Learn more about our coaches and our various speakers attending as well as the topics on which they will discuss in their sessions below. Be sure to check back for updates and more info.


Ms Anne Githuku-Shongwe joins the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) as the Director, Regional Support Team, East and South Africa, based in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa. She brings to her role 20 years of experience as a senior international development professional including with the United Nations Development Programme across Africa and Management consulting in the United States of America. Ms Anne Githuku-Shongwe last posting was as Representative for UN Women's South Africa Multi-Country Office (SAMCO), which is responsible for women's empowerment and gender equality in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia as well as South Africa, where the office was based. Ms Anne Githuku-Shongwe has been an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of AROES, a Digital & Gamification Learning enterprise and a thought leader on the Future of Learning. Ms Anne Githuku-Shongwe and AFROES received multiple awards including the prestigious Schwab Foundation/World Ec



Celeste Diale is a 28-year-old, Youth Peacebuilder & Concept Developer, Generation Equality Forum Youth Peace Journey – PECEPOD CO Founder; from Centurion, South Africa. Her focus is in peacebuilding & concept development through the application of design princples for human beviour and the design of social deconstructions. Celeste promotes innovation in peacebuilding among the youth in areas of Intercultural Dialogues, Social System Design and Dialectical Behaviour . At age 13 Celeste began her work in Rotary Club Polokwane Bowling Club as speaker for I am Change – Program for Prepritroy Emglish Medium Primary School and started personal development classes with Dr David Molapo at the I Can Foundation in 2006. Using technology, innovation and collaboration; in 2008, at the age of 15, Celeste started a Youth Volunteer Chatroom on Mxit in collaboration with the Ngwana Huis Orphange in Polokwane to mobilise Youth to offer After School Child Care – Learning how to care for babies aged 0-1



Dorah Marema is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Institute for Racial Equity. She has worked with a wide range of NGOs and in different sectors both rural and urban settings since 1997.  She has been involved in issues of sustainability since 2000 and she worked with a wide range of multi-stakeholder participatory initiatives involving communities, NGOs, government and other institutions in various sectors including small-scale agriculture, environment, climate change, renewable energy, gender and land-rights at local, national and international levels. She was part of the GreenHouse Project which established an Environmental Sustainability Demonstration Centre in inner-city Johannesburg, which also managed for 5 years.   She founded GenderCC Southern Africa-Women for Climate Justice in 2008 where she worked with women and gender civil society organizations, activists, and gender experts from the Southern African region on issues of women’s rights, gender and climate justice. She co-fo



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Managing Director – Fuse IT Edith is a Managing Director and one of the founders of Fuse IT, a software development company specialising in cutting-edge customed development IT solutions. Edith is a seasoned IT professional with more than 20 years hands on experience in software delivery, IT project audits and strategy consulting. She gained her experience having worked in IT projects and programs of some of the leading consulting multinationals and financial institutions such as Accenture, Deloitte and Standard bank. An eternal optimist and a strong believer in people, which is the epitome of her leadership philosophy, Edith has successfully lead IT teams to deliver solutions in very high pressure IT project/program environments. This is also the character of her IT company, Fuse IT, which has gained a reputation of delivering high quality complex mobile and web applications on the cloud, efficiently, cost effectively while being extremely customer centric. Edith has lead Fuse IT in d



Ipeleng is the Co-founder and CEO of Motseng Investment Holdings a diversified investment holdings group with investments spanning property investment, property management, infrastructure investing, telecommunications and engineering services. A pioneering entrepreneur, she established the first black woman owned CCTV business and subsequently founded Motseng Investment Holdings (MIH) a diversified investment holdings group in 1998. In 2007 she became the National chairperson of the Women’s Property Network. During her tenure she spearheaded the vision to introduce a diverse membership base, a mentorship programme and the education trust which supports educating marginalised women in the industry. In 2018/19 she served as the SAPOA President, which is the voice of commercial property in South Africa. In November 2012, she was a promoter of Delta Property Fund*, a leading black managed and substantially black owned property loan stock company which listed on the JSE with an asset value



Kemi Oye is a Career Coach, HR Professional, Trainer and Speaker based in the UK. Known as ‘The Career Doctor’, She helps female career professionals that are unsatisfied and feel stuck in their job discover their perfect career match so they are fulfilled in life. Kemi is the founder of the career fitness™️ club, a newly established community for career professionals that are on a mission to excel and be highly sought after in the market place.  Kemi’s professional background is in Human Resource Management with over two decades of experience working with senior leaders from mid level to Board level Executives.   Some highlights of her work include:  Working as the HR Project lead for two multi million pound projects in the UK. The first being a £160m project to transfer employees into  the biggest cardiovascular centre in Europe and a £150m project to select and appoint the right employees for the biggest cancer centre in the UK;   HR lead for delivering a new model of care within t



