2020 SPEAKERS


Dr Leila Fourie

CEO
Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Dr Leila Fourie has over 25 years of international experience in banking, capital markets and payments. Prior to her role as CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, she served on multiple boards and held senior roles in local and international organisations including the Australian Payments Network, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Accenture, and Standard Bank. Dr Fourie has a PhD in Economic and Financial Sciences and won the Economic Society South Africa Founders’ award in 2012 for best Masters Economics
thesis in the country.

Rajes Pillay

Head of Talent Acquisition and Brand
Discovery Ltd

Rajes Pillay is passionate about leadership development and unlocking potential in young talent. She has an MA in Industrial Psychology from the University of Witwatersrand and for more than 20 years she has worked in several HR Leadership roles within FMCG, Financial Services and Technology industries, including Unilever and Old Mutual.

Ntwani Shilubane

Head of Talent Management                                                                      ABSA Corporate and Investment Banking

Ntwani Shilubane has 15 years of experience in talent development and management across the FMCG and Financial Services industries. She has worked at organisations such Unilever, Tiger Brands, and South African Brewers.  Shilubane holds a BCom Honours and MCom in Industrial Psychology from the University of Johannesburg. Her strength lies in making talent productive and she is excited about what the future of work holds for organisations.

Mechell Chetty

Vice President of Human Resources
Unilever Africa

Mechell Chetty is extremely passionate about building African talent for Africa. During her 21 year tenure at Unilever, she has worked on leadership development, organisational effectiveness, culture transformation and business partnering. Chetty obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Witwatersrand, as well as a postgraduate qualification in Business Management from Wits Business School. Apart from developing African talent, Chetty is hugely invested in youth employability, driving diversity and inclusion
in everything she does.

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman

Transformation Director
Pick n Pay Group

During her 24 years with Pick n Pay, Suzanne Ackerman-Berman has worked in various positions including Floor Management, Procurement, Corporate Social Responsibility and Transformation. Prior to joining the family supermarket business, Ackerman-Berman ran her own business for seven years in the hospitality industry in France. She is passionate about equality, job creation and skills development, and through her Small Business Incubator, she assists many new entrepreneurs in all aspects of business and life skills through a detailed mentorship programme that ensures their sustainability as suppliers into the retail supply chain and broader economy.

Shivani Ghai

Founder
Vitrus Consulting

Shivani Ghai has over 7 years of experience in consulting and project management. She is the Director of Research and Analytics at CABC and Founder of Vitrus Consulting. She holds an MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business and a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics from Texas A&M University. She was nominated global MBA student of the year finalist for the 2019 AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards and was part of the team that won the prestigious John Molson MBA International Case Competition. Ghai is passionate about social justice and is looking to sustainably change the world, one emerging market at a time.

Kumeshnee West

Director of Executive Education
UCT GSB

Kumeshnee West works closely with local and international clients, alumni, faculty and the Business Development team at the UCT Graduate School of Business, to develop relevant management and leadership courses that respond to the emerging needs of today’s leaders. West holds an MBA from the UCT GSB and is passionate about playing a role in ensuring that the UCT GSB continues to deliver excellence to all its stakeholders. It is under her leadership that the GSB Customised courses continue to feature in the Financial Times Top 100 Executive Education Rankings.

Ashanti Mogosetsi

Technical and Media Outreach Project Associate 
United Nations Industrial Development Organization, South Africa (UNIDO)

Ashanti Mogosetsi is passionate about creating a positive change in society for the betterment of people and the planet. In 2013, she was crowned Miss Earth South Africa, which is an annual international environmental-themed beauty pageant competition promoting environmental awareness, conservation and social responsibility, affiliated and supported by the United Nations Environment Programme  In addition to her role at UNIDO, she champions sustainable transport development as a Transport Economist, is director of the SA Beauty Modeling Academy, founder of the AM Foundation, a model, motivational speaker and philanthropist who creates awareness of South Africa’s pertinent social and environmental issues.

