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Who’s Speaking?

Marc Privett

General Manager

Marc Privett, General Manager at


Marc is the General Manager at, focusing on building innovative solutions and services to improve recruitment for South African organisations. He has over 15 years local and international general management, product management and digital marketing experience. Marc has been instrumental in transforming Careers24 and to a full stack recruitment services organisation that delivers a range of world-class solutions for the South African market.


Alison Boruchowitz

HR Executive

Omni HR Consulting



Alison has an extensive background in the field of HR with a passion for strategy and culture development within organisations. With a tenure of 17 years as Group HR in a retail environment, Alison completed her MBA specializing in Management Consulting before taking the leap into the private sector consulting with small businesses and non-profits as a HR Consultant.


Alison joined Omni HR Consulting in 2016.  OMNI, which is a private college specializing in training and skills development has provided Alison the opportunity to practice her passion: working with people, or as she refers to it – the “human” in resources.


Klara Michal

Chief Learning Officer




Klara has been helping organizations and individuals learn for over 15 years. As a certified executive coach and an internationally recognized expert in adult learning and leadership development, she’s led learning initiatives in corporates, non-profits and higher-education institutions around the world. As Chief Learning Office, Klara is responsible for AMI’s learning philosophy and methodology, the development of integrated learning programmes, tracking and monitoring of impact, and the development of AMI’s facilitator network across Africa.

Before joining AMI, Klara founded Khwela Learning, a training company based in South Africa that focuses on developing front-line managers, and was Chief Learning Officer at African Leadership University, where she was responsible for leading the university’s new approach to learning and curriculum development. Previous to that, she was the global Dean of Organizational Learning at McKinsey & Company, responsible for curriculum development for key leadership development programmes, training of McKinsey’s facilitators, development of capability building and transformation programmes at global clients, and continuous improvement of McKinsey’s global training offering.

Alison joined Omni HR Consulting in 2016.  OMNI, which is a private college specializing in training and skills development has provided Alison the opportunity to practice her passion: working with people, or as she refers to it – the “human” in resources.


Deon Kotze

Head of Health Research and Development

Discovery Health



Deon joined Discovery in 2010 and currently heads up Discovery Health’s Research and Development team. His previous roles included short-term insurance consulting, and reinsurance roles in South Africa and Europe. Deon has a passion for innovation, and the positive influence it can bring to society.


Gary Willmott

Founder and CEO




Gary Willmott is the Founder and CEO of Hi5, a People Data app that started as a side-project and is now being used by over 4000 organisations in countries around the world.

Having been fascinated with software development at an early age, he left school at the age of fifteen to pursue opportunities to earn money from building online games and software. This early exposure to the possibilities of e-commerce motivated Gary to co-found Urbian, an award-winning digital innovation product studio that grew to a multi-million revenue company. To continue focusing on the success of Hi5, Gary exited Urbian just after having been nominated with his partner by Fast Companies as the “Most Creative People in Business” in 2017.


Guy Chennells

Head of Health Research and Development

Discovery Employee Benefits



Guy is the founding Head of Research and Development at Discovery Employee Benefits. Prior to this he was Strategy and Business Development Executive at Old Mutual Corporate for four years. Before that he held various positions in Old Mutual in South Africa and Kotak Insurance in India spanning employee benefits, product development and capital management. He is a fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, and holds a BBusSci (honours) degree from the University of Cape Town.


Nonkululeko Pitje

GM: Head

Discovery Healthy Company



Nonku is a seasoned leader, with over 20 years’ experience in solving business problems across varied functional business areas. She is driven by the need to meaningfully make a difference in her organisation, for her colleagues, our clients, as well as being a force for social good by contributing to the economic inclusion of those currently systematically excluded in our country. 

Nonku joined Discovery in 2004, from the management consulting industry. At Discovery, she has played several key roles in different parts of the business; and built her expertise through the various roles she has played. Nonku is a member of the Discovery Health Executive Committee.

General Manager: Head of Healthy Company – Discovery Health Executive Committee member and Discovery Health Board member – leading three new Discovery Health businesses, which are focused on building and selling value adding employer products that provide health and wellness solutions to their employees.


Jared Molko





Jared Molko is the founder of Tellos, a recruitment technology company. Previously he had an illustrious 7-year career working at Google across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. During his tenure, he completed a Masters Degree in Analytical Psychology and he’s now back in South Africa and focusing his attention on the intersection between psychology and technology, with the aim of improving mass job placement and skill development for entry-level job seekers.

