SPEAKERS

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Deputy President David Mabuza

Minister Patricia De Lille

Minister Gwede Mantashe​

Minister Tito Mboweni​

Minister Stella Ndabeni Abrahams

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma​

Minister Fikile Mbalula​

Minister Thoko Didiza

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu​

Dr Akinwumi A. Adesina

President of the African Development Bank Group

Dr Akinwumi A. Adesina (1960) is the President of the African Development Bank Group, a post he has held since 2015. He was Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015. During his tenure, he implemented bold policy reforms in the agriculture sector and pursued innovative investment programs to expand opportunities for the private sector. Dr Adesina has served as the Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and as the Associate Director, Food Security, at the Rockefeller Foundation.

In 2010, he was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as one of the 17 global leaders to spearhead the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). On 31 October 2019, Dr Adesina led the African Development Bank to achieve the highest capital increase since the Bank’s establishment in 1964, when shareholders from 80 member countries raised the general capital of the Bank by 125%. This increased the Bank’s capital by $115 billion, from $93 billion to $208 billion, a historic achievement for Africa.

In 2017, Dr. Adesina won the World Food Prize, an annual prize given by the World Food Prize Foundation. The World Food Prize is generally known as the “Nobel Prize for Agriculture”. Dr Adesina devoted his $250,000 Laureate’s money to establish a fund to support the youth in agriculture and to develop the new generation of world hunger fighters. On 29 February 2020, Dr Adesina was named African of the Year 2019 by the African Leadership Magazine. Dr Adesina was awarded the prestigious title after receiving 60% of the votes cast by some one million readers of the magazine. Dr Adesina holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, USA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria.

Dr. Miriam Altman

Director at Altman Advisory.

Dr. Miriam Altman is a Commissioner in the National Planning Commission. She was a contributor to the National Development Plan and now leads work on the economy, digital readiness, SOE performance and education. Miriam convenes the Covid-19 Economists Group.

As a Director at Altman Advisory, she supports governments and companies in their economic and commercial strategies. To date, this has involved African market development in e-commerce, education technology, electrical hardware, tourism and communications. Miriam convenes a top leadership group to strengthen China Business Strategy for SA.

She was Head of Strategy for Telkom from 2013 – 2016. As an Executive Director at the HSRC from 2002 – 2013 her work focused on economic and employment strategy. Miriam has economics degrees from McGill University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester. She is a 4IR Professor of Practice at UJ and Adjunct Professor at UCT. 

Tom Anderson

Head of the European Investment Bank’s Regional Representation for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean

Tom is Head of the European Investment Bank’s Regional Representation for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, based in South Africa. As a qualified macro and development economist Tom has more than 20 years of experience in project analysis, finance and economic development in a wide range of industrial sectors and in diverse geographical regions.

Prior to joining the Pretoria team Tom was Head of the Bank’s Regional Representation for the Near East, based in Cairo, covering Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and the Gaza strip. Before that, Tom worked as Lead Economist in the Bank’s Project Directorate responsible for socio-economic project assessments of private sector investments in both knowledge based and heavy industries, mainly in Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa. Tom has also been independent advisor to the European Commission on two occasions.

Prof. Brian Armstrong

Professor in the Chair of Digital Business at the Wits Business School.

Prof. Brian Armstrong is one of the foremost ICT industry leaders in South Africa, with over 30 years of top level management experience in Telecommunications, IT, technology R&D and systems engineering, both in South Africa and abroad. He is widely regarded as a thought leader in digitalisation, convergence and business strategy.

Brian is currently Professor in the Chair of Digital Business at the Wits Business School. He consults widely to industry and government on technological disruption and digital business and is an acclaimed public speaker on digital transformation and its socio-economic impacts.

Previously Brian spent seven years in Telkom, as Group Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Commercial Officer, and at BT as Vice President for Middle East and Africa. Brian completed his BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982 and 1984 respectively, and obtained his PhD from University College London in 1992.

Msokoli Frans Baleni

Former General Secretary National Union of Mineworkers.

Mr Frans Baleni is the past General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa’s largest trade Union, a role he has held since 2006. He started his career in the mining industry in 1979 and a year later was elected a Shop Steward.
In 1988, he became Branch Chairman at the Western Holdings Mine in Welkom. Frans then joined the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) where he held a variety of posts until his election in 2006 as General Secretary. He was a member of the JB Marks Bursary Trust and established its mandate – the provision of sustainable funding to support the education of NUM members and their dependents.

