2018 Speakers2018-11-15T09:09:25+00:00


SME Summit South Africa

Turnaround Strategist, Inspirational Business Speaker and Dragon Investor

Lebo Gunguluza

Lebo Gunguluza, Entrepreneur, Turnaround Strategist, Inspirational Business Speaker and Dragon Investor on SA’s Dragons Den TV Show – known as the “The Breakthrough Entrepreneur”
At the age of 27, he became one of South Africa’s youngest self-made black millionaires, without any funding or tenders from government, and over the years he built a mulitmillion rand empire where he had to overcome tremendous odds on his entreprenuerial journey. He is one of the key founders and President of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF) to address issues facing black entreprenuers in South Africa. Gunguluza adapted the title of “‘The Ültimate Breakthrough Entrepreneur” and was awarded with the “Africa Heritage Youth Entrepreneur Award” five years later. He also became a resident millionaire youth entrepreneur on a youth TV programme called “Take 5”, where he guided, motivated and inspired aspiring youth entrepreneurs who are starting or running their own businesses. He was honoured by the Millionaires Club with the Leadership Award in May 2010, and later received the Bethesda Business Award for his contribution to the development of Entreprenuership in South Africa.

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Business news anchor

Alisha Seckam

Business news anchor Alishia Seckam has been with BusinessDayTV since its rebranding, from SummitTV, back in 2013.
Along with bringing viewers the day’s markets wrap at 6pm, on weekdays, she anchors BusinessLive on the channel every week night at 7pm and is the face of the channel’s weekly show – Africa Inc.
She brings viewers analysis on the latest market news and activity, from brokers, analysts, industry experts and economists at the close of the trading day. And, on BusinessLive, delves into news and debate issues that impact investment decisions and investment strategy.
At the forefront of “Africa Inc.” is getting into the nitty-gritty of doing business in Africa with CEOs and exploring what makes the investment case they’re putting on the table a compelling one. It’s about tapping the minds of key decision makers so that the viewer gets a better idea of where

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Executive Director: Members & Global Alliances, SAICA

Lindie Engelbrecht

Mrs Lindie Engelbrecht joined SAICA in her role as Executive Director: Members & Global Alliances in April 2016. Lindie serves as a non-executive director on the Hyprop Investments Limited board, chairman of the audit committee, and member of the risk committee, remuneration and nominations committees. Her previous roles include director at Ernst & Young in the Climate Change & Sustainability services, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and director at KPMG focusing on governance and assurance. She has also served on various NPO boards and audit committees.Lindie is a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance and served on the main editing committee as main editor of the South African Report of Corporate Governance (King III). She also serves on the King IV task team. She has advised, consulted and presented to boards and audit committees in the public and private sectors, presented at local and international conferences, and at tertiary institutions on corporate, legal and governance matters.

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Partner, Adams & Adams

Darren Olivier

An experienced intellectual property advisor with over 20 years experience gained in local and international law firms as well as in-house. Especially interested in IP management (primarily brands), prosecution, commercialisation and enforcement in Africa but worked for a decade in London, focusing on Europe. Lead counsel for the BSA The Software Alliance in South Africa. An editorial board member of Oxford University Press: Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. Recognised by Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global, World Trademark 1000, Legal 500, South African Institute of IP Law, Managing Intellectual Property and IAM 300. Chair of the firm’s IP Commercialisation team

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Business Coach, Grow Business Coaching

Graham Mitchell

Graham Mitchell founded GROW as a leading business coaching firm with a team of six coaches who are working with over 85 business each month across South Africa. He is a Gazelles Certified Coach and is the Regional Advocate for Gazelles International Coaches in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Before starting GROW, Graham was recognised as the number one coach in South Africa for a global coaching firm. Graham quickly made a name for himself and was recognised as and ranked in their top 50 coaches worldwide. He is now a senior coach within the Gazelles International Coaching Community.

He also held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Houses for Africa, a newly formed pan-African housing developer. He was responsible for securing $55 million of funding to establish a large-scale housing project in Lusaka, Zambia and for expanding the company’s operations into Abuja, Nigeria.

