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Theme: Dynamically Shaping the Future

This event occurred on
August 27, 2020
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa

In a post-pandemic world, what would be the future of work, travel, tourism, healthcare, education and national economies? No doubt, the ongoing pandemic has revolutionised how we conceive of these things. At this year’s event, our speakers engage with and share ideas on how we must prepare for a post-pandemic world and how best to equip ourselves to dynamically shape the future of South Africa.

Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2092
South Africa
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Erik Kruger

Speaker, Author & Business and Executive Coach
Erik Kruger is a speaker, author, and thinking partner to executives. He has a Master’s degree in Business and Executive Coaching and regularly presents on the topics of high-performance and leadership. He is also the founder of Modern Breed – an international learning and development aimed at developing & supporting modern leaders and teams for complex times.

Femi Adebanji

Leadership Strategist
Femi Adebanji is an author and sought-after international organizational excellence speaker. He has a passion for helping organisations transform their service excellence levels, create high-performance business cultures, and evolve into brands of distinction. With over 15 years of business leadership and customer strategy experience, he has consulted on numerous critical business performance improvement initiatives for companies in South Africa and internationally. He is Senior CX Strategist at Baines & Partners, a firm that specializes in Customer Experience consulting and Customer Service turnaround strategies and Research Director at Pinnacle Consulting, a corporate learning consultancy that provides customized skills development training solutions to organisations of diverse sizes across all industries.

John Sanei

Best-selling Author, Futurist and Speaker
John Sanei (Sah-nay) is a Knowledge Mercenary who travels the globe to uncover the lessons needed to uplift communities and help humanity thrive. His unlimited fascination with the future has seen him become Africa’s first faculty member at Singularity University in San Francisco, a lecturer at Duke Corporate Education in Johannesburg, and a Partner Associate at the Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies in Denmark. Author of best-sellers What’s Your Moonshot? Magnetiize and FOREsight, John is also the Co-founder and Chief Exponential Officer at Future Self Academy, an author-led, online platform that connectors the curious to leading thinkers. Despite this success, John still freely shares his passion and excitement through his signature videos – find him online and start upgrading your perspective.

Kerushan Govender

Entrepreneur & Investor
Kerushan is a serial entrepreneur with several investments in SA and abroad. He has an extensive career spanning the technology and investment banking sectors, including about 10 years in various leadership roles at Microsoft. More recently, Kerushan was Area Head at Microsoft, based in Dubai, responsible for the Public Sector business across the Middle East and Africa. After leaving the Middle East, Kerushan helped set up a company in the US in partnership with a Forbes list billionaire, before returning to SA in 2017.

Kgomotso Mokoena

Lawyer & Academic
Kgomotso is a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg in the Faculty of Law. She has worked as a legal researcher for former Justice Kate O’Regan, current Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and the late former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She is a fellow of both Brightest Young Minds and the Aspen Institute’s African Leadership Initiative.

Maria Frahm-Arp

Professor and Educationist
Prof Maria obtained her PhD in the Sociology of Religion from Warwick University (UK). She is the author of several book chapters and journal articles. She is the winner of the UJ Humanities Teaching and Learning Award (2014) and the Vice Chancellors Distinguished Teaching and Learning Award (2016). In 2017, she worked as the Vice Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and since March 2018, she has been working as the Executive Director of the Library and Information Centre at University of Johannesburg.

Martin Brown

Motivational Speaker
Martin’s life story is engaging and spellbinding, overcoming extreme adversity to evolve into a highly engaging motivational speaker who focusses predominantly on business and employee strategy and growth. Martin Brown delivers business expanding, life-changing, interactive keynotes that inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and professional growth. He is a master storyteller, and Martin has the most amazing story to tell! Nothing is more compelling than a vivid story that reminds us of the incredible human potential. Martin has developed an amazing global business with great success over the past 15 years, designing and manufacturing custom-built all-terrain power wheelchairs. Thereafter, relying fully on his engineering background, combined with his medical experience, Martin forcefully took charge of circumstances and began to climb the entrepreneurial ladder to become the successful, multi-award-winning businessman he is today.

Mike Teke

Business Executive
Michael Solomon Teke, best known as Mike Teke, is one of South Africa’s most elegant and experienced mining executives. He has a lot of experience that has enabled him to work at international organizations such as the BHP Billiton and Impala Platinum. Also, at a certain stage of his career, he served as the president of the Chamber of Mines(now, Minerals Council of South Africa) and chairman of Richard Bay Coal Terminal. He is currently the chairperson of the Masimong Group Holdings, and he also serves as a council member at the University of Johannesburg.

Tumi Rabanye

Communications Consultant
Tumi Rabanye believes that “the only constant these days is disruption” and therefore communications consultants have an even more important role to play in navigating the exponential changes experienced. This is especially so in a time of democratised media as communications can literally affect leadership brand, workforce management and our response crisis.

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Johannesburg, South Africa


Johannesburg, South Africa