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The 2019 all-Africa Employee Engagement Conference and Indaba

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, Janet 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

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2019 Conference and Indaba Speakers and Panelists

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.

Brand Pretorius

In 2011, Brand Pretorius retired as CEO of McCarthy at the end of a term that saw massive change and turnaround for the company, and also stepped down as an executive director of its controlling shareholder Bidvest. Thereafter, Brand published his book entitled “In the driving seat – lessons in leadership” in 2013, and he currently serves on several boards, both as trustee and non-executive board member.

Drawing on his extensive business background, Brand will be discussing the key lessons he learnt regarding effective leadership. In his session, he will cover ethics as a prerequisite for effective leadership, as well as the importance of radiating hope.

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.

Sandra Burmeister

Sandra serves as the Regional President of N2Growth Africa and oversees all N2Growth operations on the continent with locations in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria. Based in Johannesburg, Sandra has more than 20 years’ experience in Executive Search, working with blue chip companies across sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to the merger with N2Growth she was a founding member of the Landelahni Group. Sandra’s expertise includes board and C-level search assignments in telecommunications, mining, construction, infrastructure and manufacturing, and key appointments in academic, state owned enterprises and the aviation industry.

Felleng Yende

Felleng has led the FP&M Seta since 2013, advancing and shaping skills for youth, and women in particular, in the fibre processing and manufacturing sectors. Felleng describes herself as “a leader of an organisation that thrives to transform my fellow South Africans”. She draws on the values of respect, authenticity and integrity across all her endeavours and brings rich experiences to the Conference. Felleng holds a Masters in Public Development and is currently completing her PhD. She serves as non-executive director at Fort Hare University and at Sci-Bono Science Centre.

Monwabisi Kalawe

Monwabisi has 20 years of business experience and has held senior posts in a number of companies over his career. This includes time as CEO of Rheinmetall Denel Munition and as COO for TFMC, as Executive Officer at Airports Company SA and Country Managing Director and COO of Compass Group SA. Previously Monwabisi was CEO and Executive Director of South African Airways SOC. He is Chairman of CGSA at Supercare Services Group and a member of SAIEE.

Sandile E. Hlophe

Sandile is an experienced corporate finance and management consulting Partner at EY. He is the Market Segment Leader (MSL) for the Africa Region, Government & Public Sector (GPS). In this role he leads a core team of partners across Africa in executing a cross Service Line, key accounts services growth strategy. He has extensive corporate finance, business turnaround, management consulting and business development experience. Sandile specializes in key account executive leadership, client service delivery executive oversight and enabling engagement delivery alignment with the c-suite and the board of directors.

Patrick Dlamini

Mr Dlamini is an alumnus of the Advanced Executive Programme, Kellogg School of Management, USA and the EDP, WITS Business School, and holds an MS in global finance from New York University. He has been CEO of DBSA since September 2012. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company of South Africa.

Stef du Plessis

As a leading authority on Employee Engagement and Workplace Culture, Stef du Plessis helps companies to improve their bottomline results by growing their people and creating winning workplace cultures. His insights, teachings and methodologies create turning points for individuals, leaders, teams and organisations alike.

Alison Gitelson

Alison Gitelson, CEO and Founder of CanBeeDone is a maximizer, facilitator, and speaker. She combines over thirty years of technical and management experience in a broad range of businesses, with a deep understanding of human behaviour. Alison brings clarity and mastery to the art of effective people management. She focuses on the key areas of communication, individualized management, engagement, embracing diversity, and conflict resolution, with the intention of enabling both people and businesses to thrive.

Susan Williams

Susan Williams, Founder and MD of Prose&Coms is a people development consultant, facilitator, storyteller and speaker. She combines her theoretical grounding in the complexities of language, decision-making and the understanding of knowledge/power, with over 30 years of practical management skill and discipline. She focuses on the subject areas of communication, inclusivity and diversity, engagement, cognitive development and problem-solving. Her interactive, experiential and practical workshops consistently deliver on expectations and provide a high return on investment.

Lisa Shippey

Lisa is the Associate Director at THINKspiration, and as a facilitator and coach with a background in psychology, she thrives on connection with people, on creating catalytic learning environments, and on making what she knows accessible and profoundly useful for them. Lisa is an accredited SDI facilitator, and trains, coaches, and empowers people to find solutions and strategies for success and fulfilment – personally, relationally, and in their work.

See the programme for the 2019 all-Africa Employee Engagement Indaba below (subject to change)

See the programme for the 2019 all-Africa Employee Engagement Conference below (subject to change)

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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