Stravos Nicolaou

Senior Executive | Aspen Group

Nicolaou is Aspen’s Group Senior Executive responsible for Strategic Trade. Previously he was CEO of Aspen’s Export Division. Aspen is Africa’s largest and the world’s 9th largest generic Pharmaceutical Company by revenue ranking. He has been instrumental in introducing the first generic ARV’s on the African Continent developed by Aspen, which has gone on to save hundreds of thousands of lives in South Africa and on the African Continent.

Nicolaou has over 27 years’ experience in the South African and International Pharmaceutical Industry and is a previous winner of the SA Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Health Care Marketer of the year Award, the most prestigious of its kind at the time. He was recently inducted as one of the youngest Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA), one of the highest honours bestowed by the PSSA.

He has previously and continues to serve on a number of Industry & associated structures, some of which include:

  • Is presently chairman of the Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF) – A joint collaboration between the Private Health Sector and the Ministry of Health.
  • Appointed by the Minister of Public Enterprise as Chairman of the Board of SA Express Airways (2005-2009)
  • Appointed by the Minister of Public Enterprises as a Non-Executive Director of Transnet Ltd, SA’s second largest State owned Enterprise (2004-2010)
  • Appointed by the Gauteng MEC for Economic Development as a Director of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA),
  • Appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry to serve on the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Advisory Board, as an Alternate Director.
  • Appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry to the BRICS Business Council (2013 to present)
  • Appointed by the President of the Republic of South Africa, President JG Zuma to the Board of Brand SA in 2012 and was re-appointed for a further term in April 2016
  • Appointed by NEDLAC to the Proudly SA Board
  • Appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)
  • Serves as a Director on the North-West University Business School Advisory Board
  • Served on the WORLD BANK/IFC technical Advisory Board on the strengthening of African Health Systems.
  • Served as Member of the IBSA (India Brazil South Africa) CEO’s Forum,
  • Is presently Chairman of the South African local Pharmaceutical Producers (PHARMISA)
  • Awarded the Order of the Lion of St Mark by the Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch, Theodoros II.
  • Awarded Aspen Global Group Executive of the Year and Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Executive of the Year
  • Previously served as Vice-President of the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF).

He has been a speaker at a number of conferences, including the Economist Roundtable, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and recently delivered a lecture on ARV developments at the Raigon Institute, a JV between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.



Mohale Ralebitso

Chief Executive Officer | Itataise Investments and Consulting

Mohale is an entrepreneur, seasoned strategic marketer and transformational business leader with a career that spans over 18 years in marketing and advertising and financial services. He is formerly CEO of the Black Business Council and has also held senior positions in advertising including Chairman of FCB South Africa, Chairman of The Jupiter Drawing Room (JHB) and Director at TBWA\ South Africa. His financial services experience includes Marketing Communications and Corporate Affairs Director at Old Mutual Emerging Markets; Managing Executive of Absa Private Bank; Group Executive: Marketing at Absa; and Group Executive: Marketing at Liberty Group.





Siphokazi Koyana

Director | Siyazithanda Projects

Koyana is a Director of Siyazithanda Projects, an educational research consultancy she established more than a decade ago. In 2016 she was one of seven expert researchers that helped to set South Africa’s first National Minimum Wage. She is currently part of a team conducting a nationwide study on Red Tape Reduction for SMMEs. An internationally published scholar, she has also worked at Rhodes, Pretoria, and Wits universities. She has previously served as a non-executive director on the Boards of Shanduka Group and of the Transnet Foundation. She currently serves on the Boards of Phembani Group, Sasol Inzalo Public Limited, and Wings Travel Management.





Siyabonga Gama

Group Chief Executive | Transnet SOC Ltd

Mr Siyabonga Gama is the Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Ltd, South Africa’s state-owned freight transport and logistics company. He is responsible for driving the company’s record-breaking infrastructure investment programme of close to R400 billion – the Market Demand Strategy.

In addition, he is responsible for galvanising and mobilising his 65 000 colleagues across the company’s ports, rail and pipelines operations towards creating a world-class logistics group.

He excels in aligning and integrating operational and strategic aspects of the company. His focus is on growing the business and entering new markets, including making inroad to the rest of the African continent and the Middle East.

Before assuming the role of Group Chief Executive, he led Transnet Freight Rail, Transnet’s biggest division in terms of people, profit, investments and assets. He radically transformed Freight Rail from yearly losses averaging R21 million in 2005 to a R16.2 billion giant in profit in March 2015.

On the people side, he transformed Transnet Freight Rail into a safety-centric operator from a dismal 20 fatalities a year in 2003 to just four when he left in 2015. He worked tirelessly with various stakeholders to reduce safety incidents by an average of 15% per annum during this period.

