Speakers

Futurist, Tomorrow Today Global

Topic: HR in the 2020's

Graeme is an internationally recognised futurist, specialising in the future of work. He helps organisations understand the forces that will shape our lives in the next ten years, and how we can respond in order to confidently stay ahead of change. For the past two decades Graeme has worked with some of the world's most recognised brands, travelling to over 80 countries in total, and speaking to around 100,000 people every year. He is the author of 5 best-selling books, and on faculty at 5 top global business schools.



Executive Director, 21st Century Pay Solutions Group

Topic: The Evolution of Remuneration: Strategies for the New World of Work

Ntombizone Feni is an Executive Director at 21st Century; one of the largest and highly experienced reward consultancies in Africa, which specialises in the design and implementation of output-driven reward solutions. Ntombizone holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Pretoria, with specialisation in International Relations (IR) and Political Science. She is also a registered Skills Development Facilitator, registered with ETDP SETA. Ntombizone began her career as a Human Capital Development Consultant, where she facilitated a government-wide skills audit “HR Connect”, for all government departments nationally and provincially. She has also consulted for Eskom in an enterprise-wide skills audit, as well as the mining sector through the Mining Qualifications Authority. She joined 21st Century in 2015, where she was responsible for managing niche’ reward surveys and projects nationally and in the SADC region. She was promoted as Executive Director in 2016, where her primary responsibilities include managing the recently launched Change Management division at 21st Century, and establishing key relationships and partnerships with public sector institutions. Ntombizone is currently leading a project awarded to 21st Century for the Review of the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers in the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary sectors.

HR Executive – Virtual Channels, Absa Group

Topic: Disruptive HR or Disrupted HR: How Design and Future Thinking can impact People Practices

Jerome is a seasoned professional with 10+ years of professional experience in the areas of Strategic and Operational Human Resources Management in various sectors. Recognized for demonstrating a natural aptitude for executing both internal and external strategic and transformational initiatives that enhance organizational performance. He has a verifiable history of contributing directly to company growth and expansion throughout his career. His professional focal points include talent management, employment engagement, leadership, automation and robotics, strategy development, data analysis, workforce planning, policy development and project management to name a few. He is currently a HR Executive within the Banking sector and has a passion for innovation, strategy, leadership coaching, people development, automation and robotics. His most recent notable achievements was leading the design and implementation of organizational people practices for a new business venture, with a focus on designing an agile futuristic organization, automation of repetitive work, transitioning the workforce to becoming knowledge workers, implementation of scrum, kanban and self-managed teams. His colleagues describe him as a progressive, driven, down-to-earth, passionate and innovative HR expert who can be relied on to offer superior solutions that deliver profitable results on time and within budget.



Strategic Business Solution Engineer, Oracle

Topic: People Analytics: Building a data-driven HR Function

Rob has been in IT for the past 40 years, and has been developing, implementing and strategically positioning HR solutions for organisations for the past 30 years and is passionate about technology and innovations, focused mainly in the area of HCM. He has been a member of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) for the past 35 years, a member of South African Payroll Association, and a Fellow of the Institute of People Management (IPM). Rob was also part of the SABPP team that created the HR Standard for SA. In 2012 he co-authored of the 4th edition of “Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management”. Rob has been published in excess of 220 times and is currently a monthly contributor to the HR Future Magazine. In 2018 Rob was appointed to the Executive Committee of the South African Payroll Association. Has been invited as a guest speaker at many HCM though leadership events including the SA LeaderEx Convention, IPM Annual Convention, SAPA Annual Conference, HR Indaba, HR Techfest, HR Business Partner Event. Rob is currently a Strategic HCM Solution Engineer at Oracle Corporation South Africa.

Senior Strategy and Innovations Consultant, PTW Consulting

Topic: Accelerating Workforce Reskilling for the Future Workforce

Bravo is an experienced Strategic & Innovation Lead, with a demonstrated history of working in the FMCG and Financial Services Industry, who is skilled in Coaching, Succession Planning, and Organizational Development. He possesses strong programme and project management skills, holds an Hounours Degree from the University of Johannesburg, is currently pursuing a Master's in Business Administration and is co-founder and Managing Director of PTW. He is a futuristic thinker who lives and breathes innovation and is passionate about people's professional development through developing their innovative capabilities.



