07:30 - 08:30
08:30 - 08:40
Countdown to Start
08:40 - 08:50
08:50 - 09:05
Roberta Naicker, Managing Director of the ABN Group
09:05 - 09:20
Headline Sponsor Keynote
09:20 - 10:05
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 - 10:30
Refreshments are available. A great time to network.
10:30 - 10:40
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 - 11:20
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 - 11:30
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 - 11:50
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 - 12:10
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 - 13:20
13:20 - 13:30
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 - 14:10
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
14:30 - 15:00
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 - 15:10
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 - 15:40
15:40 - 15:50
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 - 16:10
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 - 16:30
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 - 16:50
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 - 17:00
17:00 - 17:00
2015 Comrades Marathon and Two Oceans Ultra Marathon 2015/16 Winner, CA (SA), AGN Athlete of the Year 2014/15, GSport Sports Woman of the Year 2015, Gauteng Sports Woman of the Year 2015.
Caroline initially began running as a means of weight loss after having her first child in 2008. Seven years later in 2015 she won the Comrades Marathon and the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon being only the 4th person to win both these races in one year. In 2016 she again won the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon and was second in the Comrades Marathon.
She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2008 and spent some additional time
Caroline-Wostmann-rs-bioworking as an audit manager at Deloitte before taking a position as a senior lecturer in the Wits School of Accounting. During her 5 years at Wits she obtained a Masters degree in Accounting, researching strategy of JSE listed companies in the Financials Sector.rrently works as a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria teaching Management Accounting and Finance to the CA stream students. In addition to her academic and athletic commitments she performs part time consulting work as well as motivational speaking.
She is a loving mother to her two beautiful daughters Gabriella (8) and Isabell (6).
Independent scenario strategist, Facilitator, Speaker and Best-Selling business author
CHANTELL ILBURY is an independent scenario strategist, facilitator, speaker and best-selling business author with Clem Sunter of The Fox Trilogy books (The Mind of a Fox, Games Foxes Play and Socrates and the Fox). She is also a guest lecturer on strategy and scenario planning at a number of top business schools and is an accomplished speaker on scenarios and effective strategy in times of uncertainty. Her latest book A Fox’s Tale – Insights from one of Africa’s most creative strategic thinkers is published by Penguin and is out now in both paperback and e-book.
Dr. Adriana Marais
Theoretical physicist and aspiring extraterrestrial
Dr Adriana Marais, theoretical physicist and aspiring extraterrestrial, believes that we are living at a unique point in the history of life on Earth. Developments in science and technology are taking place at an unprecedented rate, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach. In her presentation she talks about her research in quantum biology and the origins of life, the technology required to sustain terrestrial life on Mars and the various projects aiming to send crewed missions there. She describes how the establishment, and potential discovery of evidence of, life on Mars, would be one of the most profound possible contributions of science to humanity.
Adriana studied theoretical physics and philosophy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (SA). She completed her MSc summa cum laude in quantum cryptography at the University of KwaZulu-‐Natal (UKZN), and was awarded her PhD in quantum biology at the same institute in 2015. She continued as a postdoctoral researcher in the Quantum Research Group established by Prof Francesco Petruccione at UKZN, doing research in quantum biology, studying quantum effects in photosynthesis as well as the origins of prebiotic molecules and life itself. This year, she has left academia to take on the role of Head of Innovation at SAP Africa.
Adriana has been recognised by the Mail & Guardian as one of 200 Young SA achievers (2014), she was one of 15 recipients worldwide of a L’Oreal-‐UNESCO International Rising Talent Grant for Women in Science (2015) and she is the 2016 Royal Society of SA Meiring Naude Medal awardee for a young researcher. This year she attended the prestigious 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting as one of 400 most qualified young physicists selected worldwide, and has recently attended the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico, to present her research on quantum astrobiology, and hear Elon Musk’s keynote “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species”.
Since childhood, Adriana has dreamed of living on another planet, and is
Dr-Adriana-Marais-rscurrently one of the 100 Mars One Project astronaut candidates in the running to move to the red planet in 2026. She hopes one day to continue her research on Mars. She believes that education comes with the responsibility to share knowledge, and while still on Earth, is actively involved in the promotion of science and space exploration as Special Project Coordinator for the Foundation for Space Development SA, an exciting initiative of which is the Africa2Moon project. She is grateful for the platform she has as a Mars One candidate to inspire school children, teenagers and adults around South Africa and abroad to get excited about science, believe in their dreams and remember Nelson Mandela’s words “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.
