We know that South Africa needs to be restored economically and that business has a key role to play.
But what does that mean, practically?
This conference featured a line-up of exceptional thought leaders who discussed the best way to GROW PEOPLE, GROW BUSINESS AND GROW AFRICA.
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Pravin Gordhan is a South African Member of Parliament and former Minister of Finance, a position he held from 2009 to 2014, and again from 2015 to 2017.
He was previously the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service from 1999 to 2009. From 1991 to 1994, he chaired the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA).
As a member of parliament from 1994 to 1998, Gordhan chaired the parliamentary committee that focused on the implementation of the new Constitution and the transformation of local government in the post-apartheid. Gordhan was chairman of the World Customs Organization in from 2000 to 2006.
Gordhan attended Sastri College‚ which was formerly an all-Indian boys’ school‚ in Durban. He worked at his family’s clothing store in Prince Edward Street on Saturdays. He obtained a bachelor of pharmacy degree at the University of Durban Westville in 1973. He had become an activist and a member of the ANC and the SA Communist Party.
Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti
Lorenzo Fioramonti is Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and he is the founding director of GovInn. He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and Associate Fellow at the United Nations University. Lorenzo is the first and only Jean Monnet Chair in Africa and also holds the UNESCO-UNU Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People. In 2012, he received the UP Exceptional Young Researcher Award.
His most recent books are How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics (Zed Books 2014) and Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number (Zed Books 2013), which deal with the political interests behind economic statistics and market governance. Professor Fioramonti’s opinion pieces have been published, among others, by The New York Times, The Guardian, Business Day, Die Presse, Das Parlament, Der Freitag, and The Mail & Guardian.
Lorenzo speaks Italian, English, Spanish and German (maybe a little bit of French, but it’s been rusty for long). He’s a sought after public speaker and a failed film-maker.
Professor Jonathan Jansen
Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State (UFS), Professor Jonathan Jansen, obtained his BSc from UWC in the mid-1970s. An internationally renowned expert in education, in 2009 he was the first black Rector and Vice-Chancellor appointed in UFS’s history.
Professor Jansen is known for his strong views on transformation, peaceful reconciliation and unity, which he has pursued in earnest at UFS.
Professor Jansen achieved his undergraduate education at the University of the Western Cape (BSc), his teaching credentials at UNISA (HED, BEd) and his postgraduate education in the USA (MS, Cornell; PhD, Stanford). Professor Jansen was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University (2007-2008).
In recognition of his contribution to education, Professor Jansen has received honorary doctorates in education from the United Kingdom and the USA, including one from the University of Edinburgh. Jansen has published several books, is a columnist in leading newspapers in the country and has a large social media following.
Born and bred in a mud hut in KwaZulu Natal with no running water, electricity or formal schooling, GG grew up in the local Zulu community and earned the name GG, but that’s another long story.
Fluent in Zulu and conversant in most South African ethnic languages GG is the creative and strategy guru as well as founder of Minanawe. His unique upbringing has given him the ability to unearth unique insights and apply these to marketing solutions. Made famous (or notorious) in Rian Malan’s book Resident Alien GG has been at times a shebeen owner, political activist, community worker and African adventurer.
Adam Craker joined IQbusiness in 2009 and became CEO in 2010. Adam has over twenty five years’ experience working in the Technology Services, Consulting, Supply Chain, and Utility industries in South Africa, Europe, the USA and Asia. Adam's consulting career spanned 10 years at Andersen Consulting in the strategy practice. Adam went on to complete 10 years in executive roles as part of turnaround teams at Dimension Data as the Group Executive of Sales and Marketing and at Super Group as the Group COO. Adam graduated in 1989 from the University of Warwick in the UK with a B.Sc. (First Class) in Management and Computer Science and completed his MBA at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1996. Adam also has a Diploma in Marketing (Dip.M.) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM).
Leo Lipis is the founder of Lipis Advisors, and has nearly 20 years of experience in payment systems management, consulting and
research in most countries in Europe and the Americas. Prior to founding Lipis Advisors in 2007, he held positions in payments strategy and analysis with commercial banks, clearing houses, and central banks.
