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DIRECTOR | EXPERTTECH INTERNATIONAL AND LEADERSHIP PRACTICE
Hannalie has distinguished herself by operating and dealing with higher-level complexities as a trained Assessment Centre Administrator and Observer. She thereby contributes to the success of business initiatives by increasing productivity and enhancing business performance through the assessment of behavioural and organisational competencies. Her passion is working with leaders, helping them recognise and realise their potential and coaching them to apply their newly acquired skills in real life situations.
Hannalie has more than twenty years’ experience in designing, developing and facilitating leadership development. She received most of her leadership training in the USA through Strategic Management Group and obtained a Masters Degree in Organisational Leadership from Regent University, Virginia Beach. Her research paper focused on the need to create enabling and empowering structures to enhance the capabilities of women leaders and included a quantitive study to ascertain whether EI and SQ competence are prevalent in women in senior leadership positions, and to what extent coaching is used as a method for delivering leaders.
FOUNDER | THIRD SECTOR INSIGHTS
CHAIRMAN | WORLD VISION SOUTH AFRICA
Malcolm is the founder and managing trustee of Third Sector Insights, a social enterprise that focuses on shining the light into the board rooms of nonprofit and social impact organisations. He is also the chairman of World Vision South Africa, a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. He is widely known by the South African Small-to-Medium Enterprise support fraternity, especially for his role as founding Chief Executive Officer of NAMAC Trust. He is also a founding member of the World Institute for Governance of Non-Profit Organisations (WIGNPO).
His exposure to both for profit and nonprofit organisations has allowed him to develop a greater understanding of the differences and similarities that exist between them and to apply this knowledge in these fields. He also lectures at the Stellenbosch University Business School, presents the governance module for the USB-ED NPO Management programme. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Newport University (USA), and completed postgraduate studies at Harvard Business School in the area of Governing for Nonprofit Excellence and Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. He completed the Management Advancement Programme at Wits Business School and is a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.
FOUNDER & CEO | wiGROUP
Bevan is the founder and CEO of wiGroup. They’re the leading software as a service provider in loyalty, vouchering, rewards and mobile commerce. wiGroup currently have a physical presence in several countries across Europe, UK and Africa, and with over 72 000 retail lanes live, processing over $400 million in mobile transactions, they believe they’re spearheading the future of how to simplify how customers transact.
Bevan believes that the strength of their business is in their culture, which focusses on cultivating and stewarding passionate people to deliver remarkable solutions that enrich lives. Bevan was the overall winner of the 2016 FNB Business Innovation Awards, and he was honoured and recognised for using innovation to drive business growth and having potential to scale significantly through the Endeavor network.
JOHAN DU PREEZ
FOUNDER | SAAD INVESTMENTS & TREE OF LIFE FOUNDATION
Johan, who obtained the degree M. Pharm from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from National University in San Diego, California, is the founder of SAAD Investment Holdings and the Tree of Life Foundation. He began his career in California, USA, where he specialised in the turnaround of large retail pharmacies for American Drug Stores, a retail group that owned more than 700 stores. He then moved on to managed healthcare, specifically medical insurance and risk management, and was part of a core team that created national prescription benefit manager RxAmerica.
On his return to South Africa he was instrumental in the turnaround of Sanlam Health, where he served as CEO from 1999 to 2001, led Glacier by Sanlam and headed the start-up of the financing company Quince Capital. He subsequently acted as the CEO of the then JSE listed pharmaceutical company Cipla Medpro South Africa and, during this time, concluded a R4.5bn transaction with Cipla India that saw the delisting of Cipla Medpro. During his involvement with the Sanlam group he served on the Executive committees of Sanlam Life and Sanlam Investment Management.
CHRIS DU TOIT
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR | CUSTOM CAPITAL
Chris is passionate about raising up the next generation of entrepreneurs. He is driven by the dream that he and others can be instrumental in shaping and defining the future. His professional life bears testimony to a firm belief in the brick-by-brick principle of consistently doing the basics well. He started as a collations clerk at a bank. In 10 years, he rose from salesman to managing director of Canon SA. In 2001, he ventured into a now thriving partnership with his brother, Pierre. In 2011 they were approached by Mercantile Bank Limited to partner on building a billion-rand portfolio. In 2016 they sold the business to Mercantile bank and embarked on a R1.6 Billion mixed use development partnering the Multiply Group. In 2017 they relaunched their asset finance business aimed predominantly to small to medium sized enterprises.
Chris attributes his success to some of the guiding principles and lessons he has learned: perseverance, honesty, understanding the value of people, sacrifice, consistency, working smart, and having fun. For 28 years Chris has been married to Wanda, who is a dynamic and creative entrepreneur. They have two daughters, aged 25 and 18, and a 22-year-old son. Topping the list of his interests are good food, red wine, and travel, especially to international cities.
