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Debbie Atwell
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+27 (83) 651 1664
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debbie@knowres.co.za

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09 - 10 Mar 2022
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All Day

Fee

R7,500

HR Director Conference | Africa 2022


Planning for and shaping the future of work

Join HR leaders and top brands to cover some the most pressing issues facing HR leaders today and with a view of what’s to come! The world has gone through profound disruption with great change which has transformed the way society operates and how individuals interact and work. Disruptive innovations are creating new industries and business models, and destroying old or ineffective ones. We have all witnessed an atscale shift to remote work, the reallocation of resources, and the acceleration of digitization and automation to meet changing individual and organizational needs. Most organisations have by and large met the challenges of the moment, but as we move in the direction of picturing what a postpandemic era or future might be, leaders need to reimagine and relook at models that are no longer relevant to how people communicate, collaborate and work today and in the future. HR leaders need to rethink workforce and employee planning, management, performance and experience strategies. As generations collide, workforces become more diverse and people work longer, and from anywhere in the world; traditional career models may soon become a thing of the past. Many of the roles or job titles of tomorrow will be ones we’ve not even thought of or conceptualised yet. Many companies are pushing HR to take a more active role in redefining how and where work gets done with initiatives such as redesigning the physical work environment, implementing a new organizational structure, and enabling transformational change.

A recent report by McKinsey suggests that future-ready companies share three characteristics: they know what they are and what they stand for; they operate with a fixation on speed and simplicity; and they grow by scaling up their ability to learn and innovate. HR can help propel this transformation by facilitating positive change in these three key areas. Another key element that came out was that of creating more people-centric policies where many heads of HR said they were eager to shift to a model we have come to call “back to human.” Gartner also recently surveyed 2 hundreds of HR executives across 60 countries and across industries to assess HR priorities and expected challenges and found that building critical skills and competencies tops the list, with many HR leaders indicating they will be prioritizing change management, leadership, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

With this in mind, it’s time to ensure that you as an HR leader are developing yourself and remaining relevant. Keep your finger on the pulse of local and international HR trends by joining the HR Director Conference 2022 – an event which is designed exclusively for HR decision makers. This conference provides a platform to engage with leading thinkers and fellow HR leaders during a two-day online conference (9-10 March). Hear others leaders’ experiences, challenges, and lessons learnt. Gain some clarity, reassurance and inspiration from other leaders in the room. This is an ideal opportunity to learn, share and leave with fresh ideas, motivation and actionable insights to continue leading through change and prepare you and your function for the new and evolving work reality.

Why Attend? 

  • Engage in provocative discussions with leading-edge thinkers who are shaping the workforce and delve into topics that deepen your understanding of vital issues impacting business.
  • Discover trends, challenges, opportunities and next steps for HR leaders in a hyper-digitised workplace
  • Prepare your organisation for the future of work and identify skills that the company will need in the future, along with developmental approaches to close any gaps.
  • Participate in discussions on how to meet the challenges brought forward by new hybrid work environments and an increasingly diverse workforce
  • Tips to get the most out of your people and set leaders up for success
  • Prepare your HR function to deliver great business impact and lead your organisation through uncertainty
  • Build a company culture that is able to withstand disruption and enable strategic transformation
  • Virtual experience: connect with other attendees, speakers and exhibitors/sponsors. The virtual platform will allow attendees to organise one-on-one meetings, exchange business cards/contact details during the event as well as participate in online discussions and share resources.


Who should attend?

  • HR Directors
  • HR Business Partners
  • Human Resources Managers
  • HR Officers
  • Talent Directors and Managers
  • HR Consultants

 

REGISTRATION FEES (excl. VAT)

 

