Beverley Schafer is the Deputy Speaker of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, in charge of International Relations, and former Minister of Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture. She has been in politics for more than ten years and is a keynote speaker and panelist on passionate subjects ranging across the board from hemp and cannabis farming for economic opportunities, to governance and policy matters. Currently, she has been involved with repatriating SA’s stranded across the globe and assisted to date with over 12 000 returning citizens. She started the #LISA not so long ago to assist SA’s that were prevented from leaving SA during lockdown for work and study purposes and have put together flights and pax lists for thousands of them returning back to places across the world. I am currently setting up an international consultancy that can work as a bridge between governments and the private sector. She is also coordinating S-HonConsuls.
Koosum Kalyan is a South African Businesswoman. I was appointed whilst studying at the University of Durban, to my first employment as economist at the Electricity Commission in Melbourne, Australia for two years. This was followed by senior economist at the Chamber of Mines in South Africa . Then appointed economist at Shell South Africa and a member of the Shell International Global Scenario Planning Team. I also served as GM Executive for Shell Southern Africa before my expatriate posting to Shell International in London for 9 years responsible for New Business in Exploration and Production in Africa which also included country entry into Angola, Libya, Tanzania etc. I was Chairman of the South Africa Reserve Bank’s Bank Note Company and served on the Boards of the Reserve Banks Mint Company, Standard Bank, AOS Orwell Oil and Gas in Nigeria, Petmin Mining, MTN Group Ltd. EdgoMerap Energy in London, Commonwealth Business Council, Tallberg Foundation in Sweden and Hayley’s Energy in Sri Lanka. I currently serve on the Boards and International Advisory Councils of Aker Solutions in Norway, Gardaworld, Anglo American, Norwegian African Business Association in Oslo, Invest Africa and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation. I was a Lead member for Private Sector Liaison for Tony Blair’s Africa Commission. I was recently appointed to the Global Board of “The Hunger Project” in New York. I am the founding member of the Kendra Community Business Forum in Durban and Patron and Board member of the Oldest (99 years) and largest Home for the frail, aged, orphans and abused women. I Graduated from University of Durban with a BCom Law and Honours In Economics degrees, completed the Senior Executive Management Program at London Business School and Leadership Management Program at Shell Leadership Institute. My passion is to be the change in Africa. I am an ardent traveler for both business and vacation. Favourite destinations are Antarctica’s research stations, Lofoten in Norway, India and South Korea.
Alana Stott is a property developer, founder/ CEO of Breaking Chains Global, fundraiser, writer, speaker, security specialist, director of The Dean Stott Group, wife and mum to 2 beautiful little people, Tommy and Mollie. Her charity BCG was founded in 2018 and has since raised over £1 million, supporting projects in the field of mental health and now combating Human Trafficking, which is her biggest passion. She has a varied and diverse background with roles such as a debt collector, bank manager, close protection officer (bodyguard) and was one of the first ever female ship security officer tackling piracy in areas such as the Gulf of Aden. She is currently building a private members club in Aberdeen, Scotland (her hometown). This will be the first PMC that allows both male and female members in Aberdeen!
Roberta Annan is an award winning business woman with several leadership awards such as ‘20 under 40 Influential Business Leaders in Ghana’, ‘Feminine Ghana Achievement Award’ and ‘Woman 2.1 Summit Award’; She was the youngest African to be inducted into the African Leadership Hall of Fame and is part of the Young Leaders Circle for Milken Institute. Annan is the owner of Annan Capital Partners, an investment company in Sub-Saharan Africa, and of RACP, a portfolio of assets in sustainable hospitality, agribusiness and sustainable luxury in Africa. Passionate about developing business opportunities for women in Africa, she started the African Fashion Fund in 2014 to empower African designers to access the global fashion industry and market. She is also the co-founder of Impact Fund For African Creatives—a fund that invests in creative businesses across Africa, in partnership with UN-ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.
Babalwa Latsha is the captain of Western Province Women and Springbok Women’s Rugby. She is Africa’s first female professional rugby player after having signed with a Spanish club. She is currently based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Babalwa is a coach and mentors young girls and boys in and around Khayelitsha. She holds an LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape.
DR ANINO EMUWA
Dr Anino Emuwa is the founder of Avandis Consulting, a strategy and finance advisory firm in France. A former corporate banker with Citibank, Dr Emuwa is a firm believer in entrepreneurship as a motor for economic development. Her work in the entrepreneurial ecosystem lies at the intersection of emerging technologies, access to finance and leadership. An experienced Non-Executive, Anino is a member of the Grant Advisory Committee of the Sustainable and Inclusive Digital Financial Services initiative supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Emuwa is international public speaker on entrepreneurship, fintech and diversity whose speaking engagements include Facebook, Forbes, University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. Her articles are published internationally in leading titles including Forbes, Entrepreneur and Global Banking and Finance Review. An award-winning advocate for gender balanced leadership, she convenes communities of women CEOs and entrepreneurs , and mentors high-achieving founders from Cartier Women’s Initiative and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School’s EnterpriseWOMEN programme. Dr Emuwa received her Doctorate in Business Administration from Nottingham Business School where she is an alumni fellow. She also holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics. A Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Institute of Directors, Anino has lived and worked in six countries in Europe and Africa, and is bilingual in English and French.
