Sales Team Leader
Ntyatyambo Ntloko currently leads the Procter & Gamble relationship with the company’s largest retail partner, the Shoprite group of companies. As team leader she is responsible for leading the sales team in gaining a clear understanding of the customer’s needs, goals and strategies for different categories and in developing tailor-made joint business strategies.
Her previous experience includes sales and commercial operations roles, where she worked with multifunctional teams to develop and execute category strategies to drive sales and market share growth. As a passionate advocate for gender equality inside and outside of her organisation, she has been actively involved in strengthening the ability of the company’s local teams to identify and address gender bias, and to mentor and enable female leaders to succeed.
JEANNE DU PLESSIS
Corporate Affairs & Citizenship Leader
Jeanne du Plessis leads corporate affairs and citizenship for consumer goods multinational, Procter & Gamble in Southern Africa. She is an experienced communications professional, who has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA in the private, non-profit and academic sectors. Her work has focused on stakeholder- and public relations, communications, brand building through influencer marketing, sustainability and corporate social impact and -innovation. She is currently pursuing an MPhil specialising in Inclusive Innovation from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.
Corporate Trade Marketing Associate Director
Riccardo Cele has 15 years’ experience in brand management and trade marketing management in both South African and Sub-Saharan environments, as well as in customer marketing, having worked with retailers like SPAR and Woolworths in developing, aligning and executing shopper campaigns that ensure P&G brands win shoppers’ hearts at the first moment of truth.
Riccardo is currently the Southern African Cluster Trade Marketing Associate Director (for South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique) where he is accountable for the Go-To-Market innovation, principles & stewardship and for Shopper, Sales and Customer planning.
Within the organisation, he leads the team responsible for the training and development of sales employees to ensure they are enabled to deliver business and personal objectives. This involves collaboration with the human resource community in South Africa, Dubai & Switzerland and other regional capability captains in AMA (Asia, Middle East & Africa) in securing global and local trainers with relevant expertise to develop local talent.
SASKIA FALKEN HICKEY (MC)
Senior Marketing Manager
South Africans know Saskia Falken as a radio personality and television presenter, as well as a marketing and public relations specialist. As senior marketing manager at Primedia broadcasting, she currently manages the KFM, Cape Talk and LeadSA Brands. She also presents KFM’s #KfmSundaze breakfast show every Sunday from 7-10am.
Saskia’s media roots run deep, having spent eight years with Heart 104.9 FM and prior to that, ENCA and the SABC, in roles ranging from weather presenter on eNews Primetime to co-host of the car customisation and hip hop magazine show Mzanzi Ridez on DSTVs Channel O. She took a break from the airwaves to complete her MBA at the UCT Graduate School of Business in 2014 and says the degree changed her life. She continued working at the UCT GSB as Marketing Intelligence and Strategy Manager, but the lure of broadcasting proved too strong and she joined Primedia in 2017.
In addition to her keen business brain, Saskia has a deep social conscience which underlines all her work. She sits on the board of Envirochild, an NGO promoting environmental consciousness through events like the Green Faire, with the aim of showing the public how easy it is to ‘go green’.
Founder and CEO
Publicly earmarked by Bill Gates as one of the entrepreneurs to watch on the African continent, Thato Kgatlhanye is the founder and CEO of the Rethaka Group, which has operations in the textile manufacturing, renewable energy, tech and fashion industries. She also established the Rethaka Foundation and launched “Repurpose Schoolbags”, solar-powered backpacks that allow children living in off-grid homes to study at night. With 30,000 Repurpose Schoolbags distributed across the African continent to date, the Rethaka Foundation has been recognized and celebrated by both the private and public sector for leading social impact work on the continent. She received the Nelson Mandela Ubuntu Award for Youth Diplomacy in 2018.
In 2019, she launched a lifestyle brand: lifewiththato.com (LWT) a digital platform including podcasts, personal development and lifestyle content, which seeks to empower women through products and experiences that help them redefine success holistically.
As an international speaker, she has added her voice to discussions about the inclusion of women and the role social entrepreneurship and the green economy will play in accelerating Africa’s development agenda. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Strategic Brand Management and advises for the United Nations University (UNU) headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
DR. SIBONGISENI TUNZELANA THOTSEJANE
Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Co-Founder
A digital innovator and big data analytics expert, Dr. Sibongiseni Tunzelana Thotsejane is the founder and CIO of multi-award-winning Flavalite Innovations, a technology innovations company.
She has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT and Telecommunications sectors and is a Commissioner in the South African Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0 / 4IR). During her career she has implemented Innovative Digital Analytics and innovative services for companies such as: PruHealth (UK), Santam, South African National Defense Force, Damen, Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR), Rand & Bullion, The Business Place, Cape Town Activa and Standard Bank.
