Senior VP & Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa
Bio: Alex Okosi helms Viacom International Media Networks’ pan-African operations in Africa as Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Okosi is responsible for driving the growth and development of VIMN Africa’s portfolio of iconic kids, youth, music, comedy and general entertainment brands on the African continent, including MTV, MTV Base, MTV Portugal, VH1 Classic, BET, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central. Now celebrating 10 years of operations in Africa, VIMN Africa delivers more channels to Africa than any other international network. The network’s collective footprint reaches 52 territories in Africa, serving over 100 million viewers via DTH, DTT, CATV, IPTV and terrestrial branded block services, and five dynamic online destinations (www.mtvbase.com,www.nickelodeonafrica.com, www.mtv.co.za, www.comedycentralafrica.com and www.betafrica.tv).
Okosi joined MTV Networks in 1998 and spent his first two years with the MTV Integrated Marketing team in New York before moving to Los Angeles to work within the MTV Networks Affiliate Sales & Marketing division, where he secured key distribution deals for MTV Network brands including MTV2 and CMT, among others. During his time with the Affiliate Sales and Marketing team, Okosi was also pursuing his MBA at UCLA (still in progress). In 2003, he joined the MTV Networks International Strategy & Business Development division based in London to pursue his ambition for MTV in Africa. Okosi developed the business plan for MTV Base, MTV’s first localised television service for Africa and, in 2005, launched the channel as MTV Networks’ 100th channel. Since then, Okosi has overseen the launch / repositioning of seven additional Viacom brands that cater to diverse demographic groups across Africa.
A staunch champion of African music, kids’ and youth culture, Okosi is committed to creating programming, events and initiatives that showcase African talent and creativity. In November 2008, he launched the first everMTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in Abuja, Nigeria, saluting and celebrating contemporary African music and artists. The most recent edition of the MAMA was held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 2014.
A tireless supporter of initiatives that motivate, empower and educate Africa’s youth, Okosi has been the driving force behind pro-social campaigns that have impacted the social and cultural landscape of urban Africa. These include Choose or Lose (a youth voter mobilisation campaign), MTV Base Meets (an initiative in which global influencers exchanged ideas with young Africans), MTV Making the Video (in which international video directors trained African film-makers and elevated the quality of music videos in Africa through skill transfer workshops) and MTV Shuga (an award-winning TV drama and multimedia campaign designed to change sexual behaviour among young people).
In April 2011 Okosi was honoured as “New Champion for an Enduring Culture” by the editors of Thisday newspaper for his contribution to Nigerian arts and culture. In March 2013, he was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a 2013 AGlobal Leader (YGL) and in November 2013, he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African magazine.
Okosi attended St Michael’s College, Vermont, USA, on a full basketball scholarship and graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Business Administration and Economics.
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CEO & Founder, Raizcorp
Bio: Allon Raiz is regarded both locally and globally as a pioneer and maverick in the business incubation industry. He is the founder and CEO of Raizcorp, the only privately held, unfunded, profitable business incubator on the African continent, currently supporting in excess of 500 businesses.
Allon is the author of two bestselling entrepreneurial books – Lose the Business Plan and What to Do When You Want to Give Up. He hosted the first national radio show on entrepreneurship in South Africa in 2004; wrote and hosted the first South African primetime, entrepreneurship, reality TV show; and also created and published an ongoing entrepreneurial cartoon strip. Allon is the host of his fourth season of the popular The Big Small Business Show on BusinessDay TV.
Allon is the co-founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation South Africa and Rural Roots, and sits on the advisory and judging boards of numerous local and international NGOs and entrepreneurial awards. Allon’s passion and focus on the development of entrepreneurs attracted the attention of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which, on 11 March 2008, awarded Allon as a Young Global Leader.
As an accomplished international speaker, Allon was invited to speak at the 2011 WEF Annual Meeting, held in Davos, Switzerland. In 2011, Allon was also invited to become a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship, making him one of 15 recognised global experts in this field.
