Founder and CEO, Ndalo Media
Khanyi Dhlomo is the founder and CEO of Ndalo Media, a multi-platform media company which seeks to positively impact lives through various content platforms and experiences. Through these platforms, Ndalo Media connects with a high quality audience of approximately four million consumers in 13 African countries.
Dhlomo has over 25 years of experience in the media industry. In the early days of her career, she became an award-winning news and lifestyle television anchor and magazine editor. In 2003, she was named one of the most influential women in South African media and, in the same year, became Head of SA Tourism in Paris, France. Dhlomo went on to obtain an MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS), before launching Ndalo Media in 2007.
In 2009, she received the Olay SA Iconic Woman Award in the Media, Arts and Entertainment category. In 2010, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Later, she was named one of Forbes magazine’s 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa under 40. In addition, she was named a young African economic leader in the Choiseul 100 Africa rankings, a study independently carried out by the Institut Choiseul which identifies and ranks young African leaders who will play a major role in the continent’s economic development.. In 2016, Khanyi was awarded the prestigious Harvard Business School (HBS) Africa Business Club Leadership Excellence award.
Dhlomo is a proud mother of three children and the wife of an education entrepreneur.
Hubert Mathanzima Mweli
Director-General, National Department of Basic Education
Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli is currently the Director-General of the National Department of Basic Education in South Africa. His extensive knowledge, expertise and experience as a seasoned educationalist has seen him rise through the ranks of the education sector. Whilst Head of Education in the North West, the province went from being in the bottom three provinces to the top three in the Grade 12 (Upper Secondary) examination results. His financial management skills also took the province from having a huge budget deficit to an Unqualified Audit Opinion with a certificate of Merit of Excellence for 2008/9 financial year issued by the Auditor General.
His management and leadership expertise is contributing significantly in steering Basic Education in the country towards an upward trajectory in terms of learner performance. He is a hands-on leader who, in two provincial visits to each province in 2017, has engaged with more than 40 000 education leaders in the country, in a bid to motivate and support provinces, districts and schools to improve learning outcomes.
Mr Mweli has a number of qualifications which include a Bachelor of Arts in Education with Honours, a Bachelor of Administration in Industrial Relations with Honours, and a Masters Degree in Development and Management.
CEO, Sinayo Securities
Babalwa Ngonyama is the CEO of Sinayo Securities, a woman-owned and managed business. She is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA and an astute leader with highly regarded business acumen. She sits on elite boards such as Aspen, Implats and was appointed as Deputy Chairperson for Brand SA by President Jacob Zuma. Babalwa was the founding chairperson of the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA), an organisation focusing on accelerating the development and advancement of women Chartered Accountants; she is currently a member of its Advisory Board. Babalwa participates actively in numerous national forums on economic growth and development.
Babalwa graduated from the University of Transkei. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999 after serving her article of clerkship at PDB Pretorius Donashe in Umtata from 1995 to 1998. Her academic qualifications also include an MBA from Bond University (2002) and Higher Diploma in Banking law from Rau University (2003). In 2008, Babalwa completed the Women in Leadership Programme at Harvard University in Boston.
Managing Director, Cisco Sub-Saharan Africa
Cathy Smith joined Cisco in April 2015 and leads Cisco’s business operations across Sub-Saharan Africa. In her role, Cathy is responsible for the development and execution of Cisco’s go-to-market sales and digital transformation strategies for the region.
Smith has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry leading diverse teams as well as building strong partner and customer relations. Smith spent 23 years with IBM where she held various leadership roles in IT service delivery, HR and Sales.
Before joining IBM, she worked for several companies in the Insurance Industry as an application developer. She also spent three years in the United Kingdom where she consolidated her international expertise and held a number of executive roles for the European and global markets with a focus on outsourcing services business.
She is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative (ALI), an organisation set up to develop the next generation of value-based African leaders who are capable of guiding and leading their countries as they struggle to align the demands of globalisation with local visions of a sustainable society. She is a Board Director at Cisco Systems South Africa (Pty) LTD and Cisco Technologies Solutions.
