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Ndumiso Hadebe is an Economist and Director of Pax Africana Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a proudly South African investment company with diversified interests spanning across a range of high growth sectors on the African continent. Hadebe has gathered extensive experience in domestic and global economic research and analysis to enhance the business planning tools of organisation’s as well providing input into the asset allocation process, fixed income, property and various equity franchises. He is a resident Economist on the award-winning Business and Finance show Kaya FM Business. He has served in the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty Board and Institutional Senate at North West University (NWU) and is a Faculty Contributor at GIBS Business School. Ndumiso is one of SA’s emerging leaders as a Winner of Africa’s most contested leadership show on SABC 1 One Day Leader Season 2 and now serves as a Judge of the said programme in its seventh season. His unique blend of academic, business, leadership and youth enable him with the ability to articulate strategic insights into turnkey solutions and commercially viable business models. Passionate about development, Ndumiso Hadebe has a unique blend of academic, business, leadership which enable him with the ability to articulate strategic insights. has received recognition from the Office of the President in South Africa, the Premier of Gauteng and the Mayor of Sedibeng District inter alia for his work and commitment to investment promotion and policy work in creating the requisite enabling environment to foster inclusive growth. KEYNOTES: <ul> <li>Where the South African economy is located in the global context</li> <li>Leading in the age of great disruption</li> <li>The great dividend</li> <li>Artificial intelligence: Strategy and policy implications for business</li> </ul>
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Daniel Silke is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading political economy analysts, futurists and most passionate keynote speakers. His success lies in blending both economic and political trends in highly accessible yet insightful presentations. As Director of the Political Futures Consultancy based in Cape Town, Silke serves a host of major global blue-chip companies with outstanding keynotes and workshops aimed at the convention, conference and events industries. He has over 15 years’ experience in delivering flagship presentations on Global, African and South African political and economic trends. Silke holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cape Town in South African and International Politics and was attached to the university's Institute for the Study of Public Policy where he tutored within the broader Department of Political Studies. Silke then served in public office as a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and City Councillor in the City of Cape Town holding positions of whip for his party as well as portfolio committee chair for economic development. Since launching his consultancy, Silke has become a familiar name on the corporate speaking circuit and in the media - both within his native South Africa and overseas. Silke speaks globally having addressed major conferences in Singapore, London, Dubai, Amsterdam and Istanbul. He lectures regularly to university audiences in the United States with contracts recently at the Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh PA and Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida. He is also a global political trend/risk consultant for GLG based in New York City and is on Duke Corporate Education panel of speakers. Silke has spoken at the prestigious World Affairs Council in Washington DC on African issues. He has appeared on Newsmax TV, Sky Australia, the BBC, Australian Broadcasting Company, France 24 and TRT Turkey. He also appears on and contributes to CNBC Africa, ENCA, SABC, Bloomberg, Reuters, AFP, Deutsche Welle, Cape Talk 567, 702 and Business Day TV. He also advises major foreign missions in South Africa. Silke is the author of the book Tracking the Future: Top trends that will shape South Africa and the World and writes columns for Fin24/News24 and The Sunday Times.