CEO | ALLAN & GILL GRAY PHILANTHROPY AFRICA
Anthony is the CEO of the Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Africa. Anthony completed his CA (SA) at Deloitte in Cape Town and Luxembourg, before working at Standard Bank in London for a number of years, in their international corporate finance team. He then co-founded the Starfish Greathearts Foundation in 2001 which now supports in the region of 15,000 orphaned or vulnerable children across South Africa.
He was the founding CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, established in 2005, growing this pipeline of responsible entrepreneurs, known as Allan Gray Fellows, to a cohort of over 800 individuals and creating businesses to the value of approximately R850m. Anthony is married to Susannah and they live in Cape Town with their three children.
FOUNDER & CEO | GOLD YOUTH
Susannah holds an MPhil degree from Stellenbosch University and her active involvement in youth behaviour-change and skills-access has led her to pioneering the Gold Youth Development Agency (Gold Youth) in 2004, of which she is CEO. In striving to build Gold Youth’s sustainable scalability, Susannah established Gold Enterprises in 2011, a for profit company, 100% owned by Gold Youth. Susannah is an Ashoka fellow who is steadfastly committed to change and to finding innovative solutions for addressing the debilitating youth-education and unemployment crisis amongst the most vulnerable.
Susannah won the Regional Business Woman’s Association of South Africa Award in the 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year category and was nominated as one of only four finalists in the 2017 Global Citizen award, in recognition of her innovation, action and impact in the alleviation of poverty. In early 2018 Susannah was selected as Life Co Social Entrepreneur Enterprizer.
CEO | MERGON GROUP
Pieter is the CEO of the Mergon Group, a private investment group that exist to impact lives. Pieter initially obtained a law degree and then qualified as a South African chartered accountant, spending his professional career at PwC specialising in tax consulting. Pieter joined the Mergon Group in 2005 through its subsidiary, Infotech, as Chief Financial Officer. In 2007 he was offered the position as the CEO of the Mergon Group.
Under Pieter’s leadership, the Mergon Group has established itself as a diversified investment group, investing in early-stage and growth-stage private equity businesses, both locally and internationally. He has also overseen the growth of the Mergon Foundation as a leading funder of Kingdom Expansion initiatives across Africa and the Middle-East and was instrumental in establishing Nation Builder, a non-profit initiative focused on equipping business leaders in the area of corporate social investment. Pieter is married to Corné and lives in Stellenbosch with their three children.
FOUNDER | 5-2-50
CO-FOUNDER & CEO | MULTX
Ashton is the founder of 5-2-50, a business focused on eradicating poverty through the creation of good jobs by building and wisely distributing wealth. He is also co-founder and CEO of MultX, a business accelerator that is part of the Multiply Invest group, and chairman of Zoë Life, a non-profit organisation that seeks to bring wholeness to nations with a strong focus on holistic child-wellness. He is passionate about helping to build businesses with a commitment to seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Ashton believes that God is doing an unprecedented work in restoring the true blessing and design of work through the church, in the workplace, which he calls the Workplace Revival.
He started his career as an office cleaner in a cardboard factory, from where he followed a winding path through insurance, IT operations, restaurants, and studying Organisation Development through UNISA. This path led him to discovering his passion in the relationship between purpose, design, and performance; and how this concept scales from individual, to team, to organisational and system design as a foundation for driving performance and well-being. He spent 9 years in China, during which time he completed a Master’s degree in Managing and Leading Innovation and Change (MALIC), whilst assisting the China subsidiary of an international off-shore equipment manufacture in creating and implementing an effective strategic management process that helped them weather the 2015 oil price crash. He returned to South Africa in July 2017, with his wife Lily, and their two children, in response to a sense that God was calling them to come back and contribute to the building of kingdom-focused businesses, with the focus on eradicating poverty in Africa.
FOUNDER & CEO | KING PRICE INSURANCE
Gideon is the founder and CEO of King Price, a new player (and game changer) in South Africa’s short term insurance industry. An avid entrepreneur, Gideon has founded several other successful companies, such as ThinkTank and SABest. Together with pursuing his entrepreneurial endeavours, Gideon enjoyed a successful corporate career as marketing and sales director for insurance giant Telesure, where he also pioneered the insurance aggregator hippo.co.za.
These 14 years of short term insurance experience and insight resulted in King Price’s world-first pricing strategy, which sees premiums decrease monthly in line with cars’ depreciating values. Gideon believes in a culture-based business model and his team is encouraged to operate to their full creative potential. For Gideon it’s not just about products, it’s also about realising the human possibilities. King Price launched in June 2012 with only 20 staff. Just 5 years later, 750 committed and inspired ‘family members’ serve the kingdom’s 110,000+ happy clients (with a smile). King Price has also won many awards and broken numerous records along the way.