SARA Milne ROWE
Sara Milne Rowe is based in London with her husband and two children. She set up her award winning company – coaching impact – in 2008 and worked with a variety of organisations including creative, media, financial, pharma, legal and education throughout the UK and the world. She is a performance coach who mainly works with CEOs, leaders and their teams to learn – achieve and live well, particularly through the way they manage their energy. She loves working with leaders who want to be more usefully provocative to draw out transformation and that understand that more important to anything else is their energy. Before that she taught for 12 years in 2 challenging inner city schools.She has a passion for education – and recently partnered with a school supporting girls to build useful practices to self lead better under pressure. She’s a published author with Penguin UK ‘The Shed Method’ and last year trekked in Nepal to raise money to build a school.
Megon Chavhanga is the Co-founder of Africa Connect International, CEO of the S-Group and COO of Africa Padel. Megon studied BA Social Sciences at RAU. Her background includes a role as Acting Chief of Staff within the South African Presidency. Part of this role included running a non-profit dedicated to supporting cancer, HIV/Aids and healthy lifestyle programmes in underprivileged communities. As the co-founder of Africa Connect International, she was allowed the opportunity to explore her inner creative side and developed an animated TV series “Super Impi” around empowering the youth from underprivileged communities, through the power of sport – rugby specificlly. Megon also acted as Creative Director for a segment on CNN African Voices that profiled her husband, a former springbok.
Nomsa Philiso is the Director of Local Entertainment at MNet, Multichoice Group. Nomsa was previously with the SABC (South Africa Broadcasting Commission) for 24 years, has served in a variety of roles, from general manager: sales operations, and group executive: commercial enterprise and television, to acting group chief executive officer.
Zandile Mdanda is a seasoned mining professional with over 14 years’ experience in the industry. She has held numerous positions within the mining sector, with her latest being General Manager at African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation( a state owned entity) prior to her establishing her own business. At AEMFC she was responsible for evaluation of proposed growth acquisitions, advisory and preparation of board consideration submissions, as well as ensuring that all geological, environmental and engineering aspects of the projects are in place. Zandile’s has worked for big mining organisations such AngloAmerican, Xstrata Coal (which is now Glencore). Zandile is a qualified Geologist and holds a Bsc Honour Degree in Geology From Witwatersrand University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) From Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Wits Business School and she is busy completing her second master degree, MPhil in international business through GIBS. She is a member of 1. Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), 2. Geological Society of Southern Africa ( GSSA) and 3. South African council for natural scientific professionals.
Julie Kurtzman Hinks has led the management and execution of special projects as corporate positioning, global branding for Symbion Power. Social impact initiatives include oversight of JMK Park in Tanzania (since 2013): developing programming strategy, partner negotiations (NBA, Sunderland AFC, Grassroot Soccer). Past community-based initiatives in Africa include: Tanzania: HIV/AIDS awareness campaign; Afghanistan: Symbion Power Training Center and Operation Warm Toes, a project distributing over 2000 pairs of shoes and socks children in need. Ms. Hinks is an experienced, cross-platform marketing leader with a background in digital and traditional media, as well as CSR initiatives for global brands including GQ and Men’s Health magazines, Revlon, Guess? and Saks Fifth Avenue among others.
Palesa Moloi is a qualified CA, has worked in London and is co-founder and CEO of ParkUpp. In 2019 she was awarded the Women’s Property Network for the Young Achiever Award (which she is now also a member of) and Disruptor of the Year by SAIBPP. She won the #WomenSupportingWomen challenge held by WhiteSpaceCreative agency and was featured as #WomenOnTheRise2019 by Investec. She is currently a mentor at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and was also chosen to be part of VC4Africa’s mentorship programme. She was selected by a local VC company to represent ParkUpp in Silicon Valley (Jan 2020) and will be part of Bonbillo accelerator in Boston. She is the co-host of a podcast called Offtopic. Currently running a design and decor passion project: Komorebi Decor. She enjoys art, wine and jazz, and is passionate about tech and property.
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Jilly Graham is the MD of all the Allstars international, the Twinkles nursery group UK. She is an international consultant in the early years training. She is based in the UK but normally travels extensively for work and pleasure. She lived in Durban for a little while and has visited South Africa many times.
