RISE to a new level.
The 2019 line-up will feature key thought leaders in Southern Africa that will explore this theme.
Private Equity Speakers
Independent Private Equity Practitioner
Alton SolomonsAlton has over 17 years’ experience in the private equity industry. His most recent position was as CEO of Sanlam Private Equity (SPE), the private equity division of Sanlam Life Insurance Ltd. Alton joined SPE in 2005 as an Investment Principal, was promoted to Partner in 2008 and became the CEO in 2012. During his tenure at SPE, Alton was directly involved in 11 new investments (caR1billion), six exits and served on the Boards of more than 20 companies and PE funds, across a wide range of industries. His previous roles include dealmaker at the Industrial Development Corporation, financial management at the Africa Division of the Shoprite Group and former SAVCA director. He completed his articles with PwC. Alton is a recipient of the Black Business Executive Council Kaelo Award for Leadership Excellence.
Managing Partner: Ethos Large Growth Funds
Anthonie de Beer
Mr de Beer is the Managing Partner of Ethos’ large buyout funds (Fund V & Fund VI) and sits on Ethos’ Executive Committee.
He joined Ethos in 2002 and has extensive experience across the private equity value chain and has been involved in deal sourcing, execution, restructuring, monitoring or disposals of multiple Ethos investments.
Prior to joining Ethos, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers llc for five years, two of which were spent in New York in the corporate value consulting division. Anthonie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with honours) from the University of Johannesburg and is a member of SAICA.
CEO: Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)
Bonang Mohale is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). Mr Mohale ended a distinguished term as Vice President Upstream and Chairman of Shell South Africa (Pty) Limited at the end of June 2017.
Mr Mohale, who originally studied to be a medical doctor, has had a distinguished career at the helm and in leadership roles of several major South African and multinational companies; including Otis Elevators, South African Airways, Sanlam, Limited, and Drake & Scull Integrated Facilities Management. He currently serves on the Boards of Swiss Re Africa, Hollard Insurance, First Rand Limited and Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA).
Mr Mohale has an impressive track record of building successful companies, delivering results and making significant advances in transformation in the companies he has been involved in. He has been a vocal, courageous and active proponent of transformation since the 1980s, and played a leadership role in the Black Management Forum (BMF) for over 33 years.
Awarded “The Momentum Friendship Blazer” as recognition for being the ‘first RSA Nation Building Champion’ in 2015. Winner of both the ‘Country’ (RSA) & ‘SADC Regional’ “TITANS – BUILDING THE NATION” 2014 CEO Magazine Awards. Bonang was conferred with an Honorary Professorship in Marketing Management by the University of Pretoria, where he serves on their Advisory Council. 2012 IPM CEO of the Year. SA Facilities Management Association 2007 ‘PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR’ and the 1997 Black Management Forum’s (BMF) MANAGER OF THE YEAR. Received the PRESIDENTIAL AWARD for his “Servanthood in South African Industry & the Economic Empowerment of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals” 2001.
Managing Partner: Inspired Evolution
Christopher is a Managing Partner and Investment Committee member at Inspired Evolution, a specialised Sub-Saharan African clean energy infrastructure and resource efficiency fund manager, that manages Evolution I and II funds. Christopher is an experienced clean energy infrastructure investor with a collective track record of over 1,000 MW of renewable energy projects, actively involved from origination, permitting and development, through construction and commercial operations, with multiple realised exits and top-quartile investment performance. He also assumes responsibility for Inspired Evolution’s African-wide operations and impact investment performance. His experience spans technology commercialisation, clean energy infrastructure development and project finance, impact strategy, and best-practise corporate governance.
Craig Dreyer joined Ethos in 1998 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.
In his capacity as Chief Financial Officer, Craig is a member of the executive committee, the finance forum, the risk controls committee and the operations committee of Ethos and is a member of the Board.
Prior to joining Ethos, he was a partner and member of the executive committee of the Johannesburg office of the international auditing firm BDO.
He is the current Chairman of the South African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA). Craig is a founding member of SAVCA and has served on the board since 1999.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting and a post graduate Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a member of SAICA.
CEO: Edge Growth
Daniel’s career started at Accenture in Strategy followed by 5 years at FNB, culminating in him being CEO of the Joint Ventures division. In 2007 he left corporate to co-found Edge Growth.
Since then he has been involved in Enterprise Development and Impact investing across the entire value chain – from developing and implementing strategies for corporates, raising capital and setting up the first ESD funds, to hands-on investing and supporting SMEs on their growth journeys.
In his role as CEO of Edge Growth, Daniel leads the business in achieving its purpose of “Building a brighter future, by growing businesses for impact”, where 10 years later, 100s of the SMEs that Edge has supported have doubled their revenue and now create over 1000 net jobs per year.
