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Talent Management in Africa Conference

Building sustainable Human Capital


Two-day Conference | 19 – 20 September 2017

Like all other emerging markets, African countries are focusing on a growth trajectory that will allow them to become stable marketplaces for growth and investments. However, African organisations are still faced with some debilitating challenges that could be a roadblock to future success. And human capital is at the top of the list!

This is the premise for the Talent Management in Africa Conference that will bring together all African leaders responsible for human capital development and leaders from multinationals in one room to generate new ideas that will aid the building of sustainable human capital to propel Africa forward.

The mantra that Africa’s most valuable resource is the continent’s human capital will be undermined if African citizens remain mostly unskilled. Human resources without the appropriate skills cannot secure development. Therefore, strong talent management strategies are crucial to the continent’s continued development.

Given this, 2017 is an exciting time on the African continent as many initiatives are planned or underway that aim to grow the human capital in the region’s economies. The Talent Management in Africa conference is in line with this growth agenda.

The impetus behind this conference also stems from the extensive research Knowledge Resources conducts around human capital and labour in Africa. This research will form the foundation for exploring innovative strategies in building Africa’s human capital.

The conference programme is packed with exciting updates and panel discussions focusing on human capital developments, HR leadership strategies, talent management, remuneration and other day to day human resources practices that will support the goal of African human capital development.

Human capital leaders across the continent will present their thoughts and experiences so you can take away new ideas for your human capital strategy.

KR has more than two decades of experience hosting relevant human capital conferences. If you operate in Africa, you cannot afford to miss this one!


  • Two days of the latest thinking, research and industry development trends: this conference will provide you with the timeliest information to keep you ahead of the game.
  • Make your thoughts known by participating in high-level panel sessions and networking activities
  • Benefit from proactive dialogue and purposeful collaboration between all stakeholders involved in human capital management
  • Hear best practice case studies from leading African organisations and industry practitioners
  • Experience an environment that’s guaranteed to make peer-to-peer connections and contacts happen
  • Gain online access to research materials that will serve as a helpful resource long after you have attended the conference


  • Executives (including HR directors and managers, remuneration and learning and development specialists) from all African companies
  • Executives from multinationals that are conducting business in or planning to expand into Africa
  • Africa business specialists
  • Strategists
  • Academics
  • Researchers
  • Consultants
  • Advisors from professional services firms


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Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge
Resources registration staff


Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Wilhelm Crous, Managing Director, Knowledge Resources


Addressing Africa’s top labour and human capital management challenges

Dr Joni Musabayana, ILO Pretoria Acting Director


Panel discussion: Dealing with the regulatory environment

Ambassador Jean Kamau, Kenya High Commission
High Commissioner Zenene Sinombe, Botswana High Commission  
High Commissioner Vincent Karega, Rwanda High Commission


Risks in Africa

Tara O’Connor, Executive Director, Africa Risk Consulting

10:30–11:00 MORNING BREAK



The centrality of human capital development in the transformation of the African continent

Senior representative, AFDB Southern Africa Regional Resource Centre


African talent mobility in a globally connected world: opportunities and future challenges: Case study

Elanie Kruger,
Organizational Efficiency Director: Tsebo Solutions Group


Women development in Africa – the role of employers

Malebogo Mpugwa, HEAD: HR, De Beers, Botswana



13:45 – 14:25

Panel discussion: From brain drain to brain circulation: Dealing with skills shortages in Africa and preparing for the challenges and opportunities of globalised workforce

Wikus Jansen Van Vuuren, MD:HR Advisory Services, African Management Services Company (AMSCO)
Elanie Kruger, Organizational Efficiency Director: Tsebo Solutions Group
Malebogo Mpugwa, HEAD: HR, De Beers, Botswana
Innocent Magaya, Chief HR Officer, Econet Zimbabwe

