Aisha Nawaz, Talent Acquisition Specialist
Aisha, a strong advocate of Schneider Electric’s 8-attribute Employee Value Proposition, aims to proactively answer the crucial “why” … why us, why you, why now?
Aisha brings 10 years of executive search experience to bear, which she gained across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During this time Aisha has gained a wealth of experience in the areas of talent acquisition; both in-house and through leading search firms in the region. She has aggressively recruited for both C-suite positions and technically challenging roles across various industries and successfully consulted with clients on various recruitment projects and initiatives. Her clients included the likes of Etihad Airways, Honeywell, Standard Chartered, Masterfoods and other globally renowned organisations.
Aisha is also deploying employer branding activities across the Middle East and Africa, with the purpose of branding Schneider as a truly purpose-driven and agile work environment where there is a focus on work/life balance and career growth opportunities.
Born and raised in Dubai, Aisha has extensive knowledge and understanding of that region’s cultures, traditions and values.
Aisha has a major in Human Resource Management from Heriot Watt University from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Amit Ramdath, Founder & CEO ImpressMe
For the last 15 years Amit Ramdath has been a prolific tech entrepreneur. He is the founder of Byte Orbit, Neda Hygiene and Frontier Lab, all three of which are presently running successfully. Since 2014 he has been growing in the recruitment space through his latest venture – ImpressMe. Amit is passionate about creating super teams which he lists as the foundation for a successful organization. With this passion and his latest venture he has been finding ways to substantially improve the talent sourcing part of the recruitment process.
Nicola Kleyn, Dean | Gordon Institute of Business Science
Nicola has held the position of Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) since April 2015. In addition to her executive management responsibilities at GIBS, she is an active researcher and teacher.
She has published on the topics of business ethics, branding and reputation management in a number of South African academic journals including the Journal of Business Ethics, California Management Review and the European Journal of Marketing.
She is a member of the Marketing Association (South Africa) and the Senate of the University of Pretoria, a director of GIBS and a council member of St Peter’s Prep School and St Albans College. She is the President of SABSA (South African Business School Association) and a member of the Central European Management Association’s (CEEMAN) board.
Prior to joining GIBS in 2000, Nicola headed up the Learning and Development function at Investec Bank. During the 1990’s she also spent time as a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Economic and Business Studies. Nicola holds a B Com (Hons), MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a DBA from the University of Pretoria. She is married to Russell and has four children.
Biase De Gregorio, 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.
Tumelo Seaketso, Director Deloitte | Deloitte Consulting
Tumelo (Tumi) is a seasoned Human Capital professional, with over 20 years’ experience in Human Capital. Have worked in internal and external client facing (management consulting) roles within the human capital arena.
In an internal role, Tumelo worked at both operational and strategic HR roles, including being part of Manco/ Exco, whilst supporting the leadership team.
As a management consultant she has worked with private and public sector clients, with her main focus areas around remuneration, change management, talent and performance management consulting. As a seasoned management consultant she has also consulted in the following human capital disciplines:
• HR Strategy design and implementation;
• Workforce planning and transition;
• Employee brand and value proposition development and implementation;
• Organisational design and Change management;
• Talent and performance management;
• Reward and Data analytics
“Technology is disrupting business models, businesses are required to become agile due to rapid pace of change and uncertainties. Yet employee performance is still managed from a backward (rear mirror) view, with employees measured annually on goals set twelve months ago, in a world of instant feedback !! With this backward view employers hope to miraculously have highly engaged and productive employees throughout the year. It is time to re-think traditional performance management approach in line with the business realities and that is what Deloitte and other progressive organisations have done.”
Nhlamu Dlomu, Director of Management Consulting KPMG
“Nhlamu Dlomu, a Partner in KPMG SA is the Executive Director, responsible for leading Human Resources. She is a member of the KPMG SA Policy Board and the Executive Committee. In addition to her management roles, Nhlamu also leads the People and Change Skills Group in Management Consulting.
Nhlamu has over 17 years’ experience in management consulting, organisational development and human resources gained across various industry sectors. As a former HR Executive for Organisational Development for one of the largest banks in South Africa, her experience includes leadership of teams delivery work in the following areas:- culture change, organisational design, change management, workforce analytics.”
