We are proud to announce

our 2020 speakers

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  • Business starter and manager

  • TV Production: Top Billing, Pasella, etc

  • Co-founder ConnectTV

  • Executive Chairperson at Tswelopele Productions.   

  • Co-owner Travel with Flair

  • Founder of Uzalile Investments

  • CEO of Basetsana Woman Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

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  • Executive Director at Co.Kreate

  • National Consultant for International Trade Centre (a UN and WHO agency)

  • Consultant Coach for UN Women on Women's Economic Inclusion

  • Member of the Presidential Women Economic Empowerment Task Team

  • Former Executive Director of The Businesswomen’s Association of SA

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  • Specialises in corporate communications, social development, media relations, stakeholder engagement, curriculum development and training.

  • Has served in various roles at Anglo American Platinum, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, University of South Africa, Centre for Public Relations and Communications and the Commission for Gender Equality

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  • Holds an MSc in Social Policy, Planning and Participation in developing countries from the London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Internationally certified as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach, Primordial Sound Meditation and Chair Yoga Instructor from the Chopra Center University in California

  • 31 years of experience within the United Nations System serving in leadership positions

  • Vice President of the Ayurveda Foundation, South Africa

  • Founder and CEO of Maadili Leadership Development and Lifestyle Coaching

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  •  Journalist and editor

  • Her remarkably versatile leadership style has equipped Katy to create cutting-edge newsrooms unmatched elsewhere in South Africa, with interactive and integrated broadcast, digital and social media reach earning Eyewitness News the distinction as one of the nation’s most trusted and respected news brands.  

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  • Founder of Lesley Donna Williams Consulting

  • Process and dialogue facilitation

  • Change Management

  • Innovation and stakeholder engagement

  • Lesley has worked across diverse industries including academia, mining, banking, animation and energy.

  • CEO of Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct

  • Launched the first Impact Hub in Africa in Johannesburg

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  • Chief Executive Officer at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation

  • Previously the Founder-Director of the Enterprise Development Academy at GIBS

  • Former South African Country Director of the successful Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative

  • Founder-Director of the Enterprise Development Council of South Africa

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  • Feminist

  • Led the anti-rape protests in 2016

  • She is currently serving a lifetime ban from the academy where she was doing her third and final year in BA degree double majoring in Politics & International Relations and Drama studies.  

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  • Deputy Director-General, Department of Trade and Industry: Republic of South Africa

  • Formerly Acting CEO of Trade Africa

  • Formerly Chief Director for Africa at the DTI

  • In June 2011, she completed her term as South Africa’s Chief Economic Representative to the United States of America (USA)

  • Lerato holds a BA (Law and International Relations) degree as well as an Honours degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg

  • She obtained a Master's degree in International Political Economy (International Trade and Global Finance) from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. 

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  • Founder and CEO of Busara Leadership Partners

  • Strategy Facilitator, Corporate Governance and Leadership Expert, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist and Facilitator, Keynote & Guest Speaker and Writer

  • Designs and delivers bespoke leadership, board and entrepreneurs development programmes 

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  • United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

  • Devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice

  • Formerly Deputy President of South Africa

  • Formerly Minister of Minerals and Energy

  • Formerly Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from

  • Was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government.