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Pre- conference workshop • 8 March 2016
Two-day conference • 9–10 March 2016
The Cape Town International Convention Centre Cape Town | CTICC

The role of the HR Director/ Head of HR has changed radically and become more demanding over the years, with the realisation that the management of human capital should be given the same priority that managing financial capital has been given in the past. It’s time that companies truly take the leap and ensure the HR function is a strategic partner in the business. The HR Director of today should be innovative, business-savvy and should be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the CEO. At the same time, there is added pressure to ensure that the HR team evolves and becomes more agile, data-driven and a business-integrated function. These imperatives together with the challenge in managing talent and improving leadership requires a huge res-killing of HR professionals in SA as well as around the world. Make sure your HR function has the right capabilities to meet the business needs of tomorrow by attending this event like no other - a unique opportunity where the most senior-level HR executives from around the country attend to learn best practices, share their professional experiences and be inspired by leaders and influencers in the industry!

5 reasons you should attend:

  1. This event has be specifically designed and developed for you, the HR leader. It is targeted and deliberate to help you prepare for the strategic role that HR plays to lead growth and transformation.
  2. The programme is packed with relevant and critical topics, presented by industry leaders, influences and top executives!
  3. Get inspired and learn how to prepare and adapt your function for the changing world of work. You will gain valuable knowledge and best practice to forecast and persevere through challenges now and in the future
  4. Connect, share and network with other HR Executives! Gain insight into what is working for other organisations, what challenges and lessons others have been faced with.
  5. Challenge your thinking and gain new ideas! Develop your capability as a HR leader.

New features added to the 2016 HR Directors Conference!

  • Sessions featuring innovative and new practices in HR
  • 'In conversation’ sessions with prominent leaders
  • Each delegate to receive a free executive summary of the National Diversity, Inclusion and Transformation Survey 2016 results – a collaboration between KR and Mandate Molefi
  • Bringing some of the ‘Cape experiences’ directly to the conference!
  • Complementary book launch/cocktail function 9 March 2015 at 17:00

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town 8001, South Africa GPS co-ordinates: - 33.915141,18.425657 Map and directions:


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DAY ONE • 9 MARCH 2016

07:30–08:30 Registration


Welcome by Wilhelm Crous, Managing Director, KR



Professor Walter Baets,
Director, UCT Graduate School of Business



Facilitator Dr Morné Mostert, Director, Institute for Futures Research
Sharmla Chetty, MD, Duke Corporate Education
Barry Vorster, Partner/Director, PwC
Nathan Motjuwadi, HR Executive, Capitec Bank

10:30–11:00 Morning break



Transcending trending: decoding the future through cognitive competence

Dr Morné Mostert , Director, Institute for Futures Research


Time to address the overwhelmed employee: impact of wellbeing and trauma in the workplace
Dr Anna-Rosa Le Roux, Industrial Psychologist &  Head: Organisational Effectiveness, Woolworths Financial Services

'In conversation with Professor Shirley Zinn (Former HR Director of Standard Bank and Deputy Global Head of HR for the Standard Bank Group).



The digital revolution - shaping and being shaped by living and breathing the digital revolution – How Ericsson is driving, and being transformed by, the new networked era

Nyiko Hlungwani , Human Resources Director, South and East Africa Human Resources, Ericsson

TRACK 2:                     

Performance motivation: Looking at a strengths-based approach to a more productive workforce - creating optimism, hope in an age of pessimism and anxiety
Heidi Newton-King,
Sustainability & HR Director, Spier (Spier is one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa and winner of numerous international awards)

‘In conversation’ with S’ne Mkhize, Vice President: HR, Sasol
(Top 10 Employer 2015 and the leading petrochemical company in SA)

13:00–14:00 Lunch


What it takes to build the best in class work culture
Carol Kilkenny, HR Director, Adidas SA

Leadership development  - perspectives and new approaches for the future
Dr Andrew Johnson, GM: Leadership Development Centre, Eskom

‘In conversation with Phinda Madi (South Africa's pioneer and foremost thinker and voice on Black Economic Advancement)

14:00–15:15 Afternoon break


Inequality: What is HR’s contribution to societal problems

Professor Haroon Bhorat, Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU)


Creating Intelligent teams - leading with Relationship Systems Intelligence

  • Paradigm shifts in leadership
  • What is Relationship Systems Intelligence?
  • Why do we need Relationship Systems Intelligence?
  • What can Relationship Systems Intelligence enable in teams?