Hellen Lebone, Regional HR Director Hilton Africa and Indian Ocean
Hellen Lebone is the Regional HR Director of Hilton Africa and Indian Ocean based in Sandton, South Africa. Hilton opened its corporate office for Africa and Indian Ocean in 2012.
Lebone has 16 years’ experience in Human Resources, in both generalist and specialist roles, like Compensation & Benefits as well as Diversity & Inclusion.
Prior to joining Hilton, Lebone had extensive experience serving in a number of leadership roles for multi-national companies like Microsoft, BP Southern Africa and Deloitte & Touche. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Stenden University in Port Alfred.
She is passionate about helping people and businesses realise their full potential. Africa is her other passion and she believes that Africa is truly the next frontier. Her work experience in the continent continues to fuel this passion.
As Regional HR Director for Africa & Indian Ocean, Lebone leads HR across Africa & Indian Ocean overseeing the HR mandate and teams at the company’s 15 hotels within the region. A key focus is to drive HR strategic priorities including building an inclusive & high-performing culture and leadership development. Lebone is also responsible for leading, coaching and developing the A&IO HR teams ensuring that the teams maximize their potential and perform efficiently and effectively.
She is a graduate of Wits University and Wits Business School where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree and a Post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management.
Lezly Ndwandwe, Talent Acquisition Lead | AdaptIT Holdings
Lezly is the Talent Acquisition Lead for the Adapt IT Group. He joined the business in June 2015. He boasts 8 years’ expert recruitment experience, gained largely in specialist roles in Engineering, Supply Chain Management & Information & Communications Technology. He currently leads a team that is responsible for delivering on the recruitment & selection requirements of internal & – up until recently – external customers. He brings with him a combination of corporate & 3 rd party vendor recruitment experience.
Trevor Page, Director & Leader in the Human Capital Consulting Practice Deloitte Consulting
As a Partner in the Human Capital Consulting practice in Africa, Trevor focuses on business transformation in large companies and on improving the effectiveness of people at work. He is the Global leader of Organisation Design for the Human Capital practice and is leading our organisation design methodology and global capability development. Trevor has directed projects related to HR strategy, process and technology; strategic organisational change, and large scale organisational redesign.
Trevor will be presenting a case study at the Careers 24, The Future of HR Summit on “Human Capital Trends for 2015” where he will highlight trends in Southern Africa that should be at the top of the agenda for human resource executives in respect of finding, retaining, leading and developing their people over the next few years.
Lee Naik, CEO Transunion Africa | Driving Information for Good | LinkedIn Top Voice | Public Speaker | Digital Transformation
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.
Introducing 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.
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)
• Consulting work, including both short- and long-term projects.
Andries Keun, Managing Director (Africa & Australia) for Thomas International
Andries Keun is currently Managing Director (Africa & Australia) for Thomas International, the largest privately owned assessment service provider in the world. He joined Thomas in London in 1999, before setting up his own business in London in 2001. He returned to South Africa in 2007 where he continued in HR Consulting, before re-joining Thomas in 2015. Andries is passionate about people and is a firm believer that employees are more important than customers to the success of any business.
Unathi Mdingi, Africa Rewards Manager |Schneider Electric
Unathi Mdingi is a Rewards Manager at Schneider Electric. Her responsibilities extend beyond South Africa and cover the whole of the African continent.
She received her BA (Industrial Psychology) from the University of Transkei, and started her career as a graduate trainee at EDS South Africa. Unathi has found professional success within the HR function, specialising in designing reward strategies that not only help companies to build attractive and compelling offers to “would be” employees, but ensure that both employer and employee find value in their relationship. Being passionate about the rewards function, has kept Unathi glued to the rewards function in both the ICT & the Engineering sectors for the last + 20 years.
Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor, SAP Africa
Simon Carpenter has 35 years of wide-ranging experience in the IT sector. The last 24 years have been with market-leader SAP’s African business where he has held a number of leadership positions. In the course of his career with SAP Simon is proud to have worked with many of Africa’s best organisations helping them to understand how SAP solutions can contribute to their growth and ongoing success. He is a passionate advocate for leveraging information to create a better Africa for all and conscious of the fact that Africa poses some unique challenges that require a nuanced approach to technology adoption.
For over 2 decades Simon has contributed to SAP’s positive impact on Africa’s economies and the company’s growth across Africa to over 1,800 customers by, inter alia:
- Leading SAP Africa’s Presales and Industry specialist teams and their essential role in showcasing to customers how SAP solutions create value.
- Leading SAP Africa’s Marketing team (including at that time Customer Care, Partner Management and the Africa SAP User Group)
- Launching new SAP solutions into the African Market (SAP BW, SAP CRM, SAP APO, SAP SCM, NetWeaver and SAP Financial Services Network)
- Founding and incubating services and concepts such as Customer Engagement Lifecycle, Value Engineering, Business Transformation Services and the SAP Reseller Channel.
- Leading the Business Analytics Sales team where revenues grew by >25 % over 2 years.
- Leading the SAP Premier Customer Network where revenues grew by 298% over 2 years
Simon is currently Chief Technology Advisor SAP Africa, responsible for:
- Leading SAP Africa’s Digital Transformation initiatives with a focus on Business Innovation and Thought leadership; providing direction to SAP’s customers and partners on emerging business and technology issues such as OT/IT Convergence, Big Data, Business Network Transformation, Mobility, Cloud Computing, Business Process Management and how these are encompassed in SAP’s Digital Enterprise Framework
- Africa-wide evangelism of SAP’s strategy for helping the World to Run Simpler by Digitally Transforming.
Prior to SAP, Simon worked predominantly in the area of operations and logistics solutions ranging from on-board computing in transport to large-scale enterprise systems. He has broad experience having worked in sales, marketing, support management, project management, and consulting and systems development. He thus has good insight into the soft issues (such as change management) that must be addressed for any technological initiative to be successful. Simon speaks at a numerous local and international conferences and Universities / Business Schools on a wide range of topics and is a previous award winner at the SAPICS conference.
Jaen-Pierre Lourens, Software & solutions product manager at KYOCERA Document Solutions
Lourens is driven by IT trends. With a background in software engineering and a passion for business and technology, he thrives in the commercial IT space. Lourens has an international Honours degree in business IT, which enables him to understand, drive, guide and direct industry trends and technologies within business.
Johnathan Goldberg, CEO, Global Business Solutions
attended leading academic institutions throughout the country and achieved numerous accolades and awards. Amongst these awards were the Old Mutual Award for outstanding academic achievement, a Nedbank MBA bursary and the HMDS Louw award (top student). In his quest for knowledge, Jonathan has accumulated a B. Com degree (Bachelor on Commerce), a LL.B (Baccalaureus Legum) degree, an Honours in Business Administration (HBA) degree (cum laude), a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree (cum laude).
- Jonathan started his career at IDEC Financial Services (Pty) Ltd where he joined as a consultant and eventually purchased the business in 1989. Jonathan expanded the business into the field of industrial relations and at the same time founded Global Business Solutions, which has become a leading business consultancy focusing on strategic interventions including training, labour law and business to business solutions in the area of B-BBEE.
- Jonathan is a former accredited commissioner of the (CCMA), an IMSEC Arbitration and Mediation panelist, a BUSA representative at NEDLAC and member of Tokiso dispute settlement panel and recently become a Commissioner of the Employment Conditions Commission. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and a recent finalist of the LDI Business Leader of the Year Award. He is currently a nominee on the to-be-formed Employment Services Board. Jonathan is also the current COO of the Confederation of Associations of the Private Employment Sector (CAPES).
- He and his associate companies have numerous investments in business and he serves on the board of many companies. Jonathan is a leader and developer of the Wits University Enterprise Development Units executive development programme in B-BBEE. Over his career, Jonathan has edited three books, compiled many publications and delivered countless presentations and seminars and advises business and government in a range of different areas.