Principal: Hamilton Lane
Daniel is a Principal in Hamilton Lane’s Business Development Group, based in the firm’s London office.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2007, Daniel was a Senior Vice President in charge of asset owners and investment consultants in Europe and Africa at Morgan Stanley Capital International in London. Previously, he worked as an institutional advisor at the German bank, Metzler, and prior to that, he spent more than eight years at the advisory and brokerage firm, Hall International Partners in the Netherlands. Daniel began his career as a research analyst at the Dutch bank ABN Amro in Amsterdam.
Daniel received an M.B.A. from Henley Management College in London and a B.S. in finance from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
David Moore, Head of Alternative Investments: Alexander Forbes Investments
David Moore, Head of Alternative Investments at Alexander Forbes Investments, expertise in investments with more than a decade of experience in finance, with a demonstrated history of working in the banking, advisory and private equity industries. His core competencies include financial structuring, due diligence and variations; business development; portfolio management; team management and research.
He graduated from University of Cape Town with a Master of Commerce in Financial Management, Master of Business Science and a Bachelor of Business Science.
He wrote a dissertation in 2011 entitled “As assessment of the style and benchmarking of South African Institutional Fund Managers,” and in 2008 entitled, “An investigation of firm-specific and macroeconomics variables and their influence on emerging market stock returns.”
Prior to joining the corporate world, David spent two years as a lecturer in the Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town.
Senior Associate: Hogan Lovells
Dele is an attorney in the Corporate practice at the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells. Dele works with investment fund managers to help them form and manage their investment funds and advises on all aspects of fund formation and maintenance, including structuring, governance, and investor relations. She also advises investor clients on their fund investments across numerous asset classes, including private equity, venture capital, real estate and emerging markets.
Dele advises a range of clients, including insurance companies, tax-exempt organizations, and development finance institutions. She represents privately held companies with international business transactions, including joint ventures and strategic alliances.
Co-Founder and Chief Portfolio & Risk Officer: Avanz Capital
Mr. Assaad is a co-founder of Avanz Capital where he is Chief Portfolio and Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. He is widely recognized for and has notable knowledge and commitment to sustainable and impact investing. Mr Assaad has extensive experience in training on private equity funds management, corporate governance and funds governance, environmental & social, and sustainability. He designed, organized and led a number of training programs to investors, fund managers, MFI managers and other practitioners including in governance. Over the past two decades, he has promoted good governance for several funds, companies and financial institutions, including the design and implementation of corporate governance reforms. With over 30 years of experience in emerging markets investing, including serving as CIO in IFC’s Private Equity Funds Group and as investment manager for IFC’s sector-specific funds. He held various positions across IFC with regional responsibilities in companies, financial institutions and funds covering the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Emerging Europe, with extensive transactional experience in Latin America and Africa. Mr. Assaad was responsible for a number of initiatives at IFC including the mainstreaming of environmental and social finance through funds and financial intermediaries across emerging and frontier markets.
Sportsman, Adventurer and Inspirational Speaker
Joey Evans Joey Evans Joey Evans has always been a keen sportsman and up for an adventure. He’s run several marathons and ultra-marathons, hiked the fish river canyon, finished the Roof of Africa enduro, raced in the Botswana Desert 1000 and ridden his dirt bike throughout South Africa as well as in Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Lebanon and Morocco.
Joey has been married to his soulmate Meredith for nearly 20 years and they are the proud parents of four teenage daughters, an extreme adventure in itself!
Joey had a dream to race his motorbike in the Dakar Rally. A race widely known as the longest, toughest and most dangerous off-road race in the world, that has claimed the lives of 70 people over its 39 year history. His dream, along with his life as he knew it, was shattered in 2007, when during a local race in South Africa he was hit by another biker and amongst other serious injuries he broke his back, crushing his spinal cord leaving him completely paralyzed from just below his chest. The injury was diagnosed as a T8-T9 incomplete spinal cord injury with about a 10% chance to walk again. Joey still determined to chase his Dakar dream, used it to fuel his motivation to recover. It took him nearly 10 years, with many more challenges, successes and lessons learnt along the way, until on the 2nd of January 2017, Joey stood as a competitor on the start of the Dakar Rally in Asuncion, Paraguay.
Qualifying to race the Dakar Rally was an incredible achievement in itself but the unbelievable events that followed during those next 9000km across South America tested him beyond what he could have ever imagined. An unforeseen and catastrophic twist in the plot created a final chapter you simply couldn’t make up!
Partner and Head of Private Equity - South Africa: Bowmans
John has advised prominent South African and international private equity houses on some of the largest private equity transactions undertaken in the South African market. He has represented private equity borrowers and high yield lenders and has formed a number of private equity funds with a focus on South and Sub-Saharan Africa.