Anne Rød, International Management Consultant and Executive Team Coach
Marita Fridjhon, Coach and Author of ICF Accredited Coach Training Program, Organization & Relationship Systems
Coaching | CEO and Co-Founder of CRR Global, Inc


Wrap up of conference day one – make your way down to the Expo area for the Award cocktail function and book launch


Innovation in HR Awards 2016 cocktail function and book launch

Guest speaker: David Bellairs, Director, Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour (Cape Town Cycle Trust)
The Cape Town Cycle Tour - the 'people' side of making the world’s largest timed cycling event a success!


DAY TWO • 10 MARCH 2016

07:30–08:30 Morning snacks and refreshments

008:30-08:45 Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Leading through disruptive transformation: change management practices in a volatile world

Neil Morrison, Group HR Director, Penguin Random House UK and International (INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER)


Flexible and agile strategies to accelerate growth and ensure long term organisational success

Antoinette Irvine,
HR Vice President, South & Southern Africa - Unilever

10:30–11:00 Morning break



Analytics drives strategic workforce decisions – leveraging data to make critical people decisions
Marius Meyer, CEO, SABPP

Employee engagement: A SA model
Professor Hester Nienaber, Research Professor, Department of Business Management, UNISA
Professor Nico Martins, Research Professor: Industrial and Organisational Psychology, UNISA


TRACK 1:  
Tackling talent strategically: the role that winning talent strategies play in organisational success & the future of talent in the world of work
Malebogo Mpugwa, Head: HR, The De Beers Group of Companies, Botswana

Man and machine in industry 4.0: The second machine age

Phil Barrett, Director, Deloitte Digital
Joanne Doyle, Senior Manager, Deloitte Digital

National Diversity Survey 2016 – key findings and resuts

Nene Molefi, Owner and MD, Mandate Molefi

13:00–14:00 Lunch


Strategic partnering for performance: the CFO, CEO and HR Director working together to achieve organisational success


Turning disruptions into competitive advantage

Glenn Dittrich, Director, Smarter Workforce (IBM) Is this presentation, Glenn with discuss how companies can turn disruption into competitive advantage through HR programs and technology

