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Talent Management Conference 

Aligning people strategies with business strategy: agility, insight and execution


Pre-conference workshop: 15 May 2018
Two-day conference: 16 and 17 May 2018
Post-conference workshop: 18 May 2018

It’s indeed a fascinating time to be in Talent Management!

We live in an era of unprecedented, relentless change - a time of rapid innovation and emergence of new knowledge resulting in constant transformation, obsolescence and evolution of existing careers as well as the creation of new careers. In an era like this, every organisation is faced with a need for a talent management flexibility to meet the demands of the dynamic business landscape.

Join thought leaders, trends and innovation experts at the Knowledge Resources Talent Management conference as they share insight into the approaches organisations are taking to meet the changing economy of the 21st century through talent management strategies that focus on agility, insight and execution.

Now in its seventh year, this event is your source for guidance on talent retention and development strategies for your organisation, plus it offers key insights you need to be pondering on to progress in your Talent Management career.

This year’s conference is designed to prepare you for a new era of Talent Management, to understand its accelerated drivers, adopt emerging tools and adapt to the next generation of talent roles and deliver on a new set of expectations. Make sure you don’t miss it!


We recommend this conference for VPs, Directors, Managers, Advisors, Specialists, Academics, Researchers and Consultants who are concerned with the following areas:
  • Talent Management
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Workforce Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Performance Management
  • Change Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Learning & Development
  • Human Resources
Presentations will be appropriate for all industrial, commercial and public sectors


  • Increase your knowledge of relevant trends, concepts and skills
    This conference offers topics hinged on key talent management content pillars that will promote your personal and professional development. Find out how new technologies – Mobile, Social Media, Integrated HR Systems are changing the game
  • Gain actionable insights that truly drive return on investment
    Move beyond best practices and learn about next practices that will maximise organisational performance. Learn about new practices that challenge how talent professionals use predictive data and analytics and leverage technology to provide more aligned and competitive talent solutions
  • Explore Talent Management Frameworks
    Learn and implement tools from numerous case studies and success stories. Hear how organisations are innovating talent management processes by aligning the business and engagement strategy to address new business challenges
  • Discover how talent programs can make your company more agile
    Make business impact the foundation of your talent strategy
  • Learn from the best
    Hear insights to gain buy-in for your talent strategy and demonstrate the value of investment in your organisation
  • Network with peers
    This conference gives you the opportunity to brainstorm and benchmark solutions with fellow attendees
  • Benefit from the opportunity to customise your learning
    By participating in the unique and interactive world café session at the end of the conference, you will receive insights that will enable you to practice and apply your skills and walk away with strategies and tactics that you can begin to implement in your own organisation

For more information about the Seminar, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +27 11 706 6009.


WORKSHOP – 15 May 2018

Creating a Talent Print for you company

This workshop will cover the following:

  • Talent Management 3.0: Why talent management is struggling to have the impact if should have and what to do about it.
  • People Analytics as a platform for decision making: How to transform your current talent data into engaging insights for the business
  • Succession Management - Moving Beyond Ready Now, Ready Later: How to increase the robustness and predictability of your succession process


Martin Sutherland, Global Director, People Tree

DAY ONE • 16 MAY 2018


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


Welcome and introduction by chairperson
Siphiwe Moyo, Chairman, SABPP


Talent 4.0 – securing and fast-tracking talent readiness for an unknown future

Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst


International keynote - Tagging for Talent: The Hidden Power of Social Recognition in the Workplace 

Michael Salonne, International Speaker and best-selling author

10:00–10:15 Morning tea


The Consumerisation of HR: What every Talent leader should know

Stephan van der Westhuizen, Talent and Organisation Lead, Accenture


Case study: Winning the talent game: how gamification is impacting business and HR

Mechell Chetty,
Vice President Human Resources Africa, Unilever


Why neuroscience is key to talent acquisition: enhancing candidate experience and attachment to your company brand 

Ingra Du Buisson-Narsai, NeuroCapital 

12:30–13:30 Lunch | Feed your soul. Network and connect with like-minded professionals

13:30 – 14:15

Developing and retaining millennial talent: using coaching interventions to overcome the disconnect between generations

DrKathy Bennett, Leadership Coach, Adjunct Faculty Member & OD Consultant (Author of Living and Leading Through Uncertainty)


Succession Management: the definite do’s and the detrimental don’ts

Ashnie Muthusamy, Group Manager: Talent Management, Sun International

15:00–15:15 Afternoon Tea Break


Live demo on candidate sourcing: I am more than my CV, Challenge me for a Job

Sandra Saal, Director, Foster Jobs South Africa  

Integrated Talent Management: Lessons from the All Black Rugby Team

Janko Kotze, Director, Human Interest
Ian Chauvet, Associate, Human Interest


Cocktail function and Book Launch “Tagging for Talent”


DAY TWO • 17 MAY 2018


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


Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Janko Kotze,
Director, Human Interest


Turning hiring into a science

Marcel Harper, Senior Consultant, Top Talent Solutions


Fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace by minimising unconscious bias in talent management

Nene Molefi, Managing Director, Mandate Molefi

10:00–10:30 Morning tea | Enjoy a selection of teas, coffee, juices and snacks to maintain your energy levels

10:30 – 11:15

Putting the Uber into Graduate development

Ursula Fear,
Associate, Catalyst Consulting

11:15 – 12:00

EY Case study on Talent Programmes

Jenny Greyling, Talent Development, Reward, Benefits and Wellness Leader: Africa, Ernst & Young

12:00–13:00 Lunch | Feed your soul. Network and connect with like-minded professionals

13:00 – 13:45

Crucial mentoring conversations (CMC)

Zandile Njilo,
Director & Organisational Consultant, Peoples Dynamic Development

13:45–14:30 Recognising and Routing Ethical Risks in Recruitment

Penny Milner-Smyth, Director, Ethicalways

14:30–14:45 Afternoon Tea


How Talent Management can drive engagement and create a positive culture

Vanessa Kodisang, Group Talent Manager, Massmart


Interactive Work lab: The World Café – shaping the future of talent management through conversations that matter

