Plenary Speakers

 

PATRICK CHISANGA

 

Master of Ceremonies/Conference Chair

PDG Patrick Chisanga is the current Chair of RI Reach Out To Africa Committee (ROTA).  He joined Rotary as a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Nkwazi, Lusaka, Zambia in 1985.  He served as District Governor District 9210 in 1988-1989. 

He has served on several Committees of the RI Board. In 2003 – 2005 he served as Chairman of the Governor Council of Southern and Eastern Africa.

He has twice served as RI Training Leader and later as International Assembly Leaders' Trainer.  He has served several times as RI President's Personal Representative to various District Conferences in Africa, United States of America United Kingdom and Europe.

In 2011 he was awarded the RI service above Service Award.  PDG Patrick and his wife Petronella are Major donors.

In his home country Zambia PDG Patrick Chisanga is currently serving in the Government of the Republic of Zambia as Director General of the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) which is responsible for promoting Zambia's economic growth and development. Patrick and Petronella have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.

mr chisanga

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT RAVI RAVINDRAN

 

2015-16 Rotary International President

Ravi is CEO of a publicly listed company which he founded with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is also the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association. As the Singapore national Polio Plus chair, Ravi headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days.

A Rotarian since 1974, Ravi has served RI as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and District governor. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children.  Ravi and his wife, Vanathy, are level 4 Major Donors of The Rotary Foundation.  They have been married since 1975 and have two adult children and one grandchild.

 K.R. Ravi Ravindran

  

RAY KLINGINSMITH

 

TRUSTEE CHAIR 2015-16, The Rotary Foundation

Ray Klinginsmith is a retired attorney in Kirksville, Missouri. Ray's wife, Judie, is a former elementary school teacher in Macon and Kirksville and a former consultant for the Child Development Assistant program at the Kirksville Area Vocational Center.  Ray is a graduate of the business school and the law school of the University of Missouri at Columbia. A Rotarian for more than 50 years, Ray is currently a member of the Kirksville Rotary Club.

He studied at the University of Cape Town as a Rotary Foundation ambassadorial scholar in 1961, and when he was elected to the board of directors for Rotary International in 1984, he became the first recipient of a Rotary Foundation award to serve on the RI board. He served as a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation from 2002 to 2006 and as vice chairman of the Trustees in 2005-06, and he has been awarded both the Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award by the Foundation. Ray served as the president of Rotary International during the 2010-11 Rotary year, as the 100th president of the organization, and he was the leader of a progressive board of directors. He was the first former Rotary scholar ever to serve as RI president.

Ray Klinginsmith 

ADRIENNE MARAIS

 

CEO, Tsiba Education Centre

Adri, the CEO of Tsiba Education Centre in Cape Town, has a Masters in Biochemistry and an MBA. Additionally, in 2012 she graduated cum laude with a Post Grad Diploma in Higher Education Studies. Drawn equally to business and education, the business of education is a natural home for her. 

She headed up Varsity College in Cape Town from inception until 2000, during which time student numbers tripled and profits increased ten-fold. She then headed up WS&L, an IT Training College, which became profitable within one year.

Together with three co-founders, she started TSiBA (Tertiary School in Business Administration) in 2004. TSiBA is a private, not-for-profit business school providing all students with full tuition scholarships to study  towards an enriched, fully accredited BBA unique degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Thus far they have awarded over 1500 scholarships, produced 7 Mandela Rhodes Scholars, 2 Allan Gray Orbis Fellows, 3 Kofi Annan Fellows and have capped over 150 graduates – 98% of whom are currently either employed or pursuing post graduate studies. In 2014, TSiBA received the Mail & Guardian's Drivers of Change award.

