2018 Judges


 

Abbas Jamie

Abbas Jamie

Director for Innovation and Transformation, Aurecon

 

Abbas Jamie
Director for Innovation and Transformation, Aurecon

Director for Innovation and Transformation at Aurecon and the Community Liaison Africa for the World Design Organisation.

Abbas is a registered professional engineer and holds qualifications across the engineering, business and futures fields.  He is passionate about developing Afrikan solutions and has conceptualised the Afrikan Design Innovation narrative, which encourages engineers, architects, planners, designers and allied professionals to embrace transdisciplinary and participatory ethnographic tools in their quest for more creative and innovative Afrikan solutions.


 

Buyani Zwane

Buyani Zwane

Director | Dynamic Leadership Solutions (Pty) Limited & Magnificent Mile (Pty) Limited

 

Buyani Zwane
Director | Dynamic Leadership Solutions (Pty) Limited & Magnificent Mile (Pty) Limited

Buyani Zwane is an inspirational speaker, network builder, business and life student, educator and leadership development facilitator. He has been engaged in the Human Resources Management, Business and Leadership Development for over 25 years with local and international companies. He was co-owner for over 7 years, and served as executive chairperson at FranklinCovey Southern Africa for 5 years, a leadership, training and development company with a presence in 14 Southern African countries and Indian Ocean Islands. He is an accredited ADKAR Change Management Facilitator.

Buyani continues to serve as director of Dynamic Leadership Solutions (Pty) Limited and Magnificent Mile (Pty) Limited, while leading Breakthrough Development (Pty) Limited, a Leadership Development and Business Consultancy company founded in 2000 as Chief Engagement Orchestrator (CEO).

He has served as Human Resources Executive and Director, as well as CEO in the oil & energy industry, financial services, business consulting, gaming and public sectors organisations.

Buyani is a part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) specialising in Leadership, Management, Change and Organisation Development, and Strategy Implementation while at Wits Business School he teaches on Leadership and Strategy Execution. He earned his MBA at GIBS with a focus on employee engagement and business strategy.

He is a member of the University of Cape Town’s Council where he chairs the Honorary Degrees Committee (UHDC) while also serving in the Council’s Human Resources Committee of Council (UHRC), Selections and Remuneration Committees. He further serves as independent non-executive director, and chairperson of the board of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, and is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) and the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).


 

Gugu Dlamini

Gugu Dlamini

CEO | LG Seta

 

Gugu Dlamini
CEO | LG Seta

Ms. Gugu Dlamini was appointed in May 2015 to date as the Chief Executive Officer of the Local Government SETA. She has extensive knowledge in the management of small, large and complex multi-billion rand projects in various organisation. Gugu is a visionary and has achieved a lot in her career, below are some of her accomplishments:

  •  Managing Director : Iman ‘Africa Holdings : January 2012 – May 2015
  • CEO : Drake and Scull

Gugu Dlamini managed and led this subsidiary which had 1200 employees and managed over 3000 subcontractors in the facilities management field. She managed a budget of R1billion. She managed a number of public private partnerships projects that were part of the portfolio of the organisation.

  • CEO : Umgeni Water

Gugu Dlamini managed and led this entity during a tough time when it had massive debt and major corruption in the organisation. In a space of 3 years she and her predominantly female Executive Team led the organisation to turnaround and produce a surplus 2 years ahead schedule.

  •  CEO: Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit

Gugu Dlamini led this entity in the leveraging of private sector funding for the municipal projects across the country. During her tenure she leveraged over R3.5billion for municipal projects.   The tenure of some of these projects ranged from 5 year management contracts to 30 year concessions. She drove the framework under which this work was to be done as it was very new in government at the time and with unions against the private sector being involved in municipal services, she led the change in the negotiations.

She challenged municipalities to clean up their financials so that they would be in a position to leverage private sector funding (in line with the Municipal Financial Act).

  •  Chief Director : the then Department of Constitutional Development and Local Government :

Gugu Dlamini was responsible for a number of portfolios in the Department which included;

  •  Local Economic Development ( LED) ,
  •  Integrated Development Planning ( IDP),
  •  Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Programme ( CMIP), and
  •  Municipal Public Private Partnerships.

She was responsible for the legislative sections of the municipal systems and structures Act    related to these topics.


 

Mandisa Tshikwatamba

Mandisa Tshikwatamba

CEO | Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda)

 

Mandisa Tshikwatamba
Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda): Chief Executive Officer

Prior to her appointment as Seda CEO in August 2016, Mandisa Tshikwatamba has been a Senior Manager in the Public Service for more than 10 years. In her management experience, she has led provincial and national portfolios in Policy Making, Organisational Management, Learning and Development as well as implementation of strategic programmes in the Small Business Development Sector.

As an Executive Manager in her previous and current positions, she has been part of South African delegations that negotiated development support programmes engaging with potential partners within and beyond the South African Boarders.

