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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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 Hinks

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.


Nicky Fitzgerald has spent the past 35 years developing numerous hotels, restaurants and over 50 luxury safari lodges across both sub-Saharan Africa and India.  After qualifying from the University of Cape Town with an arts degree in English and History, she co-founded Halcyon Hotels in South Africa’s Cape and in 1994 joined &Beyond (which later developed into one of the world’s leading experiential travel brands). One of her proudest achievements is the development of the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania. From 2002, Nicky took full responsibility for sales and marketing for the group.  She is consistently recognized by her peers for her contribution to the industry: as a judge in various capacities, an international Relais & Chateaux Woman of the Year, and most recently, as a board member for the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund. Since being appointed as CEO, Nicky takes full responsibility for the business and inspiring the team to rise to the challenge of ensuring Steve, her late husband’s legacy lives on.


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.


Amanda Moslé Friedman is an executive with 20 years of high-level Relationship Management experience across different cultures with an emphasis on Marketing and Communications coupled with a Strong Business Background (Board and Executive) as well as Public Sector experience. She is passionate about driving Private Capital into Africa and has built a substantial network of Africa-focussed Investors and Influencers. She is driven by the belief of a thriving world, and therefore greater geopolitical security, can and will be accomplished through private sector engagement and capitalistic growth in Africa. Amanda is a recognised Connector and is has strong event planning skills and background.  She is bilingual in English and French.


Adrienne has worked with major national and international brands as a Branding and Business Strategist with over 20 years in developing and implementing high-level business strategies and innovative solutions to drive profits to the bottom line. She acquired a fundamental grounding in commerce and was personally coached by some of the world’s most influential business leaders, developing a significant network of powerful contacts. Working primarily as an entrepreneur, she is proud to have helped shape the way the leading companies structure and manage their businesses, harnessing innovation to tackle even the most complex issues.In 2018 Adrienne entered into the world of mining finance and energy, representing companies such as the Barak Fund Management and Genesis Energy Group, Mergence Investment Managers focusing predominantly on the SADC region.  Adrienne’s passion is empowering & inspiring entrepreneurs and businesses, so her new business venture  has come at the right time! 

Ola Van Zyl

Ola Van Zyl is originally from Poland and currently lives in USA. She is married to a wonderful South African man hence her South African surname.  Ola is a business owner and business manager, creative marketer specialising in online marketing, She is a health and wellness enthusiast and a qualified Nutritional Therapist. 

Annette Muller

Annette Muller is a tech entrepreneur.  She is working on her latest venture – – and she is a women, obviously – because women just do admin better than men! – states Annette. Flexyforce is a cloud based digital booker for companies, managing the entire supplier relationship from on-boarding to digital payments. She is  a really good fit for agile, future of work friendly companies – who work with a network of freelancers, consultants, contractors or other small to medium suppliers. Check her out here –

Winnie Muchanyuka

Winnie Muchanyuka is the Country Manager for South African Airways in Zimbabwe. She has  also acted as Regional Manager and oversees Malawi, Namibia and Zambia. She has over 30 years of experience working in aviation and tourism. Winnie has a strong interest in tourism and hospitality and is the current President of the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe. She loves all things tourism. She is a a mother of  two grown men.

Jilly Graham

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.

Adeline Akufo-Addo

Adeline Akufo-Addo is a wife and mother of two children, the Co-Founder and CEO of The Women’s Empowerment and Investment Group (WEIG) and the founder of The Lotte Accra. The Women’s Empowerment and Investment Group (WEIG) is a women-led and majority owned Ghanaian Investment Holding Company set up to efficiently channel capital and expertise into high-potential Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) that prioritise female empowerment and entrepreneurship. Current projects they are involved with – in partnership with Annan Capital Partners and GUBA, we’ve set up a COVID stimulus fund, aimed at assisting female owned businesses directly affected by the pandemic.  The Lotte Accra is a luxury African concept shop in Accra. The Lotte exists to curate, house and support high quality Africa. As a concept store it is a centre for artistic expression. We exist to support and create a platform for African brands in the creative economy. The Lotte has joined forces with The African Fashion Foundation, Fashion 4 Development with the support of Adonai Child Development Foundation to support young women in need and in danger (Kayayie) in Ghana through the Kayayei Fashion Training Program

 Afrika Msimang

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.


