadership development, Tanya gained valuable experience working with various companies across a wide range of sectors. She holds an MBA and Post-Graduate Diploma from GIBS where her MBA research focused on methods to develop a global mindset. Tanya also holds a BCom Informatics and Honours in Business Management from UNISA.

Tanya is also passionate about developing the private equity and venture capital sector in Southern Africa. Through personal experiences, Tanya understands the complexities entrepreneurs face during the various stages of their business lifecycle and is a regular contributor at various events to help entrepreneurs, and investors, understand the value and impact of private equity and venture capital.

Kumeshnee West (Director, Executive Education of Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town)

Kumeshnee West

Director, Executive Education of Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

Kumeshnee West is the Director of Executive Education at the GSB where she leads her passionate team to deliver excellence to clients attending short courses and customised courses. She works closely with clients, alumni, faculty and the Business Development team, to develop relevant management and leadership courses that respond to the emerging needs of today's leaders, which are both locally and internationally focused. Her excellent client management skills have led the department to retain 75% of return business year on year for the past 4 years.
Kumeshnee holds an MBA from the school and is passionate about playing a role in ensuring that the GSB continues to deliver excellence to all its stakeholders. She is involved in several projects in the school and also plays a mentorship role to the student led Women in Business Committee. On completion of her BSc. Occupational Therapy degree, Kumeshnee worked for 7 years as an Occupational Therapist in the areas of Neurology and Orthopeadics at various hospitals in Kwazulu-Natal and the Western Cape. In addition, she worked in training and development for a natural medicine company for 2 years and spent a year working as an independent consultant in the areas of leadership development, change management and education.
It is under her leadership that the GSB Customised courses continue to be ranked in the Top FT100 Executive Education Rankings.

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman (Director of Transformation & Chairman at Pick n Pay Group & Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation)

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman

Director of Transformation & Chairman at Pick n Pay Group & Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation

H. E. (Mrs.) Mariama Camara (Minister of Agriculture, Guinea)

H. E. (Mrs.) Mariama Camara

Minister of Agriculture, Guinea

Francisco Campos (Senior Economist at World Bank’s Finance Competitiveness & Innovation (FCI) Global Practice)

Francisco Campos

Senior Economist at World Bank’s Finance Competitiveness & Innovation (FCI) Global Practice

Sabdiyo Dido (Senior Technical Advisor, Value Chains and Agribusiness at Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA-EU))

Sabdiyo Dido

Senior Technical Advisor, Value Chains and Agribusiness at Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA-EU)

Beatrice Gakuba (Executive Director of AWAN-Afrika)

Beatrice Gakuba

Executive Director of AWAN-Afrika

Lebo Gunguluza (Dragon Investor & Group Chairman at Dragon’s Den TV Show and GEM Group)

Lebo Gunguluza

Dragon Investor & Group Chairman at Dragon’s Den TV Show and GEM Group

Barbara Makhubedu (Chief Financial Officer at Shell Downstream)

Barbara Makhubedu

Chief Financial Officer at Shell Downstream

Yolanda Sangweni (Former Digital Content Director of ESSENCE USA)

Yolanda Sangweni

Former Digital Content Director of ESSENCE USA