Doing Business in a Volatile, Low Growth World

Strategic Leadership Seminar

logo sponsor guardrisk Date: Thursday, 16 March 2017
Venue: Summer Place, 69 Melville Road, Hyde Park
Speakers: View speaker profiles here




Event Programme

7:30 – 8:10
Registration & Breakfast
Ms Dudu Msomi, CEO, Busara Leadership Partners 
Mr York Zucchi, Chief Coffee Drinker, The Business Opportunity Marketplace
Effective strategic thinking and planning for a VUCA World
Panel speakers:
Dr Miriam Altman, Economist and Commissioner & Ms Polo Leteka, CEO, IDF Capital
What South African Businesses Must Do to Thrive in a Volatile, Low Growth World

Panel Speakers:
Ms Portia Derby, CEO, UBU Holdings & Mr Nhlanhla Nene, Resident Adviser, Thebe Investments
Spotting Hidden Gems and Doing Business on the African Continent

Closing Speaker:
Prof Nick Binedell, Founding Director, Gordon Institute of Business School (GIBS)
Where are the Oysters in this Volatile, Low-Growth World
13:20 – 13:30
Vote of Thanks & Close

Speaker Profiles

Dudu Msomi

CEO, Busara Leadership Partners

Dudu Msomi

Dudu Msomi is the CEO of Busara Leadership Partners is a research-orientated strategic advisory and consulting company whose expertise is to facilitate the development and effectiveness of leaders to achieve their desired goals. Msomi is a Strategist, Leadership & Life Coach, Business Advisor, a Thought-Provoking, Attitude & Behaviour Shifting Speaker and Writer. Dudu Msomi has expertise and experience in strategy workshops facilitation, strategy formulation and implementation; coaching; designing and implementing transformation programmes in companies and industry bodies; marketing; advertising; communications; human resources leadership and corporate governance. Dudu’s experience spans diverse industries such as retail, advertising, financial services, Information, Communications & Technology consulting and professional, membership services.

Dudu Msomi is a Fortune Mentee Alumni having been selected by the US Consulate in South Africa to be part of the mentoring programme with FORTUNE/US State Department Global Women Leaders, initiated by Secretary Hilary Clinton in 2010. She was awarded the 2013 Laureate Award by the University of Pretoria as a GIBS Alumnus to honour her outstanding contribution to her field of expertise. Msomi is a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentee Alumni having completed the Mentoring Women in Business Programme in June 2016. Dudu Msomi is the Institute of Directors (IoDSA) Fellow Member.

Dudu Msomi is on the board of directors of the Financial Services Board (FSB) where she is also a member of the Licensing, Litigation and Audit Committees. She is also a Trustee on the Humulani Trust (Invicta Holdings) & Member of the GIBS MBA Alumni Bursary Committee.

Dudu Msomi has a B.A. Hons. (University of Natal, Dbn); Postgraduate Diploma in Advertising and Marketing (AAA School of Advertising); Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance (RAU); Programme for Management Development (GIBS) and a Masters in Business Administration (GIBS).

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York Zucchi

York Zucchi

Chief Coffee Drinker & Entrepreneur, The Business Opportunity Marketplace

Read the presentation notes here.

York is a Swiss born investor and entrepreneur in Africa since 2007. He was previously at Goldman Sachs where he contributed towards the global financial meltdown. He has started numerous businesses (healthcare, IT tourism, academia, etc.); some failed and some succeeded. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, Africa and coffee and believes that the right mixture of these 3 will make Africa the continent to be for the next 20 years. He gets featured a lot in the press (Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, but doubts anyone actually understands what he really does for a living. Amongst his recent accomplishments: the world’s first TEDx talk on the business of primary healthcare ( ), started the Tinder for Businesses – an initiative to match opportunities to businesses all over the world ( ) and in October 2016 he is going on a 2 year Africa trip to write the “Entrepreneurs’ guide to doing business in Africa” ( ).

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Miriam Altman

Dr. Miriam Altman

Dr. Miriam Altman is a strategist, thought leader, change catalyst aimed at high impact solutions to solve development challenges at Altman Advisory. Dr. Altman was the Head of Strategy for the Telkom Group.  Before that, she served as Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council from 2002 to 2010. She is recognised as a leading economist, strategist and thought leader. She has played a leading role in shaping employment policy and dialogue in South Africa. Her work concentrates on framing practical public and private strategies aimed at stimulating employment.

Dr. Altman has led major public policy and development programmes in urban renewal, industrial development, and was Project Leader of the 1998 Employment Strategy and Presidential Jobs Summit. She regularly advises international, national, provincial, and municipal leaders on policy that advances efforts to stimulate the economy, promote employment and reduce poverty. She has a BA in economics from McGill University, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester.