Vice President HR, Africa. Unilever

Topic: Future proofing HR

Mechell is currently Vice President Human Resources for Africa leading Talent and organisation activities across Unilever businesses in over 40 countries. She is passionate about building African leaders for Africa. Mechell joined Unilever 21 years ago. Her professional career has always been in Human Resources, but her experience spans Factory and Corporate roles. Her HR skill set is comprehensive across disciplines such as Learning, Leadership Development, Organisational Design, Culture transformation and business partnering. Mechell has experience across Africa, the Middle-East, South Africa and Turkey. She was appointed as VP Human Resources in Africa in 2012 and in the lead up to this appointment has notched up many key achievements such as the Unilever Global Compass award in 2010 for Winning with People, Top Employer Africa for 3 consecutive years and is recognised as a global leadership development facilitator. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa as well as a post graduate in Business Management from Wits Business School. Mechell has two sons Yashvir and Ruhaan, who she sees as her true blessing in life. Mechell recently got involved in cycling and in the last 3 years has completed several cycle races of 100kms in distance. She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro which taught her a lot about resilience. Team work and perseverance. Michelle has a zest for life and believes that nothing is impossible to achieve as long as you enjoy it!

Executive Director: Municipal Institutional Development, SALGA

Topic: Organisational Agility and Results - Insights from the Local Government Sector

Rio Nolutshungu is the Executive Director for Municipal Institutional Development at the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) with responsibilities for enhancing capacity building, municipal human resources management and development for municipal organisational effectiveness and ensuring a labour relations environment in the sector that is conducive to sustainable service delivery, labour peace and stability. His main brief is to drive the professionalisation of local government human resources management in the form of value add programmes, institutionalising processes, procedures, systems, standards and structures to ensure that municipalities are effective institutions repositioned to achieve constitutional imperatives of being citizen centric, customer focused, responsive, compliant and developmental organs of state. He possesses post graduate qualifications in public and development management, labour law and human resources management coupled to certificated exposure to local democracy and governance, media relations, project management, policy development and a programme in advanced negotiations in the world of work from the International Training School operating under the auspices of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).



CEO & Founder, Nomatu Consulting

Topic: How has business and HR changed in the 21st Century: Implications and lessons for HR going forward

Samkelo Blom started his career as a Trainer/Facilitator. He has had an extensive experience in leading and managing L&D in government and various JSE listed companies. He later transition into HR where his previous role was Head of HR for a large multinational brand. A seasoned HR thought leader with a passion and understanding for: Talent Management, Leadership development, Employee Engagement and also Diversity and Inclusion. Samkelo is a great public speaker with good story telling and thus brings a lot of HR wisdom and business realities on how HR can partner with business. In 2018 Samkelo started his own boutique HR consulting companies specialising in Diversity and Inclusion and helping companies’ source and coach talent.

Group HR Executive, Torre Industries

Topic: The new role of the Chief People Officer/HR Director

Kehumile Setiloane is a Strategic Human Resources Executive with over 20 years’ experience. Over her career, she has worked with some of South Africa’s most prestigious and well known organisations including De Beers, Barloworld Logistics, Novartis, DHL Express, South African Breweries (SAB) and Denel. Although she has worked extensively across a wide range of sectors, one common theme runs through her entire career: a clear focus on the contribution people make to a business’s success. Kehumile has a proven career track record of lowering capital expenditure within existing systems, providing solutions, and delivering strategic organisational upgrades. She has a superb understanding of what drives a successful business. Her clear and concise management style is underpinned by the values of excellence, integrity and responsiveness which are of utmost importance to her. She has a personal passion for investing in young people’s talents in order to build a strong pipeline for the future of any business and society.



Principal Consultant: Talent & Career, Mercer

Topic: Connectivity in the Human Age: Global Talent Trends 2019

Deon is a Principal Consultant in the Talent & Career business in Mercer. With over 15 years of HR experience, he joined Mercer in 2015 where he heads up the Business Development function for Mercer Africa. His current role also extends into the setting up of and management of strategic partnerships with strategically placed firms across key markets in Africa. These relationships extend into local consulting firms and professional, associations. Deon joined Mercer in June 2015 where he has been accountable for Business Development, Partnerships and Marketing, as well as the Employee Engagement solution. Prior to joining Mercer, Deon spent 21 years working in the financial services industry. Most recently, he was the HR Head for HR delivery for a large insurance company in Johannesburg. In this role all HR delivery functions (HR Management, Operations and Learning) reported into him. He was also accountable for the integration of various HR functions at the time. Earlier, he spent five years as the HR Executive in Africa for a leading financial services organisation in Cape Town. In this role he was accountable for the full HR function across seven African markets. His accountability entailed setting up the three-year HR strategy and then driving tactical and operational execution of the strategy. His insight into the African market developed during this period of time. Deon holds a master’s degree (cum laude) in HR Management from the University of Pretoria. He is also an Industrial Psychologist.

