Since its inception in 2015, The Directors Event in association with the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, MMI Holdings and the Institute of Directors has brought together South Africa’s most influential leaders to identify matters of concern in areas of governance, leadership, infrastructural development, healthcare, education and economic growth.
Do you want to be a part of these critical round-table conversations geared towards a brighter South African future? Join us at this year’s Directors Event, South Africa’s biggest board meeting, at the Sandton Convention Centre on Friday June 9.
Our three main panel discussions for the day will be:
PANEL: Protecting SA’s economy: short-term plans for long-term gain
South Africa’s economic prospects are expected to improve in 2017, with the South African Reserve Bank projecting an average inflation rate of 5.8% compared with the last three years’ averages of 6.4%, 6.6% and 6%. Then-finance minister Pravin Gordhan provided further relief when he announced in late 2016 that South Africa was not likely to slip into another recession unless the country experienced an unexpected external shock.
There is plenty more work to be done, however, if we hope to restore significant business and investor confidence in our country. Join our panel of economists and public and private sector representatives as we discuss short-term plans that could benefit the economy in the long run.
Mohale Ralebitso – Founder & CEO, Itataise Investments
Mpho Sedibe – MD, MOPSY Strategic Advisors
Dr Iraj Abedian – chairman and chief executive, Pan African Investment and Research
Lungisa Fuzile – Outgoing director-general, National Treasury
Sibusiso Mabuza – CEO, Aluwani Capital Partners
PANEL: Youth education and employment: bridging the gap in digital times
The critical debate on access to affordable education continues even as our youth face a number of other challenges. Tertiary institutions are increasingly unable to accommodate the growing numbers of hopeful students. There is also a growing skills shortage in the employment market, even among graduates, as more and more employers seek trained personnel who are ready to spearhead their organisation’s success through technologically innovative solutions.
If the business community can help bridge these gaps, we will succeed in curbing the ever-increasing unemployment rates that are hurting our economy. Join our panel as we discuss the importance of education, entrepreneurship, leadership and talent management in South Africa’s digital era.
Barrie Bramley – Partner, Calidascope
Debbie Goodman-Bhyat – CEO, Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters
Maryana Iskander – CEO, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
Sizwe Nxasana – Chairman, NSFAS and Sifiso Learning Group
Hlomela Bucwa – Former SRC president, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Gwebinkundla Qonde – DG, Dept of Higher Education
PANEL: Geopolitical uncertainty – navigating risks
In its 2017 Global Risks report, the World Economic Forum notes that years of building pressure, fuelled by the global financial crisis, crystallised into the dramatic political results we witnessed in many parts of the world during 2016. The implications of Brexit, Donald Trump’s presidential victory in the US, and the current state of South African politics have been far-reaching – especially when coupled with climate crises such as the severe Southern African drought from which we are still recovering.
Now is a critical time to consider strengthening cooperation among thought and action leaders. Join us as we discuss ways to manage the geopolitical risk factors that are adding to worldwide social, environmental, and economic instability – and affecting local trade.
Dr Johan van Zyl – co-CEO, African Rainbow Capital
Dr Kingsley Makhubela – CEO, Brand South Africa
Innocent Dutiro – CEO: Africa & Asia, MMI Holdings Limited
Karima Brown – Independent political analyst
How to win a seat
Five lucky readers can each win a seat at this year’s Directors Event.
Simply email your name, surname, designation, company name and cell number to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm on Friday June 2 to stand a chance of winning one seat at this event.
Travel and accommodation costs are not included. Winners will be notified by email and should confirm their attendance within 24 hours or forfeit their tickets.