As Chairman of the Mineworkers Investment Trust, he oversaw assets in excess of R5bn. In the 1980s he joined the UDF (United Democratic Front) in its battle against apartheid. In the early 1990s, he served on the negotiating team at CODESA (the Convention for a Democratic South Africa) seeking to level the political ‘playing field’.

As a board member, Mr Baleni brings sound commercial, risk, governance and compliance skills together with his expertise in health and safety, government relations, education and training, energy sector, stakeholder management and collective bargaining processes.

Prof. Haroon Bhorat

Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at the University of Cape Town

Haroon Bhorat’s research interests cover labour economics, poverty and income distribution. Prof. Bhorat holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University, studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a Cornell University research fellow. He holds the prestigious National Research Chair under the theme: “Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring the Interactions for South Africa”.

He is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA). He sits on numerous committees and panels including the Advisory Board of the UNDP’s 2019 Human Development Report, and the World Bank’s Advisory Board of the Commission on Global Poverty. Prof. Bhorat is a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) and was an Advisor on Parliament’s High-Level Panel on Acceleration of Change and Transformation. He served as an economic advisor to two past Ministers of Finance, and previous Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, formally serving on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel.

Jesse Burton

Researcher in the Energy Systems group at the University of Cape Town.

Jesse Burton is a specialist in coal and electricity markets and energy and climate change policy in South Africa. Her research focuses on the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition for coal dependent countries, including just transition strategies.

Her research has quantified and examined the politics of fossil fuel subsidies in South Africa, the cost and greenhouse gas implications of future coal investments, the costs and risks of stranded assets in the South African energy sector, and the economics of coal-fired power and coal mining. She led the South African team of the global Coal Transitions research project, which examined the implications of fossil fuel economics and climate policy on large coal countries, including labour market effects.  Recent projects have included the development of an electricity plan for South Africa in the context of global climate policy goals, analysis of the employment and skills impacts of future electricity pathways, and strategies for implementing a just transition for coal workers and communities in South Africa.

She holds an Masters in Energy Studies from the University of Cape Town and is a senior associate at global thinktank E3G where she provides analysis and policy advice on coal transitions globally.

Christopher Campbell

Chief Executive Officer, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA).

Chris is a Professionally registered Civil Engineer. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Civil Engineering from an institution in South Africa, as well as a BSc Civil Engineering degree (Summa cum Laude) from the Florida A & M University, in the USA. He has obtained various certificates and diplomas in management, executive and board leadership.

Over his 39 year career in engineering, he has been a Consulting Engineer in Infrastructure Development having worked for several local companies, large and small, in various capacities. He spent some time as a Railway Engineer and Senior Manager in Transnet Freight Rail, as well as having been an Executive in a major precast concrete manufacturing subsidiary of the Aveng Group of companies, operating in South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique and Swaziland, before being appointed as CEO to Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), which position he currently holds and has held since December 2016.

Portia Derby

Transnet Group Chief Executive

Ms. Portia Derby is currently the Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Ltd. She has occupied senior positions in the South African government during a period of major economic reform. Portia is a former Director-General of Public Enterprises (2005 – 2009) responsible for Corporate Strategy and Structure of the Investment Portfolio (2004 – 2005) and former Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (2002).

During her tenure as Director-General of Public Enterprises, Portia provided strategic direction to state-owned enterprises. Portia’s career in government started at the National Institute for Economic Policy (NIEP), as a financial researcher where she played an integral role in working on the quantification of the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). Portia was also part of the founding team of the National Investment and Trade Promotion Agency (1997 – 2001), and later became its Chief Operating Officer.

Makhtar Diop

Vice President, Infrastructure - World Bank

Makhtar Diop is the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure, a position he assumed on July 1st, 2018. The Infrastructure Vice Presidency comprises Energy & Extractives, Transport, Digital Development, and Infrastructure Finance, Public-Private Partnerships and Guarantees (IPG). In this global role, Makhtar Diop leads efforts to develop sustainable solutions and help close the infrastructure gap in developing and emerging economies

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Diop served for six years as the World Bank’s Vice President for the Africa Region, where he oversaw the delivery of a record-breaking $70 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa to help tackle development challenges such as increasing access to affordable and sustainable energy; boosting women’s and youth’s economic empowerment; and promoting an enabling environment for more innovation and technology adoption. A passionate advocate for Africa’s right to clean and affordable sources of electricity, he also called for greater investment in renewable energy and pushed for greater regional interconnectivity in the power and transport sectors.

A recognized opinion leader in the economic and social development field, Makhtar Diop has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans in the world. In 2015, he received the prestigious Regents’ Lectureship Award from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Diop holds degrees in economics from the Universities of Warwick and Nottingham in England.

Patrick Dlamini

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

Patrick Dlamini holds the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). Prior to his appointment at the DBSA in 2012, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa. He also occupied the positions of Executive Vice President and General Manager responsible for Cargo at South African Airways (SAA) and was a Business Unit Executive at Transnet Limited.

Mr. Dlamini was the Chairperson of Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Africa region, SADC Development Finance Institutions, Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) and World Federation Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI). He is currently the Vice Chairman of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC).

Mr. Dlamini holds an MSc in Global Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business/Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce (B Comm) degree from the University of Durban-Westville. Mr. Dlamini further received certificates for completing an Executive Development Programme (EDP) from the University of the Witwatersrand Business School (WBS) and an Advanced Executive Programme from Kellogg School of Management.

Andries du Toit

Group Treasurer for FirstRand.

Andries is a member of FirstRand Strategic committee as well as various other committees and boards within the FirstRand Group.

He is responsible for all financial resource management and group treasury activities for FirstRand Group, which includes portfolio management, funding and liquidity, asset liability management, financial surveillance, capital management, regulatory prudential requirements and investment office across all entities within the group.

He has been with the FirstRand Group in total 18 years.  He is Chartered Accountant by profession and holds post graduate degree and diplomas in Finance, Tax and International Tax. 

He is married with three children.

Vivien Foster

Chief Economist for the Infrastructure Vice-Presidency of the World Bank.

Vivien Foster is Chief Economist for the Infrastructure Vice-Presidency of the World Bank; where over the last 20 years she has been advising governments of more than 30 countries across the developing world.

Vivien’s policy-oriented research has been extensively published, including titles such as: Water, Electricity and the Poor; Africa’s Infrastructure; Building Bridges, and Rethinking Power Sector Reform.

She is a graduate of Oxford University, holding a Master’s from Stanford University and Doctorate from University College London; all three in Economics.

Enoch Godongwana

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Mr. E. Godongwana has been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Development Bank of Southern Africa with effect from September 2019. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the ANC’s Economic Transformation Sub-Committee of the National Executive.

Mr. Godongwana has an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the South African National Housing Finance Corporation, Mondi PLC, National Home Builders Registration Council, Zabezolo Leisure and Services, Zabezolo Investments, Zabezolo Resources, Zabezolo Properties, Zabezolo Group and the New Development Bank.

Mr. Godongwana has previously held roles with the South African Economic Development Ministry and the South African Department of Public Enterprises.

Heather Jackson

Head of Impact Investing at Ashburton Investments.

Heather, head of Impact Investing at Ashburton Investments, has 28 years of capital market experience and also helps to drive the overall impact investing strategy for the FirstRand Group. For the past 12 years the Impact Investing team has been realising the power of tri-sector solutions – aligning interests between business, government and society to develop world class impact investment solutions to many of our social challenges. Our successful collaboration with National Treasury’s Jobs Fund program has crowded in almost R2bn from pension funds and created over 13 000 sustainable, full time jobs.  Together with GFA, we were recently awarded the first Southern African mandate from the Global Finance Climate Lab to build an innovative platform to fund water and sanitation adaptation strategies.

Heather is also the founding chair of the Responsible Investing subcommittee at ASISA as well as a member of ASISA Infrastructure and Savings Committee. She is currently chair of the ANDE SA Chapter (Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs) and is on the taskforce of the South African National Advisory Board to promote impact investing. She is currently enrolled at Cambridge University towards her masters in Sustainability Leadership.

Martin Kingston

Executive Chairman, Rothschild and Co SA (Pty) Ltd. Partner – Rothschild Group.

