Segun Aganga is the Finance Minister of Nigeria. He was previously head of hedge fund consulting for Goldman Sachs Europe. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 as an executive director within the European Prime Brokerage sales team and became a managing director in 2003. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was the head of Ernst & Young's European hedge fund practice, a group he established in 1995. He was also the firm's hedge fund and MRO/FSA subject matter expert for many years. In 2002, he led an industry-wide initiative to produce the "Guide to Sound Practices for European Hedge Fund Managers." Segun is currently the chairman of both the Alternative Investment Management Association's Hedge Fund Research Committee and London Investment Banking Association's Prime Brokerage Committee. Segun is a qualified accountant and a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Ibadan. He and his wife, Abi, have four children. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Ben Broadbent is chief European economist and vice president at Goldman Sachs and a member of the monetary policy committee of the Bank of England. He has worked at Goldman Sachs since 2000. Ben's primary responsibility is the UK economy, and he has also written extensively on Germany, on general economic trends in the Euro area, and on global developments in tech spending. He was recently appointed as an outside adviser to the Office for National Statistics. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ben was an assistant professor at Columbia University, where his research focused on monetary policy and economic growth. He has published papers in the Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Public Economics. He taught in the PhD, masters and undergraduate programs. Before that, Ben worked at the UK Treasury and, for a year, at the Bank of England. Ben has a first-class degree from Cambridge University and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He teaches part-time at Cambridge. Ben also has a piano performance diploma from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dr. Mothomang Diaho is director of the Center for Memory and Dialogue at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She was previously the national programme manager for the HIV/AIDS and Poverty Programme in the UN Development Programme. In addition to consulting work with Abt Associates, she has extensive clinical and management experience, including serving as a medical officer in Soweto, Alexandra, Cape Town, Swaziland, and Lesotho. Mothomang first developed an interest in the field of HIV and AIDS care when she was working in Swaziland in the late 1980s. Mothomang is a medical doctor with diplomas in child health, tropical medicine and hygiene, public health, and she also holds a masters in business. Mothomang was educated at the University of Adelaide, (Australia), the South Africa College of Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), and Harvard Business School (U.S). She has been further trained through the Leadership Development Programme at Sasol, the UNDP, and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She serves as a member of the Association of Right to Care and sits on the selection panel of the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Programme. Mothomang is most proud of her role as a mother. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Roger Dickinson is a social change facilitator, trainer and organisational development practitioner with Reos Partners. Roger's other work experience includes social change initiatives around HIV prevention, Orphan and Vulnerable children and local entrepreneurial activities with community based groups across Southern Africa. He has facilitated large scale group training work in the mining sector with the Anglo American group of companies as well companies such as Samancor and Northam Platinum. He has facilitated organisational development and strategic processes with the Institute for Security Studies, the Starfish Foundation, COSATU, the UNHCR, the South African Department of Social Development and faith based organisations across Southern Africa. In addition, Roger has over 10 years' experience providing coaching and mentoring support within community and social change initiatives and was a member of the inaugural class of Wits Business School's Business Executive Coaching programme. Roger founded and directs the ChessKids Academy numeracy and the Spell It literacy programmes with the Gauteng Department of Education. He is the author of the children's mythology The Game. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Tom Dowling is information technology manager for the investment management division at Goldman Sachs. From 1999 to 2001, Tom was head of technology for the Asset Management Group and prior to that held a variety of roles in the Firmwide Technology group in both Europe and the United States. Tom became a managing director in 1999. Prior to joining the firm in 1993, Tom spent a number of years in technology consulting and systems integration, managing large scale technology initiatives for financial services firms including Goldman Sachs. Tom received a BS from St. Lawrence University in 1982. He and his wife, Maureen, live with their two children in Long Island. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Adrian Enthoven is CEO of Spier Leisure Holdings. He was previously executive chair of Capricorn Ventures International, an international investment and insurance group. He also serves on the boards of a number of South African companies and NGOs. He has been involved in the family investment business since 2000 and is responsible for group strategy and the business investment strategy in Africa. In 1995, he worked as an advisor to the Elections Task Group, a national body responsible for co-ordinating the first non-racial local government elections. In the early nineties, he worked as a facilitator in the Metropolitan Chamber, a multi-party negotiating forum focused on creating a non-racial, democratic urban government. He was educated at Oxford University (BA with honors in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and PhD in Political Science). He is married with four children and lives in Johannesburg. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Karl Flowers tragically passed away in June of 2010. He was managing director of Tour Africa Investments and a non-executive director of African Retail Experience, both of which have a tourism investment focus. He founded Pyxis Capital Management in 1998, which focused on evaluating private equity opportunities and providing strategy-consulting services in the tourism, banking, oil and media sectors. He worked as a management consultant for Deloitte & Touche and Bain & Company in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Dallas and Chicago. Karl served on the boards of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa, the TSiBA Education Trust, the Kuyasa Housing Microfinance Fund, and Convene Venture Philanthropy. He was interested in design, yoga, walking, and food. He was a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Richard Gnodde is co-head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs and co-CEO of Goldman Sachs International. He was previously vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International's operations in the Untied Kingdom. He has been president of Goldman Sachs Asia and of Goldman Sachs Singapore. In 1997, he was appointed co-head of the investment banking division in Japan, helping the firm achieve its preeminent position in the Japanese investment banking market. He joined Goldman Sachs in London in 1987 and helped build its European merger and acquisition franchise. Richard served on the firm's Partnership Committee from 1999-2003 and was appointed to the Management Committee in 2003. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Cape Town and his LLM from Cambridge. He is married with three children. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Ferial Haffajee is editor in chief of City Press. She was previously editor in chief at the Mail & Guardian, the first woman to rise to that position. Prior to M&G, she worked at Financial Mail as senior editor responsible for political reporting, where she covered the presidency and the tripartite alliance. She also worked at the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) as a radio producer and television reporter. She cut her teeth at the M&G as a cub reporter and served the newspaper as media editor, economics writer, and associate editor before becoming editor in chief. She is a board member of the Health-E News Agency and of M&G Publishing and a BA graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand. Ferial is a judge for the annual Mondi magazine awards, the Vuka advertising awards, the Black Business Quarterly BEE awards, and the Inter-Press Service's awards for correspondents of the year. She was a 2004 winner of the Shoprite-Checkers women of the year awards in the media category; one of The Media magazine's top 10 women in media for the same year; and received a recognition award from the Black Management Forum's Gauteng region. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Anthea Houston is a development consultant. She was previously the executive director of Development Action Group. Development Action Group is a Cape Town based non-profit company active in the field of community based housing and urban development. Anthea serves on a reference group for the Minister of Local Government and Housing in the Western Cape and has been an activist in her local community and in South Africa's development sector for 20 years. She studied banking but left the banking sector in 1995 after eight years with Standard Bank of South Africa. She has a postgraduate diploma from the University of Cape Town in organisation and management. Anthea is passionate about social justice and leadership in the non profit sector. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Ann Lamont is CEO of Convene Venture Philanthropy. She was previously CEO of Mindset Network, a multimedia satellite television network. Prior to Mindset, Ann was a consultant and then chief executive for Learning Channel, where she restructured the business. She was previously marketing director at SMC Kidz, producing publications for Disney and Marvel; upon the company's liquidation, she took over as managing director and turned the company around. At Monitor Company, an international management consulting firm, she became a senior consultant. She began her career at 22 working in corporate finance at Rand Merchant Bank, where she was the first woman and the youngest person in the area. Ann is currently participating in the Senior Fellows Programme. She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA LLB. She is a mother of a 7-year-old son, Joshua. She has a keen interest in reading and sports and has been inducted in the Sporting Hall of Fame for her swimming achievements. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Chief Emmanuel Lediga is the founder and chairman of Legae Securities (Pty) Ltd, the first black owner-managed stockbroker firm in the South African stock market. Previously, he was the assistant to the chief economist of SMK, now Nedcor Securities. There, he was the first black dealer in the South African stock exchange. He began his career as a financial reporter with the Star newspaper. He has been intimately involved with black economic empowerment groups such as New Africa Investments, African Harvest, Brimstone, and Telkom. He has also been a part of the BEE Commission Report and the Finance Sector Charter, and was deputy president of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals. He matriculated with distinction in 1987 as a top student and went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Wits University, majoring in Finance and Marketing. He also completed his stockbrokers' exams there. In 2000 he accompanied President Thabo Mbeki on his state visit to the United States where they met, among others, former President Bill Clinton. Chief has over the years written about business and personal finance and hosted a radio show on these issues at Metro FM. He has been featured in international media such as The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC TV, CNN, Austrian TV and others. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Justice Malala founded and manages SesaMedia, a media company, in Johannesburg. He was the founding editor of This Day, the acclaimed national daily. Previously, he worked for the Sunday Times, where he established the New York bureau, was London correspondent, and covered President Thabo Mbeki's 1999 campaign. He joined the Financial Mail in 1997 as a senior writer covering parliament and politics and was awarded the Foreign Correspondents Association's Award for Outstanding Journalism later that year. He began his career at The Star as a general reporter in 1993, where he went on to become the paper's education reporter, labour reporter, provincial correspondent, and political correspondent. He was trained at the Independent School of Journalism. Malala has written regular political columns for The Star and The Sunday Times, a television column for The Star Tonight! and a foreign affairs column for The Sunday Times. He has contributed articles to a large number of South African publications ranging from Y Magazine, Enterprise, Sunday Independent, and Femina to various specialist publications. His work has been published internationally in newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, Forbes and The Observer. He has also contributed to BBC Online and Deutsche Welle. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Henry Malinga is the chief director for supply chain policy at the National Treasury of the Republic of South Africa, where he is responsible for the procurement reform process of the South African Government. His other responsibilities are to develop policies for Supply Chain and determine best practices in line with new developments in procurement. Prior to joining the public sector, he spent 11 years with South Africa's largest gold mine, Anglogold, as Procurement Manager. He has also served three other organisations in various positions: Agricultural Corporation as Accountant, City Council as Auditor, and at a bank as Financial Advisor. He has spoken at numerous platforms on Supply Chain Management in Government, both in South Africa and in other countries. He represented the South African Government at the World Bank/DAC/OECD Roundtable, and is currently spearheading a project to create a cadre for Supply Chain Management both in the national government and local government (municipalities) in South Africa. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Bernard Mensah is head of credit and convertibles trading for the Asia region at Goldman Sachs. He was appointed as a managing director since December 2001. He joined the fixed income, currency, and commodities (FICC) division of Goldman in Hong Kong in 2000 as an executive director. Bernard has over ten years of experience in the investment banking business. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he worked for Credit Suisse Financial Products as a senior credit trader in London and Asia market credit products in Asia. Bernard received his BA in social sciences in the Joint School of Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bristol in 1989. He is a qualified chartered accountant and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England & Wales in 1992. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Lumkile Mondi is chief economist and executive vice president for professional services at the Industrial Development Corporation. Lumkile's role is to strategically lead and manage the professional services division of the IDC. He has more than twelve years of postgraduate experience and over seven years working in financial markets. He serves on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel. Lumkile writes, presents and comments on radio, print media and television on the political economy. Lumkile is a member of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP), an affiliate of the Black Business Council. His responsibilities include developing and positioning the BBC's economic stance with the goal of strengthening the SME sector that is a key in resolving the unemployment problem that South Africa faces. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Futhi Mtoba is the first woman chairman of the board of Deloitte South Africa. She was the first African black woman to be appointed a partner by one of the Big Four accounting firms. She serves on the Financial Services Advisory Board and the Money Laundering Advisory board. She is the first woman president of the Association for the Advancement of Accountants in Southern Africa and one of the four vice presidents of Business Unity South Africa. Previously, she led the Black Business Council Economic Research Unit, was a member of the Black Business Council Presidential Working Group, and was a board member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Futhi serves as director and chairman of the Investment Committee of the Public Investment Corporation, a non-banking financial intermediary responsible for the investment of social security and trust funds. She is a trustee of WDB Trust, a woman centred socio-economic development programme. She was honoured as "2004 Business Woman of the Year" by the Businesswomen Association and Nedbank. She is a CA (SA), holding a Higher Diploma in Banking Law (Rand Afrikaans University); B Compt (Hons) (University of South Africa); BA (Econ) (Hons) (University of South Africa); BA (Econ) (University of Botswana and Swaziland). She is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dele Olojede is the publisher of NEXT, NextOnSunday and 234NEXT.com, which provide news and informed opinion primarily for a Nigerian audience to further the common good. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former foreign editor at New York Newsday, he is chairman of the Global Network Initiative International Advisory Council and a member of the governing board of The Aspen Institute's Africa Leadership Initiative. In 2010 the Global Forum for Ethics in Business honored him as an exemplar of ethical business leadership, and Fast Company named him the same year as one of the 100 Most Creative People. A frequent public speaker on the good society, Dele earlier in his journalism career reported from more than 50 countries, as bureau chief for New York Newsday in Johannesburg, in Beijing, and at the United Nations. He was educated at the University of Lagos and Columbia University in New York, though all he ever needed to know he learned at Modakeke High. He persists at golf despite very little hope of ever getting very good at it. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Watanan Petersik is a part-time senior advisor for TPG Capital and sits on the boards of the CIMB Group in Malaysia and CIMB Thai Bank. Her last full-time position was chief of staff of Goldman Sachs Asia ex-Japan. She has worked in the financial industry in Asia for over 25 years. She works with Ashoka, the global organization of social entrepreneurs, in Thailand, Singapore, and the region, and is on the board of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at Singapore Management University. Watanan is a Senior Moderator for The Aspen Institute. She is a Thai national who lives in Singapore with her Austrian husband and Hong Kong born son. With a family life that stretches across three continents and cultures, she has derived some very personal benefits from globalization but still remains somewhat worried about some of its side effects. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Alwyn Smith is president of Barloworld Handling, a 30 branch material handling dealership in the southeastern United States and part of the Barloworld Group. Before 2008, he was Financial Director of Barloworld Logistics based in Johannesburg. He spent ten years at Barloworld Robor, first as a divisional financial director, and subsequently as the managing director of Barloworld Stainless Tube. In the early 90's, he spent three years in Kortrijk, Belgium as financial manager of a Belgian family owned industrial group. He is a past chairman of the South African Stainless Steel Development Association and served on the World Customs Organisation's Private Sector Consultative Group. He has also served on the board of the Maths Centre for Professional Teachers as Treasurer. Alwyn completed a BA in accountancy at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1987 he won a Rhodes Scholarship and read M.Phil (Management Studies) at Oxford University's Templeton College. During his student days in England he met his wife Julie. They have a daughter and a son aged 13 and 11 respectively. He plays tennis and loves fishing and reading non-fiction. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Heather Sonn is deputy CEO of Wipcapital of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (Ltd.) Heather was previously the CEO of Legae Securities (Pty) Ltd. Before Legae, she worked at Gensec Asset Management, later Sanlam Investment Management, specializing in fund management, institutional marketing, and empowerment strategy at various times. Heather started her working life in the United States, where she worked for Merrill Lynch as an investment banker. In December 2005, she was voted by Mail & Guardian as one of the top 100 people to watch in South Africa in the coming decade. She serves on the Board of Strate, the Nelson Mandela Investment and Endowment Committee, the FSB Collective Investment Schemes Committee, and the Old Mutual Black Distributor's Trust. She is the president of South African Association of Investors, a patron of the Women's Hope and Education Training Trust, and an ambassador in the ABSIP Women in Focus programme. Heather received her BA from Smith College and her MS from Georgetown University. She is married to Devon Pather. They have a son, Isaiah, and a daughter, Phoebe. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, as well as a Seminar Moderator of The Aspen Institute.
Logan Wort is the acting executive secretary of the African Tax Administration Forum, a multi-lateral organisation of heads of revenue of African countries. He is a group executive at the South African Revenue Service. He was previously responsible for the organisation's strategic engagements with business, government and international affairs. He also managed the communications and marketing division as a Group Executive for SARS. He was the spokesperson for the South African Minister of Finance for eight years and headed the finance and investment sector of the Southern African Development Community. Logan was born in Cape Town where he pursued part-time studies ten years after leaving school. His leadership experience was shaped by his involvement in the struggle against the apartheid state, where he served in leadership positions in a range of mass democratic movement organisations for many years. During this time Logan was arrested and detained without trial, spending a period of two years in prison. Logan studied political science and sociology and holds a masters degree in public administration. He lives with his wife and two children. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Gavin Yeats is an investor in refractories, chromite, and cotton in South Africa. He is involved in Matelec Pty Ltd, an electrical manufacturing and distribution business; a cotton trading and ginning company in East Africa; the Marico Chrome Mine; Vereeniging Refractories; and Columbus Hygiene Systems, which he purchased from the Unilever Group. He first invested in a cash and carry operation, which evolved into a foodservice business with branches in the major commercial centres of Kwa-Zulu Natal and was later sold to the Caterplus Division of Bidvest. Yeats had his early upbringing in Lesotho and Zululand, where his family were traders. Schooled at Hilton College and DHS in Durban, he completed a BA degree majoring in English and History, followed by a Law degree at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg). Yeats has been married to Penny Mills for 11 years and has three children - Sarah, Julian and Samantha. Yeats enjoys reading and travel. He is an avid, albeit poor, golfer and cyclist. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.