In 2013, Allon received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Oliver Transformation and Empowerment Awards. The following year, he was recognised as the country winner, regional winner and continental winner of the Titan Award for Building Nations.
Since 2014, Allon has guest lectured every year at Oxford University, where he is recognised as the Oxford University Saïd Business School’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
In 2015, Allon received an invitation from the White House, on behalf of President Barack Obama, to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, held in Kenya.
GM, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber
Bio: Alon Lits joined Uber as its first General Manager in Africa in August 2013. Alon began his career in the leveraged finance division of Investec Bank Limited, where he provided debt and preference share financing solutions to public and private companies in South Africa, as well as Africa’s largest private equity funds.
Before joining Uber, Alon interned with the emerging market focused private equity fund – LeapFrog Investments – focusing on investment opportunities throughout Africa. He holds an MBA from INSEAD where he was part of the leadership teams of both the Private Equity and Africa Clubs.
Bio: Andrei Vorobyov is a Partner in the Johannesburg office. Andrei joined Bain in Chicago as a Summer Associate in 2003 and then full time in 2004. Andrei has worked at Bain’s Chicago, Brussels, Moscow, and Johannesburg offices. During his career at Bain & Company, Andrei’s consistent theme was supporting financial and strategic investors with finding, assessing, and adding value to attractive M&A opportunities.
Andrei leads Bain’s Private Equity M&A Practices in Africa – having done over 100 Commercial Due Diligences in the US, Europe, and Africa. In terms of industries, Andrei has led Bain support in Consumer Products, Financial Services, Industrial Goods, Telecom, and Business Services.
- 12 years of Bain consulting experience in Africa, US, Western and Eastern Europe
- Leader of Bain’s Private Equity and M&A Africa Practices
- Active contributor to Bain’s Global PE, M&A, and Industrial Goods Practices
- Active Contributor to Bain’s Global Performance Improvement Practice
- Member of Bain global PE & M&A and Industrial Goods practices
- Experience in across Private Equity value chain:
Fund strategy – South Africa, Nigeria
- Commercial reviews/due diligence – over 100
- Portfolio company full-potential strategy and performance improvement
- Industrial Goods
- Consumer products
- Pre-exit support
- Equity story, path to IPO
- Led multiple Corporate M&A projects
- Commercial due diligence
Senior Industry Manager, Google
Bio: Avinesh Pillay has been with Google South Africa for over 6 years. As a Senior Industry Manager, Avinesh has been responsible for managing the Automobile and Technology Verticals at Google. Avinesh experience includes working in Germany for Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications as a Global Product Manager launching products and services with T Mobile International. He has 20 years of experience in the technology and operator space starting his career as a Product Manager with Ericsson travelling into Africa where he trained Operators on new products and services. Avinesh is a recent graduate from Wits Business School where he has just graduated with his MBA.
Managing Director, Myezo Environmental Managment Services
Bio: Babalwa Fatyi is experienced in a wide range of environmental services, cutting across various sectors. She has exposure to the application of integrated environmental management tools.
Her experience has allowed her an insight with respect to sector specific sustainable development requirements ranging from authorisations, implementation and monitoring.
She has consulting experience having been an active contributor in diverse team while working for an engineering and science company since in the late 90’s. Her consulting experience has been complemented by her active engagement in a mining company, where her role involved overseeing the firm’s compliance with its environmental obligations.
Babalwa partners with large blue-chip companies, as well as smaller companies, requiring her expertise whereby she ensures collaborative design of strategies and methodologies, which promote sustainable development and enable successful execution of various projects, she directs.
She is competent in conducting public involvement and as such in facilitating result driven meetings, capturing workshop outcomes and highlighting the issues that further need to be investigated to determine the impacts. She has been involved in handling various conflicting situations in the consultation and participatory processes.
Babalwa’s vision, as a South African female business owner and entrepreneur, is to be a voice of consciousness, an instrument of change, in the manner in which development and environmental matters are handled. She sees herself as a conduit through which all the information that has been imparted unto her through various spheres of association and schooling and unsung mentors, can be released unto others and be utilised in collaborative decisions for the betterment of our country.