Theodora "Theo" Lee
Vlogger, Writer, Copywriter, Content Creator
Vlogger | Writer | Copywriter | Content Creator
Theodora’s witty charm and talent for talking about awkward topics from the comfort of her bedroom is what launched her online career in 2013. After studying English and Drama at Stellenbosch University, she pursued her passion for video making and started uploading weekly videos on YouTube.
Theo – as she prefers to be called – is known for being honourably ‘open’ online, posting regular videos which tackle coming-of-age topics that educate and inspire hundreds of thousands of teenagers across the globe.
Theo’s brand is constantly growing. Her YouTube channel recently hit 200 000 dedicated subscribers and she has 38 000 followers on Twitter and over 100 000 on Instagram.
In 2014, Theo made the Mail & Guardian’s 10 Biggest Voices on South Africa’s Social Media Scene, Cosmopolitan’s list of Awesome Women and in 2015 she won Best YouTube Channel at the African Blogger Awards.
But online fame is just a part of her work. In 2015, Theo started working part time at King James Group as a YouTube consultant, which opened doors to the world of copywriting. She now writes and produces social media content for Sanlam, New Balance, Burger King, Rimmel, Coty and Europcar.
With an understanding for creative brand generated content, Theo has worked with some of the word’s biggest brands in her own capacity like Vodafone, Sony, Plan International and Coca-Cola on campaigns that celebrate being young and ambitious. She has promoted smaller brands with a humanitarian purpose too like Bayer Healthcare, Lily Cup and Clue (app).
Industry Manager - Retail & E-commerce at Google
Industry Manager – Retail & E-commerce at Google
Zimbabwean born Linah Maigurira works at the epicenter of Africa’s booming digital industry. She leads Google’s Retail business in SA, working with top South African pureplay and brick & mortar retail advertisers to design digital marketing strategies that grow their businesses. She has built up a wealth of knowledge in digital marketing, having worked with over 200 clients across over 10 industries, including retail, insurance, finance and travel. She holds an Honours degree in Business Science and Statistics from UCT. She also actively lectures with the Digify programme & Red & Yellow School of Advertising, which upskills young talent drafting into the industry.
Pilot and Testing Officer
Nicole Swart, 25 year old from Port Elizabeth. Started her flying career at the age of 18 and became a commercial pilot at the age of 19. She worked as a receptionist at a cleaning company for a year while studying to become a flight instructor. Nicole was a flight instructor for 3 years at a flight school in Port Alfred and during her time at the flight school became a senior instructor with an Airline Transport Pilots Licence. Nicole then moved to Johannesburg to further her career in aviation and became involved in RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems). She have been involved in the RPAS/Drones industry for the past two years.Nicole was fortunate enough to become the first woman/ person in Africa to achieve a Remote Pilot Licence.
TIME’s 30 Most Influential Teens list for the Year 2016
Aspiring Scientist and inventor
Kiara is currently in Grade 12 at St Martins High school. She had always had a burning passion for both math and science. She later used this passion in an attempt to solve one of South Africa’s largest problems. She created a low-cost, biodegradable super absorbent polymer made out of orange peels and avocado skins as a result of large amounts of research. Her discovery can rightfully assist the country in combating the current drought if applied to plants’ soil. She later won the 2016 Google Science Fair in which she visited the Google head quarters in San Francisco. She has achieved a place on the Times top 30 most influential teens of 2016 as well as the Guardian’s list of most influential teens of 2017. She is also currently a WWF student ambassador.
Siba Mtongana is a passionate and dynamic food enthusiast who brought style and charisma to the South Africa television food scene. She is well known for her show ‘Siba’s Table’ on Food Network which premièred in September 2013 and was an instant hit worldwide. It now broadcasts in more than 130 countries worldwide, including the UK, USA, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
When her show made its debut in the USA in April 2014, it made her the first South African to have their own TV show in America broadcast on the Cooking Channel – introducing Siba to more than 60 million homes in the USA alone.