International Speaker | Think-Shifter | Author | Thought Leader | Leadership & High Performance Expert

Topic: UNSTOPABLE! – Motivational Talk

KAlex delivers dynamic and life changing experiences to thousands of delegates internationally, inspiring ordinary individuals to accomplish their goals and dreams, and helping businesses to adopt a new and more meaningful purpose, and profitable vision. As a key resource for conferences, strategic sessions, people development and business interventions, Alex has that rare ability to shift mindset, present new insights, and diffuse complexity. He holds a Doctor of Excellence (Honoris Causa) from Auream Phoenix University, and an Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) from the Gordon‘s Institute of Business Science with a distinction in Leadership. He is also a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, and currently studying a Doctorate in Philosophy. Alex has worked in executive and senior leadership positions for blue chip companies such as Bidvest, Imperial, Standard Bank, and Tsogo Sun. He is the author of three books and the host of online TV Talk Show Exceptional TV. He is married to Susan, has two children, Nicola and Cedric, and enjoys travelling, and writing and performing music.



Founder and Managing Director, One Circle HR

Topic: The new role of the Chief People Officer/HR Director

Emma El-Karout is a future work innovator who founded One Circle, an online HR collaboration platform. Born and raised in Lebanon, her formative academic phase in Lebanon was capped with an MBA from LAU, an undergraduate degree from AUB and two school leaving certificates, one French and one English. Not bad, as her mother tongue is actually Arabic! Emma almost immediately began challenging existing systems and traditions as she entered the consulting world helping NGO’s and private companies with their HR and training agendas. She developed her own bespoke content when existing material didn’t serve her clients’ needs and during this phase of her career, operated from Beirut but assignments took her to Syria and Jordan as well. Her effectiveness in HR consulting led her to corporate HR roles in the hospitality sector, and the Arabian Gulf states of UAE (Dubai) and Qatar. She quickly built a reputation as a hotel property pre-opening and opening specialist with global hotel operators, and an HR leader who operated from a business perspective. She then shifted into one of the other major Gulf industries, joining Qatar Petroleum, the second largest national oil and gas company in the Middle East. As a senior policy advisor, she impacted the HR practices of all employers in Qatar’s Energy sector and was on the working team drafting the (then) new Qatar HR Law. She received a commendation from the Qatar Deputy Prime Minister for her related contributions. She started to realize the potential impact that technology was bringing to the world of work, coupled with her passion to democratize employment, started designing One Circle. Today, Emma is based in Johannesburg with her family where she intends to launch One Circle in 2019, as a means to combat two major societal issues in South Africa, being unemployment, and the retention of experienced workers in the economy post-retirement.



Human Capital Leader: Africa, Deloitte Consulting

Topic: The new role of the Chief People Officer/HR Director

Pam is the Leader of Human Capital Consulting @ Deloitte. She serves on the Consulting Leadership Committee as well as the Global Human Capital Executive Committee. Her human capital consulting experience spans over 20 years with deep expertise in the public sector. She has executed a large number of organizational transformation projects, including organization restructuring and design, strategic change and leadership development. Pam, leads a team at Deloitte with a focus on making an impact that matters with clients, team members and broader society. Key areas of focus include supporting clients transitioning to the future of work, creating a simply irresistible employee experience, optimizing the human capital balance sheet, activating the digital organization and sustainable organizational performance.

Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, Twice Blue

Topic: Leading in a Changing World of Work

Siphiwe Moyo is a global professional speaker based in South Africa. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at GIBS, Henley and Wits business schools. He applies behavioural science principles and practices in organisations to increase individual and organizational effectiveness. Siphiwe is an Organisational Culture, Human Performance Improvement and Organisational Behaviour Specialist. He holds a Masters in Business Administration, an Executive Development Programme, a B Comm. (Honours) in People Development and a Bachelor’s Degree (cum laude) in Human Resources. He is the Chief People Officer at Twice Blue, Chairman at the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) and the Past Chapter President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA).