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The 2019 all-Africa Employee Engagement Conference and Indaba
  • June 12, 2019 8:00 am

In Africa, we are particularly focused on innovation in the workplace combined with an imperative to nurture and grow talent on the continent. Our conference and indaba provide learning platforms for practitioners and organisational leaders, designed to inspire new ideas and action to drive the employee experience to new heights, resulting in more successful impact among your people and your business goals.

Hear and discuss with leaders in the field including Prof Shirley Zinn, Dr Jerry Gule, Ian Russell, Judy du Preez, Thandi Orleyn, and many more.

Who’s Attending? Leadership and Management, Corporate Brand & Identity, Human Resources and Employee Engagement, Organisational Transformation & Development, Comms & Marketing, and more.

The first all-Africa Employee Engagement Conference was held in June 2018 – see some clips of the kind of content this platform shares, and the quality of engagement and networking you can expect in 2019.

Dates: 17 & 18 September 2019
Venue: Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg

To buy your tickets, visit https://qkt.io/ee-awards

2019 Conference Speakers

Rapelang Rabana

Internationally renowned technology entrepreneur, Rapelang has amassed over 13 years’ experience innovative technologies. She is the Founder of learning-tech startup Rekindle Learning and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She is also a Partner at private equity firm, Nisela Capital.

Thandi Orleyn

As an Attorney, Thandi’s legal and business career of over 30 years spans the Legal Resources Centre, National Director of both the Independent Mediation Service of SA (IMSSA) and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and senior partner at the commercial law firm, Routledge Modise (presently known as Hogan Lovells (SA) Inc.). On the 20th April 2017, Thandi was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court.
She is presently an Executive Director and Shareholder at Peotona Group Holdings. She is involved in various community initiatives including chairing the Legal Resources Trust, Zenex Foundation, Ceramic Foundation, De Beers Fund and the Fort Hare University Council. She also sits on South African National AIDS Council Trust (SANAC). She chairs the Board of BP Southern Africa and Tokiso Dispute Settlement. She is a non-Executive Director on the Boards of Toyota SA, Toyota Financial Services (South Africa) Ltd, Reunert Ltd, Ceramic Industries Ltd and the IDC. She was previously a non-Executive Director of the South African Reserve Bank and other listed companies.

Dr Jerry Gule

Dr Gule, is CEO of the IPM, a professional business coach registered with International Coaching Federation (ICF) following completion of coach training at Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). He is also chairman of two non-profit organizations that he is passionate about for the difference they make in society in general, namely, the SAE4D and The Love Trust.
He has been, for over thirty years, involved in people development and HR, Transformation and Supply Chain Management in different organizations in a variety of challenging, interesting and fulfilling roles. He holds an Doctor of Education (Ed.D) and Master of Education (Ed.M) from Harvard University and another Master of Education (M.Ed) from the University of Pittsburgh. He did a B.Arts and Diploma Ed. at the then University of Botswana and Swaziland.
Dr Gule is a passionate business person with deep interests in leadership, coaching, disability and inclusion and creating high quality education opportunities for children from underserved communities. He is Fellow of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA).

Ian Paterson

Ian is Head of Strategy and Digitisation at N2Growth Africa EMEAA and is a consultant and facilitator in the fields of strategy, organisational design, and change management. He consults to many of South Africa’s corporates as well as leading organisations in the public sector. Recent work has focused on the future of education as well as safety/ security

Prof Shirley Zinn

Prof. Shirley Zinn, Council Member of the University of Cape Town, is the former Group Head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Prior to this, she was the Head of Human Resources of Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group. Shirley has also previously held roles as the Group Executive HR at Nedbank and the General Manager for Human Resources at the South African Revenue Service (SARS). She is also an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Human Resource Management, and recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town. She is the Past President of the Institute for People Management South Africa, and registered as Master HR Professional with the South Africa Board for People Practice.

Ian Russell

Ian Russell is the CEO and Founder of Disrupting Consultancy Pty, a boutique advisory company focused on the power of positive disruption and digital tools to create a whole new clockspeed and performance trajectory for your business.

Ian has worked in big business all around the world, with significant experience in automotive manufacturing, financial services, FMCG and technology sectors, in multiple senior leadership roles. As CEO of BCX, Africa’s largest technology company, with a turnover of around $2bn and a workforce numbering 10,000 employees, Ian embarked on an ambitious programme to re-invent the business as a major digital, cloud and software services provider.

Ian is perhaps best known for joining the troubled, virtually bankrupt South African telecommunications company, Telkom, in 2014 and being a key part of its inspirational turnaround, leading change in all areas of its operations and overseeing radical overhauls to its business, people and culture.  Prior to Telkom, Ian worked locally and globally for SABMiller on its drive towards globalisation, and a new long term operating model for the business.

Ian remains firmly focused on sustainable and responsible development of the economy, and sits on a number of not-for-profit Boards and advisory groups, focused on leveraging technology and education for the benefit of the youth of South Africa.

Tracey Swanepoel

Tracey Swanepoel (THINKspiration), the former Internal Strategy Executive for Harmony Gold, is also a member of the Creative Skills Council; an international forum of experts drawn from academia, the arts, and business who collaborate and share ideas on creativity and business leadership. Furthermore, she lectures extensively on strategic alignment, strategy execution, and internal marketing/communication. She is a regular columnist on strategy, story and leadership issues in business.

Indaba and Conference Pricing – Register or Buy Below

INDABA TICKET (17 September 2019)


CONFERENCE TICKET (18 September 2019)

R1 800 excl. VAT


R1 500 excl. VAT

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