His expertise has been recognised by various international research organizations including Chambers Global (Corporate/ M&A) and Legal 500 (Corporate M&A; Investment Funds; Private Equity).
John is a founder member of the AVCA Legal and Regulatory Committee and a member of the SAVCA Legal and Regulatory Committee.
Foresight strategist | International keynote speaker | Best-selling author |Singularity University Faculty Member
John Sanei (Sah-nay) is a best-selling author, futurist and speaker whose passion for psychology and technology has seen him engage with brands across the globe, and help them build the mental approach needed to make tomorrow more abundant than they ever thought possible.
In What’s Your Moonshot? (his first book) he inspires the reader to ask bigger, bolder and more courageous questions about the future. In MAGNETiiZE – his second book, he invites the reader to focus on elegant, conscious and deliberate questions about the future.
John is also proudly the first African faculty member of Singularity University in San Francisco and The Duke Corporate Education.
Lydia Shadrach-Razzino is a director at ENSafrica in the corporate commercial department and specialises in M&A (across various sectors, including private equity and mining), takeovers, structuring of new business entities, private equity transactions and general corporate finance.
Lydia won the 2014 Corporate Finance Lawyer of the Year Award by ABSIP (the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals) and she was a finalist in 2015.
Lydia’s client list includes PPC, Vodacom, The ARC Fund, RMB Ventures, Kleoss Capital, Ethos Private Equity, Business Connexion, Telkom, Capitalworks, Medu Capital, Actis, The Multiply Group, Village Main Reef and eXtract. Lydia’s expertise expands beyond South Africa, having advised on a number of cross border transactions.
Lydia represented (i) RMB Ventures in the acquisition of the Bluff Meat Supply Group, which was awarded Catalyst Private Equity Deal of the Year 2013 at the DealMakers Gala Awards and (ii) Capitalworks in the disposal of the Much Asphalt business to, which was awarded Catalyst Private Equity Deal of the Year 2018.
Founder and President: ICSGroup
Medina Jett is the Founder and President of ICSGroup, a boutique compliance services firm providing compliance and operational support to African private equity firms seeking to attract institutional capital by becoming “institutional ready”.
Prior to launching ICSGroup 10 years ago, Medina was chief compliance officer at several large institutional investors. In these roles, Medina was responsible for developing and managing the compliance program for the registered investment advisor and for overseeing the due diligence program for the investors’ sub-advisors. Medina is a Member of AVCA’s Compliance and Best Practices Committee.
Medina holds a BA in political science from Wesleyan University, a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut School of Business.
Anchor: Classic Business and Editor: Catalyst Private Equity Magazine
Michael Avery is a financial journalist and broadcaster with over a decade’s experience covering financial markets. First, with the late veteran financial columnist and publisher David Gleason, and most recently his daily business show, Classic Business, broadcast on Classic 1027 and Fine Music Radio.
Avery edits the country’s premier private equity publication, Catalyst and was the driving force behind the country’s first ever Water-Energy -Food nexus event, the SA Water, Energy & Food Forum (SAWEF).
He has also had forays into mass newspaper publishing with the now defunct Second Business and has a Dionysus like affection for all things grape.
Avery holds a B.A. Journalism from the University of Johannesburg
Partner: Webber Wentzel
Michael is a finance and investment funds attorney with over 15 years post qualification experience. He specialises in the formation of investment funds (including private equity, hedge funds, real estate and venture capital funds) and treasury documentation (including International Swaps and Derivatives Association, securities lending, Global Master Repurchase Agreements and prime brokerage agreements).
He has had experience at the treasury departments at Standard Bank of South Africa and Investec Bank. Michael has structured private equity funds and hedge funds in South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius, Cayman Islands, Luxembourg and Guernsey.
His expertise has been recognised by a number of international ratings agencies, including Chambers Global, Best Lawyers and IFLR1000. In 2016 Michael was an African Legal Awards finalist in the category “Attorney of the year”. He is a graduate of Rhodes University where he obtained a B.Com and an LLB.
Nikiwe Bikitsha is one of South Africa’s leading broadcasters. A multi-award winning journalist, Nikiwe’s experience as one of the most trusted news and current affairs broadcast journalists spans twenty years. She has worked for media houses such as Primedia, SABC, and eNCA.
Nikiwe holds an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford and an MA in Journalism and Media studies from the University of the Witwatersrand (with distinction). In 2012, Nikiwe was awarded the Fulbright Hubert Humphrey fellowship to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in the U.S.A. She currently serves as the youngest trustee of the board of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Nikiwe is passionate about Africa’s economic development and her professional interests can be described as an intersection of media, policy, business and the political economy of the region. She is the co-founder of Amargi Media, a content company which aims to tell African stories in a compelling way.