CEO | ASHBURTON INVESTMENTS
Boshoff joined Rand Merchant Bank in 2000, after providing legal counsel to the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) for three years. During the past 15 years with FirstRand, Boshoff has been a founding member of DCM. DCM is a joint venture between Fixed Income Currency and Commodities (FICC) and the Investment Banking division (IBD) of Rand Merchant Bank. He served as a Specialist Transactor and as Executive Director for various capital market vehicles. In 2007, he assumed responsibility for the DCM Executive Committee and was also appointed to the Management Board of IBD. Boshoff has been the CEO of Ashburton Investments since its conceptualisation in 2009 and is responsible for the implementation of the FirstRand Group’s investment management strategy.
When Boshoff is not working he spends time with his wife, Blyde, and his three children Andreas, Nina and Miko. Boshoff loves horses and is a passionate horse rider. His other interests include breeding Arabian horses, tennis, fly fishing, reading, music and travelling.
COO | IN2FOOD GROUP
Andre is currently the joint Chief Operations Officer at In2Food, a national food producer. Andre completed his accounting degree at Stellenbosch University and articles at PwC. He joined Vriesenhof Wine Farm and was responsible for administration and wine exports. Thereafter he worked as a financial manager, firstly at Nulaid Eggs and then at Pioneer Foods Milling Division. In 2003 he joined his father and built Nibbly Bits into a national food producer mainly supplying Woolworths . In 2016 he sold the business to In2Food, where he is currently employed.
Andre has various investments in smaller business ventures where he serves as a non executive director, and is also on the board of two NGOs in the Drakenstein area, namely NORSA and Valley of Abundance. Andre has an interest in the growth hurdles experienced by fast growing businesses as well as the resulting change in organisational culture.
CEO | POPUP UPLIFTMENT
CFO | CREATION CAPITAL
Gerrit is a Chartered Accountant with experience in logistics, manufacturing, financial services and skills development. He is the CEO of POPUP Upliftment, a non-profit company, which focuses on providing skills training to unemployed youth. POPUP has trained nearly 7,500 people up to the end of 2017. Gerrit is also the CFO of Creation Capital, an asset manager which manages a debt fund and a property fund.
HEAD OF PHILANTHROPY | NEDBANK PRIVATE WEALTH
Noxolo heads up the Philanthropy Office at Nedbank Private Wealth and is responsible for developing the philanthropy offering and strategy. The philanthropy office provides a range of specialist advice and services to individuals, families, private and corporate foundations as well as non-profit organisations (NPO’s) to ensure sustainable and impactful giving.
Noxolo is passionate about sustainable economic and social development, and the strategic role private philanthropy can play. She has extensive experience in the financial services sector, and is an MBA graduate from Henley Business School in the UK. She also holds a post-graduate degree in Economic Policy and Development.
FOUNDER & CEO | BOKAMOSO IMPACT
CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRWOMAN | RAISE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL
Lesego is the co-founder and chairwoman of Raise the Children International, a registered nonprofit in South Africa, USA and UK. As a former volunteer teacher in a rural school outside of her hometown of Mmabatho, Lesego believes in education-based solutions to poverty. Raise the Children identifies self-motivated orphans from impoverished and rural communities and mobilizes resources for these children to gain access to higher education that leads to employment and public service with a high return on social investment.
Lesego is also the founder and CEO of Bokamoso Impact Investments, a social enterprise solely dedicated to uplifting remote underdeveloped areas of the country. Bokamoso introduces innovative agricultural solutions to poverty, incubates local rural entrepreneurs, and tackles lack of basic resources with commercial strategies and natural asset mobilisation. Lesego is also the founder and CEO of Bokamoso Foods, specialising in manufacturing, packaging and distribution of food and beverages. She is an alumna of the City College of New York with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, more specifically Social and Economic Development in Southern Africa, and a graduate of the London School of Economics, with a MSc in Social Policy and Development, investigating the impact of decentralisation of education and quality in the former homelands of South Africa. Lesego was recently given public recognition as a young Achiever and Trail Blazer, and Mail and Guardian honoured her as one of South Africa’s 200 young leaders. Recently, she won the Standard Bank Top Women award, alongside noticeable icons like Yvonne ChakaChaka.
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR | TUSHIYAH ADVISORY SERVICES
Abigail launched Tushiyah in 2008 with the focused and ambitious objectives of growing SMEs, growing corporates and growing the economy. Over the last decade the company has gained significant standing in the Enterprise and Supplier Development space, responsible for countless SME/Corporate successes. Putting planning into practice has been a central theme for her over this exciting period of exponential growth.
