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Bronwyn Nielsen, CEO - Nielsen Media and Associates

Bronwyn Nielsen is one of Africa’s most experienced and respected broadcasters. With over 25 years’ experience in broadcasting, Bronwyn is regularly called upon by the World Economic Forum and leading business organisations and institutes, including African Development Bank and ABN Group to moderate key sessions at their global events.

Bronwyn has vast media expertise and a deep understanding of business and finance, through both her broadcast experience and insight into the corporate world, having held senior positions with several listed companies. Recently, Bronwyn was an Executive Director at Africa Business News (ABN) with responsibility for setting the content agenda for all companies within the ABN Group and driving the group’s strategic growth opportunities across the Africa. Bronwyn was Editor-in-chief at CNBC Africa for four years (2013 and 2017)

Bronwyn has a Bachelor of Commerce from UCT and completed a finance course for senior executives at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts.

Roze Phillips, Chief People Officer - Absa Group

Roze is the Group Chief People Officer for Absa Group Limited and is one of the key enablers of Absa’s new Group Strategy. 

Prior to joining Absa, Roze held the position of Management Consulting lead and Geographic Council member for Accenture Africa and Board member of Accenture South Africa. During her time there, she served as the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Turkey Innovation lead, creating the enablers for Accenture to lead Innovation in the region. Working at the intersection of business and technology, Roze is passionate about working with leaders to unleash the business and societal value that can be unlocked when digital technologies, including intelligent machines (AI) work collaboratively with empowered human beings to create the Future of Work on the continent.

 Roze is Executive Sponsor for BornToSucceedWomen, an organisation dedicated to helping young South African women with the necessary skills and mentorship to prepare for the workplace and Roze proudly mentors young black African men and women to unleash their full potential.

 Roze holds both a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) (1995) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) (1999) degrees from the University of Cape Town and a Post graduate diploma in Future Studies (2016) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Queen Mokonoto, Human Resources Director, South Africa and SADC - Oracle South Africa

Queen Mokonoto is the Human Resources Director – South Africa and SADC, at Oracle Corporation (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd.

 With nearly two decades of professional experience in fast paced multinational organizations, Queen is responsible for collaborating across Oracle’s multiple lines of businesses to help the business achieve strategic objectives including the creation of a diverse and collaborative talent pool,

 Queen has more than 18 years Human Resources and Business experience across diverse industries including IT, Water, Hygiene, Energy Technologies, Services, Telecommunications and Manufacturing.

 Deft in initiating complex projects across the EMEA and South Africa region, Queen leads the implementation of Oracle’s various talent management and executive leadership programs in South Africa and SADC countries also with the focus on woman development (Oracle Women In Leadership).

 Prior to joining Oracle, Queen has held leadership roles in Human Resources with SAP, Vodacom, Ecolab and BMW in South Africa.

 Queen has completed a Masters in Business Leadership (MBL) (Unisa); BA Psychology (Honours) (Unisa) and BA in Social Work (Honours) (Wits University).

Saif Malik, Regional Co-Head of Global Banking, Africa and Middle East - Standard Chartered Bank

Saif Malik currently holds the position of Regional Co-Head of Global Banking, Africa & Middle East [Corporate & Institutional Banking Coverage] at Standard Chartered Bank (Johannesburg

Branch) since his appointment on 1 January 2018. Prior to this he was the Managing Director & Head of Global Banking, Africa from 1 December 2016.

Saif joined Standard Charted Bank (“SCB”) in 2006 as Executive Director, Client Relationships & Co-Head Wholesale Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania Limited. Prior to his African regional roles (based in Johannesburg) he held the position of Managing Direction, Head of Corporate & Institutional Clients of SCB Malaysia for 5 years as well as Managing Director, Head of Origination & Client Coverage and Co-

Head of Wholesale Banking with SCB Nigeria. Before joining Standard Chartered, Saif worked with various multinational organizations such as Barclays Bank Tanzania, Barclays Bank Zambia as well as the Central Bank of Zambia.

Saif possesses a wealth Banking and Finance experience in the areas of economics, risk assessment, marketing, corporate credit and business development. Saif holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and a Master of Arts (MA) in International Business (Honours), both from the University of Kentucky, USA.

Maya Govind, HR Director - Nielsen

Maya is HR Director of Sub Saharan Africa from Nielsen.  Starting out as a Talent  Practitioner in Edcon, Maya career’s has spun across 14 years and she has worked in several multinationals including Edcon,BMW, Barclays and  most recently Nielsen.

Maya has always found herself between a generalist and specialist function within the HR discipline. She believes this has made her more empathetic and mindful to the challenges / opportunities within the value chain across various iterations of the operating model.

