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.
BRIGITTE DA GAMA
CHIEF PEOPLE’S OFFICER AT MCDONALD’S SOUTH AFRICA
Brigitte Da Gama is the Chief People Officer at McDonald’s South Africa. She has over two and a half decades of experience in the Human Capital field and has worked in the higher education, IT, investment management, banking and hospitality sectors. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town as well as an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch. She previously served on the Council of the University of Cape Town and she is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for a non-profit training and development company that serves impoverished farming and rural communities.
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)
• Consulting work, including both short- and long-term projects.
Visionary MD | Passion4Performance Group
Darryn is the Visionary MD of Passion4Performance Group and Chief Play Maker of Gamification Crafters Guild. He has been pioneering alternative learning and development solutions for over 17 years – developing solid Return on Investment methodologies and disrupting the current learning landscapes. He lives his brand of passion and thrives on innovating and effecting positive change in both business and personal life.
Darryn is regarded as a thought leader in Assessment and recognition of prior learning and a local maverick in Gamification. (Darryn TedTalk) He specialises in building and applying frameworks that help to demystify the ‘grey’ in complex systems – to maximum user engagement and sustainable solutions. And through creativity, fun and focus continues to grow his portfolio of successful projects and happy clients.
Darryn continues to seek innovative ways (Entrepreneur Interview) redefine complicated processes and initiatives to help people to enjoy what they do – and ultimately convert productivity to business results. He uses the power of technology, augmented realty and progressive systems to enable his ideas.
Darryn has built his name on the conference circuit in #Gamification (CNBC AFRICA) and Learning and Development, contributed to the book “Accelerated Learning” with Debbie Craig, and is pioneering online assessment in recognition of prior learning for Africa.
Vodacom, Rosebank college, Smarklink ICT, SABC, Sententia Gamification, Vonrick Digital, Capitec bank, FNB, EntrepreNOW!, SAAB, CNBC, Masethuthuka Holdings, Emergence Learning Academy, UFS, NWU Mafikeng.
+27 (0)82 925 2262
Dr Wesley Payne McClendon – Global transformation executive, management consultant and academic thought leader specializing in leading change thinking, disruptive breakthrough, and building transformative capability.
Having served as a managing director and HR executive in multinational organisations, held partnership and practice leader roles in Big 4 consultancies and attained US and UK graduate credentials in business administration, human resources and industrial labor relations, Wesley has developed a unique capability to integrate strategic and commercial thinking alongside deep technical expertise to help realise the coequal potential of leadership, technology and people.
With more than 25 published articles and 2 books, he builds thought leading business cases and evidence-based implementation methodology that leverages collective leadership, intelligent technology and human resilience.
Wesley blends global experience and academic horsepower to deconstruct incremental change, develop breakthrough big thinking and deliver business transformation.
Elizabeth Lee Ming is passionate about Digital, Social and CRM and driving thought leadership in Customer-centricity. With over 17 years extensive experience in B2B and B2C Marketing on both client and agency side, she has worked in South Africa, the UK and the USA at a number of blue chip organisations.
Her experience covers Customer Relationship Management, Loyalty, Direct Marketing, Digital Marketing, Data driven marketing, Integrated Marketing, Campaign Management, Project Management and execution on Marketing and process plans, Digital Strategy, Channel Strategy and implementation, Mobile Strategy and implementation, CRM Strategy and implementation, Communication Strategy, Social Media, Digital Media, Search and Online Marketing.
Professional Project | Executive & Business Leader
Henry worked across all disciplines & levels in the Automotive, Mining & Chemical sectors – Driving business optimization and related interventions, Strategic management and turnaround strategy deployment, IT solution installations & upgrades, Talent Management / Skills Development & Human Resources Interventions, Project management & Business development Extensive local and international network Infrastructure & shared services development projects, plus Company management and directorships.
In the Ops & HR domain Henry was GM Manufacturing & Director HR at Nissan SA, and HR Work-steam Leader at Anglo Gold & Uranium division. Through these portfolios and tenor he did deal with the full scope of: HR systems/ compensation/ Industrial Relations / Talent Management / Training / internal branding / etc.
During the Nissan Renault Aligns Global initiative Henry served on the Carlos Ghosn CFT no.7 as Leaders for Nissan Change Management and integration of V-Up & Hoshin Kanri. Henry participated & Co-facilitate various Organisational Strategic Plans. He is MD at Shared Services Investment (Pty) Ltd and advisory Board Member at Human Capital Institute South Africa. He Lectured at ERGO Management Academy – on their Global Executive programme on ‘Value Hubs & Strategic Alliances’. Henry also Presented 40 papers domestically & abroad at leading conferences and teaches part time on MBA programmes at various Universities – locally & internationally. He also led 25 industry & SETA projects.
Henry furthermore Published 3 books and 8 articles. He attended the Hull University CSS International Sabbatical Programme in 1996 and was President of National Institute for Training & Development. He was Chairman of AMIETTB, led the NBF National Union negotiations for the Auto Industry in 2003 and attended the MIT Global Leaders Programme in
He is a qualified Value Engineering Practitioner, was trained in Hoshin-Kanri at the Japan Kaizen Institute and was the convener of SoL (Society of Org Learning) in SA. Henry was the top Student on Nissan Advance Global Executive Training programme and his recent work has made him travel to Brazil – where he pass-on skills on Strategy – utilized during the 2010 FWC in SA, plus did process strategy and Talent Management work with Government officials in Botswana & Namibia. In February 2102 Henry was recognized by the WHRDC in Mumbai as a ‘Global HR Strategic Leader’. As a consulting resource to UP Business Enterprises Henry has lead nine change management & organisational redesign projects, amongst other at: NDA, GGB, CGS, MQA, RW, BCC, SANSA, SACAA, CF, etc.
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.
Mark Kritzinger, Head of Careers24
Mark joined the OLX group as the Head of Special Projects and is currently leading Careers24.
Mark brings with him a wealth of experience in operations, strategy, innovation and general management, having worked in Canada, the US, and a number of markets across Africa.
He completed his MBA at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, which included an international exchange at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina (USA), focussing on strategy and innovation.
His local experience includes setting up and integrating a number of digital businesses in Africa and driving digital education and adoption across Sub-Saharan Africa.
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.