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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

Edward Kieswetter

Edward Kieswetter, the newly appointed Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service has a distinguished executive track record in public service, international financial services, as an independent board director including for audit ethics, and as President of the Da Vinci Institute – a School of Business Leadership.  In a special keynote under our conference theme of Values, Ethics & Leadership, Edward will explore the ‘non-negotiables’ if Africa is to achieve its vision for growth, trade and people-development.

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, the Independent Mediation Service of SA (IMSSA), the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and senior partner at the commercial law firm, Routledge Modise (presently known as Hogan Lovells SA).  Presently an Executive Director and Shareholder at Peotona Group Holdings, Thandi also 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.

Dr Jerry Gule

Dr Jerry 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.

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. 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.

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. As the previous CEO of BCX, 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.

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.

Dr Ken Dubin

Dr Ken Dubin is an adjunct professor of Human Resources and Strategy at IE Business School. He is also the Managing Partner at Medius Capital, a London-based investment partnership focused on technology companies in Southern Europe, and the Executive Director at Kinimara, a Madrid-based developer of ecosystems for the Internet of Things.

Dr Mariam Sha

As the CEO of Investors in People South Africa, the international best practice Standard, Dr Mariam Sha has worked with 100’s of organisations, small and large on implementing best practice. The impact of work with clients has seen positive culture change, 90% staff retention and increased employee engagement.  Author of ‘An Engaged Workforce – 6 practical steps to creating a coaching culture”, Dr Sha brings over 14 years of knowledge, experience and insight to the engagement sector.

Janet du Preez

Janet du Preez is the founder of Engagement Dynamics, the developer of the Dynamic Engagement Framework© and of the Art of Greatness Guide©. Her background in health sciences, psychology and business, qualifies Janet uniquely to support other bold adventurers in their quest to create thriving 21st century organisations and to understand engagement in new ways.

Thandeka Mgoduso

Ms Thandeka Nozipho Mgoduso is a human resources and remuneration expert. She is a Commissioner on the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Office Bearers, a non-executive director on the SA Reserve Bank and chair of the Remuneration Committee of the Bank. She has served on the boards of South African Airways, Air Traffic Navigation Services and other companies.

Carol Abade

Kenyan-born Carol Abade is the Group CEO of Exp., a Pan African marketing and sponsorship agency. After co-founding a company called Direct Marketing Communications, Abade joined forces with Group Africa Marketing to form Exp, which now has operations in more than 17 African countries. Since first becoming interested in experiential marketing, Abade has been actively involved in the launch of Exp in 12 countries over the last 20 years.

Jim Hotaling

Jim Hotaling (USA) serves as Chief Operating Officer at N2Growth responsible for global search and consulting delivery and execution. Jim has a passion for providing strategic executive leadership in human capitol utilizing results-orientated knowledge, skills, and abilities to think critically and lead successfully within any operating environment. He has an international reputation of being a dynamic driven professional with over 26 years of leadership, management, operational, and contingency experience.

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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