Norman Beaulieu is an entrepreneur dedicated to building regenerative, systems-based solutions at the confluence of business, technology and the social sector. He is the founder and managing director of Aedi Group, a family of companies delivering solutions in sustainable community development, renewable energy, and health and wellness. Part of these solutions is based upon a qualitative reasoning technology Norman co-created for research, development, and diagnosis purposes, and part is based on the transformation of an existing U.S. town into a sustainable, carbon-neutral community. Working in similar sectors yet with communities in developing countries is Village Corps, a company Norman founded and leads to help villagers create "regenerative prosperity" on their own. He remains actively involved with his alma mater, Wesleyan University, and various other volunteer initiatives. Norman's life joy is being with his wife, daughter and son with whom he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu is chief operations officer of Clinix Health Group and founder of Afrika Biopharma Investments. Ntuthuko serves on the National Advisory Council on Innovation, which advises the Minister of Science and Technology on the role and contribution of science, mathematics, innovation and technology in promoting national objectives. He is also deputy Chairman of the National Biotechnology Advisory Committee, a member of the Audit Committee of Polmed Medical Scheme, and a trustee of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis. He was appointed by the Minister of Health to serve on the Pharmaceutical Pricing Committee Working Group and, during the Africa Nations Cup soccer tournament in 1996, he was the Durban group's Chief Drug Testing Officer. He obtained his MB,ChB degree from Natal University in 1991 and the Diploma in Anesthetics from the College of Medicine of SA in 1994. His formal management training includes an MBA from the University of Wales, Cardiff and MPH healthcare management from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Gary Campbell heads up the FUEL Trust, a newly formed NGO based in Johannesburg, whose vision is to make a positive and permanent contribution to the lives of young South Africans. FUEL has engaged with government to support them in enhancing the quality of their National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), which targets 6 million primary school children daily. He was commercial director of Nando's UK for 5 years where he was responsible for procurement, logistics, safety, menu development and maintenance of the UK group which managed 150 corporate owned restaurants. Prior to that Gary worked as an investment manager for Capricorn, a private equity business which operated in the leisure and financial services sectors both in South Africa and in the United Kingdom. Gary worked for four years as group financial manager for Cullinan Holdings Ltd, having completed his articles and qualified as a chartered accountant at Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg in 1994. Gary is married to Alison and they have two young daughters. Gary is passionate about sport and the outdoors. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Tamara Esau is an audit partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Her responsibilities ensure managing all audit risk areas and presenting audit plans and findings to the chief financial officers and chief executive officers of relevant holding companies. She was previously a human capital partner at Assurance Western Cape, where her duties involved recruitment, recognition, and retention of talent. She was also responsible for counseling individuals. Tamara is a member of the National Transformation Steering Committee and chaired the Century City Employment Equity Committee from July 2005 till July 2007 and the Assurance Transformation Committee for the same period. She is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants and African Women Chartered Accountants. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Zeona Jacobs is chief corporate officer at Cell C (Pty) Ltd. She was previously chair of Lobedu Communications Group and managing director of Lobedu Leo Burnett. She has held some of the most sought-after and dynamic communication and marketing positions in South Africa, such as head of corporate communications for Cell C at the time of its launch, executive head of corporate communications at Telkom, director for communications at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and joint managing director of a top South African advertising agency. She sits on the board of the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg, Jozi Dance Company, Endeavor, and Batswadi Pharmaceuticals and served in the past on the boards of Rand Water Services, the Rewards Company, Lobedu Communications, and the Advertising Communication Association. Zeona's proudest contribution to the development of her current employer and that of the country has been the launch of Take a Girl Child to Work Day in 2002. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dr. David Kalombo is a senior specialist for preventing mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS for UNICEF. He was previously director for HIV/AIDS care at the South African Department of Health. He was a health adviser for Oscar Kashala's presidential campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where David grew up. David worked at Johannesburg Hospital, Hillbrow Hospital, South Rand Hospital, Edenvale Hospital, and Dr. George Mukhari Hospital, where he was a senior medical executive until 2004. He completed his internship at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and Sebokeng Hospital in the Vaal. He is currently completing his MBA from the Milpark Business School. Dr. Kalombo is also a born again Christian and a leader in the biggest French speaking church in South Africa under the Apostolic Faith Mission. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Sibongile Khumalo is owner of Blue Magnolia Trading. She has enchanted diverse audiences all over South Africa and beyond. She interprets with integrity and poise a variety of musical genres. Sibongile's musical capacity launched her into the limelight when she won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the Grahamstown Festival in 1993. She has since performed at a variety of honoured occasions, amongst them President Nelson Mandela's 75th Birthday and 1994 Inauguration. She holds music degrees from the University of Zululand (B.A. Mus.) and Wits University (B.A. Hons), as well as a Higher Diploma in Personnel Management (Wits). She has taught and researched music at the University of Zululand, FUBA Academy and at the Madimba Institute of African Music (based at the Funda Centre). She has also had concerts in France - with conductor Hubert Soudant; Egypt - with the National Symphony Orchestra; and London during Africa '95 with the Brodsky Quartet and at the S.A.A. 50th Anniversary Celebrations at the South African High Commission in London. In April 1997, Sibongile was the mezzo-soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem under the baton of Sir David Willcocks, during the South African tour of the London Bach Choir. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Lisa Klein is executive manager of strategic projects at Discovery Holdings. She was previously an independent strategy consultant. Her client base included the National Treasury, Standard Bank, Google.org, TechnoServe, Associated Magazines, Spier, Mondi Forestry and the Resolve Group. She has a diverse work experience including working as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co; as strategy advisor to Jay Naidoo and Jayendra Naidoo (J&J Group); and as strategic planning director at FCB. A common thread through her working life has been the desire to use her skills to stretch the boundaries of the possible within the private and public sector. She is keen to work with and nurture a new generation of young talent to understand their power to enact change. To this end, she has played a leadership role in McKinsey Alumni in Development (SA) and is currently Assistant General Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship (SA). Lisa obtained her doctorate in political studies from Oxford University, where she was on a Rhodes scholarship. She has a BA Honours (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Gale Lemmert is executive for organisational performance at Barloworld Motor. In this role she is responsible for designing and developing interventions and initiatives to ensure sustained value creation through employees. Prior to this she was a group strategy consultant at Barloworld responsible for managing and facilitating the Business Unit Strategy Analysis process. Gale completed a BA LLB degree at the University of Cape Town, and a MBA from Gonzaga University, Washington State, USA. In her spare time, Gale enjoys the spending time outdoors engaging in activities such as rock climbing and hiking. Gale also has two community related interests. She acts a mentor to the National Children's Theatre Trust, advising management on strategy and business issues as well as serves on the Board of Management of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Mark Long is the owner of Long Supply Chain Consulting (Pty) Ltd, which specializes in the fast-moving consumer goods industry. Prior to starting his own consulting firm, he was managing director of DHL Consumer and Industrial South Africa. DHL serviced the logistics and distribution requirements within South and Southern Africa for companies like Unilever, Cadbury's, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg's, British American Tobacco, GSK, and Pfizer, among others. He has worked with the logistics and supply chain industry for over 25 years. He holds patents in over thirty countries for his invention, which facilitates the optimisation of truck load carrying compartments and is called Volumax. He is based in Durban. He holds a theological diploma from ICI University, now Global University; a road transport diploma from the University of Johannesburg; and an MBA from Wales University. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Nkuli Mkhize, nee Nkonyane, is senior investment officer for investment banking at the Development Bank of South Africa. She was previously an executive manager at Wesgro. Prior to her work in the private sector, she served as the economic consul and foreign economic representative at the South African consulate in Dubai. She also worked at the South African embassy in Tel Aviv, where she held the same position. She spent several years at Investment South Africa, the then-national agency responsible for promoting foreign direct investment in South Africa. She was executive assistant to the CEO and investment manager for the automotive and metals sector. Nkuli began her career at Sedgewick Noble Lowndes South Africa, a consultancy in Cape Town. She attended Rhodes High School and holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences and humanities from the University of Cape Town and is working toward her master's degree in development finance at the University of Stellenbosch. Nkuli is married with one child and lives in Johannesburg. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Sibani Mngomezulu is a director at Barloworld Limited. Prior to taking up employment at Barloworld, Sibani worked in corporate finance at JP Morgan, Cazenove and Merrill Lynch. He has been involved in advising large South African corporates on a number of transactions, including the demutualization and listings in London of Old Mutual, the restructuring of the Johnnic Group, leading to the formation of the MTN Group, the Barloworld acquisition of Avis and the Barclays acquisition of a stake in ABSA. His interests include the development of rural communities and assisting under-privileged children. He has led a Street Law programme in Pietermaritzburg for community schools and prisons and he has also provided financial and other assistance to learners and university students. He is a qualified lawyer and holds the degrees of LLM (Banking and Finance) from the Rand Afrikaans (now University of Johannesburg) and London Universities. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Raisibe Morathi is a group CFO at Netbank. She was previously executive director of Sanlam Ltd and economic advisor to the Deputy President of South Africa. She also held various positions at the Industrial Development Corporation, including chief operating officer and acting investment officer. She is a chartered accountant and has a certificate in advanced management from INSEAD of France and a higher diploma in taxation from Wits University. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Gugu Msibi is head of the public sector and government at Ernst & Young. She was previously Harith director of the Public Investment Corporation, and before that was executive director of Spin Media, which she co-founded in 2000. She also worked as a marketing and communications executive at the State Information Technology Agency. Prior to the government, she was a political journalist at the South African Broadcasting Corporation and worked as a senior producer on AM/PM Live on SAFM. She spent two years as head of broadcast training at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. Gugu is a strategy and media advisor to the chairman of Myela Group, Tokyo Sexwale, the SABC, Land Bank, Gauteng Shared Services, Parliament, Transnet, and the Department of Home Affairs. She is a non-executive director of Powertel. Gugu holds a BA in journalism and economics from Durban University of Technology and an MBA from Bond University in Australia, as well as an advanced management certificate from Wits Business School. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dr. Nobs Mwanda is a mother, wife, social entrepreneur and the CEO of Community-based Prevention and Empowerment Strategies in South Africa (COPES-SA), a social profit organisation that focuses on the building of safe, secure and caring communities for the children. She founded COPES-SA in Soweto in 2004 after a very short stint in private practice. Born in the rural Eastern Cape, she qualified as a medical practitioner from Wits University, in 1988 and subsequently did her Master of Science degree in Community Paediatrics, from the same university. Having worked for most of her life in the child abuse arena, she has received recognition for her scholarly contributions, from her peers, both nationally and internationally. Her major passion is community development. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Joshin Raghubar is CEO of iKineo, a relationship marketing and brand activation firm. Since founding iKineo in 2000, the firm has developed a blue-chip client base of leading brands in South Africa and other markets. Joshin started his career at Interactive Africa, where he was extensively involved in the 2006 Soccer World Cup Bid; project-managed the transcontinental African Connection Rally; and managed the International Design Indaba. Joshin served as a non-executive director of the Cape Information Technology Initiative, the agency tasked with development of the region as a technology cluster; and he currently serves as non-executive chairman of the Bandwidth Barn, which is South Africa's leading non-profit business incubator and accelerator for technology businesses. He has recently joined the board of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America. Joshin is a Fellow of the Southern Africa-United States Centre for Leadership and Public Values 2007/8 Emerging Leaders Program and was selected in 2006 as a Transformation Thinker by the Bertelsman Institute and the GTZ, the German government's development agency, as part of their global Transformation Thinkers program. Joshin has a business science degree with honors, majoring in finance and accounting, from the University of Cape Town, and is completing a masters program in development studies. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Salome Sengani is a property advisor at Musa Capital Advisors. She has 20 years of experience in the financial sector. Fourteen of these years were spent in banking, spanning from retail banking to corporate and merchant banking and Development finance. Salome serves on the board of the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), a public entity wholly owned by the City Of Johannesburg, and chairs its marketing and communications board sub-committees, and is also a member of its sub-committees on development and risk. She represents the JDA in the audit sub-committee of the Gauteng Province Government's development companies. Salome holds a BComm in accounting and business economics and BComm with honors in financial management from the University of South Africa, complimented by a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Pretoria. Salome is married with two children. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Raenette Taljaard is a senior lecturer in public policy at the University of Cape Town. She was previously director of the Helen Suzman Foundation. She was the youngest woman to be elected to the South African parliament when she became an MP in 1999 at the age of 25. She served as shadow minister of finance and was a member of the Portfolio Committee on Finance and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Raenette is a Yale World Fellow, a Fellow of the Emerging Leaders Programme of the Centre for Leadership and Public Values (UCT's Graduate School of Business and Duke University) and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She holds a BA in law, a BA with honors in political science, and an MA with honors in international relations from the University of Johannesburg, as well as an MSc with honors in public administration and public policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Raenette is an alumna of the Prince of Wales Business and Environment Programme at the University of Cambridge. She lectures extensively locally and abroad on the privatization of security, military outsourcing and the need for regulation. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Derek Thomas is CEO of Letsema Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He previously served as executive director of Letsema and CEO of CEPPWAWU Investments (Pty) Ltd, a black economic empowerment investment company. He maintains a strategy consulting relationship with the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), with engagement at director-general level, where he works on projects of national strategic interest. Derek serves on the following boards in a non-executive capacity: Transpaco Limited (including Strategy Committee; Remuneration Committee; Audit Committee by standing invitation); Barloworld Logistics Africa (Pty) Ltd (including Audit Committee); Aspen Pharmacare Limited (Alternate Director, member of Transformation Committee); and various private company boards. He holds a MS in economics from London University, a MCOM in economics from Wits University, and a BCom with honors in economics and finance from Wits University. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.