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Head: Transactional, Savings and Investment Products Personal and Business Banking Standard Bank of South Africa

Kuben Chetty

Kuben Chetty is currently the head of Transactional, Savings & Investment products at Standard Bank. Kuben has 18 years of financial services experience having held various senior positions focusing on strategy and execution; business planning; product management and financial management. Kuben is passionate about numbers; customer insights & data and leveraging business opportunities that exist combining these elements. Kuben holds BCom Financial Management and a Masters in Finance and Investments.

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Founder and Owner, Franchize Directions

Bendeta Gordon, CA (SA)

Bendeta Gordon is a chartered accountant, one of the early pioneers of franchise development consulting in South Africa is the author of the franchise industry’s respected Franchise Factor®. Bendeta has monitored the growth of franchising in South Africa since 1994. Bendeta is also the founder of Franchize Directions, a specialist franchise consultancy with a long history in formulating distribution strategy and structuring owner-operator mechanisms across a wide array of industries in South Africa

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CEO, World Wide Worx

Arthur Goldstuck

Goldstuck is an award-winning writer, analyst and technology commentator. A winner of SA’s Distinguished Service in ICT Award, he is author of 19 books and editor-in-chief of South Africa’s longest-running online consumer technology magazine, Gadget.co.za. His weekly gadgets column is the most widely syndicated technology column in South Africa and he writes a weekly trends column for the Sunday Times. He is founder of World Wide Worx, leading groundbreaking market research, and presents his insights to audiences across the globe.

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International Speaker, Writer and Business Advisor

Zipho Sikhakhane

Many know her as a sought-after global speaker, entrepreneur and business strategist, who navigates the world as a mover, disrupter and a new age business NINJA.

Zipho is the first black South African to receive a Masters in Business Administration from the prestigious Stanford University in the USA, which goes to show that Zipho is all about breaking barriers. She also holds a Business Science Honours Degree from UCT and has completed leadership courses in Austria, China, Czech Republic, Russia, USA.

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Founder and CEO, Raizcorp

Allon Raiz

Allon Raiz is regarded both locally and globally as a pioneer and maverick in the business incubation industry. He is the founder and CEO of Raizcorp which, according to The Economist, is the only genuine incubator in Africa, and currently supports in excess of 500 businesses.
Allon is the author of two bestselling entrepreneurial books – Lose the Business Plan and What to Do When You Want to Give Up. He hosted the first national radio show on entrepreneurship in South Africa in 2004; wrote and hosted the first South African prime-time, entrepreneurship, reality TV show; and also created and published an ongoing entrepreneurial cartoon strip.
Allon is the host of his sixth season of the popular The Big Small Business Show on BusinessDay TV; and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine and The Star newspaper. Allon is the co-founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation South Africa and Rural Roots, and sits on the advisory and judging boards of numerous local and international NGOs and entrepreneurial awards.

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CEO, Spartan

Kumaran Padayachee

Kumaran Padayachee has been funding SMEs for the past 22 years and has intimate understanding & expertise in SME financing. He is CEO of Spartan SME Finance (Pty) Ltd, an independent financier that only focusses on SMEs. Spartan’s niche financing covers Growth Finance, Specialized Finance and Bridging Finance. Kumaran is a co-panellist on both the popular Big Small Business Show and co-hosting a new show, SME Funding, on Business Day TV. He has a B.Comm [Accounting] from Rhodes University, is a Certified Expert in SME Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and did a 3-year Entrepreneurial Masters Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT].

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Chief Executive Officer, Office of the Tax Ombud

Advocate Hanyana Eric Mkhawane

Advocate Hanyana Eric Mkhawane
B.Proc, LLB, LLM Tax Law, HDip Company Law, HDip Labour Law
Adv Mkhawane practised as an Attorney until 1998 when he joined the South African Revenue Service (SARS) as a Manager in the legal division. He was later appointed as a Regional Manager for Enforcement from 2005 until 2010 when he was admitted as an advocate of the High Court (Johannesburg Bar). He practised as an advocate until end of 2013 and that is when he was appointed by the Office of the Tax Ombud.
His academic background includes the following: B.Proc (WITS); LLB (WITS); LLM Tax Law (WITS); HDip Company Law (WITS); HDip Labour Law (WITS).
Adv Mkhawane’s areas of expertise include tax, contracts, company law, commercial law, insolvency, personal injury, insurance, labour and administrative law.