Politics, the Economy & Strategic Forecasting
Bruce Whitfield there are some people who say that Bruce Whitfield is pretty good at what he does. They’ve…
Bruce Whitfield there are some people who say that Bruce Whitfield is pretty good at what he does. They’ve even given him awards in recognition of his contribution to financial journalism on radio, print and television. Bruce has been named Sanlam Financial journalist of the Year twice. He has been crowned Citadel Words on Money Overall Winner for personal finance writing, Citi South Africa Financial Journalist of the Year in 2009 and he completed a course at New York’s framed Columbia Journalism School as part of that programme. He has won numerous other accolades for print, radio and television in the Sanlam and Citadel awards over the past decade and has also been crowned ‘Best Financial Broadcaster’ in the MTN Radio Awards three years running. Bruce was also named ‘Best Money Writer’ in the 2012 Telkom Classic Business Journalist of the Year awards. He graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University when typewriters were still in use, the internet was in its infancy, cell phones were foreign concept and Google was a pipe-dream. He’s been practicing as a journalist for nearly two decades. One day, he hopes to turn it into a career. Bruce presents the multi-award winning Money Show on 702 and Cape Talk, hosts a brand new show on CNBC Africa and he writes for Finweek. He is a sought-after public speaker, MC and conference facilitator. Keynote Talks: <strong>Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers</strong> “Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers is a brand new talk about South Africa and why it is a great place for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset. It incorporates individual case studies gleaned from financial journalist Bruce Whitfield’s two-decades of award-winning reporting on the political economy in one of the most complex societies on earth. Why has South Africa spawned so many globally competitive corporations? What do we learn from those that have thrived in the chaos of South Africa and how does that shape our future? Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers analyses why some not only survive but succeed despite considerable volatility and uncertainty. Bruce brings to life inspiring stories from some of SA’s most dynamic and diverse entrepreneurs. It creates a sober, yet uplifting perspective on the challenges facing SA right now and how some of it’s smartest citizens are navigating the complexity of the current business environment.” <strong>The Upside of Down</strong> The Upside of Down is a 45 minute talk that takes audiences on a roller coaster ride through 50 years of South African history to provide some context to today’s troubles. Nenegeddon was not the end. What felt cataclysmic at the time of Nhlanhla Nene’s firing in December 2015 is actually proving to be a catalyst for change – a slow and painful catalyst – but a catalyst nevertheless. South African’s have prospered despite the noise and the chaos over more than five decades. While many feel down in the dumps, we can survived considerably worse. All you have to do to verify that claim is ready history books. My talk saves you the trouble.
Marius Oosthuizen is a member of faculty at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria,…
Marius Oosthuizen is a member of faculty at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa. He teaches leadership, strategy and ethics, and heads up the Future of Business Project that uses strategic foresight methods to explore the future of South Africa and Africa. Marius is a graduate of the Oxford Scenarios Programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK. He holds a Masters in Strategic Foresight from Regent University, Virginia Beach, USA and an Honours Bachelor in Systematic Theology from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is currently completing a Masters in Applied Social and Political Ethics and works with business leaders, policy makers and civil society activists, using his expertise in stakeholder dialogue, scenario planning, strategic foresight and systems thinking. Marius Oosthuizen is a member of the Advisory Council of the Association of Professional Futurists and recent participant in the London-based School of International Futures as well as a recent speaker at the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System in Brussels, Belgium. <strong>KEYNOTE TALKS:</strong> Keynote: South Africa 2020: Navigating the Un-negotiated Unsettlement What are the societal fault-lines of South Africa? How will they shape the political landscape in 2017? What are their economic implications? Will 2017 be the year of the un-negotiated unsettlement? In this keynote, futurist and GIBS faculty in strategic foresight Marius Oosthuizen, discusses future scenarios for the country and addresses the key strategic challenges these pose. How will companies protect their brands and investments as South Africa drifts towards a second transition? How will institutional leaders frame their strategic conversation to ensure that South Africa moves towards a preferred future? This scenario-based keynote provides executive leaders with the contextual intelligence to adapt and make decisions that ensure organisational resilience in a time of uncertainty, radicalism and populism. Keynote: Navigating the Political and Digital Storm around South African Banking The keynote will cover, trends in the business environment and technology that will up-end old business models of South Africa’s leading banks, insurers and services businesses. Marius Oosthuizen – Economic Futurist knows corporate companies are struggling with the changes this requires as he is increasingly being invited to facilitate strategy reviews which address this question.
Mandla Isaacs is a public speaker, and facilitator. He is Managing Director of Zehuti Advisory, a…
Mandla Isaacs is a public speaker, and facilitator. He is Managing Director of Zehuti Advisory, a communications and strategy firm. His main areas of expertise and interest are: political economy, business strategy/trends, South African and African development, international relations, public policy/administration and politics. His career has spanned management consulting, including with McKinsey – where he advised companies and governments across Africa on strategy and change management – as well as public service, where he was head of research and speechwriting for the Minister of Home Affairs and Finance. In four years in government, Mandla wrote speeches for Parliament, investors, foreign diplomats and communities, among other stakeholders. He also wrote two budget speeches – the October 2017 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement Speech, and the February 2018 Budget Speech – which are two of the most closely followed communications on the national calendar. He regularly provides analysis on South Africa-focused political economy, international relations and development issues in online columns, on radio and TV. He is a former champion debater and coach in British Parliamentary-style university debating. Mandla Isaacs was educated in the United States (BA Political Science, Howard University) and South Africa (MA International Relations).
