Speakers

H.E  Prof. Dr. Ambassador Tal Edgars

H.E Prof. Dr. Ambassador Tal Edgars

Group Executive Chairman

GBSH Consult Group, WorldWide

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His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ambassador Tal Edgars

His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ambassador Tal Edgars, Q.C is a global multi- award winning, well known business authority, mentor, chess player, erudite speaker of note, diplomat and a cutting-edge thinker with an outstanding record in planning, managing and executing highly successful private and public sector initiatives in Africa, Europe, America & Asia. He has an academic, diplomatic and international civil service background with a global inclination and provides quite extensive domestic best practices in Africa, He is Africa’s leading authority and informed voice on knowledge of foreign policy community, Growth and Competitiveness Practice, complex negotiations, strategic foresight, government affairs, entrepreneurship, investment policies, brand strategy and how countries & businesses can be active participants in their own development.

 

He is currently the Chairman GBSH Consult Group Worldwide, Ambassador MDG Task Force at United Nations and Security Council (Geneva), Global Ambassador Nation Builders International (Cameroon) and African International Development Ambassador (NAD-UK) and African International Achievers (Awards-UK), Goodwill Ambassador and Honorary Chancellor to The International Council for Leadership | Governance | Entrepreneurship | Management (ICLGEM-Switzerland).

 

He sits and serves as a Special Envoy and Ambassador to Special Projects to Manhyia Palace under His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II King of the Ashanti, African Justice Foundation Honorary Advisor & Lead Member to Board of Advisors under Cherie Blair CBE QC (UK), Global Strategic Advisor to the IVP Program and African Women Entrepreneurship Programme under Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (USA), Global Ambassador of Government Relations to the National Coalition Party in Canada (NCPC) under Hon. Sir. Raphael Louis intended Governor 2020 (Canada) , Director-Board of Directors and Lead Advisor Idea Factory Africa Brain Trust (Ghana), Head of Diplomacy and Honorary Advisor UAE-AFRICA MENTORING DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM, LLC (UAMDC- Washington DC), Member of the Global Advisory Council on the World Marketing Congress (India), Member of the Global Brand Advisory Council on the World Brand Congress (UAE), Member of the Harvard Business Review (USA), Member of the McKinsey’s Online Executive Panel (USA), Member of the Advisory Board LBOC (South Africa) Stakeholder Relations, Member of the Advisory Board Footwork, project of the US-based New Venture Fund, (USA) Executive Director to Sandown Corporate (UK), ProDiverse Legal (Nigeria), Fellow at the African Scientific Institute (Oakland CA, USA), Governor and Member of Governing Council and Advisory Board Asia African Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( India and Delaware, USA)and Member of the Institute of Directors (M.Inst.D-SA)

 

Mentor on board the Outside Counsel and Everwise (San Francisco), Sable Accelerator in (San Francisco), Colorado University venture-centred entrepreneurship education program, Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship South Africa, Student Enterprises of ALAMAU (African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU) and Jeff Bezos Scholars whose efforts are to develop and connect the next generation of African leaders in which his role involves inter-alia the promotion of dialogue and partnership building for sustainable development with governments, the international community and other major key stakeholders.

 

His personal and business sphere of influence includes Presidents and Heads of States across several continents to whom he provides confidential strategic advisory services. Also, a wide range of listed firms in Europe, America and Africa whom he has provided for strategic direction and continues to work with many leaders. He has authored and co -authored numerous publications and policies around the world.

His awards are as below:

  • 2021 Worldwide Business Leader by the World Confederation of Businesses, USA
  • 2019 Chairman, African Pillar of Peace Awards
  • 2018 ACQ5 Law Awards SOUTH AFRICA – GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR
  • 2018 Driver of Change Finalist- Vision 2030 South Africa
  • 2017 Fintech Adviser of the Year- UK
  • 2017 SA Vision 2030 Awards Driver of Change Award Finalist
  • 2017 Best Regional Enterprise by the Socrates Committee, Oxford UK.
  • 2017 Best Management Consultant of the Year Corporate Vision UK
  • 2017 Wealth & Finance International’s Five Star Consultants for 2017 in the UK
  • 2017 ‘Ones to Watch 2017; MEA Company of Excellence Award’ by Middle East and African
  • Markets BIZZ 2017 Worldwide Business Leader by the World Confederation of Businesses, USA
  • 2017 South African GameChanger of the Year
Dr Argent Chuula