 Adrienne Marais

CLEM SUNTER

 

Clem Sunter was born in Suffolk, England on 8 August 1944 and was educated at Winchester College. Clem Sunter went to Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics before joining Charter Consolidated as a management trainee in 1966. In 1971, Clem moved to Zambia to work for Anglo American Corporation.  In 1973 he transferred to the Head Office of Anglo American Corporation in Johannesburg and was Chairman of the Gold and Uranium Division from 1990 to 1996, then the largest gold producer in the world. He was until recently Chairman of the Anglo American Chairman's Fund, recently rated the premier corporate social responsibility fund in South Africa. He is now Chairman of Corporate Affairs and Chairman of the Anglo American Chairman's Fund.

Clem is widely known for his "High Road/Low Road" scenarios about South Africa in the mid 1980's.  In early 2001, "The Mind of a Fox", co‐authored with Chantel Ilbury, was released. The book anticipated a major terrorist attack on a western city prior to the September 11th World Trade Centre tragedy in New York. It sold well. In 2007, a new book, "Socrates and the Fox: A strategic dialogue", co‐authored again with Chantel Ilbury, was released. Socratic dialogue transforms strategic conversation from the normal, dreary type of superficial analysis that companies go through nowadays, to a full‐blooded, back‐to‐basics debate.

Clem and Chantell have developed a unique methodology which integrates scenario planning into the mainstream process of strategic planning and decision‐making. This has come about through rigorous application, re‐evaluation and fine‐tuning in the course of facilitating countless sessions.

Clem Sunter continues to be one of the country's favourite speakers ... his presentation style is both thought provoking and entertaining.

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LUVUYO RANI

 

Luvuyo Rani is both a visionary and an award winning entrepreneur. Born in Queenstown, he now lives in the Western Cape, South Africa. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, plus has a BTech Degree in Business Administration – Business Studies and a B Tech Degree in Commercial Education – Economics.

Luvuyo is the founding director of the award winning Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a Cape Town based IT services company with over twenty branches. He has received many awards which have generated considerable media exposure.

For his extraordinary work providing access to technology, Luvuyo was named one of the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipients in the category of business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment.

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PANELLISTS

   

SADAF AJANI

 

Sadaf Ajani has over ten years of experience in program management, training and fundraising. Since 2012 she has been working as the Grants Officer for Rotary projects in Southern Africa, as well as west and central Asia.

She advises Rotarians on project design, sustainability components and evaluation practices.

She enjoys learning how things are created and what makes people take action – she takes a multi-perspective approach to every challenge. Her multicultural background, international experience, and fascination with languages have taught her there are numerous ways to address and resolve any situation.

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TRACEY CHAMBERS

 

Founder and CEO of The Clothing Bank

Tracey is a Wynberg Girls High School Alumni; a B Comm CA/SA University of Cape Town; a Chartered Accountant with 20 years' experience. Before starting the The Clothing Bank, she spent 9 Years with Woolworths in various positions and was Head of Finance for the last 5 years. She left the corporate world in 2009 to pursue her passion for teaching and empowering women. The Clothing Bank was founded in 2010; its mission: to inspire, skill and support unemployed mothers to eradicate poverty in their lives. It is now considered one of the best practice examples of sustainable Enterprise Development in SA

 Tracey Chambers
  

GREG CRYER

 

Greg has been married to Lindsay for 22 years and they collectively have 5 children who, in turn, have produced 11 grand children to date.

Greg is a serial entrepreneur concentrating his time predominantly in the property development market, he also has interests in the retail fuel industry as well as the Internet's wireless and fibre optic markets.

A Rotarian for 22 years he is a PDG of D9370 and is currently serving on a number D9370's committees. He is RI President Ravi's convention promotion officer for zone 20A south, the current chairperson of COSA and is a director of the Zone 20A South's Rotary bulletin Rotary Africa.

 Greg Cryer

CHRIS D'AIUTO

 

Chris D'Aiuto has a Master's in Soil Science from North Carolina State University and many years' experience in the agricultural sector, specifically in soil science, research and project implementation.

He is a consulting soil specialist for ABALIMI-Harvest of Hope, in South Africa and has worked as a research assistant at Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization in Africa and as a research and teaching assistant at NC State. 

