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Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Company: City of Tshwane

Job Title: Executive Mayor

Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa is the Executive Mayor of Tshwane and Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Tshwane Region. He also served as Tshwane's Ward 51 Councillor between 2000 and 2005.

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MMC Cllr Subesh Pillay

Company: City of Tshwane

Job Title: Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development and Planning

Cllr Pillay was born in Marabastad but his family was relocated to Laudium as part of the forced removals. He matriculated at Himalaya Secondary School in 1992.

He became politically active in 1988 when he joined the Laudium Youth Congress (LAYCO). Later he became a founding member of Himalaya Secondary School's SRC, and served as its Secretary General from 1990 to 1992.

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Adriaan Libetrau

Company: Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI)

Job Title: Chief Executive

Adriaan started working in the conference and events industry as a part-time worker while still at secondary school, before studying hospitality management at the University of Johannesburg.

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Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo

Company: South African National Convention Bureau

Job Title: Chief Convention Bureau Officer

Ms Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo is the Chief Convention Bureau Officer of the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) and was appointed in November 2011.

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Andile Khumalo

Company: MSG Afrika

Job Title: Chief Investment Officer

Andile is the Chief Investment Officer at MSG Afrika, a media and communications group. He is also the Managing Director POWER 98.7, a talk radio station based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The group has operations in radio, advertising, TV production and corporate communications in various African countries.

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Anne Githuki-Shongwe

Company: UN Women's South African Multi-Country Office (SAMCO)

Job Title: Representative

Anne Githuku-Shongwe is the newly appointed 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 Zimbabwe as well as South Africa - the presence country.

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Boitumelo Semete

Company: CSIR Biosciences

Job Title: Executive Director

Boitumelo is the Executive Director at CSIR Biosciences. She has a Ph.D. (Biochemistry) and also holds an MSc in Management Finance and Investment Wits Business School. She was with McKinsey & Company for 2 years as a McKinsey Leadership Fellow. .

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Catherine Makoera

Company: Tutwa Consulting

Title: Senior Associate

Ms. Grant Makokera was a diplomat for New Zealand for over 10 years and was posted in New York, Geneva and Pretoria. Ms. Grant Makokera joined Business Unity South Africa in April 2007 as Executive Director: Trade Policy.

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Chantal van der Watt

Company: PwC

Title: Senior Manager in Sustainability and Integrated Reporting

Chantal van der Watt is a Senior Manager in the Sustainability and Integrated Reporting team, having joined PwC in March 2011. Chantal holds a Master of Science degree specialising in environmental science, and has over 13 years of experience working with the public and private sector to address critical sustainability issues.

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Daniel Marshall

Company: Barclays’ Banking

Title: Vice President

Daniel is a Vice President in Barclays’ Banking business in Africa. He joined Barclays in 2008 and has worked in a number of roles across corporate and investment banking, predominantly in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Prof David Luka Mosoma

Company: Tshwane Economic Development Agency

Title: Chairperson of the Board

Prof David Luka Mosoma is an accomplished executive leader and academic who has demonstrated leadership in academia and in the corporate world.  His experience at executive level has seen him serve in governance structures of various professional, academic and civil organisations. 

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Desheng Gao

Company: Bank Of China Johannesburg Branch

Job Title: Senior Executive Vice President

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Dineshan Moodley

Company: Automotive Industry Development Centre

Job Title: Executive – Industry Development

Dineshan is responsible for the project units at the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC). He has almost 15 years’ of experience within the automotive sector. This experience has been gained by working in the various sub-sectors which make up this powerful, yet extremely fragile industry.

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Dipanjan Chatterjee

Company: Young & Rubicam

Title: Senior Vice President

Dipanjan Chatterjee is a branding and marketing strategy expert who has helped some of the world’s best companies craft branding and go-to-market strategies that are firmly grounded in business reality and customer needs.

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Dorah Nteo

Company: City of Tshwane

Title: Strategic Executive Director: City Sustainability  

Ms Nteo is a sustainability specialist with over 17 years’ experience in the field and currently serving as a Strategic Executive Director: City Sustainability at the City of Tshwane where she is responsible for leading the sustainability programmes and ensuring that the City becomes the greenest most sustainable city in the African Region.