Maria Otterling

Maria Otterling is a journalist and author who writes about leadership, enterprise, science, health and personal development.
Maria has a degree in ethnology and history and previously worked as a cultural history writer before continuing her education at the School of Journalism. Maria is further educated in communications, new media.
Together with a friend, she wrote the book “Bad mum or superwoman” regarding the struggle of being a working woman and a good mother – which many of us may recognise. After many years in the US, UK and South Africa She is now back in Stockholm, Sweden. For Maria and her husband, it’s lovely to be united with all of their three kids.

Mutsa Pamire

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.


Josephine Llewellen Palmer

Josephine Llewellen Palmer is a London-based woman in finance, originally born in Scotland and later schooled in South Africa. She is a Sales Manager in the UK Retail Sales Team at Ninety One, working with Wealth Managers, Private Banks, and GFI’s to consult on their portfolios and find suitable collective investment strategies for their clients. Josephine holds an MA (hons) in Economics and Sociology from Edinburgh University and the CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in Investment Management (IMC), and is currently a CFA Level II Candidate for the December 2020 exam. Josephine is passionate about conservation and diversity, and she is on the committee of various initiatives focussed on these efforts..

Ada Osakwe

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.


Reinette Geldenhuis

Reinette Geldenhuis is from Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa. She completed her culinary diploma at the Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) and she worked there as a junior lecture for two years after graduating. Reinette was then offered a job at Woolworths, where she has been fulfilling various roles for the past 16 years. She has also done her honours in business administration at UCT business school. She first started as a Food Work chef, and was later promoted to be national manager for this role, overseeing all the Food Work chefs around SA. The position was renamed TASTE Chef, as the job supported the Woolworths TASTE magazine. She was also appointed as the brand manager for the publication, which gave her the opportunity to become part of a bigger marketing team. Reinette went on to be the brand manager for Hospitality and a few other areas. She joined the team who managed the MasterChef SA and Junior MasterChef Australia sponsorship while simultaneously overseeing the role of Brand Manager for Wine and Beverages, Sweets and Snacks, and Dairy. She has subsequently taken over the project management role of the ABSA Cape Epic since, FNB Wines2Whales, Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Discovery Healthy Food Studio/Team Vitality as Woolworths is the food sponsor for these events. In addition, she manages the majority of Woolies VIP customer events. 

Noluthando Gosa

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. 


Michelle Kemp

Michelle Kemp specialises in Industrial Markets – the Sales and Marketing of  Tennant Sweepers and Scrubbers, and was the first female worldwide to sell and market Tennant equipment in 1992, later joining the services industry in cleaning, hygiene and pest management and then spent 5 years in the Waste Management industry focusing on Zero Waste management / circular economy solutions for big corporates in SA.  After 30 years of corporate work, she decided to leave a year ago and start her own business Bianomy with her partner.  They import a range of new technology Insect Light traps and Air Purifiers from Europe to ensure the Circular Economy concept is always in place and chemical free. They assist businesses and design hygiene and pest solutions that are sustainable in all ways, ensuring that they leave a legacy for tomorrow. They also started and proudly mentor and develop a SMME company called “iWela Hygiene and Pest Solutions” to ensure that they are financially stable. They started the company with the purpose to empower youth and women from under privileged back grounds in Kwa-Zulu Natal.  They assist their team with the understanding of all elements in business and encourage and train their team to also be their own entrepreneurs, as much as they are participants in Iwela. Together they have been in the trenches every day helping businesses become active after a COVID infection cases by assisting with training, disinfection protocols.

Laura Lykkegaard

Laura Lykkegaard is a Danish Capetownian and has lived in Cape Town for more than half of her life, she arrived in 1993 to start a publishing business. Two years later in 1995 she was asked to open the African office of Europes largest travel insurance companies where she was the MD for 10 years and travelled into many other African countries to negotiate with hospitals and air-ambulance companies. In 2005 Laura opened CapeCapacity, a consultancy assisting Scandinavian companies and investors getting onto the South African map. Some of her clients are small or medium sized – and even they know that Africa is the next big area of opportunity. Some of them manufacture goods, others have amazing solutions, tech or services that could do well in South Africa and Africa. Others are bigger, some in sustainable energy, waste-management, biomass and the likes. Laura even assisted H&M for two years in their market entry to SA. She is a single mother of two young men. She will soon be launching an online business, and if all goes well, she will introduce a premium Scandinavian fashion retailer to South Africa later this year.