Sibongiseni was among the Winners of South Africa’s 50 most Inspirational Women in Technology and Innovation for 2017, in the Inspiring Fifty Campaign. She was also the 2018 National Woman in Business Champion, in the SA Small Business Champions Awards. She was the first CIO of the V&A Waterfront and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UCT where she supervises DBA and PhD Candidates in Computing Systems and Information Systems.
She completed her PhD in Information Systems (IS) at UCT in collaboration with Ryerson University in Canada, and is currently busy with her Doctorate in Business Administration majoring in applied fourth industrial revolution (4IR) at the University of Bath in the UK.
Elite Risk Acceptances
Christelle Colman is Managing Director of Elite Risk Acceptances, an innovative high-net-worth insurance start-up which launched to the South African short-term insurance market on 1 August 2018. Elite is a wholly owned subsidiary of Old Mutual Insure and provides bespoke short-term insurance and personal risk management solutions to high-net worth individuals. Prior to starting Elite, Christelle held the position of CEO of Europ Assistance South Africa for two years. She was the only female CEO in a global group of 35 countries.
Before heading up Europ Assistance, Christelle spent nearly 10 years first as part of the executive team and then as CEO of MUA Insurance Acceptances where she was the strategic driving force behind changing the company from a motor only underwriter to a fully-fledged wealth underwriter specialising in all classes of business. However, Christelle first made her mark in the industry at the tender age of 25 when she founded Thatch Risk Acceptances specialising in a class of business no insurer was interested in underwriting – 20 years later the business is still thriving. She also did a stint as Head of Personal Lines Underwriting at Santam, where she gained invaluable experience at one of South Africa’s largest insurers.
Christelle is a member of the Institute of Directors. She was voted one of the top 50 most creative people in business in South Africa by Fast Company in 2015 and in the same year was named as one of Finweek’s top 30 women to watch in South Africa.
Black IT Forum
Baratang Miya is a facilitator, moderator, coder, blogger and activist who works tirelessly to empower her fellow Africans through technology education, advocating for the inclusion of women and girls in the technology sector at platforms such as the UN. Her efforts have resulted in a number of scalable global programmes which have provided consistent impact to youth, educators and tech startups. She is the founder and CEO of software engineering academies, Women in Tech and Girlhype Coders. A regular technology writer, judge and advisor in many global tech competitions and hackathons, she is a startup mentor for TechStars and StartUpBootCamp, and has managed the BlackBerry AppsLab and Khayelitsha Barn incubators and accelerators.
Baratang studied at Brazil’s International School of Technology through an ITS Global Policy Fellowship. A TechWomen award from the US State Department led to stints in Washington DC to learn about US ICT policies, and Silicon Valley where she was mentored by women executives in tech in companies such as Adobe and Google. In 2017 she was selected as the #theFutureofWomen Technology Award winner from over 1,000 African women nominees across the continent for her work impacting the future of women. The award is presented by the Global First Ladies Alliance, Facebook, and M.A.C AIDS Fund. She also received the 2016 and 2017 MTN Women in ICT Community Builder and Lifetime Achiever award. She was named among the top ten IT personalities of the year by The Institute of IT Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) 2017. Mozilla named her amongst the top 50 people who made the internet a better place, and OkayAfrica named her as one of their Top 100 Women for her inspirational work for future generations and her fellow women.
Baratang lectures in Android Software Development at UWC, and is the current chairperson of the Black IT Forum. She has served on numerous boards in the Western Cape, including Silicon Cape, Cape Chamber of Commerce, Women in Philanthropy, and the Western Cape Community Fund.
Head of Product at Aerobotics
Pia is the Head of Product at Aerobotics, an Ag-tech startup focused on providing tree crop protection to Farmers through problem detection and alerts. Headquartered in Cape Town, Aerobotics runs operations throughout Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Using satellite and drone imagery, Aerobotics’ machine learning models identify early-stage problems in trees and guide farmers to those specific locations. The core goal of the company is to enable farmers to take a data-driven approach when optimising the health of their farm, and from there intervene at the right place and at the right time, allowing them to reduce costs and maximise their yields.
Before joining Aerobotics, Pia worked in the Ecommerce space in South Africa, Malaysia, and Europe, having started her journey with Rocket Internet in several ventures including Lazada, a general merchandising venture which was subsequently acquired by the Alibaba Group.
Pia’s passion for Product Development drives her every move and she continuously seeks to share her experience, having participated in initiatives such as GetSmarter course modules and the GSB Venture Incubation Programme. She holds a B.Com in Business Management from the Católica Porto Business School.
