These are the amazing speakers that will participate at the 2022 NextGen Summit:
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.
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR | SINANI ENERGY
Abonga has a degree in Organisational and Industrial Psychology from Rhodes University. In 2008 he founded Kanelo, a procurement business for a diverse group of businesses across a multitude of sectors. He moved on to be business manager of Wakaberry. After its acquisition by Famous Brands, Abonga was appointed Regional Ops Manager for Steers, Debonairs and Fishaways. Learning a great deal about systems from the corporate environment, Abonga co-founded Sinani Energy. Abonga’s passion for driving business sustainability is rooted in businesses becoming more energy efficient. However, his passion for people is not lost – he has started a programme called Man in the Arena, which seeks to address the mental health issues sports people go through during and after their playing days.
CO-FOUNDER (MOVEPRETTY), BRAND STRATEGIST & ENTREPRENEUR
Annelize started out her career in the creative world of advertising and brand management, and has worked on a variety of brands in through-the-line agencies, on the client side and on a consultation basis. However, she’d always had a love for fashion and decided to continue her studies part-time to take a slight career turn into the world of fashion and at the same time pursue her entrepreneurial passions. After co-founding and running a women’s athleisure brand, MOVEPRETTY for 8 years, Annelize gained ever-valuable experience first-hand, seeing her startup grow – first as a part time hobby and later as a full-time business. Currently, Annelize is pursuing other startup business interests and consulting in her areas of expertise. She is passionate about women empowerment, finding balance in life and work as a mom and wife, and loving others as she loves Jesus.
FOUNDER & CEO | GIDEON MILLING
Aubrey Terblanche is a husband to L’atella and father of two boys, Ruben and Benjamin. Aubrey has pursued a career in aviation, but has always had a passion for agriculture. When he is not flying, he works to help establish food security in South Africa by adding value to farmers’ products. His motto in life is that we are more than conquerors through Christ that strengthens us.
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.
CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | THE THEKVEST GROUP
Words that describe Champ Thekiso include: paradigm-shifter, leader, strategist, experienced director, entrepreneur, investor, and chartered accountant. He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Entrepreneurial Advisory Division (EAD), which focused on auditing SMMEs. After PwC, he has been growing SMMEs through The Thekvest Group, a business development expertise. He has a wealth of experience in growing dormant companies to high performing socio-economic ventures. Over and above his technical and financial knowledge, Champ has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, local procurement, economic transformation and social performance within the resources sector. He has been an advisor on several Employee Share Schemes, BEE transactions and BEE advisories for JSE listed and unlisted companies. He serviced clients such as Impala Platinum, Anglo Platinum, Shanduka Resources, Sephaku Cement, John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust, SIOC-CDT, and Modikwa Platinum, to name the few in the socio-economic transformation capacity.
CHRISTINE VAN NIEKERK
CO-FOUNDER | THE APIARY
Christine Meintjes (officially Van Niekerk) is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, driven to establish innovative ways to connect creativity with business. She is an internationally acclaimed photographer and the first-ever female appointed as a Nikon Premium Ambassador (for Southern Africa).
In 2010 Christine founded the Pretty Blog, a renowned lifestyle platform that has won numerous national and international awards for its exceptional content and storytelling experience. Recently, she co-found The Apiary: a company with the tagline “A group of companies, taking creativity seriously”. The Apiary is the holding company for The Pretty Blog and a venture called The Local Edit: an exciting new app that will bring South Africa’s best-designed goods to your fingertips and home.
Christine also started a podcast, Behind The Edit, which facilitates honest and raw conversations about what it takes to build “perfectly edited” brands. In her free time, she enjoys consulting and mentoring, but above all, she is a devoted wife and mom.
FOUNDER & CEO | AVOLANDS
David is a passionate avocado entrepreneur and an ardent ambassador for agribusiness development. He believes that the free market and small business development is the only credible means to long-term prosperity for all South Africans. Prior to farming, David worked as a consulting project manager in commercial and development agriculture throughout Africa. He is a dedicated family man and when he is not working, you will find him motorbiking in the bush with his two sons or riding his mountain bike in the forests surrounding his farm.
