ACCELERATE CAPE TOWN
Chris is the Chief Executive Officer of Accelerate Cape Town. Chris is the Vice-Chairman of World Design Capital 2014, and a member of the Western Cape’s Trade and Promotions Agency (Wesgro) board. Chris has extensive experience as a management consultant and business strategist and prior to returning to South Africa to lead Accelerate Cape Town, Chris was the Chief Knowledge Officer for EY Knowledge (Asia Pacific).
Gavin is the Chairman of Accelerate Cape Town. He is also the Chairman of AVI, an executive director of Coronation Investments and Trading Limited and a non executive director of a number of other companies
Ashoek is General Counsel at Media24. He is an attorney and has worked previously for the Western Cape Provincial Government.
Crispin was until recently MD of the Retail Mass Cluster of Business at Old Mutual and has now started his own business. He is a member and the previous Chairperson of the Old Mutual Foundation and serves on various Boards including Foodbank South Africa, UCT GSB and Frontier Rare Earths.
Danie is the Partner in Charge of PwC Western Cape and a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Southern Africa Executive Committee.
Gavin is the managing partner of Webber Wentzel’s Cape Town office, serves on the firm’s management board and specialises in Insurance, Shipping & Transport law. Gavin currently chairs the Cape Chapter of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa and has 20 years of experience in the maritime legal field. He is an accomplished international speaker and chaired portions of the African Ports Evolution Conference in both 2012 and 2013.
John heads up the Stakeholder Management within the Santam Group of Companies. His function is to ensure that the Santam Group continues to build appropriate business relationships with material stakeholders in local, provincial and national government to ensure that the business safeguards its reputation, obtains access to new markets, and remain relevant.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON
Laura is Head of Corporate Affairs for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Sub-Sahara Africa. She is a founding member of the Society of Consumer Affair Professionals in South Africa (SOCAP South Africa) and currently serves on the voluntary Executive Committee. Laura also serves as Chairperson on the Western Cape Advisory Board for the National Business Initiative (NBI).
Lele was previously the Head of HR at Allan Gray and has significant experience in HR roles in several financial services companies. Lele recently started her own company, mPower People Solutions.
BUSINESS LEADERSHIP SOUTH AFRICA
Michael is the Vice-President of BLSA, an Executive Director of Anglo American South Africa, and is on the Board of Rothschild South Africa.
Pedro Rhode is the Regional General Manager of the Nedbank Network in the Western Cape. This network oversees a total of 1200 staff in a matrix of 91 branches. With ten years of banking experience, Pedro is responsible for the execution of the Nedbank Network strategy through managing branch distribution networks and driving sales in the Western Cape.