Executive Director and Founder: IDF Capital; Managing Partner and co-Founder: Alithea IDF Managers; Executive Director and Founder: I’M IN Accelerator
Polo Leteka is a highly accomplished and experienced entrepreneur and private equity investor. She is the Executive Director and Founder of IDF Capital – a South African based entrepreneurial financier and advisory firm. Through IDF Capital, Polo has contributed towards channelling investments into women owned SMEs across South Africa. In 2015, she co-founded Alitheia IDF Managers to continue investing in high growth businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa that are women owned and led.
Senior Investment Consultant: Novare Actuaries and Consultants
Puseletso Mbele is a Snr Investment Consultant at Novare Actuaries and Consultants. Over the past 13 years in the financial services industry Puseletso has drawn a wealth of experience from the various financial institutions including stock broking firm (Noah Stock Brokers), Investec asset management and currently Novare Actuaries and Consultants.
Novare Actuaries and Consultants has been at the forefront of championing innovative investment offerings to their respective clients and inevitably providing a bespoke solution that will benefit the members of their retirement funds. Novare oversees in excess of R160bn of institutional assets with a diverse pool of clients across all sectors – insurance, medical aids and pension funds.
Business leader and President of the IoDSA,
Dr Reuel Khoza
Distinguished Africanist, thought-leader, business leader, president of the IoDSA, public speaker and change agent at the forefront of transformation in the South African political economy, Dr Khoza has been hailed as a role model in respect of the duties and responsibilities that a citizen can and should take on in the public and national interest. Dr Khoza boasts more than 40 years of executive management experience. He currently serves as Chairman of Dzana Investments (Pty) Ltd. Dr Khoza is author of Attuned Leadership, Let Africa Lead, The African in my Dream and The Power of Governance (with Mohamed Adam), and an avocado pear farmer with a deep love for writing and producing music. Formerly Dr Khoza served as Chairman of Nedbank Group Limited, Eskom Holdings, GlaxoSmithKline South Africa and Globeleq; he also served as Director of the JSE Limited, IBM South Africa, Liberty Life Group, Standard Bank Group, Nampak Limited and Old Mutual plc. He has been involved in the formulation of the King Codes on Corporate Governance in King II, King III and King IV, serving as Mervyn King’s deputy in the last two instances.
Founder: The Chemistry Group
Roger Philby has spent the past 25 years dedicated to creating brilliant careers, to create brilliant organisations.
Today, talent is being wasted due to poor decisions, based on uninformed, inconsistent and biased information. As a result, talent is not being accurately identified and connected to the right opportunity; limiting the potential of people and holding back organisations.
Roger has created innovative and award-winning approaches to how some of the world’s largest companies recruit and develop their workforces, including SAP, Experian and NHS. He was part of “the biggest turnaround in UK business history”, running recruitment for Energis Communications.
Roger has gained a reputation for his straight talking and, at times, controversial approach to public speaking. His talks are hard-hitting and sure to make an impact.
Director: Signal Risk
Ronak is currently a Director at Signal Risk. His work focuses on the intersection of politics, economics and business in Africa.
He was previously the Head of Country Risk at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), where he managed a team of analysts who provided the firm with in-depth analysis of economic, political, security and operational dynamics across sub-Saharan Africa. During his time at RMB, he also served in a number of exco positions.
A prominent voice in print, radio and television in both the local and international media, Ronak has made frequent appearances on the likes of CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and CNBC Africa, and also publishes regular opinion and analysis pieces.
He was recently appointed as a Fellow at the Centre for African Management and Markets at GIBS.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Sanari Capital
Samantha is the founder and CEO of Sanari Capital, a private equity firm investing in the lower mid market, with a specialization in founder-run, owner-managed and family-owned businesses. Samantha has fifteen years of private equity and venture capital experience in the South African and United States markets. She played a leading role in investments at Ethos Private Equity, prior to which she worked in private equity in Chicago and investment banking and consulting in New York.
Samantha holds an MBA (Hons) from the University of Chicago, a BCom and BA Honours degree in Industrial Psychology from University of the Witwatersrand, and is a CFA Charter Holder. Samantha is a director on the board of SAVCA.
Chief Executive Officer: Mpande Property Manager
Sibusiso (Sbu) Luthuli
Sibusiso (Sbu) Luthuli is the former Chief Executive and Principal Officer of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund, a position he held for 8 years. Under Sbu’s stewardship, the assets under management of the fund grew from just under R58bn in 2010 to more than R140bn in 2018.
Sbu serves on the Boards of Telkom SA Limited, BXC Limited and Mpact Limited as a non-executive director.
Sbu was one of the founding members and the former Deputy Chairman of Batseta, Batseta is an industry organization for retirement funds and retirement fund fiduciaries.
Sbu is a qualified Chartered Accountant and currently the Chief Executive Officer of Mpande Property Manager (Pty) Ltd.