Jared is a well-acclaimed speaker who has spoken on behalf of Google across the globe. He’s been widely published as an expert in artificial intelligence where he recently spoke about how we remain relevant in A.I. world on the TEDx Cape Town stage. He’s now on a crusade to raise awareness for the challenges and opportunities we all face in adapting to an artificial intelligent, autonomous, digital world.


Suman Sasmal

Ambassador & Consultant




Suman has 30+ years of global experience in the IT Services industry. He has worked in a number of leadership roles from Sales to PnL, global delivery to Quality. As a global delivery leader, he has led large teams of 12000+ software professionals across 4 continents.  His last corporate role was at Infosys, where he served as the Global Head of Delivery for Insurance, HealthCare & Pharma vertical and head of its iconic Bangalore Development Center.

Given the multiple roles he has played over his long career, he has been able to gather several dots and he connects them to drive success amongst  start-ups as well as large corporates. He is a resident mentor for startups in NSRCEL (incubator in Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore), and also mentors women entrepreneurs under Goldman Sachs 10000 women program.  And as an Ambassador of OpenExO, business transformation advisory firm – he consults with global enterprises for a 2X-10X impact. 

He is an inspirational speaker and speaks in various industry fora and in some of the world’s leading B-schools like Columbia Univ, NYC and B-schools in Shanghai, Paris, Geneva, in addition to top ranking business schools of India (Indian Institutes of Managemnet, XLRI). 


Johanna Beresford


In Diverse Company



In Diverse Company works with global businesses that want to accelerate commercial success through ensuring they optimise diversity and inclusion strategies in the way that is right for them. One of the only companies that bases recommendations on a mix of data science with human expertise. We analyse data from the past, to make recommendations for the future, ensuring we focus on D&I in its broadest sense via our D&I ROI™ tool. Our team is made up of a mix of data scientists, psychologists and OD experts.

Johanna set up In Diverse Company from a passion to drive commercial business results from implementing D&I strategies that work for the business – not just pay lip service, as she became frustrated with the D&I policies she had witnessed in over 15 years working as a HR Executive for a number of global organisations across the world, including Oxford University Press. Johanna has travelled extensively for business and lived in Beijing, Hong Kong and London. She has a BSC Psychology (Nottingham University) and MBA from Said Business School (Oxford University).


Ayaan Chitty

Entrepreneur, Author, International Speaker & Trainer

 Digital HR Expert



Ayaan Chitty is a leading international HR systems expert. Having gained 12 years of experience with global, world-renowned blue-chip companies, he has built strong and successful global teams and led many strategically aligned HR technology projects.

Ayaan has worked in over 15 global markets with organisations such as London Stock Exchange Group, Aon Hewitt, FTSE International, Borsa Italiana, Millennium IT, Alight Solutions, Mott MacDonald and Russell Investments.

Ayaan has spoken at international conferences, such as Workday Rising Europe & East Africa HR Symposium, as well as hosting his own events. He is currently based in London and partners with many clients in the EMEA region, helping them to create the ideal digital workplace and realise strategic business benefits from their HR technology investments.

Ayaan is author of the upcoming book “Digital HR Unleashed; 6 reasons to harness powerful solutions fast to enhance your business and put you ahead of the competition.” The book is being launched in October 2018.

In addition, Ayaan has an active interest in helping Kenyan businesses to unleash the transformational power of technology to maximise talent, support strategic decision making and improve efficiency of the HR practice


Miguel Alonso González Penagos

Industrial Engineer & Founder




I am an Industrial Engineer who has always been passionate for helping people achieve results.

Since I was a kid, I was looking for ways to have ordered places where you could work or play in an easy way, I guess that is why I love tetris that much. I also liked talking to people a lot and when I had the chance to study an International Master in Europe, I fully understood the importance of having an open mind.

I have been a Growth Coach for several years, helping companies scale their impact while reducing their levels of drama and in 2013, Paulina and I founded Neuva, a company focused on helping leaders create satisfaction habitats where their collaborators can be happier and thrive.


Jaroslav Dokoupil





Jaroslav is a speaker, consultant, entrepreneur and coach working at the intersection of leadership, innovation, technology and sustainability.

He has 15 years of global experience having worked with clients in over 30 countries. During his career, he has designed and delivered more than 10,000 hours of programmes, sessions, workshops and interventions to corporate, entrepreneurial, public and NGO clients.

