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 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 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 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 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’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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 continentâ€. 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.