Marie Blanche Ting

Energy and Low Carbon Coordinator
United Nations Industrial Development Organization, South Africa (UNIDO)

Marie Blanche Ting has over 15 years’ experience in the sustainable energy and development

field working on science, technology and innovation (STI) policies in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa. More recently she was employed at UNCTAD, Geneva, contributing to the Flagship Technology Innovation Report (TIR) on how society can adapt and harness the potential of rapid technological change. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Climate Change and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK, where she was a Mandela-Sussex Scholar, and the other in Bioprocess engineering from UCT. She has recently completed her PhD thesis on the topic of South Africa’s energy transitions.

Euodia Naanyane-Bouwer

Founder and CEO
Gracious Nubian

Euodia Naanyane-Bouwer is Founder and CEO of Gracious Nubian, a social enterprise that designs, develops and manufactures reusable sanitary pads. She is the Social Impact winner of the 2018 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) competition. She is also a taskforce member and co-lead of Regulations and Policies at the South African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management. Through her business, Naanyane-Bouwer aims to inspire a healthy world through menstrual solutions and be a leading provider of affordable reusable sanitary pads in South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and other developing countries worldwide.

Shiela Yabo

Programme Manager
UCT GSB Solution Space

Shiela Yabo is a Business Strategist, Venture Builder & Venture Capital Enthusiast. Having worked in entrepreneurship in both Africa, and more recently, Silicon Valley, she has a wealth of experience in new venture launch and support, systems thinking and leadership through mentorship. She is currently Programme Manager for the Solution Space, an ecosystem for early-stage ventures at the UCT GSB. She is responsible for strategic and operational management, planning, programme design and delivery of entrepreneurship programmes, including the E-Track programme. She is also an experienced ideation bootcamp facilitator.

Clare-Louise Knox

Founder and Director
See Her Thrive

Clare-Louise Knox is an award-nominated Business Psychologist (MSc) specialising in women’s health at work. Her own experience of living and working with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) inspired her to set-up See Her Thrive, where she now helps organisations to improve diversity and inclusion by recognising and supporting female-related health issues. Clare-Louise is Board Director at the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) and an affiliate member of The Association for Business Psychology, British Psychological Society and CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). She’s also an examiner for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Recently, Clare-Louise was selected to be part of a Government Taskforce to address menstrual stigma and education in the UK and a women’s health all-party parliamentary group (APPG). She also lectures on Women’s Mental Health at King’s College London, alongside PhD research in perinatal health in collaboration with the National Health Service and Ministry of Defence.

David Scott

Human Resources Director
Food Division of RCL FOODS

David Scott has a 20-year track record including international experience in the areas of organisational development, talent management, performance management, culture transformation and employee engagement. He is passionate about leveraging individual and organisational development “to win”. He believes that for any business to endure in today’s uncertain environment, results need to be underpinned by sound values, meaningful contributions, and capabilities to guard against disruption. Scott is also the co-founder of a number of small successful startup businesses and is an enthusiast of the craft beer revolution.

Wynand van der Merwe

Skills Development Manager
The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA)

Wynand van der Merwe is an internationally experienced skills development professional with extensive experience in skills development systems for large organisations and government bodies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) from the University of Potchefstroom. He previously served as Senior Manager: Sector Skills Planning at ISETT SETA, and has worked in the United Arab Emirates where he led a team of international experts to establish a National Qualifications Authority and Qualifications Framework.

Dr Tim London

Head of Organisational Innovation and Senior Lecturer 
UCT GSB

Dr Tim London is passionate about creating learning to make the world a better place. He believes in inter-disciplinary thinking, constant learning, and leveraging different viewpoints to better understand opportunities and challenges. Dr London joined the UCT GSB in 2014 as a full-time faculty member teaching and supervising students in the areas of leadership and organisational design across the full range of existing programmes, including the PhD, MBA, MPhil, PGDip, and Executive Education. Previously, he has worked in academic and leadership roles at the University of Cambridge, Queen’s University, Belfast and Kennesaw State University.

Professor Hugh Corder

Interim Director
UCT GSB

Prior to his role as interim director of the UCT Graduate School of Business, Professor Hugh Corder served as Dean of Law at the University of Cape Town for nearly a decade, Director of Postgraduate Studies across the university in 2012, and as Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor in 2016 and 2017. He was elected as a Fellow of the University in 2004, and retired at the end of 2019. Throughout his life, Professor Corder has been active in civil society, in the pursuit of social justice, the protection of human rights, and the abolition of capital punishment.