6th Annual Talent Agenda Series Southern Africa

14-15 May 2019


Southern Africa's talent can unlock doors for business and for the wider economy. Multiple key stakeholders join with business and HR leaders together at the Talent Agenda Series Southern Africa HR Conference to map the human capital landscape, discovering and discussing the key trends, developments and challenges.

Join up to 200 senior HR and business leaders to discuss of-the-moment issues in a variety of engaging, interactive sessions, delivered by speakers you need to hear from, representing business, suppliers, thought leaders and more.

The conference was excellent. Incomparable.
— Africa VP of HR, Schneider Electric
Great event! Content rich and current to develop my regional HR team.
— HRD, Aggreko International Projects



The 2018 Talent Agenda Series Southern Africa Human Capital Conference welcomed a stellar line-up of speakers and an engaged audience of influences. Debate and discussion flowed, with panel discussions between senior leaders.


During the conference delegates will:

  • Learn about the emerging human capital trends in Southern Africa, and how they relate to the rest of Africa and the global market

  • Network with key business leaders and HR trend setters

  • Learn how to attract, keep, motivate and inspire your work force to help them reach their potential

  • Pursue new business opportunities across the region

  • Discuss future leadership development

  • Seek out potential support and funding for your various projects

  • Listen to different case studies and verbally test out different ideas with no risk


The Talent Agenda Series Southern Africa HR Conference is a key gathering for HR leaders and other progressive business executives who put human capital at the heart of their approach. The attendees will include 200 senior HR and business leaders, including Chief Human Resources Officers (CHRO), Heads of Human Capital, CEOs, HR Directors, Managing Directors, General Managers, Talent Managers, Country Managers, Employer Brand Managers, Heads of Talent Attraction, Corporate Communications Heads and a variety of other related roles. 

2019 CONFERENCE PARTNERs and sponsors

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Key Topics of the 2018 Agenda

Day One: 

  • Panel Session: Southern Africa: Unlocking Regional Opportunities for People, Organisations and Industries, Powered by African Business Magazine

  • Panel Session: Identifying and Nurturing Future Talent in Disadvantaged Communities

  • Keynote Address

  • Panel Session: Successfully Identifying, Shaping and Retaining Leaders of the Future

  • Presentation: Attracting, Retaining and Engaging Talent, Powered by Global Career Company and Willis Towers Watson

  • Panel Session: Gender, Diversity and Inclusivity in the Workplace

  • Panel Session: The 4th Industrial Revolution for African Talent

Day Two:

Will contain a choice of workshops run by our Partners and Sponsors on the topics:

  • Risk Management

  • Employee Engagement Post Platform

  • Leadership Development

  • Recruitment Strategies

  • Change Management

The Talent Agenda Series HR Conference in Johannesburg will be focus on key issues in talent across Africa, delivered by thought leaders and the most experienced practitioners. Benchmark and share high level human capital knowledge with peers in multi-speaker panel discussions, case study experiences, high-level keynote addresses, and interactive and practical small group workshops.



2018 Speakers

PREVIOUS Speakers before 2018



Do you want to meet decision makers, increase your brand presence or promote your product, solution or expertise to the senior HR community in Southern Africa? This conference brings together senior HR professionals and business leaders spanning the whole spectrum of the region’s industries. Become a Talent Agenda Series event partner and take advantage of a bespoke package tailored to meet your precise criteria and business objectives. Find out more by following the link below, or get in touch on +44 (0) 208 834 0300.


Talent Agenda Series 2018 Forum

At our previous conference Southern Africa in 2018, gathered the region’s top HR and Business leaders. The conference's line-up of HR expert focused the discussion on how to Master Disruptive trends in Southern Africa. With workshops from Hogan Lovells, Willis Towers Watson and Global Career Company, and a very high calibre of speakers. The Talent Agenda Series Southern Africa will return again in 2019.

Please take a look at the conference programme for more information on this conference, and to see the conference topics, sponsors and speaker.

Talent Agenda Series 2017 Forum

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The day began well with a warm welcoming speech from Stephen Tio Kauma, the Human Resources Director of Afreximbank. This was followed by an inspirational keynote address from Silas Zima the South African Presidential Adviser on Energy.

The keynote address was fascinating with a strong focus on the importance of human capital. Silas Zima stressed the necessity of your company’s workforce as people are such a vital asset.

The first panel discussion of the day was titled Southern Africa: Unlocking regional opportunities for people, organisations and industries.

Our testimonials have shown that this panel is extremely relevant for anyone working in Human Relations in Southern Africa. It caused interesting discussions within the panel discussion itself, in the panels Q&A session and in the following networking break.

We followed this panel up with a private interview with the speakers.


Our partners Willis Towers Watson's gave a presentation this morning, on Industry Insights: Attracting, engaging and retaining talent: Sustainable employee engagement as a tool to improving business performance. They lent their expert advice to the room and inspired an interesting debate.

 “Organisation must take responsibility for their employees when they make a career change, to make this change a positive one” This is a quote from our panel this afternoon titled: Tapping into growth opportunities, challenges and strategies for consumer products. The panel focused on the modern norm of multiple careers and changing careers without having to take a significant step back down the career ladder.

The day ended with multiple champagne round table discussions, the theme of these discussions where talent management, leadership development and GCC search recruitment strategies. This was followed by a cocktail reception, that was a great networking platform. During the reception Education Africa, a charity supported by the Talent Agenda Series, gave an energetic marimba performance.

“The conference is worthwhile and the networking is a plus”
— Irene Mokobi, Botswana University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (BUAN)
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The second and final day of the Talent Agenda Series Southern Africa Conference ended with a fantastic final day

The day began well with an engaging panel discussion on elevating women in business. During this panel, vital question like "how do we as women support other women?" were posed and discussed in detail.

The following networking break consisted of many conversations based on this very important issue. This panel was also followed by a private interview with a few of the panellists to get a more in-depth view of the issue.

The interview closed with each of the speaker’s giving advice to women just entering the professional stage of their life.

“Overall the conference was perfect, eye opening and very informative. Looking forward to next year’s conference.”
— Tsaone Mokobi, Steag Energy Services


Leadership development has proved to be an incredibly important topic with aspects of it showing up in every discussions, from unlocking potential to elevating women. So, it is very clear that this exceptionally relevant topic would need it own panel of expert speakers.

The panel inspired a large debate, discussing how and why "management styles must change to reflect the times" this conversation was enthusiastically joined by the audience when the Q&A section began.

The day concluded with Daniel Silke from Political Economy, south Africa, informing the audience about modern Industry Insights and the disruptors of tomorrow. This was followed by a delicious lunch prepared by the Radisson Blu Hotel. 

“Thank you for putting together a team of well rounded, very experienced speakers”
— Olefile Setswamokwena, Botswana Innovation Hub
“All the topics where relevant especially for the HR industry”
— Sibongile Gura, HR Pulse