Abigail’s drive has also seen her being crowned SACBW Business Woman of the Year in 2014. With a unique pool of some of the brightest people that South Africa has to offer, Abigail succeeded in securing Tushiyah’s USP: access to market; access to finance; and access to business savvy for SMEs. In this way, Tushiyah facilitates successful value chain relationships for corporate procurement divisions.
REGIONAL MANAGER: SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN | MERGON FOUNDATION
Marnus finds great pleasure in being able to connect people and organisations, bringing together a variety of experience, local knowledge and intuition that creates deep work and greater impact. His purpose is to bridge the gap between people from different cultures and environments, and helping them to live towards their purpose and calling.
As the sub-Saharan regional manager of the Mergon Foundation, he works with over 40 organisations in the region to bring about Kingdom expansion. He finds and develops strategic leaders and organisations, helping them grow towards being more sustainable and healthy individuals and teams. Marnus holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree, but is finding more interest in the understanding of human behaviour while also dabbling as an amateur futurist. He is married to Sonja and is a father to two incredibly joyful daughters.
CEO | LA MOTTE WINES & LEOPARD LEAP WINES
Hein is both the CEO of La Motte, a premium South African wine brand, and Leopard’s Leap Wines, an upmarket retail wine brand. Both wines are sold internationally to great acclaim. Born in Laingsburg in South Africa’s Karoo region in 1960, Hein earned himself qualifications in winemaking from the respected Cape Institute for Agriculture Training at Elsenburg at Stellenbosch University in the Cape Winelands.
Embarking on his career as winemaker in 1984 at Spier Wine Estate, Koegelenberg later joined Windmeul Cellar in Paarl, moving through the ranks from Assistant Winemaker to Chief Winemaker and ultimately CEO of the co-operative winery before becoming CEO of La Motte in 1998. In 1999 he formed Leopard’s Leap Wine in collaboration with his late father-in-law, the internationally respected industrialist and conservationist Dr Anton Rupert. Under Hein’s management, Leopard’s Leap has become a global brand known for its support of conservation efforts to protect the Cape Mountain leopard. In 2014, Hein was acknowledged by the Institute of Cape Wine Masters as Wine Personality of the Year in recognition for his major contribution to the South African wine industry. Hein is the Chairman of the Board of the Franschhoek Wine Valley association which looks after the promotion of the wine and wine tourism in the Franschhoek valley where La Motte and Leopard’s Leap are based. Hein takes a special interest in developing the South African wine tourism offering in Asia.
FOUNDER | CROSSOVER TRANSFORMATION GROUP
Patrick is the founder of Crossover Transformation Group – an organisation focused on offering Value Co-Creation services, a field of expertise focused on accelerating business and economic growth by putting together new relational and transactional economic structures that are constructed by uniting the uniqueness and diversity of thinking from participating stakeholders.
Patrick left a successful corporate career in 2005 and co-founded Umliba Investment Corporation – a South Africa based specialist information and media focused investment holding company. Through this company he set up a joint venture company called PA Sport South Africa (a leading sports information provider) together with London based Press Association Group. In 2008 he further co-founded Livemobile – a mobile media and services company which became the first African organisation to win a Global Mobile Marketing Award for innovation in sports based mobile marketing. He exited this side of business to start Crossover Transformation in 2011. Patrick is married to the love of his life, Maude and they have been blessed with two sons.
FOUNDER & CEO | WASTEPLAN
Bertie Lourens is the Chief Executive Officer and visionary behind WastePlan, an onsite Waste Management and Recycling Company. Bertie’s entrepreneurial drive and passion – for both the environment and empowering people – led him to start WastePlan in the Western Cape in 2004.
WastePlan currently employs over 1300 staff and services over 320 sites in the industrial, property, commercial, hospitality and medical industries in most of the major cities in South Africa – with recyclable waste being collected from over 100 000 households in Cape Town. “Changing the way we think about waste” is WastePlan’s motto, and as such Bertie is constantly building strategic partnerships and searching for innovative ways of waste reduction and recycling. He is a dedicated family man and father to four children and an enthusiastic aviator.
CO-FOUNDER | ACORN PRIVATE EQUITY
Pierre is the co-founder and majority shareholder of Acorn Private Equity. He is a qualified chartered accountant with more than 23 years’ experience in corporate finance, private equity and investments.
Pierre specialised in taxation with Arthur Andersen and worked as an analyst and corporate financier at SMK Securities, which later became BOE Securities. In September 1998, he started with the PSG Group, where he was tasked with private equity and corporate finance. After almost 11 years with PSG he resigned in 2009 to start Acorn Private Equity. Acorn is currently managing their second private equity fund Acorn Agri, an agri and food permanent capital vehicle.