Option A: 8 March 2022 | Workshop 1 or 2 R2 800 excl. vat

Option B: 9-10 March 2022 | Two day conference R7 500 excl. vat

Option C: 8-10 March 2022 | Three days R8 800 excl. vat

Option D: 9 March 2022 only  – Day one only R3 850 excl. vat

Option E: 10 March 2022 only | Day two only R3 850 excl. vat

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Hourly Schedule

Day 1 - 9 March 2022

08:50 - 09:00
Welcome and opening of conference
09:00 - 09:45
The Post Pandemic Boom: Step From the Now into the Next
Abdullah Verachia, Global Future Strategist and CEO, The Strategists
Speakers:
Abdullah Verachia
09:45 - 10:30
Building a Future-proof Organisation. Prepare your people for unpredictable changes
Ceri Mongie, Country Manager, SHL South Africa
Speakers:
Ceri Mongie
10:30 - 11:00
Morning break
11:00 - 11:45
How AI can make work more human and build an agile workforce
Zoë Vince, Director: HR Transformation, Oracle
Speakers:
Zoë Vince
12:00 - 12:45
Breakaway 1 | How can we build skills and leaders for the future now!
Anita Carollisen, Chief Executive: People Support, Pep AND Suhail Ramkilawan, Senior Solutions Architect, SHL AND Alison Boruchowitz, Head of People and Organisation SA, Puma Group AND Jon Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director, Henley Business School SA
Speakers:
Alison Boruchowitz, Anita Carollisen, Jon Foster-Pedley, Suhail Ramkilawan
12:00 - 12:45
Breakaway 2 | Increasing Social Capital – Through Employee Engagement, Experience and Belonging (Case study)
Dr Thuli Tabudi, Group Human Resources Executive, The Spar Group
Speakers:
Thuli Tabudi
12:45 - 13:45
Lunch break
13:45 - 14:30
Breakaway 1 | Creating a culture of care: improving mental health and wellbeing at work
Navlika Ratangee, Managing Director, ICAS (Editor of Improving Mental Health in the Workplace)
Speakers:
Navlika Ratangee
13:45 - 14:30
Breakaway 2 | In search of diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion: Nurturing inclusion & psychological safety in your organisation
Dr Preeya Daya, Academic Director, Achievement Awards Group and Senior Lecturer at Allan Gray Centre (Editor of 12 Lenses into Diversity in South Africa)
Speakers:
Dr Preeya Daya
14:30 - 15:00
Afternoon break
15:00 - 15:45
The social economics of work and productivity *** International Speaker***
Yves Morieux, Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Speakers:
Yves Morieux
15:45 - 16:30
The HR leaders’ role in leading digitalization and accelerating a work from anywhere future
Duncan Roberts, Manager: Centre for the future of work EMEA, Cognizant
Speakers:
Duncan Roberts
16:30
Wrap up of conference day 1