Regional Head Southern Africa & Indian Ocean: Proparco
Mrs Siby Diabira serves as Regional Director for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean based in Johannesburg at PROPARCO. Mrs DIABIRA previously worked with PROPARCO in Paris as a Senior Investment Officer within the Private Equity Division handling various equity transactions across various regions in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Before Joining PROPARCO, Mrs Diabira worked for 8 years at BNP PARIBAS dealing with Structured Finance (Buy-out, Capita expansion) and Credit Analysis in France. She started her career as Auditor with PWC. Mrs Diabira holds a Masters Degree in Financing Engineering from Sorbonne University and a Certificate of Business management from University California of San Diego.
Chief Investment Officer: Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA
Stephane joined Lombard Odier Investment Managers in 2009 as Global Head of Fixed Income and Currencies. In 2015 he became the Head of Private Client Investments after previously being the Deputy Chief Investments Officer.
He began his career in 1990 with Banque Populaire based in New York before joining JP Morgan Investment Management in 1991, where he managed European and Global Fixed Income portfolios for institutional investors.
He was previously Head of Investment Income and Currencies at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Fortis Investments.
Stéphane serves as a non-executive director of AXA Property Trust.
Stéphane is a Chartered Financial Analyst holding a Master’s Degree in International Finance from HEC Paris, as well as an Engineering Degree from AgroTech Paris.
Principal and Senior Investment Professional: Development Partners International
Takudzwa Mutasa is a Principal and senior investment professional at DPI with responsibility for sourcing and executing investments, focusing on South and East Africa.
He has over 12 years of investment and investment advisory experience of which nine have been focused in African Private Equity. He started in investment banking at Citigroup in London and New York.
Before DPI, Takudzwa worked for KKR and Helios Investment Partners, sourcing, analysing and executing private equity investments across Africa.
He holds an M.A and MEng. in Engineering from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge. Mr Mutasa is a Zimbabwean native.
Owner: BeClear Coaching and Consulting
Tanya is a Professional Associate at GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) where she works as a coach, lecturer and facilitator. She is an internationally qualified Integral coach and founded her consultancy business BECLEAR in 2006. Her company has been involved in leadership development programmes focusing on leadership, resilience and adaptive capacity across a variety of industries and professions in both Africa and Europe. Tanya is a member of The Change Leaders an international community of change agents focused on supporting large-scale change initiatives. She holds a Masters Degree in Management from Wits, cum laude and a Masters Degree in Coaching and Consulting for Change from Oxford’s Said Business School (UK) and HEC (France) cum laude.
Economic Advisor to President Ramaphosa
Trudi Makhaya was appointed as Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, in April 2018. Prior to that, Trudi was CEO of Makhaya Advisory, a research, advisory and stakeholder engagement firm. The firm acted as a consultant and advisor on competition regulation, economic policy, business strategy and stakeholder relations. Clients included blue chips companies, government entities, entrepreneurs and investors. As an active public commentator, she wrote a column for Business Day. Trudi has also published academic articles on competition economics and policy.
Trudi holds an MBA and an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, including an MCom in Economics and a BCom (Law). Trudi was an economist and later a member of the executive committee at the Competition Commission of South Africa from 2010 to 2014. Prior to joining the Competition Commission, Trudi held various management consulting and corporate roles at Deloitte, Genesis Analytics and AngloGold Ashanti.
In her spare time, Trudi writes fiction and poetry. Her recent work is included in New Contrast and the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IV.
Chairperson: Institute of Retirement Funds Africa and CEO: PensionMatters
Wayne Hiller van Rensburg
Wayne Hiller van Rensburg is a pensions professional with a keen interest in how pension fund assets can benefit society at large and secure post retirement income. As chairperson of the Institute of Retirement Funds Wayne has worked towards encouraging sectoral collaboration to explore the potential of pension capital to achieve the best possible outcome for society at large. In addition, he works with employers to develop and provide pension solutions for workers. Wayne has over 20 year’s experience in the pension sector and has qualifications in management, law and finance.
CEO: Egon Zehnder
Xavier Leroy has an MA in Business Economics from ESSEC in Paris and an MA in Law and Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques also in Paris.
Xavier was a strategy consultant with Monitor Company in France, Hong Kong, and India before joining the pharmaceutical company Hoechst (now Sanofi) in Japan. He then spent time in the US and subsequently went back to France working in strategy, business development and global marketing roles.
Xavier joined Egon Zehnder in Paris close to 15 years ago. In that time he has worked on a wide range of assignments across industries and has completed several large Management Appraisal projects during his time with the firm.
Xavier is primarily interested in the identification, development, and promotion of high potential talent and senior leaders across and beyond Africa. His main sectors of interest, beyond CEO and Board work in general, are in Financial Services, Retail and FMCG, Agro, Healthcare and the international public and social sector.
