2018 SPEAKERS


MIMI KALINDA

Managing Director
Africa Communications Media Group Ltd. (ACG)

Co-founder and Managing Director of Africommunications Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations company, Mimi Kalinda leverages her experience of almost two decades in communications to highlight the importance of recreating the African continent’s narrative.

Following on from the recent release of her new book “Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent”, the PR and communications maven works as the host of a new show called #TalkingToAfrica on Africa Business Radio (ABR). The New York University graduate is also the Director of Communications for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a network of centres of excellence incubating STEM education for Africa’s brightest students.

Her love for Africa has allowed her to form part of the 2017 Archbishop Tutu Fellow Leadership programme. Additionally, she sits on the Africa Brand Counsel and was nominated for the Women4Africa Awards 2016 as a finalist for the International African Woman of the Year Award.

MIMI KALINDA

Managing Director
Africa Communications Media Group Ltd. (ACG)

Co-founder and Managing Director of Africommunications Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations company, Mimi Kalinda leverages her experience of almost two decades in communications to highlight the importance of recreating the African continent’s narrative.

Following on from the recent release of her new book “Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent”, the PR and communications maven works as the host of a new show called #TalkingToAfrica on Africa Business Radio (ABR). The New York University graduate is also the Director of Communications for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a network of centres of excellence incubating STEM education for Africa’s brightest students.

Her love for Africa has allowed her to form part of the 2017 Archbishop Tutu Fellow Leadership programme. Additionally, she sits on the Africa Brand Counsel and was nominated for the Women4Africa Awards 2016 as a finalist for the International African Woman of the Year Award.

ZAMANTUNGWA KHUMALO

Supplements & Special Projects Editor
Mail & Guardian

Zamantungwa Khumalo is the Supplements & Special Projects Editor at the Mail & Guardian. She was previously an Executive Producer at the talk radio station POWER FM and in 2017 was named one of 50 Changemakers Advancing Women’s Equality in South Africa. Khumalo is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and in 2014 was Media Director of the Tshwane Hub. In 2014 and 2016, she was one of fifty African Global Shapers selected to be part of the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Abuja, Nigeria and Kigali, Rwanda, respectively. In 2016 she won the inaugural Global Shapers Community essay competition, which saw her attending the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Khumalo has represented South Africa in a number of youth conferences, from Model United Nations Debates in New York, USA, the Y20/G20 Delegates’ Summit in Puebla, Mexico, the G8/G20 Youth Summits in Washington DC, USA, BRICS Heads of State Summit in Ufa, Russia and Leadership Initiative for Excellence (LIFE) Summit in New Delhi, India. In her spare time, Khumalo is a property investor, buying and renting apartments for the student market in Gauteng.

MAKOMA LEKALAKALA

Director
Earthlife Africa

Makoma Lekalakala is the Director of Earthlife Africa, a civil society environmental justice and anti-nuclear organisation. Through her leadership Lekalakala has fortified the organisation and been active in mobilizing the public to continue advocating against unsustainable energy technologies such as coal and nuclear energy, and has also been active in disseminating information on climate change issues.  She had led numerous campaigns against air pollution in Johannesburg, targeting coal fired power stations.

In recent years, Lekalakala has been particularly effective in targeting environmental corruption. Her commitment to climate justice in South Africa led civil society to win the first ever climate change legal case against the South African government, leading to the reversal of the proposed nuclear deal with the Russian government. She received the international Goldman Environmental Prize in 2018 for her effective role in this campaign. Ms Lekalakala has her roots as a liberation fighter and is a strong campaigner for a just and fair society.

MAKOMA LEKALAKALA

Director
Earthlife Africa

Makoma Lekalakala is the Director of Earthlife Africa, a civil society environmental justice and anti-nuclear organisation. Through her leadership Lekalakala has fortified the organisation and been active in mobilizing the public to continue advocating against unsustainable energy technologies such as coal and nuclear energy, and has also been active in disseminating information on climate change issues.  She had led numerous campaigns against air pollution in Johannesburg, targeting coal fired power stations.

In recent years, Lekalakala has been particularly effective in targeting environmental corruption. Her commitment to climate justice in South Africa led civil society to win the first ever climate change legal case against the South African government, leading to the reversal of the proposed nuclear deal with the Russian government. She received the international Goldman Environmental Prize in 2018 for her effective role in this campaign. Ms Lekalakala has her roots as a liberation fighter and is a strong campaigner for a just and fair society.