She believes in Transferring of skills through mentoring of unemployed youth and graduates, in environmental management by allocating resources for coaching in practical assignments and other key relevant aspects of environmental management.
Head of Digital Media Strategy SABC RADIO, SABC
Bio: Mr. Sheikh is a media futurist who worked in management positions in broadcast media for the past 19 years. Mr. Sheikh is currently the head of South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Radio Digital Media Strategy which oversees nineteen radio stations. He has also worked for iconic radio broadcast brands such as YFM, Kaya FM, Lotus FM, 5FM & Radio 2000.
Mr. Sheikh is often asked to speak at conferences and events, such as the Future of Media and Africa Radio, MTN Radio Awards, International Association of Broadcasters Awards, and the Institute of Advanced Journalism. Mr. Sheikh also has digital expertise in app & web development, analytics, digital media marketing and digital media sales.
Mr. Sheikh is currently completing his MBA at Regenesys Business School.
Vice Dean, ALU School of Business
Bio: Catherine Duggan serves as the Vice Dean for Strategy and Research and Professor of Political Economy at the ALU School of Business. Prior to joining ALUSB, she was an Assistant Professor in the Business, Government and International Economy (BGIE) unit of Harvard Business School, where she received the Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching—an award given to the best teacher at Harvard Business School as rated by students—twice in a row. Her research examines financial-sector regulation and contract enforcement in developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Duggan received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, where she was the G.J. Lieberman Fellow for the Social Sciences.
Principal: Investments, Omidyar
Bio: Charmaine Padayachy joined Omidyar Network in 2013. As principal of investments, Charmaine sources and executes investments across the Consumer Internet and Mobile Initiative. Her role builds on her extensive experience in the finance and investing fields. She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Charmaine served as an associate principal at Absa Capital Private Equity (ACPE), now Rockwood Private Equity, in Johannesburg, South Africa. She joined the investment team of ACPE in 2008, managing a large portfolio of private equity investments across a variety of sectors. Between 2006 and 2008, Charmaine was part of Ernst & Young’s private equity transaction advisory team in London, working with blue-chip international private equity houses. Previously, she was a senior dealmaker at Standard Bank, Leveraged Finance and a senior financial analyst for the Council for Medical Schemes. Charmaine began her career in the audit and advisory services division of Pricewaterhouse Coopers South Africa where she worked on statutory audits in different sectors.
Charmaine earned a master of commerce from the University of Johannesburg, specializing in financial management. Charmaine is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
Founder & CEO, Pioneer Academies
Bio: Chinezi is a Founder & CEO of Nova-Pioneer Education Group, a network of innovative high quality and accessible private schools across South Africa (Pioneer Academies) and Kenya (Nova Academies). The mission of Nova-Pioneer is to develop generations of innovators and leaders who will shape the Africa Century.
Chinezi was previously the Head of McKinsey & Company’s African Education Practice, during which period he also worked with school systems across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. He is a co-author of McKinsey’s 2010 global education report, How the World’s Best School Systems Keep Getting Better. Chinezi started his career as a secondary school mathematics teacher, where he was nominated by his students to Who’s Who of American Teachers. He currently serves on the Global Advisory Council of Teach For All. A Nigerian, Chinezi lives in South Africa.
Chinezi has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in Education, and an MBA from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
CEO, Batswadi Healthcare
Bio: CEO of the Batswadi Group, a healthcare company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Batswadi is primarily focused on Biotechnology sales, marketing, and research & development. Christopher’s operational experience spans American and African firms including regulatory, human resources, skills training and leadership development, corporate affairs, finance, business development, and manufacturing.
Christopher started Batswadi after a 17 year career with Eli Lilly and Company. Most recently Christopher was the local South African CEO of the Lilly African operations, responsible for 22 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Whilst at the helm Christopher’s leadership allowed Lilly South Africa to be voted the leading pharmaceutical company employer for four years running by Deloitte’s annual 50 best companies to work for survey.