FOUNDER & MD | BETHEL ESTATE
Gugu is a seasoned business leader who has worked in leadership positions in both the public and the private sector. She turned mayor companies losses into thriving businesses and is very vocal about her dependence on God in the workplace. She is now the managing director of Bethel Farm, a commercial farming operation in Kwazulu-Natal, which she is building with her children.
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 co-facilitator for a global sports coalition with partners in 200 countries. Millions of sports people are reached and discipled through sports, games, and fitness because of leader and team development for 100,000 leaders each year.
John is the director of the International Sport Leadership School (ISLS) – an initiative that has trained 575 emerging global leaders from 135countries. He is the global facilitator for Ubabalo Whole Life Coaching – 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 resources available for multiple sports in multiple languages. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and is a Certified Behavioural Consultant, Executive Coach, and Futures Thinking 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.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO | DX DIGITAL AFRICA
Jonathan Asiamah is the founder and CEO of South African automotive tech startup, DentX. Jonathan worked at Barclays Bank as an Associate Vice-President in their South African division as a Cloud/DevOps/Fintech Engineer until Barclays separated from the Absa Group. Working at management level as one of the group’s youngest professionals, Jonathan represented Absa Bank in San Fransisco for Xprize and Singularity University on innovation and business transformation. He started an engineering consulting business then ventured into a fully-fledged tech startup, DentX – a company built to combat subjective and obscure pricing practices in the Automotive sector. Jonathan is also involved in the startup ecosystem as a technical advisor for several startups in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
KARIEN DE WAAL
FOUNDER | JOIN BANDS NOT GANGS
Karien is an enthusiastic, all-round creative with a passion for helping the next generation develop their God-given talents of music. After studying Marketing, she switched lanes to pursue her dream of becoming a composer, which saw her accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. Four years later, she returned to Cape Town with a seed deep in her heart to make a difference. After freelancing in the music industry for a season, she founded JOIN BANDS, NOT GANGS in 2018 as a way to bring peace to gang-ridden communities through music.
FOUNDER & CEO | DIGEMY
After completing his Honours degree in Mathematical Sciences at Stellenbosch University, Kobus pursued a career in credit risk, where he later became a specialist in credit risk modelling. While building models that forecast the behaviour of the consumer for some of the biggest banks in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Africa, he realised that there is very little being done to change this consumer behaviour. With his modelling expertise and passion for mentorship, entrepreneurship and leadership development, he founded Digemy.com, an EdTech company that specialises in organisational optimisation, financial wellness, and entrepreneurial and soft-skill development in the Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer markets.
CO-FOUNDER | MINTOR
A creative problem solver, passionate about youth development and social entrepreneurship (and dancing) – this is what makes Leànne thrive and she’s put it to action having co-founded Mintor to see millions of unemployed youth realise their potential. Leànne’s background comprises 15+ yrs in IT and Operations Consulting (UK, USA, Africa), including her former role as global SME development manager for IFC (World Bank Group). She holds a B.Eng (Industrial Electronics) from Stellenbosch University and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from Oxford University, however, her biggest learnings were from doing business and learning from others that do.
DIRECTOR & COO | BETHEL ESTATE
Lungi is the COO of Bethel Estate and constantly inspired by the call to build the farm operations into a mixed commercial operation with both local and international export potential. She earned her degree in commerce (specialising in accounting) from UCT and is currently training at Agri college. Lungi is also a financial advisor with Old Mutual and a Phenomenal Women director, a business she started during her varsity days. Her passion is aligned with her family’s vision to create employment and “be the light” wherever they operate. As a young African woman, she is excited to work alongside her mom, who has been a great business leader for many years. By leapfrogging many hard lessons, she appreciates wise counsel based on biblical truths.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO | DREAM FACTORY
Lusanda is an admitted attorney who is passionate about raising the next generation of youth leaders in Africa through education. As co-founder and CEO of Dream Factory Foundation, she’s received global recognition for her work, including the 2017 SE 100 Most Inspiring Social Innovators and Social Entrepreneurs; the 2016 Leadership Award at the Ministerial Youth Excellence Awards, and the Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for Education. She’s also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a proud wife and mother to baby Joy.
FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR | SILULO ULUTHO TECHNOLOGIES
Luvuyo Rani is an award-winning entrepreneur, and founder and managing director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a Cape Town based IT services company. The story of Silulo began in 2004 when Rani, a teacher in Khayelitsha, saw teachers struggling with the new computer technology that was being introduced into classrooms. He started his business from the boot of his car, buying old computers, refurbishing them and selling the gadgets. Today, Silulo has 46 stores in townships and rural areas in the Western, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, 220 full-time staff members, and 21 franchises. Rani gradually set up internet cafes in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, while establishing one-stop ICT (information and communication technology) centres offering internet access, training, sales, repairs and mobile support. By 2008, they had perfected this model and started to expand. Today Rani is an award-winning social enterpreneur with a top-floor office in the city and a business that is helping thousands of South Africans succeed.
FOUNDER & CEO | MY QUALI DOC
Nthabiseng is a medical practitioner who is passionate about improving access to primary healthcare. She has a vision that, if realised, will make quality primary healthcare affordable for all global citizens in emerging markets.
She has spent the last 10 years navigating the private health sector, firstly in the pharmaceutical industry and then as a partner in an emergency medical practice. She also has experience in the sub-acute healthcare environment. Nthabi completed her MBA through the Gordon Institute of Business Science, where her research topic, “Factors that influence the non-urgent use of emergency departments in the South African private healthcare sector” seeks to aid in the development of divergent strategies for these patients.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO | REDEMPTIVE CAPITAL
Paul is a co-founder of Redemptive Capital, a small investment firm focusing on supporting companies that seek the flourishing of low-income South Africans and their families. He is an actuary by trade but has developed expertise in startups, behavioural economics, and redemptive design. Paul is an eternal learner and strives to connect his Christian faith practically to all spheres of life using the lens of biblical wisdom.
CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER & PRODUCER | BEYOND THE EYES
Sammy grew up in a farming family in the North West, post-Bophutatswana. He was educated at Potchefstroom High School for Boys and the University of Pretoria. It was at university that he truly came to know Jesus as his Lord and Saviour and sensed the call of the Lord on his life. After completing his B.Com Investment Management degree, he joined a ministry called Campus Outreach as full-time staff for six years, sharing his faith on campus. The desire to tell stories finally drove him to realise his dream of capturing the African stories that often remain untold, co-founding Beyond the Eyes in 2014. He shares the journey with business partner Tebogo, as well as his wife Mpho and their daughter Aobakwe.
FOUNDER & CEO | LEGENDS BARBERSHOP
Sheldon Tatchell is the founder and owner of Legends Barbershop, a brand that has quickly become luminary among South Africans.
From humble beginnings back in 2011, on a stoep in Eldorado Park to 66 stores later employing over 400 staff members across the SADC region, the journey and the vision continues.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO | ANSTEM MEDICAL
Stephan has a background in Human Movement Science and started out in medical sales, setting the direction for a lifelong investment. With 10 years of medical and orthopaedic sales and marketing management experience, Anstem is the realisation of a dream – starting a God-focused business with like-minded colleagues. With a “lead from the front” mentality, he believes that anything is possible with hard work and the right people at his side!
FOUNDER & CEO | CALLING EDUCATION
Werner is a passionate and influential educator. He is the principal of Calling Academy and CEO of Calling Education. He previously taught at Paul Roos Gymnasium, where he headed up character development, Christian union, hockey and a boarding house. His other teaching experience includes Berkhamsted School and the Royal Grammar School (both UK). He is the author of First Class (a book for Christian teachers) and has spoken widely at staff development and education conferences. He is co-founder of Engage (promoting fatherhood in schools) and is a non-executive director of The World Needs a Father. He holds BSc(Ed) and BTh(Honours) degrees.
FOUNDER & CEO | ILIVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Werner is a passionate renewable energy entrepreneur and advocate for positive change. His vision ‘to bring life’ forms the foundation of his ventures. He believes the development of clean energy sources, circular economies, and inclusion of SMMEs are vehicles driving a sustainable future. Werner holds a masters degree in energy science, a solid international network and several years of corporate experience at director-level. iLive was founded in 2010, born out of a calling to provide affordable energy and clean water to the marginalised. Besides iLive, Werner is passionate about this family, faith and all sports that raises his adrenaline levels!