Chris possesses strong skills in agriculture sciences, analysis and leadership – all balanced with effective community involvement and organizing – with a specific focus on drought monitoring and water budgeting.

He is proficient in English (his mother tongue), plus French and Afrikaans!

 Chris DAiuto

ROD DUBITSKY

 

Senior Advisor and Chief Knowledge Officer for BRAC USA

Rod Dubitsky is Senior Advisor and Chief Knowledge Officer for BRAC USA. Rod holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and an economics degree from the State University of New York.

Rod's current role includes coverage of Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as providing support for BRAC's agriculture and microfinance programs. In addition, Rod has produced knowledge products including a summary review of BRAC's impact research and a primer on BRAC's social enterprise programs.

Before BRAC, Rod was an executive vice president and lead asset expert in PIMCO's Advisory Group.  They played a leading role in several important financial crises bailout programs. Before that, he was MD and head of asset-backed securities research at Credit Suisse. He was ranked as a leading analyst in asset-backed securities by Institutional Investor magazine in 2002-2008.

Rod Dubitsky

CHARLEEN DUNCAN

 

Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), University of the Western Cape (UWC)

Charleen Duncan is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Their focus is on developing entrepreneurship initiatives and providing enterprise support and supplier development for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the region.

Major achievements since the centre's establishment include being awarded two DEDAT tenders totalling R2 million and sourcing R1.2 million in funding for six projects over three years in the enterprise development sector. The CEI has also launched a pilot curriculum programme in and across the campus space and developed short courses for entrepreneurs that are UWC accredited.

Charleen has been awarded a scholarship from the University of Florida to do an entrepreneurship course in the experiential classroom which has developed a global network for Centres of Entrepreneurship in Africa, the USA and Europe.

Charleen boasts impressive experience in her role, having previously worked in acclaimed positions, eg:  Regional Manager in Marketing and Communications at ABSA;  Executive Manager for Corporate Affairs at the South African Medical Research Council; and, Project Manager for South Africa's inaugural Year of Science, Engineering and Technology (a national project for The Office of The President). She has also worked extensively with national and international organisations, including Western Cape Business Opportunity Forum, World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

 Charleen Duncan

JEROME ECKLES

 

Regional Manager, Shanduka Black Umbrellas

Jerome is the Regional Manager of Shanduka Black Umbrellas. Jerome has 20 years' management experience, the last 13 years being focused on the development of SMEs and Programme Management in the SME sector.  

Jerome's passion to develop entrepreneurs saw him start a strategic consultancy for SMEs with a focus on Business Strategy, Business Model Formulation and Operational Processes. He has volunteered at TSiBA University and presented to entrepreneurs from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha on the KhayaPlain Small Business Academy programme of the University of Stellenbosch's Business School.

 Jerome Eckles

BONAVENTURE FANDOHAN

 

Manager of Economic & Community Development, Rotary International

Bonaventure's work at the Rotary Foundation includes supporting Rotarians and grant staffs in the design and implementation of sustainable Economic and Community Development Global Grant projects.  He also helps identify priority regions to benefit from Economic and Community Development projects, and assists Rotarians

channel their activities to address these needs. Another aspect of Bona's assignment is to lead the Economic

and Community Development staff team to support professional development within the organization.

 Bonaventure Fandohan

ISOBEL FRYE

 

Director, The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)

Isobel Frye is the Director of The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), an independent not-for-profit research think tank that is based in Johannesburg. SPII, under Isobel's leadership, implemented a program based on BRAC's programs, known as Graduation in Johannesburg.

Graduation focuses specifically on providing training, skills and resources for people living in poverty, often marginalized and vulnerable women, to become entrepreneurs and thus contributing economic actors in their local market. The main interventions of the Graduation program implemented by SPII included life skills training, business management skills training, financial literacy training, and enterprise development/coaching.

 Isobel Frye

GUY HARRIS

 

Chair, City of Cape Town's Audit Committee, SA Bureau of Standards

Guy, a CA (SA) with Hons plus a B.Com Hons in Financial Management and the AMP at UCT GSB. He also did the UK based CEDR's course on Commercial Mediation and is a member of the Institute of Directors and SAICA.

