Proudly invites you to
Proudly invites you to
“When Women connect, the World changes” – Debby Edelstein
The WeLead Conference gives you the opportunity to engage with some of Africa’s most exciting Women Leaders AND to explore your own leadership potential.
For the last 12 years, we’ve seen talented women relish the opportunity to take responsibility for their own leadership journey in an environment that encourages connection, inspires confidence and gives access to support networks. It is also an honour to celebrate the women (and men) leaders who are paving the way for the future, our role models throughout society.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
As the Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi leads a strategy to mainstream gender in the Bank’s policies and operations, making the institution a role model in Africa. Her career is characterized by commitment to development that is more inclusive and economic growth that is more sustainable She has championed women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion and most recently she was named the “2016 New African Woman of the Year.” Previously Director of the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group, Geraldine served as Minister for Public Service and Administration and as Minister for Welfare and Population Development in South Africa’s first democratic government and in two subsequent ones. She is a fellow of the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University, and has completed a leadership course at Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Judi Nwokedi is a director at Tourvest, an integrated Tourism entity, and sits on the Board of SA Tourism. She has a distinguished business and community development career and is known for her business engineering feats, innovation and visionary leadership. She has successfully worked at the helm of leading multi-nationals and SOCs in SA. Upon her return to SA in 1994 the first few years saw her at the height of contributing to transformation in South Africa and culminated with her setting up loveLife as the leading HIV/AIDS programme and breaking ground globally. Judi chairs the AIDS Consortium and is on the Board of JSE listed CIG.
Dr Nolulamo (‘Lulu‘) Gwagwa CEO Lereko Investment, has a Masters degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Natal, an MSc (cum laude) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD from University College, London. She serves as a non-executive director on the boards of FirstRand, Tsebo, Aurecon, Sun International and Massmart. She was a finalist in the 2001 Nedbank Business Woman of the Year awards. Lulu was the Deputy DG in the Department of Public Works and completed a five-year term as CEO of the Independent Development Trust. Lulu has also served on various government commissions. She is the founder and chairperson of Mhakazi Trust that supports youth in KZN.
Ipeleng Mkhari is the founder and CEO of Motseng Investment Holdings, a diversified investment holdings group with investments spanning asset management, property management, infrastructure investing, logistics and industrial manufacturing. A pioneering entrepreneur, she established the first black woman owned CCTV business and subsequently founded Motseng Investment Holdings in 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science, has completed The Executive Development Programme at Wits Business School and is an Archbishop Tutu Fellow. Ipeleng serves on various boards of unlisted and listed businesses, public sector agencies and nonprofit organisations. She has won numerous awards, including Pioneer Woman of the Year by Forbes Woman Africa in 2015. She is married with 3 daughters.
Debby Edelstein is co-founder and CEO of QualityLife Company – the alternative school for business she launched in 2000. An entrepreneur, speaker, mentor and thought leader on women’s leadership and new leadership trends, Debby has championed women’s development and gender mainstreaming in South Africa for 20 years and has become one of the country’s most respected voices when it comes to women in leadership. Her latest project is the WeLead Circle Project – an innovative methodology for developing women leaders through peer coaching networks.
Professor E.L. Van Harte was inaugurated as the Chair of the first permanent Defence Force Service Commission of the Department of Defence, RSA in 2013. She has a Bachelor’s in Social Work (UWC), two degrees in Communication (UNISA) and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Columbia University, New York. In 2002 she was appointed as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and Rector of Stellenbosch University to advance transformation at the institution. She was the first woman and Black person to be appointed as Dean of Students at Stellenbosch University. In 2006 she was appointed as the first Black and female Dean at the Military Academy.
Lebogang Ramafoko, CEO Soul City Institute for Social Justice, joined Soul City as a life skills coordinator in 1995. She has many responsibilities; however, the role she cherishes the most is that of being a mother to two children who keep her grounded. Lebogang holds an Education degree and an Ethics diploma from Wits and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard.
Grace Harding, CEO Ocean Basket, has a background in HR, marketing, people engagement and strategy. Since joining Ocean Basket in 2012, the group has grown from 147 stores in 7 countries to a franchise consisting of 203 stores in 16 countries, with expansion plans firmly in place for a further 76 stores. Grace understands the need for executives to align their employees to their vision, brand and business goals. Today she sees Ocean Basket as the perfect environment for her to fulfill her own dreams: It’s a down to earth, tenacious and very real brand – a true David in the world of Goliaths.
Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane, was most recently the CEO Richards Bay Coal Terminal, a world-class global facility responsible for the export of coal for all the coal mining companies in SA. She was appointed in July 2012 as the first woman CEO. Nosipho has a B.Com Accounting from the University of Transkei and completed articles with Ernst and Young in East London. She is currently studying for an MBA in Sustainability at Rhodes. Amongst many industry awards, Nosipho was IPM’s CEO of the Year in 2014, in 2015, she was announced as the winner of National Business Woman of the Year in the Corporate Category.
Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation, assumed this post after a successful and multi-award winning eight year tenure as the Artistic Director for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. He has contributed significantly to the Festival’s annual growth in terms of funding, content and audience development. He was awarded the Paul Harris Award by the Grahamstown chapter of Rotary International, the Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award for his visionary growth and transformation of the Festival’s artistic programme, the Arts & Culture Trust’s Arts Administrator of the Year Award and the Chevalier et des Artes et des Lettres Award (Knight of the Arts & Literature Award) by the French government.
Tali Nates is the director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre and has lectured internationally about Holocaust education, genocide prevention, reconciliation and human rights. In 2010, she was chosen as one of the top 100 newsworthy and noteworthy women in South Africa, published in the Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women. Tali acts as a scholar and leader of many Holocaust education missions to Eastern Europe as well as educational missions in SA and Rwanda. Tali was born to a family of Holocaust survivors. Her father and uncle were both saved by Oskar Schindler but the rest of the family perished.
Ruth Everson is a senior English teacher at St Stithians Girls’ College. As Leadership Director, Ruth is in charge of the whole school’s leadership programme and development of staff and girls. Ruth is also a published poet who has given poetry readings and workshops across the country, including the National Schools’ Festival of the Arts for over 16 years. Ruth’s poem, ‘Fatter than Life’ was used in a musical in Holland. In 2010, Ruth won the Woman and Home short story competition. Her passion is to use her poetry to inspire passion and purpose for all – even those who don’t like poetry.
Prof Anita Bosch (PhD), Associate Professor at the Stellenbosch Business School, researches women at work and teaches human capital management and leadership. She was the lead researcher of the Women in the Workplace research programme at the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, University of Johannesburg. Anita received training from Otto Scharmer of MIT, the developer of Theory U, in Presencing. She is the editor of the annual Women’s Report of the SABPP and has published numerous public reports, articles and book chapters on diversity and women’s issues. She is actively involved in collaborative and dialogue-based change processes and women’s identity and leadership development.
Sinah Legong is the GM at Geekulcha which is an organisation focused on empowering young geeks through ICT skills development and training and hosting hackathons while giving them a taste of what awaits them in the big world through industry exposure. She also runs Raeketsetsa which is a movement that empowers girls and young women in ICT, giving them the confidence to pursue ICT studies, career and their daily lives. She holds a BSC in Computer science, from the university of Greenwich and is currently studying Project Management at UNISA.
Mimi Kalinda, originally from the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda and raised in South Africa, is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Africommunications Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations and communications agency based in Johannesburg. She is also the Director of Communications for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a network of centres of excellence incubating STEM education for Africa’s brightest students. Mimi’s passion for positively shaping the African narrative through communications and behaviour-change initiatives has won her worldwide recognition. Mimi is a New York University graduate, sits on the Africa Brand Counsel, and is the Rebranding Africa Champion for Africa 2.0. She was nominated for the Women4Africa Awards 2016 as a finalist in the International African Woman of the Year category.
Kim Nates is the Project Manager at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre. Alongside organizing the Centre’s events, she is the logistical lead for study programmes to Poland, Rwanda and Israel. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University, USA, and MSc at Imperial College London, UK. This year she has been selected as a participant for the Common Purpose Africa Venture emerging leaders programme.
Nomava Siwisa, National Projects Director and board member of Junior Chamber International (JCI) SA (operating in over 115 countries with over 200 000 members), has also participated in the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance programs as part of Young Entrepreneurs South Africa. Nomava studied B-Com Marketing at the UFS and gained business experience working with organisations such as Reckitt Benckiser, SABC, and SITA. In 2016 Nomava followed her passion for ministry, business and marketing and created her own brand Amavenkosi (meaning God’s Wisdom) focused on uniting the three elements.
Naledi Moleo presents the Talk Shop on SAfm. She is passionate about youth development and was a junior producer on “Youth Expression”, a youth current affairs programme on SABC News International. She was also the host of LoveLife’s “Make Your Move TV”. Naledi was Chairperson on the Board of the Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth), an organization that seeks to unite and empower African Youth. She is the Director of her own company Le Laka Media Solutions.
Refilwe Tlhabanyane, BCom Marketing Management, has journeyed through a distinguished career in marketing and communications and has worked in various. Refilwe serves as member of the board of Trustees for Rumba in the Jungle, an international dance competition to be relaunched in SA and donates time to two charities, one works with vulnerable women and children and the other focuses on the development of up and coming jazz musicians. Refilwe is in the final year of her MBA with Milpark Business School and is a dedicated mother to a 10-year-old boy.
Nick Binedell is the founding dean and professor in the area of strategy and leadership at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He completed his PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was a Boeing Scholar. Nick’s key area of interest is in the area of strategic leadership with particular focus on strategy in complex environments. In 2015 the Academy of International Business elected him as global Business Educator of the year. He is a visiting lecturer at the Rotterdam School of Management (18 years), Erasmus University (15 years) and was recently a Visiting Professor at London Business School.