Smith is married and has two daughters. Her passion lies in Leadership Development, particularly as the world transforms to the Digital Era.
CEO, National Youth Development Agency
Mr Khathu Ramukumba obtained his BCom in Financial Accounting from the University of Pretoria in 2002, and a BCom Hons (Financial Accounting) with CTA (Certificate of Theory in Accounting) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2006. In 2009, he completed the Public Practice Examination and was admitted as a CA (SA) by SAICA in 2010.
Mr Ramukumba’s career commenced at the Auditor General, where he worked from 2003 to 2006 and did his articles in Chartered Accountancy. On completion of his articles, he joined the Rand Water Group as a Senior Internal Auditor for one year, after which he was promoted to Audit Manager. He joined the NYDA as the Chief Financial Officer in May 2011. Mr Ramukumba was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the NYDA in May 2014, after having acted in this position for four months.
Mr Ramukumba also serves as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee for the Sekhukhune District Municipality, a member of the Audit Committee of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, and a Board member and member of the Audit Committee of the Youth Development Institute of South Africa. He has also represented the Auditor General in Audit Steering Committees for the following clients: The Public Protector; the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development; and the National Prosecuting Authority.
Mr Ramukumba has been tasked with the turnaround of the Agency by the last Board of Directors, which has seen the achievement of two clean audits, two consecutive years of highest performance achieved by the Agency and a successful restructuring.
Dr Neo Lekgotla laga Ramoupi, Senior Researcher: Monitoring & Evaluation Directorate Company: Council on Higher Education South Africa
Dr Neo Lekgotla laga Ramoupi, PhD. is a South African, American Council of Learned Society–African Humanities Programme Post-Doctoral Fellow: 2016–2017 and Senior Researcher in the Directorate of Monitoring, Evaluation & Advice at the Council on Higher Education in South Africa (CHE).
He holds an MA degree history from the former University of Natal, Durban, in South Africa (1999); and he graduated (on Ford Foundation International Fellowship) with a PhD African History major from Howard University, Washington, D.C. in May 2013.
His research interests and recent publications are in the areas of Higher Education Transformation in Post-1994 South Africa.
You can find his publications at http://escholarship.academia.edu/NeoLekgotlalagaRamoupiPhD
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CEO and Co-Founder, 3D Power
Lethabo Motswaledi is an entrepreneur with a passion for tech and development in Africa. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of 3D Power, a design and consulting start-up. 3D Power uses design thinking and additive manufacturing to translate ideas into commercial products through applying user centred design and using various industry 4.0 techniques.
In 2017 Lethabo was awarded Mail and Guardians 200 young South Africans award. She was also awarded InspiringFifty South Africa’s most Inspiring women in technology award. Lethabo is also an academic who has been awarded various fellowships. She is an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow as well as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (Class of 2016).
Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda)
Prior to her appointment as Seda CEO in August 2016, Mandisa Tshikwatamba has been a Senior Manager in the Public Service for more than 10 years. In her management experience, she has led provincial and national portfolios in Policy Making, Organisational Management, Learning and Development as well as implementation of strategic programmes in the Small Business Development Sector.
As an Executive Manager in her previous and current positions, she has been part of South African delegations that negotiated development support programmes engaging with potential partners within and beyond the South African Boarders. Mandisa holds a BAdmin, BA, Post Grad: Certificate Programme in Finance and Investment Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management, Honours in Development Studies and MBA.
The Innovation Hub
McLean Sibanda is an engineer and patent attorney. Since February 2011, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Innovation Hub, the innovation agency of the Gauteng Province responsible inter-alia for a leading African Science Park based in Pretoria. He has extensive experience in intellectual property, entrepreneurship and innovation; having co-founded Sibanda & Zantwiik attorneys. He has a lot of experience working with start-ups from funding and incubation perspectives. He serves as an Expert to the African Union (AU), World Intellectual Property and the Department of Science and Technology on intellectual property and innovation matters.