Sarah Tompkins

Sarah Tompkins is a passionate and committed conservationist. She has dedicated the past 25 years of her life to the preservation of biodiversity and driving wildlife corridors in the Great Karoo region of South Africa. She co-founded Samara Game Reserve in 1997 which has now become the pioneer for rewilding in the region. They are one of the largest employers in the area and care deeply about job creation and upskilling, not to mention empowering the women of their community. The South African College of Tourism Tracking Academy was also founded at Samara – its role is to preserve indigenous knowledge and skills and up to 96% of their graduates go into full-time employment. Their local community efforts include projects like an annual sports tournament for local kids (last year they had 700 participants). Sarah is the mother of 3 children, who luckily share her passion for conservation and women’s rights among other things. She also sits on the board of a number of NGOs. 

Zanele Mdodana

Zanele Mdodana currently resides in Stellenbosch and is the former international SA netball Captain and Player who broke the team’s 12-year losing streak against England during her tenure. In 2017, she was appointed the first black head coach at the University of Stellenbosch, she is the current Netball Head Coach at the University of Stellenbosch. Zanele Mdodana has represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Games and is a well-respected figure in South African sports. She is a Laureus Ambassador, and the 2014 and 2019 Momentum GSport Award winner. She established herself as one of the top notch sports coordinators at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Having played netball at the Commonwealth Games for the SPAR Proteas team, and in contention for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Zanele is a role model for girls in South Africa. Mdodana has lead from the front and has been captain and vice-captain of the SPAR Proteas too. 


Penny Roberts

Penny Roberts is a professional Fine Art Wildlife photographer and Photographic Tour Leader. By designing and hosting safaris and tours worldwide, she is able to explore different environments and wildlife with her guests and assist them in capturing their personal vision and stories of their experiences on camera. She has led multiple photo tours to Southern and East Africa, India, Antarctica and surrounding islands, as well as to remote destinations such as Kamchatka in Russia Far-East. Penny has spent a combined 70-days as a Photographer in Residence at luxury safari camps in both Tanzania and Kenya. Her passionate, friendly and relaxed manner enables her to connect with and inspire each of her guests and assist them in capturing and exploring their vision. She has designed and successfully led multiple Women Only Photo Tours, with 2021 seeing more of such offerings.
Her extensive travels, experiences, knowledge on wildlife as well as photography aids in her creation of powerfully emotive imagery, and has seen her images make the Semi-final in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 and 2020. She also lead photographic tours for ORYX Photo Tours.

Lindiwe Rakharebe

Lindiwe Rakharebe has been in the financial sector for the past 30 years and is now serving as  the CE0 of Durban International Convention Centre since 2015.
Lindiwe has a strong background in corporate management and has worked in a managerial capacity for all four of South Africa’s major banking institutions. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, research, marketing, community liaison, policy development and basic principles of good corporate governance.
Lindiwe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Leadership from the University of the Free State as well as other qualifications in Marketing Management and Management Development. Her professional experience prior includes the corporate financial sector. She is an exceptional executive who repeatedly demonstrates her ability in strategic management and leading high performance teams.

Hiba Sabbagh

Hiba Sabbagh is a Swedish national of Lebanese and Egyptian origins, residing in Luxembourg for the past 7 years.
She is currently the acting CEO for a 125 MW power plant in Senegal however is in lockdown in Dakar, preparing the asset to attract future investors.
She has a background in banking and finance and more specifically as a project finance lawyer.
She gained her experience with B&M and CC both in Stockholm and Luxembourg, and 4 years ago she set up her own legal practice in Luxembourg to be able to invest more time on the ground with her project developing clients.