Dr Argent Chuula

Executive Director

Fairtrade Africa
Zambia

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Dr Argent Chuula

Ms Azukaego Chukwuelue

Ms Azukaego Chukwuelue

Supply Chain Director

Kimberly-Clark
Nigeria

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Azukaego Chukwuelue

A Business professional, with over 20years experience in Sub Saharan Africa, I have a track record of helping organizations rethink their Supply Chain and Commercial structures, proffering solutions and building business systems focussed on sustainability, profitability and revenue growth; via strategic stakeholder engagement and optimal output across the value chain. My success enablers are a dedication to excellence, the ability to follow things to a reasonable conclusion looking end to end and the ability to sieve through clutter and get to the root of the matter while creating a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Beyond my work, I mentor young ladies with a goal for ensuring that all women have the skills and capabilities that will enable them earn a seat at the table on merit. My passion comes from personal experiences where, for a good part of my career I was the only female in the room and was successful via leaders and peers who gave their time and resources to mentor me. ‘When I look back at the meaningful contributions I made, and challenges surmounted, I see the room would have benefited from more women’ hence I actively create platforms for women to hone their skills and showcase their talent. I do this through Truss Empowerment Foundation; a nonprofit focused on creating real value for young women by enhancing their economic power; encouraging and enabling them to build capabilities that allow successful engagement in stereotyped roles especially in the Supply chain space. The organization runs an internship program for young minds getting them ready for professional and business growth by empowering participants to make the pivot into Supply chain through Networking opportunities as well as an MBA course content and actual problem-based learning opportunities for managing complex supply chains while Learning Team-building dynamics and skills.

Dr Bheki Mfeka

Dr Bheki Mfeka

Economic Advisor and Strategist

South Africa

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Dr Bheki Mfeka

Dr Mfeka is currently the CEO and founder of SE Advisory, advises foreign and local investors on investment facilitation and policy engagements; and is a strategist for businesses and governments. Dr Mfeka is a business and development economist and former economic advisor to the Presidency of South Africa. He was representative of South Africa to the G20 and Co-chair of the Development Working Group, BRICS, and NEPAD for 5 years. He was part of the team that successfully piloted Technology Transfer models for South Africa through the National Technology Incubation Fund. Dr Mfeka holds qualifications in development economics and industrialization.

Ms Chantalle Wilson

Ms Chantalle Wilson

Senior Consultant

Competitive Capabilities International, South Africa

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Ms Chantalle Wilson

Chantalle is a seasoned Executive Coach and Business Improvement Consultant with 21 years of industry experience.

She engages at the executive level within client organisations supporting Strategic Planning and Decision Making; Supply Chain Optimisation and Business Performance Improvement.

She has worked with organisations such as Unilever SABMiller, Transnet, Astrapak, Illovo, Nampak, CCSABCO, Distell, Omnia and Mahle Behr South Africa.

In 2019, Chantalle established Brighter Future, a Non-Profit Organisation that focusses on transferring business skills to small NPOs through skills development, shared learning and networking events.

Chantalle has completed her MBA with specialisation in Change Management. This is complemented by a BSC (Mechanical Engineering); BA (Counselling Psychology) and a BCom (Management Accounts).

Chantalle is a COMENSA Credentialled Coach having logged over 750 hours of coaching. She is also an active member of SAPICS and a member of the SMME Development Team.

Mr Clem Sunter

Mr Clem Sunter

Independent Scenario Planner

South Africa 

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Mr Clem Sunter

After studying at Oxford University, Clem Sunter was recruited by Anglo American in London in 1966. He moved to South Africa in 1973 and spent much of his subsequent career in the Gold Division, serving as its Chairman and CEO from 1990 to 1996. At the time it was the largest gold producer in the world.

 

He also established a scenario planning function in the company in the early 1980s, which led to two scenarios being put forward for South Africa in the 1990s: the High Road of negotiation leading to a political settlement and the Low Road of confrontation leading to civil war and a wasteland. South Africa took the High Road. Two highlights for Clem were a presentation to FW de Klerk and the cabinet in 1986 and a visit to Nelson Mandela in prison to discuss the future just before his release.

