Speakers 2016


Nothando Moleketi

ReWare - COO

Nothando Moleketi has broad experience across management consulting, start-ups, and technology, media and telecommunications.

Prior to this Nothando helped launch Zomato South Africa as the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Operations.

Nothando started her career as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting Strategy & Innovation, where she gained exposure to a wide range of industries including banking, energy and resources, retail and manufacturing.

Her interest in Telecomms led her to Cell C’s internal strategy team, where  she gained a wealth of operator, regulatory and mobile telecommunications knowledge.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in economics from the University of Witwatersrand.


Jeanette Theu

Completing her BCom Marketing Management degree from the University of Pretoria in 2012 and having become Marketing Assistant in 2014, Jeanette Theu has enjoyed success as a Marketer at Dimension Data Middle East and Africa. In this role, Jeanette is responsible for helping the organisation in building a strong Social Media image as well as executing on high profile marketing campaigns such as the Dimension Data ProAm and the Cape Epic from a Dimension Data perspective.

Jeanette has completed her BPhil Honours in Marketing Management from IMM Graduate School of Marketing. As part of her personal CSI portfolio and things she is very passionate about Jeanette is a Board member and is Head of the Marketing department at The Cortex Hub. The Cortex Hub is a technology incubator and accelerator that aims to do two things:

  • Helping young entrepreneurs build something that people want;
  • Help those entrepreneurs build great teams and great businesses that can help those technologies scale.

The main aim of the Cortex Hub is to expose young and ambitious entrepreneurs to a tech-space that allows them to generate ideas and create value.

Her passion for IT and empowering the young has led her to be a co-founder of Girlcode, a NPO that aims to teach underprivileged girls programming skills. GirlCode aims to:

  • To empower women who come from different backgrounds to work collaboratively in creating new innovative and sustainable solutions.
  • To empower young girls to realize that programming is a career option for them by equipping them with the necessary skills to be confident enough to pursue it at university level.
  • To empower under privileged women in communities through basic computer literacy skills to enable them to join the workforce or pursue entrepreneurial ventures.



Lucy Draper-Clarke

Lucy Draper-Clarke PhD is an educator, writer and researcher-practitioner, with a doctorate in mindfulness and teacher education. After graduating from Oxford in 1989, she obtained a PGCE and moved to Botswana to work in secondary schools and teacher education colleges. She also ran an educational publishing company, consulted on educational issues to the United Nations, and wrote many textbooks for the Botswana curriculum, in the social sciences. In 2005, she co-founded North Andaman Tsunami Relief in Thailand and worked there for a year. On her return to Botswana, she was asked to become Deputy Principal at Botswana’s top secondary school, Maru-a-Pula, while also training as a yoga teacher and mindfulness facilitator. In 2010, she moved to South Africa to study at the University of the Witwatersrand, and helped to set up Mindfulness Africa, under the guidance of Rob Nairn. She now practices with the Karma Kagyu school of Buddhism and is the chairperson of the Tara Rokpa Centre, which was founded in South Africa by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Her current focus is on bringing yoga and mindfulness practices to school teachers to give them skills to alleviate stress and increase resilience, as well as enabling them to teach with compassion and presence. She runs Heart-Mind Consultancy and leads courses and retreats around Southern Africa.


Michelle Jones

Michelle is a millennial journalist turned digital marketer. She's passionate about young people, women advancing in the workplace and well-written copy. After obtaining her degree in Journalism at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Michelle worked at the Cape Times newspaper for six years. She then made the move to digital marketing agency Rogerwilco, where she's been for 18 months. Six months ago Michelle was promoted to Head of Content where she's responsible for managing the team of writers. In her free time, she enjoys sampling delicious Cape wines and dreaming about travelling. Like most millennials, Michelle can often be found listening to podcasts and scrolling endlessly through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.


Thabi Leoka

Thabi Leoka is an economist who works within the Fixed Income and the Multi-Asset Class teams at Argon Asset Management.  Argon is a wholly owner-managed investment management firm that provides investment management services to retail and institutional investors such as retirement funds, insurance firms, medical schemes and other institutions that require professional money management services.

Thabi holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), MSc in Economics and Economic History from LSE and MA in Economic Development and International Trade (Distinction) from University of Witwatersrand. Her previous titles ranged from Research Analyst at the Institute of International Affairs, Economic Researcher at Wingrave Yeats in London, Economist at Investec Asset Management, Emerging Markets Economist at Barclays Wealth, Head of Economic Research at Standard  Bank Corporate and Investment Banking and most recently, Head of Economic Research at Renaissance Capital.