Within the firm, Xavier is since 2012 the Managing Partner and founder of the firms’ Johannesburg office, Egon Zehnder’s first office in Africa.
CEO and Managing Partner: PAPE Fund Managers
Dr. Zuko Kubukeli
Zuko began working as a property manager for Atlas Properties Limited. Zuko then joined the private equity and fund management business at Brait. Thereafter, he joined Pan African Capital Holdings (PACH) as a director and principal responsible for strategy and investments with a NAV in excess of ZAR520m at an IRR of 38% and he then co-established the Evolution One Fund which generated an IRR of >34%. He successfully raised capital and invested in 3 other private equity funds with an IRR of 41% and 2.7TMB. Zuko also serves as a board member and chairman on numerous portfolio companies and has served on the boards of four JSE-listed companies.
Venture Capital Speakers
Co-founder and CEO: SweepSouth
Aisha R. Pandor is co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, Africa’s first online platform for home cleaning services. One of few black female-led tech startups, SweepSouth is also one of the fastest-growing startups in South Africa, and became the first SA startup to be accepted to the 500 Startups accelerator in Silicon Valley. SweepSouth operates in four cities and has created job opportunities for almost 9,000 women, with millions in earnings and tips paid out to domestic workers each month.
Aisha completed her PhD in Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town and studied at the same time towards a business qualification at UCT’s Graduate School of business, ranking top of her class. She worked as a management consultant focussed on HR management and Supply Chain management in the telecoms and mining industries before launching SweepSouth in 2014.
Aisha was recognized by the World Economic Forum in 2017 as one 6 African female breakthrough innovators for the impact SweepSouth has made on digital and financial inclusivity amongst economically disadvantaged women. She also serves as a board member for the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative.
Head of Transactor Private Capital: Emerging Companies at Investec
Akash has over 20 years of Financial Services Experience with major multinational financial institutions & auditing firms (Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Citibank & Investec Bank) across equities, equity derivatives and Corporate Finance / Investment Banking. Akash is currently responsible for Investec’s Emerging Companies Business in SA which looks to back high impact entrepreneurs and invest in innovative, high growth potential businesses.
Partner: 4Di Capital
Anton Van Vlaanderen
Anton is an entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist having been involved in venture capital since 2009 and officially becoming a 4Di partner on the launch of 4Di Capital Fund I in 2011. In addition to overlooking several portfolio investments, Anton is responsible for the general management and oversight of the funds’ operations.
Prior to 2009 Anton, along with his father Erik van Vlaanderen, launched and successfully owner managed a fresh fruit export marketing business for seven years. During this period, he was also involved in all angel investment activities pursued by 4Di Group, a private family office investment vehicle. His primary focus today are his venture capital activities while also playing an advisory role for ESET Southern Africa, a 4Di Group company and has made a number of angel investments.
Anton holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the University of Cape Town.
Co-Managing Partner: Knife Capital
Andrea is a Partner at Knife Capital, a Venture Capital Fund Manager with offices in Cape Town and London. In South Africa, Knife Capital manages KNF Ventures, a S12J VCC.
Before joining Knife Capital Andrea was Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa. Passionate about entrepreneurship and thriving on seeing companies grow, Andrea is actively involved in numerous initiatives aiming to accelerate the South African entrepreneurial ecosystem. In 2013 Knife Capital launched its own Growth Accelerator, Grindstone, a later-stage business accelerator in Cape Town to assist entrepreneurs to solve the problems common to scale-ups.
Andrea holds an MBA from Henley Management College and a M.Com from Technical University Aachen, Germany.
Editor-at-large, Inc. Magazine and Author of Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big
Bo Burlingham is currently a contributor for Forbes, where he writes about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. He recently released his Forbes “Small Giants 2017: America’s Best Small Companies.”
Previously, Bo joined Inc. in January 1983 as a senior editor and became executive editor six months later. In 1990, he resigned so that he could do more writing and became editor-at-large. Subsequently he wrote two books with Jack Stack, the co-founder and CEO of Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. and the pioneer of open-book management. One of the books, The Great Game of Business, has sold more than 300,000 copies. The other, A Stake in the Outcome, has been called “the first management classic of the new millennium.” Burlingham co-authored with Norm Brodsky the popular monthly column in Inc. called “Street Smarts,” which was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, the highest honor of the magazine industry.
Before joining Inc., Burlingham freelanced for various publications, including Esquire, Harper’s, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Mother Jones. He was also managing editor of Ramparts magazine. In 1982, he joined Fidelity Investments and wrote for Peter Lynch, Ned Johnson, and other executives until coming to Inc. From 1992 to 1997, Burlingham served on the board of The Body Shop Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the international cosmetics company. He was also a founder, with Tom Peters, of PAC World, an international networking group.
