Executive Partner | IQ Business

I am passionate about people and delivery through Lean|Agile approaches, with a focus on creating awesome collaborative working environments.

As the head of the agility@IQ offering at IQ Business since 2012, I have 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, we have trained close to 5000 people on Agile and been involved in some of the largest Agile transformations in financial services industry.

My background has been project and programme management in IT and my love for delivery has driven me in uncovering new and better ways to deliver products and services.

I believe in living by the boy scout principle of "Leave the camp site in a better way than what you found it" in all engagements that I am privileged to be involved in.




Director | Aspiration Software and Consulting

Brian Fenton has more than 30 years’ experience in HR Development Processes and Systems. Until 1995 he was employed by SAB Miller where he held a number of senior positions in Human Resources and L&D. He designed the SAB (Now ABInBev) competency acquisition process that is still in use at present.

Brian was also part of the implementation team for the introduction of Performance Management in SAB. In 1995, he started his own software and consulting business specialising in Performance Management, Capability Management and Career and Succession Planning.

Brian has also consulted on many HR projects including organisational design consultation at a senior level with companies such as ABI and SAB Miller.

He has developed a unique approach to capability and competency development that is successfully used by companies such as ABInBev, Engen, Distell, DRD Gold and Pernod Ricard. He has implemented this approach in 12 African countries. His company Aspiration has also provided Performance Management and 360 Appraisal Software to several well know South African companies including Growthpoint and JSE.

He has written many articles for HR journals (People Dynamics and Black Leader) and has presented papers at a number of HR conventions. He is a previous winner of the People Dynamics HRD article of the year award.

His company Aspiration specialises in HR strategic consulting and capability development and supplies the market with a fully integrated Talent Management solution with a specific focus on Performance, Capability and Succession Planning.

Brian holds a B Arts degree with majors in Psychology and Economics and an IPM diploma in HR.




Author, Organisational Culture & Employee Engagement Expert

Colin J Browne is an established expert on Organisational Culture, Employee Engagement and People Leadership … how it works, how to define it, how to build it and how to change it.

Specifically, he’s an expert on how it’s being done in South Africa, by great organisations that are creating international standards for engagement that drives loyalty and performance.

Much of this was revealed to South African business leaders for the first time in the groundbreaking 2013 book How to build a Happy Sandpit, for which more than 60 South African CEOs, company founders and heads of people strategy were extensively interviewed in the search for world-class thinking. It has sold more than 6,000 copies in South Africa, and continues to be popular.

Colin heads up Happy Sandpit, a think tank with the following notable products:
• The weekly CULTURESHOT email newsletter
• The signature Three Day Field Trips (where we lead executives out to visit four South African organisations over three days who are culture and engagement leaders)
• Talks
• Seminars
• Workshops
• Consulting work, including both short- and long-term projects.


CEO | TransUnion

I am a seasoned technology and digital transformation expert, public speaker and thought leader. I have spent the majority of my career shaping and managing the execution of complex transformation programs and helping organisations understand the role of digital technologies in driving their relevance in an increasingly digital world.

I believe that data is the life blood of this increasingly digital world. I lead the operations of Transunion across its African portfolio of businesses, where our ethos of Information for Good delivers capabilities that enables us to help businesses and governments make more informed decisions and consumers manage their personal information and access the financial products and services that lead to a higher quality of life.

I enjoy contributing to and participating in the industry dialogue on all things digital, innovation and disruption. I frequently speak at industry group events, client conferences and help facilitate strategies that organisations drive their relevance in this increasingly digital and disrupted world.

Specialities: Insights driven marketing, Digital Strategy and Transformation execution, Innovation, Disruptive business models, technology and digital visioning.


CEO | Talkpush

Max Armbruster is the founder and CEO of Talkpush, the leading messaging recruitment platform. Max is a serial entrepreneur, and has sold his last three companies, most recently a recruitment SaaS company. Max is an expert in social media sourcing, recruitment automation, chatbots, and candidate experience. He has 17 years of international experience in the US, Europe and Asia, and has held strategic roles at SAP, CNET Networks and AT Kearney.