Event: 2017 Leading Women SummitFWA-leading-women-summit-2017


The 2017 Leading Women Summit presented by MTN Business in association with Forbes Women Africa takes place this week, 8 March 2017, in Johannesburg. In the build up to this day-long gathering, we would like to share with you the speaker line-up for this exciting day. Should you be active on social media, feel free to use the hashtag: #LWS2017 and follow @LWSummit on Twitter. Should you not have RSVP'd yet, please do so now. Seating is limited.

2017 Leading Women Summit Agenda

7:30 Breakfast/Registration

8:30 Countdown to Start

8:40 Opening Performance - Lindiwe Maxolo

8:50 Welcoming Remarks - Roberta Naicker, Managing Director of the ABN Group

9:05 Headline Sponsor Keynote

9:20 Panel Discussion: The new lexicon: A for AI, B for Business, C for C-suite and D for Disruption
The world is changing and changing fast. From Artificial Intelligence, to Virtual Reality and Fintech, the high-tech world will bring with it a set of opportunities linked to an equal amount of challenges. What do companies and those working in big business need to consider, as the 4th Industrial Revolution slowly takes over sections of the economy.
Jo-Ann Pohl, CFO of Telesure Investment Holdings
Lindani Dhlamini, CEO of SekelaXabiso
Bernice Samuels, Group Executive of Marketing at MTN
Moderator // Gugulethu Cele

10:05 Networking Break

10:30 Interview: 20,000 by 2020
General Electric publicly committed to employing 20,000 women in technical and product management roles by 2020. Visiting from Kenya, Maria Bianca Tulumello will unpack the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a future workforce. As GE chief economist Marco Annunziata said in a statement: "Unless we bring more women into technology and manufacturing, there will be a significant negative economic impact on the sector. This is a problem for business to actively address."
Maria Bianca Tulumello, Head of Human Resources for Sub-Saharan Africa at ‎GE

10:40 Panel Discussion: Forbes Woman Africa Cover Story: Rise of the machines
Are robots going to make us money or make us redundant? What are the jobs that will be on the line? Questions abound but where will modern technology and AI take the economy? This panel will explore the impact of new industries on man and machine.
Ryan Beech, Managing Director and Chief Roboticist at Ryonic Robotics
Charmaine Houvet, Public Policy Director Africa at CISCO South Africa
Fuzlin Levy-Hassen, Senior Manager of New Industries at IDC
Roze Phillips, Managing Director of Consulting at Accenture
Moderator // Methil Renuka

11:20 Interview: How big data figured out a teen girl was pregnant before her father did
Sannah has worked for the likes of global strategy consulting firm Strategy&, search giant Google and King, the makers of global gaming phenomenon, Candy Crush Saga. It's her core capability of big data analytics for customer segmentation that helped her understand the addictive nature of mobile gaming, how to scale apps and more over, increase revenue for the organisations she has worked for.
Sannah Wahi, Software Engineer and Management Consultant
Moderator // Alexander Leibner

11:30 Talk: Disrupting the world of ultra-athletics
Caroline is not your ordinary athlete. In 2015, she made history by winning both the Two Oceans- and 90th Comrades marathon in the same year, something many experts and seasoned runners thought was virtually impossible.
Caroline Wostmann, Comrades and Two-Oceans Winner

11:50 Talk: Disruption is served
A young and dynamic food enthusiast, Siba has brought style and charisma to not only South African television but has reached international food fame. As well as specialising in food writing and food styling, she has hosted season after season of her show on Food Network along with releasing her self-published book which has broken records.
Siba Mtongana, Celebrity Chef

12:10 Lunch

13:20 Talk: Instagram for social change
Nomndeni owns a global conversations platform called Edits Talks, for how African entertainment, fashion, beauty, sports, pop culture and technology can awaken the world to Africa's potential. The dialogue spans a variety of agendas anchored by visionaries and thought leaders around entrepreneurial opportunities, social implications and strategies of engaging Africa's present and future in these key social pillars. She mentors thousands of young girls through Instagram.
Nomndeni Mdakhi, Founder of Edit Talks

13:30 Panel Discussion: The business of social media influencers
The world of social media has exploded and with all new developments, there are those who have mastered what this new opportunity presents. Where does a social media phenomenon start? How can you make a living off social media and how much are these disrupters taking away from traditional media?
Theodora Lee, Social Media Influencer
Aisha Baker, Baked The Blog
Moderator // Alexander Leibner

14:10 Talk: Navigating disruptive times
Chantell has been on the forefront of scenario planning and game-playing strategy, having written best-selling books on the topic with partner Clem Sunter, under the 'Mind of a Fox' brand. What scenario's will play out over the next year and leading up to 2020? What strategies should companies and individuals apply in disruptive times?
Chantell Ilbury, Scenario Strategist and Best-Selling Business Author

14:30 Panel Discussion: Up, App And Away! South Africa's disruptive mobile apps
The rise of the mobile App and geo-location services has significantly impacted a variety of industries. The process of disintermediation has not only changed business models but has changed consumer habits. How has Africa been impacted by disruption coming from mobile Apps? What can we expect to see in the next year? How are businesses adapting? It's their future that lies in the hands of their consumers - literally.
Cara Lee Hedding, Marketing Manager at Zomato

15:00 Talk: Drifting to the top!
Clare has set a number of firsts as one of only a small percentage of women, who climb behind a racing drivers steering wheel in Africa. She has moved to the drifting motorsport discipline, to make her a trailblazer in the world of smoke, tires and high speeds.
Clare Vale, The First Lady of Racing

15:10 Networking Break

15:40 Talk: Changing the world one orange peel at a time
At 16-years-old Kiara won a $50,000 scholarship at the annual Google Science Fair in the US for using orange peel to develop a cheaper "super-absorbent material" that helps soil retain water. She talks about her experience and her invention that could solve a drought crisis in South Africa.
Kiara Nirghin, TIME’s 30 Most Influential Teens list for the Year 2016

15:50 Talk: Something to drone about
At the end of January 2017, 368 licenced RPL pilots were registered in South Africa. That number up from 33 in 2016. Nicole Swart was the first to be awarded a drone licence on the continent, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). With drones taking to the sky, moving across land and traveling underwater, what does a drone powered future look like?
Nicole Swart, Female Pilot and Testing Standards Officer at SACAA

16:10 Talk: Mission to Mars
Dr Adriana Marais is one of 100 candidates in line for a one-way ticket to Mars. The Mars One Mission aims to send its first group of humans to Mars in 2026, with the goal of creating the first settlement on a planet other than Earth. She is a theoretical physicist doing research in the field of quantum biology, sharing her insights, hopes and dreams of what it takes to make it to Mars.
Dr. Adriana Marais, Head of Innovation at SAP Africa

16:30 Talk: The power of mobile in the digital age
Technology very much defines our lives, and there are stats that are demonstrative of this. South Africa very much mirrors what is seen in some of the developed markets. Linah believes we could not be low tech in this high tech world, but it would mean we have to make conscious decisions about how we leverage technology without being consumed by it.
Linah Maigurira Industry Manager at Google South Africa

16:50 Closing Remarks

17:00 CLOSE

Times and speaker line-up subject to change.