Susan Namulindwa

Susan Namulindwa is based in Ottawa, Canada and is the founder and ED of the Africa Trade desk and VP of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.
She is a seasoned, client-focused and results-oriented executive, with a twenty-five year plus track record of management, mobilising partners, teams and stakeholders with often competing interests to solve problems and achieve results for clients and stakeholders.  Susan has significant experience in developing and presenting strategic advice on organisational change to various committees /governance bodies and to senior leaders on important transformational initiatives. 
She has demonstrated experience in change leadership including tolerance for leading through ambiguity, adaptability and negotiating win-win solutions.

Rita Mbanga

Rita Mbanga is a film and TV producer and has 20 years of experience working in live-action and animated feature films, commercials, short films and TV series’s. Her most recent film is Jungle Beat which was selected for the feature film competition at Annecy 2020, and has recently been released globally on streaming platforms.

Suria Engelbrecht

Suria Engelbrecht was born in Cape Town and raised in Durban. She earned her B.Com Law and Honors Degree in Economics from UFS in Bloemfontein, amongst other things. After much deliberation, she turned away from the Law and Financial environment in 2001 and entered corporate Medical Device Sales, managing sales teams and individuals across SA. Almost 20 years later, Suria decided to start her own company, Core Medical in 2018, distributing Orthopaedic, Neuro and Spinal Medical Device Implants, with the core focus on Ethical Values, Integrity, Sustainability and Affordable products you can trust. She has partnered with successful Businesses, Medical and Healthcare Institutions and Corporations over the years. 

Thandekile Nxumalo-Matenga

Thandekile Nxumalo-Matenga is originally from Mpumalanga.  She is a serial entrepreneur and her businesses includes South Africa’s first and only fuel aggregator ( that services the 15,000 Uber drivers in SA as well as commercial fleets. It is a Huawei award-winning APP (MFRZA). She is a co-shareholder in an Industrial Development Corporation funded Chemical Plant BFS ( 
Thandekile also actively works in the Not for Profit space and is a Trustee of Pink Power, a breast cancer awareness NGO and recently joined the board of Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA), an organisation focused systematic change of the justice system on GBV issues.

Palesa Phili

Palesa Phili is the CEO of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and has over 20 years of experience in the ICT and Telecommunications sector working for leading multinational companies within the ICT sector. She also has 10 years of experience in executive positions within the sector with added experience in board-level positions within the manufacturing and incubation sectors. She has worked for organisations such as Hewlett Packard, IBM and EMC Computers and her most recent role was at MTN SA where she was the Regional Head for MTN Business in KZN. Palesa holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of Johannesburg, an advanced Business Management Programme Certificate and is a member of the esteemed South African Institute of Directors and sits on various boards including SmartXchange and Invotech incubators. 

Marilize Worst

Marilize Worst started her  career as an articles clerk and later become a CA which is now not part of her daily life but a part of her experience. She spent her first couple of years in the Corporate world with a large part of it being the MD of an environmental solutions company specialising in Circular economy models and zero waste to landfill. She runs her own business with her partner now, their understanding of sustainability and how critical it is, in both relationships and businesses, to think about sustainability in everything they do. They enjoy working with their SMME partners and love coming up with new solutions hence their hygiene and pest business called Bianomy. Their logo embodies the presence of nature and nurture and the never ending cycle of life.

Juliet Brown

Juliet Brown started in Real Estate in 2005 and completed her Real Estate exam and numerous courses. She was also successful in selling her first show house in Flamingo Vlei. She left Real Estate and joined the motor car industry working at BMW, Mercedes Benz and Porsche in Johannesburg. She has returned to the Real Estate industry and covers the Camps Bay and Lllandadno area. She has a passion for selling houses and always keeping her clients up-to-date. She is mom of two.

Kate Nokwe

Kate Nokwe is currently working as a Sports Journalist on SuperSport and was previously on ENC. She is a Sport Analyst (TV), Corporate MC, PR Consultant and Voice-over Artist
• Sport Reporter (radio)
• Sport Producer (radio)
• Traffic Reporter (radio)
• MC
• PR Consultant (consumer and sport brands)
• Communication Officer
• Writer / Blogger
• Radio Presenter

Matshepo Palane

Matshepo Palane is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and holds a B-Tech degree in Logistics and Post graduate diploma in Business Management and is looking forward to embarking on her Masters journey next year. Her career in Supply Chain spans over 15 years having worked in procurement, shipping, intermodal transportation dealing with the major South African ports and depots. She also specialises in the handling and transportation of copper across Africa and exports. Matshepo is currently a Key Accounts Manager for a Global Logistics company and she previously held the position of Marketing Director for a Botswana based transport company and opened offices for them in South Africa. The company specialises in cargo transportation for the SADC region. She is also currently venturing into a family business which specialises in the farming of pecan nuts.