15:15 Wrap up and close of conference

Conference Speakers

Barry Vorster, Partner/Director, PwC
Barry currently leads the South African Developing People proposition at PwC. He has been involved in the HR and IT arenas since 1994. Barry holds a Master’s degree in Computer-Aided Education from the University of Pretoria and is a Master HR Practitioner with the South African Board for People Practices. He began his career as a lecturer in Afrikaans Linguistics at the University of Potchefstroom and has since worked for the University of Zululand, ABSA Bank, Africa Growth Network, IBM/Lotus, AST, EPI –USE and PwC. He has over 15 years of consulting experience, gained both locally and in Europe and has provided strategic consultancy and programme management services to several clients. Barry has worked across both public and private sectors working with companies such as RMB, Sanlam, Unisa School for Business Leadership, Botswana Power Corporation, Momentum, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Kumba, PetroSA, BAT, and Anglo Platinum to name but a few.
Sharmla Chetty, Regional Managing Director: Africa, Duke Corporate Education
Sharmla Chetty is the Regional Managing Director for Duke Corporate Education, overseeing the Africa region. She serves on the board for Duke Corporate Education Africa, Bigen Africa as a non-executive director and as a trustee on the board of black share scheme for AVI. She is member on the advisory board at the University of Technology of Tshwane Business School and is a fellow on the Aspen Fellowship Programme. Prior to her appointment as Regional Managing Director, Sharmla served as the Managing Director of Duke CE South Africa. She has experience working in a range of industries including financial services, healthcare, mining, petroleum and FMCG. She has extensive experience working in many geographies including the African continent, China and India. Prior to joining Duke CE, Sharmla was the Head of Human Capital Development at Nedbank and has over 19 years of experience in this field. She was responsible for Management and Leadership Development, Grants and Education, Skills Development and Strategic Learning, having worked extensively with HR practices and processes. Sharmla studied at the University of Johannesburg and holds qualifications in Human Resources Development and has studied with other Business Schools in South Africa. She obtained her MBA from Henley Business School in the United Kingdom
Phinda Madi, Businessman, Director of Companies, Author and Professor Emeritus, Rhodes University
Phinda Madi is a businessman, director of companies, Professor Emeritus at Rhodes University and an author of four management books. He is currently Chairman of diversified investments holding company, Madi Investments, which he founded in 1987, as well as Chairman and majority shareholder of one of South Africa’s oldest privately owned medical aid companies, Allcare Medical Aid Administrators. He is a founding member of the SA Black Economic Empowerment Commission and is a director of several companies, including The Spar Group, The Nampak Group, Illovo Sugar, Sovereign Foods Limited and The Automobile Association of South Africa, to mention a few. He is a law school graduate of the University of Zululand, KZN, South Africa, as well as a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Business School, Chicago, USA and HEC Business School, Paris, France.
Sinenhlanhla Mkhize Senior Vice President: HR, Sasol
S’ne Mkhize has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and related fields obtained from roles in companies including the SAPREF refinery, Royal Dutch Shell in Southern Africa and the Netherlands, Sasol Mining and more recently Sasol Limited. She has particular experience and expertise in the areas of human resources in the petro-chemicals industry, global human resources strategy, business partnering, talent and change management. She is a director on the Sasol Mining Holdings Board. She is also the 2013 winner of the IPM HR Director of Year award. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Rhodes University and a MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business.
Prof Shirley Zinn, CEO, Zinn Consulting (Former HR Director of Standard Bank and Deputy Global Head of HR for the Standard Bank Group)
Shirley is the former HR Director of Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of HR for the Standard Bank Group. Prior to Standard Bank, she was the Group Executive HR at Nedbank and was also the General Manager for HR at the South African Revenue Service . Shirley has since registered her own company that provides consulting and advisory services in HR, Transformation, Leadership and Education. She is an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria and mentors several women across multiple industries. Shirley was recognised by the Black Business Quarterly and received the Award for Top Woman in Business and Government and most Visionary Woman in 2008. She also received an award from the World Human resources Congress in Mumbai in 2007 and 2013 respectively for Excellence in Global HR Leadership. She has recently authored the book ‘Swimming Upstream’, published by KR in 2015. Shirley achieved her Doctorate in Education through Harvard University.
Nene Molefi, Owner & Managing Director, Mandate Molefi
Nene is the Owner and MD of Mandate Molefi. She is an experienced facilitator, HR and Transformation consultant. Over the past 18 years, Nene has gained a reputation both locally and internationally as a thought leader in Diversity & Inclusion, Values Driven Leadership & Transformation. She is an author of numerous publications and was part of a global panel of 45 experts who contributed to the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmark Tool. She is an associate lecturer for the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute; she is also an associate lecturer at Gibs. Some of Nene’s clients include Colgate Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, Barloworld, Nampak, Sasol, SAPREF, VW, Scaw Metal, Standard Bank, Tsb Sugar and The Presidency, to name but a few. Nene is also a trained Coach with the Coaches Training Institute and has also completed its Leadership training in San Francisco, USA .She also sits on the advisory board of the Auditor General of South Africa. Nene is committed to Social Entrepreneurship and is heavily involved with the community. Nene received her post graduate degree in South Africa and her Master’s from York St John University in the USA.
