Strategic Leadership: 21 Years On - South Africa Losing the Competitive Edge?

contact duduEvent Date: Friday, 13 March 2015
Venue: The Michelangelo Hotel, Sandton (Map & Directions)
Speakers: View the speaker profiles here.
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Event Presentations

Self-Leadership in Gaining the Competitive Edge 
by Ms Dudu MsomiCEO of Busara Leadership Partners

Increasing the Will and Confidence of the Private Sector to Unleash Domestic Investment and Growth 
by Keynote Speaker:Mr Nhlanhla NeneMinister of Finance
Fixing what is wrong with South Africa to reclaim our Competitive Edge 
by Panel Speakers:Ms Ferial HaffajeeEditor-in-Chief, City Press; and Mr Chris HartHead of Market and Economic Research, Investment Solutions
The Role of Leaders in Bridging the Economic Divide in South Africa 
by Panel Speakers:
Ms Portia MolefeCEO, UBU Holdings & Mr Marc LubnerCEO, Afrika Tikkun



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Speaker Profiles

Dudu Msomi

Dudu Msomi

Speaker: CEO of Busara Leadership Partners
Topic: Self-Leadership in Gaining the Competitive Edge

Dudu Msomi is founder and Chief Executive of Busara Leadership Partners, a strategic advisory service and consulting company. The talent is distinctive in their trans-disciplinary and multi-sectoral experience, thinking and approaches for competitive and comparative advantage by providing expertise and capabilities that are innovative, creative, contextually relevant, personalised and tailor-made. Msomi heads up the division, Busara Integrated, which develops leaders to grow investments and their organisations in a sustainable manner by making decisions that ensure positive long-term benefits for the organisation and their communities. Services include governance and leadership advisory services, inducting and ongoing training of board members, conducting annual board appraisals, designing and conducting service audits (for Internal and External Auditors, Company Secretarial and Risk Management functions amongst others) and developing and conducting thought leadership surveys and reports.

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Nhlanhla Nene

Nhlanhla Nene

Speaker: Minister of Finance 
Topic: Increasing the Will and Confidence of the Private Sector to Unleash Domestic Investment and Growth

Nhlanhla Musa Nene is the Minister of Finance of South Africa, appointed on 25 May 2014. He was previously the Deputy Minister of Finance in the Cabinet of South Africa since November 2008. He is also the Chairperson of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). Before taking up his position as Deputy Minister, he was the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Finance from August 2005 until 4 November 2008 and the Co-Chairperson of the Joint Budget Committee from October 2002 until August 2005. Mr Nene has been a Member of Parliament since June 1999. He was a Member of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup. Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Nhlanhla Nene holds numerous qualifications including a Diploma in Marketing Management from DMS; an Advanced Diploma in Economic Policy from the University of the Western Cape; a Certificate in Economics from the University of South Africa; Course in Evaluating Macroeconomic Strategies from Williams College (CDE) in the USA; Certificate in Macro and Micro Economics from the University of London and B.Com Honours in Economics from the University of Western Cape.

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Ferial Haffajee

ferial haffajee

Speaker:  Editor-in-Chief, City Press
Topic: Fixing what is wrong with South Africa to reclaim our Competitive Edge

Ferial Haffajee is Editor-in-Chief of City Press. Previously she held the same position at the Mail & Guardian. An alumni of the Africa Leadership Initiative, a project of the Aspen Institute. Ferial sits on the board of Gender Links which is geared to improving the media’s coverage of development and gender empowerment. She is a previous winner of the Shoprite-Checkers woman of the year award, The Media magazine’s women in media award and a Sanlam financial journalism award. In 2008, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Ferial has also worked at Financial Mail and at the SABC in both radio and television. She enjoys her family, friends, cooking, travelling, reading and of course fashion.

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Chris Hart

chris hart

Speaker: Head of Market and Economic Research, Investment Solutions
Topic: Fixing what is wrong with South Africa to reclaim our Competitive Edge

Chris Hart joined Investment Solutions as Head of Market and Economic Research in August 2007 and has since been appointed the company’s Chief Strategist.

He was previously a senior financial market economist with Absa Capital. Chris’s main research focus is analysing financial markets domestically and abroad with the aim of advising the investment team on enhancing portfolio returns and identifying portfolio risk. As Chief Strategist, he is also responsible for client liaison and engagement with Investment Solutions and the broader Alexander Forbes group.

He has presented papers at numerous conferences in South Africa and abroad and is one of the country’s leading commentators on economic issues and financial markets. He is a co-author, with Glenn Silverman, of “Half Way There”, a book that offers a comprehensive account of the five members of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

Chris studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and has been a volunteer with St John Ambulance, which he has served as its South African commander. Previously a teacher, he has a keen interest in education, social and development issues.

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Mark Ian Lubner 

marc lubner

Speaker:  CEO, Afrika Tikkun
Topic: The Role of Leaders in Bridging the Economic Divide in South Africa

Educated at Hyde Park High School; B Com Wits in 1970s; in 1980s graduated from Kellogg Graduate School of Business with a MBA completing the degree on the Dean’s List.

I worked for approximately 10 years with PG Group which was our family business in the glass and timber industry, learning the ropes from the shop floor through to senior management locally and internationally. After 4 years building a business in the entertainment software industry, which I sold to CNAAGallo Group, I used an opportunity to manage a listed private equity investment group, Umbono Investment Corporation, responsible for effecting and funding some of the first black empowerment deals in South Africa. This was a turn-around business where the group, Market Capitalization, grew four-fold in value before it was privatized and de-listed.