 

He has authored several best-selling books on scenario planning, one of which was The Mind of a Fox with Chantell Ilbury. Published in June, 2001, it contained a letter to the American President warning him that his biggest threat was a massive terrorist strike on a Western city. 9/11 happened three months later.

 

In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cape Town for his work in the field of scenario planning. He was also voted by leading South African CEOs as the speaker who has made the most significant contribution to, and impact on, best practice and business in South Africa. He has given presentations on how to handle the future around the world, including the Harvard Business School in Boston and the Central Party School in Beijing.

 

Clem married Margaret Rowland in 1969 and they have one daughter and two sons. Among his hobbies are music and walking.

Ms Debbie Tagg

Ms Debbie Tagg

Co-Chair (ASCA) and COO

Commerce Edge
Africa

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Ms Debbie Tagg

Mr Dumi Jere

Mr Dumi Jere

Managing Partner

Talanta.co
South Africa

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Mr Dumi Jere

Better known among his peers as “DJ”, Malawian born, Zimbabwean raised, South African educated, Africa loving; Dumi Jere is the Founder and Managing Partner at Talanta.co.

Talanta.co is Africa’s digital consulting marketplace for on-demand management consultants and industry experts. The start-up was formed to bring together a hybrid of technology and consulting. The two-way marketplace connects businesses in need of consultancy services with independent management consultants.

Dumi has a long tenure working with governments in Africa, JSE listed companies and SMEs alike building relationships with customers, partners, and vendors that transcend word of mouth. He is responsible for setting product vision and corporate strategy, managing employee performance, scaling operations, fiscal management, and driving innovation.

Prior to Talanta.co, he was the CEO of AfriCatalysts, a pan African strategy, research and market intelligence consultancy in African Emerging Markets.

Based in Johannesburg, Dumi continues to serve governments, multinational organizations, and private-sector institutions across Africa on issues of economic development, public policy, risk analysis, growth strategies, all-inclusive transformations, and investment decisions. He has worked across 18 African countries thus far.

He is involved in extensive charity work aimed at uplifting African communities and to that end, he supports Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres. He also serves as a board member of a non-profit organisation in Malawi, which extends water access to rural communities.

An Associate Chartered Accountant turned entrepreneur, Dumi holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting from Monash University. With extensive experience and exposure of the African continent, Dumi is regularly featured in various media such as BBC Africa (where he is an Africa Biz Expert) CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Economist, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal among others. He is also the co-host of The Weekly Beat podcast by Mansa Media

Ms Elmarie Goossen

Ms Elmarie Goossen

Founder

The Clinic with Purpose
South Africa 

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Ms Elmarie Goossen

Elmarie has 18 years of experience working in a variety of Blue Chip organizations such as Virgin Media, Vodafone, British Gas and Barclays in Europe and South Africa – specializing in Supplier Management, Contract Management and Governance and Project Management. Over the last 10 years Elmarie specialized in turning around underperforming outcome based or outsourced contracts by working with the customer and supplier to identify the root cause and then implement and deliver a get-well plan or Service Recovery plan. Elmarie now runs a successful consultancy where she provides support to suppliers in Supplier Development programs. She demystifies the RFP process, explains Service Agreements and gives practical advise on service delivery and reporting.

Mr Hilary Itela

Mr Hilary Itela

Chairman of the Board

Technology Service Providers of Kenya, Kenya 

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Mr Hilary Itela

Mr Kabir Shagaya

Mr Kabir Shagaya

CEO

Zippy Logistics
Nigeria 

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Mr Kabir Shagaya

Kabir Shagaya is currently the CEO of Zippy Logistics, a full-service logistics company specializing in providing Retail Supply Chain solutions for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), multinationals and SMEs in Nigeria. Zippy Logistics has successfully aggregated supplies to the nation’s largest retailers including Shoprite, Game and many others. His company is focused on exemplifying consolidation, innovation and efficiency. Kabir was appointed in 2018 by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to pioneer the participation of Nigerian businesses in export and international distribution through his company. He obtained a Masters in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, was a Special Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Climate Issues and Carbon Emission, and also served as the Director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group under the Clinton Foundation where he helped create policies and manage negotiations between the public and private sectors and international organizations.