Ariella is considered SA’s leading female auctioneer, and has been in the industry since 2007. Her oratorical skills, extensive general, cultural and world knowledge have earned her an admired reputation in business, and placed her in demand by leading figures at notable charity events.
She has raised in excess of R85 million over the last few years for a variety of charities in SA, USA and UK. She is the retainer auctioneer for inter alia; FW De Klerk Foundation, Woolworths, Homestead, FIFA and Francois Pienaar’s MAD Annual Foundation dinners. She also hosts Francois Pienaar’s annual Make a Difference Charity (MAD) dinner in New York and the UK every year, to raise much needed funds for academic scholarships in SA.
In 2012 Ariella co-founded an online mining and shipping auction company specialising in the disposal of niche value assets via an online auction platform as well as through physical auctions, and concluded annual turnovers of R1 billion year-on-year with over 50% sold to international buyers. Highlights include confirming the largest sale of a single second hand mining asset in 20 years in SA, equivalent to an eight storey building, for $17 million (2014). She has sold numerous arrested bulk carrier ships and oil tankers in South Africa and Namibia, with a total value in excess of $45 million.
In April 2019, after recovering twice from cancer, Ariella founded Solution Strategists Pty Ltd focusing primarily on Maritime and Charity auctions. She sits on the NEC Board for Ort SA, a major charity focusing on mathematical & science education for underprivileged children in SA.
She was continental winner in 2015 for CEO Communication’s “Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government 2015 – Mining Sector”, and won the Business Women’s Association (BWA) Western Cape Corporate Business Achiever Award in 2010. Ariella holds a BA Hons in Economics from Wits University and an MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business (2002), where she was Class President.
Useful & Beautiful
An established industry expert with over 20 years’ experience in the tech, digital marketing and mobile solutions space in Africa, Lynette Hundermark is recognised as one of the top 30 most influential women in SA digital marketing. Lynette is the co-founder of specialist mobile solutions consultancy Useful & Beautiful and has a passion for creating great customer experiences that harness the power of mobile and digital to help businesses achieve their omnichannel goals.
Lynette was a Regional Business Woman of the Year 2018 Finalist (run by the Business Women’s Association of SA), 2018 Female Role Model in Tech National Winner (SA) and 2018 People’s Choice Regional Winner in Southern Africa (Southern African Startup Awards). She was recognised by Fast Company in 2018 as one of the most creative people in business and has won numerous app development awards both locally and internationally.
Her previous experience includes launching innovative and award-winning solutions for the initial versions of Ster-Kinekor, Bidorbuy, Old-Mutual, Sanlam, Hollard, News24, and General Electric apps. She also led mobile innovation units at Naspers for their eCommerce businesses which included Kalahari.com, 36Style and Media24 having started off her career as an enterprise developer analyst in the UK with clients that included HSBC, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, G4s and Tesco.
CEO & Co-founder
Altivex Creative Foundry
Mushambi is a speaker and tech leader with over 12 years of experience building brands and businesses across Africa and the US.
His high impact company, Altivex, emphasizes African engagement in tech and digital industries, with the intent to make Africa a leading hub of innovative authority. As a digital lab its client base includes Dis-Chem, Vodacom, Granadilla, African Bank, the South African Reserve Bank, SES, Sofn’Free, Telkom and more.
Mushambi’s business leadership includes the formation and board membership of multiple companies in the healthtech, fintech, edutech and creative industries. An expert on entrepreneurship, Mushambi has advised multiple accelerators and incubators including the Innovation Hub, Standard Bank and Endeavor.
As a speaker, Mushambi shares insights on Tech, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His speaking clientele includes Suits & Sneakers, QuickBooks, Standard Bank, PWC, Allan Gray and LeaderEx to name a few. Through his content, he hopes to further cultivate and advance Africa’s next generation of innovators and tech adjacent businesses.
Samantha Perry has worked both as a journalist and PR professional in a consultancy and full-time capacity over the past 20-odd years. As a journalist, she covered the ICT sector for the likes of Computing SA (editor), ComputerWeek, and Brainstorm magazine (editor). In her capacity as a PR professional and consultant, she has worked with various listed and multinational organisations such as Striata, Google (ZA & NG), Telkom, MTN and Dimension Data. She has a Master’s degree in ICT Policy and Regulation, and runs an initiative called WomeninTechZA, which aims to bridge the gender diversity gap in the tech sector.