Thereafter, I bought an operation in the black economic empowerment firm that offered strategic planning to senior executives in Government and the private sector.

Throughout my background experiences I was involved in community affairs which included the following:

Past Chairman and Board Member of the YPO organization (Africa Gateway Chapter); Past Chairman of the South Africa Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro Home for Handicapped Children; Executive Member of the Lubner Kibbutz Home for the Handicapped; Global Leader of Tomorrow (World Economic Forum) and currently CEO MaAfrika Tikkun; Executive Chairman and Founder of Smile Fund and Executive Chairman of the South African Israel Chamber of Commerce; Founding member of Angel’s Haven Home for Aids Orphan Infants and Committee member of GuideStar South Africa.

• Young Presidents Organization Honour Award 2002
• Inyathelo Philanthropy Award – 2009
• Young Presidents Organization Philanthropic Award 2010
• ABSA Jewish Achiever’s Cyril Harris Philanthropy Award 2011

My family had a historic tie to Mr Mandela during his years of incarceration and after his release from prison participated in numerous causes motivated by him. In March 2000, following his request for my assistance to provide surgical relief to a child faced with facial paralysis, we launched together The Smile Fund. The Fund was focussed on raising funds to provide children from financially disadvantaged background with access to surgical relief for facial disfigurements. From inception the intent was to provide a child-friendly service within the state hospital facilities where the need appeared to be the greatest. Over the years, from witnessing the manner in which children and their families were treated within these facilities, it was determined that the Smile Fund should extend its activities to provide psycho-social support for patients and their families as well as to offer skills development and motivational programming for hospital staff whilst also driving a massive awareness campaign designed to educate the general public and children in particular about the psychological angst and pain children suffer when isolated and shunned because of their facial condition/s. A year after founding the organization, a formal structure was concluded with Professor George Psaras joining as my partner in charge of medical services; a board of directors was formed which included Peter Sullivan on behalf of Independent Newspapers who became our media partners. The organization, which was originally registered under the umbrella of the Independent Newspaper’s registered charity, Sauer Street Charities, was independently registered in 2008 as The Smile Foundation, a Section 21 not for profit entity. An expanded board of directors was formed incorporating well-known personalities from both the private and public sectors. The organization recruited Moira Gerszt initially as my assistant - then some years later as Chief Operations Officer as I assumed the Executive Chairman position. Under Moira, the organization has expanded its arena into an additional 7 state hospitals nationally and the staff base has increased accordingly.

My role as CEO of Afrika Tikkun has been to grow this not-for-profit township development organization from approximately 2,000 interventions to 18,000 interventions daily with a budget which exceeds R50 million.

Afrika Tikkun, an organization which develops empowering models enabling community members to address the basic core and developmental needs of children growing up in poor township conditions from birth through until they leave school for tertiary education or for employment in the workplace. The organization provides home-based care, daily feeding, early childhood development then advanced youth development in a continuous cycle to ensure the appropriate development for the child. The organization employs over 600 people and operates in townships around South Africa.

The South African Israel Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that promotes trade opportunities between its members locally as well as arranging trade linkage opportunities internationally which includes opportunities in Israel. It is a non-political organization with approximately 300 members and my role as Executive Chairman is to provide strategic direction and guidance to an organization that is managed on a daily basis by Mr Stephen Danziger.

I have 2 children – Takara (23) and Jason-Lee (18). My daughter has won a number of awards for her own community programmes and my son is a swimmer and culinary expert of note.

Active sports participant; philanthropy and social responsibility; wildlife enthusiast; family time.

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Portia Molefe

portia molefe

Speaker:  CEO, UBU Holdings
Topic: The Role of Leaders in Bridging the Economic Divide in South Africa

Portia Molefe is co-founder and CEO of Ubu Investment Holdings (2010), an investment and advisory firm. The business has a two-pronged focus, investments in infrastructure and advanced manufacturing, on one hand, and strategic advice in areas related to the development of key economic infrastructure and strategic sectors, on the other. 

Among its current strategic advisory projects in West Africa are the development of the Togo Transport Corridor and the establishment of an automotive programme in Nigeria. 

Portia occupied senior positions in the South African government during a period of major economic reform. She was Director General of the Department of Public Enterprises (2005-2009). In 2002 she was the Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Trade and Industry at a time of substantial Transformation of the department. Portia was part of the founding team and became Chief Operating Officer of Trade and Investment South Africa. 

She holds a BSc, Honours in Economics from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand.   She serves on the board of Ubank and the Africa Advisory board of Alexander Proudfoot.

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 Map & Directions

The Michelangelo Hotel, 135 West Street, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. Tel: 011 282 7000


Directions from OR Tambo International Airport

From OR Tambo International Airport, take the R24 towards Johannesburg. At the Gillooly's Interchange, take the N3 to Pretoria / Bryanston (Eastern Bypass). Take the Marlboro turn off and turn left. Continue to the end of Marlboro Drive until you reach a T-junction.

Turn left into Katherine Drive. Drive under the bridge. Travel through about 2 traffic intersections and turn right into West Street. Turn left into the Michelangelo Hotel entrance.

Directions from Pretoria

From Pretoria, take the M1 towards Johannesburg. Pass the turn offs towards Germiston / Durban (N3) and Roodepoort / Bloemfontein (N1). Take the Grayston Drive off ramp and turn right. Drive over the M1 S Highway. Continue over the bridge until you reach Rivonia Road.

Turn left into Rivonia Road and pass the Village Walk Shopping Centre. Pass Sandton Cargo Motors and turn right into West Street. Continue and turn left into the Michelangelo Hotel entrance. 

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