Afrika Msimang is a transformative entrepreneur, educator, mother, and yogi. Her life is premised on cultivating and sustaining fruitful relationships with people through community empowerment programmes. One of her favourite achievements to date has been the founding of the Military Family Foundation – an organisation that aims to benefit the lives of military families by building tighter bonds through multiple social and economic initiatives. She and her team have established several early childhood development centres that benefit close to 500 military children and have empowered 47 spouses as teachers. Children of military parents are further empowered through robotics to ensure that the 4IR narrative is accessible to many others. At the moment of this writing, the Military Family Foundation is in its initial stages of establishing a drug rehabilitation centre for military youth. In addition to protecting and supporting the youth, programmes to shelter and empower women who have been victims of patriarchal gender-based violence are also being developed. As a strategic policy advisor for government, she interrogated the capacity and commitment of senior management to meet the changing needs of a fast-evolving society. Afrika is often at the helm of finding sustainable business solutions to what some may consider insurmountable problems. She has turned around companies that were on the verge of business rescue, turning them into commercially viable enterprises that retain and even expand its labour force.
Her current mantra; Health, Hemp and CBD.
She promises top produce and top quality products before the end of the year.
Mutsa Pamire is originally from Zimbabwe, she is currently based in London. She has a legal background, but fell into the political world of Whitehall. She is a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Transport and is currently working on the Government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. When she’s not doing that, her day job is advising the Minister and Secretary of State on the delivery of the UK’s major infrastructure projects.
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Ada Osakwe is a food entrepreneur, investor and passionate African development advocate. She founded Agrolay Ventures, an investment firm focusing on early-stage innovative food and technology companies in Africa. Also the founder of Nuli, Nigeria’s fastest-growing farm-to-table beverage brand and restaurant chain that utilises only locally grown agriculture produce. She’s on the Board of the One Acre Fund, a non-profit that serves over 500,000 farmers in Africa with quality inputs. She is a member of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Presidential Youth Advisory Group and serves on the Advisory Group of Generation Africa, an initiative to invest in young African agripreneurs co-catalysed by Econet and Yara International. Ada is also the interim Chief Operating Officer of the World Hunger Fighter’s Foundation (WHFF), a non-profit founded by World Food Prize Laureate Akin Adesina, to invest in young food innovators for a hunger-free world. For three years, she was the Senior Investment Adviser to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture. Prior to her public service work, she was VP at Kuramo Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, and was a Senior Investment Officer at the AfDB. She began her career as an Analyst at BNP Paribas investment bank in London. She is a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. Consecutively, from 2016 and 2019, was listed on Forbes Afrique Top 100 Africans contributing to economic impact on the Continent . She has also been a recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year and Achiever in Agriculture Awards in Nigeria and was on the Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa list in 2014. She has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, MSc in Economics and Finance from University of Warwick, UK and BSc in Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Hull, UK.
Noluthando Gosa is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a former investment banker with Investec Bank. In 2004 they birthed Akhona Group, a 100% black women’s investment holding company. Sectors they have invested in over the years include Property (Commercial, Retail and Industrial); industrials as well as mining services. They are currently looking into financial services (private equity fund) and ICT sectors. Noluthando also serves as an independent on Boards of some of the big listed and unlisted companies such as ArcelorMittal SA.
Dana Endundo Ferreira
Dana Endundo Ferreira is the founder and CEO of Pavillon54, a new global digital platform and community for modern and contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Prior to founding Pavillon 54, she’s held marketing and digital leadership positions mainly in the Financial Services, Fintech and Martech industries for over 14 years. Dana holds a MA in Economics from the University of Libre de Bruxelles and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is originally from Congo DRC and Portugal. She’s lived and worked in 8 countries and 4 continents and is now based in London.
Natalie started her investment management career at Investec Bank in 1999 where she was part of the team that established Investec Asset Management’s investor centre. In 2002 she joined Thebe Financial Services, a stock broker providing clients with dealing, research and portfolio management as a stock analyst.
In 2003, Natalie joined Actis and was a leading member of the deal teams who led the acquisition and portfolio management of Alexander Forbes, Paycorp, Tekkie Town, Savcio, Tracker, Coricraft, Mouka Foam, Upstream, Vlisco and Sigma Pensions in Nigeria.
Natalie holds a BCom from the University of the Witwatersrand, an MBA (Cum Laude) from Wits Business School and is a CFA charter holder.
Rhona Morrell lives in the UK and is married with two girls. She is the CEO/Founder of Coco Airlie Consulting and founding member at Ark2030. She is also a Princes Trust business mentor. Her consultancy works across many industries in the UK and in Asia and Australia. Ark 2030 aims to regenerate 500 million hectares of habitat, from coral reefs, desserts, forest to savanna. She has worked with major global brands in FMCG, Sports, Clothing and Charities. Rhona is passionate about love, life, laughter, honesty, integrity, travel, climate regeneration and above all fun and getting stuff done.