Jaroslav is a Chief Executive Officer at OpenExO, a global ecosystem that connects world-class professionals and partners with organizations, institutions and people to help them transform for the future. He has co-founded and manages RQ Genesis, an innovative consultancy helping leaders to create sustainable value and for over 10 years, has been part of Future Considerations, a boutique leadership development consultancy based in London. His largest project was a multi-year engagement in a suite of culture change programmes for a large global financial institution touching close to 200,000 people worldwide.

Jaroslav has lived and worked in UK, US, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and the Czech Republic and travelled to 50 countries.


Gregory MacLennan


Digicloud Africa
(Google Cloud Distributor in Africa)



A CA by experience, and an avid tech fundie. Gregory is passionate about developing strategies to optimise and transform businesses and universities in Africa to build sustainable, compliant and successful organisations. Not only does he lead Africa’s Google Cloud brokerage, he helps companies to optimise their business processes, costs and of course, evolve these business’ digital transformation. 


Craig Terblanche


Digital Futures



Craig Terblanche, Director, Digital Futures

Craig is a director at OutSystems South Africa, the Master Reseller for OutSystems. Digital Futures is born out of the realisation that transormation is more about people than technology. Further, Craig is an OpenEXO Ambassador where he contributes to the rising tide of Exponential Transaformation and he is passionate about the future of digital and how corporates and individuals will remain relevant given digital distribution. 

Craig has facilitated the development of ICT and business strategies for a number of financial institutions and ICT companies including: Sourcing Strategy for large ICT companies; Bid Strategy for large ICT companies; Merger and acquisition strategies for ICT and Financial institutions; Commercialisation Strategy for large financial clearing house and Marketing and go-to-market strategies for numerous  ICT companies 

  • Craig has run various ButlerGroup Master Classes including: 

     •   IT Governance  

    •   Measuring IT Costs and Value         

   •  Achieving IT Flexibility        

  • Craig has also participated in numerous public speaking engagements including: Govtech, ITWEB SOA, ITWEB ICT Business Drivers, CIO Challenge, IDC Summit, 2014 Tech4Africa


Craig is well known as an ICT industry analyst and is often quoted in the media on issues of importance. He also has extensive experience of ICT in Government having participated in numerous strategic programmes. Craig has a BComm from Unisa with Information Systems and Business Management as majors. He has a passion for business development, entrepreneurship and the effective use of Information Technology, particularly in Financial Services, Telecommunications and Government sectors.


Avinesh Pillay

Head of Cloud Partners & Channel

Google Sub-Saharan Africa



Avinesh Pillay Head of Cloud Partners & Channel Google Sub-Saharan Africa

Avinesh is the Head of Google’s Channel Partners and Distribution for Google in Sub-Saharan Africa. Google Cloud businesses will be channel driven and Avinesh’s responsibility will be to grow our channel ecosystem. Previously Avinesh led the Technology, Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment as well as the Automotive Industries for Sub Saharan Africa, driving the advertising strategy for Google strategic accounts.

Avinesh joined Google in 2010 as a Senior Industry Manager responsible for building Google’s key relationships with strategic clients specifically in the Financial and Insurance verticals helping them grow their business on Google’s advertising platforms.

Prior to joining Google, Avinesh worked for Sony Ericsson where he was the global product manager based in Bonn, Germany. He has held several other positions throughout a 20 year career in the telecommunication space. In 2014 Avinesh was co-opted onto the Board of Cape Town Tourism as an adviser on technology, strategy and IOT. Avinesh holds an MBA from the Wits Business School.


Kevin Allen

Chief Ecosystem Officer




Kevin Allen Chief Ecosystem Officer at OpenExO 

Kevin Allen is an energetic and creative individual. He believes that we live in an abundant world and looks for ways to impact those around him with positivity, especially through exponential technologies. I have a passion for Africa and believe that Africa is where the future lies. Kevin is the Chief Ecosystem Officer at OpenExO  and his personal MTP is Unlocking Positive Human Potential


Candice Watson

Director of Human Resources

British American Tobacco Southern Africa



Candice Watson Director of Human Resources at British American Tobacco Southern Africa

Candice Watson is the Director of Human Resources at British American Tobacco Southern Africa. In her two years with the company she has successfully had it certified as a Top Employer in South Africa and the continent. She has also lead the Southern Africa Area execution of Talent and Organisational Effectiveness strategy, contributing the success of the business’ performance and robust leadership succession pipeline. She has a wealth of experience in various Human Resources roles at top South African and global corporates including Barloworld, Lenovo and Pernod Ricard. Candice holds an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She is currently enrolled for her doctorate in Business Administration through the University of Cape Town pursing her research interests in Women in Management.


