Key Note speaker:

 
Clem Sunter

Clem is best known for his 'high road/ low road' scenario planning and is a sought after guest speaker. He is also the bestselling author of 17 books. In his latest book, Flagwatching, Clem identifies the development and support of entrepreneurship as a key factor for meaningful national economic development.

Asked to comment on the importance of entrepreneurship, Clem said "The world of work has changed. Mass employ-ment has all but disappeared. Technology is destroying jobs and large companies are subcontracting work to smaller companies instead of doing the work themselves. Young people nowadays have therefore to create jobs for themselves rather than get jobs. In other words, they have to become entrepreneurs."

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Invited Speakers

 
K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran
2015-16 RI President

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Rotary Club of Colombo
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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 the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association. As his country's national PolioPlus 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, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts 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.

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Specialist Panellists

 
   
Sadaf Ajani  
Sadaf Ajani has over ten years of experience in program management,training and fundraising. She works as a Grants Officer for Rotary projects insouthern Africa as well as west and central Asia. She advises Rotarians onproject design, sustainability components and evaluation practices. sadaf ajani2 
   

   
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.

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Richard Chapman  

(Regional Head, Edge Growth and ASISA Fund)

Education: MBA (UCT), Bcom (Hons) (Rhodes University)

Profile: Richard is responsible for the establishment and leadership of Edge Growth’s Western Cape operations. Prior to joining Edge Richard developed a strong track record for building and enhancing businesses and managing business innovation projects within the international banking, insurance and wealth management sectors. With a passion for developing impactful businesses Richard then completed his master’s degree with a focus on sustainable business innovation. Richard’s current role included the design and setup of the ASISA Fund - an enterprise development fund created on behalf of South Africa’s investment industry to accelerate and invest in high-impact SMEs for the purpose of innovation and economic development

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Rod Dubitsky  
Rod Dubitsky is Senior Advisor and Chief Knowledge Officer for BRAC USA. Rod's involvement with BRAC USA goes back to 2007 as a volunteer. He joined the Advisory Council in 2009 and the Board in 2011. In 2011 he coauthored with BRAC a chapter covering agriculture and microfinance in the book "New Pathways out of Poverty." He also spent two months in Peru as a volunteer for TechnoServe working on research related to the development of the cocoa value chain. Rod's current role includes coverage of Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as providing support for BRAC's agriculture and microfinance programs. He has also played a key role in BRAC's Ebola response. 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.

Prior to joining BRAC, Rod was an executive vice president and lead asset expert in PIMCO's Advisory Group. PIMCO Advisory played a leading role in several of the most important financial crises bailout programs. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2009, he was managing director and head of asset-backed securities research at Credit Suisse, where he helped create residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and Asset-Backed (ABS) surveillance and analytics systems. He was ranked as a leading analyst in asset-backed securities by Institutional Investor magazine in 2002-2008. Rod holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and an economics degree from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

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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 Associate on the Vumela Enterprise Development Fund 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 the 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.

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Adrienne Marais  

Adri started out her career completing a Masters in Biochemistry and later an MBA. In 2012 she graduated cum laude with a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education Studies. Her background in science, business and education continues to inform her critical, analytical nature as well as her particular view of the world. As an entrepreneur, she is focussed, passionate and tenacious. As a leader, she is deeply empathetic, yet talks straight and stands in her integrity. She drives innovation from conceptualisation to implementation, balancing risk with sound business decisions.

Drawn equally to business and education, the business of education was a natural home for her. She headed up Varsity College in Cape Town since its inception until 2000, during which time student numbers tripled and profits increased ten-fold at her branch. She was asked to head up WS&L, an IT Training College which she made profitable within one year and sold off to a competitor.

Together with three co-founders, she started TSiBA (Tertiary School in Business Administration) in 2004. TSiBA is a private not-for-profit business school that provides all students with full tuition scholarships to study towards an enriched, fully accredited BBA degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Adri and the other executive directors designed and developed this unique degree, 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.

As TSiBA's CEO, she continues her work towards driving social change through education.

Adrienne Marais
   

   
Lilian Mazebenza  
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Tsakane Ngoepe   
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
   

   
Cobus Oelofse  
Cobus is the Chief Executive Officer of the iLembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism.

He has gained his 20 years of corporate experience with both JSE and London FTSE listed public companies and his industry exposure includes the mining, manufacturing, retail logistics & supply chain and the high tech manufacturing & engineering industries, where he held executive HR roles, amongst others with regional and global remits.

After spending 10 years in the UK Cobus returned home to South Africa, and the KZN North Coast, in 2009. A significant consideration for returning home was his desire to positively contribute to the social and economic potential of South Africa, and the region that he and his family live in.

After a career break he established himself as an independent consultant conducting consultancy assignments locally and regionally in Africa for a number of international intermediaries and clients.

Cobus holds BA (Hons), B Comm and Masters in Law degrees and his academic research includes topics as diverse as the socio-economic agenda of employment equity legislation, the psychological employment contract as a common-law implied contract term, the influence of Trade Union Federations on public policy and the appropriateness of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, over litigation, in employment disputes.

Cobus has been involved with the iLembe Chamber since its inception, initially as a Mentor, a member of the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee and as 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.

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Luvuyo Rani  
Is an award winning Visionary and Entrepreneur. Born in Queenstown, South Africa, he now resides in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Luvuyo is the founding director of award winning Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a Cape Town based IT services company with over twenty branches. A graduate of the UCT School of Business in Cape Town, Luvuyo also has a BTech Degree in Business Administration – Business Studies and a BTech Degree in Commercial Education – Economics. He has received many awards which have generated considerable media exposure.

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

The mission of Silulu Ulutho Technologies is to empower people in emerging communities to be part of the digital movement, by bringing technology services closer to their door steps, affording them the opportunity to seek employment, start businesses, learn and connect with friends and family while experiencing service like no other in the comfort of their own communities

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