Prior to taking on the African assignment, he was principally responsible for the company’s oncology e-commerce strategy and implementation. Prior to this role Christopher was regional sales manager for the oncology business unit responsible for the Atlantic Region from 1995. Christopher’s distinguished career with Lilly has included several leadership roles in the areas of finance, business development, marketing, sales and general management.
Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1966, Christopher received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wabash College in 1988. He completed his MBA at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, Durham, NC in 2000. Finally, Chris completing a fellowship at the University of Cape Town / Duke UNIVERSITY, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy Centre for Leadership and Public Values, in 2006. Christopher is a lifelong learner and continues to immerse himself in educational opportunities.
Christopher’s board appointments include:
- AfriMedix (Pty) LTD – Director – Introducing cutting edge diagnostic technology into Africa from the world’s greatest scientific minds, research institutions, and research based companies. (2015)
- TrustaTAG (Pty) Ltd, Partnership with Microsoft focused on mobile technology and consumer protection, product serialization. (2012-2014)
- Endeavor South Africa (Pty) Ltd, 2007 Fellow and Board Member from 2008 to 2013.
- ACRO (Pty) Ltd, African Clinical Research Organization, Chairman, Johannesburg, SA (2007)
- Arvir Technologies (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg, South Africa (2006-2008)
- Batswadi Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg, South Africa, (2005-present)
- Chairman; Young President’s Organization (YPO), Golden City Chapter, Johannesburg, South Africa (2005-present)
- Eli Lilly Foundation Southern Africa, Johannesburg South Africa (2002-2006)
- America International School-Johannesburg (AISJ), South Africa (2003-2007)
- Chairman (2004 – 2006)
- Treasurer (2003 – 2004)
- MTM Bursary Fund, Trustee, Johannesburg, South Africa (2001-2006)
- IMSA (Pty) Ltd, Innovative Medicines South Africa, Vice-Chairman (2003-2005)
- International Healthcare Distributors (Pty) Ltd, Director-Johannesburg South Africa (2001-2004)
- American Chamber of Commerce, Johannesburg, South Africa (2002-2003)
- Free Market Foundation, Pharmaceutical Advisory Board, Johannesburg, SA (2001-2003)
- Cancer Care, Inc., Connecticut, USA (1998-2000)
- Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Cancer Care, Inc. USA (1999-2000)
- Association of Community Cancer Centers, Pharmaceutical Advisory Board, Wash., DC
Chief Investment Officer, Consolidated Infrastructure Group
Bio: Mr. Moore is currently the chief investment officer for Consolidated Infrastructure Corporation (CIC) making investments across Africa in infrastructure projects. Prior to CIC, Mr. Moore worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company advising companies in the construction, logistics, utilities and manufacturing sectors in the United States and Africa. Mr. Moore began his career as an engineer with Motorola and Lockheed Martin.
Mr. Moore has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from George Institute of Technology, and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Group Chief Commercial Officer, Telkom
Bio: Dr Brian Armstrong was appointed as Telkom Group Chief Commercial Officer on 1 September 2015, in which role he has responsibility for the strategic growth agenda for the Group, as well as group strategy, regulatory and transformation office portfolios.
Prior to that he was the Group Chief Operating Officer from 1 April 2013 until 1 September 2015, in which capacity he had responsibility for all the customer facing aspects of Telkom’s business and operations. During his tenure in this role Telkom Retail showed a return to revenue growth, the mobile business attained break-even and customer experience showed a marked improvement. He was the architect of the BCX transaction and was responsible for its successful conculsion.
Prior to this appointment he was Managing Director of Telkom Business for approximately three years, during which time he developed and executed that Business Unit’s turnaround strategy. Telkom Business was the largest of Telkom’s business units, and the strategy resulted in returning the unit’s net revenues to growth after a period of sustained decline, significant improvements in innovation and new product launches, consistently high levels of customer service, significantly improved customer satisfaction, and improved staff motivation and engagement. Brian has over 25 years ICT experience, in ICT research and development, telecommunications, technology management, networking services, and outsourcing.