Career Highlights

  • Has been a Programme Country Officer for the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
  • Has been Programme Manager for the Department of Trade and Industry’s Technology for Women in Business Programme (TWIB).
  • Has been a Director in the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism in the Eastern Cape,
  • Has been a Chief Director in the Department of Trade and Industry.
  • Has worked in various technical and governance committees within and outside the public sector and previously served as the;
  • Has been Chairperson of the South African Micro-Finance Advisory Board.
  • Has been Chairperson of the Small Enterprise Development Agency Technology Board Committee
  • Has been Member of the Small Enterprise Development Agency Board
  • Has been Head of Secretariat for the National Small Business Advisory Council
  • Has been Member of the Khula Enterprise Finance Board
  • Has been Deputy Director-General and Member of the Executive Management Committee at the NSG also serving as Chairperson of the Bid Evaluation Committee at the NSG,
  • Has been Head of Secretariat for African Management Development Institutes Network (AMDIN) Secretariat
  • Has been elected as Advisory Board member for GCEL (Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics) – 2017
  • Has been elected as Advisory Board member for GENSA (Global Entrepreneurship Network – SA) – 2017

Academic Qualifications

  • BAdmin, BA, Post Grad: Certificate Programme in Finance and Investment Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management, Honours in Development Studies and MBA.

Social Interests

  • She spends her time in community activities as a member of a Pastoring Ministry in Her Church.

 

Mothunye Mothiba

Mothunye Mothiba

Chief Executive Officer | Productivity SA

 

Mothunye Mothiba
Chief Executive Officer, Productivity SA

Mothunye has a career spanning over two decades in leadership and management positions in various sectors, including in the education sector; Public Administration in the labour market; the Gambling Industry as COO at the North West Gambling Board; and Business Development & Consulting Services as CEO of Productivity SA. His competencies are complemented by business studies up to post graduate level and include, but not limited to: Strategy and Performance Management; Business Transformation and Competitiveness Improvement; Socio-economic Transformation – BBBEE, including Enterprise Development and Socio-economic development.

 


 

Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu

Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu

Commisioner | National Planning Commission of South Africa

 

Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu
Commisioner, National Planning Commission of South Africa

Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu is a panelist of the Health Market Inquiry which, in 2014, was set up by the Competition Commission of South Africa (SA) to probe the private health sector holistically to determine factors that restrict, prevent or distort competition and underlie increases in private healthcare prices and expenditure. He is also the health expert on the SA National Planning Commission and a Chartered Director (SA) with many years’ experience as a non-executive director. He currently chairs the board of directors of the SA Road Accident Fund and has completed a term of eight years as a board and advisory committee member of Nestle (SA) (Pty) Ltd. In 2017, he was elected to serve as a non-executive director of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.

Dr Bhengu obtained the MB,ChB degree from Natal University and the Diploma in Anaesthetics from the College of Medicine of SA. His business management qualifications include MBA (Wales, Cardiff) and MPH Healthcare Management (Harvard) degrees. The Harvard degree gave him an in-depth understanding of global health policy and management of corporations in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, hospital and health insurance sectors. Over a career of more than 20 years, Dr Bhengu has operated as a clinician in South Africa and England and as a senior executive within the SA health care sector.

Dr Bhengu’s entrepreneurial path includes experience as a co-founder of Afrika Biopharma Investments (Pty) Ltd, a holding company which had interests in pharmaceutical packaging, marketing and sales. Since 2002, Dr Bhengu has served as a part-time policy advisor and non-executive director for the South African Departments of Health (Pharmaceutical Pricing), Science and Technology (National Advisory Council on Innovation), Energy (SA Nuclear Energy Corporation) and Transport (Road Accident Fund).

Dr Bhengu has recently participated as a panelist at the Africa Business Conferences for the Imperial College (UK, 2016) and Harvard Business Schools (USA, 2017). He also delivered keynote addresses at the Africa Directors Programme offered by the Stellenbosch and INSEAD business schools (SA, 2017) and on invitation by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SA, 2017). Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative.

 


 

Sifiso Cele

Sifiso Cele

HR Executive, Barclays Africa, Wealth Investment Management and Insurance

 

Sifiso Cele
HR Executive, Barclays Africa, Wealth Investment Management and Insurance

I am currently employed by Barclays Africa as an HR Executive for WIMI (Absa Life, Absa Insurance Company, idirect, Fiduciary and WIMI Rest of Africa). Previously, I was employed by the Liberty Group, as an Executive of Human Resources for STANLIB Limited. This included managing the Facilities of STANLIB. Prior to my promotion to STANLIB, I worked for Liberty Corporate and Liberty Health in the capacity of Head of HR. Before joining the Liberty Group, I was employed as the Head of Talent Sourcing and Selection for Absa Corporate & Business Bank. Prior to joining Absa, I was an HR Manager looking after the Card Division of Standard Bank. Prior to that, I was employed by ABI as the Human Resources Specialist for the Plant in Pretoria. My very first employment was at Unilever where I was employed in the capacity of a Graduate Management Trainee. In total, I have been working in the HR environment for 17 years and have been in executive roles for the last 13 years.