14:25 – 15:05

Addressing leadership challenges in Africa: secrets of politically savvy leaders

Paul Norman,
Group HR & Corporate Affairs Officer, MTN



Retail in Africa: Human capital trends - learning points for other organisations: Case study

Pearl Maphoshe, HR Director, Pick n Pay  


Champagne roundtable discussion

In this session, the topic below will be introduced by the speaker in a 20-minute snapshot which will be followed by an interactive roundtable discussion over a glass of champagne

The fourth industrial revolution: what it means for human capital in African organisations

Lee Naik, CEO, TransUnion Africa


Close of day 1




Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources registration staff


Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Zogan Opperman,
Senior Manager: Organisational Effectiveness, South African Bureau of Standards


Doing business in Africa


Striving for good governance in Africa

Dr Francis Ikome, Chief of Governance, United Nations Economic Commission for
Africa, Ethiopia


Fast changing world – Artificial Intelligence, robotics and cognitive technology. A disruptive future for HR in Africa

Andre Vermeulen, Director: Human Capital Technology, Deloitte Africa


Panel discussion:  Navigating indigenisation: strategies for localisation in African markets

Innocent Magaya,
Chief HR Officer, Econet Zimbabwe



11:10 –11:50

Overcoming the challenges and complexities of managing your HR function across borders

Gerlind Smith, Human Capital Director, PwC Africa

11:50 – 12:30

Understanding the healthcare delivery system in various African states to better manage your expats

James Kambaki,
Head of field HR, MSF - Doctors without borders

12:30–13:15 LUNCH



13:15 – 13:50

The value of corporate social investment when doing business in Africa: Case study


Wage and remuneration trends in Africa

Pria Pillay, Head: Compensation, General Electric


Education, jobs and lifelong learning: Bridging the disconnect between education and the labour market in Africa

Sharmi Surianarain, VP: Life Long Engagement, African Leadership Academy
Ayado Ewinyu, Director: Africa Careers Network, African Leadership Academy


Close of conference


Dr Joni Musabayana, Director, ILO Pretoria

Dr. Joni Musabayana has a Doctorate in Business Leadership from UNISA School of Business leadership, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a BSc Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Zimbabwe. He also has a Diploma in Training Management, Diploma in Computer Programming plus numerous Certificates in Management, Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship training. He has worked for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Higher Education 1989 – 1990, Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe 1990 - 1992 and then for International Labour Organization 1992 to date. His professional focus has been in the field of entrepreneurship and management and has run his own business.

He has worked for the ILO based in Harare (1992 – 2002) as project staff and as Chief Technical Adviser, Geneva (2002 – 2004)as Global Coordinator of Start and Improve Your Business programme, Addis Ababa (2004 – 2009) as Enterprise Specialist and now Pretoria (2009 – to date)as Deputy Director of the ILO Pretoria Decent Work Team and Country office. Currently, he is the Director of the ILO Decent Work Team for Eastern and Southern Africa based in Pretoria covering 18 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa technically and five countries politically and administratively.

His global work assignments have taken him to South East Asia, China, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe and Central America. He is a music lover, avid reader and a keen sportsman who played basketball for the Zimbabwe national team for 15 years. He enjoys running and going to the gym. He is married to Wynne and they have two boys and two girls.

Tara O’Connor, Executive Director, Africa Risk Consulting
Tara O’Connor is a global risk management consultant and Africa expert with over 20 year’s experience. She is the Managing Director of Africa Risk Consulting & ARC Briefing. ARC provides political advisory, corporate investigations and due diligence, business intelligence and reputation risk management services to companies investing and operating in Africa. ARC Briefing is an Africa focused country risk information service available to subscribers. Wikus Jansen van Vuuren joined AMSCO as Managing Director: HR Advisory in 2016. He was previously the Business Development Director for Henley Business School Africa and Managing Executive: Africa and Middle East for USB-ED.
Wikus Jansen Van Vuuren, MD:HR Advisory Services, African Management Services Company (AMSCO)
Wikus has spent the past 25 years of his career in various people development roles, including sociology lecturer, HR consultant, leadership facilitator, and most recently in senior business development roles. He completed his Honours degree in Industrial Sociology with the University of Pretoria and a Diploma in Training Development. He also completed numerous programmes in Health and Safety Management, Quality Auditing, Management Consulting and Change Leadership. He has experience working with public and private sector clients in Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana UAE, UK and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Wikus has presented a number of conference papers over the years in South Africa, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. His articles on leadership, culture and change have been published in a number of local and international publications.
Paul Norman, Group Chief Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Officer, MTN Group
Paul Norman is the Group Chief Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Officer at MTN Group.