He considers himself a Social Entrepreneur, initiating accelerators to fast track high job growth sme's in Western Cape, driving an initiative enhancing the eco-space for sme's across all sectors.

Guy was CEO at SA Institute for Entrepreneurship and founding director of Greybeard Business Catalysts which focused initiallly on Entrepreneur Development and Job Creation. He coordinated obtaining major changes to S12J tax legislation to help make venture capital funding more cost effective.

Currently, Guy is on the Board of the SA Bureau of Standards.  He is Chair of the City of Cape Town's Audit Committee; on the National Parliament audit committee and the Board of Booyco Engineering. He is a project team member on Productivity SA's Work Place Change Program and Chairman of Council of Northlink TVET college. He is on the UCT Intellectual Property Advisory Committee and on the Simodisa Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder Task Team. He supports the Brothers for All initiative teaching coding to prisoners and vulnerable youth. He is on the Advisory Board for the School @ Centre of the Community / Partners for Possibilities schools initiative.

His past achievements, directorships and associations are as numerous, impressive and/or altruistic. Space does not permit listing them all, but they include:

independent facilitating on strategy; Financial Director at the SA Sugar Association; Commercial Director at Bell Equipment; MD of Avis Rent A Car; Managing Partner of Deloitte Consulting.

 Guy Harris

ANDREW JAEGER

 

Andrew is married to Christine and they have an 8 year old son, Daniel. Andrew studied accounting, but spent most of his career in management consulting. They now farm in Tulbagh.

Andrew is a PDG of D 9370 and will be taking on the role of Regional Rotary Coordinator for Zone 20A (South) on 1 July 2016.

His philosophy is that Rotary is more relevant in the world today than ever before and if we return to the basics of Rotary – honesty, integrity, high ethical standards – we can change our world and achieve the extraordinary.

Andrew Jaeger

CHRISTINA KABA

 

Co-Director, Abalimi Agricultural Projects

MaKaba is the Co-Director of Abalimi Agricultural Projects. "Abalimi" means "farmers" in Xhosa, and is a Voluntary Association (VA) which assists and initiates in the creation of permanent agro-ecological food-growing projects which are also nature conservation projects. These are the basis for resilient and sustainable lifestyles, self-help job creation, poverty alleviation and environmental renewal in the low income suburbs on the Cape Flats near Cape Town.

Born in Kockstad in 1948, MaKaba is a self-confessed farm girl. The fact that she had only a partial primary school education has not held her back.  Today, thanks to MaKaba's leadership, there are 6000 micro-farmers on ABALIMI's Farmer register since 2008. This register is growing by 1000 new members per annum and at least 2500 of these, at any one time,  are using ABALIMI's services to grow or maintain their   home and community food gardens in Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Gugulethu and many other areas in Cape Town. What she has achieved is an inspiration to many. 

 Christina Kaba

GREG MacFARLANE

 

Greg spent the first part of his career in the field of supply chain consulting where he gained significant experience in process re-engineering, optimisation, strategy and financial project evaluation techniques working in Johannesburg and Europe. During this period, he delivered multiple financial due diligences and supply chain solutions for multi-national pharmaceutical firms.

Greg joined Edge Growth as an Investment and has subsequently been part of the founding team of the Edge Cape Town office as well as the ASISA Enterprise Development Fund as an Investment Officer. In this role, Greg is responsible for overseeing the investment team on the deal making function for early stage investments into the supply chains of ASISA members representing the majority of South Africa's asset managers and life insurers.

 Greg MacFarlane

ANNIE McWALTER

 

CEO, The Hope Factory

Annie is CEO of The Hope Factory, a Non Profit which specialises in Enterprise and Supplier Development and growing South African entrepreneurs. Annie has qualifications in Social Entrepreneurship, Industrial Psychology (Masters) and the Sciences, plus vast experience in Enterprise Development and entrepreneurship.