Day 2 - 10 March 2022

08:50 - 09:00
Welcome back
NATASHA WINKLER-TITUS, Founder, SigniFYER, Organisational Psychologist (HPCSA/SIOPSA Past President 2020/21), Snr. Lecturer at Stellenbosch University Business School
Speakers:
Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus
09:00 - 09:45
How we build teams that move at the speed of culture
Theresa Cook, Head of Talent Development EMEA, Tik Tok (International Speaker)
Speakers:
Theresa Cook
09:45 - 10:30
Discussion | The changing HR agenda: How HR is taking the lead in building and championing the future of work
Jasmin Pillay, HR Director, Microsoft AND Hope Lukoto, Chief HR Officer, BCX AND Athol Swanepoel, HR Director (East and South Africa), Nestle AND Avanthi Maharaj, HR Lead, Google SA
Speakers:
Athol Swanepoel, Avanthi Maharaj, Hope Lukoto, Jasmin Pillay
10:30 - 11:00
Morning break
11:00 - 11:45
Breakaway 1 | Performance management and targets for the ‘new normal’
Lindiwe Sebesho, Executive Head: Human Capital and Reward Lead, Barloworld
Speakers:
Lindiwe Sebesho
11:00 - 11:45
Breakaway 2 | Create more meaningful engagement and experience: How to shape the future employee experience in the work from anywhere age
Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi, HR Director, Heineken
Speakers:
Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi
12:00 - 12:45
Breakaway 1 | From best practices to digital next practices - Is HR still relevant?
Thami Msubo, GenGM, Group HR Services, Toyota South Africa Motors
Speakers:
Thami Msubo
12:00 - 12:45
Breakaway 2 | Investec hybrid working model: how we go about building a human centric, future-proof organisation?
Lesley-Anne Gatter, Head of People and Organisation, Investec
Speakers:
Lesley-Anne Gatter
12:45 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 14:15
Breakaway 1 | Talent mobility as a strategic imperative
Michele Seroke, Chief People Officer, Motus
Speakers:
Michele Seroke
13:30 - 14:15
Breakaway 2 | Agile HR and Agile Leadership in the workplace
Anja Van Beek, Agile Talent Strategist – Leadership Expert and Executive Coach
Speakers:
Anja Van Beek
14:15 - 15:00
Breakaway 1 | Data-driven and digital working in HR
Erik van Vulpen, Founder, Academy to Innovate HR (AIHR)
Speakers:
Erik van Vulpen
14:15 - 15:00
Breakaway 1 | The new HR capability model
Wilhelm Crous, Managing Director, KR AND Sthembiso Phakathi, Director: Human Capital, Deloitte AND Dr Shirley Zinn, Professor Shirley Zinn, Director on Boards and Author of Swimming Upstream
Speakers:
Prof Shirley Zinn, Sthembiso Phakathi, Wilhelm Crous
15:00 - 15:15
Quick break
15:15 - 16:00
Growing ecosystem thinking at RMB: Key insights from our journey thus far
Dr Ilka Dunne, Global Head of Leadership and Culture, RMB
Speakers:
Dr Ilka Dunne
16:00
Wrap up and close of conference
Abdullah Verachia
Abdullah Verachia
Global Future Strategist and CEO, The Strategists
Abdullah Verachia is a sought-after global speaker, advisor, practice strategist and innovator. He is adept at fusing practice, education, insight, empathy and experience together to add significant value at all levels. Abdullah has served in senior executive and board roles, crafted competitive strategies for leading companies and governments around the world, lectured at some of the top-ranked business schools globally and also built and run a number of successful companies. Some notable achievements include being elected for the Brightest Young Minds in SA, awarded Harvard Business School Dean’s Scholarship for Leadership and innovation, and presented with the 15-year Excellence Award for contributions made towards and development of the Model United Nations to name but a few. He is a member of the Institute of Directors SA as well as a member of the University of Pretoria Think Tank on the Future of Work. He advises a number of boards including GE South Africa and Sibanye-Stillwater, to name a few.
Ceri Mongie
Ceri Mongie
Managing Director: SA, SHL
Ceri Mongie is the Managing Director for SHL South Africa. Prior to joining SHL 4 years ago, Ceri worked for CEB’s SHL Talent Measurement Solutions where she started as an eager intern in Industrial Psychology and registered as an Industrial Psychologist in 2007. During her CEB she had taken several positions, including Professional Services Director and headed up the Professional Services team for Middle East Africa. She also has an MBA
Zoë Vince
Zoë Vince
Director: HR Transformation, Oracle
Zoë is an HR professional with over 10 years’ experience in the private, public and charity sectors. Zoë is based in the UK and works with strategic public sector Oracle customers and prospective clients across Europe, Middle East and Africa, helping HR leaders to conceptualise, plan and execute on their future HR vision and strategies through the adoption and exploitation of modern HR technology. Zoë joined Oracle in the second half of 2021 after two years at Workday, where she led Customer Success for Workday’s UK Education and Government clients. Before this, Zoë worked in the UK Civil Service leading on the future HR operating model, HR functional strategy and standards, and technology-enabled HR service design for Government. Zoë has also fulfilled roles such as HR Business Partner, Early Talent Lead and Volunteer Onboarding Manager.
Alison Boruchowitz
Alison Boruchowitz
Head of People & Organisation South Africa, Puma
