Speakers 2018-06-07T07:54:45+00:00


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Dan Moyane – Head: Group Communications & CSI, MMI Holdings Limited

Dan is a seasoned broadcaster with 35 years’ of experience under his belt. Having worked as a news reporter, editor, and presenter, his broadcasting credentials include Radio Mozambique’s English Service, BBC, Talk Radio 702, SABC and eNCA. He has been responsible for corporate communication and corporate social investment at MMI Holdings since 2009. Dan’s overall strengths firmly lie in his people skills, integrity, leadership, and management skills.


Ron Derby – Editor, Business Times

Ron has been the editor of Business Times for the past three years.  He was previously deputy editor of the Financial Mail, and Markets editor for Business Day – having first joined Times Media in 2005.  He has reported for Moneyweb, Bloomberg, Reuters, and in 2014 enjoyed a stint with the highly respected Financial Times in London.  He has covered everything from the ascension of Jacob Zuma to party leader and state president, to commodity markets and companies during the Chinese inspired super-commodity cycle that ended some four years ago.


Jeanette Marais – Deputy CEO, MMI Holdings Limited

Jeanette joined MMI Holdings on 1 March 2018 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer.  She is also CEO of Momentum Investments. Jeanette takes overall responsibility for Marketing of the MMI Group companies, as well as Distribution through Independent Financial Advisers. Her role has a strong focus on leading the business to a high-performance culture, focusing on client centricity, and spearheading the group turn-around strategy through increasing profits and shareholder value. Previously, Jeanette was Executive Director at Allan Gray Investment services and Allan Gray Unit Trust Management Company.


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Dr Jabu Mabuza – Chairmain, Business Leadership South Africa

Jabulane (Jabu) Mabuza is the Chairman of Telkom SA SOC Limited. He is widely recognised as a successful entrepreneur. He retired from the position of Group Chief Executive of Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd, and as Deputy Chairman of Tsogo Sun Holdings. Jabu is the current Chairman of the Casino Association of South Africa (CASA), President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Co-Convener of the CEO Initiative, Chairman of the Africa portion of the merged Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, Chairman of the Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). Appointed Chairman of Eskom on 20 January 2018 and subsequently resigned as Executive Chairman of Sphere Holdings on 23 January 2018.


Minister Nhlanhla Nene – Minister of Finance

Nhlannhla Nene was re-appointed as Minister of Finance in February 2018. He had previously held this position between 2014 and 2015 before being controversially axed by former president Jacob Zuma. He was active in student politics in the 1970’s during which time he obtained a B.Com Honours in Economics from the University of the Western Cape. He worked as a Regional Administrative Manager for Metropolitan Life Insurance for 15 years and organised the first ever strike in the financial sector under the banner of SACAWU. Nene was chairperson of Parliament’s Finance Portfolio Committee from 2005 to 2008 and served as Deputy Minister of Finance from 2008 until 2014.



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Naadiya Moosajee – Co-Founder, WomanHub

Naadiya is a serial entrepreneur by passion, a civil engineer by training, is Co-Founder at WomHub, an ed-tech and advisory firm. She also co-founded WomEng, a global social enterprise. She serves as an independent board director at the MMI Foundation, at Pegasys and is an emeritus director for the International Youth Foundation. Naadiya is a Global Future Council Member with the World Economic Forum: Gender, Education and the Future of Work, a renowned speaker, and was named “Top 20 Young Power Women in Africa” by Forbes Magazine. She also owns a restaurant. She is passionate about fostering prosperity in emerging economies and engineering better societies.

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Zachariah George – Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Startupbootcamp Africa

Zach is the Co-Founder and CIO of Startupbootcamp Africa – the leading multi-corporate backed venture accelerator program in Africa. He is the founder of Cactus Advisors – a specialist corporate finance advisory firm and micro VC fund specializing in high growth, high impact African tech ventures. Zach is a prominent Angel investor in several of Africa’s leading tech startups and was featured on the cover of Fast Company South Africa in May 2018. He was formerly the head of Africa Investments for U-Start – the largest network of private Multi-Family offices in Europe.

Abed Tau – Co-founder, Tuta-Me, Thamani Consulting & Silicon Maboneng

Abed Tau is the Co-founder of Tuta-Me a EdTech business having a national foot print. Tuta-Me delivers both in contact and online education in the form of tutoring and digital education. Tuta-Me employs 10 full time staff and has over 9000 learners registered on the platform and 2500 tutor’s country wide.  He is also co-founder Silicon Maboneng, a tech development business based in Johannesburg that develops apps and systems for SMMEs and big business to make their visions come alive as well as add efficiencies in the businesses; and is co-founder of Thamani Consulting, a Financial Advisory Firm based in Johannesburg. Employs 20 people. Thamani Services SMME and large business.