As a member of the executive team, I have been exposed to all areas in HR, including Employee Wellness, Employee Relations, Recruitment, Talent Management, Learning and Development, Change Management, Executive Coaching, Budgeting etc.

 


 

Kojo Parris

Kojo Parris

Chairperson | KBA AFRICA

 

Kojo Parris
Chairperson | KBA AFRICA

Born in Guyana, South America, in 1965, Kojo Parris began his career after winning the Tate & Lyle Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship to Cambridge, where he read for an MA in Manufacturing Engineering (1984-1988).

Upon completion of a trainee management programme, he worked as a manager for Booker Tate in Papua New Guinea, Australia, Kenya and London until 1991. After joining Touche Ross Management Consultancy’s healthcare team, he qualified as an accountant.

Parris, a former investment banker with NM Rothschilds and its affiliate Merchant Bank of Central Africa (1993-1997, then again 2000-2002), acted as the global head of investment banking at African Banking Corporation Holdings (BancABC). His private equity investing expertise was developed while originating and leading Zimbabwe’s first leveraged buyout of a listed entity,TA Holdings (1997/1998). This expertise was further honed during his oversight of investment portfolios at the Commonwealth Development Corporation-owned Takura Ventures (1998-2000).

From 2003 to 2007, Parris focused primarily on establishing his private investment interests and commodities trading, while also becoming deeply involved in the social entrepreneurship and investment space. During this time he was the founding chair of the Centre for African Social Enterprise, a director of Homeless Talk SA, Operation Hope SA and Heart. Parris was also the founding chair of the African Social Entrepreneurs’ Network and Social Private Equity South Africa.

In 2007 he founded the Colloquium for Social Entrepreneurship at the Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS) and on an interim basis led the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wits University. Parris, was and continues to be, particularly interested in how social enterprise formulations can help SOEs fulfill their critical social services and public good obligations.

An ongoing passion is the mentorship of young adults (to date more than 30 individuals across six countries) through advocacy and organisations such as the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA).

Since 2007, Parris has provided investment support to the family offices of various South African, Nigerian and Togolese clients with respect to their global activities.

As the current chairman of KBA Africa and the outgoing Consul for Guyana to Southern Africa, his social and diplomatic circumstances have afforded him informal access to key stakeholders across the region.

Most recently the ongoing pursuit of an LSM 2-6 bank, maintenance of a stake in a Global Top 200 financial services business and exit from a Zimbabwean bank are among the relevant FINSEC transactions in which Parris has been involved.

 


 

Nikelwa Tengimfene

Nikelwa Tengimfene

General Manager: Corporate Communication and Stakeholder Relations | NECSA

Nikelwa Tengimfene
General Manager: Corporate Communication and Stakeholder Relations | NECSA

Nikelwa Tengimfene is a seasoned communicator with over 20 years’ experience within the public sector and currently as General Manager: Corporate Communication and Stakeholder Relations at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). Nikelwa started her career as a Social Worker and a Community Development Worker at various non-governmental organisations within the Western Cape. She later joined the Parliament as a researcher attached to the Select Committee on Public Service and Administration.

She has served as Director: Development Communication at Premier’s Office (Gauteng), overseeing Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) interaction with the public, events management and stakeholder engagement strategies. The Office of the Premier extended her work exposure in developing strategies for direct engagement between the GPG and its citizens. It further incorporated overseeing public and corporate events management for GPG milestone achievements against set priorities and or programmes. Her next career mover was at the Government Communication and Information Services as the Chief Director responsible for integrated communication in the Justice, Crime Prevention Security; International Cooperation, Trade and Security; and Economic Clusters.

Nikelwa obtained a three year Diploma in Social Work from the National Social Welfare Training Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Furthermore, she enrolled with the University of South Africa graduating with degrees in BA, Hons BA and MA (Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Her Master’s degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology was obtained in 2009 with a dissertation topic which was “The work-family conflict experienced by South African women of different race groups: A Phenomenological Study”.

She loves reading, gardening, entertaining and travels extensively to recharge her energies.


 

Colin Leshou

Colin Leshou

Acting Senior Manager: Stakeholder Relations | Seda

Colin Leshou
Acting Senior Manager: Stakeholder Relations | Seda

Colin is an enthusiastic and professional leader with a proven track record in the field of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. Colin is passionate about Africa and the emerging markets and would like to see Africa growing to reach its full potential.


 

Edna Sathekga-Montse

Edna Sathekga-Montse

Executive: Diversity & Inclusion, RBB | Barclays Africa

Edna Sathekga-Montse
Executive: Diversity & Inclusion, RBB | Barclays Africa

Edna Sathekga-Montse is the Executive: Diversity and Inclusion, RBB at Barclays Africa. She has expertise in Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion across various industries including Manufacturing, Professional Services, FMCG, Mining and Financial Services. She is an expert in Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment and has made an invaluable contribution to the revision of the Codes of Good Practice.


 

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