FOUNDER | MEINTJES & CO
FOUNDER | THE PRETTY BLOG
With expert knowledge and experience in photography, online media and digital content creation, Christine has distinguished herself as an expert amongst her peers. She is the first female to be appointed as a Nikon Premium Ambassador for Southern Africa. Her work has been featured in numerous national and international publications and has also graced the covers of magazines all over the world. She is also the founder of the first female wedding and lifestyle blog in South Africa, theprettyblog.com. She successfully built The Pretty Blog to reach more than 650,000 users per month, generating more than 5.5 million impressions per month, through the blog and social media channels. The blog was also nominated as one of the world’s best, mentioned alongside Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog Goop.
Apart from running her photography studio, she also consults and mentors photographers, companies and organisations about online media, social media and the value of visual storytelling through her company Meintjes & Co, yearly workshops and appearing as a guest speaker at conferences.
KARABO CHE MOKOAPE
CO-FOUNDER & CEO | HOME CLOUD
Karabo is a Durban-based social entrepreneur, writer and speaker. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Home Cloud, an Internet Service Provider (ISP). He sits on the boards of several organisations including: Hilton College, The Future Life Foundation, The Light Trust, African Enterprise and others. His core skills are strategic leadership and planning, communication and personal development.
Karabo has a vast knowledge regarding systems, operations and social responsibility which he has applied in strategically advising a wide range of organisations in various industries. A true global citizen, he has travelled to more than 70 countries and speaks a number of foreign languages, including French and Spanish. Karabo also has a background as a journalist, having been a foreign correspondent for various media outlets, including the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). He has covered the conflicts in Somalia, Gaza, Afghanistan and the Ivory Coast to name a few. Karabo and his wife Thuli, have two children and live in Durban.
FOUNDER & CEO | ECRA SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR | KAVANAH (PTY) LTD
TRUSTEE | ITAVERO TRUST
DIRECTOR TRAINING | CENTER FOR ORAL SCRIPTURES (JERUSALEM)
Disciple of Jesus Christ, husband to Elmarie, father to Jean Gerhard and Liezl-Mari, servant-leader, Bible and Orality scholar, accountant, auditor, strategist and experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of leading teams and establishing new redemptive enterprises.
Gerhard is passionately committed as a Kingdom Builder in all aspects of life and wants to serve the purpose of God in this generation. Through redemptive enterprises he leads people to life-changing experiences.
MANAGING DIRECTOR | SIMACEL
Zola is the Managing Director of Simacel (Pty) Limited which developed the first photo voltaic solar energy installations in the Northern Cape, South Africa. These projects generate 190MW, which is fed directly into the national grid. Prior to this involvement, Zola held an executive role with First National Bank and has a proven track record as a business development manager in various enterprises.
He has held the position of chairperson of the Banking SETA IT sub-committee for the USA delegation. Zola’s personal passion, however, is in education. In memory of his late mother, he formed The Dikeledi Mkumla Education Trust in 2011 and in 2018 will fully sponsor 40 learners at Carter High School in Pietermaritzburg.
DIRECTOR OF PAEDIATRIC HIV CLINICAL SERVICES | GROOTE SCHUUR HOSPITAL
Dr. Rudzani trained as a paediatrician at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the University of Cape Town (UCT), obtaining a Fellowship in Paediatrics (FCPaeds) with the Colleges of Medicines of South Africa (CMSA) in 2004. After this he completed an M.Sc. (Public Health Developing Countries) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM, 2008). He has an interest in infectious diseases with a special emphasis on vaccine preventable diseases. Currently Dr. Rudzani is the Director of the paediatric HIV Clinical Services at Groote Schuur Hospital while completing a PhD on the epidemiology of pertussis with UCT.
He is a holder of several grants and scholarships. Dr. Rudzani has supervised and continue to supervise several postgraduate students in clinical medicine as well as in public health. He is also a course co-convener of the Annual African Vaccinology Course conducted by VACFA.
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | EN GEDI
Laurie founded En Gedi and serves as its Executive Director. Her passion is to serve and encourage, and God has used her experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to apply those gifts around the world. Laurie has worked as a manager with Master Sports and as Executive Director of her family’s foundation, MasterWorks Foundation before founding En Gedi.
She served on the board of Leadership Development International (LDi) in China and is currently on the advisory council and also ministers at her local church.
DIRECTOR | SYSTEMS THINKING AFRICA
Samuel is an experienced and highly rated process facilitator having worked with many organisations in the areas of leadership development, change management, organisational restructuring, strategic alignment as well as in organisational transformation and renewal. His interests include how organisations create and share knowledge; how to promote organisational learning as well as how to lead and manage change processes in a way that enhances individual and organisational performance. He enjoys working with organisations to enhance their viability and effectiveness.
