2019 All-Africa Employee Engagement Conference and Indaba

Tue Sep 17, 12:00 - Wed Sep 18, 17:00

The Wanderers Club




17th & 18th September 2019

Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg

Our annual Conference and Indaba celebrates excellence in employee engagement throughout every business, from communications to wellbeing, and from technology to training.

We appreciate the role HR professionals play in influencing culture in organisations, and we seek to support them through professional development and practical impact, taking their business imperatives to new heights through the employee experience.

For tickets via company invoice, email Nakedi on [email protected]

17 SEPT 2019 - INDABA - FREE

12:00 to 17:00

Expect to hear from Industry leaders like Thandi Orleyn and Tracey Swanepoel, to name but a few! (Visit the Speakers tab for more information on our speakers.)

The Indaba will be opened by a keynote address from noted business woman and attorney, Thandi Orleyn, who will be setting the stage for the day by giving an overview of today's workplace and the challenges employers face in the 21st Century. Although her name is often seen to be synonymous with the business world, owing to her prolific work on the boards of various companies, Thandi Orleyn is perhaps best known for her work as an advocate of human rights and women's empowerment.

 Following Ms Orleyn's keynote you can choose between four sessions with expert practitioners, as well as a Q&A panel and the chance to book one-on-one time with industry leaders.

The day provides a unique opportunity for professionals - both new to the theme and practice - or those who want to build upon their existing knowledge and confidence about employee engagement and why it is essential for future-proofing your organisation’s success.

18 SEPT 2019 - CONFERENCE - R2 070 (incl VAT)*

8:30 to 17:00

Attend talks by Carol Abade, Prof. Shirley Zinn, Ian Russell, and many more! (Visit the Speakers tab for more information on our speakers.)

Based on award-winning case studies and keynotes from leaders in their field, the conference is for board members, excos and senior leaders across every area of business who believe that engagement is a key building block for successful organisations.

From the neuro-science behind people-centric organisations to new tools for communicating the journey and achieving business imperatives, the day is packed full of new insights and shared knowledge from across the continent.

Our four themes are cross-cutting, mixing strategy with real-life examples of success, and inspiring practices which any leader can use to influence the rate of engagement in your business. We look at the trends, tech, and the trust needed to achieve outstanding results for any organisation.

*Bookings are non-refundable, but replacement attendees can be accommodated by emailing [email protected]


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Edward Kieswetter
Edward Kieswetter, the newly appointed Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service has a distinguished executive track record in public service, international financial services, as an independent board director including for audit ethics, and as President of the Da Vinci Institute - a School of Business Leadership.  In a special keynote under our conference theme of Values, Ethics & Leadership, Edward will explore the 'non-negotiables' if Africa is to achieve its vision for growth, trade and people-development.
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Rapelang Rabana
Internationally renowned technology entrepreneur, Rapelang Rabana has amassed over 13 years’ experience innovative technologies. She is the Founder of learningtech startup Rekindle Learning and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She is also a Partner at private equity firm, Nisela Capital.
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Ian Russell
Ian Russell is the CEO and Founder of Disrupting Consultancy Pty, a boutique advisory company focused on the power of positive disruption and digital tools. As the previous CEO of BCX, with a turnover of around $2bn and a workforce numbering 10,000 employees, Ian embarked on an ambitious programme to re-invent the business as a major digital, cloud and software services provider.
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Prof Shirley Zinn

Prof. Shirley Zinn, Council Member of the University of Cape Town, is the former Group Head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited. She is also an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Human Resource Management, and recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town.