Celeste Sirin

Managing Director and Employer Branding and Recruitment Marketing Strategist

Employer Branding SA



Celeste Sirin , Managing Director and Employer Branding and Recruitment Marketing Strategist at Employer Branding SA

Celeste Sirin is the founder and employer branding subject matter and solutions specialist of Employer Branding SA. As the leading authority in positioning and elevating employer brands, Celeste’s depth of industry knowledge extends to providing tools and solutions for companies to overcome their talent attraction and retention challenges, with a view to meeting objectives and achieving ROI.

Having graduated through the International Employer Branding College, Celeste has been accredited to global best practice standards. She has jointly facilitated an International Employer Brand Leadership Masterclass alongside the chairman/CEO of Employer Brand International, together with running numerous employer branding masterclasses to educate the SA market on adopting employer branding as a business imperative. Celeste has partnered with various HR and knowledge sharing networking groups and companies i.e. HR Works, Knowledge Resources, Tiso Blackstar Group (national) and Kenyan Institute of Management (KIM) (Kenya) to further educate and promote employer branding as a business principle into organizations. She has coached, trained and consulted with leading brand leaders within blue-chip companies across industry e.g. TFG, Capitec, Metropolitan, Ackermans, Johnson & Johnson, The Oceana Group, Cape Town Tourism, BAT, Capespan and KWV. Celeste enjoys writing blogs and articles on employer branding, many of which have been published on renowned HR and Talent Management online platforms.

She has over 12 years’ recruitment marketing and employer branding experience, having owned her own award winning agency, together with 12 years recruitment experience, Her passion lies in promoting the relevance and fundamental principles of Employer Branding and elevating the importance of the Talent Brand within companies and our HR professional community.


Celiwe Ross

Human Capital Director

Old Mutual



Celiwe Ross, Human Capital Director at Old Mutual

I am a mining engineer, turned investment banker, turned consultant, turned HR professional. I joined Old Mutual in 2017, prior to my appointment as the Human Capital Director, I was Chief of Staff in the office of the CEO. I have a BSc Mining Engineering degree from the University of the Witwatersrand as well as an MBA from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Some of my achievements include graduating as the first black female mining engineer in South Africa and in 2016, being recognised as Gauteng’s Businesswoman of the Year in the Corporate Sector by the Businesswomen’s Association.


Colin J Browne

Speaker, Author & Thought Leader

Happy Sandpit



Colin J Browne: Speaker, Author & Thought Leader

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.

Colin heads up Happy Sandpit, a Johannesburg-based think tank focusing on employee engagement experience, culture and leadership. He is the author of How to build a Happy Sandpit and the originator of the Three Day Field Trip. As a leading proponent of organisational culture and how it drives engagement, loyalty and performance, he has lectured on these subjects at Wits Business School, GIBS, Regenesys Business School and is often called upon to deliver talks on these and related topics at conferences, for organisations and elsewhere.


Debbie Craig

Managing Director

Catalyst Consulting



Debbie Craig: Managing Director Catalyst Consulting

Debbie has over 20 years’ experience in the field of strategy, leadership development, change management, talent management, high performance teams and organisational development. She has worked and consulted at leading local and global organisations in the private and public sector throughout Southern Africa and internationally in the UK, Australia, South East Asia, South America, Mexico, China, Canada, Europe and the USA. Debbie is a skilled strategist, design architect, team builder, a powerful facilitator, change agent and executive coach. Her passion is transformation and empowerment which she facilitates through individual coaching and empowerment workshops,
teamdevelopment workshops, corporate training and consulting assignments and organisation wide strategic change interventions. Debbie is the founder and Managing Director of Catalyst Consulting which she has grown into a successful consulting company. She is also the founder of World Alive, a personal empowerment and transformation company. She is a registered Master HR Professional through the SA
Board for People Practices (SABPP).

Debbie has published 3 books “I am Talent”, “I am Alive” and “Accelerated Learning”, written numerous articles, appeared on radio talk shows, presented at conferences and does public talks. Debbie is a warm and down to earth facilitator, leader and life coach. She has many real examples in her own life and in many of her delegates on creating a fulfilling life of abundance. She is an engaging presenter with
practical advice and information that is easy to apply.