Some 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry, initially as a chartered accountant / tax specialist and, for the majority of his career, as an investment banker focusing on a wide variety of disciplines, based in the UK and South Africa.

His geographical experience has included responsibility for activities in Latin America, the Former Soviet Union, Africa and the UK. In addition, he has been involved in transactions and the provision of advice in North America, Australasia, the Far East, the Indian sub-continent and Western Europe.

He has advised entrepreneurs, corporates, governments and state owned enterprises around the world on major transactions, capital raisings and strategic initiatives across a wide variety of sectors. He has also intermediated extensively between government / the public sector and the private sector.

Dr. Hilke Maartens

Social Entrepreneur

Dr Hilke Maartens is a social entrepreneur for the last 16 years. Her vision is to develop previously disadvantaged communities with new technologies and sustainable solutions. She has a PhD in Plant Breeding from the University of the Free State. She did research on the environment and the impact on food production. She is an expert in food security and her company looks for Holistic Economic Revolutionary ways to ensure global food security. She will always look at new intensive farming technologies to ensure that the next generation of farmers will be included in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

She was a lecturer in Plant Breeding at the University of the Free State before she started her own business in 2003. Currently she gives training in organic vegetable production, life skills and she gives motivational talks to various groups including Grade 12 learners from previously disadvantaged communities. She tries to be a role model for youths, especially youths coming from disadvantaged communities.

She started Creating Hope Africa (a Non-Profit Organization) to give hope to people that fights daily battles in their lives. She focuses on Agriculture and Healthcare to better the lives of people. She believes in the training and skills development of people and currently she is the visionary behind an Agriculture programme in the Bergrivier Municipality where they give small-scale farmers access to markets and agro-processing opportunities. 

Leslie Maasdorp

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the New Development Bank.

Mr. Leslie Maasdorp is responsible for the treasury, portfolio management, finance and accounting functions of the Bank. Over the past 25 years he has occupied senior leadership roles in both private and public sectors. Most recently he served as a Managing Director and President of Bank of America Merrill Lynch for Southern Africa for a period of four years. Prior to that he served in a dual role as Vice Chairman of Barclays Capital and Absa Capital. In 2002 he was the first African to be appointed as International Advisor to Goldman Sachs International.
Before his 13 years as a global investment banker, he served in several senior leadership roles in the Government of South Africa. In 1994 after the transition to democracy, he was appointed as Special Advisor to the Minister of Labour and in 1999, in his role as Deputy Director General of the Department of Public Enterprises, he lead the restructuring and privatization of state owned enterprises for the South African Government.
He is a former Chairman and CEO of Advtech, a leading provider of private education in South Africa. Leslie is a young global leader of the World Economic Forum. He holds a BA degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of the Western Cape and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London.

Dr Neva Seidman Makgetla

Senior Economist: Trade and Industrial Policy at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS).

Dr Neva Makgetla has been Senior Economist: Trade and Industrial Policy at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) since November 2015. She was Deputy Director General for Economic Policy in the Economic Development Department from 2010 to 2015. Before joining EDD, Makgetla worked for the Presidency, the DBSA and COSATU as well as other government departments. Prior to 1994 she worked in various universities in Africa and the United States. She is currently a member of the National Minimum Wage Commission.

Makgetla’s research and publications centre on industrial policy and value chain analysis, and on socio-economic challenges facing South Africa, especially employment creation and inequality. 

Jacko Maree

Non-executive Deputy Chairman of Standard Bank.

Jacko stepped down as Group Chief Executive of Standard Bank in March 2013 after more than 13 years at the helm of the bank which operates in 20 African countries. 

In 2004 Jacko was one of the principal architects of the Financial Sector Charter. For three consecutive years, 2007, 2008 and 2009, he was voted “The Most Trusted CEO in South Africa” by Ask Africa’s annual Trust Barometer study.

After a cooling off period of almost 4 years, he was appointed non-executive Deputy Chairman of Standard Bank in 2016.  He is also non-executive Chairman of Liberty Holdings Limited, and a non-executive board member of Phembani Group (Pty) Limited.

Jacko is a former Deputy Chairman of Business Leadership South Africa and a former Vice President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA).

Jacko is a member of the International Advisory Council of China Investment Corporation (CIC), the Chinese Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Malebo Matolong

Professional Civil Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa

Malebo holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree, a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in Transportation Engineering, a Master of Project Management degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. She has a proven track record in planning, designing and implementing mega public transport infrastructure programs.

