HR Directors Conference & Exhibition
9-10 March 2020
Pre-conference Workshops

11-12 March 2020
Two-day Conference & Exhibition

Venue • Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town

Don’t miss out! REGISTER TODAY!



What will HR look like in the coming decade?


Two-day Conference | 11-12 March 2020

As we move towards the next decade HR leaders are experiencing rapid, continuous change, low morale, and in general, really tough and uncertain times. Not to mention facing issues relating to evolving technology, AI, talent shortages and diminishing trust, which will challenge and shift workplace culture over the next decade.

In this world of disruption and where strategic goals are regularly being reorganised, ambidexterity (recognising when to accelerate, when to change and when to maintain course), becomes critical. In the next decade, businesses and their leaders will rise or fall based on their ability to anticipate and creatively respond to change. HR needs to lead the business – tomorrow’s HR leaders will need to be bigger, broader thinkers, and they’ll have to be tech-savvy and nimble enough to problem solve and deal with an ever more agile and restless workforce. You will need to know your business – if you don’t, you will struggle to contribute at the highest level. It’s time that HR takes its rightful place at the heart of business strategy. According to Gartner 70% of CEOs expect chief human resources leaders (CHROs) to be key players in enterprise strategy, but only 55% say CHROs are meeting this expectation. Even fewer CFOs agree (30%). Many HR executives are ill-prepared for this greater responsibility. In fact, only 20% of Fortune 250 CHROs have experience outside the
HR function.

The 2020 HR Directors Conference will mark the 11th year hosting this event. We are proud that it has become a trusted platform for leaders across Africa to connect, grow and share ideas with professionals from different companies and industries across the country. As an HR leader you have an exciting yet challenging opportunity to shape the direction of work and revolutionise and reinvent the way we work, influence, lead and do business. Are you prepared? How should your organisation be preparing for 2030?

Join us at the KR 2020 HR Directors Conference which will address some of the MOST pressing challenges faced by HR executives today as well as the opportunities that lie ahead for the future workplace.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Agile HR – Certification ICagile Certified Professional – Agile Talent (ICP-TAL)

9-10 March 2020 (two-day workshop)

Facilitated by Anja van Beek, Agile Talent Strategist, Leadership Consultant & Coach

The data-driven HR Director: Harnessing the power of HR analytics and AI

9 March 2020 (one-day workshop)

Facilitated by Elmen Lamprecht and Jaen Beelders, Cogo Analytics

Developing and Implementing an Employee Experience Strategy for your Organisation

10 March 2020 (one-day workshop)

Charles du Toit, Director, Charles du Toit and Associates and Author of On boarding: Strategies for getting employees up to speed faster
Joan Peters, Leadership and Team Coach and Author of Employee Engagement: Creating Positive Energy at Work

These hands-on, practical and engaging workshops allow 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 these workshops. 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?

The HR Directors conference is THE one event in 2020 your organisation cannot 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!

Benefits of exhibiting/sponsoring include:

Significant brand exposure to over 25 000 HR leaders through our integrated targeted marketing campaign

Increase brand awareness with exposure to international associations, blogs and media partners, widening the target audience

Affiliation with a widely reputed and recognised HR event

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

Maximising your time and resources in front of over 200 targeted HR experts over 2 days

The opportunity to demonstrate how your organisation can add value – show how your product/service can solve some of the HR challenges in the next decade

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 HR 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 HR Directors 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 are highly limited

About KR

What we offer

KR is an integrated business and management content provider. Our products and business offerings enable individuals and organisations to succeed, grow and thrive.

We provide cutting-edge and evidence-based knowledge through:

Presenting conferences and seminars in the fields of HR, Learning and Development, Leadership, OD, Talent Management and General Management

Publishing various business books

Conducting and publishing research in the human capital field

Membership-based Learning and Development Community for all L&D practitioners

HR Think Tank focusing on current and future problems and challenges with regards to human capital

Issuing the monthly HR e-magazine – Human Capital Review

We are committed to provide value for money and have built a reputation for providing a service of uncompromising quality with exceptional passion. Our strength lies in our deep understanding of the needs and challenges that are specific to the business sector.