Mr Kalaluka Kangulu

Mr Kalaluka Kangulu

Senior Supply Chain Executive: International Trade and Compliance

Bayer, Zambia 

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Mr Kalaluka Kangulu

Ms Kulani Shiluvane

Ms Kulani Shiluvane

Founder and Chief Solutionist

Shiluvah
South Africa

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MS Kulani Shiluvane

Kulani is an accomplished business development professional with a post-graduation qualification in Management and Labour Law from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg respectively. She is a skilled operation, logistic and strategic professional with experience in strategic planning and implementation, stakeholder engagement, human resources and public relations. Kulani severed as Chief Operations Officer in a medium-size organisation in Johannesburg for 4 years and in 2017 she established Shiluvah. Shiluvah is a Human Resource and Labour Law Consultancy which offers dynamic, customised and integrated people management solutions. Kulani has a keen interest and experience in human resource, conflict resolution, problem solving and organisational relations. Accredited as a mediator by Conflict Dynamics in 2018, her mediation interest areas are: commercial disputes, workplace, management and labour related matters.

Ms Liechen Strydom

Ms Liechen Strydom

Founder

Liberation Legal Consulting
South Africa 

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Ms Liechen Strydom

Liechen Strydom is an admitted advocate in the High Court of South Africa and the founding member of Liberation Legal Consulting. Liberation Legal Consulting has a special focus on Modern Slavery prevention and the development of Anti-Modern slavery systems within companies. Liechen is also a well-known speaker at various Anti-Trafficking conferences and is a representative on the Gauteng Provincial Trafficking in Persons Task Team.

Mr Litha Kutta

Mr Litha Kutta

Enterprise and Supplier Development Director

Tiger Brands, South Africa 

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Mr Litha Kutta

Litha Kutta is a humble, well-respected, thought leader and an award winning business leader in the transformation space, he has setup and run multiple award winning Enterprise and Supplier Development programmes for multiple of JSE listed corporates.

 

Litha is a graduate with multiple degrees in the field of political science, commerce and finance. He is an accomplished speaker that has feature on local and global small business development conferences and also featured as a panelist in multiple small business development conferences and seminars.Litha has well over 15 years Enterprise and Supplier Development experience at senior to executive levels both in the public and private sector.

 

His ESD core skills and expertise includes setting up of ESD divisions for corporates, development and execution of ESD Strategies, develop and execution of preferential procurement strategies and initiatives to ensure integration of black SMMEs into supply chain, development and roll-out of innovative and impactful ESD support programmes including ESD Fund, incubation and sector specific programmes like Smallholder Development Programme, ESD Channel Partner Development, etc.

Dr Muda Yusuf

Dr Muda Yusuf

Director General

Lagos Chamber of Commerce
Nigeria 

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Dr Muda Yusuf

Dr. Muda Yusuf is the Director General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). He is an economist and has contributed immensely to the national economic discourse through his research-based analysis of policies of government as they affect various sectors of the economy. Dr. Yusuf obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and University of Lagos, Nigeria respectively. He also holds a Doctorate degree in Business Administration from Swiss Business School, Switzerland.  He has participated in various high-level public policy advocacy dialogues at both the federal and state levels with the aim of fostering private sector participation in the Nigerian economic development. He is a leading advocate of an enabling environment for the Nigerian private sector and has a vast knowledge and exposure on Business Research and Policy issues affecting business.

Muda Yusuf has attended various prestigious courses, conferences and seminars both locally and internationally. He was a delegate to the Commonwealth Business Forum in 2011 and he also attended the Advanced Management Programme of the Lagos Business School. He also participated in the conference on Management of Business Associations in the United States and a member of delegation to the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Cancun, Mexico. Dr. Yusuf has also participated at conferences of the World Chambers Federation in various countries.

Mr Mwawi Phiri

Mr Mwawi Phiri

Senior Manager Procurement & Logistics

MTN, Zambia 

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Mr Mwawi Phiri

Dr Obiora Madu

Dr Obiora Madu

Director General

African Centre for Supply Chain
Nigeria 

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Dr Obiora Madu

Dr. Madu, an Adjunct Professor of Malaysia University of Science and Technology holds a Doctorate in Business Administration DBA from SMC University Switzerland, was a recipient of the 2014 National Productivity Order of Merit Award NPOM from the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Madu has over 35 years of related working experience with international corporate exposure in Consulting and training in the areas of transport, logistics/supply chain management as well as Export/import trade, customs and maritime. He has experience working with international agencies like International Trade Centre in Geneva, The US Commercial Service, USAID, Commonwealth Secretariat and African Development Bank amongst others.