Brian has over 25 years ICT experience, in ICT research and development, telecommunications, technology management, networking services, and outsourcing. Before joining Telkom in 2010 he was BT’s Vice President for Middle East and Africa (MEA), with overall responsibility to oversee and grow BT’s activities across the region, extending from Turkey in the North, to Pakistan in the East, down to South Africa. Before that his work experience includes South Africa’s CSIR, ultimately as the Director of the Division for Information and Communications Technology; and South African listed ICT services group AST (now Gijima), as Managing Director of AST Networks.
Brian completed his BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982 and 1984 respectively, and obtained his PhD from University College London in 1992. Brian has published several papers in IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers) and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Proceedings, and holds several awards including the Flemming Award for the best Engineering PhD thesis at University of London in 1992 and the Mountbatten Premium for the best paper published in IEE Proceedings part in 1996.
Brian has published several papers in IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers) and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Proceedings, and holds several awards including the Flemming Award for the best Engineering PhD thesis at University of London in 1992 and the Mountbatten Premium for the best paper published in IEE Proceedings part in 1996.
His professional interests include business leadership, strategic change leadership and management, corporate entrepreneurship, organisational design, multinational and multicultural business optimisation, and venture creation.
Exec. Asst. to Chief Risk Officer, Rand Merchant Bank
Bio: Lucy holds a PhD in Political Science from at SOAS, University of London. Her work was published as Uncovering African Agency: Angola’s management of China’s credit lines by Ashgate in February 2013 and launched at Chatham House (London) and the Gordon Institute for Business Science (Johannesburg). It was translated into Portuguese in February 2014.
In 2012, Lucy was recruited to Rand Merchant Bank under their prestigious ‘Class Of’ Programme. She has worked with the Country Risk and Mining and Resources Credit team and RMB Westport, a West African private equity property development fund with assets in Angola, Ghana and Nigeria. Lucy is currently Executive Assistant to the Chief Risk Officer of Global Markets.
Prior to this Lucy was Projects Director at Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) in South Africa from 2006 – 2008. Lucy has also worked in worked in public relations and issue management for several prominent South African mining houses and corporate firms.
Lucy has since 2006 participated in ground-breaking research on China’s relations with African countries, particularly in the construction and finance sectors. She has made various presentations on her research findings and the political economy of China-Africa relations in general to government officials, business communities and academic audiences internationally. She continues to write extensively and provide commentary to local and international media on this subject.
Lucy speaks English, Portuguese, French, Afrikaans, and Mandarin Chinese.
Managing Director: Emerging Markets & Africa, Deloitte
Bio: Dr. Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte Frontier Advisory. He also leads the firm’s China Services Group and Japan Services Group for Africa. He is a Senior Fellow at the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth – a group comprising leading international economists which works on subjects relating to macro-economic and inclusive growth. He is also a member of MasterCard’s MENA & Africa Knowledge Fora providing strategic advice to the management of MasterCard in the Middle East & African regions.
Martyn was selected in 2010 as a Young Global Leader, and is a recipient of a Dangote Fellowship awarded by the WEF for young Africans selected each year for their outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and commitment to society. Martyn has delivered lectures by invitation at Harvard University, MIT, London School of Economics, Oxford University, IE Business School, Peking University, the African Development Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, the Royal African Society, and the World Bank. Martyn is a Visiting Professor at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.
Martyn holds a BA degree in Law, an Honours Degree in International Relations (cum laude), a Master’s Degree in International Relations (cum laude) (University of the Witwatersrand), a Diploma in Asian Studies (Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea), and a PhD in International Relations (University of the Witwatersrand) – all completed by the age of twenty five.
