Koo Govender is the CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network South Africa, a multinational media and digital marketing communications company which through its nine global network brands Carat, Dentsu, Dentsu Media, iProspect, Isobar, Mcgarrybowen, MKTG, Posterscope and Vizeum provides best-in-class expertise and capabilities in brand, media, digital and specialist communications through its original holistic and integrated approach.
Lynette Nontobeko Magasa is the founder and CEO of Boniswa Corporate Solutions (Pty) Ltd, which was established in 2004. Lynette is described as an entrepreneurial business woman who exudes passion for her business and industry, as well as integrity and humility.
Fay Mukaddam is the CEO of the new 4 Africa Exchange (4AX) which became operational recently. Fay Mukaddam is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa. She is a commercial lawyer having focused on mergers and acquisitions and is currently specialising in risk, governance and strategy.
Faith Khanyile is the CEO and Founding member of Womens Development Bank Investment Holdings (WDBIH), a women founded and led investment company. WDBIH was founded in 1996 by a group of women who had a vision to play a transformational role in the new South Africa with a focus to increase the participation of women in the South African economy. This company is an impactful strategic investor which uses it’s role in its investments to advocate for the increase of women in executive and board positions. Furthermore, the company uses the majority of its profit to support women entrepreneurs through its WDB Trust micro-finance programme and the WDB Seed Fund, which provides equity capital to growing women owned SMMEs. Faith believes in sharing her skills, networks and experience with others.
Margaret Hirsch has become a leading example to business women in Southern Africa – coming from a humble background, to, 38 years ago co-founding and running the multi million rand Appliance and Electronic retail organisation, Hirsch’s. Margaret has been recognised through her efforts in building a successful business, and her determination to give back to the community by, over the last five years, winning a multitude of business awards, including two Lifetime Achievement Awards in business and entrepreneurship. As Chief Operations Officer of the Hirsch group, a sought after speaker at business events and schools – where she has established a successful motivational programme – across Southern Africa, this dynamic woman, who is passionate about her business and the people who work for and with her, has become a legend in her time.
Caroline Z.A Mbi-njifor is the CEO of the Endless LifeGroup and member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa. Caroline currently holds Non-Executive directorship board in three companies. She holds an MBA from Regent Business School; subsidiary of Luton University, a degree in Sociology, a non- degree in Psychology, a diploma in HIV management and a Certificate in Health risk management.
Esther Letlape is businesswoman and an entrepreneur. She is the CEO and co-founder of Maletchaba Human Capital which specialises in HR consulting and BBBEE services, and she is Deputy Chairperson of a newly established Women owned Rail Company, Community Rail Services. Esther’s passion for people development and leadership has earned her several awards including: HR Director of the year award, Finalist South Africa Most Influential Women in business and government award, Finalist in HR Life Time Achievers awards to name a few.
Carolyn White is the Managing Director at Labstore Y & R. She has a B. Com Marketing Hons. (Wits) (Marketing/Economics) and has 13 years advertising agency through-the-line experience, specialising in shopper marketing, which she has headed up over the last 7 years. Carolyn is passionate about connecting great brands with innovative consumer-shopper solutions by understanding the value that brands present in shoppers’ lives.
Amanda Dunjana is the CEO and CFO of Nompumeleloa Consulting. She has extensive experience of over 20 yrs in the following Disciplines: Financial Accounting; Cost Management Accounting: Project Accounting; Auditing; Compliance; Legal; Company Secretarial Functions; Administration; Human Resource Management; Executive and Board Reporting.
Madelein Mkuni is CEO of Leading Women of Africa Corporate Investment and President: Leading Women of Africa. Madelein is a visionary entrepreneur who brings a diverse portfolio of knowledge and expertise ranging from financial administration to gender and business development and investment analysis & facilitation, coupled with excellent proficiency in English and French. She is passionate about growth and development of any organisation, a visionary individual who has built an unparalleled reputation for my innovative thinking and my strategic approach to business and gender development in Africa
Lianne du Toit is the Business Network Director for the Leadership and Plastics Network in YPO. YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact. She was voted as one of “Fast Company’s most creative people in business in 2016” and currently resides in Cape Town completing her Masters in Philosophy in Inclusive Innovation.