Obiora Madu is the Director General of African Centre for Supply Chain, CEO of Multimix Group and President of Association of Outsourcing Professionals (AOPN).  He is a Fellow of several Professional bodies

Obiora has authored of seven books: Exporting – Frequently Asked Questions and Export Value Chain Financing, Agro Commodity Export Guide, Getting Paid in International Trade, Managing Import Logistics, Fundamentals of Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and Modern Warehouse & Inventory Management.

Mr Salisu Uba

Mr Salisu Uba

Founder and Managing Partner

NatQuest Limited , Nigeria 

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Mr Salisu Uba

Salisu is the managing partner at the NatQuest Limited, a leading firm that focuses on people, learning, supply chain and technology to transform businesses and corporate organisations to achieve their strategic business objectives efficiently and effectively.

As an experienced procurement and supply chain professional with more than a decade of experience across multiple industries and academia, Salisu has managed and implemented several projects with high impact such as IPPIS, PICA CADTrack project, NNPC CDP, FIRS-CBAMS, GBIS-Ministry of Finance, CDP-PZ Cussons, PCNI capacity development programmes amongst others. His recent project covers research on Blockchain adoption in the oil and gas supply chain, explicitly investigating stakeholders’ perception of blockchain adoption in the supply chain funded by PTDF at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow.

Salisu a chartered fellow (FCIPS) of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and a fellow (FCILRM) of Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management as well as a member of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) UK, International Society of professional innovation management (ISPIM), the council of supply chain management practitioners just a few to mention.

Salisu holds MSc Supply Chain from Aberdeen Business School of the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen UK and is currently, doctorate research at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow, United Kingdom.
His areas of interest include consulting and collaboration on critical areas of digital supply chain transformation, capacity building programmes and policy strategy and implementation for public and private sector organisations.

SALISU has authored and co-authored several conference papers and journal articles – recently emerged 1st runner up – the best paper award at ERPBSS2020 Dubai. 

Ms Seapei Mafoyane

Ms Seapei Mafoyane

Board Member

SA Corporate Real Estate Fund
South Africa 

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Ms Seapei Mafoyane

Seapei Mafoyane B.Sc. Microbiology, M.B.A. is self-employed as Managing Director of Espy Advisory Services. Espy Advisory specialises in integrated Enterprise and Supplier Development, and Preferential Procurement /B-BBEE corporate advisory and consultancy services. Espy Advisory offers a unique combination of economic development and measured transformation services designed to provide customised solutions across multiple sectors.

Until August 2019, Seapei served as the Chief Executive Officer and of Black Umbrellas. She joined Black Umbrellas in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer. Black Umbrellas is the Enterprise & Supplier Development partner to a number of corporates in the Public and Private space.

Prior to this, she served as Business Performance & Capability Strategist at South African Breweries. She served as Head of Customer Strategy, Credit Division, for the Standard Bank of South Africa, where she joined in 2007. Seapei served as Functional Head of Vitality at Discovery Health until 2006 after starting her career there in 2000.

She served as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Lead Independent for JSE listed Rolfes Holdings since 2012, and as Chairperson of their Social & Ethics Committee until February 2020. Seapei also serves on numerous other Boards including Timken South Africa, Infinity Anchor Fund and JSE listed SA Corporate Real Estate.

Mr Tayo Ilori

Mr Tayo Ilori

Director Supply Chain Operations

Honeywell Flour Mills Plc
Nigeria

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Mr Tayo Ilori

Mr Thebe Ikalafeng

Mr Thebe Ikalafeng

Founder and Chairman

Brand Africa
South Africa  

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Mr Thebe Ikalafeng

Everything about Thebe Ikalafeng is centred around Africa. Having been to every country in Africa, building brands across the continent and summitting the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro, he lives and believes in the continent’s possibilities. He is passionately engaged in driving an Africa-focused brand-led agenda that shapes the continent’s image and competitiveness. He is widely acknowledged globally as the pre-eminent authority on brands in Africa and has been recognized by New African Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans.

 

He founded Brand Africa, an inter-generational movement to create a positive image of Africa, celebrate its diversity and drive its competitiveness, Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands, the only pan-African research and ranking of brands in Africa, to highlight and promote excellence in building brands in Africa and Africa Brand Leadership Academy (ABLA) to ignite and enable Africa-focused global brand leadership.