DIRECTOR | HALFTIME SOUTH AFRICA
Tommy O’Kennedy is the first full-time director of Halftime South Africa. He started his career as a teacher and was involved as seminar leader and facilitator for Leadership Development and Management Development programmes for many years. He started his own business as entrepreneurship and management consultant and also taught in Business Management and Entrepreneurship at CPUT and Leadership Development at Stellenbosch University.
After reading the book “Halftime” in 1998, Tommy desired to live a life of significance and in the middle of 2009, after a number of years in the academic and business world, Tommy was asked to become the first full-time director of Halftime South Africa. He felt that he could realise his dream to inspire business and professional leaders to embrace their calling to live a life of significance.
FOUNDER | RLABS
Marlon is the founder of Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs) – a South African social entrepreneur who uses information communications technology (ICT) to empower communities, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and named by the Mail and Guardian as 1 of 300 young South Africans you have to take out to lunch. He was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2014.
Marlon is a former lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and currently head of Mxit Reach, which is centred on using the innovative technology built by Mxit to create free mobile educational, health care, agricultural and community applications. With over 50 million users, Mxit is Africa’s largest social network. Marlon’s work as a social entrepreneur, and in particular his successes with RLabs franchise, has seen Reconstructed Living Labs popping up all over the world in places like Brazil, Namibia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Somalia. The RLabs model has been replicated in 21 countries, it has incubated 22 social enterprises, and employs 80 people – most of them in Cape Town. More than four million people have accessed support services through RLabs. He was named the National LEAD SA Hero of 2015, a Primedia Broadcasting initiative, supported by Independent Newspapers to promote active citizenship.
HEAD OF INCUBATION | LAUNCHLAB
Brandon is currently the Head of Incubation at the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab. He oversees the incubation and acceleration programmes, recruits potential investors and service providers, works with corporates to engage with startups, and speaks at various startup events promoting the Western Cape and South African tech startup community. He also directly works with more than 10 startups.
He was on the founding team of a Campus Outreach in Johannesburg, a global ministry to university students serving as the Mobilisation Director. After eight years with Campus Outreach, Brandon joined Applogix in 2012 where he headed the Project Management and Business Analyst functions. He facilitated a strategy and culture overhaul in 2014, which was crucial to Applogix being acquired by WPP (UK based group of creative agencies) in 2014 for around R50m. Brandon received his MBA from East Carolina (AACSB) in 2013. His undergraduate studies were in business science at UNC-Charlotte. Brandon’s expertise lies in strategy, culture and business model design.
CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | NATION BUILDER TRUST
Keri-Leigh is the Executive director of the Muthobi Foundation within the Mergon Group, as well as co-founder and director of the Nation Builder Trust. Nation Builder is an initiative that equips and enables businesses to leverage their skills and resources to bring about social change while doing business. Nation Builder has launched the first social Investment self-assessment tool, a knowledge platform with best in industry resources and an exclusive online community caters for peer-learning and collaboration.
Keri has worked both locally and in the United Kingdom in marketing and development as well as initiating and leading a national drive, to raise awareness for autism in South Africa – igniting a passion to utilise marketing and business to raise social awareness and investment.
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN | POWER GROUP OF COMPANIES
Graham is the founder and Chairman of the Power Group of Companies, formed in 1983. The company has made its mark in the world of construction, building and property development, working to improve the quality of life in Africa through infrastructure development. Graham has repurposed his company into a powerful tool for transformation in God’s hands. In 2001 Graham initiated a gathering in Cape Town that saw 45,000 Christians pray for the needs of their nation.
By 2010 this movement grew to become the largest prayer gathering in recorded history, where people from 220 nations participated in the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday. In 2007 Unashamedly Ethical (UE), was launched internationally, promoting ethics, values, and clean living across all sectors of society. UE has members in 119 countries and the goal is to see this reach all 220 nations by 2025. A few personal awards for Graham include the first international ‘Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year’ award by the World Evangelical Alliance and the Entrepreneurial Leaders Organisation in Canada; City of Cape Town Civic Award for Social Affairs and Services; Junior and Businessman awards in Johannesburg and Cape Town and an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the Nyack College and the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York.
FOUNDER | AGES GROUP
FOUNDER | TOUCHING AFRICA GROUP
Stephan is a South African citizen, born in the late fifties and resides in Potchefstroom where he is involved in family, business and community activities. He is married to Christa and they have a family of four children and one grandchild. He is the founder of the AGES Group of companies and co-founder of various related businesses with focus on geo-environmental engineering solutions and management.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Geology in 2009, and is involved in various post-graduate research programmes and studies. He is well known and recognised in the geohydrological community of South Africa and is involved in widespread regional water research and management projects. He is the chair of the Touching Africa Development Trust, contributing to community and business development through a cooperation of vision driven businesses, networking throughout various countries in Southern Africa. Stephan lately focused on the documentation and research on Kingdom principles and understanding the Word of God as a practical tool in all aspects of life, including the corporate environment. This has led to the development of training material, publications, and various wide spread presentations.