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Professor Barry Dwolatzky – Director at the JCSE (Joburg Centre for Software Engineering), Wits University

After qualifying as an Electrical Engineer at Wits University in 1975 and completing his doctorate at 1979, Prof Dwolatzky spent 10 years in Britain working on software-related research at the Universities of Manchester (UMIST) and London (Imperial College), and at the GEC-Marconi Research Centre. He returned to Wits in 1989 where he educates software engineers and carries out research. In 2005 he was the major driver in setting up the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits and became Director and CEO in 2007. Most recently he has been the driving force behind the establishment of Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct– an initiative aimed at establishing a Digital Technology Cluster in Joburg’s Braamfontein inner city area. In 2013 he was named the South African IT Personality of the Year.

Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville, CEO, Youth Employment Service (YES)

Tashmia Ismail-Saville is CEO of the Youth Employment Service (YES), a joint initiative between business, labour and government, which addresses South Africa’s youth unemployment challenge, by creating 1 million work experiences in South Africa. She is a PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht and adjunct faculty at GIBS, where she has held faculty positions in the field of innovation management and inclusive business. She has extensive consulting experience with a range of global and local businesses such as Unilever, Roche, GSK, Mahindra and the DBSA.


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Thabi Leoka – Economic Strategist

Thabi started her career as an Economist at Investec Asset Management in South Africa and London. She has also worked as an Emerging Markets Economist at Barclays in London; Head of Economic Research, SA at Standard Bank and the Chief Economist for SA at Renaissance Capital. Thabi has a PhD in Economics from the University of London, MSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics and MA (Distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Thabi was named the Economist of The Year 2017 by ABSIP. She writes for various publications both in South Africa and internationally. Thabi is a budding activist, loves travelling, reading, food and music.

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Ralph Mathekga – Political Analyst

Ralph Mathekga started his studies in political science, law and economic history in 1998 at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he completed his BA degree. In 2000, he completed an honours degree in Political Science as well as a MA (Masters) in Political Science, at the same university. Ralph worked as a Political Researcher with Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) where he focused on political, social and economic research. He also worked as a Lecturer at the University of Western Cape, teaching courses in politics and development. He has worked at the National Treasury (Ministry of Finance)‘sBudget Office as a Senior Policy Analyst. Ralph continues to contribute opinion articles to different newspapers and is regularly quoted in The New Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and The Guardian, for example.

Peter Major – Director Mining, Cadiz Corporate Solutions

Peter Major was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. His family moved to Kellogg, Idaho, the ‘silver mining capital of the world’ in 1961, where he grew up and worked through until he graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa to work for Harmony Gold Mine in 1982. He completed his South African Mine Manager’s Certificate, an MBA from UCT and thereafter worked as a consultant and as Marketing & Training Manager for Eimco Mining Machinery SA through to 1989. He began his investment career with Allan Gray in 1989 as a gold mine analyst. He spent 10 years as a mining analyst & fund manager at Nedcor Investment Bank where he won 2 Raging Bull Awards, 1 runner up, and was South Africa’s Top Fund Manager twice.

Busisiwe Mavuso – COO, Business Leadership South Africa

Busisiwe Mavuso (Busi) is the Chief Operations Officer of Business Leadership South Africa and a member of its board since November 2017. She was previously the Managing Director of the Black Management Forum (BMF), an organisation she was with since May 2009. She has also held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Operations Director at the BMF. She is a non-executive director on the board of ESKOM; Resultant Finance (a PIC investee company) and BMF Investment (Pty) Ltd. Busi started her career in Finance in 1995 in the banking industry and has worked for various companies in industries ranging from training, consulting, telecoms and Netcare in the healthcare industry over the past 23 years.

Enoch Godongwana – Chairperson, ANC sub-committee on Economic Transformation

Enoch Godongwana is Chair of the Economic Transformation Sub-Committee of the ANC National Executive. He has been involved in negotiating new legislation in the Labour Relations Act, and supported the establishment of the social dialogue institution in South Africa, NEDLAC. In addition, he was part of the team that instituted fiscal reforms of the Public Finance Management Act, and has participated in the transformation of public finances in the Eastern Cape. Enoch Godongwana holds an MSc in Financial Economics, from the University of London.


