Learning and Development Conference
9 September 2019
Pre-conference Workshops

10-11 September 2019
Two-day Conference | Exhibition | L & D Team Award

Venue • Emperors Palace, JHB

Don’t miss out! REGISTER TODAY!

Creating the future ready workforce


Two-day Conference | 10-11 September 2019

Corporate learning is being disrupted. Finding and retaining key talent is a challenge that organisations struggle with as skill shortages prevail across the world. The sheer changing nature and speed of work is disrupting job demands across every organisation and function. With advances in digitalisation, increased globalisation, technologies, increased competition, and shifting demographics, the future is undoubtedly unpredictable. All these changes profoundly challenge how we do business and how companies manage their skill development. Corporate Learning needs to be a competitive advantage that drives operational excellence, innovation and performance.

Learning is also being put under pressure – L & D professionals must now be tech-curious, savvy, have business acumen, demonstrate their value and be agile in their approach to delivering learning at work that translates into business improvement. Are you ready for it? Is your organisation? It has never been more important for organisations to prepare and ensure that they are building their workforce skill-sets to ensure they are future-ready. Attend the Learning and Development Conference 2019 to ensure you are developing your capability and expertise as a learning professional. As a learning and development professional your role has never been more important. The ability to translate learning to growth will be what set organisations apart from their competition and the ability to make the leap from learning to growth will require leaders who assist employee to put their minds to work.

Organisations need to invest in preparing ready-now and future-ready workers with development opportunities that will transform them into capable and agile performers. The sheer pace of technology and competitive innovation alone assures a need to up-skill employees, but learning executives also feel intense pressure to constantly improve, reinvent and retool their learning initiatives to be faster, better, smarter, too. In order to thrive as an L & D professional, we need to adapt and evolve to the changing context of work.

L & D leaders must seize the opportunity to play a critical strategic role in driving learning and transformation, re-image the learner experience, deliver business value through L & D and bring new thinking to the executive table. Join KR at the Learning and Development 2019 Conference 2019 where we will look at the latest trends, technologies and practices that can ensure your function preparing for the future.

Pre-Conference Workshops

9 September 2019


Mastering creativity skills to future proof your organisation

How can you as the learning leader develop skills in idea-generation, problem-solving, collaboration and turn ideas into reality?

For organisations to survive and thrive requires constant creative solutions and problem-solving capabilities to create and shape a future veiled in uncertainty. Learning and development will play an important role in re-skilling the workforce and building greater organisational agility to enable faster innovation and transformation. How will L & D rise to the occasion? How can you as the learning leader develop skills in idea-generation, problem-solving, collaboration and turn ideas into reality? How do you develop this capability in your staff?

Enhancing the Creative Intelligence (CQ) of the current as well as the future workforce can shape a society to improve the collective creative and innovative thinking and problem-solving skills and will assist to co-create a future where everyone will thrive. Join
Dr Cherylene de Jager, CIO of CheHan Ideaneers and learn how to master creativity skills to future proof your organisation


(SADEL Organisation)

Learning is fast becoming a business-critical priority. We can all ‘feel’ that the pace has accelerated. To keep pace organisations need to become increasingly agile not only in how they operate and execute but in their underpinning philosophy too.

In this workshop we will cover the three major shifts that we need to make if we are wanting to establish and grow the Self-driven, Agile, Digital, Exponential Learning (SADEL) Organisation. Join Kerryn Kohl from 4thTalent in this immersive learning experience and start your journey to transformation. By attending you will gain an in-depth look at the framework required to build this type of organisation. They will drill down and bring each of the three elements of the framework into clearer focus for practical application.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

10-11 September 2019

Do you have a solution or product you want to exhibit and show to decision makers?

The Learning and Development Conference continues to provide the meeting place to buyers, sellers and their partners to do business that drive the L & D profession upwards. This is the place where learning leaders find solutions to their challenges. Hundreds of Executives from across the country and other parts of Africa have attended the conference over the last 7 years. You should join us too! We hope you leave the 2019 conference with new ideas and contacts to drive the industry forward!

Benefits of exhibiting/sponsoring include:

Increase brand awareness with exposure pre-event and during the conference and post event.

Affiliation with a widely reputed and recognised L & D event.

The opportunity to demonstrate how your organisation can add value – show how your product/service can solve some of the L & D businesses challenges?

Meet the RIGHT prospects – the majority of attendees are Director/Executive level who are hard-to reach, busy prospects.

Build relationships – people prefer to work with people they have engaged with on a one-on-one basis and whom they trust. Get to know Learning leaders personally and professionally.

Stand out from the crowd – while these prospects are usually bombarded daily with lots of media online and offline, this event will provide you with their undivided attention.

Be part of an exclusive community – The L & D Conference is not a massive trade-show. Think of it as a high-quality, high-level, conversation hub, where the number of solution providers and exhibitors is highly limited.

L & D Team Award

10 September 2019

Recognising excellence within the L & D Profession

NOMINATE your team for the Learning and Development Team of the Year Award • Entries close 19 August 2019

Each year KR recognises the outstanding work being done by learning professionals from organisations across South Africa. Why not nominate your learning team? We want to recognise and honour the initiatives and work your organisation is doing to improve learning that provides value and a bottom line business impact in terms of performance improvement to your business.

Past 1st place winners have included: ArcelorMittal, Discovery, MTN, Nedbank and more!

