26 - 28 February 2019 • Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, JHB
Organisational Development Conference

Join Africa’s longest running Organisational Development platform: the ultimate access to senior organisational development, organisational design and organisational effectiveness leaders, specialists and consultants. The Organisational Development Conference 2019 will focus on complexity, change, agility, organisational structure, coherence and organisational effectiveness.

Two-day Conference

We find ourselves in unchartered territory – the world is changing. How should humans deal with change? What does it mean for the world of organisations and what does the future look like?

It’s now more important than ever before for OD professionals to take a central role in their organisations and make an impact in designing relevant business structures and development programmes.

As organisations grow and adapt to new technologies, there’s a trend towards increased complexity – networks and ecosystems are replacing the traditional hierarchies of organisations, and there is an increased focus on the use of cross functional and cross-generational teams to enhance innovation. The list of interventions to bring creativity into OD programmes and ensure their success is endless!

With so much to learn from, you can’t afford to miss the 2019 Organisation Development Conference taking place on 26, 27 and 28 February at the Radisson Blu Gautrain hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.

There’s no doubt you’ll leave the conference equipped with the knowledge, tools and techniques to create a successful organisation. One that is designed for speed, agility, and adaptability to enable you to compete and win in today’s global business environment.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Designing fit-for-purpose organisations for the emerging, new world
26 February 2019 (one-day workshop)

The purpose of the workshop is to enable participants to gain a high-level insight into organisational design as a key executive leadership task - the what, why, how, who, whereto of design – against the backdrop of the emerging, new world.

The following topics will be covered during the workshop, and illustrated through case studies:

Why has organisational design become critical in the emerging, new world?

Defining organisational design with its associated vocabulary and language

Mapping the organisation al design landscape: its building blocks

High level exploration of strategic, tactical and operational design Imagining the organisation of the future

This hands-on, practical and engaging workshop allows you to deep-dive into specific topics which will build skills and offer practical take away tools that can be immediately applied in your day-to-day work. Skills or concepts are taught, demonstrated or explored, and they are embedded with active participation and active learning. Interaction and participation are vital parts of this workshop. Even if you’re not attending the full conference, you can still register for a stand-alone workshop.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

What can sponsors and exhibitors expect? Already one of our flagship events, the 2019 OD Conference is set to be our best one yet! This is THE OD event on the continent which your organisation cannot afford to miss. As the financial year kicks in, business decisions and investments for the next 18-24 moths will be discussed at this time – don’t miss this opportunity, join us as a partner today!

Significant brand exposure to Organisational Development, Organisational Effectiveness and Organisational Design leaders through our integrated targeted marketing campaign

Brand exposure to international associations, blogs and media partners, widening the target audience

Affiliation with a widely reputed and recognised OD event

Fruitful networking potential with conference delegates and speakers

High rate of face to face contacts with potential partners and clients

Maximising your time and resources in front of over 80 targeted OD experts over 2 days

Strong Buyer/decision maker attendance

2019 Conference in Context


Conference at a glance

2019 content pillars

Why you should attend

Who should attend

Registration options

About the venue

Programme highlights


  • Improving organisational performance? Reinvent your L&D business model in changing times

    Presented by
    Co-Founder, 70:20:10 Institute, Netherlands

  • Next Gen OD: How OD must adapt to the tsunami of workplace change

    Presented by
    Mechell Chetty
    Vice: President HR, Unilever Africa

  • Case study: Creating positive change without authority: how to influence your organisation to get things done

    Presented by
    Florence Chikowore
    Head: Change Management, ABSA Group

  • Creating high performance teams through psychological safety, trust, communication and learning in the organisation

    Presented by
    Portia Mogale
    Head: Change Management, Santam

  • Case study: Organisational effectiveness

    Presented by
    Siyabonga Nkosi
    Head: OE, RMB

  • The business case for OD

    Presented by
    Sam Shrosbree
    Head: OD, Nedbank

  • Case study: Culture transformation: using culture measurement and surveys to drive sustainable change

    Presented by
    Dr Henk Struwig
    Head: OD, Investec


2019 Conference Speakers



Jos Arets

Co-Founder 70:20:10 Institute
CEO Tulser: The Netherlands

Florence Chikowore

Head: Change Management 
 ABSA Group

Dr Deon Cloete

Research Associate: Centre for Complex Systems in Transition Founder: Transformability
Stellenbosch University

Dr Petro Janse Van Vuuren

Applied Performance Researcher and PhD programme co-ordinator: Drama for Life
University of Witwatersrand

Siyabonga Nkosi

Head: OE 

Mechell Chetty

Vice President: Human Resources 
Unilever Africa

Dr Henk W. Struwig

Head Organisational Development 

Prof Derick de Jongh

Founding Director, The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL)
University of Pretoria

Sam Shrosbree

Head: Organisational Development 
Nedbank Limited

Amelia Van den Berg

Senior Manager: Human Capital 

Desiree Reddy

Head: Organisation Design
Exxaro Resources Ltd

Janko Kotzé

Director and Organisational Psychologist 
Human Interest

Prof Theo Veldsman

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

Dr Jean Cooper

Research Associate
Gordon Institute for Business Science
Founder: The Institute for Leadership and Transformation (TILT)

Portia Mogale

Head: Change Management 

Prof Freddie Crous

Head: Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management
University Johannesburg

James Middleton

Strategy and Operations 

Jacques de Villiers

Award winning Architect

Vanessa Martens

Managing Director 
EOH Agile

Sonja Blignaut

More Beyond

Frederick Kruger


Ronnie Toerien

HCM Sales Development and Strategy Lead

Emilio Titus

Research Associate, Research Unit in Behavioural Economics and Neuroscience (RUBEN), School of Economics, UCT
Co-Founder of HeartLinc

Participating Organisations


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
BUSIE MHLANGA-MJIMBA at busie@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.