Claire Germiquet

Claire Germiquet has worked for 10 years in the NPO environment, specifically with young adults who have mild intellectual disabilities, where she trained each student in life skills, coached/counselled, and sourced employment according to their dreams and abilities. One of her highlights was when she solely opened up a branch of the organisation she had been working with in a different province, and managing this branch with a team she helped develop and lead. She is a Yoga teacher, and meditation and Mindfulness teacher. Claire works for the S-Group and works on content creation, currently webinars. And is also actively involved in the S-Groups wonderful charitable arm, SmutbyCares.

Adriana Holzmann

Adriana Holzmann is a German lady living in SA for 20 years. She recently started a business manufacturing sexy Shapewear – gone are the days of granny style sculptwear.

Kirsty Chadwick

Kirsty Chadwick was born in New Zealand and went on to study performance piano at Auckland University, obtained a teaching diploma and became the youngest executive on the National Post-Primary Teachers Union. She later established the New Zealand Young Teachers Network to encourage young teachers to join and remain in the profession. She founded her first business in the UK in the early 2000s, and then moved to South Africa in 2005, where she founded The Training Room Online (TTRO) in 2008, in order to leverage her experience in corporate training, her research in education technology and her passion for teaching. Since founding TTRO, Kirsty has gained a wealth of experience in designing transformational learning solutions, leveraging technology as a core enabler. She has been involved in numerous projects across all phases of lifelong learning, within both the public and private sector, primarily serving audiences in Africa and the Middle East.

Natalie Jabangwe

Natalie Jabangwe is currently the youngest chief executive to run a mobile money business in Africa, EcoCash. EcoCash is Zimbabwe’s leading and fastest-growing mobile money service in Africa of telecoms giant, Econet Wireless and was the 2017 Corporate recipient of the Mobile World Congress “Best Mobile Payment Solution,” Glomo Awards. With over 11 years of experience in FinTech, she began her career as a software engineer, eventually moving to Investment banking and retail banking sectors, across the EMEA region. Prior to joining EcoCash, she was a Senior Mobile Financial Services Consultant at a Fortune 500 company, NCR Corporation, where she developed NCR’s digital financial service strategy across 52 countries. She is a seasoned researcher and enthusiastic digital strategist with deep financial services and technology development experience. Natalie holds a BSc Information Technology and an Executive MBA (Specialisation in Hi-tech Strategy and Corporate Turnaround) from Imperial College London, UK. She is 2017 Oxford University Tutu Fellow. In 2017,  Natalie became a member of YPO Africa.


Andrea is a dynamic Namibian business leader and the first Namibian to complete a full-time MBA at Harvard. She began her career in insurance in South Africa where she qualified as an actuary and held senior positions in the product development, sales and business intelligence functions. Today she operates out of London as the lead director on corporate development for the Pupkewitz Group, a diversified holding company operating in Namibia with interests in industrial retailing, automotive, property, fintech and renewable energy. Andrea chairs the operational boards for a number of the subsidiary businesses and is represented on all board subcommittees. Drawing on her broad range of technical, operational, corporate governance and family business experience, she is passionate about attracting international partners to Namibia to develop the economy and stimulate job creation. Her work in promoting Namibia as an investment destination has seen her lead trade missions to the country and arrange student trips and conferences for MBAs from Harvard, MIT and Stanford. Andrea is a strong advocate for increasing diversity in top management and at board level. As a prominent female voice in the board room, she specifically focuses on mentoring previously disadvantaged women. She was most recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Female Ventures Fund, which is a venture capital fund aiming to level the playing field for female founders in the United Kingdom. Andrea is married with a young son. 

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.

Sandrine Nzeukou

Sandrine Nzeukou is an executive director of Invest Africa US, the US operation for the Invest Africa global network.For those who are not familiar there is a link below with the description of IA. She is a Cameroon born, Arizona raised woman who is now based in New York City and is looking forward to connecting with fellow Africa-focused women. On a personal note, she is passionate about the development of the sports industry, entertainment industry(film), and diaspora engagement.