 

After a distinguished corporate career which started at Colgate Palmolive in New York, US and concluded as chief marketing officer for NIKE for Africa, during which he won over 75 awards in branding and marketing communication globally, he established the award-winning Brand Leadership Group and has worked on over 100 corporate, nation and political brands across Africa. Brand Leadership has been recognized by Fin Week Magazine as “Marketing Services Agency of the Year” in 2008 and was inducted into the Rebrand Hall of Fame for Excellence in Branding in 2015. He has judged awards on design, branding and leadership globally, including the Red Dot awards in Germany and St. Gallen Symposium ‘Wings of Excellence’ in Switzerland. He served as the inaugural vice-chairman of the Brand Council of Southern Africa and as the first African chairman of the Loeries, the premier advertising awards in Africa. 

 

A fellow of the Institute of Directors, he is a non-executive director at South African Tourism, Cartrack Group and WWF South Africa. He has held directorships in the public and private sector, including a 15 years tenure on the board of Mercantile Bank Group and full terms on the boards of Brand South Africa, Foodcorp and Nike.

 

Ikalafeng holds BSc and MBA degrees from Marquette University in the USA, completed executive education at Harvard Business School in the US and is a Chartered Marketer (SA).

 

An adventurer and avid traveler, beyond Mount Kilimanjaro, he has summitted Mount Elbrus in Russia, the highest mountain in Europe; sky-dived in Swakopmund Namibia, the only place in the world where the sand dunes meet the ocean; jumped the 216m tall Bloukrans Bridge, the highest bunjy in the world, and took a plunge into the coldest waters on the planet in Antarctica, in an adventurous and purposeful journey around the world since leaving his birthplace in Kimberley, South Africa.

 

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, he advices, writes and speaks on Africa-focused branding, leadership and related mattes worldwide. Africa is in everything he does. 

Ms Tonya Lamb

Ms Tonya Lamb

Stakeholder Engagement Relationship Management

SAPICS
South Africa 

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Ms Tonya Lamb

Tonya Lamb is currently the Stakeholder Engagement and Relationship Manager for SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management.  With a career of 20 years in the Supply Chain management her passion lies in the building of capacity for the supply chain management profession through education, training, and skills development.  Driven to create a broader understanding about Supply chain management as well as developing and driving new initiatives to further develop the profession Tonya’s determination is to not only raise the profile of the profession but make it an option as a career of choice for future generations. 

Ms Tshiamo Thapa

Ms Tshiamo Thapa

Managing Director

Collective Value Creation
Botswana 

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Ms Tshiamo Thapa

Tshiamo Thapa is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow profitable and successful businesses. As managing director of Collective Value Creation Botswana, Tshiamo is dedicated to developing the next generation competitive suppliers through supplier innovation, improvement, small business turnaround, and procurement readiness. With a background in business information systems, her career expands over several industries including mining, healthcare, advertising and manufacturing. Tshiamo is a certified Anti-Corruption compliance trainer, consultant for Centre for International Private Enterprise and a member of the Africa Anti-Corruption Network of trainers.

Mr Wybrand Ganzevoort

Mr Wybrand Ganzevoort

Managing Director

Collective Value Creation
South Africa

 

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Mr Wybrand Gaanzevoort

Wybrand Ganzevoort (M.Comm) is the Managing Director of Collective Value Creation. Collective Value Creation develops entrepreneurial and small business ecosystems in the context of multinational value chains. Previously Wybrand was the Supplier Development manager for BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa and before that he has led various large scale continuous improvement projects in Mining, FMCG and Manufacturing. Wybrand is a regular speaker and contributor to magazines. He is also a licenced Anti-Corruption practitioner, consultant to the Centre for International Private Enterprise and a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Mr Cham Etienne Bama

Mr Cham Etienne Bama

AfCFTA Technical and Policy Advisory Board Member

The Pan African Business Women’s Association

 