NAADIYA MOOSAJEE

Co-Founder
WomEng & WomHub

Naadiya is a serial entrepreneur by passion, a civil engineer by training, and is the co-founder of WomHub, an Ed-tech and advisory firm. She also co-founded WomEng, a global social enterprise developing women and girls for the engineering and tech industry. She serves as an independent board director at the MMI Foundation, a director at Pegasys, a niche management consultancy focusing on development projects and is an emeritus director for the International Youth Foundation.

Naadiya also serves as an advisory board member for the University of Cape Town Faculty of Engineering, and is a Global Future Council Member with the World Economic Forum: Gender, Education and the Future of Work. She is a renowned speaker, and was named “Top 20 Young Power Women in Africa” by Forbes Magazine. She is a global leader in gender, inclusion and social innovation and is passionate about fostering prosperity in emerging economies and engineering better societies.

PROF. MAMOKGETHI PHAKENG

PhD (Wits), MASSAf, GCOB
Vice Chancellor – UCT

Mamokgethi Phakeng began her term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town on 1 July 2018, where she had been serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation since January 2017. Previous to this appointment she served as Vice Principal for Research and Innovation at the University of South Africa (Unisa) for five years, after serving three years as Executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the same university.

She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a highly regarded B1 NRF-rated scientist with over 60 research papers and five edited volumes published. She has won numerous awards for her research and community work, including the Order of the Baobab (Silver) conferred on her by the President of South Africa in April 2016. In August 2014 CEO magazine named her the most influential woman academic in Africa and in August 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award in the education category. In 2016 she was appointed by the then Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to chair the Human Resource Development Council standing committee on Mathematics and Science Education. Kgethi is founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation (www.adopt-a-learner.com), a non-profit organisation that started in 2004 and provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.

PROF. MAMOKGETHI PHAKENG

PhD (Wits), MASSAf, GCOB
Vice Chancellor – UCT

Mamokgethi Phakeng began her term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town on 1 July 2018, where she had been serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation since January 2017. Previous to this appointment she served as Vice Principal for Research and Innovation at the University of South Africa (Unisa) for five years, after serving three years as Executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the same university.

She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a highly regarded B1 NRF-rated scientist with over 60 research papers and five edited volumes published. She has won numerous awards for her research and community work, including the Order of the Baobab (Silver) conferred on her by the President of South Africa in April 2016. In August 2014 CEO magazine named her the most influential woman academic in Africa and in August 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award in the education category. In 2016 she was appointed by the then Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to chair the Human Resource Development Council standing committee on Mathematics and Science Education. Kgethi is founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation (www.adopt-a-learner.com), a non-profit organisation that started in 2004 and provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.

GABY PRINSLOO

Medical doctor and executive coach

Dr Gaby Prinsloo is passionate about assisting individuals to achieve personal greatness, success and wellness. She takes an integrated and science-driven approach to helping individuals increase their energy and resilience, and optimise their wellbeing, creativity, thinking and performance. Over the past 20 years, she has comprehensively explored all aspects of wellness and performance. In addition to her medical degree and PhD in exercise science, she has diplomas in coaching and hypnotherapy, and is a yoga teacher. She has studied nutrition, meditation, mindfulness, psychology, sleep, functional medicine and many other healing modalities, all of which she integrates into a holistic scientific approach.

Gaby coaches at all levels within an organisation, both on a one-on-one basis and through the facilitation of specifically created workshops. She lectures on well-being, thinking, creativity and performance at University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and University of Stellenbosch Graduate School of Business. She is also in clinical practice at the Sports Science Institute of SA and Christiaan Barnard Hospital, where she specialises in executive wellness, stress management and performance enhancement.

LINDA RONNIE

Linda Ronnie is an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour and People Management at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. She holds a PhD in Education from UCT, a MSc in Applied Psychology from the University of Liverpool, and a MEd in Training and Development from the University of Sheffield.

Prior to her academic career, Linda worked in the manufacturing sector where she gained extensive management experience. She was also involved in management development in the same industry for many years. She consults to both the private and public sectors around managing change and improving employee-employer relationships.

Linda’s research interests include the attraction, retention, and motivation of talented, capable employees in diverse contexts and the role of the psychological contract in shaping individuals’ working lives and their productivity. Besides her growing publication list, she has presented at numerous international and local conferences.

Her teaching focusses on a wide range of people management topics including organisational culture, recruitment and selection, motivation and teamwork, labour relations, and managing change. She is committed to business education and her role in the development of a cadre of management ready to take on local, continental, and international challenges.

A committed and enthusiastic management educator for over 15 years, Linda was presented with the prestigious UCT Distinguished Teacher’s Award in 2014 and is the award-winning co-author of the Best 2015 AABS/Emerald Case Study, both firsts for the UCT Graduate School of Business.