Natalie Kolbe

Natalie Kolbe joined Actis in 2003. She was the Partner responsible for the South African and West African offices. In 2016 she took over as Head of Private Equity across all regions and sectors, encompassing LatAm, Africa and Asia.
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

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

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.

Yuliya King

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.

Sharon Glass

Sharon Glass is a chef, foodie, author and TV personality and has gained a loyal following with her simple, fuss-free approach to food. 
She has distributed her self-published cookbooks worldwide. Her passion is inspiring people to recreate her recipes in a fresh, easy, economical, accessible and nutritional way.
Sharon has been teaching for 34 years and is now doing online classes via her website and is delighted that she can reach her followers all around the world. 
Her very popular spice Sharon Glass Seasoning Salt and the cookbooks are available online through or through various stores in South Africa. 

Sarah Pozner

Sarah Pozner is a technology and data protection lawyer, currently working as the legal director for data at ITV plc. She trained in the City where she spent some years gaining experience in commercial law with a focus on IT and IP before moving in-house to help set up an online equity trading platform. Sarah now specialises in providing advice on lawful data harvesting and utilisation, digital marketing, privacy law and data protection compliance (including GDPR).

Maruva Munyati

Maruva Munyati is a wife, mother and owner of multiple businesses that she and her husband have partnered on. They are in the construction space and their speciality is construction of substations and power lines, both transmission and distribution power lines. They also manufacture furniture, locally custom made furniture for the middle to upper income sector. Maruva is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs and will use whatever resources available to her to assist start ups and up coming businesses. So whether it’s mentorship, business advice or full on incubation, she and  her husband will see how they can be of assistance at whatever stage a start up is at. She is also a member of the Designer Life Team. An annual event formed to teach and empower women on their identity and how they can thrive in the different roles they occupy in society.  

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.

Iveta Grae

Iveta Grae lives in London where she is a qualified property solicitor by training. She works at Bridges Fund Management which is a fund manager that specialises in sustainable and impact investing. She has a keen interest in health and nutrition and is planning to study nutrition and naturopathic medicine to become a naturopath.

Angela Yeung

Angela Yeung is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur, Jewellery Designer, President of Sandton Toastmaster Club, executive member of Diamond Dealers Club and devout Buddhist.   She has owned her bespoke manufacturing jewellery studio base at the diamond center in Parktown called “Impilo Collection” since 2005. They specialise in remodelling and designing old jewellery pieces into new – diamond, gold coins, Swiss brands watches – buying and selling. Angela is passionate about playing a role in communities, she climbed Kilimanjaro twice for the Caring4girls initiative, raised R250k for 3000 girls, supplied them with sanitary towels and leadership programmes.  She was a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Women of Stature in 2019.

Nancy Speidel

Nancy Speidel lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Pre-COVID she was a world traveler working internationally for the past 25 years. She is the founder and Executive Director of iSAW,  a professional organisation for international Smart Advancing Women with a mission to advance Gender Equality worldwide. 
Prior to iSAW, she spent 27 years in the information technology sector at Intel and BP, holding Senior Level positions, running major IT programs and activities. 
Over the course of her career she founded the following organisations:
Application Development and Maintenance Consortium (ADMC) – International
Oil and GAS IT Benchmarking Group (OGBG) – International
Gulf Region Organisation for Women (GROW) – Saudi Arabia
Refugee Connection Phoenix – Arizona USA
International Smart Advancing Women (iSAW) – International
She has been involved in advancing Gender Equality for the last 10 years, on multiple levels,  through the organisations she’s founded and as a keynote speaker on “Smart Advancing Women” in Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.
She shared this quote that has inspired her for the last 20 years… “The world will not find peace until the wings of the bird are equal and the bird can soar. The wings of the bird represent a man and a women.” She  truly believes the path to world peace and prosperity is through gender equality. She said: “Each of your contributions as successful business woman is helping advance the journey of Gender Equality. We are in this together Ladies! I’m looking forward to working with you all, getting to know you as we rise and help others rise.” 