Born in Port Elizabeth, Durban; having studied in Cape Town and now living and working in Johannesburg, she is insatiably curious about human potential. She believes that harnessing strength from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives allows her the privilege to explore human engagement – challenge mind-sets, motives and methods to get people to show up in the right way for what matters. Maya is truly passionate about making a difference to people's lives and being a steward in all she does.

Finally, Maya holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Clinical and  Industrial Psychology and a Master of Business Administration in Business Administration and Management  from the Henley Business School.

Euan Dixon-Smith, Head of Health and Benefits - Willis Tower Watson

Euan is the Head of Health and Benefits of Willis Towers Watson South Africa. Euan has over 18 years of experience working with large multi-national and local organisations across a broad spectrum of industries.

Euan  returned to South Africa in 2013 after a decade in the UK to set up Mercer Health and Benefits and help with the expansion of Mercer in the region. Euan joined Willis Towers Watson in April 2017.

Throughout his career Euan has worked mainly in the field of employee benefits both working with insurance organisations and intermediaries.

His main focus has been in insured employee benefits (healthcare, risk benefits and retirement) working with multinationals on helping them arrange local benefits insurance cover. Euan is currently responsible for many of Willis Tower Watson’s key and strategic partnerships throughout Africa and coordinating Willis Towers Watson’s global network for our clients in South and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Over the past 4 years Euan has been heavily focused on companies within the High-Tech, Financial Services, Legal, Pharmaceutical, Tobacco and Telecommunications sectors.

He has been involved in developing strategy, designing and implementing bespoke solutions and on-going oversight for subsidiaries of multinationals across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Euan holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science (Political Science, International Relations and Industrial Sociology).

Olivia Ferreira, Managing Director - TMF Group

After completing her professional qualification with KPMG in 2008, Olivia joined Absa’s secured lending team and subsequently Quince Capital, a subsidiary of Reunert Ltd, as the Financial Manager.

Whilst employed at Quince Capital, Olivia managed and administered, amongst other, a R2bn asset book, a securitisation vehicle and assisted with the analysis of various funding options. 

In 2012 she was appointed as the General Manager: Finance for Nashua Kopano, a Reunert Ltd subsidiary, therein extending both her operational and commercial business acumen. 

 In 2015 she returned to Quince Capital as the Operations Director furthering her experience in the financial, operations and information technology functions. 

In 2016 Olivia joined TMF in a dual-capacity as Chief Operations Officer and Head of Structured Finance.  She represents TMF on various client boards as appointed independent director. In 2018 Olivia was promoted to her current role.

Vivien Chaplin, Attorney - Hogan Lovells

Vivien Chaplin focuses on corporate and commercial law with specific emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, employee share schemes, and black economic empowerment (BEE) transactions. She has advised on several BEE and unbundling transactions in the mining sector. In addition, private and state-owned companies consult her on compliance with the Companies Act and corporate governance issues.    

Vivien also assists multinational companies in setting up and operating businesses in South Africa.Recently she has also worked with a number of NGOs and entities in the education, health and finance sectors, assisting them with operational and other issues.

Hedda Schensema, Attorney - Hogan Lovells

Hedda Schensema focuses on employment and labour law. She regularly deals with issues affecting employers on employment equity and unfair discrimination and collective bargaining.

Advising on a wide range of various forms of unfair dismissals, strike management, interdicting strikes and on orderly pickets during strikes, lockouts, changes to conditions of employment, retrenchments and business restructuring also form part of her day-to-day activities. Hedda effectively strategises on all employment related matters, training, reviews of employment contracts and employee policies within various workplaces. She has also acted as a judge of the Labour Court.

Jyothi Khoosal, Principal Advisor, Benefits EMEA – Rio Tinto Group

Jyothi is currently Principal Advisor, Benefits – EMEA within the Rio Tinto Group. Rio Tinto has 47,000 people working in around 35 countries across six continents.

Jyothi works with local business management and HR to design/ review pensions and benefits provisions in ten countries to ensure benefit plans remain fully compliant within each country’s legal and regulatory framework, and where possible, harmonised amongst different business units whilst aligning to Group’s global benefit strategy.

Jyothi has oversight of vendor management for expatriate healthcare and global employee assistance programme as well as being responsible for pension compliance for the Group’s globally mobile employees. She supports global projects and various company initiatives as required.

Jyothi has over 15 years experience in the employee benefit industry. She has spent much of that time consulting to boards of trustees of defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans in South Africa.

Jyothi holds a B Sc (WITS), Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (UFS), Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (UFS).

Perece Kirgiti, Consultant

Perece Kirigiti is a seasoned Human Resources professional with 20 years’ experience in Human Resources Operations and Strategy in Multinational and Cross-Border Organisations. Perece has worked across finance and telecommunication industries and was Human Resources Director of Vodacom Tanzania PLC from 2015 until end of 2018.  