Driven to develop and increase the success of Black business owners, The Hope Factory offers a variety of 6 key programmes designed to grow entrepreneurial skills and also to develop and introduce credible Black owned Suppliers into corporate networks.

Based in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, there are plans for national expansion. They assist entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses, mentoring entrepreneurs strategically towards their purpose, vision and goals for business growth. Programmes consist of a range of services which include operational investments, access to market opportunities, networking sessions, business development workshops and specialised training.

 Annie McWalter

LILLIAN MASEBENZA 

 

Lillian Masebenza founded Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Network in 2004. An Ashoka fellow and social entrepreneur, Lillian is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and sustainable social entrepreneurship for women. Mhani Gingi does this through their flagship project which empowers women through employment and skills training in farming, growing healthy and nutritious food for themselves and their families. The organic propagated vegetables and herbs produced are also sold at various markets creating further job opportunities.

In 2010 Lillian was a finalist in Ernst & Young World Entrepreneurial Awards. She since won two awards - 2015 Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Governmental Awards from CEO Communications, plus as a finalist in University World Start up Cup Competition in Copenhagen with a Rose Geranium Business Plan in September 2015.

Lilian Mazebenza

NIKITA MFENYAMA

 

A civil engineer by qualification, Nikita Mfenyana has spent the last twenty years in development finance, beginning with 10 years as an Investment Manager at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) specialising in property management, tourism and franchising.

In 2006, having a passion for Small Business Development, he joined BUSINESS/PARTNERS as Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism fund.  BUSINESS/PARTNERS is the largest private sector specialist risk financier for formal small businesses with over 2000 small business clients serviced through 20 offices in South Africa. Currently Regional Consulting Manager for the Western Cape, he supports small business entrepreneurs which includes organising mentorship, assistance with corporate governance, linkages and synergies for the advancement of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

 Nikita Mfenyama

TSAKANE NGOEPE

 

Impact Investment Analyst, Bertha Centre

Tsakane Ngoepe is the Impact Investment Analyst at the Bertha Centre. In addition to supporting the work of the impact investment team on projects across a variety of sectors, she acts as a researcher and writing assistant to Julia Balandina Jaquier for the second edition of her book "Guide to Impact Investing" (for High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices). Prior to this, she has worked as a consulting intern for Monitor Deloitte, an actuarial intern for Old Mutual South Africa and a curriculum presenter at the enke: make your mark annual youth development forum. Tsakane holds a BCom with a finance major from the University of Cape Town, where she is currently completing her BCom Honours in Financial  Analysis and Portfolio Management (FAPM).

 Tsakane Ngoepe

MARLON PARKER

 

Marlon Parker is an entrepreneur and advocate for using Technology for Social Good. His passion for community development has influenced his work and led to being the founder of the Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) - a global movement who have initiated projects in 22 countries.

He was listed as one of the 100 World Class South Africans, an alumni of President Obama's Young African Leaders initiative and an onorary faculty member of the International School of Digital Transformation. In 2014 he was also selected as a World Economic Forum 'Young Global Leader Ashoka Fellow' and was one of the "Top Africans" in Technology.

He was the co-founder of JamiiX, the backbone to one of the largest mobile chat counselling networks in the world - more than 4 million people being reached since its inception. Marlon is also the chairman of the Reach Trust, currently in the process of setting up an early stage ventures vehicle that will seek to support entrepreneurs in Africa.

 Marlon Parker

NICK PHILLIPS

 

A Rotarian for 39 years Nick has served as Governor of his district, and as Rotary Coordinator and Rotary Foundation Coordinator for the southern African zone.

He has served as a Rotary International Training Leader and currently holds the position of vice chair of ROTA (Rotary in Africa), the body that coordinates and promotes Rotary project activity on the African continent and the Indian Ocean Islands.

Nick lives in KwaZulu Natal, has four daughters and three grandsons and is married to Silvia.