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Brand Pretorius
In 2011, Brand Pretorius retired as CEO of McCarthy at the end of a term that saw massive change and turnaround for the company, and also stepped down as an executive director of its controlling shareholder Bidvest. Thereafter, Brand published his book entitled “In the driving seat – lessons in leadership” in 2013, and he currently serves on several boards, both as trustee and non-executive board member. Drawing on his extensive business background, Brand will be discussing the key lessons he learnt regarding effective leadership. In his session, he will cover ethics as a prerequisite for effective leadership, as well as the importance of radiating hope.
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Tracey Swanepoel
Tracey Swanepoel, Director at THINKspiration, is also the former Internal Strategy Executive for Harmony Gold and a member of the Creative Skills Council; an international forum of experts drawn from academia, the arts, and business who collaborate and share ideas on creativity and business leadership. Furthermore, she lectures extensively on strategic alignment, strategy execution, and internal marketing/communication.
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Dr Jerry Gule
Dr Jerry Gule is CEO of the IPM, a professional business coach registered with International Coaching Federation (ICF) following completion of coach training at Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). He is also chairman of two non-profit organizations that he is passionate about for the difference they make in society in general, namely, the SAE4D and The Love Trust. 
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Ian Paterson
Ian Paterson is Head of Strategy and Digitisation at N2Growth Africa EMEAA and is a consultant and facilitator in the fields of strategy, organisational design, and change management. He consults to many of South Africa’s corporates as well as leading organisations in the public sector. Recent work has focused on the future of education as well as safety/security.
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Dr Ken Dubin
Dr Ken Dubin is Adjunct Professor of HR and Strategy at IE Business School, and is also the Managing Director at Medius Capital, a London-based investment management company focused on technology companies in Southern Europe, and the Executive Director at Kinimara, a Madrid-based developer of ecosystems for the Internet of Things. His previous private sector experience includes positions as Executive Director for Public Administration Strategy Solutions (Madrid), a policy strategy consulting firm, and as Vice President for Optima Group, Inc. (Connecticut, USA), a strategic marketing consultancy. He has previously held full-time teaching positions in labor and employment law and human resource management at, respectively, the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid) and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK). He is a regular commentator on Spanish and European political economy for outlets such as the Bloomberg, CNN and Cadena Ser.
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Jim Hotaling
Jim Hotaling (USA) serves as Chief Operating Officer at N2Growth responsible for global search and consulting delivery and execution. Before joining N2Growth, Jim served as the eleventh Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard. As the principal advisor to the Director, he was responsible for all matters influencing the health, morale, welfare and professional development of more than 100,000 Air Guard Members. Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Influence from Jones International University, an Associates in Airway Science, and a Professional Managers Certification from the Community College of the Air Force.
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Carol Abade
Kenyan-born Carol Abade is the Group CEO of Exp., a Pan African marketing and sponsorship agency. After co-founding a company called Direct Marketing Communications, Abade joined forces with Group Africa Marketing to form Exp, which now has operations in more than 17 African countries. Since first becoming interested in experiential marketing, Abade has been actively involved in the launch of Exp in 12 countries over the last 20 years.
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Dr Mariam Sha
As the CEO of Investors in People South Africa, the international best practice Standard, Dr Mariam Sha has worked with 100’s of organisations, small and large on implementing best practice. The impact of work with clients has seen positive culture change, 90% staff retention and increased employee engagement.  Author of ‘An Engaged Workforce – 6 practical steps to creating a coaching culture”, Dr Sha brings over 14 years of knowledge, experience and insight to the engagement sector.
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Janet du Preez
Janet du Preez is the founder of Engagement Dynamics, the developer of the Dynamic Engagement Framework© and of the Art of Greatness Guide©. Her background in health sciences, psychology and business, qualifies Janet uniquely to support other bold adventurers in their quest to create thriving 21st century organisations and to understand engagement in new ways.
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Thandi Orleyn
As an Attorney, Thandi's legal and business career of over 30 years spans the Legal Resources Centre, the Independent Mediation Service of SA (IMSSA), the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and senior partner at the commercial law firm, Routledge Modise (presently known as Hogan Lovells SA).  Presently an Executive Director and Shareholder at Peotona Group Holdings, Thandi also chairs the Board of BP Southern Africa and Tokiso Dispute Settlement.  She is a non-Executive Director on the Boards of Toyota SA, Toyota Financial Services (South Africa) Ltd, Reunert Ltd, Ceramic Industries Ltd and the IDC.