She has a university degree in Food and Consumer Sciences with majors in Food, Food Science and Nutrition. She is an award winning food writer and was Food Editor for South Africa’s iconic Drum Magazine.
In 2016 she was on Tropics Magazine’s list of 40 most influential Africans and made the cover of the September issue of South Africa’s prestigious lifestyle and business magazine, Destiny Magazine, NTV Kenya describes her as “Africa’s favourite chef”.
In 2014 she made Oprah Magazine’s prestigious
‘O Power List’ of 21 African women rocking the world.
She’s passionate about the youth, women and children, especially those who suffer from poverty and hunger. She was recently appointed Global Imapct Ambassador for Stop Hunger Now and she’s determined to help dent the scourge of hunger and malnutrition around the world. In 2015 she her debut cookbook, My Table by Siba Mtongana, which was published and produced by her company The Siba Co, and the book made history as the best selling cookbook in the history of South African retailer, Woolworths SA. The book has been shortlisted in the Oscars of the food industry, The Gourmand Cookbook Awards which will be held in China in May this year.
Jo was appointed Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for Telesure Investment Holdings in October 2015. She leads the Group Finance, Group Treasury and Group Compliance Functions and plays a pivotal role by enabling, and driving, the execution of the Group Strategy that will provide optimal return for the Shareholder.
Previously she worked at Standard Chartered Bank as the Chief Financial Officer for the Africa region. She was an executive member of the Africa and global Finance Management Groups responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction, governance oversight, external stakeholder management and business partnership to 15 countries in Africa and globally for the Finance function. Finance, the Africa shared service centres and corporate real estate teams across the continent fell under her remit. Prior to her appointment at Standard Chartered Bank, she was the Chief Financial Officer of Ubank Limited responsible for Finance, Treasury and Strategy and has also led the finance function on a Pan-African basis as the Head of Finance for Barclays Africa, the Middle East and Indian Oceans.
She is a director of Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe Limited, Wealthport (Pty) Ltd, Rockport (Pty) Ltd and chairs the board of the Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa. She is part of the South Africa Boss of the Year alumni for 2013, was identified by Euromoney as one of Africa’s top 20 rising stars in 2014 and is a member of the African Leadership Network (ALN) class of 2015.
Jo is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Professional Banker of the Institute of Bankers in SA (PBSA) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales. She is a highly principled and passionate about people and philanthropy. She counsels cancer patients, works with young entrepreneurs, mentors women in business, is a member of the 30% Club Steering Committee for Southern Africa, SA Marketing Awards Council and an adjudicator for the 2015 Technology Top 100 (TT100) Awards. She has been a sponsor and mentor on the SCB Women in Leadership Programme and Africa Emerging Leadership Programme, mentored on the Black Entrepreneurship Initiative and served on the SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) Initial Professional Development and Exam Committees.
She is married to a Zimbabwean born entrepreneur, has four children and enjoys traveling, art, history and motorbike riding.
Chief Executive Officer BSc (Company Science), CA (SA)
Lindani Dhlamini is a chartered accountant and the chief executive officer of SekelaXabiso with over 20 years ’experience in internal and external audit, financial management, corporate finance and is well informed in governance and risk and compliance matters.
Lindani has in the past years continually entrenched herself as a seasoned entrepreneur and business leader through serving on various boards such as the Industrial Development Corporation of SA, Old Mutual Investment Group SA, Old Mutual MS Life, and Old Mutual Health. In previous years, she also served as a trustee of the South African Catering and Allied Workers ’Union Provident Fund while it was under curatorship in 2007 and served on the board of Nuclear Energy Corporation from 2002 to 2004.
Her career achievements have often received pioneer recognition through winning the Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) magazine’s New Entrepreneur award in 2006. She was also a finalist in the finance category of the Passing the Torch Awards presented by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development to acknowledge and honour the contribution made by women in the growth and development of the Gauteng economy in 2008.
Top Tier Fashion Blogger
Effortlessly Elegant, Chic, always on trend and South Africa’s leading Fashionista, Aisha Baker rains as an international top-tier fashion blogger.
Hailing from the mother city Cape Town with a massive social media following spanning across the country, Aisha impressively shows off trends and keeps her readers hooked on her fashion and lifestyle blog.