Italia Boninelli, HR Strategist and Executive Coach, Former Executive VP:
People & Organisational Development, AngloGold Ashanti
Italia Boninelli’s most recent role was as Executive Vice President People and Organization Development at AngloGold Ashanti, a gold-mining company with 20 operations in 10 countries and which employs more than 60,000 people.
Prior to that, she has held executive positions in the Human Resources functions of Gold Fields (mining) and Netcare (healthcare) and was both HR Director and Marketing Director at Standard Bank (financial services).
She is a registered industrial psychologist with a Masters in Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand and a post-graduate diploma in labour relations from UNISA. She has lectured at various universities and business schools and she is the author of numerous publications including three books.
She has coached and mentored many executives and senior HR practitioners throughout her career and is passionate about women’s development issues.
Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald’s South Africa
Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald’s South Africa, started his career as an engineer. He joined McDonald’s in 1996 where he was a project manager in the construction department. During this time, he was instrumental in the building of some of the first McDonald’s restaurants across South Africa. Greg leads by example and manages his business through his people, with a focus on accountability and profitability. His leadership has resulted in 5 successive years of revenue, market share and profit growth. Greg’s unwavering drive has also seen him elected as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of McDonald’s South Africa Pension and Provident Fund. Greg was also a finalist in Boss of the Year 2011 and was named the Institute of People Management CEO of the Year 2011.
Bebe Oyegun-Adeoye, Director: Talent Management: Africa & Caribbean Schneider Electric
A commercial analyst by training, Bebe is a lover of “great questions” and is interested in how we create real opportunities for organizations and the people who work within them, to thrive in ways that meet mutual expectations while adding sustainable value.
She is passionate about catalyzing connections that unlock capability within the corporate (and other) workspaces, especially on the African continent.
Bebe has significant experience in front and back office business operations. She has partnered with various businesses to deliver strategic people capabilities frameworks and processes for driving multinational strategy, compliance and deliverables on transformation in various contexts; as well as managed supply chain and business development at a regional level.
In a career spanning just over 20 years, she is developing deep experience in corporate talent management, organization development and process work/transformation. She would describe herself as an organizational effectiveness practitioner.
Bebe is a strong believer in the power of partnering and making compelling invitations to co-create. Her aim always is to invite a broad-based perspective on how current issues and challenges play out at all levels of the system – from the individual and personal, to organisational and national levels; by asking questions and invoking thought towards a more sustainable, positive future state.
Benjamin Buckingham, Managing Director of HFMtalentindex South Africa
Benjamin Buckingham is an entrepreneur with experience in the online technology and talent management fields. As Managing Director, he has set-up the South African arm of HFMtalentindex, an online talent management and analytics solution with a global footprint.
Locally, HFMtalentindex has partnered with private and public corporations of various sizes, to provide assistance with their end-to-end talent management strategy and assessment needs.
Verlie Oosthuizen, Partner, Employment Law, Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys
Verlie specializes in employment law litigation in all forms and has developed further practice areas in Social Media Law and data protection compliance. She has developed bespoke planning and compliance strategies for companies relating to their data protection requirements and POPI (Protection of Personal Information Act) adherence. In terms of Social Media Law specifically, Verlie has a weekly Social Media Law slot on East Coast Radio, and she specialises in:
-Training corporates and institutions on the implications of their employees being active on social media
-Devising social media policies and procedures for employers
-Providing advice on and implementation of successful social media strategies
Social Media litigation
Barry Vorster, Partner/Director, People and Organisation PwC
Barry currently leads the South African Developing People proposition at PwC. He has been involved in the HR and IT arenas since 1994. Barry holds a Master’s degree in Computer-Aided Education from the University of Pretoria and is a Master HR Practitioner with the South African Board for People Practices. He began his career as a lecturer in Afrikaans Linguistics at the University of Potchefstroom and has since worked for the University of Zululand, ABSA Bank, Africa Growth Network, IBM/Lotus, AST, EPI –USE and PwC. He has over 15 years of consulting experience, gained both locally and in Europe and has provided strategic consultancy and programme management services to several clients. Barry has worked across both public and private sectors working with companies such as RMB, Sanlam, Unisa School for Business Leadership, Botswana Power Corporation, Momentum, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Kumba, PetroSA, BAT, and Anglo Platinum to name but a few.