"Nizenande is a Learning and Development Specialist and Strategist. She has a particular interest in creating learning methodologies for African people development and entrepreneurial advancement, with a focus on equipping African professionals with the tools to perform and thrive. She has vast experience in programme content development and facilitation, having created programmes for MBA students from leading universities across all seven continents. She is an educator and orchestrator for Duke University Corporate Education programs. Nizenande’s strategic work has included working with individuals, institutions, and systems to advance transformation and economic  participation of African citizens so they can thrive. It is this enduring passion for the development of African  people that led her to birth her company: Karani Leadership.  Karani was started with a vision to advance African professionals in the area of leadership through capacity  building and entrepreneurship. The compa



Noluvuyo Gqadu is an award-winning technology professional. She is a Founder for CodeNgwana, an organisation that is focused on teaching kids how to code. Her main objective is to help the African child go digital through teaching computational thinking and coding to kids. She has 12 Years’ experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry, fulfilling various IT functions and roles within various organizations. She has a huge passion for solving social issues through technology. In her line of work, she has been privileged to contribute and expand her knowledge on disciplines such as the mental health space for children, EdTech (education and technology) communities and social entrepreneurship spaces across the globe to help alleviate poverty in Africa. She is a board member at Waves for Change, an organization that focuses on mental health for kids through surf therapy. She also serves on the board of Edtech Global, The EdTech Global Africa helps to build creative learning experi



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"On a mission to impact a billion lives by 2025 and democratise safety, Stephenie Rodriguez is the Founder and CEO of start-up JOZU FOR WOMEN INC, creative designer of the WanderSafe application, and the inventor of the international award-winning Shakti and Beacon non-violent personal safety systems.   Stephenie is a serial entrepreneur, an international citizen, a leading digital futurist and an award-winning digital, mobile and social media strategist and keynote speaker.   As a digital transformation consultant, her clients included travel companies such as Sydney International Airport, SSP – The Food Travel Experts, Club Med Asia Pacific, Oakwood Asia Hotels, Accolade Wines, Wonderful Pistachios, Camilla, Jamie Durie, JR/DutyFree, Allied Mills, and Lincoln Indicators.    In 2016, her career pivoted when a series of events inspired her to focus energy and efforts on working on global solutions in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. JOZU, a Japanese word for ‘well done’
"Thami Nkadimeng, A global citizen known as the “The Message Architect"" with a passion for bettering the world by untangling complex and intricate topics through conversation for executives and organizations around the world.  By doing so, she has influence on positive change towards a better world and contributes towards the United Nations sustainability goals the narrowing of social disparities in a provoking, directed, motivated and effective manner.   She advocates being the example of change you want to see in the world as individuals. Another one of Thami's passions is in advancing Africa, which then saw her being selected as an ambassador for brands with that very focus. She holds an undergraduate degree in Communications Science, a post degree diploma in Marketing Management (cumlaude) and an Honours Degree in Integrated Organisational Communication.   She has a wealth of cor porateexperience and fuses her communication background paired with her voice in front of the camera




"obeka Lwana is a thought leader on Inclusion  in South Africa. As a woman living with achondroplasia, a  condition commonly referred to as dwarfism,  presenting its self in the form of short limbs  or physical stature - she is vocal about lack  of equity and /or the exclusion of people with  disabilities, women, and other marginalized  communities across various spheres of  society."
Tumelo Sole is an 11-year-old young girl who is versatile, driven and an all-rounder. She is a swimming and ballet enthusiast.   Tumelo is an avid reader. She often reviews numerous books on her social media accounts such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.   Tumelo is currently in the Top 5 in her grade and has an average of 80% - 100%.   Tumelo Sole has attended various important functions as a speaker, particularly on issues affecting women and children. These include:   a)	UN Women Generation Equality: 30 June 2021  -	Tumelo Sole was the only young guest speaker at this event which included the Former Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi and the Former Miss South Africa, Shudufhadzo Musida.   b)	Generational Leadership: Youth Conversation with Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: 28 September 2021  -	Tumelo Sole was one of the speakers at this event and had an opportunity to interact with Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.









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Author and entrepreneurship activist. Co-curator for TEDxGaborone.

I am an internationally-accredited executive coach and business mentor and help leaders to be secure, effective and responsive in the uncertain, complex 21st Century business  context. When coaching teams, this extends to growth mindsets, psychological safety,  culture-building and sustainable differentiation, I have coached since 2005, currently  working across four continents and ever on the lookout for better ways of being, doing  and supporting growth. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion and speak multiple  languages, which helps to build rapport and engagement across perceived barriers. As  an active musician and writer, I also infuse creativity into my work and live daily with the  challenges of business ownership. I am known for a style that is approachable, mindful and practical and hope to unlock the greatness resident in you and your business.


Service Activist, Team Integrator & Executive Coach



Award-winning Public Speaker and two-time Southern African Public Speaking and Evaluation Champion