He has been an executive at MTN since 1997. He is a member of the Group Exco and has played a key role in MTN’s evolution from a single country business to a global business with a footprint in 22 countries.

Paul has a Masters degree in Psychology from Rhodes University and also graduated from IMD in Switzerland with an MBA. He is a qualified Psychologist and before moving into Industry, he ran his own private practise.

As an HR professional Paul has positioned MTN as an employer of choice across all its markets. In 2003 Paul was also awarded HR Practitioner of the Year by the Institute for People Management (IPM). In 2012 he was recognised by the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), with the Life Time Achievement Award. According to SABPP, the award was in acknowledgment of his great contribution to the advancement of the Human Resources profession, not only in South Africa, but across MTN’s 22 countries of operation.

He serves as a director on several of MTN’s Subsidiary Boards. He has also established various entrepreneurial ventures in the food, motor and alternative energy sectors.

Paul is passionate about socio-economic development in SA and Africa and he believes that the Continent requires more impactful leaders who embrace the reality that profits cannot be made at the expense of communities.

Pearl Maphoshe, Group Executive Human Resources, Pick n Pay
BA (Hons), HDipEd (Durban-Westville), MA (London)

Pearl joined Pick n Pay on 11th of April 2016 as Group Executive Human Resources.

Previously, Pearl came from South32 where she was Vice President Human Resources and Massmart Group where she was the Group Human Capital Executive. Prior to these positions, she was the Human Resources Director of Mass Discounters, the General Manager Corporate Services of Umgeni Water and has worked in various senior positions in transformation, procurement, Black Economic Empowerment and education at the University of Durban Westville, Telkom, Old Mutual, the National Independent Medical Aid Society and Kwazulu-Natal Society of Chartered Accountants.

Pearl is currently a guest lecturer on the MBA programs at the University of Kwazulu-Natal and the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She established the Massmart Corporate University and created a new benchmark in the retail industry for education, talent management and executive succession planning, which are among her passions.

Pearl was appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training to chair the Wholesale and Retail SETA. She is a member of the University of Zululand Council and chairs the Human Resource Committee of Council. Pearl is also a Board member at Knowledge Resources.

Lee Naik, CEO, TransUnion Africa

Lee Naik is CEO of TransUnion Africa and is recognised as one of South Africa's leading digital and technology transformation experts. Lee leads the charge to further TransUnion’s ability to deliver innovative solutions to the African market. He is responsible for growing the company’s broad range of information solutions, which help businesses make more informed decisions and consumers manage their personal information and access the financial products and services that lead to a higher quality of life.

In his previous role as MD of Accenture Digital, he focused on helping organisations transform their businesses to remain competitive in an increasingly digital world. Prior to that Lee was the Managing Director of Accenture’s Technology Strategy business.

Lee has worked across all spheres of government and private sector industries. He has a deep understanding and appreciation of the transformative role technology can play and his experience ranges from developing first-in-country strategies and solutions to leading complex delivery programmes.

A frequent speaker and commentator, Naik was recognised as a global top 10 commentator in the 2015 LinkedIn Top Voices awards, and was a recipient of the 2015 Standard Bank Rising Stars Award. In 2016, he was one of the top 10 finalists for the IITPSA's IT Personality of the Year award.