Malebo is a relentless pursuer of excellence with two decades of industry experience, formulating engineering strategies and delivering complex public transport infrastructure assets. Her key interest is in the field of public transport system planning and integration through multimodal solutions. Her core areas of competence include transport planning strategy formulation, transport master planning, bus rapid transit planning and implementation, active transport planning, rural transport planning and transport planning coordination at local, provincial and national level.

Webster Mfebe

Chief Executive Officer, SAFCEC.

Webster Mfebe is the multi-award-winning CEO of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC). He also chairs the boards of the Eco-Industrial Solutions (EIS) and the Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park (LEIP), a mega-project destined to be the world’s first zero solid waste eco-industrial park with a zero to negative carbon footprint and integrated with a nature park.

He has accumulated a wealth of senior leadership and management expertise during his 40-year career in the mining, construction and engineering industries, broadcasting and politics. He has addressed a multitude of local and international events on political and economic issues, and has also contributed to business intelligence articles in various publications.

Dr. Shadrack R. Moephuli

Chief Executive Officer, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa

Dr. Moephuli serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), South Africa.

The Agricultural Research Council focuses on innovations that enable the optimal utilisation of agricultural resources and the improvement of the production capacity of such resources; including utilization of scientific data, information and technological expertise for decision-making.

Digital transformation of agriculture is essential for decision-making, use and application of technologies to improve production, productivity and ensure food and nutrition security.

Dr Renosi Mokate

Executive Chairman of Concentric Alliance.

Dr Renosi Mokate is the Executive Chairman of Concentric Alliance. She is former Executive Dean of the Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa, and Executive Director of the World Bank Group, representing Angola, Nigeria and South Africa. Prior to that she served as Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank and chaired the South African Bank Note Company and the SA Mint.

Dr Mokate serves on various public and private sectors boards, including as Chairperson of the Government Employees Pension Fund, and as a member of the Principles for Responsible Investment Association and the Board of Advisors, Joseph R Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware. She holds a PhD (’86) and an MA (’83) from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware and a BA (’81) from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. Her areas of specialization are Development Economics, Urban Economics and Policy Analysis.

Nazmeera Moola

Deputy Managing Director SA, Ninety One (formerly Investec Asset Management)

Nazmeera is Head of SA Investments at Ninety One. She works closely with the global and SA capability heads to ensure that Ninety One continues to have competitive investment performance and adding further depth and diversity to the Cape Town based investment teams. Prior to this she was co-head of SA & Africa Fixed Income.

Nazmeera has covered the macro-economy in South Africa and other emerging markets since 2000 – first at Merrill Lynch and then Macquarie First South. She is passionate about making financial markets work to support development.

Her remit includes the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, which provides debt financing for infrastructure projects across Africa.

Andile Ngcaba

Founding Partner & Chairman, Convergence Partners.

Andile Ngcaba holds a master’s in information systems from the University of Witwatersrand and an honorary doctorate from Fort Hare. Andile also serves as an adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela University faculty of computer science. As a technologist he has been driving Pan African initiatives that are designed to build the digital Africa. He has been involved in the digitization of Africa through building submarine cable systems, satellites, wireless and most recently, cloud. In his quest for a digital Africa, Andile is involved in a Private Equity Fund, Venture Capital Fund and continues to work with social entrepreneurs. His drive of open source as a lever to change not only the balance of intellectual property in the digital space, but to prepare Africa as a center of innovation.

Andile has invested in companies that operate in more than 20 countries around the African continent.  During COVID-19, he has played an instrumental role in building an African platform that connects both the African diaspora with Africa. Andile spends a lot of his time teaching and coaching young people who want to specialize in threat intelligent platforms.

Ipeleng Selele

Qualified International Strategist in Maritime Transport.

Ipeleng Selele is a qualified International Strategist in Maritime Transport and an entrepreneur. She specializes in foreign market entry strategies and execution across the maritime value chain and maritime countries. Ipeleng has interests in maritime affairs, Oil and Gas, LPG and LNG distribution, energy infrastructure, autogas, rail transport and engineering, shipping, strategic consulting services, maritime ports training, Innovation and digitalization.