LINDA RONNIE

Linda Ronnie is an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour and People Management at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. She holds a PhD in Education from UCT, a MSc in Applied Psychology from the University of Liverpool, and a MEd in Training and Development from the University of Sheffield.

Prior to her academic career, Linda worked in the manufacturing sector where she gained extensive management experience. She was also involved in management development in the same industry for many years. She consults to both the private and public sectors around managing change and improving employee-employer relationships.

Linda’s research interests include the attraction, retention, and motivation of talented, capable employees in diverse contexts and the role of the psychological contract in shaping individuals’ working lives and their productivity. Besides her growing publication list, she has presented at numerous international and local conferences.

Her teaching focusses on a wide range of people management topics including organisational culture, recruitment and selection, motivation and teamwork, labour relations, and managing change. She is committed to business education and her role in the development of a cadre of management ready to take on local, continental, and international challenges.

A committed and enthusiastic management educator for over 15 years, Linda was presented with the prestigious UCT Distinguished Teacher’s Award in 2014 and is the award-winning co-author of the Best 2015 AABS/Emerald Case Study, both firsts for the UCT Graduate School of Business.

MAGDA WIERZYCKA

Chief Executive Officer
Sygnia Financial Services

Magda is an actuary with over 20 years’ experience in the South African asset management industry.

She began her career in 1993 as a product development and investment actuary at Southern Life, followed by two years as an investment consultant at Alexander Forbes. In 1997 she joined Coronation as a director and Head of Institutional Business. She left in 2003 to assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of the African Harvest Group. After negotiating the sale of African Harvest Fund Managers to Cadiz in 2006, Magda led the management acquisition of the remainder of the group, which resulted in the formation of Sygnia, a specialist fin-tech company based in South Africa, focused on the provision of the investment management, technology and administration solutions to institutional and retail client predominantly located in South Africa.

She grew its assets from R2 billion to R184 billion in 12 years, leading Sygnia to become the second largest multi-management company on South Africa. Sygnia listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on 14 October 2015 (the share offer was 20x oversubscribed). Magda has headed Sygnia as its Chief Executive Officer since 2006. In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Magda has served a council member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and currently is a board member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Africa at Harvard University in the US.

Qualifications: BBusSc (Actuarial), PhDip (Actuarial), FFA, FASSA, CFP

PROFESSOR SHIRLEY ZINN

Author and leadership consultant
Shirley Zinn Consulting

Professor Shirley Zinn is the former Group Head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Prior to this, she was Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group. She is also an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Human Resource Management, and recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town. She holds a BA (University of the Western Cape); Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education (University of the Western Cape); B.Ed. Honours (UNISA); M.Ed. (University of the Western Cape); Ed.M. (Harvard); and Doctorate in Education (Harvard).

In 2015, she published her best-selling autobiography “Swimming Upstream” focusing on her personal and professional journey from the Cape Flats to the top of business leadership in South Africa. She aims to motivate and inspire youth and women to see what they can achieve despite adversity. She was awarded the Top Woman in Business and Government and Top Executive in Corporate South Africa by Topco Media in 2008. She also was recognized by the Black Business Quarterly and received the Award for Top Woman in Business and Government and most Visionary Woman in 2008. She also received an award from the World Human resources Congress in Mumbai in 2007 and 2013 respectively for Excellence in Global HR Leadership. In 2012, was listed in the Top 30 Wonder Women in South Africa by the Wits Business Journal. She was awarded Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government for 2016 in the SME Sector by CEO Global.

PROFESSOR SHIRLEY ZINN

Author and leadership consultant
Shirley Zinn Consulting

Professor Shirley Zinn is the former Group Head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Prior to this, she was Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group. She is also an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Human Resource Management, and recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town. She holds a BA (University of the Western Cape); Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education (University of the Western Cape); B.Ed. Honours (UNISA); M.Ed. (University of the Western Cape); Ed.M. (Harvard); and Doctorate in Education (Harvard).

In 2015, she published her best-selling autobiography “Swimming Upstream” focusing on her personal and professional journey from the Cape Flats to the top of business leadership in South Africa. She aims to motivate and inspire youth and women to see what they can achieve despite adversity. She was awarded the Top Woman in Business and Government and Top Executive in Corporate South Africa by Topco Media in 2008. She also was recognized by the Black Business Quarterly and received the Award for Top Woman in Business and Government and most Visionary Woman in 2008. She also received an award from the World Human resources Congress in Mumbai in 2007 and 2013 respectively for Excellence in Global HR Leadership. In 2012, was listed in the Top 30 Wonder Women in South Africa by the Wits Business Journal. She was awarded Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government for 2016 in the SME Sector by CEO Global.