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Lisa Shippey
Lisa is the Associate Director at THINKspiration, and as a facilitator and coach with a background in psychology, she thrives on connection with people, on creating catalytic learning environments, and on making what she knows accessible and profoundly useful for them. Lisa is an accredited SDI facilitator, and trains, coaches, and empowers people to find solutions and strategies for success and fulfillment - personally, relationally, and in their work.
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Alison Gitelson
Alison Gitelson, CEO and Founder of CanBeeDone is a maximizer, facilitator, and speaker. She combines over thirty years of technical and management experience in a broad range of businesses, with a deep understanding of human behaviour. Alison brings clarity and mastery to the art of effective people management. She focuses on the key areas of communication, individualized management, engagement, embracing diversity, and conflict resolution, with the intention of enabling both people and businesses to thrive. Alison’s customized workshops & talks have been well received as informative, engaging and practical, by clients in IT, engineering, healthcare, education, financial services, government and NPO/NGO sectors.
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Susan Williams
Susan Williams, Founder and MD of Prose&Coms is a people development consultant, facilitator, storyteller and speaker. She combines her theoretical grounding in the complexities of language, decision- making and the understanding of knowledge/power, with over 30 years of practical management skill and discipline. She focuses on the subject areas of communication, inclusivity and
diversity, engagement, cognitive development and problem-solving. Her interactive, experiential and practical workshops consistently deliver on expectations and provide a high return on investment. Susan has developed programmes for clients in the ICT, engineering, financial, events and conferencing, government, NPO/NGO, and human resources and learning & development industries.
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Sandra Burmeister
Sandra serves as the Regional President of N2Growth Africa and oversees all N2Growth operations on the continent with locations in South Africa, Kenya, and
Nigeria. Based in Johannesburg, Sandra has more than 20 years’ experience in
Executive Search, working with blue chip companies across sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to the merger with N2Growth, she was a founding member of the Landelahni Group. 
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Felleng Yende
Felleng has been the CEO of the FP&M Seta since 2013, advancing and shaping skills for youth, and women in particular, in the fibre processing and manufacturing sectors. Felleng describes herself as “a leader of an organisation that thrives to transform my fellow South Africans”. She draws on the values of respect, authenticity and integrity across all her endeavours and brings rich experiences to the Conference. Felleng holds a Masters in Public Development and is currently completing her PhD. She serves as non-executive director at Fort Hare University and at Sci-Bono Science Centre.
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Monwabisi Kalawe
Monwabisi has 20 years of business experience and has held senior posts in a number of companies over his career. This includes time as CEO of Rheinmetall Denel Munition and as COO for TFMC, as Executive Officer at Airports Company SA and Country Managing Director and COO of Compass Group SA. Previously Monwabisi was CEO and Executive Director of South African Airways SOC. He is Chairman of CGSA at Supercare Services Group and a member of SAIEE.
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Sandile E. Hlophe
Sandile is an experienced corporate finance and management consulting Partner at EY. He is the Market Segment Leader (MSL) for the Africa Region, Government & Public Sector (GPS). In this role he leads a core team of partners across Africa in executing a cross Service Line, key accounts services growth strategy. He has extensive corporate finance, business turnaround, management consulting and business development experience. Sandile specializes in key account executive leadership, client service delivery executive oversight and enabling engagement delivery alignment with the c-suite and the board of directors.
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Patrick Dlamini
Mr Dlamini is an alumnus of the Advanced Executive Programme, Kellogg School of Management, USA and the EDP, WITS Business School, and holds an MS in global finance from New York University. He has been CEO of DBSA since September 2012. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company of South Africa.
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Stef du Plessis
As a leading authority on Employee Engagement and Workplace Culture, Stef du Plessis helps companies to improve their bottomline results by growing their people and creating winning workplace cultures. His insights, teachings and methodologies create turning points for individuals, leaders, teams and organisations alike.


17 & 18 September 2019
Indaba, 17 September: 09:00-15:00
Conference, 18 September: 08:00-17:00
The Wanderers Club
Who's Attending?
Leadership and Management, Corporate Brand & Identity, Human Resources and Employee Engagement, Organisational Transformation & Development, Comms & Marketing, and more.



2019 All-Africa Employee Engagement Conference and Indaba
The Wanderers Club
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