Dr Altman has produced more than 100 publications. She has been the commissioning editor of approximately 400 policy papers and publications in her division at the HSRC, and was guest editor of four special edition journals.

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Polo Leteka

Polo Leteka

Polo Leteka is a highly accomplished and experienced entrepreneur and private equity investor. She is the Executive Director and co-Founder of IDF Capital - a South African based entrepreneurial financier and advisory firm. Through IDF Capital, Polo has contributed towards channelling investments into women owned SMEs across South Africa. In 2015, she co-founded Alitheia Identity to continue investing in high growth businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa that are women owned and led.

Polo is an accountant by training, and has varied experience in both the Public and Private sectors of South Africa which includes accounting and auditing, corporate finance, investment banking, public policy formulation and venture capital and private equity in the SME sector. At a fairly young age, Polo was tasked with leading the process of developing South Africa's first ever Codes of Good Practice on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment which is a Government policy seeking to transform the South African economic landscape to be more reflective of its population demographics. As a result of this ground breaking work which has changed how Corporate South Africa interacts with the rest of the economy, she is considered a thought leader in areas of economic transformation and development. 

Polo was previously the Chief Director: BEE for the DTI; Fund Manager for Standard Property Income Fund; Research Analyst for Aloecap (Pty) Ltd and Trainee Accountant at Gobodo Inc. She was also a Director on the Board of SAVCA, Trustee on the SAB Entrepreneurship Foundation, City of Jo’burg Economic Development Advisory Panel member, Member of a sub-committee of the BBBEE Advisory Council and Deputy President of ABSIP. She has a B.Com, (Accounting) (UWC); BCompt Hons. (UNISA) and Higher Diploma in Auditing (UJ).

Polo is an accomplished public speaker, contributor to thought leadership articles on transformation and entrepreneurship. She was also part of South Africa's version of the Dragons Den show and is also a co-Author of a book called ".....and for all these reasons, I'M IN.....", which seeks to assist entrepreneurs to become investor ready.

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Portia Derby

Portia Derby

Portia Derby 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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Nthlanhla Nene

Mr Nhlanhla Nene

Mr Nhlanhla Nene is a Non-Executive Director at Allan Gray Investment Company and is Resident Adviser at Thebe Investment Corporation.

Mr Nene was active in student politics since 1979. In 1990 he organised the first ever strike in the financial sector under the banner of the South African Commercial Allied Workers Union. He became a labour union shop steward and led a negotiating team for better working conditions during the period 1990 to 1995. Mr Nene served as Regional Secretary of the ANC Ukhahlamba region from 1997 to 2000 and as chairperson of Kranskop Policing Forum from 1997 to 1999. He was ANC local government councillor and caucus chairperson from 1996 until 1999 and as a Chairperson of Ntunjambili Development Forum from 1994 until 1999. He worked as a regional administrative manager for the Metropolitan Life insurance for 15 years. He has also been co-chairperson of the Joint Budget Committee from October 2002 to August 2005, and a chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Finance from August 2002 to 4 November 2008. He was a member of the local organising for the FIFA 2010 world cup. Mr Nene was Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa from 5 November 2008 to 25 May 2014 and served as the Chairman of the Public Investment Corporation. Mr Nhlanhla Nene served as the Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa from 26 May 2014 until 09 December 2015.

Mr Nene holds a B.Com Honours degree in Economics from the University of Western Cape (UWC), a Diploma in Marketing Management; an Advanced Diploma in Economic Policy from the UWC; a Certificate in Economic Policy from University of South Africa and a Certificate in Macro and Micro Economics from the University of London. In 2000, Mr Nene attended a Course in Evaluating Macroeconomic Strategies at Williams College (CDE), MA, USA. 

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Nick Binedell

Nick Binedell

Nick Binedell is the Founding Director and Sasol Chair of Strategic Management of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, a Business School situated in Illovo, Johannesburg and established in January 2000, by the University of Pretoria.

After an initial career in the industry in the Mining and Manufacturing sectors in sales and general management in the Barlow Rand Group, Nick has focused his career for the past 20 years in the area of business education.

In 1998 he was invited to establish a new business school focused on meeting the individual and corporate needs of business in South Africa.

The school has rapidly established itself as a leading business school in South Africa with a strong focus on partnering with leading South African corporates and providing a high level of local and international business education. It was recently ranked as one of the top 40 global executive education providers by the London Financial Times.

Nick is a determined traveller and explorer. His earlier roots included extensive travel and by the time he was ten he had lived in Zimbabwe, Germany, Yemen, Kenya, South Africa and Britain. He has spent five years in the United States and in the past three years has travelled to Sydney, Shanghai, Dubai, Prague, Budapest, Lagos as well as European and American cities.

His area of expertise is in the field of business strategy formulation and his academic and consulting work, although dominantly in South Africa, includes work in the United States, Europe and Australia.

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