Our judges of the award include:

Sinenhlanhla Magagula, Chief HR Officer, Tiger Brands

Jeanett Modise, Chief Executive: HR, Sanlam Group

Shirley Zinn, Consultant, Author, and Director of Companies

Siphiwe Moyo, Author, Founder and Chief People Officer, Twice Blue Consulting

Sibongile Antoni, Head: Learning and Development, Woolworths

Linda van der Loo, Learner, Innovator, Thought Leader Executive Partner, Blue Pebble Consulting

Andrew Johnson, Chief Learning Officer and Author of Leadership: Perspectives from the Front-line

Vanisha Balgobind, Executive Head: HR, Exxaro

Wilhelm Crous, Managing Director, KR

2019 Conference in Context


Conference at a glance

Why you should attend

Past attendees thoughts

Who should attend

Registration options

About the venue

Programme highlights



The rise and responsibility of talent development in the new labour market

Presented by
Nicola Doherty
Head: Academic, Government and Venture Markets EMEA, LinkedIn

Digital meets cognitive: How IBM is leading the learning revolution

Presented by
Jo Marke
Global Learning Delivery Leader, IBM (UK)




  • Daimler/Merc’s Journey to an AI fuelled organisation – it’s not just about learning a new skill it adapting to a new culture

    Presented by
    Abey Kgotle
    Executive Director: HR, Mercedes Benz

  • The future of leadership development in the
    digital age

    Presented by
    Revani Manicum
    Talent & Organisation Director: Africa, Unilever

  • Becoming an Agile learning and development team: the role that learning plays in making organisations faster and more effective

    Presented by
    Germinah Nyikana
    Group Head: Learning and Development, HomeChoice Holdings Limited

  • Case study Media24 | Learning as a critical part of organisational strategy: aligning your learning strategy to current and future business strategy and goals

    Presented by
    Adam Cooke
    Head: Media24 Academy, Media24

  • Continuous learning and improvement at Microsoft: how Microsoft overhauled its approach to a growth mindset culture

    Presented by
    Sameera Mohamed
    Head: Talent and Learning, Microsoft SA

  • Conversations with Authors: Pose your questions directly to the Authors

    Presented by
    Siphiwe Moyo
    Siphiwe Moyo Author, Founder and Chief People Officer, Twice Blue Consulting (Author of #Stagnation Must Fall: 100 practical lessons that will activate your career progression)

  • How digital is transforming learning in Exxaro

    Presented by
    Hemuna Bhola
    Group Manager: Talent Management, Exxaro


2019 Conference Speakers


Nicola Doherty


Head: Academic, Government and Venture Markets EMEA

Jo Marke


Global Learning Delivery Leader

Trevor Kunda

Group Head: Learning and Leadership Development
Discovery Group

Vish Sanghani

Head of Learning: CIB
Standard Bank

Yolinde Harper

CFO: Strategic Change and Corporate Functions
Standard Bank

James Erasmus

Agile Leadership Coach

Nerisha Charlton

Director: People and Organisation
Mars Africa

Robert Bloom

Design Thinkers Academy

Taryn Marcus

Human Capital and Strategy Integration Specialist

Jill Lithgow

Education Solutions Lead
Johnson & Johnson Medical

Germinah Nyikana

Group Head: Learning and Development
HomeChoice Holdings

Dr Mark Bussin

21 Century

Abey Kgotle

Executive Director: HR

Dr Tineke Wulffers

Moya Institute of Authentic Leadership Effectiveness
(Authors of Authentic Leadership Effectiveness)

Sameera Mohamed

Head: Talent and Learning
Microsoft SA

Dr Letitia van der Merwe

Managing Director
InavitiQ Learning

Revani Manicum

Talent & Organisation Director: Africa

Dr Cobus Pienaar

Managing Director
Arbinger Institute

Siphiwe Moyo

Author, Founder and Chief People Officer
Twice Blue

Maryke Burnett

Project Manager: Talent Mobility
Deutsche Telekom (T-Systems)

Brigitte da Gama

Chief People Officer
Mcdonald’s South Africa

Hemuna Bhola

Group Manager: Talent Management

Adam Cooke

Head: Media24 Academy

Suretha Esterhuysen

Head: Learning Initiatives
MMI Holdings

Ashnie Muthusamy

Group Talent Manager
Sun International
(Author of Succession Management: Definite do’s and detrimental don’ts)

Gee Ruwona

Head: Learning and Development
Four Seasons

Keshnie Mathi

Training Manager
Altron Nexus

Monique Lamberts

Group Executive: Talent Management

Prof Theo Veldsman

Work Psychologist, Visiting Professor in Work Psychology at University of Johannesburg, Strategic Associate

Barbara Walsh

Managing Director
Metaco (A subsidiary of Comair)

Shaun Dippnall


Harry Akinola

Global Head: Learning and Development
Puma Energy

Linda Van Der Loo

Learning Innovator, Futurist and Thought leader
Blue Pebble Consulting

Nishan Pillay

Executive Director: Open Programmes (OP)
Gordon Institute of Business Science


Contact Us

For more information, to register or to find out how you or your organisation can be involved as a sponsor/exhibitor, please contact
DEBBIE ATWELL at debbie@knowres.co.za or +27 11 706 6009.

To book your seat contact MAGDELINE MATLATSE at magdeline@knowres.co.za or +27 11 706 6009.