Faiyad Abrahams, Group HR Executive, African Equity Empowerment Investments

Faiyad has worked as an HR generalist for the past 17 years holding various positions including Head of HR: Sub-Sahara Africa with Baker Hughes Inc, Head of HR: Africa with Puma Energy as well as currently with African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) as the Group HR Executive. Needless to say he has a wealth of experience covering the entire African continent. He also served as a Board Advisor to the South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA) due to his contribution across Africa. Faiyad graduated in 2001 from the Cape Peninsular College of Technology focusing in Human Resources Management. In his current and previous role, he has taken on assignments outside of the HR sphere and Project Managed acquisitions ranging from oil & gas, fishing and cosmetics companies.  

Stella Makunike, Global Human Resources Officer, Pacific Cigarette Company

Stella is an experienced HR Executive with a proven track record of success in industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, FMCG and agricultural sectors. With all-round HR skills, she specializes in delivering effective solutions to meet strategic business objectives. Stella has a BSC Psychology and General Management qualification from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
She also holds the following positions:

International Advisory Board Member for University of Stellenbosch Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED Ltd)
Chairperson – Employers Association for the Cigarette Manufacturing Industry in Zimbabwe.
Graduate Employment Committee member for University of Zimbabwe

Alison Thom, Talent Acquisition Lead AEM: Human Resources, Hatch

Alison Thom is the Talent Acquisition Lead and Senior Executive Head-hunter across the EMEA region with in-depth knowledge in the banking, financial services and engineering sectors. 8 years in South Africa, Alison has a proven track record in global recruitment, negotiations, business talent strategy, talent pipelining, and executive search experience. Alison has current experience of emerging markets and on the ground experience in Africa, Europe and the Middle East whilst understanding the complex cultural nuances coupled with leading global talent teams.
Alison works with a senior global team to enhance and develop the global graduate recruitment program whilst understanding employee and employer propositions, branding and retention. Currently heading up Talent Acquisition for Hatch from a resource planning perspective through to hiring for large projects in the Middle East, Russia and Europe; introducing procedures, strategies and processes for the Middle East, emerging markets and Europe and advising on local employment matters.

Yashin Brijimohan, Executive Dean: Business, Engineering and Technology, Monash, South Africa

Yashin is a professional engineer with a B.Sc Engineering degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Master’s in Engineering Management from the University of Pretoria and a postgraduate Business Management Diploma from the University of Warwick.

He has held various positions within industry in both engineering and education. He is the vice-president of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, where he chairs the international committee on Engineering Capacity Building. He has recently been nominated onto the governing board of the UNESCO World Centre on Engineering Education.

In engineering he played key roles, managing teams in the areas of Asset Management, Maintenance, Plant Investigations, and Renewable Energy. He is commonly known for his expertise in Strategy Development, Business Planning, Young Professional Development, and Capacity Building (Research and Education).

His passion for the development of people has resulted in him been elected to lead several initiatives, and committees both locally and internationally. These include the Tertiary Education Support Programme at Eskom, the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Engineering Council of South Africa and the Africa Engineering Week at continental level.

He has also served on the National Science and Technology Forum Adjudication panel for the National Science Awards, and was Chief Judge on Provincial Science Expos. His interests are in the research areas of Engineering Capacity Building, Systems Integration and Design, Renewable Energy, and Asset Management.

Artur Miranda, Regional Franchise Manager, Coca-Cola Company

Artur is the Regional Franchise Manager (RFM) for the Coca-Cola Company in East Africa responsible for seven markets (Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, Eritrea, Somalia/Somaliland and Djibouti). Before that was the RFM for five markets in Central Africa (Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland). In this role he oversees every aspect of the business within his regional mandate.

Mr. Miranda´s 26-year career and experience is built across Humanitarian and Proselyting Missions, Military Communications Service, IT, FMCG, Luxury Goods Brands and Consumer Electronics industries gained across Europe, USA, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. His career in business started in Brand Management within the IT industry, moving on to FMCG where he built competencies in other areas of the business including Consumer Sales & Marketing, Strategy, including Customer and Commercial Leadership, Business development and General Management. Artur has been with the Coca-Cola Company for over 6 years in various leadership roles.