Professor Nicola Kleyn

Nicola has held the position of Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) since April 2015. In addition to her executive management responsibilities at GIBS, she is an active researcher and teacher.

She has published on the topics of business ethics, branding and reputation management in a number of South African academic journals including the Journal of Business Ethics, California Management Review and the European Journal of Marketing.

She is a member of the Marketing Association (South Africa) and the Senate of the University of Pretoria, a director of GIBS as well as the Brand Council of South Africa, and a council member of St Peter’s Prep School.

Prior to joining GIBS in 2000, Nicola headed up the Learning and Development function at Investec Bank. During the 1990’s she also spent time as a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Economic and Business Studies. Nicola holds a B Com (Hons), MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a DBA from the University of Pretoria. She is married to Russell and has four children.


Ronen Aires

He’s an entrepreneur, a youth specialist, public speaker and general lover of life – after he’s had his first cup of coffee, that is. Ronen Aires is the founder and CEO of Student Village, a business that has earned acclaim as one of the country’s most successful student marketing and graduate development specialists.

It’s no surprise that Ronen is in the business of student development; he himself left the corporate world 11 years ago to follow his entrepreneurial spirit to start Student Village – a move that saw him growing not only professionally, but on a personal level too.

Ronen’s enthusiasm for entrepreneurship is evident in the various organisations he chairs and supports, as well as his commitment to ensuring that young people in Africa are given the tools to make their own way as successful members of society, through what he does at Student Village.

A passionate and capable leader, Ronen is not afraid of following at times as he recognises the value of learning from others.  He believes in the importance of fostering creativity, strategic thought and consistent delivery. Out of the office Ronen is also a father, an activist and a trail junkie.


Anthea Gardner

Anthea started her finance career at HSBC, Johannesburg as an equity sales trader whilst completing her MBA at Wits Business School, with her research thesis in Option Pricing Models and their relevance in the South African market. In 2004 she joined Rand Merchant bank on the derivatives sales trading desk where she was instrumental in offering Single Stock Futures and starting the institutional CFD product. Her move to Morgan Stanley, London, in 2007, was to cover the European and US Equity Derivatives client base, focusing on emerging markets in Eastern Europe and Africa.

After Morgan Stanley, she joined the investment team at the African Development Bank in Tunisia, as a Fixed Income portfolio manager. She was part of a team that managed the LDI, liquidity, arbitrage and foreign currency requirements of the bank. She often recalls being stuck in Tunis during the Arab Spring and the role Facebook played in the organisation of the revolution that overthrew the government.

Her entrepreneurial spirit took her to the south of France for a year and a half to start a property business, which is still going today, before returning to South Africa. Back in Johannesburg she started Cartesian Capital in January 2014. Cartesian Capital offers professional fixed income and equity asset management to individuals and institutional investors, with a rigorous focus on risk-adjusted returns.

Anthea is an active trustee on the board of the ASHA Early Childhood Development Trust, a not-for-profit organisation established in 1990, which provides ECD support programmes for home-based crèches in disadvantaged communities.

She has always been an avid sportsperson and regards completing the Ironman, Sweden as one of her greatest achievements.


Archel Bernard

Archel Bernard is owner of The Bombchel Factory and Mango Rags boutique in Monrovia, Liberia. She moved to the West African country after graduating from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. She now specializes in dreaming up contemporary African womenswear, training disadvantaged women to sew her designs, and helping the women to become self-sufficient.

Archel’s mission in life took a significant turn amid the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia. She saw the devastation in the country she loved; a country still struggling to overcome civil war. Archel decided to open a factory to help the people of her ancestral homeland to rebuild. She named it The Bombchel Factory and herself, the Head Bombchel in Charge.

She has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Forbes Women Africa and other major news outlets. She is also a Richard Branson Scholar. Her designs have been worn by actresses in the online drama “An African City” and models in several international magazines. Archel’s successful Kickstarter campaign almost doubled its goal! She is a force. A visionary. A fashionista. But more than anything, Archel is a savvy and relentless business woman, determined to use her business to build lives. She's come along way from selling dresses in her pick up truck, but there's still so much more to do!


Bridget Edwards

Bridget Edwards is an Emotional Change Catalyst, trained Hospice Caregiver, speaker and author of two self help books – Anger Gone!  How to easily defeat Anger, and Stress Gone! How to identify and reduce stress easily. She continues to develop self help programs to assist people overcome their personal obstacles.