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Duduzile Mkhwanazi – Chief Executive Officer of Project Isizwe

Project Isizwe is the South African non-profit organization that advocates for free internet access within walking distance of every citizen in low-income communities. Project Isizwe has facilitated the deployment of the largest free Public Free Wi-Fi network in Africa in the Tshwane Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa. Under Dudu Mkhwanazi’s leadership, Project Isizwe has partnered with Glencore Mine in Emalahleni to connect the mining communities to free Wi-Fi. Project Isizwe also partnered with Aware.org.za to connect the community of Botshabelo in the Free State and in Maviljan in Bushbuckridge to free Wi-Fi within a walking distance. Additionally, Project Isizwe continues to advocate for internet access for all South African’s as well as discovering the sustainability model for all subsidized free Wi-Fi projects in the country.

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Barbara Mallinson – CEO, Obami

She has been identified by UNESCO as one of 21 young people changing the world, while the likes of CNN, Forbes, Business Insider and the Financial Mail have recognised her as one of Africa’s top entrepreneurs and women in business. Mallinson, who holds a number of local and international advisory board roles, has also been recognised as a Top 5 SA IT Personality (by IT Web Africa), a Top Woman in ICT (by the South African Communications Forum) and one of the “Inspiring Fifty” (by the Consulate of the Netherlands). Although based in Johannesburg, Mallinson presents her views on learning, technology and social entrepreneurship across the globe.

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Timothy Willis – CFO, Aerobotics

Timothy Willis is a CA(SA), having started his career in financial audit at Deloitte serving financial institutions. He then moved to Uber where led Business Intelligence and Central Operations for Sub-Saharan Africa for 1.5 years. After this period, he joined the Uber Europe, Middle East & Africa Central Operations Team based in Amsterdam, managing strategy and analytics. Tim joined Aerobotics in February 2018 as its CFO and Head of Growth. Tim is passionate about technology and its impact on the African continent.

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Suveer Ramdhani – Chief Development Office, SEACOM

Suveer’s responsibilities include developing new markets for the company’s wholesale telecom offerings, identifying new growth projects and commercial opportunities, overseeing strategic planning, and supporting the merger and acquisition strategy. Before taking on this role, Ramdhani was SEACOM’s Head of Product Strategy. Ramdhani’s experience in the ICT industry spans more than 15 years. Previously the head of a telecoms management consulting practice, he has extensive experience in both strategy and operations projects. His experience in the submarine fibre optic cable industry goes back to the inception of the SEACOM project, and includes the development of the business strategy and plan for the cable system.

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane – Minister of Science and Technology

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, currently serving as the Minister of Science and Technology, has a long history of activism and commitment to the democratic project in South Africa. She formerly served as the Minister of Energy before being redeployed to the Ministry of Communications. Over the years, she has served on various committees, and prior to her appointment to the national executive, served as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services. Kubayi-Ngubane served in the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC Youth League in Gauteng and has worked in various non-governmental organisations as well as the private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vista University and a Master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.


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Aki Anastasiou

A technophile, broadcast junkie, businessman and larger than life personality, Aki Anastasiou has a remarkable ability to excite audiences, whether it’s on radio, on a stage, through his content or in front of a massive crowd. He travels the world to bring South Africans the latest insights into new innovations and how they will impact our lives. As a keynote speaker, Aki brings his experiences from major global innovation showcases, whether it’s the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas or the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, to audiences in concise, entertaining trends presentations.

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Ayabonga Cawe

Ayabonga is a Johannesburg based development economist, columnist, radio presenter, photographer and activist. He hosts #PowerHour on PowerFM, a political economy and policy show and writes a regular column for the Daily Maverick and the BusinessDay. Prior to this he was Economic Justice Manager at Oxfam South Africa (OZA) working on policy advocacy and research. He has experience in economic research, policy advisory, broadcasting and supply chain analysis, advocacy, development program design. He has taken part in a wide range of research, advisory and policy engagements on development issues in agriculture, rail, urban design and labour market policy. Ayabonga sat on the National Minimum Wage Advisory Panel. He holds an M. Com (Cum Laude) in Development Theory and Policy from Wits.

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Siki Mgabadeli

The South African daily anchor of the ‘The SAFM Market Update with Moneyweb and the nightly business show ‘Moneyline on eNCA’ from Monday to Thursday. Siki also hosted eNCA’s “The Big Debate”. This acclaimed TV and radio personality has also been the ‘Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year – TV’ twice, and was included in the ‘Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women. She also won the acclaimed ‘Telkom ICT Journalist (TV) of the Year’ Award’. She’s been listed on YouTube as ‘one of the Top 10 African journalists to watch, and her alma mater Rhodes University presented her with the Emerging Old Rhodian award for 2015 in recognition of her role as one of the leading public voices on finance in South African media.

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