 Nick Phillips

  

COBUS OELOFSE

 

CEO, iLembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism

Cobus Oelofse, CEO of iLembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism has 20 years corporate experience with both the JSE and London FTSE listed public companies, plus exposure in mining, manufacturing, retail logistics & supply chain, and high tech manufacturing & engineering industries.

After 10 years in the UK, Cobus returned to South Africa in 2009 to positively contribute to the social and economic potential of this country. He does independent consultancy assignments both locally and in Africa.

Cobus holds a BA (Hons), B Comm and Masters in Law degree.  He has been involved with the iLembe Chamber since inception, is a member of the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee and an Executive Committee member. He is a member of the South African Chamber of Commerce's Council and a Non-Executive Director of Enterprise iLembe, the iLembe District's local economic development agency.

 Cobus Oelofse

AMINA PATTERSON

 

Amina, a University of Witwatersrand B Com Accounting graduate, brings her passion for B-BBEE, years of experience, and strong client engagement skills to Edge Growth, where she started her career as a consultant.

She then enhanced her expertise by managing and overseeing BBEE and empowerment concerns across a number of different divisions at Barloworld. Amina then pursued a Client Engagement Management role which focussed on delivering technology and innovation solutions to the financial services sector across Africa.

In 2015 she returned to Edge Growth where she now provides a range of experience and insights to Africa's leading specialist Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) firm. Strong-willed and determined, Amina inspires her team members and colleagues as she open doors to global business networks and continues to grow market presence.

 AMINA PATTERSON

STEVE REID

 

Steve Reid has degrees in Commerce and Theology as well as a higher diploma in Forestry. He is also an accredited business coach and NLP practitioner, all having helped shape a focus and passion for raising entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking.

Steve has been involved in business coaching for the past 10 years. The past 4 years saw the establishment of a successful business incubator in Port Elizabeth and 36 companies and business owners went through the program and built sustainable businesses.

Steve opened a Centre for Entrepreneurship for False Bay College in 2015. He is a public speaker at both public and private institutions and uses the platforms to open up windows around the opportunity found within entrepreneurship.

 Steve Reid

LEONORA SAULS 

 

Leonora Sauls started her career in the Financial Services industry, with Old Mutual and Southern Life.

Sauls then joined SAB Miller SA's Corporate Affairs Division, managing Enterprise and Community Development. She led their Kickstart Program, the company's flagship Enterprise Business Development programme for South African youth, and managed an International Leadership Programme in a partnership between SABMiller SA and the United Nations.

Leonora joined the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation in 2008. She focuses on Community Development and is currently Head of Philanthropy for the Ackerman Family Foundation and the Ackerman Pick 'n Pay Foundation. She has extensive experience in Enterprise Development, Project Management and Strategy Implementation.                                               

In her personal capacity she has served on the Regional Board of the Black Management Forum and established their Gender Desk (Western Cape), has been a member of the 1st Bergvliet Sea Scouts Committee and is active in various community initiatives.  She is a past Board Member on the South African Board of African Solutions for African Problems, a community Development organisation with offices in the US and UK.

Brothers for All is a spin out of Mothers for All, a non-profit social enterprise that was started in 2008 to provide income generation and entrepreneurship support and training to caregivers of vulnerable children in South Africa and Botswana, where our our work has been supported by Barclays Bank, The World Bank and the EU.

In 2010, Mothers for All started working with an award-winning prisoner initiative, called the Group of Hope, which enabled prisoners to change their lives by helping orphans in nearby impoverished communities. We began by designing delivering peer education programmes to cover HIV, STIs and TB in four different prisons. The work was highly successful with our results presented at X1X International AIDS Conference in Washington in 2012 and the Durban AIDS Conference in 2013. We also started an income generation project in the prison which has generated more than R100,000 to support local communities.

While working with prisoners trying to turn their lives around, it became clear that aspirational technology skills are the only scalable way to end the cycle of poverty and crime. So in 2014 Brothers for All focused on equipping offenders, ex-offenders and vulnerable youth with aspirational technology and entrepreneurship skills.