Marius Meyer, CEO, SABPP
Marius Meyer is CEO of the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP). Previously Marius lectured in HRD at the University of South Africa and University of Johannesburg. He has been an HRD practitioner, consultant, academic and manager for the last 20 years. Marius is registered as a Master HR Practitioner and Mentor with SABPP. He is an advisory board member and head of research for the African Society for Training and Development. Marius is a regular speaker at local and international conferences and authored a number of books. He has a passion for leadership, strategy, governance, change management and people development. The latest output of his team is the National HR Competency Model, as well as a full set of national HR standards, the first set of national HR standards in the world. His latest books are on HR Standards, HR Competencies and HR Risk Management to be published in October 2014.
Professor Walter Baets, Director, UCT Graduate School of Business
Prior to being appointed as the Director of the UCT Graduate School of Business, Prof Baets was Professor of Complexity, Knowledge and Innovation, Associate Dean for Research and MBA Director at Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management. Previously at Euromed Marseille he was Director of Graduate Programmes. Before joining Euromed Marseille, he held the Philips Chair in Information and Communication Technology and he was director of NOTION (the Nyenrode Institute for Knowledge Management and Virtual Education) at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. He has held academic positions in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain. He graduated in Econometrics and Operations Research at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and did postgraduate studies in Business Administration at Warwick Business School (UK). He was awarded a PhD from the University of Warwick in Industrial and Business Studies and a Habilitation of Paul Cezanne University, Aix-Marseille III, France. He pursued a career in strategic planning, decision support and IS consultancy for more than ten years, before joining the academic world, first as managing director of the management development centre of the Louvain Universities (Belgium) and later as Associate Professor at Nyenrode University, The Netherlands Business School. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Aix-Marseille (IAE) and GRASCE (Complexity Research Centre) Aix-en-Provence. He held visiting teaching positions at ESC Rouen, KU Leuven, RU Gent, Moscow, St Petersburg, Tyumen University, Purdue University and Narsee Monjee (Mumbai, India). Most of his professional experience was acquired in the telecommunications and banking sector. He has substantial experience in management development activities in Russia and the Arab world. Walter is a member of a number editorial boards, a evaluator of numerous international conferences and has edited and authored several books.
Morné Mostert, Director, Institute for Futures Research
Dr Morne Mostert is the Director of the Institute for Futures Research at the University of Stellenbosch. He is an international specialist in the development of thinking for leaders. He advises globally on strategic decision-making. He is the author of the influential book Systemic Leadership Learning published by Knowledge Resources. He is the Vice-Chair of the Council of the Da Vinci Institute and was a founding executive of BIPSA. He is the President of World Leadership Day, a global think tank on Leadership. His specialist areas include Systems Thinking, The Future, Strategic Thinking, Design Thinking and Creative Innovation.
Hester Nienaber, Research Professor: Department of Business Management, UNISA
Hester currently fulfils the role of Research Professor at the Department of Business Management at Unisa. Her research focus area is “shaping competitiveness by developing human capital” (strategy implementation/performance gap; talent management and engagement). Previously Hester lectured strategic management and research methods to masters’ students. Hester has 30 years’ experience as management scientist, both in the public and private sectors. Her training and education career spans 16 years. Since joining the academic fraternity in 2007, Hester has produced a number of research outputs, including M & D graduates, articles published in national and international peer reviewed journals, on her own, with students and colleagues (SA and international), delivered papers at national and international peer reviewed conferences and contributed to books, both nationally and internationally. Hester regularly reviews papers for national and international journals as well as conferences and act as an external examiner for masters and doctoral students. Hester holds many qualifications including but not limited to a D Com (PhD) (Strategic Marketing) Unisa; MBA, University of Pretoria; Certified ROI Practitioner, ROI Institute; and a ASTD Certificate in Human Performance Improvement. She is the co-author an Employee Engagement book which she authored along with Professor Nico Martins (UNISA), which is being published by KR in 2016.
Nico Martins, Research Professor: Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, UNISA