Mr Gama also served as the first CE of the National Ports Authority, after its unbundling from Portnet, amongst other roles at Transnet. He is a seasoned, highly-regarded executive and globally-recognised as South Africa’s leading expert in railways and ports operations.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and various qualifications in business leadership, management and operations. He completed a Global MBA under the auspices of the London School of Economics, Stern Business School in New York and HEC Paris.

In recognition of his leadership, Mr Gama has received several industry awards. These include honorary lifetime President of the Union of African Railways; and honorary member of the International Association of Ports and Harbours. He was the young business leader of the year in 2004 and received the award of National business leader in 2008.

He has served as President of both the Union of African Railways and the Pan African Association for African Ports, the highest continental honours in railways and ports in addition to leading regional associations such as Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) where he was Chairperson for two terms.

An inspiring and passionate leader, Mr Gama believes that with the correct strategic clarity and a focus on execution, Transnet can transform into a world class, digitally enabled logistics group, admired by its customers and an employer of choice retaining some of the best talent.


Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara

Former CEO of ANA and former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara is the Former Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) of the Republic of Zimbabwe. He is the author of a new trilogy: In Search of the Elusive Zimbabwean Dream: An Autobiography of Thought Leadership. Mutambara was one of the three Principals who created and led the Government of National Unity (GNU). The other two were former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe. As the Deputy Prime Minister, his key functions included assisting the Prime Minister in policy formulation by the Cabinet and supervision of policy implementation by the Council of Ministers. He also specifically supervised the Ministries which fall under the Infrastructure Cluster, such as Energy and Power Development, Transport and Infrastructure, Information Communication Technologies, Water Resources and Development, and Public Works. Professor Mutambara was also involved in coordinating regional policy formulation, within these sectors, across SADC and COMESA. Furthermore, DPM Mutambara was in charge of driving three key national efforts of the GNU: development of a Shared National Vision, Rebranding Zimbabwe, and formulating a National Infrastructure Master Plan.

Professor Mutambara is currently an independent technology and strategy consultant, based in Sandton, South Africa. As a Robotics and Mechatronics Professor, his major focus is on the opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa. In this regard his concentration is in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Intelligent Algorithms (IA), Augmented Reality (AR), Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything (IoE); and their impact in Mining, Manufacturing, E-Commerce, Media, and Medicine. Of primary concern in his research, consulting and advisory services is the future of work and commerce, including the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on labour.

He was recently, the President of the African News Agency (ANA), Africa’s first syndicated, technology-driven multimedia news platform. His primary mandate included media technology innovation, digital platform development, and harnessing social media tools. In particular, he was driving the use of Artificial Intelligence and deployment of Intelligent Algorithms in media, resulting in the development of new business models. An additional mandate involved the development of strategic media relationships and partnerships across the African continent. Prior to ANA, Professor Mutambara headed a team of consultants who provided high technology and strategic advisory services throughout Africa.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers (ZIE), a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS), and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). He was Director of Electronic Payments at Standard Bank in South Africa. In the United States, he was a Research Scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Professor at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University – Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering, and a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company. He has written two electrical engineering books that are widely used in engineering graduate schools in the US, Europe, China, Japan and Africa: Decentralized Estimation and Control for Multisensor Systems, and Design and Analysis of Control Systems. Prof Mutambara holds a PhD in Robotics and Mechatronics and an MSc in Computer Engineering, both from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2007, Mutambara was accorded the World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader status, and subsequently attended WEF events, from 2007 to 2013, in Davos (Switzerland), China, India and Africa.



Sy Mamabolo

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) | Electoral Commission of South Africa

Sy Mamabolo is the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Electoral Commission of South Africa.

He was appointed to the position in October 2017 following a six month period during which he was Acting Chief Electoral Officer.

Sy possesses extensive experience in electoral administration spanning almost 20 years, and is a veteran of eight elections since the advent of democracy in South Africa.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Electoral Officer, Sy served as Deputy Chief Electoral Officer responsible for Electoral Operations for five years during which he oversaw operations for the 2014 National and Provincial Elections and the 2016 Municipal Elections. Before that he was Provincial Electoral Officer for Gauteng, the province which is the economic hub of South Africa.

Sy has extensive experience in research and public administration. He is a student of politics and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and a Master’s Degree in Management both from the University of the Witwatersrand. These degrees were conferred in 1995 and 2002 respectively.

His interest in public life was influenced by his early involvement in student politics and struggles of the young people in the 1980s. He has served in leadership positions in both the youth and student movement, culminating with his election onto the Student Representative Council of the University of the Witwatersrand in 1993.

During his career in electoral administration, Sy has travelled extensively internationally and on the African continent where he has represented South Africa on a variety of multilateral election bodies and participated in a number of election monitoring and observer missions.