Deon Barnard

Public Speaker

Change Manager



Deon Barnard: Public Speaker Change Manager

Deon has worn many hats throughout his career including actor, trainer, public speaker, entrepreneur, change manager, singer, MC, DJ and podcaster.

Since 2004 Deon has worked in large corporates, managing change programmes and training employees to live an excellent and fulfilled life. His clients have included Standard Bank, Barrick Gold, Oceanic Bank, FNB, Telkom, ADT, Discovery, Absa and NEXTEC.

In 2003 Deon joined Change Logic where his focus has been helping companies create dynamic workspaces, and getting people ready for the future of work.

Deon has a energetic and inspirational speaking style which makes even the most dull or complex of subjects interesting and easy to understand.

Deon is married with three adult children, and in his spare time he runs a philosophy club, a music club, a table top wargaming club, and a podcast, while completing a bachelor of applied social sciences through SACAP, and enjoying whiskey, cats, chess, and reading.


Deon De Swardt

Principal Consultant in the Talent & Career business




Deon De Swardt: Principal Consultant in the Talent & Career business, Mercer

Deon is a Principal Consultant in the Talent & Career business in Mercer. With over 15 years of HR experience, he joined Mercer in 2015 where he heads up the Business Development function for Mercer Africa. His current role also extends into the setting up of and management of strategic partnerships with strategically placed firms across key markets in Africa. These relationships extend into local consulting firms and professional, associations.

Deon joined Mercer in June 2015 where he has been accountable for Business Development, Partnerships and Marketing, as well as the Employee Engagement solution. Prior to joining Mercer, Deon spent 21 years working in the financial services industry. Most recently, he was the HR Head for HR delivery for a large insurance company in Johannesburg. In this role all HR delivery functions (HR Management, Operations and Learning) reported into him. He was also accountable for the integration of various HR functions at the time. Earlier, he spent five years as the HR Executive in Africa for a leading financial services organisation in Cape Town. In this role he was accountable for the full HR function across seven African markets. His accountability entailed setting up the three-year HR strategy and then driving tactical and operational execution of the strategy. His insight into the African market developed during this period of time. He has travelled to various African markers on a regular basis and has spent significant time on the ground learning more about the opportunities and challenges.

Deon holds a master’s degree (cum laude) in HR Management from the University of Pretoria. He is also an Industrial Psychologist.

Talent strategy, trends and best practice in Africa


Gerhard Hartman

Regional Director Medium: Africa & Middle East




Gerhard Hartman: Regional Director Medium: Africa & Middle East, Sage

Gerhard Hartman directs and oversees the expansion of Sage’s accounting, human resources, and payroll business across Africa and the Middle East. New customer acquisition, up-selling and cross-selling to existing customers is a key focus area, creating customers for life and building the business partner channel across the region. Gerhard is passionate about assisting small to medium-sized businesses achieve their dreams and brings extensive accounting, payroll and HR experience to his role. He joined Sage in 2001, holding a range of senior positions in diverse African markets. Sage entered the African payroll and HR solutions market under Gerhard’s leadership in 2012. In October 2018, Sage appointed Gerhard as the regional head of the medium division for Africa and the Middle East.


Gina Botha

Industrial Psychology internship




Gina Botha: Industrial Psychology internship, Absa

I am currently completing my Industrial Psychology internship at Absa. I am excited to use my qualification to help better understand how the fourth industrial revolution will affect the workplace and to help ensure that people are protected and supported during the change.


Jannie Malan

Workday Solution and Management Consultant




Jannie Malan: Workday Solution and Management Consultant, Workday

People technology is my passion and in Workday – one of the Forbes Top 5 most innovative companies in the World – I’m fortunate enough to help clients achieve organisational transformation through Cloud technology. As a Solution and Management Consultant I have been fortunate to work with many local and global clients on compelling cloud migration and digitisation projects over the past 12 years and I am
passionate about disruptive, innovative technology that can truly improve business performance by putting people at the centre of enterprise software. As a father to two girls I get to have an excuse for embracing the geek-side of the Force with a shared love of modern board games, comics and all things fantastical.