He is a very hands-on person, with a personal interest in cross-industry partnerships as a means of breaking down cultural and racial barriers and which are critical contributors to broader community development.

Artur has an MBA from the European University based in Geneva Switzerland as well as other graduate qualifications from the Portuguese Catholic University and Universidade Independente of Lisbon, Portugal.

Abel Alemu, Regional Manager, Southern Africa, Ethiopian Airlines

Abel’s carrier started as Marketing Officer in the Customer Loyalty Department where he managed and promoted the Frequent Flyer Program of the airline along other experienced team members. He later moved to the cargo department of the airline where he assumed a number of sales positions before leading the country Sales Team as Cargo Sales Manager – for Ethiopia. He was assigned as Cargo Manager for the Gulf Region based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since September 2015, he assumed a new role as Regional Manager for Southern Africa looking after the overall operation of Ethiopian Airlines in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland , Reunion ,Namibia , Madagascar and Mauritius. Abel holds Economics (B.A ) and Marketing Management (M.A)degrees.


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.

Camilla Leeds, Human Resources Partner-Africa, Philips

Camilla Leeds is the HR Business Partner for Royal Philips Africa, a position she has held since early 2016.  In this role she is responsible for the full HR function across the continent.  She is based in South Africa but responsible for the Philips’ operations throughout the continent.  She is passionate about the diversity of culture, language, religion and cuisine across the continent.  She is intrigued by how this diversity can build an organisational culture that marries a global multinational culture with local nuances to make the business locally relevant.

Camilla has held a number of prior roles in Royal Philips including Compensation and Benefits and HRM.  She has also worked in various other organisations and industries from start-ups to large corporates.

Camilla holds a BA (Wits), PDM (Wits) and MBA (GIBS).



Paula Quinsee, Relationship Expert,

Paula Quinsee is a relationship expert, TEDx speaker and author of Embracing Conflict


During her 16 year tenure in the corporate world working at organisations such as Standard Bank, Nedbank and KFC, Paula learned many lessons on relationships in the workplace (internal and external), people and team dynamics and leadership traits.


Paula’s expertise lies in personal growth and development of individuals and organisations with a particular focus on EQ skills that empowers individuals and teams to operate at their optimum and ultimately become a better person, partner and leader.


She is a certified Imago Relationship Therapy Educator and Facilitator, NLP practitioner, SABPP Associate and consultant to Married at First Sight SA TV show.