Samantha sits on the UN Office for South-South Cooperation Women in Tech programme secretariat, is a regular judge of the GSMA GLOMO Awards and has spoken at a variety of events over the years including Africa Tech Week 2019, Standard Bank Top Women 2018, Leaderex 2018, several Tech4Africas, iWeek 2015, The Mzansi Women’s Film Festival 2015, and several SQL Saturdays.
SANDRAS J. PHIRI
Director, Startup Grind South Africa and Founder & CEO of Africa Trust Academy
Sandras Phiri is a business and life strategist. He is the director for Startup Grind South Africa and the CEO and founder of Africa Trust Academy, a coaching and consulting company. Sandras has worked with over 25 organisations and has lectured at over 15 universities including UCT, Stellenbosch University and Oxford. His work has taken him to 21 countries including Silicon Valley USA, Hong Kong, India, Mexico and France.
Some of the organisations served include Sanlam, General Electric, Big Brother Africa, McKinsey & Co, The Foschini Group and the African Union. Sandras has a degree in Computer Science and an MBA from UCT. He has been taught by some of the world’s greatest teachers including Dr John Demartini, Roger Hamilton and Tony Robbins. He has shared stages with Facebook co-founder Dustin Maskovitch, Youtube cofounder Steve Chen, Guy Kawasaki, Steve Blank and Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School.
Named one of the 15 tech people to follow in 2018 and 2019, Sandras has worked in banking, mobile payments, unit trusts, IT and education. He has been featured on CNBC Africa and has been a mentor on SABC 1 TV programme Making Moves.
Vice President of HR
Aside from leading Talent and organisation activities across Unilever businesses in over 40 countries, Mechell is Unilever’s People Escalator, unlocking dignity for Africans across the continent by bringing about their voice for change. She applies this daily in her role and is extremely passionate about building African talent for Africa.
During her 21 year tenure at Unilever, Mechell has worked in HR on leadership development, organizational effectiveness, culture transformation and business partnering. She’s gained experience across Africa, including South Africa, the Middle-East and Turkey. While at Unilever, she’s gained a number of key achievements, such as the Unilever Global Compass award for Winning with People, as well as Business Partner awards. Under her leadership Unilever has been awarded the No1. Top Employer Africa status for the last four years consecutively.
Mechell is well regarded in her field and is often asked to be a keynote speaker at various leading HR Conferences in the country. Apart from developing African talent, Mechell is hugely invested in youth employability, driving diversity and inclusion throughout Unilever in everything she does.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, as well as a post graduate in Business Management from Wits Business School.
CEO and co-founder
Pascale is the CEO and co-founder of Brownie Points, an online platform that empowers individuals, NPOs and companies to have more impact by connecting people and corporates to NPOs, driving skilled and unskilled volunteerism and rewarding people for their good deeds. These rewards are ‘brownie points’ that can be converted into over 60 different rewards such as food, data and investment vouchers.
Brownie Points was behind the launch of Africa’s Biggest Cleanup, a Shoprite Group initiative that empowers thousands to participate in over 500 cleanups in ten countries. It was in the top ten startups of Singularity University’s Global Impact Competition in 2016 and participated in Startup Bootcamp Cape Town’s inaugural programme in 2017. Pascale was nominated as one of Fast Company’s Top 20 under 30 in Tech in 2018. She is passionate about innovation, anything to do with social impact and startups, as well as new innovative ways of building a thriving global society. She acts as a mentor to UCT teams and is particularly keen to increase awareness and establish a more supportive environment to inspire more women to take on tech leadership roles.
Before starting Brownie Points, Pascale worked for online education company, GetSmarter as a business analyst where she was responsible for project managing the website, implementing strategic and operational optimisations, and co-founding GetSmarter’s social impact initiative.
Pascale holds a B.Com (Honours) in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town.
Head of People
Jaime-Lee Green is the Head of People for Luno, a leading global cryptocurrency company with over 2.5 million customers in 40 countries. Headquartered in London, Luno operates across Africa, South East Asia and Europe. Luno’s products and services make it safe and easy to buy, store and learn about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Luno’s vision is to upgrade the world to a better financial system.
Since Jaime joined Luno in 2015, the company has scaled from 12 employees to 270+ full time employees across seven new offices around the globe. Luno prides itself on being a global, diverse company that reflects its diverse customer base, having built a full-time team that represents more than 26 different nationalities over the past 3 years. Woven into the company’s diverse team is a 40/60% gender ratio (female:male), affirming a commitment to encourage and enable women to play a key role in empowering billions of people around the world.
Prior to joining Luno, Jaime-Lee worked at BitX, a Bitcoin startup founded in 2013 with the goal of making money frictionless and universally accessible. She holds an Honours degree in History from the University of Stellenbosch.