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.

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.