Rre Elija Litheko, Executive Director, The Institute of People Management

Rre. Elijah Litheko is widely recognized for his commitment and dedication to advancing leadership and excellence in human resources management and development.
His leadership skills were honed in the streets of the township where he grew up as a youth leader and Civic Association leader during the days of the mass democratic movement in the Apartheid South Africa. He negotiated and implemented a relationship-building program with the unions during a time of political unrest and mass demonstrations while he was a Regional HR manager for Hunt Leuchars and Hepburn (HLH) in the 1980s.
In the 1990’s Rre Elijah Litheko assumed responsibility for the strategic management and leadership of the Human Resource function at a national level for the South African Forestry Company Limited (SAFCOL), where he was a member of the Executive team as General Manager: Human Resources. His overall responsibilities included the management of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme and multiple stakeholders. When SAFCOL was restructured in 2002 in terms of the South African government’s National Framework Agreement, Rre Litheko established his own HR consultancy company – “Magical HR”, providing HR and transformation related support services to the subsidiaries of the restructured SAFCOL. During this period he also extended his consultancy services to companies such as ACSA and Mintek. He also led and facilitated the highly successful Black Advancement Leadership Program, later on assuming a leadership role as a member of the Executive team, in the restructuring and transformation of the South African Forestry Company Limited (SAFCOL) as head of HR.
Since joining IPM in 2006 Rre Litheko has been steadily rebuilding it and enhancing its service offerings. He prepared and led the organisation through it’s professionalising journey as well as overseen and initiated numerous strategic partnerships that have enhanced the internal operation of the Institute and it’s outward reach. The Institute of People Management obtained recognition from South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) in 2012 through meeting a rigorous set of criteria in terms of how it operates and serves its members. This recognition empowers the Institute to participate in all activities that will contribute to the shaping of the education and training landscape in South Africa. Rre Litheko envisions IPM playing a pivotal role in shaping the transformation of HR both locally and internationally. His action and
outcomes-focused approach has paved the way for IPM to offer leading-edge programs in key areas of HR.
The Institute partners with organizations that conduct research to bring latest trends and developments in the HR field to the African continent. Rre Litheko was identified to lead and develop the HR profession through the Institute so that he could assist organizations to position themselves within a global operating context as well as the emerging democratic dispensation in South Africa. In addition to his comprehensive experience across a vast range of HR functions, his enviable list of qualifications make him well qualified for this responsibility. He draws on a bank of considerable business and HR experience in this role, which not only demands overall management and leadership of the organization, but also influence on government, business and society at large.
He attributes his success to his perseverance, understanding of the context in which he operates, and his ability to use resources effectively to achieve strategic goals. He became involved in his profession as he wanted to help organizations become more productive and competitive within a global context.
Rre. Litheko holds an MBA Degree from De Montfort University (UK); a B/Tech in Human Resources from the University of South Africa ; a Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law from GIMT; Senior Executive Program - London Business School (UK); International Human Resource Program - Galilee International Management Institute, Israel; HR Diploma from the Institute of People Management (IPM) South Africa ; Certificate in Strategy Facilitation - Leadership Strategies Facilitation Company, Atlanta; Management Development Programmes from – University of Cape Town; University of Witwatersrand; and Gordon Institute of Business Science; Board Training Certificates from the Institute of Directors and CGF Research Institute.
He played a pivotal role in the establishment of the African Human Resource Confederation (AHRC), which is affiliated to the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA).
At Civic level, Rre Litheko served as chairperson of the Kanana Parents Committee, President of the Kanana Civic Association and Chairperson of the Education Crisis Committee from the late 1970’s to 1990. Outside of his busy professional career, he enjoys social golf, reading and travelling. In five years, Rre. Litheko plans to continue working with Africa and contribute to the development of its human capital. In addition, Rre Litheko is passionate about the development of emerging HR practitioners.
Rre Litheko currently serves on the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDCSA), which is chaired by the Deputy President of the country, the University of Kwazulu-Natal Council, the Board of the Southern African Society for Cooperative Education (SASCE), the Labour Market Advisory Council and he was also part of the Council of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and the University of Johannesburg’s HRD Advisory Council. He is serves as a member of the interviewing panel of the Standard Bank Rising Star Awards.
Rre Litheko has now retired, however he has been requested by the IPM Board to continue supporting IPM as an Executive Consultant for Strategic Projects.

Timothy Peck, Territory Director, IBM

Tim Peck has been working in the information technology field for 30 years, with the last 22 directly involved with Africa. He has held a number of positions ranging from technology engineer through to general management of a software company. In the last 8 years Tim has been with IBM, initially working with IBM Research managing the relationship between local organisations and IBM covering diverse projects including desalination, alternate energy, IP management and use of high performance computing, more recently he managed the "Africa Technical Academy" for IBM which was designed to provide practical training for both clients and business partners in key technology areas. Today he is part of the core team goaled by the IBM CEO to provide an innovative enablement solution to reach 25 million young Africans over the next 5 years.


Nick Dougherty, Supply Chain Executive, Taste Holdings PTY Limited

Nick is the Supply Chain Executive at Taste Holdings PTY (LTD). Taste represents two of the world’s iconic food and beverage brands in South Africa, Starbucks and Domino’s. Nick has held positions in the food industry for the previous 10 years post his initial career in financial services. Before Taste Holdings, he spent five years at Yum Brands- KFC where he was Supply Chain Director and contributed to setting up the supply chain for Yum in the rest of Africa. Nick has a full time MBA from INSEAD Business School (2010)

Nola Mashba, Group Head of Corporate Communications at ABN Group: CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa

Nola Mashaba is the Head of Corporate Communications at ABN Group.

