2017 SPEAKERS


NANDIPHA SOLOMON

With over twenty years of local and international experience in leadership positions and an LLB Honours degree, Nandipha is the current Head of Marketing for Citadel Investment Services. Previously, Nandipha worked in marketing management, stakeholder relations and business strategy, in the areas of insurance, healthcare, tourism, and Wealth Management.

Prior to her work with Citadel, Nandipha was head of Marketing for Old Mutual Wealth, during which time she developed and launched the well-received ‘How much is enough’ campaign. Before this, as Marketing Director, she held a position in the executive committee of, and crafted/launched, the Frank.net brand. Nandipha’s roles also include being Head of Marketing for Liberty Corporate, Marketing Head for BoE Private Clients (playing an integral part in the development and re-positioning of a new look for the premium brand), National Marketing Manager with Old Mutual, and Executive Manager for Corporate Affairs at the Medical Research Council, among others.

photographic credit: Kat Grudko

ADRIANA MARAIS

Dr Adriana Marais, theoretical physicist and aspiring extraterrestrial, believes that we are living at a unique point in the history of life on Earth. Adriana studied theoretical physics and philosophy at the UCT and completed her MSc summa cum laude in quantum cryptography at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She was awarded her PhD in quantum biology at the same institute in 2015.  She continued as a postdoctoral researcher in the Quantum Research Group. Since the beginning of 2017, she has left academia for the corporate world, in her role of Head of Innovation at SAP Africa, driving digitisation and innovation on the continent.

Adriana has been recognised by the Mail & Guardian as one of 200 Young SA achievers (2014), was one of 15 recipients worldwide of a L’Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Grant for Women in Science (2015) and is the 2016 Royal Society of SA Meiring Naude Medal awardee for a young researcher. Also during 2016, she attended the prestigious 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting as one of 400 most qualified young physicists selected worldwide, as well as the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico, to present her research on quantum astrobiology, and hear Elon Musk’s keynote “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species”.  Since childhood, Adriana has dreamed of living on another planet, and is currently one of the 100 Mars One Project astronaut candidates in the running to move to the red planet in the next decade.

ZAMANTUNGWA KHUMALO

Panel discussion host

Mail & Guardian‘s Khumalo will be hosting the Women in Business panel discussion, featuring incredible South Africans from M&G’s Young 200. Khumalo is the Supplements & Special Projects Editor at Mail & Guardian, conceptualizing new print, digital and multimedia projects. Previously, the Executive Producer at POWER FM, Khumalo was behind POWER FM’s first ever international broadcast, securing their exclusive broadcast rights for the World Economic Forum in Rwanda.

As a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, Khumalo has achieved a number of accolades, including being chosen as one of fifty African Global Shapers in 2014, and winning the inaugural Global Shapers Community essay competition in 2016, writing about responsible and responsive leadership.

LAUREN GILLIS

A business woman, social entrepreneur and passionate about creating opportunities for others. While studying Social Work at Wits University, she was instrumental in forming the Down Syndrome Association Western Cape. She has since developed a number of philanthropic organisations including PADI (People for Awareness on Disability Issues) and The Jardine Joggers (now affiliated to Achilles International based in NewYork), enabling people with different disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics.

Lauren is the founder of the Relate Bracelets, a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise. It was founded with the vision to help people in need of an opportunity to better their circumstances, whilst also providing an effective, sustainable and tangible fundraising tool for charitable causes. Lauren’s vision was to find simple, creative solutions to creating employment and lessen the economic divide. Since 2010, the Relate Trust has raised over R45million, sold over 2.6million bracelets, supported over 90 causes globally, and positively impacted thousands of lives. Lauren’s TEDxCapeTown talk in 2012 was entitled Redefining Philanthropy. In 2013, she was awarded the Paul Harris award by Rotary International for her exceptional service to the community.

MEAGEN BURNETT

Meagen has 20 years of Financial Service experience across a broad range of products, functions and global regions. She has been Chief Operating Officer of Prudential Investment Managers in South Africa for the past 6 years. Meagen is an Executive Director on the Prudential Portfolio Managers(SA) (Pty) Ltd. Board and a Non-Executive Director on the Prudential Global Funds (Pty) (Dublin) Board. As the Chief Operating Officer at Prudential, she is responsible for group Operations, Performance & Risk Analysis, Technology and Projects. She is a member of the Executive Committee, the Board Audit Committee, Fair Value Committee, New Product Committee and IT Risk Committee.

Prior to that she was an Executive Director at JP Morgan International. In addition, Meagen was a Senior Associate at Goldman Sachs’ Management Controls/Consulting Department (MCD) in London, responsible for EMEA Private Wealth Management and Asset Management business audits. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, she was a manager in KPMG’s Financial Services Information Risk Management (IRM) in London. Her career began in 1997 at KPMG Cape Town, when she joined KPMG’s Financial Services Audit area as a newly qualified Chartered Accountant.

ANTOINETTE PROPHY

Entrepreneurship runs in Antoinette’s veins. She started her first business, Afrofusion Advertising in 2004 after leaving McKinsey and Company, with a vision to positively influence how business is done in Africa which ultimately leads to creating world-class African brands.

In 2008, she failed at acquiring a bigger ad agency and the valuable lesson she learnt from this epic failure early on in her journey is “not to outrun your vision, easy does it”. She gained extensive experience in expansion and accessing new markets by taking her business to Uganda and Kenya in 2010.

She is passionate about the entrepreneurial space across the continent and shares her expertise by mentoring emerging entrepreneurs as the founder and managing director of 88 Business Collective. She has been featured on SABC 1’s Making Moves, SAfm, KayaFM, CNBC Africa and the New Vision in Uganda. She serves on the Silicon Cape Community Council and leads the Diversity and Inclusion Portfolio.

DAWN EARP

Dawn has an impressive career record, rising through the ranks of the mining industry over the years. A well-respected, reputable and recognised woman in the industry, Dawn currently serves the industry as an independent consultant. Prior to this consulting role, Dawn held multiple highly-coveted positions in the mining sector. She served as the Finance Director at Rand Refinery and Impala Platinum Holdings. Prior to these, she was the Executive Officer:Finance at AngloGold Ashanti and Vice President:Finance at Anglo American.

She is currently a non-executive director of Transit Freight Forwarding and an alternate trustee to the AngloGold Ashanti Pension Fund. Dawn is an elected member of the Financial Reporting Standards Council. She also previously served on various Boards, Audit and Risk Committees, Social and Ethics Committees and Remuneration Committees for various companies, including amongst others Metmar, Teba and Zimplats.