In 2007, Bridget discovered Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as Tapping.  No matter what emotional complexities Bridget is presented with, her clients continually achieve astonishing results by utilising this technique. Today, the focus of her therapy practise includes:  Anger and Stress Management, Trauma Counselling, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Fears and Phobias, and, Grief and Loss.

As the quintessential ‘student of life’ Bridget has continued to educate herself over the past 25 years, studying a variety of complimentary modalities, metaphysics, meditation and nature conservation too. Bridget says, “personal development is important to me, and we should never stop learning, growing and evolving.”  That said, Bridget spent 11 months travelling through Africa in the Landrover in 2001. She’s also successfully completed the Comrades Marathon, several Two Oceans Marathons and Cape Argus Cycle Tours, sumitted Mount Kilimanjaro twice, walked more than 1,000kms along routes of Camino Francés, an ancient pilgrimage through France and Spain, and spent time meditating at Ashrams in India.

Bridget’s survived a life-threatening illness where she practically lost everything.  Her own stressful and traumatic life experiences have deeply enriched her innate resourcefulness and wisdom, which she applies to her work today. Bridget’s colourful life journey has given her a strong sense of Ubuntu and empathy in dealing with the emotional complexities people from all walks of life face. Today, Bridget is the patron of ‘Sihlangene Early Childhood Development Forum’, an association of approx 300 crèche owners in Ebony and Ivory Park, Tembisa, Midrand.


Carolyn Steyn

Carolyn Steyn holds an honours degree in Speech and Drama from the University of the Witwatersrand and a T.L.S.D. (Teacher's Licentiate in Speech and Drama) from the University of South Africa.

Carolyn lived in the United States for 10 years and in England for 5 years. She was nominated as one of the 'Most Exciting Women', by the Beverly Hills Sheet in 2004. In the US she studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse for 5 years under acting guru, Milton Katselas along with fellow students, Kate Hudson, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Danza and Doris Roberts amongst others.  She had roles in the television series' Melrose Place and Babylon 5 and appeared in numerous plays in Los Angeles including Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal', ‘Private Lives’, and ‘Shadowlands’.

In South Africa, Carolyn performed for PACT (Performing Arts Company of the Transvaal) Drama for several years, notably in the production "Poppie Nongena", which ran for an entire year to rave reviews. Carolyn then joined the Radio 5 team (5FM), where she became a familiar voice reading the news and co-hosting the weekend breakfast show with Martin Locke.

Carolyn currently co-hosts a Radio Today show called 'Whispers with Carolyn Steyn and Michael de Pinna’ and is a host on the television talk show "Tongue in Cheek" on SABC 3.  She also serves as a Patron of the Joburg Ballet, the Patron of the Auto & General Theatre on the Square and a Naledi Theatre Awards judge and “Arts Angel”.  She is an ambassador for "Peace Starts" in South Africa.

Carolyn specialises in voice-overs for radio and television. Recent voice-overs include the Colgate television commercial for various international territories as well as promotional voice-overs for MNet television.

Carolyn is the Founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, a "little initiative with a big heart" which has thousands of members not only in South Africa but also around the world. Last year Carolyn shot scenes for ‘Generations’, Africa’s most popular soapie. She played the role of ‘Carolyn Steyn’, Founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day. She will be returning to Generations in 2015 to do a "call to action" for South Africa to create 21 000 blankets by April 21, 2015 to lay at the feet of the statue of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings and to cover the grounds in a sea of blankets to celebrate 21 years of democracy in South Africa.

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day has recently celebrated its first anniversary at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. It has realised many milestones in its first year of existence, including winning the coveted CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR at the South African of the Year Awards (against corporate giants Coca-Cola, Kelloggs, KFC and Knorr) and has been described as an initiative that is "binding together a nation in a way no government has been able to do".


Carmen Le Grange

Carmen is a Partner in PwC’s Risk Assurance practice, based in Johannesburg. A qualified chartered accountant CA (SA), she has 19 years’ experience in auditing and consulting in the accounting profession.

Carmen is the Business Resilience leader for Africa responsible for driving PwC’s approach to solutions that cross the intersection of business strategy, risk management, business operations, compliance, internal control and technology. With a strong background on advising clients on risks and controls, Carmen also delivers corporate governance, risk management , compliance and GRC technology services to clients across a number of industries in Africa.

Before taking on this operational leader role, Carmen served  two terms as a member of the PwC southern African firm’s Governing Board and also served on the Board’s Clients and Markets Sub-Committee.