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CEO, Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation (CGIC)

Charles Nortje

Charles has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of CGIC since 2013. He is a qualified chartered accountant with over 24 years international experience in corporate risk and insurance. Charles started his insurance career at Alexander Forbes Risk Services and also served as marketing director at Guardrisk. Prior to joining CGIC, Charles was Managing Director of the Risk Management Practice at Marsh Africa. CGIC is the leading trade credit insurance company in South Africa, insuring R200 billion in global trade conducted by South African policyholders into more than 140 countries, with CGIC underwriting the credit risk of more than 150,000 counterparties.

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Co-Founder, Author & Speaker, Empower Voice International

Dominic Gaobepe

Dominic is the author of the upcoming book CHANGE YOUR STORY, CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Unlock your full potential & Achieve Real-world success. A dynamic speaker & trainer who presents himself with power and dynamism to his audiences, he performs a number of roles as a Speaker, Business Consultant, Diversity and Inclusion specialist & Voice artist.
Dominic received the Ernest Oppenheimer scholarship which enabled him to be the first in his family to obtain a Bachelors degree in Economics from Rhodes University. After graduating, he worked within the Human Resources field for big multinationals (Unilever & South African Breweries) adding value and building expertise in the areas of leadership development, high performing teams & organisational transformation.
Dominic now applies his expertise as a professional speaker, trainer, consultant & programme director, covering areas including: Entrepreneurship, leadership development, diversifying leadership for multinationals, diversity and inclusion, nation building and transformation.

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Co-founder & Managing Partner, Tailorme

George Diab

George is a Charted Accounted and a true entrepreneur at heart. In 2013 He co-founded Tailor Me, South Africa’s leading bespoke suit manufacturer and image consultancy. A noticeable accomplishment was his nomination as one of SAICA’s Top 35 charted accountants under the age of 35 accountants in 2016. He has since directed his attention towards leadership development where he is the head of Solutions Delivery at the NeuroLeadership Institute – South Africa.
The NeuroLeadership Institute seeks to transform leadership effectiveness through neuroscience by providing unique brain-based, process-focused, and outcome-driven methodologies that help facilitate positive change and lead more effectively.
The result – sustained behaviour change and proven ROI.
He is a strong supporter of entrepreneurs, specifically in the startup space, and he enjoys offering advice and mentorship when called upon.

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Phillipine Kambula,‎Managing Director, ‎Kura-Bahati Consulting

Phillipine Kambula

Phillipine Kambula is the founder and MD of Kura-Bahati Consulting
Services, an IT solutions company specializing in Application Development and cloud computing. She holds a B-Tech Degree in Information Technology, a diploma in project management and a PMD from GIBS.

Mrs Kambula gained experience by working for multinational organisations such as Standard Bank, Discovery and UTi, focusing on Business Intelligence, Analytics and Information Management.

Having been in Business for just over 10 years, Mrs Kambula also serves as a technology advisor for several SMEs and has previously served as CEO of the Tshwane Youth Business Council, which advocates for the progression of youth owned businesses.

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Director & Co Founder, Thamani Consulting & Tuta-me

Abed Tau

Abed Tau is the founder of 3 start up companies, Thamani Financial Services, a company focused on financial management, Tax compliance, Payroll and general advisory services. The company operates within the SMME and larger corporate space. Thamani Consulting is lead by 4 directors of whom 3 are Chartered Accountants and 1 Mcom Tax Holder.

Abed later formed Silicon Maboneng Jozi, a technology solution business he co-founded with Dylan Hyslop, the business provides technology systems for businesses, be it an android application, apple application or a entire custom ERP or system for the said business.

Abed is a chartered accountant by profession

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Transformational Coach and Business Mentor

Puseletso Modimogale CA(SA)

Puseletso Modimogale is a certified Transformational Coach, Speaker, Enterprise Development Expert
Her current work with SAICA Enterprise Development is to develop entrepreneurs’ Supplier and Development Programmes for Business Sustainable Growth, Leadership Mastery and Financial Excellence.
She is the founder and the Chairperson of Woman Emancipate Yourself Foundation
Puseletso is the 2016 TEDX Talk Speaker. A noted personality who has appeared on various TV shows and magazines such as Motswako, the Power within SABC 2, Shift, Motsweding, Truelove, Metro FM Positive Talk and a regular contributor at the entrepreneurial TV show called Making Moves on SABC