Leo works chiefly in corporate and transaction banking and is responsible for the Global Payment Systems Analysis, a landmark
study that compares the features and functions of dozens of payment systems around the world. Under his leadership, Lipis Advisors has completed engagements for over 100 clients on topics ranging from payment product strategy, payment system analysis and design, operational improvements, risk management, and many other topics.
Grace is the CEO of SmartStart. She has extensive experience, at an executive level, working in the social justice and development field in South Africa with a focus on young people. Prior to joining SmartStart, she was CEO of loveLife. She sits on several boards of commercial and non-profit organisations and is a fellow of the Leadership and Innovation Network for Collaboration in the children’s sector in South Africa. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the strategic implementation of smart education and health programmes across sub-Saharan Africa.
Sandile Shabalala is the CEO of CBSA/TYME, a subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He joined CBSA/TYME in October 2016 as the Deputy CEO with the responsibility to implement the bank’s strategy that maximises customer segment and product profitability.
He has served as Chairman and a member of various committees in Business Banking (BB), Retail and Business Banking Cluster (RBB) and Nedbank Group (NED). Sandile also served as a member of the Nedbank Group Executive Committee (Exco). He holds a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Durban Westville, has a higher diploma in Management Practice from Technikon Natal, an associate diploma in banking from the Institute of Bankers and a Master in Business Leadership from University of South Africa. He also completed the Strategic Management of the Bank programme at INSEAD University (France) and the Executive Management Programme at Harvard University.
Maryana is CEO at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a not-for-profit company that partners with South African employers to source, place and successfully retain young, first-time work seekers.
From 2006 to 2012, she served as CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York, a US$1billion national operation, and currently sits on the board of directors. I have held positions as an associate at global business consultancy McKinsey and Co., a strategy consultant for W.L. Gore and Associates, and a law clerk at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, and Vinson and Elkins in Houston. She also served as adviser to the President of Rice University and as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Maryana earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Rice University, a M.Sc. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Craig is a partner of FutureWorld – an organisation helping corporates understand the emergent future and how technology will affect their businesses. He focuses on leveraging corporate culture as a means to accelerate change and optimise results while creating a more efficient, happy and innovative workplace by changing the corporate DNA to align with business strategy.
After starting his first company at 22, he realised the need for innovative thinkers to bridge the divide between engineering and business. His experience includes advising the Department of Science and Technology, Allan Grey and Deloitte. The cumulation of his “corporate” career was as Head of Small Business Marketing for Google South Africa, where he was selected as the "Googliest Googler" by his peers across Africa.
Craig started 3 companies: a software venture to help partially sighted children, commercialization consulting company and a cleantech startup in San Francisco. For the latter raised over $200k, hired 4 people, launched at 6 U.S Universities and Tshinghua and Beijing Universities, profiled at the Clinton Global Initiative and a TEDx speaker - in 6 months.
Biase De Gregorio
Biase is passionate about people and delivery through Lean|Agile
approaches, with a focus on creating awesome collaborative working environments.
Biase is an Executive Partner and head of the Agility offering at IQbusiness since 2012. Biase has built an amazing team of Agile consultants (largest in South Africa) that share a common purpose of continuous learning and improvement. Together with the team, he has trained close to 5000 people on Agile and been involved in some of the largest Agile transformations in financial services industry.
His background is project and programme management in IT and his love for delivery has driven Biase in uncovering new and better ways to deliver products and services. Biase has been working at IQbusiness since 2000, initially as a developer, then project manager and involved in the management of operations of Software and Technology (known as Technology Enablement). He has worked on several large programmes implementing IT solutions across the value chain and his passion for people, knowledge sharing and delivery has lead him to this role of Lean/Agile domain expert that ties all of this together.
Bruce is a multi-platform, award-winning financial journalist whose creative and engaging presentation makes money matters accessible to a broad audience. He has been named Sanlam Financial journalist of the Year multiple times as well as won numerous sub-categories, has been crowned Citadel Words on Money Overall Winner for personal finance writing, was named Citi South Africa Financial Journalist of the Year in 2009 and completed a course at New York's famed Columbia Journalism School as part of that programme.
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