She has worked on projects in South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, Mozambique, DRC, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Ghana, Rwanda, Nigeria, Angola, Singapore, Europe and the UK.

She also has a solid experience in strategic nation branding, she conceptualized and executed the first Brand South Africa’s stakeholder engagement strategy programme and training globally that was showcased at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Switzerland. She contributed towards the Africa’s maritime annexure plan for maritime and women in maritime at the African Union in relation to Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy 2050 execution plan. She also conceptualized and launched the first ever portal of African Maritime Affairs that was launched at the African Union.

Wandile Sihlobo

Chief Economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz).

Wandile Sihlobo, an agricultural economist by training, is Chief Economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz). Sihlobo was appointed as a member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Economic Advisory Council in 2019 after serving on the Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture between 2018 and 2019. Sihlobo is also a member of the Council of Statistics of South Africa (Stats SA). He is a Commissioner at the International Trade Commission of South Africa (ITAC).

Sihlobo is a columnist for Business Day and Farmers Weekly magazine. He is a member of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA). Sihlobo is an author of “Finding Common Ground: Land, Equity and Agriculture” published by Pan Macmillan in March 2020.
Sihlobo holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.

Dr. Michael O. Sutcliffe

Founding partner of City Insight (Pty) Ltd

Dr. Michael Sutcliffe is, together with Ms. Sue Bannister, a founding partner of City Insight (Pty) Ltd and over the past 7 years they have undertaken over 60 projects in South Africa, including in countries such as Mozambique, Palestine, India and for international agencies. He has an MSc (UKZN) and PhD (Ohio State) and was, for over 9 years, the City Manager of eThekwini. Before that he was chair of the Municipal Demarcation Board, served as an ANC MPL (KwaZulu-Natal) (1994-1999) as chair of Local Government and was an Associate Professor: Town and Regional Planning: University of Natal (1982-1992).

For almost 40 years Dr. Sutcliffe has been involved in the transition process from an undemocratic, racist South Africa to a free and democratic state, assisting in the ANC’s policy positions, local government legislation, governance, planning, capacity building and infrastructure development. Dr. Sutcliffe Co-Chaired UCLG’s Commission on Urban Strategic Planning, was an international Board member of the Global Cities Indicator Forum and until recently was the Chairperson of the LGSETA.

Thabiso Tenyane

Executive Chairman, Phakwe Group

Inspired by the visionary character of an eagle, Mr Thabiso Tenyane founded the Phakwe Group in 1999 with the purpose of investing in infrastructure in Africa. Currently, the Phakwe Group has a footprint in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo in telecommunications and energy.

The Phakwe Group is 100% owned by its founder, Mr Tenyane, who is also the Executive Chairman.

Phakwe Power (PTY) Ltd (“Phakwe”), a 100% owned subsidiary of Phakwe Group, is an Independent Power Producer (“IPP”) that is an active participant in the renewable energy sector in South Africa. Phakwe participates in the development, structuring, construction, operating and management of its renewable energy projects. Currently, Phakwe is a shareholder in 9 renewable energy projects with Phakwe’s investment value estimated at R3 Billion

Jack van der Merwe

CEO, Transport Authority for Gauteng.

Jack van der Merwe is a Civil Engineer who studied at the University of Pretoria and the Harvard Business School. He has been working in the transport sector for 49 years. He was the Director General of the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport from 1995 to 2005. During this period, Van der Merwe was also appointed as project leader for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link project, an iconic project that he has headed from inception through to implementation over a period of 23 years.

 He was appointed as the CEO of the newly established Transport Authority for Gauteng in February 2020.

Numerous organisations consult him on the success of the Gautrain, amongst them, the World Bank, and various foreign government delegations and consultants. He has an influence on an international level and is recognised as an international expert in public transport and project management. He has delivered countless papers on the development and execution of Public Private Project (PPP) type contracts in South Africa and abroad. He has been requested by the World Bank to present the method, advantages and implementation of PPP’s in Russia and the Philippines.

He is currently a visiting lecturer for the MSc degree in Major Programme Management at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Christo van der Rheede

Agri SA Deputy Executive Director

Christo van der Rheede is a former teacher and school principal and has vast experience in the following spheres of training and policy development: Basic Education, Small Business Development and Agricultural Development. He holds a Higher Diploma in Education, BA Degree (UWC), Senior Management Development Programme (USB), BAHons in Public and Development Management (US) and a Masters Public Administration (US).