He has also served on a number of technical advisory missions to regional election bodies including being resident project manager of the South Africa’s technical assistance programme for the preparations of the 2006 Presidential and Legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has also travelled to Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Mexico, Panama and Zimbabwe on election-related business.



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.



Bonang Mohale

CEO | Business Leadership SA

Bonang is currently the CEO of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and until June 2017 he was the Vice President Upstream & Chairman of Shell Downstream South Africa (Pty) Limited, where he was Chairman of the boards of Shell South Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd; Shell Downstream South Africa (Pty) Ltd; Shell South Africa Refinery (Pty) Ltd and South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF). He had country responsibilities for the Oil, Chemical, Aviation, Marine and Lubricants global businesses and was operationally accountable for the Retail; Fuels & Bitumen; Supply & Distribution classes of businesses as well as Finance; Legal; HR; Safety (HSSE) and Transformation classes of functions.

Until 31 December 2008, he spent 6 years as the CEO of Drake & Scull FM SA (PTY) Ltd, an integrated Facilities Management company owned by the Tsebo Outsourcing Group, where Bonang was also a member of the Executive Committee.

Until May 2003, he was Chief Executive: Shared Services and Associated Companies of Sanlam; a member of the Exco; alternate director of the Sanlam Limited main board; chairman of the board of TASC; a director of Innofin; Gensec Property Services and Fundamo.

Until August 2001, he was the Executive Vice President at South African Airways (SAA) responsible for Strategic Alliances, Network Management and Global Sales.

From 1996, he was the Managing Director of OTIS (PTY) LTD – the world’s biggest and oldest elevator company where he spent five years – and in 1997, winners of the Black Management Forum’s (BMF) “Progressive Company of the Year” award


Awarded “The Momentum Friendship Blazer” as recognition for being the ‘first RSA Nation Building Champion’ in 2015. Winner of both the ‘Country’ (RSA) & ‘SADC Regional’ “TITANS – BUILDING THE NATION” 2014 CEO Magazine Awards. The University of Pretoria, where he serves on their Advisory Council, conferred Bonang with an Honorary Professorship in Marketing Management. 2012 IPM CEO of the Year. SA Facilities Management Association 2007 ‘PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR’ and the 1997 Black Management Forum’s (BMF) MANAGER OF THE YEAR. Received the PRESIDENTIAL AWARD for his “Servanthood in South African Industry & the Economic Empowerment of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals” 2001.

Bonang has been a guest on numerous International TV, radio and magazine programmes. He travels regularly to the rest of Africa, Europe and the Americas.



Jabulane (Jabu) Albert Mabuza

Chairman | Telkom SA SOC Limited

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.

Jabu has held a number of directorships within the Southern Sun and Tsogo Sun Groups. He has served on the Board of South African Tourism for nine years and as its Chairman, for six years, ending May 2012.

He also served on the Board of University of South Africa School of Business Leadership (SBL) and was Country Advisor to the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS). He has served as a member and patron of the South Africa Day initiative (Citizens in Partnership with Government “CPG).

Jabu has presented several papers in Southern Africa, the United Kingdom, United States of America and Europe on Black Economic Empowerment Investment in South Africa, Small and Medium Enterprise Development and the Role of Business in Transition.
Outside of our South African boarders, he served on the boards of Tanzania Breweries Ltd (TBL), and Castle Brewing Company in Kenya. He has recently retired as Board member from the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in Washington DC and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in England – UK as an Executive Committee Member. Appointed to the Concordia Leadership Council – USA. He is also the Chairman of the Regional Business Council for World Economic Forum (WEF).



Khanyisile Thandiwe Kweyama

Chairperson, Brand South Africa, SABC Interim Chair & BRICS member

Ms Khanyisile Thandiwe Kweyama served as the Chief Executive Officer for Business Unity SA (BUSA) from 2015 – 2017. Responsible for the interests of businesses in SA, align BUSA programmes with the objectives of the NDP. She co-chaired working groups on inclusive growth at presidential business working groups and represented business in SA at various forums and platforms – both local and international.


Ms Kweyama has served on numerous boards, her current board memberships include acting as Chairperson for Brand SA, member of the BRICS Business Council, currently a member of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board and the SABC Interim Board Chair, Chairman of Social & Ethics Committee for Telkom Ltd. Appointed to Employment Equity Commission from 2008 to 2012. She is a National Planning Commissioner for the National Planning Commission (NPC) since 2015. Ms. Kweyama was also appointed to the Gauteng Eminent Persons Group in March 2016. Ms Kweyama has been awarded many accolades during her career including the likes of being recognised as one of the world’s top 100 most inspiring women in mining in (2014, 15)



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