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Douglas Comrie

Company: B&M Analysts

Job Title: Managing Director

Douglas Comrie has acted as an advisor in relation to industrial development, sustainable industrial clustering, value chain competitiveness, and benchmarking to the United National Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO); the International Trade Centre (ITC); the International Labour Organisation (ILO); various foreign and national government bodies; and various industry associations

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Eleni Giokos

Company: CNNMoney

Job Title: Africa Correspondent

Eleni Giokos is the CNNMoney Africa Correspondent based in the network's Johannesburg bureau.Born in Greece and raised in South Africa, Giokos has a decade's experience working across TV, radio, print and online media.

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Fred Wen

Company: Cri-Eagle Investments

Job Title: CEO

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George Lo

Company: Investment Banking

Title: Executive Vice President

George Lo an Executive of the Investment Banking Division responsible for the China Africa Business Development strategy of Standard Bank. He is responsible for identifying strategic investment themes and consequent opportunities across the countries in which Standard Bank operates in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Guang Z. Chen

Company: World Bank

Job Title: Country Director for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Guang Z. Chen is currently the World Bank’s Country Director for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, based in Pretoria. In this position, he is in charge of the development and implementation of the World Bank’s country partnership programs for these seven countries across southern Africa.

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Hlengani Mathebula

Company: SARS

Job Title: Chief Officer: Governance, International Relations, Strategy and Communications

Hlengani’s qualifications include a Master of Management from Wits Business School, BTh (Hons) and BA degrees from the University of the North, and Senior Executive Program and Management Development programmes from Harvard Business School and Stellenbosch University respectively.

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John-Robby Pienaar

Company: Triomf

Job Title: Group's Chief Chemical Engineer

Current portfolio – As the Group’s Chief Chemical Engineer, Mr Pienaar works on research and development in all areas pertaining to agriculture, specialising in plant development and plant nutrition inclusive of product development.

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Lance Schultz

Company: Centurion Aviation Village

Job Title: CEO

L.Schultz specialises in logistics development, strategies, business case development and operational management. Furthermore he has strong Project Management skills and leadership experience. He is currently employed at the Centurion Aviation Village as its CEO. Formerly he was the MD for the Automotive Industry Development Centre.

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Lizeka Matshekga

Company: Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) 

Job Title: Head of Industrial Infrastructure Sector Business Unit 

Lizeka Matshekga has over 21 years’ experience in the financial services sector, which includes development funding, investment banking, turnaround and restructuring management, BEE financing and post investment management. .

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Marie Botha

Company: CSIR

Job Title: Key Account Manager of aerospace units

Marié Botha graduated top of her class, completing her business commerce degree in logistics management at the University of Stellenbosch, and a Master’s degree in commerce from the same university. Her main focus was on Logistics- and Supply Chain Management. She started her career at the CSIR as a researcher in the field of logistics and quantitative methods. Marié furthered her career in the domains of supply chain management, lean manufacturing and the aerospace industry.

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Dr Martyn Davies

Company: Deloitte

Job Title: Managing Director, Emerging Markets & Africa

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.

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Masopha Moshoeshoe

Company: New GX Enviro Solutions and Logistics

Job Title: Executive Director

Masopha brings his strong operational and financial acumen and in-depth knowledge of growing businesses to his role as the Executive Director of New GX Enviro Solutions and Logistics..

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Migael Grobler

Company: African Commodities 

Job Title: Chief Industrial Engineer

As the Group’s Chief Industrial Engineer, Mr Grobler heads up special projects for the Africom Group of Companies across the continent.

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Mzwandile M Masina

Company: Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa

Job Title: Deputy Minister 

Mr Masina is the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa, with effect from 26 May 2014.

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Neil Gopal

Company: South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA)

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Neil Gopal is the Chief Executive Officer of SAPOA (South African Property Owners Association). SAPOA represents some 1300 companies and organisations.

