Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher, and Managing Director, IC Publications

Omar joined the IC Group in March 2003, working across various departments. Having previously been an Associate Vice President in the Equity Finance team at Merrill Lynch, Omar brought a new and dynamic approach to IC Publications. He helped launch African Banker magazine and also the events department. He holds an Honours degree in Languages and Economics and a chartered management accountant qualification.

Imraan Mahomed, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Imraan Mahomed is a partner and head of the employment practice of Hogan Lovells (South Africa).

He has vast experience in dealing with all aspects of employment law which affects businesses and provides clients with effective strategies on all employment related matters in South Africa and in some other African States. He also advises and trains across various industries.  

His input is also regularly sought by the media to offer commentary on current labour law issues. He has also acted as a judge of the Labour Court on more than one occasion and has been the lead attorney on various important precedent setting matters which have come before the courts. 

Imraan has been recognised as a leading employment lawyer by Legal 500, Chambers GlobalBest Lawyers of South Africa and Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment.

At Hogan Lovells he heads a very dynamic team of employment lawyers. His team also recognises the social need to provide pro bono legal services. 

 

Honourable Silas Zimu, Presidential Advisor on Energy, The Presidency, South Africa

Silas Mzingeli Zimu obtained his B. Eng. Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1991. He also holds an Msc in Engineering Management. Silas has attended some of the highly recognized leadership and management programmes both nationally and internationally.

 

Mr. Zimu started his career in the electricity industry when he joined Eskom in 1992 where he worked as an engineer in the generation group. Amongst areas that he was involved in is the normalisation of Soweto. He was also appointed as a contract manager for key projects like Alusaf and Matimba-Bulawayo. While still at Eskom, he was later appointed as a Key Customer Relations Manager looking after the mining industry.

 

He then joined City Power as a General Manager - Planning and Technology and was thereafter promoted to Vice President, Customer Services. Because of the knowledge and passion he has for Engineering Operations, Silas was then appointed as a Vice President of Operations in December 2003 and served on Executive Management Committee, as well as a number of Board committees within the organization. Silas has extensive experience in both business and strategic management. He acted in the CEO position since February 2006, until being appointed Managing Director of City Power.

 

Mr. Zimu has held the position of CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy South Africa (Pty) Ltd since October 2011 and shared the vision for a greater tomorrow. He is currently serving as a Special Energy Advisor to the RSA President, appointed in June 2015.

Kirstie Bean, Human Resources Lead, Africa, Thermo Fisher Scientific

20 years of experience predominantly in the pharmaceutical sector. Kirstie had worked for GlaxoSmithKline for 12 years in both the UK and South Africa in commercial roles (Account Management, Training, Sales Capability, Sales Performance Coach) before moving into the HR function. Prior to this role as HR Director at GSK , Kirstie was the Commercial HR Manager responsible for both business partnering and learning and organisational development. As HR director at GSK, Kirstie was responsible for approximately 800 employees within South and Southern Africa. Kirstie served on the board for both GSK Consumer Healthcare and the pharmaceutical entity. In last year at GSK Kirstie acted as the Global Talent Programme Manager for Consumer Healthcare. Kirstie started with Thermo Fisher Scientific in April 2016 where she currently the Country Head of HR for Africa, covering 6 different divisions and 5 separate legal entities. Kirstie hold a Bachelor of Social Science and Humanities degree from the University of Cape Town with majors in Industrial Sociology and International Politics.

Cebile Zulu, Human Resources Director, Southern and Central East Africa, Mondelez International

An international HR professional with over 16 years’ experience in the management of human resources and the development of talent.

 

She is currently the HR Director, South Africa and Central East Africa for Mondelez International, driving the talent and transformation agendas.

Cebile has recently worked in Amsterdam, Netherlands in a leadership, talent and capability development role within the Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe region for a large multinational.

 

Her past experience has spanned across both multinational and South African companies in the manufacturing sector, including HR Executive and Senior HR Management roles for corporates such as Heineken, Masonite (Africa) Ltd, Tongaat-Hulett Sugar and Sara Lee HBC.  She has also has worked on numerous business consulting and stakeholder management projects within municipalities, SOEs and government institutions within the SADEC Region.