Professor Martins holds a PhD in Industrial Psychology and is registered at the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) as a psychologist and as a chartered HR practitioner at the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP). He has attended several specialised programmes in the field at the National Training Laboratories (NTL) in the USA and is an international affiliate of the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (SIOP) in the USA. Prof Martins previously worked for Bankorp and Sasol Limited in various human resources management specialist positions. These include Human Resources Manager, Training Manager, Head: Personnel Development and Manager: Development and Personnel Research. At present he is with the Department of Industrial Psychology at the University of South Africa (Unisa, since 1995) and specialises in the field of organisational psychology. His fields of expertise are organisational development and change. He currently lectures and supervises Doctoral and Master’s degree students. He also moderates for the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Stellenbosch and Johannesburg on a regular basis. He is acknowledged by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as a seasonal researcher (level C) and as one of the few researchers in South Africa on the topic of subcultures and their measurement. He has twice been awarded the Apex award. Formerly the Head of the Centre for Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Unisa, from 2002 to 2007, Prof Martins now coordinates the Applied Programme in Organisational Development at the Centre. He is the co-author an Employee Engagement book which he authored along with Professor Hester Nienaber (UNISA), which is being published by KR in 2016.
Neil Morrison, Group HR Director, UK and International Companies, Penguin Random House
After starting his working life as a lecturer in psychology, Neil Morrison worked in a variety of HR roles at FTSE100 companies, including Rentokil Initial and GUS (which later became Home Retail Group). He joined the Random House Group in 2008 and has been one of the main leads in helping to steer the merger with Penguin – the most significant in publishing history. On joining Random House Neil Morrison took responsibility for strategic people issues across its publishing and distribution offices in the UK, Australia, India and New Zealand. Since 2010 he has also sat on the main board. Morrison is a regular commentator on HR and workplace issues and has written for a number of trade and generalist publications and websites, as well as his own blog, Change-Effect. In 2013 he was named HR Director of the Year at the HR Excellence Awards.
Antoinette Irvine, Vice President: Human Resources, Unilever South and Southern Africa
After being awarded a three year Van Der Bilj Scholarship by Eskom, Irvine obtained a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Marketing, Industrial Psychology and Economics degree from the Durban University, South Africa - which is now known as the KwaZulu-Natal University, South Africa. During her tenure, Irvine invested the first eight years of her career in various HR roles including business partnering; organisational effectiveness; design, compensation and benefits. In 2001, Irvine was appointed Reward Director for Africa, Middle East and Turkey and was later appointed Human Resources VP - role managing the HR outsourced services across Asia and AMET. In 2011 she took up her current HR Vice President role on the Unilever South Africa board, and is part of the Africa Leadership team.
Haroon Bhorat, Professor of Economics and Director, Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU)
Haroon Bhorat is Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at the UCT. His expertise and research interests cover labour economics, poverty, and income distribution. He has co-authored two books and has published more than 150 academic journal articles, book chapters and working papers. Prof Bhorat has his PhD in Economics through Stellenbosch University and also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Cornell University research fellow. Prof Bhorat holds the highly prestigious National Research Chair under the theme of Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring the Interactions for South Africa. Prof Bhorat consults with international organisations such as the ILO, the UNDP, the World Bank, Ratings Agencies and emerging market fund managers. He is a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Board of the Commission on Global Poverty. He was also a member of the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP), and was Head of Research for the UN’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Prof Bhorat has undertaken extensive work in several SA government department and served on a number of government research advisory panels.
Malebogo Mpugwa , Head: HR, The De Beers Group of Companies: Botswana
Malebogo, is employed as Head of Human Resources for De Beers Global Sightholder Sales (DBGSS). Malebogo joined DBGSS in May 2012 coming from Standard Chartered Bank Botswana (SCBB) as the Cluster Head of Human Resources for Consumer Banking Business in Southern Africa. Prior to working for SCBB, Malebogo was employed by Debswana Diamond Company as the Group Organizational Design and Talent Manager. Prior to this she held a number of positions including that of Head of Employee Relations and Head of Human Resources for the Debswana mines. Malebogo built a successful career with Debswana where she built extensive experience in the upstream diamond business. Malebogo sits on the Board HR Committee for Botswana Development Corporation (BDC). Malebogo has done various executive leadership programmes both locally and internationally, including Emerging Leaders Programme at the London Business School. Malebogo is a graduate of the University of Botswana.
Heidi Newton-King, Sustainability and Human Resources Director.