Aisha – beautifully named after her grandmother who was a bespoke tailor and seamstress – has proven to have an inherited aesthetic and a love of fashion from her family. From a young age, Aisha magnificently witnessed the power her grandmother’s beautiful garments had in bringing joy to people’s lives – this sparked an everlasting love for fashion and now dreams of a career in designing.
Awarded Glamour Magazine’s Most Glamourous 2016 winner and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award nominee for Africa’s Favourite Blogger 2016, Aisha Baker has made certain that her brainchild Baked The Blog (BTB) represents her innate style, love for fashion and life in Cape Town, South Africa. BTB started as an escape, a place to express her passion for fashion while she completed studies of a Bachelor’s degree in Management. BTB has now grown into a portal to share her fashion finds, trends and knowledge with her followers.
Aisha works closely with her team to develop inspirational and expressive fashion and lifestyle content with a “real girl” voice for her followers. The Baked The Blog reader is no different to Aisha in her search for imaginative expression; daily musings and ultimate style.
As an icon of fashion and lifestyle, Aisha was personally invited to attend the Michael Kors fashion show at the New York Fashion Week in February 2017. She also has collaborated with some of the most prominent brands in South Africa with an impressive list including Benefit Cosmetics (Global), Kellogg’s, Country Road, Ariel, Revlon, Cotton On, Nike, Pandora, Nutrific, Fanta, Vodacom, Microsoft and the Surtee Group, amongst many.
Following her through her Baked The Blog platform has become an inspirational source for young women across South Africa. Having been featured in Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire, Top Billing, The Expresso Show and on various other media platforms, Aisha aspires to grow Baked The Blog into a homegrown South African brand that can be enjoyed globally.
Sophisticated Aisha has made a massive fashion mark on the digital space and will continue to do as she expands her fashion insights onto YouTube.
Brand Ambassador for Continental Tyre South Africa’s Vision Zero road safety campaign
At the Kyalami race in November 2007, Clare Vale became the first lady racer to race in the premier national WesBank V8 Supercar series. In March of 2009 at the WesBank V8 race at Kyalami, she became the first lady racer to take pole as well as lead a V8 race. Clare also became the first lady racer to have a podium finish in WesBank V8 Supercar history: at the historic East London Grand Prix circuit Clare finished a podium 3rd place in October 2010.
She then moved to the drifting motorsport discipline, becoming the first female driver to participate in the Supadrift Series. After moving between circuit racing and drifting during the 2012 season, she is now focusing on National drifting. Her Black Art Racing Mustang produces serious muscle, 600hp and 450kW of naturally aspirated power. The Team has also developed a turbo powered Subaru BRZ which can participate in both drifting and selected circuit racing events.
Clare won her first race during the Springbok series at the Killarney circuit in 2006, racing a Shelby Can-Am sports car. She has raced in the national Shelby Can-Am series as well in Production Cars Class A, in a Subaru STI. She has also raced a Porsche 917 in the International Sports Prototype class, finishing 2nd in the Championship in 2011 despite missing a number of races.
Off circuit, Clare is a director of The Truck Man in Boksburg, dealers in used trucks and trailers. She has taken on the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre – De Wildt as a personal cause and is a past President of MSA’s (Motorsport South Africa) Women in Motorsport Panel. She has been nominated twice for the Colin Watling Award for service to motorsport.
In 2010, she was appointed as a Road Safety Ambassador for the Road Safety Foundation and in 2011 was appointed as Chairperson of the Women in Road Safety Forum. She was the Regional Winner (SADC Region) – Sport at the Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards, 2014.
In December 2016, Clare was appointed as Brand Ambassador for Continental Tyre South Africa’s Vision Zero road safety campaign. She is also a member of the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists and writes for a number of publications, including SA Hotrods magazine (print media) and RunRideDive (lifestyle website).
Managing Director and Chief Roboticist at Ryonic Robotics
Managing Director and Chief Roboticist at Ryonic Robotics
My professional career started in the Construction and Civil Engineering Industries working on many landmark projects all over Africa. The ambit thereof included very technical projects such as bridges, mines and power stations.
My unadulterated love and passion for technology, electronics and robotics however inspired me to volte-face my career and plunge into the Robotics Industry. I am the CEO and Chief Roboticist at Ryonic Robotics, a company that specializes in the development of robotics. I am also CTO of SSIoT an IoT and technology provider for local and export markets.