Dr Thabi Leoka
As a board member of Corruption Watch, Dr Thabi Leoka is an economic strategist focusing on the upward growth of the South African economy. Thabi is currently with Argon Asset Management. She has held top positions at Renaissance Capital, Standard Bank Corporate and Investing, Barclays Wealth, and Investec Asset Management – she was based in London for the latter post. She obtained her PhD and MSc in Economics from the London University School of Economics, and also holds an MA in Economic Development and International Trade from Wits University, and a BA in Social Science from Wits University. She is a regular columnist for Business Times in the Sunday Times, and for Money Management. In addition, she is an accomplished speaker and was an economic advisor to the Fees Commission as well as former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene. A frequent guest on radio and television shows, her opinions are requested and respected through- out Africa.
Keith Lockwood completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1986,…
Keith Lockwood completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1986, majoring in Economics and Business Information Systems. He was awarded the B Com Honours Degree in Economics (through part-time studies) in 1989, which entailed the advanced courses in Macro- and Micro- economics, Development Economics, and the Development of Economic Thought. His Honours Degree dissertation was titled “Investment – The Key to Development”. Available to book Keith through Conference Speakers Keith has spent more than a decade as a senior economist at both the SA Chamber of Business and the erstwhile SA Federated Chamber of Industries. He is currently a part-time lecturer in the Economics Department of Rand Afrikaans University and at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. Follow Conference Speakers on Twitter Since commencing work as an economic consultant Keith has participated in research and advisory projects across a number of different sectors and policy fields, ranging from financial services, construction, infrastructure, and local economic development to skills development, regional integration, tax policy and industrial policy. In many cases this has necessitated an integration of detailed quantitative analysis (often of data generated through surveys that were unique and integral to the studies concerned) with qualitative perspectives arising from interactions with business people, academics and policy-makers. Some of the more significant of these studies include: a detailed study of foreign direct investment in South Africa for the Presidency; evaluation of the pricing of, and access to, different types of consumer credit products in South Africa for the National Credit Regulator; an assessment of the impact of Gauteng’s Blue IQ initiative on the structure and performance of the Gauteng economy; the development of policy proposals – together with PWC – for the VAT treatment of merit goods on behalf of National Treasury; an assessment of the sensitivity of the Expanded Public Works Programme to changes in labour standards; the development of regional economic development plans for development regions within the Johannesburg Metro; and the identification of business opportunities in Africa for Blue IQ. Keith Lockwood also authored the “Infrastructure Expenditure Tracker” for the Support Programme for Accelerated Infrastructure Development (SPAID) and recently developed a National Investment Promotion Strategy for Trade and Investment South Africa. In 2010, was appointed to a five-person expert review panel to assess the sector skills plans of SETAs, and more recently was a member of a task team established by the Human Resources Development Council to review the skills system and make recommendations for its reform. In response to the rapid increase in rhino poaching, he developed a model of the market for rhino horn to assist in developing appropriate policy choices, and has been appointed to serve on a panel of experts to advise the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs in the lead up to the next CITES Congress of the Parties in 2016. In addition to his consulting work, Keith Lockwood is also an adjunct faculty member of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) – ranked in the top 40 for corporate education globally by the Financial Times and regularly makes presentations to some of South Africa’s leading corporations. Economic and business consultancy work has included: <ul> <li>The Blue IQ Initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government, specialising in spatial development initiatives within the province.</li> <li>An international comparative study on the competitiveness of the South African manufacturing sector (commissioned by the SA Chamber of Business).</li> <li>A multi-faceted study on investment trends in South Africa) commissioned by the Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services Unit in the Office of the President.</li> <li>Development of a positioning strategy for Export South Africa – an organisation comprising 15 of South Africa’s largest exporters.</li> <li>A study of the investment climate in South Africa that formed part of a wider study into the economies of the Southern African Development Community [SADC], and the potential for economic integration in the region.</li> </ul>