Senior Investment Partner: Hlayisani Capital and Partner: Angelhub Ventures
Brett is the Senior Investment Partner for Hlayisani Capital, a black owned private equity fund, investing into high growth African success stories. He co-founded SA’s first Angel investment group and grew it to become one of SA’s most prolific venture capital funds, AngelHub Ventures, backed by prominent family offices. Brett is a CA, ex merchant banker and entrepreneur.His best lessons are from investing into various start-ups and SME’s. Brett advocates that these young, high-growth businesses hold the key to real economic growth and campaigns for support of the private equity and venture capital industry from government, business and the investment industry.
Brett is a director on and adviser to several young businesses in various stages of global expansion
CEO: Kalon Venture Partners
Clive is the former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Accenture South Africa, he has 28 years management consulting experience. During his tenure at Accenture (formally Arthur Anderson and Anderson Consulting), he played numerous leadership roles, including Managing Director of Accenture’s Technology business as well as Managing Director of Accenture’s Resources business. Since being promoted to partner in 1997, Clive led sales for various divisions including SAP, Resources and Accenture’s Technology business, cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset which helped grow Accenture into one of the top emerging markets globally.
Clive is currently the founder and CEO of Kalon Venture Partners, a disruptive technology Venture Capital Company (VCC). He sits on various boards of the VCC’s underlying companies including chairman on one of the companies.
CE - Growth Equity Portfolio: Edge Growth
Janice has a deep and diverse financial services background, spanning over 20 years with highly regarded investment institutions in South Africa and London including 10 years with Prudential Capital plc. She has significant debt and equity transaction experience across multiples sectors. Since joining Edge Growth, Janice is committed to investing in innovative, scale-up SMEs with the potential for significant financial return and social impact. Janice heads up the Growth Equity Portfolio at Edge Growth which includes the Vumela Fund and is responsible for the development of strategic direction, execution of strategy and achievement of financial objectives of the portfolio.
B.Bus Sci; H.Dip. Tax; CFA Charterholder
Jeremy is a regular voice in the media, at conferences and to the investment-related world at large, responsible for commenting on current affairs, economics and investment markets.
In his position, Jeremy is inundated with information from the world’s top analysts, on everything from politics to petrol. Jeremy’s challenge is consolidating all this information and bringing it to you in an understandable format that you will find interesting and informative.
With the company since 1992, Jeremy has been with the firm for 25 years, during which the business grew from a small Cape Town Asset Management firm to a significant global business managing clients assets in excess of R1.7 trillion*.
Jeremy also served on the board of Western Province/Stormers rugby from 2003 to 2005, a period in which their performance was particularly poor!
Although he studied accounting at the University of Cape Town and Economics at the University of Witwatersrand, Jeremy is neither an accountant nor an economist, but uses these skills to demystify what the accountants and economists are saying.
Founding Partner: Knife Capital
Keet van Zyl
Keet is the Founding Partner of Knife Capital, a leading venture capital firm with offices in Cape Town and London. Keet is a venture capitalist with extensive growth equity investment experience. Knife Capital’s latest fund: KNF Ventures is a SARS S12J VC company that leverages knowledge, networks and funding to enhance investee growth and investor returns. Prior to this, Keet structured various private equity funds in Southern Africa for a US fund-of-funds investor and worked at industry-leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, Investec Bank and ‘Here Be Dragons’ (HBD) Venture Capital.
Founding Director and CEO: Innate Investment Solutions
Lynette is the Chief Executive Officer of Innate Investment Solutions, a South African entity that provides property, asset management and infrastructure solutions to the built environment and custodians of land and property portfolios. Lynette is a powerful business woman and shares these lessons of success and endurance through her keynote. She has previously held senior leadership roles in the commercial, development and investor spheres of the property and trade and investment sector and sits on the executive committees and working groups of various industry related organisations.
Qualifications: Hons (Economics and Marketing) University of Wales, Aberystwyth College, Hons (Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management) University of Cape Town and an MBA from Hull University.
Mabatho joined the Financial Services Industry in January 2001. She worked in private equity as an Assistant Portfolio Manager for Infrastructure Investments at Old Mutual Asset Management. In 2003 she joined Cadiz Asset Management and was subsequently made a Director and Head of Institutional Business Development and Marketing until March 2007. She has been involved in financial services as an independent professional since 2008. Her first board appointment was as an independent investment committee member for Rand Mutual Assurance. She currently serves as a professional trustee or independent investment committee member on varies funds. She also serves as an independent Chairperson of some of those Funds. She is an investment committee member of the National Treasury Jobs Fund. She also has experience serving on Company Boards. She is a member of the advisory committee of the Southern African Pension Fund Investment Forum.