Alison has recently joined Puma and heads up People for the Group. She has an extensive background in the field of HR with a passion for strategy and culture development within organisations. She has extensive experience in the retail field, and loves the environment. Prior to joining Puma Group, Alison was the HR Executive for Omni HR Consulting and was the Group HR manager for Cape Union Mart for 15 years. She has a Master’s degree from UNISA and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch
Anita Carollisen
Anita Carollisen
Chief Executive: People Support, Pep
Anita is an experienced Head of Human Resources with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. She is skilled in Negotiation, HR Consulting, HR Policies, Organizational Design, and Labour Relations. Strong human resources professional with qualifications in Industrial Psychology and International Leadership in Retail (Henley Business School and W&R Seta). Some of the organisations she has worked at include, Paarl Media Group, Virgin Active, Vodacom, Foschini and Pep.
Jon Foster-Pedley
Jon Foster-Pedley
Dean and Director, Henley Business School SA
Jonathan Foster-Pedley is the Dean and Director of Henley Business School, South Africa, part of Henley Business School UK and the University of Reading. Jon is an education designer, academic, coach, learning facilitator and entrepreneur, and is a former airline captain, senior executive in the European aerospace industry and has over 30 years of global business experience. He is a visiting professor in strategy, creativity and innovation, a blogger and writer. Areas of expertise: Strategy, learning, creativity, design thinking, innovation. He specialises in innovative and rich learning design that develops cognitive rigour, imagination, originality, self-confidence, self-belief, creativity and proactivity. He has hands-on experience of international sales and marketing, and of participating in and leading multicultural sales and management teams. He was marketing director for a subsidiary of Airbus Industries and sales manager Africa and Middle East for British Aerospace Plc, Commercial aircraft. He has worked internationally for 30 years, principally in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australasia and the Americas.
Suhail Ramkilawan
Suhail Ramkilawan
Senior Solutions Architect, SHL
Suhail is a registered psychometrist, experienced in providing psychometric and people measurement solutions to answer key talent questions, support talent management and development initiatives within organisations. He has experience within the financial services and insurance industry, within the South African and broader Africa context. Suhail is passionate about utilizing technology, data and insights to inform people decisions and drive business success. Prior to joining SHL in 2021, Suhail was the People Measurement and Assessment Practice Lead (Organisational Effectiveness)
Thuli Tabudi
Thuli Tabudi
Group Human Resources Executive, The Spar Group Ltd | South Africa
Thuli is the Group HR Executive for Spar Group. She has been in the retail industry for more than 26 years and has worked for various large companies like Mnet, Pick N Pay and Edgars before joining Spar in 1999. Thuli has a PhD from the University of Johannesburg. She is passionate about mentoring and coaching and is privileged to be involved in programmes aimed at investing in local communities through various social initiatives.
Navlika Ratangee
Navlika Ratangee
Managing Director, ICAS
Navlika Ratangee is a qualified clinical psychologist and is also a GIBS MBA graduate. She is currently the Managing Director at ICAS SA, a behavioural risk and employee health and wellness company. She has diverse experience in human capital management, behavioural risk, change management, managerial consulting, global management consulting leadership, organisational resilience and organisational strategy. She also has an abundance of experience in dealing with mental health in the workplace and has consulted to many South African corporates in this regard. She is the editor of a newly to be published book.
Dr Preeya Daya
Dr Preeya Daya
Senior Lecturer at the UCT Allan Gray Centre and Academic Director at the Achievement Awards Group.
Dr Preeya Daya is a research associate of the University of Cape Town’s Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership and she serves on the Council for the Durban Chamber of Commerce, as Vice-Chair on the Human Resource Forum. Preeya is an Academic Director at the Achievement Awards Group and an Executive Director at the Leadership Dialogue. She has a PhD in Business from UCT, and Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. Her consulting and research relate to organisational behaviour, including diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, leadership and personal mastery. Preeya teaches on executive programmes for the University of KwaZulu Natal and the University of Stellenbosch and she co-convenes a PhD programme in leadership, systems thinking and complexity at the Durban University of Technology.
Yves Morieux
Yves Morieux
Director, Boston Consulting Group