 Leonora Sauls

THEMBINKOSI SIGANDA

 

Director, Economic Development, City of Cape Town

Thembinkosi Siganda is the Director of Economic Development in the City of Cape Town. His Department manages and leads the City's programmes that create favourable conditions for SMME's. His background is in Business Administration, Local Government Management, Local Economic Development and Company Law. He leads the City's Doing Business programme for the City (in partnership with the National Treasury and the World Bank). He has more than 15 years' experience in Local Economic Development. He previously managed a family micro enterprise. He currently also manages the Langa Baptist Church's Media & Sound Ministry operations.

 Thembinkosi Siganda

CARLO VIZZI

 

Manager: Business Support, Economic Development Department, City of Cape Town

Carlo Vizzi is the Manager: Business Support at the Economic Development Department of the City of Cape Town. He has been with the City for 15 years and was previously Head of the Business Support section and a Local Economic Development Project Officer.

He has a NHD: Public Management as well as qualifications in Developmental Local Government, International Trade and Small Business Development.

Prior to joining the City of Cape Town, he was a Supply Chain Manager with the National and Provincial Tender Boards for 10 years.

 Carlo Vizzi

FACILITATORS

   

RANDALL WAYNE LEWIS

 

Randall did his B Proc at the University of the Western Cape, then followed with 2 Diplomas in Financial Markets & Instruments and is currently doing a Post Graduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting at TSiBA.

His training, facilitation and business experience includes working with and at names like BOE, Peoples Bank, Nedbank, London Business School - Business Bridge, MTN, Harmony Gold, Goldfields, Distell, University of Stellenbosch, Sanlam and now TSiBA.

In the last 3 years he has specifically focussed on mentoring and Business Essentials in Strategy and Operations for SMMEs.

 RANDALL WAYNE LEWIS

NAWAL RAMASAR

 

Nawal Ramasar (B.Sc; M.B.A.) is a strategic development and marketing entrepreneur with 35+ years' experience in manufacturing, franchising and retail marketing, plus successes in property development.

Nawal has been a Retail Consultant and since 2013, a Business Coach through his company, BusinessXL. He had many directorships and serves on several boards, including empowerment group Lungisa Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

His key strengths include facilitation, business development & marketing, business turnaround strategies, negotiation, retail management, franchising, funding structures for SME's and property development (retail, commercial, industrial and residential). He loves starting new business ventures that target niche markets.

Nawal Ramasar

BABUSI MICHAEL SIBANDA

 

Babusi is a multi-lingual South African living in Cape Town who has diverse roots. He is a professionally qualified Human Resources Practitioner with a BA (Hons) and an MA in Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town, as well as a BA Honours from the University of Zimbabwe. He also has over 20 year's diverse post-graduate managerial experience and is a Registered Psychometrist with the Health Professions Council of SA.

He is currently enrolled in a Post Grad Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting (NQF level 8) with the aim of doing a PhD in Social Innovation / Entrepreneurship / Small Enterprise Development/ Program Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)

Currently he is an entrepreneurship lecturer at Tsiba entrepreneurship Business School. Babusi has diverse corporate experience with top names like Mossgas, Woolworths, Willards, Sasol, Murray & Roberts, National Brands, AngloVaal, Chevron/Caltex, and Mondi.

 BABUSI MICHAEL SIBANDA

THEODORE EDWARD WILSCOTT

 

Theo is a big thinker with a strong strategic view who builds strong trade relationships and he believes in coaching and mentoring to unlock potential. A strong leader of people, he is an operational and tactical driver of retail strategies. He has a B. Soc Sc plus an MBA, as well as a Coaching to Excellence qualification from the UCT Graduate School of Business.  

Theo is a FMCG professional with many years' experience in Key account management and a strong history of exceeding sales and profitability targets. His key skills and competencies are excellent management skills, strong presentation and negotiation skills, a successful track record in new business development and achieving sales targets, the ability to work long and hard under pressure, plus his mentoring and coaching abilities

THEODORE EDWARD WILSCOTT
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