Before this role, Ms. Kirigiti worked as  the Human Resources Director at Airtel Tanzania before being promoted to the Head of Talent Management and Acquisition at Airtel Africa. In her time at Airtel, she was responsible for guiding the leadership team in making informed strategic decisions on all aspects of human resources policies, procedures and provide innovative approaches. She was later responsible for implementing Airtel’s Africa’s lent management infrastructure and framework and supporting the leadership teams with phases of talent management such as success management.

Perece is passionate about implementing health and wellbeing initiatives to create a more productive workforce and was responsible for interesting initiatives while at Vodacom Tanzania.

Finally, Perece holds a Master of Business Administration from Franklin University. She also holds a Certification in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC/Oxford University.

Perece is passionate about implementing health and wellbeing initiatives to create a more productive workforce and was responsible for interesting initiatives while at Vodafone.

Finally, Perece holds a Master of Business Administration from Franklin University. She also holds a Certification in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC/Oxford University.

Megan, Head of Employee Wellness - FirstRand Bank Limited

Megan is the Head of Employee Wellness at FirstRand Bank Limited. She has over 12 years’ experience in Client Relations and Employee Wellness. Megan has worked across HR functions including HR strategic planning, employee wellbeing strategy, healthcare coaching and management. She is also skilled in programme and change management. 

Megan is passionate about occupational health psychology and innovations in corporate wellness. She has had experience in creating interventions and implementing behaviour change in organisations.

Megan gained her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Cape Town and her Master of Science in Workplace Health from the University of Nottingham. p

Jean Ewang, Partner - Hogan Lovells

Jean Ewang has advised state entities, multinational companies and employers on all aspects of employment law. This includes obtaining urgent court interdicts, representing employers at disciplinary hearings, conducting investigation proceedings, and advising on executive and senior management restructuring models.

 

She also has experience conducting due diligence projects and in project managing labour advice for international clients in multiple jurisdictions in Africa. Jean regularly assists clients with issues across Africa and is relied upon by several multinational clients for such support as their business expand across the continent or where additional assistance is required from outside the particular jurisdiction. �

Gary Johnson, Consultant

He is a passionate and pragmatic Human Resource leader with a career expanding over 25 years, with in-depth HR and Operational experience, developing businesses across emerging markets such as Africa and the Middle East. In his current role he has the unique opportunity to view the business from both an operational and HR lens. Previous roles include transforming HR in Mara Group, MRI Worldwide, Pernod Ricard, Nokia and MTN. 

His leadership style is to always have a pulse on the organisations and connect with employees. With this hands-on approach, he has had the opportunity to transform and develop the organisations he has worked with in the following areas; people development, building teams, focusing teams, developing leaders, identifying talent, retaining talent and getting stuff done.

Terry Heller, Head of Sales and Distribution in Africa - Bupa Global Company

Terry Heller is head of Sales and Distribution in Africa for the Bupa Global Company. He has previously worked at other large insurers in South Africa and helped an administrator set up various offices across Africa. He is passionate about improving healthcare across the region and partners with clients to develop opportunities in health system improvement, collaboration, innovation and the implementation of new organisational strategies. 

In International Health Insurance Terry includes developing strategies for multinational groups in response to emerging market trends.

Before joining Bupa International, Terry served as Marketing and Sales Director for a large South African Employee Benefits Intermediary where he advised Multinational’s on healthcare reform, innovation, regulatory policy and quality.

Terry has a IMM diploma in marketing and 19 years’ experience in the healthcare industry.

Matthew McDonnell, Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

Matthew is a Senior Consultant in Towers Watson’s Organisational Surveys and Insights Practice, based in London. He has been with the firm for 15 years, and has designed and implemented employee engagement and culture research projects across a range of major global organisations across retail, FMCG, Finance, Media, Mining sectors.  He has in depth experience helping them identify and prioritise actions to improve their business performance through their people.

He has also worked on several survey engagements across Africa presenting results and working with local management teams in a variety of markets to understand some of the organisational challenges they have and implement action plans following employee survey results

Matthew is a chartered Occupational Psychologist. 

Elanie Kruger - Group Organisational Effectiveness Director, Tsebo

Elanie Kruger is the Group Organisational Effectiveness Director for Tsebo Solutions Group.  As the leading integrated facilities solutions provider in Africa and the Middle East, operating in over 27 countries, with over 40 000 employees, the Tsebo Solutions Group enables businesses to optimise their efficiency and productivity, and become more successful. Tsebo takes responsibility of their customers’ non-core activities outside of their expertise, empowering them to focus on their core business.

Passionate about Africa and emerging markets, Elanie is a key member of the Tsebo Executive, responsible for the delivery of profitability, growth and cash flow targets by driving best people practices and change initiatives. Elanie has a strong and diverse career in strategic human resources, talent, OD, IR and change management having held several senior leadership positions in diverse industries in South Africa and the UK.