Director, Africa Market, GMAC / GMAT
Bio: Formerly a University of Delaware MBA Program director, Dr. Sibert led Full-time, Part-time and Executive MBA programmes as well as MBA career services. Earlier public policy-related accomplishments at the University culminated in his appointment as chairperson of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens with related policy oversight responsibility for the State Department of Education. In addition, he served for 3 years on the board of directors of the Ph.D. Project, an organization dedicated to increasing diversity among professors in U.S. business schools.
Head of Talent Acquisition, South African Breweries
Bio: Erik Broberg is an internationally experienced all-round Talent Executive with 15 years’ experience in all aspects of Talent, Resourcing and Staffing. Erik has started and run successful staffing businesses in the United Kingdom and South Africa, and was MD of one of the largest Staffing/Resourcing businesses in South Africa prior to joining SAB Ltd as Head of Talent Acquisition for SABMiller Africa. He holds a BComm Law qualification as well as being a Member of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation of the UK.
Business Development Director, Rand Merchant Bank
Bio: Business Development Director of East Asia and South East Asia for Rand Merchant Bank, Chairman of The Chinese Association (TCA) and Founder of the South African Chinese Discussion Forum.
Erwin Pon is a 4th generation Chinese South African with his ancestral roots in Guangdong, China. He is the Chairman of The Chinese Association (TCA) which was established in 1903 as well as serving as the vice Chairman of the All African China Peaceful Reunification Association and advisor to the African Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2007 Erwin was selected by the Chinese government as an “Eminent Overseas Chinese Youth” and was invited to represent South Africa in Beijing. In 2011, Erwin was again selected to lead a delegation of outstanding overseas Chinese youth from South Africa at the Beijing World Overseas Chinese Conference. In 2010, he represented the South African Chinese at the China National Day celebrations hosted by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
In 2013, Erwin was selected as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Youth by the Guangdong Provisional Government for his contribution to the Chinese community in Africa.
With over 15 years of experience in the banking industry, Erwin is the Business Development Director of East Asia and South East Asia for Rand Merchant Bank and is responsible for developing the Asian business as well as implementing Asian related strategies for the FirstRand group. His responsibilities cover a broad spectrum of areas involving mergers and acquisitions, trade finance, investments, structured products, currency and commodities hedging as well as general Asian advisory services to companies either entering the African market or for those looking to expand overseas into the Asian market.
He has an MBA in strategic management as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and Finance from WITS University.
Executive Director: Marketing, Gordon Institute of Business Science
Bio: Howard Fox is a respected marketing thought leader with over 25 years experience guiding marketing and business strategies across a wide range of disciplines and industries. Having started his career as a professional photographer, he has worked in advertising, the commodity chemicals industry, financial services and business education, where he is currently Executive Director Marketing, Digital and IT at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Africa’s preeminent business school. He is the founding director of a sales and marketing company which represents one of the world’s largest mining companies in Southern Africa.
Howard holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing from Aberdeen Business School UK as well as an MBA from Henley Management College, University of Reading, UK and multiple post graduate qualifications from across three continents, including in Financial Planning from University of the Free State (SA) and Digital Marketing from the University of California Irvine. He is a founder member of the Marketing Association of South Africa and was amongst the first marketers in South Africa to receive Chartered Marketer (SA) professional designation. He is a previous member of the board of the Marketing Association and currently sits on the advisory boards of the CMO (Africa) Council. He adjudicates on the Appeal Committee of the South African Advertising Standards Authority. Howard is a Fellow of the British based Chartered Institute of Marketing, (the world’s largest association of professional marketers) and the South African Institute of Directors.
A well-known, outspoken personality within the South Africa marketing community, Howard writes for popular marketing and business publications, facilitates discussion panels and occasionally speaks at conferences. His current areas of interest include the marketing impact of the “Internet of things”, and the “Maker Movement”, which he contends are due to cause the greatest disruption to marketing in the profession’s history.