Yves Morieux is the director of Boston Consulting Group’s Institute for Organization. He is an expert in corporate transformation and leads the firm’s development of approaches to help organizations create the structural and behavioral groundwork for competitive change. Yves was a BCG Fellow from 2008 through 2017, and is beginning another BCG Fellowship in 2019. Yves has pioneered new ways of organizational thinking through the development of Smart Simplicity, an approach designed in cooperation with BCG clients in different regions and industries. The basis of Smart Simplicity is creating an environment in which employees can work with one another to develop creative solutions to complex challenges. This concept includes six “smart rules” to better manage the new business complexity while avoiding organizational complicatedness. During his tenure as a Fellow, Yves’s research focused on new business complexities and their organizational implications. Since joining BCG in 1995, Yves’ client work has focused on advising senior executives of prominent corporations and public-sector organizations worldwide on their strategies and organizational transformations. Prior to joining BCG, Yves was a director in private research and consulting practice that specialized in applying state-of-theart findings in the social sciences to organizations and markets
Duncan Roberts
Duncan Roberts
Manager: Centre for the Future of Work EMEA, Cognizant
Duncan is a manager in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work. He has published research on the future of manufacturing, the regulation of AI technologies, virtual reality and talent pools. He joined the company in 2019, working as a digital strategy and transformation consultant in industries ranging from satellite communications to educational assessment and has advised clients on how to best utilize technology to meet strategic objectives.
Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus
Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus
Founder, SigniFYER, Organisational Psychologist (HPCSA/ SIOPSA President 2020/21), Snr. Lecturer at Stellenbosch University Business School
Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus is a registered Organisational Psychologists with over 24 years’ experience in management consulting and HR leadership. She currently serves as Faculty, teaching and researching in Organisational Behaviour and Leadership, at the Stellenbosch University Business School. She is also the current President of the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, South Africa and serves as international Expert Panellist at the Centre for Global Inclusion. In 2019 she was awarded the IOP Practitioner of the year by SIOPSA, and also won best paper in her interest group at the British academy of management conference in Bristol, 2018. Natasha is also the Founder of SigniFYER, consulting on Organisational Effectiveness and Change and a Snr. Lecturer at Stellenbosch University Business school.
Theresa Cook
Theresa Cook
Head of Talent Development EMEA, Tik Tok
Theresa joined Tik Tok in March 2021 as the Head of Talent Development. She has lived and worked around the world for global organisations such as PwC, Amazon and now Tik Tok. At PwC she was a Senior L & D manager before moving on to a Director role in Luxembourg. At Amazon Theresa was a Talent Development senior manager for the EU. Through 12 years training consultancy experience, and more than 10 years within global organizations, she has provided training and development solutions that incorporates a global outlook while still being true to the local site. Theresa has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Unisa and also attended the Luxembourg School of Business
Athol Swanepoel
Athol Swanepoel
HR Director (East and South Africa), Nestle
Athol is a seasoned Human Resources Professional with over 20 years generalist HR experience across a number of different industries, with expertise in the areas of Talent Management & Development, Learning & Development, Employee Relations, Organisational Development & Change Management. He has managed global change projects locally. Athol became head of HR of Nestle at the beginning of 2021 but prior to that he headed up the talent function at Nestle. He has worked for companies like Edcon and Transtel (a division of Transnet). He has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of the Western Cape (UWC)
Avanthi Maharaj
Avanthi Maharaj
HR Cluster Head: SSA, Google
Avanthi is an accomplished and seasoned Senior Human Resource Partner with a passion to lead, inspire and develop others. She has over 20 years of HR experience and has worked at Multinationals such as Citibank and Mastercard over the past 10 years. She is currently the Market HR Cluster Lead for SSA at Google which oversees all of the Googler Experience in Africa. For the past 2 years her focus has been on helping Google build for Africa and showcase the rich talent we have over the continent.
Hope Lukoto
Hope Lukoto
Chief HR Officer, BCX
A trained psychologist and executive coach, Hope has over 16 years’ experience in private practice and consulting. She joined BCX as Chief Human Resources Officer in October 2018 and sees herself as a transformer and problem solver, with a vision for the future. Hope has a special interest in acting as a catalyst for change, coaching leaders who are in transition, and helping them to identify and develop strategies for employee engagement. Before joining BCX, Hope held Human Resources positions at BMW and First National Bank, where she worked for nine years, before launching her own coaching company. Hope has several qualifications, including a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pretoria and an advanced Human Resources Executive Programme Certificate from the Michigan Ross School of Business. Hope is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