He was appointed as Deputy Executive Director of Agri SA in 2015 and is currently responsible for Agri SA’s agricultural transformation programme, national drought relief programme, AgriPhakisa programme, Agri-BEE programme, and other agridevelopment programmes. He currently serves on the Board of the AgriSeta and National Skills Development Council.

Omri van Zyl

Agri SA Executive Director

Omri van Zyl is a qualified attorney and holds a BA Law, LLB (Academic Honours), MBA and qualifications in project management, crime intelligence and business development.

He was appointed Executive Director of Agri SA in December 2015, representing 28 000 commercial farmers in 9 provinces, 26 commodity organisations in various fora and 50 corporate members. Omri manages a team that has a strong strategic focus on policy and agricultural economic development and covers in amongst others, natural resources, rural safety, commercial and labour and socio-developmental initiatives.

Omri featured in a group of 60 CEO’s that were formed to advise government on turn-around interventions to revive the South African economy. In August 2016 he was appointed as trustee on the Sasol Agriculture Trust and in 2017 he served as chairperson on the World Farmers’ Organisation’s Audit Board as well as an alternate director on BUSA’s board of directors. In 2018 he was elected as a member of Danroc’s Board of Directors and in 2019 appointed as Chairman of the World Farmers’ Organisation’s Global Cooperatives Committee.

Dalibor Vavruska

Founder, Digiteccs Associates Ltd.

For over 25 years, Dalibor Vavruska has helped investors, companies and policymakers to understand the communications and technology industries. Work of his teams was consistently top-rated in prestigious international investor surveys, with investors highlighting the quality of predictions and unbiased approach.

Dalibor’s research on digital transformation of telecoms and communications infrastructure monopoly in recent years set the agenda for the global telecoms industry. He was also involved in some of the world’s most innovative, successful and trend-setting telecom transformation stories, such as the digital transformation of Turkcell, structural separation of O2 Czech Republic or the formation of the EU’s Electronic Communications Act.

Following long stints at Citibank and, before that, at ING and other leading banks, he founded Digiteccs Associates Ltd to help various stakeholders to achieve their objectives while building broad-based digital prosperity. Dalibor, a graduated mathematician and MBA, is a frequent speaker at international TMT events. He has also helped to introduce various TMT companies in Europe, Asia and Africa to the stock market.

Ntandazo Vimba

Chief Executive Officer, Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA).

Mr Ntandazo Vimba was appointed as the CEO of the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) in June 2018, after serving in the same position in acting capacity for 18 months. MISA is a national government component under the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) with the mandate to provide technical capacity support to municipalities towards effective and efficient delivery of basic service infrastructure.

Among his key achievements as the CEO is improvement of performance against annual performance plan targets from below 70% in previous years to 90% in 2018/19 financial year and achieving a clean audit opinion in the same year. He is also the current member of the Board of Housing Development Agency (HDA). Before joining MISA as the head of Vendor, Contract Management and Legal Services in 2012, Mr Vimba was the Head of Technical Support Unit in the Eastern Cape Province within CoGTA.

His previous positions include Senior Manager for Contracts and Vendor Management at SASSA, State Law Advisor in the Office for the Premier in Limpopo Province. His academic qualifications include a Masters of Law (Mercantile Law) degree (University of Pretoria); Executive Leadership Development Programme (North West University) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts (University of Johannesburg) and a BPROC degree (University of Transkei), among others.

Magda Wierzycka

Chief Executive Officer, Sygnia Limited

Magda is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries and has over 20 years’ experience in the South African asset management industry.

She started her career as an investments actuary at Southern Life in 1993, followed by working as an investment consultant at Alexander Forbes. In 1997 she joined Coronation Fund Managers as Head of Institutional Business and a director. Magda left in 2003 to start IQvest, a fund of hedge funds company which was sold to African Harvest group on Magda becoming its CEO.  After negotiating the sale of African Harvest Fund Managers in 2006, she and her management team founded Sygnia Limited, today is a medium sized financial services group servicing both institutional and retail clients.  Sygnia listed on the JSE in 2015. Magda has headed Sygnia as its CEO since 2006.