Boniswa Pezisa is Group CEO at Net#work BBDO. Pezisa, a committed marketing and advertising industry player, sits on various boards; communication industry, NGO’s and other corporates, she is a past contributor to the advisory council of the School of Marketing and Communication at the University of Tshwane and Technology and the past chair person of the Loeries Board. Giving brands a social currency is Boniswa’s raison d’être.
Colette Symanowitz is the CEO of BeatingBullies, Mzanzi Gold and the founder of MBAConnect. She has an impressive depth of experience spanning both the corporate world and the entrepreneurial space. Colette is skilled in project management, sales, building and managing communities, online marketing, entrepreneurship, and the digital space in general. While running MBAconnect.net, Colette also co-founded Mzansi Gold, a platform to connect entrepreneurs with angel investors in order to grow the local entrepreneurial eco-system. She serves as a mentor to many young entrepreneurs.
Mamiki Matlawa is an Executive at EOH Ltd, Business Process Outsourcing Division and in charge of the Energy Vertical Cluster Business. The Energy Vertical Cluster business provides a range of solutions and services for the Energy Sector that takes care of non-core business processes (i.e. Customer Service, Human Capital) customised for the Energy Sector. She holds a B Tech Degree in Chemical Engineering as well as an MBA, and has spent a significant number of years working in the Energy Sector.
Nicci Steward is the CEO of The Why effect. She has consulted on communications strategy development and implementation for various clients in a number of industries. Using the strong strategic and planning skills she has learnt throughout her career, Nicci is able to work with business owners to strategically align and sustainably grow their businesses. She holds two diplomas in marketing and public relations. She was selected as one of the top 15 entrepreneurs on the Goldman Sachs-GIBS 10 000 Women programme for female entrepreneurs. She holds a User Experience (UX) Design qualification from Red and Yellow. She is a graduate of the GIBS Leading Women programme.
Nizenande Machi is the Managing Director of Nandema. She is the former Deputy Curator for the Johannesburg Hub of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. She has been published as a featured author alongside former South African Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel, and former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela in a book titled: ‘Inspired: Remarkable South Africans share their stories’. This year Nizenande was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Young South Africans and was also appointed as a Member of the Eminent Person’s Group (EPG) for Transformation in Sport by the Minister of Sport.
Anne Trusler is Head: Rural Socio-Economic Development & Stakeholder Relations at KHWEBO Consulting. She is a graduate of GIBS and an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) practitioner. She consults on law as well as transformation, empowerment and leadership in business as well as communities in and around Rustenburg. She currently serves on various teams on the International Kairos More to Life Foundation, namely the Intellectual Property, Product Innovation and Transition teams. She is passionate about social justice and socio-economic transformation.
Connie Mdladla is the founder and Managing Director of Khaas Logistics, one of the fastest developing freight forwarding businesses in Africa. She is a woman of resourcefulness, fortitude and steely resolve with over a decade’s experience in international trade, export/import markets, trade documentation and finance. Khaas Logistics trades globally and its clients are some of the biggest conglomerates in South Africa and abroad. In 2014, Connie was nominated in the Africa Entrepreneurship Awards held in Kigali, Rwanda. That same year she also garnered a nomination at the Top Business Women Awards in South Africa. In 2015 she won the Standard Bank Rising Star Award. She is currently studying towards her MBA with Henley Business School.
Juliet Mey the Global Marketing Director at Acceleration. She is a well versed and results-driven marketing director with over 15 years’ experience in branding, team based sales and process optimisation. Proven ability to develop global marketing and sales strategies, manage operations, motivate and train teams, manage budget and optimise business process to secure sales growth and profit. Experienced working across teams in Middle East, Africa, Europe and Americas.
Keri-Leigh Paschal is the Executive director of the Muthobi foundation within the Mergon group, as well as co-founder and director of the Nation Builder Trust. Nation Builder is an initiative that equips and enables businesses to leverage their skills and resources to bring about social change while doing business. Nation Builder has launched the first social Investment self-assessment tool, a knowledge platform with best in industry resources and an exclusive online community that caters for peer-learning and collaboration.