Heidi currently holds the title Chief Operating Officer for Spier Leisure and is also the head of HR where she is strategically responsible for the Human Resources and Sustainability portfolios at the Spier group of Companies. Heidi has been with Spier since 1998 and transitioned into this role in 2013 after being in operations managing the leisure business for 5 years. Heidi has more than 20 years of Human Resources, training and business experience mainly within the Financial Services and Tourism Industries. Prior to Spier, Heidi was with Hollard for 7 years.
Carol Kilkenny, HR Director, Adidas
Carol has recently joined the Adidas Group in SA as the HR Director. She has many years of local and international HR experience in various senior level roles at companies such as head of HR for Zoona (African Startup) Diageo, Brandhouse, De Beers (UK), Vodafone Australia and P & G UK. She received her Master’s Degree from Kingston University in the UK.
Nathan Motjuwadi, HR: Executive, Capitec Bank
Nathan Motjuwadi joined Capitec Bank in 2010 with almost 15 years’ experience in the human resources/training environment. Prior to joining Capitec Bank, he was employed in senior level positions at companies like Coca-Cola (SA) based in South Africa and London, and was the HR Director at Danone SA. After receiving his degree from UCT, Nathan started his career as a teacher and head of department and also lectured part time at Unisa’s School of Business Leadership.
Nyiko Hlungwani, HR Director, South and East Africa, Ericsson
Nyiko has had the opportunity to practice HR at a senior managerial levels across a number of industries, with companies such as Gold Fields, ACSA, Aspen Pharmacare and Alexander Forbes to name but a few. The passion for human resources management was a natural call resulting in a career dating over 20 years. Nyiko has a number of degrees and a master’s degree from UNISA. His current focus as HR Director at Ericsson has been the development and execution of HR strategies across the RSSA region. The geography of focus in the last five years has been South Africa; Swaziland; Mozambique; Zimbabwe; Malawi; Madagascar; Angola; Zambia; Democratic Republic of Congo; Republic of Congo; Kenya; Gabon; Uganda; Rwanda and Tanzania. An interesting fact about Nyiko is that as a youth growing up next to the Kruger park and spending a lot of time at the biggest game reserve in SA, he developed a passion for animals and wildlife, resulting in him being trained as a game ranger. He has since undertaken his own game lodge Tinyiko Game Lodge.
Philip Barrett Associate Director, Deloitte Digital
Phil was one of the founding directors of Flow UK , which was acquired by Foolproof in 2011. He founded Flow SA in 2007. He has over 20 years of interaction design experience, more than 15 of which have been in user experience consulting. He has worked on UX projects for the BBC, Standard Life, Vodafone, and TV Guide. He has a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Science Communication. His South African experience includes Old Mutual, MXit, Santam, Computicket, Sanlam and EMSS.
Joanne Doyle, Senior Manager, Deloitte Digital
Joanne was the Head of marketing and Sales East and Central Africa for Motorola from 2004-2009. She then moved over to Ogilvy Public Relations as their Executive Director in February 2010. She made her to BrandsEye a year later as Sales and marketing director. She then became the Digital Senior Manager of Deloitte. Deloitte has currently started an internship programme for graduates and has partnered up with Spice4Life for this initiative earlier on this year.
Dr Andrew Johnson, General Manager: Eskom Leadership Institute, Eskom
Andrew is the GM of Eskom’s Leadership Institute. Prior to Eskom, Andrew has held senior level positions at companies such as Edcon, MTN, Transnet, the JSE, and Liberty Life to name a few. Andrew’s areas of special interest include HR strategy consulting, leadership development and succession planning, talent management, organisational transformation, change management and supervising industrial psychology interns. Andrew served on the founding Steercom of Fasset. Andrew held non-executive directorships in the National Empowerment Fund, the City of Johannesburg’s Property Company, Transparency South Africa and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. He lectures at UJ, and serves on the Departmental Advisory Committee of the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at UJ. He is an Industrial Psychologist by profession, holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology from the University of Nottingham (UK), and a PhD in Industrial Psychology from the University of Johannesburg.
Glenn Dittrich , Director, Smarter Workforce (IBM)
Glenn Dittrich is the Director Smarter Workforce for IBM. In this role he helps companies in the growth markets gain competitive advantage through the adoption of HR Science and technology. Glenn began his career helping connect companies to employees in 1995. During the rise of the internet Glenn was one of the early employees of BrassRing, focusing on helping companies find great candidates and track candidates through the hiring process. Glenn came to Kenexa as part of the BrassRing acquisition in 2006 where he was the Managing Director of Europe. Glenn has held several leadership positions in Kenexa, most recently as Vice President of Customer Service. Glenn also led the development of Kenexa's Talent Management SaaS service model where subscription renewals increased 19%, customer satisfaction increased 23% and new service sales of $13MM were recorded. Previously, Glenn served as Director of European Operations, Kenexa, where he supported the growth of the business in new markets. Prior to the BrassRing acquisition, Glenn served as general manager of BrassRing International. In this role he led the expansion of the European market from start-up toa $7.9 million business. Glenn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Miami University

