Southern Africa's leading human capital forum

24-25 October 2017, Johannesburg, Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton

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


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. 

Great event! Content rich and current to develop my regional HR team.
— HRD, Aggreko International Projects


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Each conference will address and discuss today’s human capital advancements and issues within their specific African region, how they relate to Africa as a whole and the global market. People are the core of every business, so it is vital that your HR team is not only well trained and capable but also up to date with the latest HR news, trends and best practices. HR is such a fast-moving area that it is very easy to fall behind.

During the conference delegates will:

  • Learn about the emerging human capital trends in Southern Africa, 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


This conference is ideal for business leaders, HR directors and heads of HR departments, looking for new ways to attract, keep and inspire their workforce to be the best they can be. Additionally, the conference focuses on inspiring the leaders of tomorrow, so it is also a great opportunity for the your future HR leaders. The programme will take place over one and a half days, making it an ideal chance to develop your knowledge base, network and make excellent contacts in an efficient way.

If you are interested in developing your knowledge in one or more of the following topic types, then this conference is perfect for you:

  • New and upcoming HR trends, and how they relate to the local, regional and global market
  • Business development, attracting and keep talent
  • Diversity in the work place
  • Inspiring the future leaders of tomorrow to ensure your company’s future success
  • New business wanting to make their mark
  • Local and regional business looking to develop within the region or move into the rest of Africa
  • International companies looking to develop their reach and contacts in the region
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The capturing of major takeaways in a charter which will drive and focus development of the talent agenda in the region folowing the conference.


Deep dive sessions focused on specific technology, trends, techniques and legislation at the cutting edge of regional talent.


Heavyweight addresses from the continent's thought leaders and business heads.


Engaging open forum discussions designed to get the conference off to an interactive start.

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.


  • Leadership Strategies from Beyond the World of Business
  • Elevating Women in Business in Africa
  • Blending Local, Diaspora and Expatriate Talent Pools
  • The Aviation Sector and the and the Critical Need for Human Capital Investment for Southern Africa
  • Southern Africa: Unlocking Regional Opportunities for People, Organisations and Industries
  • Digital Analytics and Human Resources



PREVIOUS Speakers at the talent agenda series Southern Africa


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The Venue

The Southern Africa Talent Agenda Series conference will be held on the 25th and 26th of October 2017, it will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg is in the center of the city’s business district and only 30 kilometers away from OR Tambo International Airport.

Please find the Radisson Blu’s full address and contact number below.

The Radisson Blu has generously offers our delegates a special rate, this rate is still to be announced. For more information on the venue please follow this link

Full Address: Corner Rivonia Road & Daisy Street Sandton PO Box 653148, Benmore 2146 Johannesburg, South Africa

Contact Number: +27 (11) 245 8000 



All attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs.

However, as the conference will take place at the Radison Blu Hotel, we highly recommend it as the place to stay. 

When traveling from OR Tambo International Airport

  • Travel along the R24 from OR Tambo International Airport towards Johannesburg
  • Take the N1 (Pretoria) off-ramp
  • Travel along the N3 and take Marlboro Drive off-ramp
  • Turn left and travel straight along Marlboro Drive until you reach a T-Junction
  • Turn left at the intersection onto Katherine Street until you reach Pretoria Street
  • Turn right into Pretoria Street
  • Travel along Pretoria Street until you see the traffic lights
  • Turn right into Daisy Street, the hotel is on the corner of Rivonia Road and Daisy Street

Previous Media Partners

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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

Talent Agenda Series Southern Africa

Below you will find links to all the presentations and the Post Show Report from our Talent Agenda Series Southern Africa Conference

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imraan mohamed - Hogan Lovells

A whistle stop highlight of recent employment law trends affecting your workplace: identifying and mitigating risk. 

A discussion regarding the latest developments in collective bargaining; anti-discrimination & sexual harassment; data privacy and protected disclosures. 

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crispin marriott -attracting, engaging and retaining talent

Review the results of advanced analytics and exclusvie evidence-based resarch to explore ways of creating and leveraging an employer value proposition (EVP) that attracts, engage and retains the right talent pool for your business.

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Tim peck, IBm

The role of technology and digital HR in a 21st century Africa - how to open up the digital world to the citizens of Africa.

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Dr Florus Prinsloo, HRDC Council Member

Learn more about South Africa’s Human Capital Development and the best methods of developing critical skills for the nation.

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abel alemu, ethiopian airlines

Special insight presentation: The aviation sector and the critical need for human capital investment for Southern Africa.



post show report

At the Talent Agenda Series Southern Africa Conference this year, the region’s business and HR
leaders have furthered the discussion of how business in general and the HR profession in particular
can further the continent’s human capital aims, within and beyond their own organisations.
Key themes brought to the fore, including gender diversity, leadership and the need for Pan-African
approaches in HR management, sparked discussions among the region’s human capital directors,
people with the remit to shape policy and management within the continent’s key employers.

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