Marc Privett, Head of Product & Customer Insights, Careers24
Marc is the head of Product and Customer Insights at Careers24, with a focus on building and operationalising online businesses. He has over 15 years local and international digital marketing, operational management and product management experience with a focus on maximising revenue and market share for online organisations.
In his current role at Careers24 Marc has transformed the business into South Africa’s biggest job site and has expanded Careers24 into other African regions.
As headline partners of the event, Marc will be representing Careers 24 at the Careers 24 Future of HR Summit presenting the opening case study which will look at online recruitment tactics, trends and challenges.
Ian Dury, Business Process Analyst, Kyocera Documents Solutions
Dury’s solid foundation of over 9 years as an onsite software support technician and project manager, along with certifications in project management, Prince 2, ITIL V3 Foundation, Lean Six Sigma and systems analyst, has geared him for the responsibility for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of KYOCERA’s systems and processes.
Ashnie Muthusamy, Group Talent Manager | Sun International
Ashnie Muthusamy has an educational background in Psychology, HR, and a Master’s degree in Leadership. She has headed various HR specialist roles in large organisations. Ashnie is passionate about Employee Branding, Employee Engagement and Talent Management and is presently the Group Talent Manager for Sun International.
Marius Meyer, CEO | SA Board for People Practices (SABPP)
Marius Meyer is CEO of the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP), the professional body for HR practitioners and statutory Education and Training Quality Assurance Body for HR in South Africa. He is responsible for the quality assurance of 61 learning providers, as well as the HR accreditation of all universities in South Africa. Marius facilitated training and consulting interventions for more than a 100 companies. Previously Marius lectured in HRD at the University of South Africa and University of Johannesburg and he is still involved in academic work for North-West University and Stellenbosch University. He has been an HRD practitioner, consultant, academic and manager for the last 20 years. Marius is registered as a Master HR Professional and Mentor with SABPP. He is an advisory board member of the African Society for Talent Development. Marius is a regular speaker at local and international conferences and author of 22 books and 150 articles. He has a passion for leadership, strategy, governance, change management and people development. The latest output of his team is the National HR Competency Model, as well as a full set of national HR standards, the first set of national HR standards in the world. His latest books are on HR Standards, HR Competencies and HR Risk Management to be published in June 2015. As an anti-crime activist he is also a founding member of the fourth largest community policing forum in South Africa, in Roodekrans to the west of Johannesburg.
Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser | Head of the Alexander Forbes Research Institute
M.A., M.Ed. Developmental Anthropology, Columbia University
Anne heads up the Alexander Forbes Research Institute – an initiative that looks at the full spectrum of savings, investment and wellness issues that confront South Africans in particular and Africans in general. As Head of Research, Anne’s primary focus is in overseeing Alexander Forbes’ thought-leadership initiatives, in particular Benefits Barometer http://benefitsbarometer.co.za/.
Before joining Alexander Forbes in 2010, Anne spent 32 years managing pension fund assets in North America, Japan, the UK, Europe and South Africa. She moved to South Africa in 1992 and pioneered the development of the multi-manager management approach of pension fund management that has become the hallmark of that industry today.
Michael Prinsloo | Managing Executive, Institutional Research and Product Development | Alexander Forbes
Michael Prinsloo is currently the Managing Executive: Institutional Research and Product Development within Alexander Forbes. He is a certified financial planner with a B Com (Insurance Science) degree and an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning Law. He has over 16 years experience in the employee benefits industry and has a deep understanding of the issues and the employees it serves. Michael has been intimately involved in the retirement reform process and has appeared on TV, radio and in print on various aspects related to retirement funding.
Yunus Docrat | Professional Service Manager | KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa Pty Ltd
Yunus Docrat has always had an affinity for the IT space. With roots as a desktop IT engineer within the office automation industry and over 15 years of experience, his market knowledge and aptitude in IT supports his specialisation in MPS, BPM and ECM.