2020 Conference in Context


Conference at a glance

Why you should attend

Past attendees thoughts

Who should attend

Registration options

About the venue

Programme highlights


  • Employee Benefits: How to enable financial resilience and prosperity for employees

    Presented by
    Viresh Maharaj
    Managing Executive: Corporate Distribution, Sanlam

  • HR: The new Agenda – HR Challenges for 2020 and beyond

    Presented by
    Mechell Chetty
    HR Vice President, Unilever (Author of HR: The New Agenda, to be released soon)

  • Mental health and wellbeing: reducing stress and mental health issues at work

    Presented by
    Dr Mosima Mabunda
    Head of Vitality Wellness, Discovery Limited

  • AI in HR: A realistic look at AI as part of a long-term HR Technology strategy

    Presented by
    Elmen Lamprecht
    Founder and Managing Partner, Cogo Analytics

  • How Cisco does it: how we foster a healthy corporate environment and keep employees happy? (CASE STUDY)

    Presented by
    Andi Liba
    Country HR Lead, Cisco

  • Strategies to transform a toxic culture: achieving a full scale detox

    Presented by
    Dr Renate Scherrer
    Managing Director, JvR Africa

  • Learning and Development as organisational strategy – Key challenges for 2020

    Presented by
    Vish Sanghani
    Global Head of Learning, Standard Bank CIB


2020 Conference Speakers


Siphiwe Moyo

Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer
Twice Blue (Author of #StagnationMustFall)

Jasmin Pillay

HR Director
Microsoft SA

Germinah Nyikana

Group Head: Learning and Development
HomeChoice Holdings

Professor Kurt April

Allan Gray Chair
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

Barbara Stewart

Executive Manager: HR and Strategic Relations
V&A Waterfront

Andrew Millson

Director: HR and Sustainability
Food Lover’s Market Holdings

Vish Sanghani

Head of Learning: CIB
Standard Bank

Jeanett Modise

Chief Executive: HR
Sanlam Group

Dr Cindy Rautenbach

People and Culture Director
BOS Brands

Professor Shirley Zinn

Director on Boards and Author of
Swimming Upstream

James Hebbard

Chief People Officer

Natasha Joubert

HR Director

Viresh Maharaj

Managing Executive: Corporate Distribution

Andi Liba

Group HR lead

Emma El Karout

One Circle HR

Dr Mosima Mabunda

Head of Vitality Wellness
Discovery Limited

Dr Renate Scherrer

Managing Director
JvR Africa

Elmen Lamprecht

Founder and Managing Partner
Cogo People Analytics

Mechell Chetty

Vice President: Human Resources
Unilever Africa

Cebile Xulu

HR Director Business Lead, Southern, Central & Eastern Africa
Mondel─ôz International

Dr Nitasha Ramparsad

Director: Leadership Support
National School of Government
Author of Gender Equality

Dr Charles du Toit

Charles du Toit and Associates
Author of On boarding: Strategies for getting employees up to speed faster

Joan Peters

Leadership and Team Coach
Author of Employee Engagement: Creating Positive Energy at Work

Heidi Kornmuller

Global Head: HR

Matsi Eseu

Country HR Leader
GE Africa

Ingra du Buisson-Narsai


Chantel van der Westhuizen

Chief Learning Officer: Group Human Capital
Momentum Metropolitan

Sebe Rasebitse

HR Executive
TFG Africa

Illse Wessels


Jon Foster-Pedley

Dean and Director
Henley Business School

Professor Rachel Jafta

Professor Economics, University of Stellenbosch
and Director at Media 24

Ronnie Toerien

HCM Sales Development and Strategy Leader - Africa

Sarah Arnot

Managing Partner
Woodburn Mann Leadership Science Institute

Morné Mostert

IFR (Institute for Futures Research)

Dr Karina de Bruin

Managing Director
JvR Academy

Tim Sprowson

People Director

Niel Steinmann

Peoples Dynamic Development
Author of Raising Giant Killers and Crucial Mentoring Conversations

Sarah Babb

Leadership and Change Consultant,
Designer & Facilitator

Anja Van Beek

Agile Talent Strategist,
Leadership Consultant & Coach






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 or +27 11 706 6009.

To book your seat contact MAGDELINE MATLATSE at or +27 11 706 6009.