I am passionate about driving change in the African technology space with a key focus on putting Africa on the international technology map as a formidable player in various international technology industries.
Public Policy Director Africa Cisco South Africa
Charmaine has over 24 years telecommunications experience working with governments, private and public sector across Africa.
Charmaine joined Cisco in March 2016 with several years’ experience as a Senior Executive in diverse and transformative roles with leading ICT companies. She is responsible for supporting Cisco with country digitization programmes and enabling public sector policy reform across Africa.
Charmaine has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Africa and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of South Africa.
Charmaine serves as a Chairperson of the South African Women in ICT Forum board. SA Women in ICT works with businesses across the ICT industry and government to drive the development of women in ICT roles.
She recently founded Afriel; a non- profit organization that mentors young female leaders. She is also a mentor for the NGO Company Girl Code za that works with government, private and public sector to empower young girls seeking a long term career in ICT by teaching girls how to code and design.
Charmaine represents Cisco on the board of the South African Communications Forum (SACF). SACF facilitates dialogue and policy review between the public, private sector and government to drive reform across the ICT sector with the objective of bridging the digital divide.
Chartered Accountant and Senior Deal Maker in the IDC’s New Industries division
Fuzlin is a a female Chartered Accountant with in excess of 20 years work experience. She is currently a Senior Deal Maker in the IDC’s New Industries division. Fuzlin has been exposed to many different companies in different industries, from start-ups to major listed companies, with work ranging from venture capital, private equity, investment banking, due diligences, post investment management ,sourcing deals, audits, lecturing accounting, company/risk analysis, setting up systems, introducing internal controls, turnarounds, directorships, investment committees etc. She enjoys being exposed to new/different work, companies, individuals, industries and countries.
Fuzlin is married and has 3 teenage daughters.
Software Engineer and Management Consultant
Formerly a software engineer by profession, I have worked with Google as a technical analyst with the Product, Quality and Operations department to prevent fraudulent activity on Google’s advertiser network. I have also worked with King in the capacity of a business performance intern with a focus on data analytics and game enhancement. Most recently, before joining Forbes Africa, I was a management consultant in the Middle East for Strategy& (formerly Booz&Co) in the Communication, Media & Technology team. I have worked with telecoms in emerging economies in the South East Asia sector. My core capability, again, focused on big data analytics to be used for customer segmentation and targeting/marketing.
Cara Lee Hedding
Marketing Manager at Zamato
Cara Lee Hedding oversees Zomato’s marketing functions in Africa as Marketing Manager for the popular restaurant discovery website and app. She completed her business degree from the University of Cape Town, whereafter she braved the desert heat of Dubai to work as a Brand Manager in the food industry. After moving back to South Africa she set up a strategic consultancy focusing on marketing, branding and communications. A true ‘foodie’ at heart, heading up Zomato’s South Africa Marketing team was a natural progression. Zomato is a fast paced, highly energetic environment which suits Cara perfectly. She loves to entertain, and when not hiking, doing yoga, or daydreaming about her next exotic getaway Cara can be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm or exploring one of Joburg’s numerous restaurants.
Group Executive of Marketing at MTN
Bernice Samuels is one of the leading marketers in South Africa with more than 20 years of work experience in business, marketing strategy development and implementation. She has been a key driver behind developing well-known corporate brands in South Africa and Africa including MNET, MTN and FNB. She has held a number of high profile roles in her career, including Chief Marketing Officer at MTN South Africa, Chief Marketing Officer at FNB and Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at SAB Miller.
Bernice recently re-joined MTN as the Chief Marketing Officer for MTN Group. She is assisting in lifting and repositioning product development and uplifting the MTN brand to maintain its pre-eminent position in Africa and the Middle East, whilst adapting to a rapidly evolving sector.
Bernice has worked across most of Africa and has achieved numerous international and local degrees and qualifications. She has a BSc Hons in Genetic Engineering from UCT, PDM Bus Admin and MBA from Wits Business School.
Bernice has received numerous accolades, including 2013 Marketer of the Year in the Sunday Times Top Brands Awards.
She scuba dives and enjoys playing with her dogs and son as often as possible and enjoys family movie night every Friday evening.