Dawie Roodt is a founder, Director and Chief Economist of the Efficient Group. Dawie is a nationally renowned economist, with 30 years’ experience now book through Conference Speakers He specialises in monetary and fiscal policy and is involved with the management of client asset portfolios. Dawie is one of the most referenced economists in the media and has been the anchor presenter of the television program Ontbytsake for the past 12 years. His academic qualifications include a Masters Degree (cum laude) in economics. Dawie’s interest in economics is not always limited to the conventional. Apart from his formal studies, he also studied communism. He was also made an honorary member of Golden Key International Honour Society (2012) and he is also a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa. Dawie is known for his extensive knowledge of the South African economy, his analytical nature and his exceptional communication skills. He is highly efficient in conveying complicated economic information into everyday language. Follow Dawie on Twitter Regular television appearances, broadcasts on radio stations and comments printed and electronic media have all contributed to making him one of South Africa’s most quoted economists. He has received recognition for his achievements in in academics, broadcasting and public speaking. Dawie is also an MBA lecturer on macro-economics at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). To balance his enthusiasm for economics, Dawie has many hobbies and interests but he will easily admit to his lifelong passion for nature. He is also a keen traveller with a special interest in the African continent, as well as being involved in various charities. During 2007, Dawie Roodt – Economist Speaker received his national colours for powered paragliding and he represented South Africa at the World Championships in China. His other hobbies include scuba diving, pigeon shooting, ichthyology (the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fish) and the odd breakfast run on a twin V. He was also awarded a lifetime honorary membership of the Zoological Society of South Africa in 2013. PRESENTATIONS Dawie’s presentations consist of an To balance his enthusiasm for economics, Dawie has many hobbies and interests but he will easily admit to his lifelong passion for nature. He is also a keen traveller with a special interest in the African continent, as well as being involved in various charities. During 2007, Dawie Roodt – Economist Speaker received his national colours for powered paragliding and he represented South Africa at the World Championships in China. His other hobbies include scuba diving, pigeon shooting, ichthyology (the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fish) and the odd breakfast run on a twin V. He was also awarded a lifetime honorary membership of the Zoological Society of South Africa in 2013. PRESENTATIONS Dawie’s presentations consist of an overview of the current International and Domestic economic affairs. The presentation analyses recent global economic events and its impact on South Africa. View list of Premium Speakers Special focus can be provided within this framework to specific countries/sectors/indicators. In general it is a specialised view of the global macro economy with Dawie’s individual opinion on certain situations as they happen. . The presentation analyses recent global economic events and its impact on South Africa. View list of Premium Speakers Special focus can be provided within this framework to specific countries/sectors/indicators. In general it is a specialised view of the global macro economy with Dawie’s individual opinion on certain situations as they happen.
Dr Roelof Botha
Dr Roelof Botha has been an economic advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past 17 years and is an experienced presenter & sought after consultant. In 2005, he received the Sake-24/ABSA award for Economist of the Year, based on the accuracy of forecasts of key economic indicators. He is a regular commentator on topical macroeconomic issues (in the national and regional media) and has authored more than 100 articles, books and research. Dr Roelof Botha’s broad experience includes management accountant of a listed industrial company, financial editor of a daily newspaper, economic policy advisor in the Department of Finance, senior economics lecturer at the University of Pretoria & University of Johannesburg, chief economist of the South African Federated Chamber of Industries, and visiting lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) & Tshwane University of Technology. As a previous winner of the Finmedia Economist of the Year Award and with more than 40 years of experience, Dr Roelof Botha is exceptionally well-qualified to advise executives and managers on prospects for the South African economy, including the following: • No recession exists yet (year-on-year basis) • Welcome return of the primary sectors • Global economy gaining some momentum • Rand exchange rate remains undervalued • Interest rates may still come down • South Africa’s competitiveness advantages • Reasons for a swift recovery to investment grade for all of South Africa’s bonds His past experience as an economic policy advisor at National Treasury and regular discussions with political analysts (including his father, who served in the late Nelson Mandela’s first Cabinet) also allow him to provide sensible reflections on the policy environment, in general, and the likely implications of the