FOUNDER & GENERAL PARTNER | KINGSON
Gavin is the Founder and General Partner of Kingson Capital. Gavin provides strategic leadership to the development of the Kingson funds and portfolio construction of the underlying businesses. Gavin is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has held various management and consultancy positions over the years in several businesses including JT Ross and Praxis Financial Services. During this time, Gavin has also been involved in business strategy, supply chain optimisation and business process engineering. What Gavin has loved best is assisting startup businesses in defining their value proposition and business market positioning.
Gavin founded Kingson in mid-2015 to leverage his skill set assisting startup founders and SME’s. Kingson has invested into 10 companies in its first fund. For its second fund, Kingson has secured a $10 million guarantee from the United States Agency for International Development which together with a $20 million equity raise will be invested in tech and the SME sector. Kingson invests into businesses that are scalable and solve real-world problems. Gavin’s key strengths lie in identifying and developing business opportunities, strategy and product development, business development, innovation and business leadership. Gavin serves as an advisor and board member on several startups, including Finfind, SMEasy, HealthCloud, TrackBox, Colorgen and HomeCloud.
FOUNDER & CEO | INOVO
Wynand Smit, the current CEO of INOVO, has worked in the South African contact centre industry for over 10 years. Along with his wife Liesl and his two kids, he spends many holidays connecting with nature at game parks or camping at scenic locations around the country. From creating his own self-sustaining fruit and vegetable garden to incubating new business opportunities, he is never short of starting new projects, and devising creative ways to bring his ideas to life.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO | GAP CAPITAL
Wesley is a qualified Chartered Accountant specialising in private equity and transaction advisory services. Amongst other deal-related services, he has focused on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, fundraising, due diligence investigations, valuations and transaction structuring and advice. Wesley is the CEO and co-founder of Gap Capital SA and USA. Prior to that he was the founder and CEO of LIV Business, a philanthropic investment company.
He was responsible for heading up the Corporate Finance divisions of KZN and the Eastern Cape for PricewaterhouseCoopers and before that was the founder and owner of Smith Savage, a registered auditing, taxation, boutique corporate finance and advisory practice in Johannesburg. Other business leadership roles include the finance executive for Louis Vuitton South Africa.
FOUNDER & CEO | LIV VILLAGE
Tich is the founder and CEO of Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV). He attended Pietermaritzburg University from 1969 to 1972, played rugby for Natal in 1970 and represented Natal in cricket from 1972 until his retirement from the game in 1983. He also represented South Africa in cricket in this time. Tich worked for Sanlam from 1987 to1992. In 1992, he started Tich Smith & Associates, and TSA Administration (Pty) Ltd in 1997. His son, Greg, joined him in the business in 2001.
In 2007, he felt the call of God, to pass on the baton of the running of the business to Greg, and go full time into the Amaoti informal settlement, to work alongside his wife, Joan. These projects support twenty-seven crèches, feed over a thousand children each day, run life skills programs in two high schools and have over 400 vulnerable children on the back-to-school program and employ a number of previously unemployed young people from Amaoti, who now manage the projects. In 2008, Tich and Joan felt the call of God to start the Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV), which would become the urgently needed residential facility for orphaned and vulnerable children. The vision for a children’s village had been burning in Tich’s heart for 12 years. In 2009, they purchased an eighty-three-acre farm, on the outskirts of Verulam, and LIV was born. The first 96 homes are complete. There are 33 mothers in residence, and over 160 children now call the LIV Village “home” (with new children added monthly). Tich and Joan have been happily married for 26 years with four children and eight grandchildren.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | INSTITUTE FOR CHRISTIAN STUDIES
Gideon is Associate Professor in Worldview Studies at the Institute for Christian Studies, a graduate school of philosophy in Toronto, Canada, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC, USA. His current research projects include a study of Faith Formation after Sixty in Montreal, Quebec, and a study of Inequality, forgiveness, and political agency: lived theologies among young adults in post-apartheid South African churches in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Gideon previously served, among others, as Associate Professor of Leadership and Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California, and editor of the journal Comment. While in Stellenbosch Gideon is collaborating with Stellenbosch Gemeente to facilitate workshops titled Jou Volgende Vyf Jaar.