Nola Mashaba joined CNBC Africa in August 2011.

As Corporate Communications Manager, Mashaba serves as the spokesperson and oversee communication and stakeholder relation strategies on the African continent for the Group, which boasts the CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa brands in its portfolio.

The Corporate Communications Department ensures that the Group’s mission is well-understood by the public, government and other key stakeholders in the public and private sector and highlight the valuable contribution we are making in presenting a more balanced view of Africa to the world.

Mashaba headed up the marketing division for CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa magazine since joining the company in August 2012, following a distinguished career in advertising and brand marketing with over 10 years of experience.

Mashaba’s strong background in stakeholder relations, marketing, business development, 360° marketing, creative direction and brand management will bolster our strong media conglomerate, as we continuously expand our presence on the continent”. Roberta Naidoo, Group Managing Director.

Mashaba holds a B.SocSci degree from the University of Cape Town, as well as an Honours degree from the University of South Africa, majoring in Organisational and Consumer Psychology.


Daniel Silke, Political Economy Analyst, Political Futures Consultancy

Daniel Silke is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading Political Analysts, Futurists and most passionate Keynote Speakers. As Director of the Political Futures Consultancy & faculty consultant for Duke Corporate Education, Silke serves a host of major blue-chip companies with outstanding keynotes and workshops aimed at the convention, conference and events industries. He has 15 years experience in delivering stimulating, entertaining and insightful presentations on South African, African and Global political and economic trends. His client list includes Oracle, CISCO, PriceWaterhouse, MTN, KPMG, FirstRand, Grant Thornton, Deloittes, Distell, Momentum, Sanlam, Estee Lauder, FNB, SunGard, Barclays and ABSA. Silke is the author of the acclaimed new book Tracking the Future: Top trends that will shape South Africa and the World and regularly appears on CNBC Africa, and ENCA while his comments are carried by Bloomberg, AFP, Deutsche Welle, the BBC, 702, Classic FM, the SABC and in Business Day.

Dr Jerry Gule, Interim Chief Executive Officer, The Institute of People Management

 Dr Jerry Gule has been appointed by the IPM (Institute of People Management) as an Interim CEO, with effect from June 2017.

Jerry established founder of Gule Executive Coaching (Pty) Limited in 2016 after successfully completing the International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified Coach Training programme at the University of Pretoria Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Professional Business Coaching Programme in 2015. During his career as an HR executive he was an internal coach and mentor to middle and senior managers. He continues to coach some employees from his previous employer and has a growing client base. He is also working towards accreditation by the ICF (International Coaching Federation).

Dr Gule joined TOTAL in August 2003 where he was first appointed Human Capital Consultant responsible for the company’s transformation programme to ensure compliance with the Petroleum and Liquid Fuels Charter. He was promoted to General Manager: Transformation and assumed oversight over the Purchasing Division to guide the implementation of the company’s affirmative procurement spend totaling over R2 billion for goods and services. In 2007 Dr Gule was appointed General Manager HR & Transformation a position he relinquished in October 2014 when he assumed the position of General Manager: TOTAL Marketing Services Competency Centre (Pty) Limited, a company wholly owned by TOTAL Paris, France.

Dr Gule also managed the Brand Ambassador Programme for TOTAL South Africa which focused on exciting youth in high schools and TOTAL’s partner universities on the African continent to reach for their academic and entrepreneurial dreams. Dr Gule was appointed Project Manager: Namibia and South Africa, for the inaugural TOTAL StartUpper Challenge. The programme was a resounding success with innovative projects being adjudicated and selected by a panel of judges.

Dr Gule having been assigned responsibility for stakeholder relationships management for regional and local university partnerships in Southern Africa has unique insights into stakeholder mapping and management. In fulfilling his role he liaised closely with TOTAL Professors Associè (TPA) and partner universities regarding academic programmes run at the different universities in which TPA participated. He also was appointed to the University of Witswatersrand School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Advisory Board in 2014/15.

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