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Prof Mamakgethi Phakeng

Mamokgethi Phakeng began her term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town on 1 July 2018, where she had been serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation since January 2017. Prior to this appointment she served as Vice Principal for Research and Innovation at the University of South Africa (Unisa) for… read more »

Boskasie

Boskasie is a Cape Town born and raised singer/songwriter currently residing in Johannesburg. Having grown up in a family full of Jazz music lovers, she is inspired by the nostalgic sounds of Cape Jazz with her mother being a trumpeter and her dad a vocalist in the boys brigade. Boskasie’s extensive travels (she spent part… read more »

Melanie Bala

Melanie Bala is a veteran broadcaster with nearly three decades of experience in television and radio. She has worked for both the SABC; as well as DSTV (the Series channel), hosting her own talk show “Let’s Chat…” in 2010. In 2019, she co-hosted the 25th South African Music Awards. She is currently on Metro FM’s… read more »

Charmaine Soobramoney

Charmaine Soobramoney is the co-founder of Each One Hold One (EOHO) NPO. She is on a mission to ignite the desire of individuals and businesses to drive meaningful and sustainable value, to pay it forward. She is a multiskilled seasoned executive with over 2 decades of experience. She has a legal and finance background, and… read more »

Lisa Seftel

Lisa Seftel is an experienced public sector manager who has worked for 24 years in different spheres of the South African government including the Department of Labour where during the late 1990’s she was responsible for the legislative passage of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and other labour legislation and regulation. She also served… read more »

Philippa Rodseth

Philippa Rodseth is the Executive Director of the Manufacturing Circle. Her career began as an Architect working on commercial projects in South Africa and Hong Kong. After obtaining an MBA from WITS Business School, she joined First National Bank’s Commercial Division in 2003 and spent seven years working first in a private equity team funding… read more »

Stacey Brewer

Stacey Brewer, SPARK Schools’ Co-Founder and CEO, is a true innovator who has actively disrupted the norm. Dedicated to making a difference and solving South Africa’s education challenges, Stacey launched the SPARK Schools network in 2012 and has been intricately involved in its evolution and growth ever since. She completed a Bachelor of Science in… read more »

Dr Thabi Leoka

Thabi Leoka is an economist who has worked for various organisations in the financial sector. Thabi was recently appointed by President Ramaphosa to the Public Investment Corporation Commission of Inquiry. Thabi is a non-executive director of the Small Business Institute and ACT-Afrique which is based in Senegal. Thabi sits on the Statistic South Africa (Stats… read more »

Nomalungelo Gina

Nomalungelo Gina is the Deputy Minister of Trade Industry and Economic Development Department of the Republic of South Africa from 29 May 2019. Ms Gina is a teacher by profession and has taught in eMpangeni district for more than 15 years. She has been a member of SADTU, site steward and later a leader of… read more »

Penwell Lunga

Penwell is the current chairperson of the board of the South African Furniture Initiative (SAFI) and has served in this position since 2017. He has been involved in the Furniture Manufacturing industry for more than 15 years having served in the Executive Committees of the Furniture Manufacturing Associations in Gauteng, Western Cape and KZN and… read more »

Barbara Copelovici

Barbara Copelovici is the Entrepreneurship Director for SAB. She joined SAB in 2017, initially to shape and amplify the supplier development programme. Prior to joining SAB, Barbara was a management consultant, and then senior manager in the consulting arm of SizweNtsalubaGobodo. In this role, she led the delivery of strategic projects around supply chain transformation,… read more »

Sello Hatang

Sello Hatang is current CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF). The NMF has partnered with the Imbumba Foundation and Kolisi Foundation on an initiative called #Each1Feed1 which seeks to provide brief relief to families facing food insecurity due to the impact of COVID-19 in South Africa. They aim to supply 10 000 needy families with food packs over a… read more »

Dr Almero Oosthuizen

Dr Almero Oosthuizen is a specialist Emergency Physician who jointly runs the Emergency Centre at the Karl Bremer Hospital. He has a special interest in health innovation, service & education, and is currently heading a team of collaborators to develop performance tools to equip healthcare workers under pressure. He believes that people and relationships should be at… read more »

Dr Zaraina Solomons

Dr Zaraina Solomons is a Specialist Physician based at Melomed Gatesville. Dr Zaraina Solomons completed her medical degree at the University of Cape Town in 2006. Dr Solomons performed her internship, community service and first year as a senior medical officer at the New Somerset Hospital, in Greenpoint, Cape Town from 2007 to 2010. She… read more »

Kim Williams

Kim Williams, is an entrepreneur and well-respected local interior creative of the full-service Cape Town-based interior studio, Kim Williams, working across décor, design and interior architecture.  Kim started renovating her own properties during her early twenties, with the aim of increase their resell value and making good profit. However, it was in Kim’s 40s that… read more »

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