Jasmin Pillay
Jasmin Pillay
HR Director, Microsoft
Jasmin Pillay is the Director, HR Consulting for Microsoft Middle East and Africa, where she leads transformation, scale, empowerment and capability building, as well as people strategy and planning. She holds Industrial Psychology and Business Management qualifications and is currently working on her MBA. Jasmin’s broad portfolio over the years has provided direct experience across a variety of international destinations and multi-nationals including experience with people management and matrixed business environments. Her passion is in creating opportunities for access to learning and empowerment, and considers herself fortunate to have been a leading member of a skills development initiative in Sudan which included women in a manufacturing environment. Among her professional achievements, Jasmin was identified as a Global Influencer for the PETRONAS Downstream business for Organisational Design and Effectiveness in Performance and Culture Transformation and been awarded Top Employer for two consecutive years in during her tenure at Microsoft South Africa.
Lindiwe Sebesho
Lindiwe Sebesho
Executive: Remuneration, Performance Optimisation and Talent, Barloworld Limited
Lindiwe is a human performance, talent management and total rewards leader with extensive experience in developing and implementing solutions that enable the achievement of business growth strategies. Before joining Barloworld, Lindiwe was the Head: Talent Management for Absa, Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB) and was also the bank’s Group Head of Performance Management. She has served as the Group Executive: Strategic Programmes at Alexander Forbes (AF) where she managed programmes that contributed to the implementation of AF’s retail growth strategy. Prior to that, she was the Executive Head: HR and Santam Exco member. Lindiwe is the past president of the South African Reward Association (SARA), a professional organisation that develops Reward professionals and advances reward practices. She holds an MBA, a Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law and a B. Com (HRM). She is a Certified Global Remuneration Practitioner (GRP) and a Master Reward Specialist.
Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi
Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi
HR Director, Heineken
Tshepo is the HR Director at Heineken and has more than 18 years of experience in the HR field and over 11 years at senior Management level. Prior to joining Heineken in 2020, Tshepo was the HR Director at Hyundai SA, HR Executive at Imperial Retail Logistics to name a few past positions. She has a MBA as well as B.Tech degree in HRM. Her experience and track records has proven her to be a true business enabler, strategic partner and change champion
Thami Msubo
Thami Msubo
GM, Group HR Services, Toyota South Africa Motors
Thami Msubo is the GM for Group HR at Toyota SA. His professional career is built on a strategic, operational, collaborative and high-performing team approach to create a sustainable workplace culture where everyone feels valued. Prior to joining Toyota he spent a short stint as the General Manager HR at Rio Tinto's Richards Bay Minerals and more than 6 years as Head of HR at Telkom where he led Group HR portfolio during business turnaround. His professional career started when he was a Business Administration Trainee at Siemens AG in Munich, Germany in 1989. My highest academic achievement is a Master of Administrative Sciences Degree with majors in Administrative Sciences and International Organizations from German University of Administrative Sciences. Thami also served on the Academic Advisory Board for Human Resources and Management Science at Durban University of Technology (DUT). He also served as a Board Member of World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE), headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Lesley-Anne Gatter
Lesley-Anne Gatter
Head of People and Organisation, Investec
Lesley joined Investec Ltd in 2006 and the following year was appointed Head of Learning & Development. In this role, I collaborated on the design and delivery of learning initiatives into the organisation, including diversity and leadership development. In 2016, she was appointed as the Head of People & Organisation for Investec. In this capacity Lesley leads Investec’s internal and external transformation initiatives, its work relating to equality (diversity and inclusion) practices and the employee life cycle and value proposition. Lesley also serves on Investec’s Environmental, Social and Governance Executive Committee and facilitate learning, leadership and other processes in the business. Prior to joining Investec, she worked in various NGOs focusing on counselling, supervision and education pursuits. She has also lectured in psychology in various academic settings. Lesley has a Master’s degree in Psychology from University of the Witwatersrand.
Michele Seroke
Michele Seroke
Chief People Officer, Motus