 

Cebile is also a leadership and talent coach for early career professionals and women.

 

Loyiso Ndovu- Executive Manger: Commercial Development and Business Banking

MBA, (UNISA) MDP (UNISA), Bsc Industrial Information Technology (UK)


Loyiso is the Executive Manager: Commercial Development & Business Banking at the Land & Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa. A former Director of the continental infrastructure firm - Bigen Africa and a former Executive member of Development Bank of Southern Africa(DBSA). She also has experience in running her own consultancy.
Loyiso is a non-executive Director of Conservation International South Africa which focuses upon helping society to adopt more sustainable development solutions.
She has worked both in public and private sector and is a strategist across industries and sectors from Development Finance to Print Publishing to IT.
Loyiso has lectured part time as UNISA’s School of Business Leadership and is an ALI Fellow. Giving effect to real change through people is her passion.
Loyiso has held numerous Board positions, including:
 Ex Non-Executive Director of the Institute of Bankers.
 Ex trustee of the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation
 Ex- Member of Bank SETA
 Board Member : Conversation South Africa
 Ex Non-Executive Director for Fair Cape holding
She is also a member of:
 African Leadership Initiative (ALI) Fellow (part of Aspen Global Leadership Network)
 Member of IPM
 Member of National Committee on Climate Change (NCCC)
 Senior Fellow at the Steve Biko Foundation

Henk Mulder- Managing Director and CEO, Zanaco

Mr Henk Gezienus Mulder is the former Managing Director for Rabo Development.

With a career spanning over 34 years, Mr Mulder is a Law Graduate of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands with extensive experience in banking with functional expertise in strategic and change management, credit risk, treasury, investment and retail banking. He started his career in 1982 at ABN Amro Bank where he served in various roles in the Netherlands, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Romania and Saudi Arabia.

He also served at PT Bank Rabobank Indonesia as CEO for five years before joining Rabo Development.

Geoff Jacobs- Chairman of the Board, Dinaledi Educational Coach

Geoff is an experienced HR executive whose life-long focus has been the growth and development of people at all levels, in both the public and corporate sectors. As a young high school teacher on the Cape Flats, nothing gave Geoff greater pleasure than to see his young charges respond positively to instruction and coaching, and to see them seize opportunities for their own growth and development. Since joining the corporate sector 19 years ago, Geoff has continued this journey of investment in the lives of employees in the organizations he has led.

 

Geoff started his corporate career as Learning and Development Manager for the Southern Life (thereafter Momentum) Assurance company, followed by a stint as HR and Strategy Development Manager for Media 24’s IT division.  In 2002, he was recruited by Safmarine to oversee HR in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2004 he was appointed as HR Manager for Safmarine and Maersk in South Africa, where his portfolio included responsibility for HR Business Partnering, Employee Relations, Industrial Relations and Transformation. In 2009 Geoff was appointed as the HR Executive for the Southern Africa Cluster of Maersk Line, with leadership responsibility for HR in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and six daughter countries. In 2012 Geoff was appointed as Director of Maersk South Africa (Pty) Ltd, the legal entity responsible for the shipping activities of Maersk Line and Safmarine.

 

Geoff is a strong proponent of life-long learning, and has a passion for research and reading.  He has a BA (Hons) degree from UNISA, an MA from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from UCT’s Graduate School of Business.

 

Geoff is passionate about HR, which he sees as the only real differentiator in the market place. In an increasingly complex and competitive business environment, it is passionate people who make the difference and provide the truly sustainable competitive advantage.

 

Joan Peters, Leadership Development Manager, Volkswagen

Joan Peters, Leadership Development Manager, Volkswagen

Joan Peters is the head of the Leadership Academy at Volkswagen Group South Africa, a position she has held for over 20 years.

 

Her role includes the development of leaders at all levels in the Company, identifying and developing future leaders, as well as assessment centres to evaluate a person’s potential to fill more senior leadership positions.  Joan is also responsible for developing organisational culture change interventions, such Employee Engagement initiatives, team coaching and defining and strengthening Company values

 

Joan is a registered Coach and has an M Phil in Leadership Coaching through the University of Stellenbosch Business School