Howard’s social media links:
Linked In: za.linkedin.com/in/foxredone
Group Executive: Business Development, Imperial
Bio: Jacques helps executive teams to create value through client-, partner- and supply chain integration. He has worked across Asia, Africa, North- and South America, Europe and Australia to develop synergies which unlocked value. He started his career in civil engineering at Transnet. He became interested in supply chain management and after gaining his industrial engineering qualifications worked in the information systems industry. He then joined a major South African supply chain management company where he held various general management positions. He joined Imperial in 2011 and lived in Beijing for the past two years with his family, where he represented Imperial as COO at The Beijing Axis. He is currently responsible for Group Business Development at Imperial Logistics.
Jacques obtained a civil engineering degree and continued to earn honours and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Pretoria. He later gained a master’s degree in the Executive MBA programme at the University of Cape Town.
Co-founder & Director, Wharton School
Bio: James Thompson, PhD, is co-founder and director of the Wharton Social Enterprise Program. His areas of research focus are social entrepreneurship, building future markets, and investment under conditions of high uncertainty. He has worked in Africa for two decades, with firms ranging from small to large, across multiple business sectors.
Jim teaches in Wharton Executive Education programs and works with management teams around the world. Prior to joining the academic world Jim was a divisional director (alternate) of a public South African company where he was responsible for business unit turnarounds and new market development. He currently serves on the executive board of a venture capital funded company in Philadelphia and is on the investment advisory committee of a Swiss social entrepreneurship investment fund.
Jim, along with Ian MacMillan, released in June, 2013, a book, “Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook: Pressure Test Your Start-up Idea.” Their book, which is based on their thirteen years of field research with social enterprises, provides information to help social entrepreneurs launch their own ventures. He also has been published in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management, Long Range Planning, Management Science, Organization Science, and the Research-Technology Management Journal. He is a recipient of Best Paper awards in innovation by the European Business School and the Thought Leader category of the Entrepreneurship Division at the US Academy of Management.
Jim holds a B Com from the University of South Africa, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He concluded a research fellowship in the commercialization of technology at the Wharton School and recently completed his PhD dissertation at the Swiss Institute of Technology, Lausanne.
Managing Director, EMPower Capital
Bio: Mr. Wilson is Managing Director of Empower Capital, a Beijing based China-Africa focused emerging natural resource and infrastructure projects developer with project experience in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, and Guinea, among other countries. Mr. Wilson is also a Senior Advisor or Director of Fortune 500 and junior companies operating in Africa, including Sinopec, China Railway Construction Corporation, and Sky Alliance Resources. As an investment banker with JP Morgan, Morgan Joseph, and Standard Chartered, James specialized in mergers & acquisitions and capital raising for corporate, private equity, and management clients.
Mr. Wilson a Bachelor of Art in business and international economics from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from the Wharton Business School.
Bio: Ernest Darkoh is a founding partner of BroadReach. He is an internationally recognized expert in large
scale health systems development and implementation. He is widely acclaimed for his leadership
provided to Botswana’s pioneering National Antiretroviral Treatment Program (Masa)-the first national
HIV treatment rollout in Africa.
He has served as advisor to numerous governments and national authorities on their health systems and
assisted with resource mobilization. He is on the board of the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and chairs the International Steering Group of the WHO Malaria Rapid Access Expansion (RAcE) 2015 Project.
He has previously served as a member of the United States President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
(PACHA) and the Gilead Health Policy Advisory Board. Before BroadReach, he was with McKinsey &
Company where advised Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy and operational improvement as
well as governments, multi-lateral agencies and global non-profits on strategy development and
Ernest earned his undergraduate degree with distinction from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master
of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, MBA from University of Oxford (Balliol College & Said Business School) and his doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School. He is fluent in English and Swahili and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Associate Director for Middle East & Africa, IE Business School
Head of Infrastructure & Telecommunications Project Finance, Nedbank Limited
Dean, Milpark Business School
Executive: Power & Infrastructure Finance, Standard Bank
Mrs, University of Johannesburg
Debbie Don – Pierrot
CEO, Belema Solutions
MBA Director, Henley