Jeannie de Gouveia
Jeannie de Gouveia has been a television host for 18 years, hosting Top Billing and afternoon express and Top Travel on Travel Channel. She is currently on Travel Africa channel and is launching her own digital channel. She is also the founder and owner of Finery Gin.
Shelley Cox is Zimbabwean, based in the beautiful destination of Victoria Falls. She and her partner Nick run a small company called Africa Conservation Travel which provides DMC services for safari itineraries to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia but with a strong focus on conservation and community initiatives and provides support to vital organisations on the ground who work in these arenas. Following the unfortunate circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic which has impacted all, she has been working as a coordinator on an initiative under Ministry and supported by IFC to conduct crisis communications as a support for Victoria Falls and its stakeholders. The initiative is called: We Are Victoria Falls. www.wearevictoriafalls.com
Yuliya King is originally from the Ukraine, Odessa and moved to Cape Town, South Africa, 15 years ago. She is currently in charge of marketing local and international events, and business development at Sevruga restaurant and Cowboys and Cooks chain of restaurants. Previously, she managed marketing and BD for almost 10 years at Shimansky, one of South Africa’s premium jewellery brands.
Yuliya has her honours in hospitality and a degree in marketing.
She is a wife, mom of two, loves sport and travel.
Lady Martha Sitwell
Lady Martha Sitwell is an accomplished horsewoman and founder of habit-design company Sitwell and Whippet.
She is an equestrian, a makeup artist (mostly fashion and beauty editorial, but she also does brides and home clients too). She is also a designer, clothes mainly. Lady Martha is currently mainly focused on her app, which is geared towards empowering women in their sexuality and fundraising atm.
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Nathalie Morrison is the Founder of Hay Hill Wealth Management which is an independent boutique wealth based in the heart of Mayfair. Prior to founding Hay Hill Wealth Management, she was the founder and CEO of Signial Wealth until 2014, and previously a Senior Client Partner at Coutts & Co leading the international proposition for clients with foreign domicile in the Coutts Private Office. She started her career at Lazard & Co in Merger and Acquisition in London as an analyst. She is also on the board and an owner of Mr Lee Noodles (www.mrleesnoodles.com) and is running 5 family vineyards (www.vignobles-dauriac.com).
Ariella Kuper was an international steel trader for 10 years and for the past 13 years, an auctioneer specialising in selling major mining equipment, specifically Court arrested Tankers and Bulk carrier vessels in SA and Namibia for foreign banks. In addition she does a high volume of high profile charity auctions in NY, the UK and South Africa. She is proud to say that she has raised over R100 million for academic foundations for PDIs in South Africa. www.solutionstrat.com
Ingrid Veysie is a passionate marketer with the mantra that great brands are built from the inside out. She has been in the industry for 30 years and has worked her way up from an analyst to a CMO of a business, Barclays, with 8,3 million customers and complex multi products, etc. She has spent 50% of her time as a consultant and the other 50% in an operation either as a CMO or CEO. Ingrid is an innovative thinker, who loves turning brands around big or small as the top line growth is affected.
Gillian Kabe owns Blue Velvet, they work with individuals and companies who care about their relationships by helping them acknowledge partners, customers, employees, and suppliers for their support.
Lara Vancans is based in Miami and is a Sales Director for America’s Luxury African Safari Lodge portfolio, Sanctuary Retreats. She is an Oxford African Studies Graduate motivated by the integral role of tourism in wildlife conservation, and their capacity to positively impact the communities she works with.
Michelle Harley is currently the Group Lead for a Project Management team. The PLP group of Companies, with a focus on operational implementation, recruitment and training with a particular focus on their tech products.
Lisa Roos is a mother of children. She is a business owner, coming from a beauty industry background and was head hunted for a position as Client Relationship Manager at Tempest Car Hire in 2002, where her career in sales, marketing and love for the tourism industry kicked off. She also owns a sales representation company for individually owned hotels and lodges, four based in Namibia and one hotel in the Western Cape.
Dede Heldford is an entrepreneur and early-stage tech investor based between New York and San Francisco. Currently, she is building a tech company in the education space and serves as an advisor to Vitrina AI, a global online marketplace for digital content. Previously, she worked as an investment banker focused on Energy and Infrastructure at PJT Partners and also has a background in working with non-profits, including the Aspen Institute. She has also worked in Africa and is now looking to invest into disruptive tech companies within the region. She is raising a fund with colleagues to invest into promising, young founders to help them scale their businesses globally.
Tracy Maltman is the owner and creative director of BCONFIDENT events. She has worked in the private and corporate sector for the past 21 years and is based in Cape Town. Tracy is from Zimbabwe where she owned the Model Management company and event agency.
Her other passion is HYGGE, a property development company designing and building homes.