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Mr Cham Etienne Bama

CHAM Etienne BAMA holds a PGDip in Law from the University of Yaoundé II, Soa. He has been working for the past ten years on International Trade Policy issues with a focus on export promotion, trade data collection, trade and gender linkages, trade infrastructure development and trade policy design and implementation at the Cameroon National Shippers Council, a Government Agency where he currently serves as Deputy Director for International Trade Promotion.  CHAM is equally a Trade Law Centre (Tralac) graduate 2018 batch on the short course on “International Trade Law and Policy for Africa’s Development”. He also holds certificates on Interpreting International Trade Agreements from Tralac,Gender, Trade and Development from the United Nations Institute for Economic Development Planning (IDEP), Dakar-Senegal, A guide to Gender mainstreaming in the AfCFTA national implementation strategies from IDEP, Making the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) work from IDEP and several others. He has equally served as expert on AfCFTA continental experts meetings such as the “Expert Group meeting on negotiating institutions: putting the right foundation” organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Regional Trade Forum for West and Central Africa in Dakar, the capacity building workshop on stakeholders engagement on African Trade Policies and Economic Community Of West African States Regional Trade Policy Dialogue Forum in Abuja-Nigeria. CHAM has actively participated in major AfCFTA events on the Continent like the launch of the AfCFTA operational instruments during the AU extraordinary general assembly in Niamey and was resource person during national consultation process for the setting up of a national AfCFTA implementation Strategy for Cameroon.He also serves as the National consultant (Cameroon) for the International Trade Centre’s Shetrades Outlook Program.

Ms Harriet Khataba

Ms Harriet Khataba

Chief Trade Officer

Pan African Chamber of Commerce, South Africa

 

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Ms Harriet Khataba

Ms. Rhoda Harriet Khataba is an executive director, keynote speaker, author, talk show host, editor, producer, philanthropist, and influencer. Ms. Khataba is the founder of the Her Story Matters organization, in London, U K, where she has dedicated more than ten years to the advocacy of social psychology. She is devoting her life to the mentorship and female leadership to help bring women’s equality throughout the world.

 

Ms. Khataba and her passion has been embraced internationally through accolades to her dedication. She has been awarded the Transformation Award by Wisdom for Women International. Harriet is celebrated for her work as a mentor by the Wise Woman Award for her commitments to women and children. The ERPA Leadership and Entrepreneurial Foundation awarded Ms. Khataba with the Emerging Leader Award for her steadfast goal to unite all women in the world through social mediums, technology advancement and praise.

 

Today, Ms. Khataba maintains her position as Chief Trade Officer of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce, advisor for the Youth United Council of India and is board member of the Female Civility Leadership Institute. Harriet continues her work as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Her Story Matters, out of London, United Kingdom, where she can be found spending her pastime having coffee with friends in Soho, or expressing her creativity through reading, sketching and designing fashion.

Ms Kate Nkatha

Ms Kate Nkatha

Commercial Director

Fairtrade Africa, Kenya

 

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Ms Kate Nkatha

Ms Maggie Mutesi

Ms Maggie Mutesi

Senior Business Journalist

BBC Africa
Kenya

 

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Ms Maggie Mutesi

Mr Michael Sudarkasa

Mr Michael Sudarkasa

CEO

Africa Business Group
South Africa

 

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Mr Michael Sudarkasa

Michael E.M. Sudarkasa is a U.S. trained attorney and African economic development consultant based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Michael has experience and expertise in facilitating trade and investment projects involving business expansion within Africa, as well as between Africa and other parts of the world. He has significant sector expertise in agriculture/ agribusiness; energy; broadcast media; infrastructure; healthcare; tourism and oil and gas. He also has significant experience working with public sector institutions (municipal, provincial, national and multilateral) developing local economic development strategies, trade promotion and investment attraction strategies, and in managing related implementation projects and processes. Michael’s background in law is in the area of commercial law with a special focus on cross-border transactions.

Mr Mishack Mthethwa

Mr Mishack Mthethwa

Group Strategic Sourcing Manager

AECI, South Africa

 

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Mr Mishack Mthethwa

Mishack Mthethwa heads the Group Strategic Sourcing function at AECI since 2016, responsible for the group procurement function’s sourcing of raw materials, Overheads, and other Support services, He also runs a Strategic Sourcing training program for company commercial teams. He spent over 6 years at one of the leading mining companies in SA as a Global Category Manager looking after a range of commodities such as Heavy Mining Equipment (HME), Tyres, Fuels & Lubricants, Professional Services and Insurance amongst others. Before a stint in Mining, he was at one of the leading Logistics and Distribution companies as a Procurement Consultant where he consulted at various clients offering Supply Chain solutions

 

He holds an MBA from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) where his thesis focused on Mergers and Acquisitions of SMEs ’ Development and Growth. He also has a B.Com (Honours) degree in Logistics and Supply Chain obtained in 2011.

Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso

Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso

Immediate Past President

Ghana National Chamber of Commerce, Ghana

 

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Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso

Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I is the Chief Linguist of Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Omanhene of Juaben Traditional Area in the Ashanti Region and Chairman of the Council of State.

Nana Dankawoso I, is the Immediate Past President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI), Past President of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) which is made up of 55 countries, one of the Vice Presidents of the Federation of West African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI) which is made up of 16 countries. He is a Member of the Sealink Board.

It is worth mentioning that in August 2017, Nana in his role as the President of PACCI, organized a prosperity conference supported by AU and UNICA at the Kempisky Hotel Accra. This well organized conference brought together all the leadership of private sector groups and SMEs in Africa to deliberate on issues that will speed on the establishment of AFTCTCA.

In the following year, Nana was officially invited by the African Union to the Rwanda conference to be amongst the heads of states to ratify the AFTCTCA policies and protocols.

In the same year, Nana was strategically placed to consolidate with other key voices in Africa for Ghana to win as the host country of the AFTCTCA secretariat.

It is no coincidence that the Secretary General of AFTCTCA. HE. Wamkele Mene asked Nana Dankawoso I to lead his entourage to visit the Ashanti region of Ghana with the highlights of paying homage to Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II at his palace in Manhyia.

His efforts on the international scene have so far included scouting for investors, organizing prosperity programs, uniting the African chambers of commerce, and working towards free trade. 

 Nana Dr Appiagyei Dankawoso 1 aims to build a profitable private sector in Ghana with a robust economy and capable people to create more enterprise and employment in the African continent. 

 He is so passionate about the development and prosperity of Ghana that he offers support to all who challenge themselves to aspire into leadership for change.

 His zeal for the development of Ghana is so notable; the President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed him as a member of the National Development Planning Commission and also a presidential adviser on business and investment.

 Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I is the Executive Chairman of Olea/M&G Insurance Brokers Ltd. He serves on several Boards in Ghana including, National Development Planning Commission, Ghana Ports and Habours Authority (GPHA), Ghana Eximbank, National Petroleum Authority (NPA), West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Vice Chairman of Juaben Rural Bank Ltd. Nana is a philanthropist who takes care of over 300 widows in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Region. He has adopted Country-Side Orphanage at ‎Bodjwiase in the Central Region for the past 13 years. Nana Dankawoso I, visits the Nsawam and Kumasi prisons once every year on his birthday to share his birthday with them. 

Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso 1 is happily married with children.

He enjoys hymns and countryside music for relaxation.

Ms Zinzi Cergolj

Ms Zinzi Cergolj

Former Group Supplier Business Negotiator

Massmart, South Africa

 

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Ms Louise Wiggett

Ms Louise Wiggett

Chief Executive Officer

Global Trade Solution    

 

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Ms Louise Wiggett

As the founder and CEO of Global Trade Solution, she has more than 25 years’ experience in the International Trade and international Supply Chain and Logistics environment. Her experience from a consulting and technology perspective includes a vast array of industry segments from Manufacturing, FMCG, Foods, Pharmaceuticals, the Motor Industry as well as a number of small, medium enterprises.

Louise holds a B.Com from the University of Stellenbosch and a B.Compt (Hons) from the University of South Africa, as well as a number of diplomas in International Trade and Project Management. Prior to founding GTS, Louise completed her articles at Ernst and Young and worked extensively in international trade at various blue-chip companies in Africa and internationally.

She has performed consulting and international trade enablement across the globe and participates in a number of international organisations including the World Customs Organisation (WCO), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Her involvement in trade facilitation initiatives on the African Continent, ranges from one of the founding members of the Technical Service Providers Association SA (TSPA), being part of the Customs modernisation activities across the Southern Africa region, working extensively with the Road Freight Association (RFA) and a number of other local and international associations, including the ICC, WCO and WTO and other that are involved in the International Trade and International Supply Chain and Logistics. With the current focus on MSME and Women in Trade GTS became one of the founding members of the Women In Trade initiative that was launched to focus on increasing the participation of MSME and Women in International Trade.