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Strategic Positioning of HR in the New World of Work

Pre- conference workshop 1 • 8 March 2016

Facilitated by Dr Rica Viljoen, Mandala Consulting

Insights gained from various fields of study such as strategy, organisational behaviour, individual and organisational psychology and systems thinking are integrated in this practical workshop that focuses on the positioning of human resources in its rightful strategic place in the core of organisational life. Two actual strategic human resource case studies will guide the group conversations in an effort to explore the purpose and value add of strategic human resources as business partners to line management. During the interactive workshop, delegates will have the opportunity to practice their strategic and consulting skills to influence leadership to optimise their organisations, and the people in them.

Workshop outcomes include

  • An understanding of why different people hold different views of the same situation – different thinking systems
  • Shared understanding of the role of strategic human resources in the new world of work
  • Insight into multi-cultural human resource challenges in emerging economies
  • Sufficient knowledge to implement strategic human resource concepts discussed in your own company
  • Ability to identify appropriate human resource strategies or interventions to optimise the return on investment of human capital in your organisation
  • Ways to quantify the value add of strategic human resources. The workshop is deeply rooted in latest theoretical and social systems approaches so to individuals, groups, organisations and societies at large.

Who should attend

The workshop is focused on strategic human resource practitioners in the public and private sector, organisational effectiveness experts and line managers that understand the critical role of human resources in executing organisational strategy.

About the facilitators

Dr Rica Viljoen, , Mandala Consulting
Doctor Rica Viljoen is the Head of Department of People Management at the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management in South Africa. She is a senior research fellow at the University of Johannesburg, where she lectures in the programmes Leading in Emerging Economies, Professional Leadership and Organisational Behaviour. She has supervised more than 40 masters and doctoral studies over the last six years and successfully coached numerous business leaders, in South Africa and internationally. She worked in various African and international countries, focusing on optimising human capital in social systems. Rica is a member of numerous professional bodies such the South African Board for People Practices, the Institute for Management Consultant and Master Coaches of South Africa, the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa and the American Psychological Association. She is actively involved with the Academy of Management. Her PhD-thesis was nominated in 2008 by the Academy of Management as one of the ten most promising doctoral theses in the field of Management and Spirituality, and focused enabling sustainability organisational transformation through inclusivity. She is the founder and owner of Mandala Consulting, a niche change and development company that specialises in multi-cultural research, strategic human resources, facilitation and spiral dynamics. Her corporate career was spent as strategic human resource executive in one of the biggest banks in South Africa.