Innocent Magaya, Chief Human Resources Officer, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe
Innocent is Chief Human Resources Officer for Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, a diversified group of companies some listed on the Stock Exchange. Overall, Innocent oversees the Human Resources function for Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and its Associate and subsidiary companies. Innocent is a qualified and experienced Human Resources and Marketing professional. He has worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia and Kenya. Innocent holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wollongong in Australia and a Bsc honours degree from University of Zimbabwe.
Gerlind Smith, Human Capital Director, PwC Africa
Gerlind Smith is the Head of Human Capital at PwC Africa, based in Johannesburg and operating across East, West and Southern Africa. Her professional experience has been built over many years and spans the manufacturing, insurance, and professional services industries. With interest in organizational effectiveness and people development, she has recently completed her Masters in Business and Executive Coaching.
Andre Vermeulen, Director: Human Capital Technology, Deloitte Africa
Andre is currently an Associate Director at Deloitte. He is the Human Capital technology lead that focusses on providing Human Capital related technologies to his clients across the globe. With his strong development and cloud background he is living out his passion for people by delivering world class solutions to top tier clients within the Human Capital space. Andre also leads the Human Capital Technology practice for Deloitte South Africa. He also has a seat on the University of Pretoria’s Advisory Board for Informatics and Computer Science.
Zogan Opperman, Senior Manager: Organisational Effectiveness, South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
Zogan is currently the responsible for managing the human capital function at SABS. Previously he was the Head of HR EMEA at American Tower Corporation where he was responsible for implementing the global HR strategy working with Country CEO’s, General Managers and Executives. Zogan has also worked for Airports Company South Africa as the Group Specialist for Performance and Talent Management. Prior to ACSA, Zogan worked for Eskom initially as a Talent & Design Manager and later as the power entity’s Chief Advisor for Talent and Skills Management. He has also held the following positions at Skillbase Technologies:
  • Regional Manager: Africa
  • Director: Skillbase managed Learning programmes
  • Senior Consultant business Process Management
Zogan also has vast consulting experience in enterprise wide electronic performance management systems with Multichoice South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana, NBC, Sentech and Alexander Forbes.
Zogan holds a HDE (+4) (Psychology, Philosophy, Education), has gone through the Executive Development Programme at Henley Business school, is a qualified corporate trainer and facilitator (DDI and Deloitte and Touche) and has been awarded the following accolades:
  • IPM Practitioner for the year 2010 – runner up
  • World HRD Congress 2011 – Talent Leadership Award

James Kambaki, Head of field Human Resources, Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors without borders (MSF) RN, BscPH, MPH
James career spans over 15 years in the humanitarian sector mainly with Doctors without borders (MSF). His experience has evolved from public health Nursing, project management to current Medical HR in Africa and Asia. The countries he has worked in include Kenya, South Sudan, Darfur, Somalia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and South Africa. James current responsibilities in HR include recruitment, placements and retention of experienced and skilled HR for MSF operations.
Elanie Kruger, Group Organizational Effectiveness Director, Tsebo Solutions Group
Elanie Kruger is the Group Organizational Effectiveness Director for Tsebo Solutions Group, Africa’s leading outsourcing solutions group. Passionate about Africa and emerging markets, Elanie is a key member of the Tsebo Executive, responsible for the delivery of profitability, growth and cash flow targets by driving best people practices and change initiatives. Elanie has a strong and diverse career in strategic human resources, talent, OD, IR and change management having held several senior leadership positions in diverse industries in South Africa and the UK. Elanie, a registered Industrial Psychologist, holds a M.Com (Industrial Psychology) from UJ.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Would you like the opportunity to market your company’s products and services to delegates at this seminar?

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Barbara Spence

  Excl. VAT
Two-day Conference: 19-20 September 2017 R10 900.00

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  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and seminar materials
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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