imminent leadership change in Government, in particular. For a provocative keynote that provides a balanced and authoritative perspective on South Africa’s economic and political outlook, mingled with some optimism, Dr Roelof Botha is your speaker of choice. His father (also Roelof) was the 2nd longest-serving Minister of Foreign Affairs in the world & also served in the late Nelson Mandela’s first democratic cabinet. His eldest son (another Roelof) is a partner at Sequoia Venture Capital in Silicon Valley, where he co-founded PayPal & engineered the YouTube/Google acquisition. Roelof obtained Honours and Master’s degrees in economics (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria, whilst the Doctorate was completed at the University of Johannesburg. He has followed a diversified career in management accounting; financial journalism; lecturing; consulting; and economic research. <strong>Topics </strong> The state of the nation An informed keynote address by Dr Roelof Botha In the midst of unprecedented exchange rate volatility during 2016, the South African currency slowly but surely started to shed its undervalued status. In the process, the rand has been one of the best-performing currencies in the world over the past 12 months, strengthening by 21% against the US dollar. This outcome was accurately predicted by Dr Roelof Botha (part-time economic advisor to PwC) in January last year. His current research indicates a number of reasons to believe that the rand will experience a relatively stable 2017, SA bonds will retain their investment grade status and that economic growth may surprise on the upside. <strong>The global economy</strong> <ul> <li>Global economy gaining some momentum</li> <li>China facing structurally lower growth</li> <li>The dawning of a new World order- multiple superpowers</li> <li>International credit ratings agencies losing face</li> </ul> <strong>Socio-political overview – South Africa</strong> <ul> <li>Labour unrest – a serious threat, but potential solutions exist</li> <li>The nature of social unrest – a macro or micro-level problem?</li> <li>Unpacking the NDP- which objectives will receive priority?</li> <li>A time-line for the end of the tripartite alliance</li> </ul> <strong>Prospects for the regional & South African economy</strong> <ul> <li>GDP growth forecasts for SADC</li> <li>Relatively low interest rate environment set to continue</li> <li>Relatively stable exchange rate expected over the medium term</li> <li>Trends in household consumption expenditure</li> <li>Capital formation trends</li> <li>Gradual return of the “wealth effect”</li> <li>Constraints to and drivers of economic growth in 2015</li> </ul> <strong>Industry-specific</strong> <ul> <li>The diminishing role of the mining sector</li> <li>Threats facing agriculture & food security</li> <li>Commodity cycle downturn enters 5th year – time for an upswing?</li> <li>Energy – structural shifts in supply & the demand response</li> <li>The portfolio investment industry – lucrative & growing</li> </ul>
Making sense of the future
Guy Lundy is a respected professional futurist and conference speaker who has presented around the globe on future trends impacting South Africa, Africa and the world. He is also a Consultant at the global leadership consulting firm, Spencer Stuart. He was previously the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, a business think-tank representing 50 of South Africa’s largest corporations, and he has been a Director of several South African companies. Guy has worked as a management consultant for more than 20 years and he spent several years running his own corporate strategy consultancy, helping large companies develop foresight and an understanding of future trends. He has worked at international firms such as Ernst & Young, Oracle, Dimension Data and the London Stock Exchange, during several years of living on four continents. Currently based in Johannesburg, Guy was born and raised in Cape Town. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics at UCT and his Masters in Futures Studies at Stellenbosch University. He is the author of two books about South Africa and its future, namely “South Africa: Reasons to Believe” and “South Africa 2014: The Story of our Future”. In 2009 Guy was listed by the Business Day newspaper as one of the ‘Top 100 Thinkers in South Africa’. He was previously the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, a business think-tank representing 50 of South Africa’s largest corporations, and he has been a Director of several South African companies. Guy has worked as a management consultant for more than 20 years and he spent several years running his own corporate strategy consultancy, helping large companies develop foresight and an understanding of future trends. He has worked at international firms such as Ernst & Young, Oracle, Dimension Data and the London Stock Exchange, during several years of living on four continents. Currently based in Johannesburg, Guy was born and raised in Cape Town. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics at UCT and his Masters in Futures Studies at Stellenbosch University. He is the author of two books about South Africa and its future, namely “South Africa: Reasons to Believe” and “South Africa 2014: The Story of our Future”. In 2009 Guy was listed by the Business Day newspaper as one of the ‘Top 100 Thinkers in South Africa’.
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