Investment Officer: IFC
Mainga Daniel Mukando
Mainga is an Investment Officer at IFC where he invests in private equity funds and oversees a portfolio of funds in Sub-Saharan Africa. His experience across Sub-Saharan Africa includes investing directly or through intermediaries for development. Prior to IFC, he worked for the Danish International Investment Funds (IFU), Norsad Agency and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mainga has served as a director on the boards of companies in Eastern and Southern Africa, and currently represents IFC on the advisory committees of several private equity funds.
Mainga has a degree in Political Science and Economics, a post-graduate diploma in Accounting and Finance, and an MBA.
Non-Executive Director and Co-founder: Grovest Corporate Advisory
Malcolm Segal is non-Executive Director and co-founder of Grovest Corporate Advisory and several companies in the Grovest Group including MeTTa Capital Moderate Risk Funds I and II. He sits on boards and serves as a Director of various companies in which he holds private equity investments. He is an external member of the Special Credit Committee of the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited and of the Listings Advisory Committee of AltX (Alternate Exchange of the Johannesburg Securities Exchange).
Senior Regional Chapter Manager: ANDE
Michelle has more than 17 years of experience in policy, strategy, consulting and impact measurement in socio-economic development. She is the founder of CSI Solutions, a specialist CSI consultancy as well as The CSR Library and CSI Connect, a network for developing knowledge and sharing best practices practitioners in Africa. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Michelle joined ANDE in July 2016 to assist with Strategic Development, she is an advisor to the Bakwena Development Fund, a Director of CSI Solutions and sits on the Senior Management team of ANDE.
Strategy Director: Naspers Ventures
Minette Havemann is Strategy Director at Naspers Ventures, which finds and backs promising technology startups across the world, and represents the team in Africa. Before this, Minette worked as General Manager of Strategy and Research at Media24.
Principal: Mila Risk Management Solutions
Ronny is a founder of Mila Risk Management Solutions and has over 20 years of investment experience. He has worked as an investment analyst and also as a Portfolio Manager for both public and private markets. Ronny is also a director at UBank, where he chairs the Capital Management and Risk committee of the bank. Ronny has over 20 years of investment experience. Before establishing Mila Risk Management Solutions, Ronny was the Managing Director of Novare Actuaries and Consultants.
Principal: The SA SME Fund
Thiru is a Principal at the SA SME Fund, a fund set up with the broad objective of creating and growing black entrepreneurs. Thiru is a Chartered Accountant by profession and has over 13 years of Private Equity and Corporate Finance experience. Prior to joining the SA SME Fund, Thiru was a Fund Principal at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) where she was Head of the Fund of Funds division.
Managing Director: Lireas Holdings
Valerie started working for the Hannover Re Group 25 short years ago in the technical accounting department. Having spent 4 years heading up the Company’s Internal Audit Department, Valerie joined Lireas in 1999 and has been the Managing Director for 17 years.
Lireas is the investment Holding Company for the Hannover Re Africa Group and has been investing in start-ups for the past 30 years. More recently Lireas was given a mandate to invest in insurtech businesses which caused Lireas to enter the world of venture capital.
Valerie says of her position as Lireas MD:
“There aren’t too many people who can say that they love what they do – I am one of those fortunate individuals! Managing and working with entrepreneurs for over 17 years has been both stimulating and challenging. Whilst Lireas has retained its insurance focus, our journey into Insurtech for the past 4 years makes me feel like we have reinvented ourselves. Managing and steering entrepreneurs which comes with many challenges, is deeply rewarding when we all get it right together.”
Founder and CEO: MyGrowthFund and IC Knowledge Bureau
At 25 he ran a R400mn division in a R17bn multi-national. Today he is one of the youngest directors of a listed company and is the CEO of a boutique investment and advisory firm that forces medium, large and listed businesses into much needed, often panful, always lucrative new directions. He also serves on several boards. The edge of chaos is the world in which he lives.
He doesn’t just talk business – he lives it. He does more than inspire revolution, he initiates it. He has been the catalyst for change in businesses across the globe through expertise in strategy, leadership and sales. New York, London, Paris, Lagos, Jersey, Guernsey, Rio de Janeiro, Dar es Salaam, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Colombo, Nairobi, Kampala, San Francisco and another 21 global cities have all experienced Vusi
Zolani Mahola is a South African singer and actress born in Port Elizabeth in 1981. She studied Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town where she met musicians with whom she would later form the band Freshlyground in 2002.
Freshlyground went on to become a household name and one of South Africa’s most acclaimed and successful bands. The band toured the world and recorded six successful albums. The band not only captured the heart of South Africa but also global recognizition. In a speech in 2013, US President Barack Obama cited Freshlyground as an example of the contributions South Africa has made to the world. Zolani herself is loved and respected by South Africans for unifying a country through music, and bridging social, racial and language gaps.