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Nellie Swart

Company: University of South Africa

Job Title: Senior Lecturer in Tourism

Nellie Swart is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism at the University of South Africa, a Certified Meeting Professional and part of the City of Tshwane’s Ambassador Programme. She holds a DCom in Leadership Performance and Change (University of Johannesburg) in which she developed a service quality scorecard to predict business tourist retention on the grounds of variation in business tourist satisfaction.

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Nkuli Bogopa

Company: Rio Tinto

Job Title: Group Property Manager

Nkuli Bogopa is a Soweto born, dynamic, hard-working, perfectionist with amazing vision and leadership skills. Nkuli is registered as a Professional Architect with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession, a profession that has come in handy in building a solid reputation and track record in her 14 years in Architecture and the property sector as a Facilities Manager and Property Practitioner.

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Dr. Petrus de Kock

Company: Brand South Africa

Job Title: General Manager - Research

Petrus has extensive experience as a political analyst focusing in particular on African political economy, the extractive industries, and political risk. In his career he lectured in Political Science and International Relations in South Africa, the USA, and presented guest lectures, and seminars and at various international conferences.

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Renee Keebel

Company: SA Commercial

Job Title: CEO

Renee Keeble is the founder of SA Commercial, an outsourced contact centre and business processing operation started in 2007, a leading and award winning medium size operation in South Africa. She identified an opportunity within the industry to provide a truly “people-centric”, and performance driven outsourced contact centre with a key focus on becoming her client’s most trusted partner.

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Safiyya Akoojee

Company: Thomson Wilks Attorneys

Job Title: Director

Safiyya commenced her career in the business world in 2001, as a director of a food manufacturing company which she successfully steered through a merger and acquisition. In 2007 Safiyya joined Dafasa Holdings advising on corporate strategy and succession planning.

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Shaakira Karolia

Company: City of Tshwane

Job Title: Chief Economist

Shaakira Karolia currently serves as the City of Tshwane’s Chief Economist and is also Economic Advisor to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane.

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Shadrack Mthethwa

Company: Isibonelo Property Services Group

Job Title: CEO

Mr. Mthethwa has extensive experience in property field.

With several accomplishments, resilience and perseverance were the vehicles in this journey of business.

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Solly Mogaladi

Company: Tshwane Economic Development Agency (TEDA)

Job Title: CEO

Mr Solly Mogaladi boasts years of experience in leadership especially in the public sector coupled with a proven track record in operational leadership, strategy development, project management, financial and people management and stakeholder management.

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Tapiwa Dube

Company: Industrial Development Corporation 

Job Title: Senior Project Development Manager Industrial Infrastructure Strategic Business Unit 

Tapiwa Dube is a Senior Project Development Manager in the Industrial Infrastructure Strategic Business Unit at the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. He has been involved in the development and funding of renewable energy projects in solar (concentrated solar power, solar tower, and photo-voltaic) wind and hydropower technologies, as well as coal-fired power projects. .

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Teresa Clarke

Company: Africa.com

Job Title: Chairman & CEO

Teresa Clarke is the Chairman and CEO of Africa.com, the leading Africa-related digital media company with over one million visitors per month seeking news and information on all 54 countries Previous to founding Africa.com, Ms. Clarke was a managing director in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co.

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Tinashe Kapuya

Company: Agricultural Business Chamber 

Job Title: Head, International Trade and Investment Intelligence

Tinashe Kapuya is the Head for International Trade and Investment Intelligence at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). In his role at the Chamber, he lobbies for South African agribusinesses for favorable trade policies by liaising with private and public sector stakeholder in the policy formulation process. He sits on the National Economic Development and Labour Council’s (NEDLAC) Technical Sectoral Liaison Committee (TESELICO), as well as the Agricultural Trade Forum (ATF), representing private sector agribusiness.

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Zukiswa Ncunyana

Company: City of Tshwane

Job Title: Strategic Executive Director: Research and Innovation in the Office of the Executive Mayor

Ms Zukiswa Ncunyana is the Strategic Executive Director for Research and Innovation in the City of Tshwane. She has worked extensively in the public sector in areas of Innovation and Knowledge Management, Strategy Development, Strategy Management at both Provincial and Local Government Level.

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