Michelle was appointed as the Chief People Officer of Motus in 2007. She joined Imperial Holdings Limited as human resources director for the Imperial Vehicle Retail, Rental and Aftermarket Parts division in August 2016. Her career began in Eskom after obtaining her degree from the University of Cape Town. She has held strategic senior management and executive positions in human resources, both locally and internationally, at several organisations, including Eskom, Productivity SA, ArcelorMittal and General Electric.
Anja Van Beek
Anja Van Beek
Agile Talent Strategist – Leadership Expert and Executive Coach
As an international coach, speaker, trainer and published author, with more than 20 years of experience, I help to enhance the performance of individual executives, teams and organisations. I am an Agile Talent Strategist, Leadership & HR Expert and Executive Coach and was one of the first to be authorised as an Agile People professional and facilitator. I partner with leaders and HR teams on all people-related aspects with a specific focus on integrating agile principles and practices and supporting teams to remain relevant and thrive in the future of work. I also in association with various companies as a facilitator focusing on leadership development, mentoring and change management. I’m obsessed, aiming to help organisations to be more human-centric and to prioritise adaptive leadership in the new world of work. As a globally renowned speaker, I call South Africa my home.
Erik van Vulpen
Erik van Vulpen
Founder, Academy to Innovate HR (AIHR)
Erik van Vulpen is founder of the Academy to Innovate HR (AIHR), the world’s largest online educator in People Analytics and Digital HR. Erik often writes and speaks about HR analytics and digital HR. He holds a master's in Business Administration (hons.) and Industrial and Organizational Psychology (hons.) and a bachelor's in Law.
Prof Shirley Zinn
Prof Shirley Zinn
Professor
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Sthembiso Phakathi
Sthembiso Phakathi
Director: Human Capital, Deloitte
Sthembiso is currently Director in the Human Capital practice at Deloitte Consulting focusing mainly in the Energy, Resources and Industrials sector. He is a part-time lecturer at Wits University in the department of Economics and Human Sciences. He's conducted research in marketing management, operating models and strategy analysis. Sthembiso is an experienced and talented business advisor and has built many strong business relationships over many years. He works with his clients to harness culture and build competitive advantage through strategic focus, business connection and execution excellence. He's known for his passion for organisation design and behavioural change management.He has broad knowledge in the development of organisational models, HR optimisation and workforce transition strategies. He's regarded by his peers as one of the leading practitioners in enterprise transformation and organisational effectiveness. His delivery experience encompasses both the public and private sector working with global blue-chip organisations and major multinationals.
Wilhelm Crous
Wilhelm Crous
Crous, Managing Director, KR
Wilhelm Crous has a passion for business knowledge. This passion is realised, through Knowledge Resources (which he established in 1991), by publishing business and management books; developing and presenting world-class conferences and training; conducting surveys in the HR/Talent Management field; and publishing Human Capital and Labour Country Reports. Wilhelm is also the founder of the HR Think Tank, in collaboration with the Institute for Future Research. He has received numerous special awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the SABPP for his outstanding contribution to the human resources management profession, and the Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Pretoria for contributions made to human resources management. In 2017, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Johannesburg for his contribution to Entrepreneurship in South Africa. He holds an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Dr Ilka Dunne
Dr Ilka Dunne
Global Head of Leadership and Culture, RMB
llka is an organizational and people developer having worked in a wide variety of fields starting in a theatre company involved in drama and theatre in education to teaching in an NGO. This was a great foundation for moving out on her own and creating Actions Speak Educational Design. Over its 10-year life span, Actions Speak allowed Ilka to engage with many dynamic and interesting people and programmes. To write a handful of textbooks, create over 700 online lessons for Guardian UK, Mindset and Learnthings, develop over 250 teachers and principals from varying backgrounds with varying needs, research a number of NGOs across South Africa, write a variety of educational film scripts, offer development programmes to corporates and generally stay out of too much trouble. She attended the CSC (Common Wealth Study Conference) Leaders programme in the UK in 2015 and inspired by the amazing people on the programme committed to keep the alumni connected by co-ordinating yearly alumni gatherings in the UK and SA. She is a founding member of the CSC Global Alumni and is a board member for the AELD. Ilka is currently heading up the Global leadership, coaching and culture team at Rand Merchant Bank where she supports the leadership development strategies for all RMB employees across Africa, the UK and India.

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