Attie van Wyk | Music Entrepreneur and CEO of Big Concerts
Attie van Wyk is the CEO of Big Concerts, South Africa’s largest premier live entertainment company. The company has promoted more than 1600 shows with an excess of 300 international artists to an audience of more than 10 million people. In 2013, Attie was named as the Business Leader of the Year.
Christo Wiese | Entrepreneur, Businessman, Retail Empire Mogul
Christo Wiese is Chairman and largest shareholder of Steinhoff International Holdings – to whom he sold Pepkor, non-executive chairman of Invicta Holdings Limited and the controlling shareholder of Shoprite Holdings Limited, Africa’s largest retailer. His business accolades and achievements are just way too many to mention and he is without doubt one of the most shining examples to all of us in South Africa of ‘turning life into LEGACY’.
Arthur Gillis | CEO of Platinum Hospitality Holdings
Under the leadership of Arthur Gillis, the Protea Hotels Group grew from the initial four hotels to over 130 hotels operating in seven African countries, and is today the largest and leading hotel operating company in Africa. Arthur is currently the CEO of Platinum Hospitality Holdings, a leading hotel asset management company with approximately 20 hotels in South Africa, and the Non-Executive Chairman, Africa Development, for Marriott International.
Shane Morand | Co-Founder & Global Master Distributor for OrGano Gold International
Shane Morand understands goal achieving and success, he has been an enthusiastic student of Napoleon Hill's principles since he was 19 years old. He became the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a major printing firm in Ottawa, Canada at the age of 25 and assisted with and helped streamline the launching of the world’s first North American television network dedicated to success. Shane has worked directly with some of the industry’s most high-profile speakers
Shabeer Khan | Chief Financial Officer of the DTI
While Shabeer Khan, Chief Financial Officer of the DTI, admits to dreaming of becoming an astronaut, a Formula One racing driver and even a fireman as a young boy, he would now like to encourage young Chartered Accountants to take the route that he has taken. At the age of 34 he confesses to having considered other career prospects but working for Government was a conscious decision for him and he assures us that nothing compares with the daily fulfillment he gets from his current role.
Sean Riley | CEO of Ad Dynamo
Sean Riley began his career at Credit Suisse in London, where he developed tactical applications for the bank’s derivatives team. In 1999 Sean founded and sold his first tech business, E-data Trading Solutions, to a listed South African company. During this period Sean developed and released E*Trade South Africa – a South African solution for the US based online share trading business.
Saif Rashid | CEO Of Jita Bangladesh
Saif Rashid is the founder director and CEO of Jita Bangladesh; a unique joint venture social enterprise of CARE International and Danone community and first ever massive scale women based bop Distribution Company in Bangladesh. His initiative has been highlighted in Guardian newspaper in 2011 and Forbes magazine in 2010, the economist and different social enterprise blogs and by different business journals in Oxford University, DFID, Business Innovation facilities etc.
Richard Florida | Co-Founder & Senior Editor Of The Atlantic City Lab
The Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Global Research Professor at New York University, and the founder of the Creative Class Group, which works closely with governments and companies worldwide, Richard Florida is perhaps the world’s leading urbanist, “as close to a household name as it is possible for an urban theorist to be in America,” according to The Economist.
Randy Conley | Vice President of Client Services & Trust Practice Leader at The Ken Blanchard Companies
Randy Conley is the Vice President of Client Services and Trust Practice Leader at The Ken Blanchard Companies. Randy’s dual focus enables him to deliver authentic presentations and learning sessions that bring a real-world perspective on the importance and value of leaders developing relationships based on trust.
Rachel Goble | Photographer & Non-Profit Leader
Rachel Goble grew up in an interconnected and multicultural world. Whether traveling to Central America with her family to survey land for the founding of a non-profit or trudging through the Sierra Nevada mountains as her parents sought to awaken Christians to our role as creation’s caretakers, Rachel learned early that the world’s peoples and problems are connected and that we must all help in overcoming them.
Prof. Ian Goldin | Professor of Globalisation & Development and Director of Oxford Martin School
Professor Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He was Vice President of the World Bank (2003-2006) and prior to that the Bank's Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). He served on the Bank's senior management team and led the Bank's collaboration with the United Nations and other partners as well as with key countries.
Pontsho Manzi | Media Entrepreneur, Author, Women Empowerment Activist
Pontsho Manzi is a businesswoman, a professional and motivational speaker, facilitator, coach, image consultant and an author. As a business woman, she is the Managing Director of Botlhokwa Group, a holding company for three subsidiary companies called Recrutrain, FabImage and Bonisa Media. Pontsho is a qualified HR practitioner with a Degree in Human Resource Management.
Philip Wilson | Founder & CEO Of Ecofiltro
Philip Wilson was born in Guatemala and studied at the Wharton School of Business in the United States. He has successfully led businesses in both countries and firmly believes that the world’s most pressing problems can be solved by applying business practices to social needs. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ecofiltro and the founder and CEO of Solucionweb, a leading Web services company in Guatemala.
Peter Jenni | An Experimental Particle Physicist
Peter Jenni is an experimental particle physicist working at CERN. He is best known as one of the "founding fathers" of the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider together with a few other colleagues. He acted as spokesperson (project leader) of the ATLAS Collaboration until 2009. ATLAS is a world-wide collaboration which started in 1995 involving roughly 3,000 physicists at 177 institutions in 38 countries.