07:30-08:30 • REGISTRATION
10:30-11:00 • MORNING BREAK
12:30-13:30 • LUNCH


Pre- conference workshop 2 • 8 March 2016

Facilitated by ANNE RØD, International management consultant and executive team coach and Creina Schneier, Executive Coaching, Change and Leadership Transformation (Director) at Ithaca Leadership (Pty) Ltd

The competitive advantage of successful leaders is to lead teams and organisations in ways that harness the potential in the collaboration of knowledge available. The development of Relationship System Intelligence TM in a team or organisation helps accelerate the mind sets needed to face the challenges of this millennium. It equips leaders, teams and organisations with a mental model to access, unfold, align and lead human systems to higher performance.

Who should attend

This unique event is designed for any person working within a team, within any discipline or environment, including;
  • Team leaders
  • Managers
  • Facilitators
  • Corporate coaches
  • Sport coaches

Why you should attend

  • Discover why we need Relationship Systems Intelligence
  • Learn how to build intelligent teams
  • Learn how to successfully manage change
  • Gain insight into using conflict intelligently
  • Get a framework for creating culturally intelligent teams

About the facilitators

ANNE RØD, International management consultant and executive team coach
Anne Rød is an international management consultant and executive team coach, who develops and delivers team development and leadership programmes for global organisations. Prior to becoming a consultant, she held senior management positions in business and academia for more than 20 years, both in the UK and Norway, and has published numerous books and papers on organisational and strategic communication, as well as on intercultural competence. Through her work, Anne has gained a unique and in-depth understanding of international business, with all its associated rewards and challenges, and she is swift to assess and refocus the strategic requirements of challenging leadership situations. As senior faculty member with CRR Global, spearheading Relationship System Intelligence training in organisations and management teams around the world, Anne is also a highly experienced facilitator and speaker. Anne holds a Bachelor degree in Communications and a Masters in Marketing from the UK (from the Universities of Sunderland and Lancaster), and has gained three certifications in coaching (NLP, CTI and CRR), from both the Coaches Training Institute in the USA, and from CRR Global.

Creina Schneier, Executive Coaching, Change and Leadership Transformation (Director) at Ithaca Leadership (Pty) Ltd
Creina currently practices as an executive coach and leadership facilitator. She partners business leaders in a process that is ultimately focussed on ‘upping their game’ both personally and professionally. She believes that the success of Executive Coaching is measurable by tangible differences in behaviour and performance and her clients value her ability to facilitate their personal growth and learning, performance improvement and professional development.Creina also works with leaders and their teams in a process designed to unlock value for the individual, the team and the organisation. In her coaching she has supported the careers of many executives in leading South African companies in industries that include manufacturing, construction, engineering, IT, financial services, FMCGs, transport, media, government departments, universities, political parties and NGO’s. Creina has consulted in the areas of change management, performance management and management and leadership development and capacity building.

07:30-08:30 • Welcome & Registration
8:30-09:30 • Session: A new intelligence
09:30-11:00 • Session 2: Building Intelligent Teams
11:00-11:15 • Break
11:15-12:30 • Session 3: Creating Intelligent Change
12:30-13:30 • Lunch
13:30-14:30 • Session 4: Using conflict intelligently
14:30-14:45 • Break
14:45-15:45 • Session 5: Creating conscious and intentional relationships
11:00-11:15 • Break
15:45-16:30 • Session 6: Creating culturally intelligent teams
16:30 • End of Workshop

  Price (excl. VAT)
Pre-conference workshop only: 08 March 2016
R 4 100.00
Two-Day Conference only: 09-10 March 2016 R R11 360.00
Pre-Conference Workshop & Conference: 08-10 March 2015 R 13 990 .00

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking, workshop and conference material
SETA grants and accreditation requirements

Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.


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