Destiny Gagiano

Destiny Gagiano grew up in South Africa and lives in Geneva, Switzerland. She is an Expressive Arts Practitioner, a therapeutic art life coach and a creative facilitator.  She has just finished her Masters degree in Expressive Art Therapy.  She has recently launched her new website and is also online now as well as doing group and one-to-one work in the Geneva area.

Prof Edna van Harte

Prof Edna van Harte studied in areas of Social Work, Communication and Psychology. Academic qualifications achieved in South Africa and the United States. She worked in NGO, Academia and Defence sectors. Lived in New York for 15 years. Experienced serving on various boards of organisations. Now retired, but active as an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee for SA Rugby Union. She is interested in serving on one or two boards within the transformation space of an organisation.

Sacha Jack

Sacha Jack was in corporate for many years but she has now dedicated her time to Philanthropy work. She teaches hip hop to kids in previously disadvantaged schools, works at The Red Cross, and works with The Shine Centre teaching kids to read and write. Her dream is to develop a program to help kids with the coping tools and skills to deliver this at schools. Sacha is in the process of studying Life Coaching for kids. She has two boys.

Charlotte Wolseley Brinton

Charlotte Wolseley Brinton is a corporate, charity, government and cultural events organiser.

Tijan Kraljevic

Tijan Kraljevic is a professional golfer born in Serbia, raised in South Africa from the age of 2. She loves networking and meeting positive, driven people who inspire people. She has goals not only to play at a top level but to leave a legacy in the business sector in golf as well.

Amy Eliason

Amy Eliason is a M&A attorney and an entrepreneur in the legal tech space.

Sarah Heintz

Sarah Heintz is a single mom to twin girls and the founder of the digital marketing agency Digital Fox. She is originally from Germany and  arrived in Cape Town ten years ago for an internship and never left. She holds a Master’s Degree in psychology and integrated this knowledge into the offering for her clients. She specialises in performance campaigns increasing sales and quality leads. 

Jazz Mace

Jazz Mace is a registered dietitian, currently working as the Nutrition Program Manager for a non-profit health organisation based in Burundi (with head quarters in NYC) called Village Health Works. She is South African, however, she was born and raised in New York.

Samantha Wulfson

Samantha Wulfson is based in New York and Washington DC. She has a background in fintech through capital markets, strategies and product development lenses. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and is going on to pursue her Masters in Global Business and Finance from Georgetown as well. Her current focus is on fintech innovation to promote financial inclusion in Africa, in addition to impact investing.

Nathalie Morrison

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 ( and is running 5 family vineyards (

In 2008 and 2009 she was elected one of the 40 Rising Stars by the European Wealth Management Bulletin. In 2010 she was named in the Financial News 100 Rising Stars and won the Spears award for the Future Leader in the Wealth Management industry. She was formerly a Co-Chair of the Mayfair chapter of YPO (Young Presidents Organisation), an invitation only membership which connects young Chief Executives in a global network.
Born in Saint-Emilion in France, Nathalie holds a Diploma in Management Studies from Cambridge University and is still actively involved in running her family’s vineyards in Saint-Emilion, Pomerol (France) and South Africa. She is also a proud mother of four children and is married to Dan Morrison (Founder partner of Grosvenor Law,

Ariella Kuper

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.

Ingrid Veysie

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.

She is a mother to two daughters. She loves photography and designing gardens.

Gillian Kabe

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.

Services offered
Private and corporate functions and activations
Corporate gala dinners, annual conferences or executive retreats
Big “0” birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, or garden weddings
Experiences range from Rare Premium Whiskies, through Supercars to Rhino Conservation
Corporate and private gifting that stands out
Blue Velvet Gift Shop offers beautiful gift boxes and hampers
Blue Velvet Events @velvetmoments 
Blue Velvet Gift Shop @bluevelvetonline 
Blue Velvet Events @eventsbluevelvet 
Blue Velvet Gift Shop @blue_velvet_gift_shop

Lara Vancans

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. 

She is also a partner in a small BTL agency – Tricky T Concepts which had a strong focus on events.
Michelle is also a partner in a small craft brewery, Paarl Brewery where they make amazing beer. 
She is married with two boys. She is crazy about running and wants to get into stage racing.


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

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

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. 

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