Helen Fraser is the founder and Operations Director of the Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation (NCCF). Having been seriously committed to charity work for the past 30 years, this is her greatest challenge to date. In 2006 with just 2 children’s organizations on board, the NCCF, under her leadership, has grown to the support of 75 children’s orphanages, special needs centres, schools, soup kitchens, safe houses and day care centres encompassing almost 15000 children. The foundation ensures that these children do not go hungry, receive all the possible school and educational tools as well as the requisite school uniforms. In addition renovations. alterations and additions are undertaken at the facilities which care for these children.
Karen Wessels is the co-founder and CEO of VA Connect, Africa’s largest virtual assistant platform that provides outsourced administrative support. She is also the co-founder and CEO of SnappSales, a company that generates quality sales leads for its clients. Prior to establishing both her companies, Karen spent over 10 years in different sales, marketing & admin support roles. This experience has equipped her with the invaluable skills required to run her multiple international business ventures successfully.
Karen Hill holds the title of Group Senior Marketing Director for Go-to-Market at Dimension Data on a worldwide basis. In the role, she leads the team responsible for stewardship of Dimension Data’s go-to-market positioning and messages, digital and social marketing, all campaign and content strategies, revenue marketing, sales enablement and marketing with strategic technology partners.
Karen has over 20 years’ global marketing and leadership experience. Her focus on delivering outcome-based marketing has seen programmes and campaigns receive international awards and recognition in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Wendy Masters is a well-known reputation manager, strategic consultant and crisis communication specialist. She is a veteran in the Public Relations and Crisis Communications field and is Managing Director of the award-winning reputation agency, The Phoenix Partnership and is an accredited public relations practitioner (APR) with the Public Relations Institute of South Africa. Wendy has a wealth of experience in the realm of public, personal and business crises in addition to providing crisis consultation and reputational management for private individuals to help mitigate damage, manage and where necessary repair their personal image. In leading her team and client campaigns, Wendy draws on extensive content marketing, reputation management and strategic communications experience gained over 30 years across a broad spectrum of sectors including business tourism, signature events, hospitality, food & wine and childhood development.
Kgomotso Moalusi is an Executive Director Client Centricity and Media at Vuma Reputation Management.
She is a seasoned communications professional. Her journalism background has enabled her to nurture strong ties in the media industry. She has strong interpersonal skills and her approachable manner holds her in good stead in stakeholder management.
Kgomotso understands the importance of effective planning. She is deadline-driven and passionate about her work and service delivery.
She is familiar with the financial services sector, having worked extensively in both the agency and corporate environments. She has worked for the Gauteng Office of the Premier, Caxton Newspapers, Media 24 (Nova & Daily Sun), COSATU and ABSA.
Her work in the agency environment has given her the opportunity to work on leading local and international brands such as First National Bank (FNB), Nedbank, Telkom Mobile, Huawei, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), South African Airways (SAA), Shell SA, Mpact and Regent Insurance.
Lani Carstens is the Group Managing and Executive Director of John Brown Media South Africa. John Brown is part of a leading global content marketing agency with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, UK, Dubai, Boston, Hong Kong and Singapore. John Brown creates engaging conversations between brands and their customers and our blue-chip client base includes Pick n Pay, Old Mutual, Life Healthcare, Total, Discovery, BMW and MINI. John Brown is part of the Dentsu Aegis Network Group. In addition to her career in media, Lani is an Executive Leadership Coach and is completing her Masters in Executive Coaching at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Roxana Ravjee is the Managing Director of In Real Life which is part of Publicis groupe, a global agency. A business that makes customer experiences REAL through the eventing platform. She is driven by passion and her entrepreneurship spirit.
Her background includes 15 years with the BTL agency, Creative Counsel in the capacity of General Manager. This allowed to work on different brands which allows her to have a deep understanding of customer wants and needs. In her time at TCC, she also created a start-up business- The Unusuals Events and run this business as the GM and Director.