FOUNDER & TINKERER | SNUGGLABS
Franz is passionate about people, technology and business! He was the CEO and co-founder of iKubu – a Stellenbosch based tech company that was acquired by Garmin in 2015. Franz received his Computer Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria, and started his career as an embedded software developer. After honing his skills for a couple of years, he decided to start a business where Engineers could really express themselves: iKubu was born. During his tenure as CEO of iKubu, Franz also competed his MBA (cum laude) at the University of Stellenbosch.
After crowdfunding the world’s first bicycle radar called Backtracker in 2014, iKubu was acquired by Garmin. Franz is currently helping tech startups to unlock their full potential.
FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE | CHAPTER ONE INNOVATION
Rorisang is the Chief Executive and Founder of Chapter One Innovation. He leads the firm in its mission to be the platform off which market winners, industry leaders and world changers are launched, both the organisational systems and the people that work on them. Rorisang is a classical corporate strategist specialising in business model and innovation strategy. He holds a MBA (specialising in social innovation and entrepreneurship) from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Financial Accounting, Auditing and Taxation from the University of Pretoria.
Rorisang is also an adjunct member of faculty at Duke University CE, delivering a portfolio of corporate education programmes. He is an African Leadership Institute / Oxford University Desmond Tutu Fellow, an Africa Leadership Initiative / Aspen Global Leadership Network (YALI) Fellow and a Bertha Foundation Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellow. Amongst Rorisang’s hidden talent are that he is both a retired politician and a retired radio show host.
CHAIRPERSON | UMALUSI COUNCIL
CHAIRPERSON | DG MURRAY TRUST
John was born and raised in Cape Town South Africa. He started his academic career at the University of Western Cape, South Africa where he studied mathematics and physics and later completed the PhD in mathematics education at Cornell University, Ithaca NY in 1988. He returned to Southern Africa in 1990 after almost a decade in the USA.
John served as Campus Vice-Principal at the then University of Natal, Durban and later Pro-Vice Chancellor for Partnerships at the University of KwaZulu-Natal until 2004. He has also been centrally involved in curriculum reform in post-apartheid South Africa and has been asked by all four Ministers of Education to play a leading role in the transformation of education in the new South Africa. He served for four years (2006 -2010) as the Chairperson of Umalusi Council, and is now serving a second term as Chair of Council. Currently, he also serves as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology, a university of 27 000 students as well as the Acting Vice-Chancellor at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He is also the Chairperson of the DG Murray Trust, a public innovator committed to developing South Africa’s potential through strategic investment. After 25 years away from Cape Town he returned to and refurbished the house in Cape Town where he grew up. John and his late wife Engela, who was also a teacher, worked together in voluntary community based educational projects in the Athlone area with a focus on young people.
FOUNDER & CEO | SIX33 GROUP
Pieter is the Managing Director of the SIX33 Group – a private equity firm with investments in Agriculture, Financial Services, Logistics and Property. He is a qualified Actuary with 10 years’ experience working predominantly in the Financial Services industry. Before starting the SIX33 Group he worked as a strategy consultant for Accenture on various projects across Africa, Europe and North-America.
In 2013 he founded PICSA – a disruptive financial services startup that is now a member of the AFGRI group of companies. Pieter and his wife Estelle share a heart for building God’s kingdom which is why they founded the Aslan Trust in 2014 to reach vulnerable and orphaned children in Africa.
DIRECTOR | INTERNATIONAL SPORT LEADERSHIP SCHOOL
John’s purpose is to enhance strategic Kingdom expansion processes and to develop emerging leaders through the means of catalyzing and multiplying Gospel movements. He is the global co-convener for a global sports coalition with partners in 200 countries. Since 1999, over 5 million young people in 170 countries are reached and discipled through sports and games annually as a result of training for 80,000 leaders each year.
John is the director of the International Sport Leadership School (ISLS) – an initiative that has trained 500 emerging global leaders from 130 countries. He is the global facilitator for Ubabalo – an initiative to equip coaches to be fathers on the sports field. Ubabalo has exploded to over 140 countries with 10,000 coaches trained annually and open source material available for multiple sports in multiple languages. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and is a Certified Behavioural Consultant. John is married to Wan Yi and they have embraced the adventure of parenting their daughters Emma and Ellie. They love serving young couples and young families to discover their purpose within God’s mission.
CEO | BLOUDRUK GROUP
Hardus, who studied Business Economics and Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University, is an entrepreneur at heart and launched his first venture in 1994. He is CEO of Bloudruk Group, a media network that includes Tygerberg 104FM, Groot FM 90.5, Die Groot Ontbyt, one of the most popular shows on kykNET, Radio Christian Voice, the largest radio station in Zambia with over 4 million listeners, Bloudruk Media, that specialises in the Afrikaans market and digital TV channel RoepTV.com.
Hardus is actively involved in the community and founded the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District, the largest CID in South Africa, as well as serving as Exco member of Unashamedly Ethical.