Joanna Preston

Head of Graduate Recruitment and

Young Talent Practice



Joanna Preston: Head of Graduate Recruitment and Development, Young Talent Practice

Joanna completed an Honours degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of Johannesburg, and is a qualified Psychometrist registered with the HPCSA. She began her career as a management consultant in 2003 with Accenture South Africa, and after two years moved into the role of Graduate Recruiter. This is when the passion for the profession began and when an opportunity to develop FNB’s Graduate Programme arose, she joined the bank in 2006 to take on the challenge. Joanna now heads up the Young Talent Practice which still includes the Graduate Recruitment and Development team as well as work in assessments, employment branding and graduate talent

Joanna is passionate about people, and through her involvement in Young Talent would like to positively influence career choices and self-knowledge among students. In her spare time, she loves ice-skating and cycling with her daughter and enjoys exciting adventures with her friends riding across South Africa on Harley Davidsons.


Julian Joshua

Human Capital Executive – Capability Cluster

Old Mutual



Julian Joshua: Human Capital Executive – Capability Cluster, Old Mutual

Julian grew up in Durban and obtained a B Com degree in Economics and Industrial Psychology at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in 1998. He is a graduate of various International Business School Executive Programmes like GIBS and Duke. He started his working career as a Financial Accountant and has global Human Capital experience, so brings a valuable mix of business and HC skills and expertise. Julian has
extensive experience in financial services having worked for the likes of Standard Bank Group, Nedbank and The Family Office in the Middle East. He is currently Human Capital Executive for Old Mutual Limited focusing on the Technology, Digital and data and Customer Experience businesses.


Karina Reid

Executive Coach

BRG Group



Karina Reid: Executive Coach, BRG Group

Karina has 25 years’ experience in the fields of organisational psychology, cultural transformation/change management (with specific reference to behavioural change), HR related projects, coaching, corporate wellness, leadership development and training and development (including content development). She is currently completing a PhD study in Consulting Psychology and her thesis covers the field of Behavioural Change.  

Karina has been a guest lecturer at the University of Pretoria (Departments of Engineering and Dieticians). She has been an invited speaker at several conferences/seminars including HR conferences, Discovery Vitality – Behavioural Change conference, Knowledge Resources Wellness and SIOPSA (SIOPSA is the professional body for Industrial Psychologists in South Africa) JHB Branch in 2014. She also presented her PhD study in an academic feedback paper at the Industrial Psychology Conference (SIOPSA) in 2011. She has been a speaker at several Women's Day events.  Karina has been a speaker at international conferences including Mauritius and the University of St Paul, Minneapolis, USA. She has also been on several radio interviews (e.g. KayaFM, Digital Edge, ChaiFM) and NBC Africa TV as a health coach.   Karina was an expert on the Longevity Magazine’s wellness panel. A yearly weight-loss challenge is featured in the magazine and Karina’s role is as Health Coach for the group of participants. She has been a guest speaker at Longevity Magazine events, Woman’s Day and on radio and TV on behalf of Longevity Magazine. Karina’s engaging and challenging Keynote address covers her topic – Your Lifestyle MBA (Mind, Body and Attitude) which covers the field of Personal Health, Wellness and Wellbeing from a behavioural change point of view. Karina also presents workshops and talks on Emotional Intelligence in corporate environments.

The Lifestyle MBA (Mind, Body and Attitude) programme has been rolled out in many companies including Momentum, Vodacom, Avovision, SAAB and University of Johannesburg to name a few. More than 1 000 people have used the MyHealth-Code online behavioural change tool and support system.  Karina also presents an Emotional Intelligence workshop – using psychometric tests (EQ-I and MBTI). She has also developed a Diversity Management programme based on psychological principles and group dynamics. This programme has been rolled out at Auto and General (Telesure), SAB, RMB, Alexander Forbes and others.


Kathy Kraus

Deputy Managing Director

Catalyst Consulting



Kathy Kraus: Deputy Managing Director, Catalyst Consulting

Kathy has over 15 years’ experience in Human Capital and across integrated talent management designing and implementing business and people strategies, frameworks, processes, systems and tools across SA and Africa, with HR and business leadership teams and executive committees. Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (HR and Strategy) Certified Change Management Practitioner Project Management. Kathy is currently Deputy Managing Director and a Principle Consultant working across strategic human capital, talent management, leadership and learning and change management.

Kathy has significant consulting, facilitation and engagement experience with diverse stakeholders with deep skills in Talent Management, Leadership and Talent Development, Project and Change Management and People Strategy Development. Kathy worked for Standard Bank as a Talent Lead across the global business (Business, Function and Geography).


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Business Results Group


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