Janko Kotze, Director, Human Interest

16:30 Wrap up and close of conference


Michael Salone, CEO, 3-6TY, International Speaker and best-selling author
Michael is an international HR expert, sought-after speaker, and author. Michael is CEO of 3-6TY, a unique consulting firm which uses the power of the crowd to share knowledge and identify talent for organizations. Michael has helped multi-billion-dollar companies, Alstom and Schlumberger and clients Carnegie Mellon University, the United Nations, Total, Eczacibasi Group and Michelin (just to name a few) identify the strengths they have inside their organizations. By observing and helping companies quickly and accurately identify talent, Michael has saved companies millions of dollars, increased company morale and aided them in sustaining success--and taking it up a notch.
Siphiwe Moyo, Chairman, SABPP
Siphiwe Moyo is a Chartered Human Resources Professional. He is a Professional Motivational Speaker and Learning & Development Consultant. He is the Founder and Chief People Officer of Twice Blue. Siphiwe is the previous Head of Learning and Development for Nedbank Home Loans, FNB Asset Finance and Murray & Roberts UCW Division. He’s held other senior level positions in other companies. His qualifications include: Executive Development Programme from Wits Business School (2015), Masters in Business Administration from NWU Business School (2009), B Com (Hons) Human Resource Development from the University of Johannesburg (2005), Bachelors Degree (cum laude) Human Resources from the Vaal University of Technology (2002). He is the current Chairman of the Board at the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP), a past Chapter President at the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) and a member of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF).
Mechell Chetty, Vice President: Human Resources Unilever Africa
Mechell is the Vice President: Human Resources for Unilever Africa and has been with the Company for 20 years. Mechell, who sits on both the Africa and SA Leadership Team, leads the Diversity & Inclusion and Talent agenda across 40 African countries. During her tenure, Mechell has been an instrumental HR Business Partner across Middle-East, Turkey, Africa and South Africa. She has supported both the Factory and Corporate portfolio in Customer Sales, Supply Chain and Finance. Mechell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wits University and post graduate in Business Management from Wits Business School. Her HR experience includes comprehensive disciplines such as Learning, Leadership Development, Organisational Effectiveness, Culture Transformation and Business Partnering. She is also recognised as a global leadership development facilitator.
Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst Consulting
Debbie is the founder of Catalyst Consulting and holds a B.Comm, an MBA and is a qualified NLP practitioner, process facilitator, game ranger, reflexologist and Reiki Master. Debbie has over 20 years’ experience in the field of strategy, leadership development, change management, talent management, high performance teams and organisational development. Her passion is transformation and empowerment. She has worked and consulted at leading local and global organisations in the private and public sector throughout Southern Africa and internationally.
Stephan van der Westhuizen, Talent and Organisation Lead, Accenture
Stephan is a director at Accenture Management Consulting, located in the Africa Asia Pacific (AAPAC) region. He leads the Human Capital Management Consulting practice in South Africa and takes up a leadership role in the Global Talent and Organisation Capability Network. Before joining Accenture in 2017, he was a director at Yudelowitz, Shanon & Associates (YSE) for 12 years. He was also formerly employed by Gemini Consulting. Stephan holds an MSocSc (cum laude) in applied and Clinical Psychology among other qualifications, and is currently a PHD candidate at the University of South Africa.
Ashnie Muthusamy, Group Manager: Talent Management, Sun International
Ashnie has an educational background in Psychology, HR and Leadership. For the last 20 years she has worked in various Group roles working with Talent Management. Her present portfolio includes Strategic Resourcing, Psychometric Assessment, Job Architecture; Performance Management, Succession Management, EVP among other HR responsibilities.
Vanessa Kodisang, Group Talent Manager, Massmart
Vanessa completed her undergraduate studies in Industrial Psychology and Human Resources from the University of Johannesburg and post graduate studies in Business Management from the Regenesys Business School. She has worked in Talent Acquisition across Middle East and Africa from McKinsey and Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Oracle and began her career with Massmart as Learning and Development Manager for the School of Career Development in 2015. Vanessa is tasked with developing and implementing Massmart’s Talent Strategy to ensure a sustainable talent pipeline across the Group in line with the business strategy.
Martin Sutherland, Global Director, PeopleTree Talent Analytics International
Martin is the Global Director of PeopleTree Talent Analytics International, a software and consulting firm focused on talent analytics. He is a founder member of the company, launched in 1998, and has been responsible for its global expansion. Clients are spread across 47 countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the US, Central and South America and India. Martin has always had a fascination with people and technology and has used technology and research to understand what makes people successful when they tackle new situations and business challenges. The result is a robust talent process, driven by powerful talent analytics, which helps companies to effectively direct time, money and effort to grow and develop all their talent. Prior to the formation of PeopleTree, Martin was a director of the largest public relations and communications company in South Africa. He regularly speaks at international conferences and publishes articles on the topic of talent management. He has 23 years of professional consulting experience in the ICT, Energy and Power, Financial Services & Banking, Transport, Retail and Manufacturing sectors.
Janko, Director and Organisational Psychologist, Human Interest
Janko is an Organisational Psychologist and holds a Master’s Degree in IO Psychology at Unisa (Cum Laude). His other qualifications include a BCom Sport Management, BCom Hons Industrial Psychology, Certificate in Marketing & Customer Centricity (Cum Laude) and an Intensive Coaching Training Accreditation (Cum Laude). He is the Founder of Human Interest, a bespoke talent management consulting firm that partners with organisations to create a high-performing, integrated talent ecosystem – characterised by highly motivated, engaged and committed people. He has extensive consulting experience and has designed and delivered people solutions across various industries.
Ian Chauvet, Associate, Human Interest
Ian holds a Master’s Degree in IO Psychology at Unisa (Cum Laude). He has worked in a number of organisations and has extensive consulting experience across multiple industries in the fields of Human Resources Management, Talent Management and Change Management. More recently Ian has fulfilled a General Management Role providing leadership and management expertise to an emerging business in the ITC sector. Ian is currently a PhD candidate at UNISA where he is exploring the overlap between IO Psychology, Sport Psychology and the performance of the New Zealand rugby team. He is passionate about finding that elusive sweet spot in organisations between people, processes and technology – creating winning teams and businesses.
Marcel Harper, Senior Consultant, Top Talent Solutions
Marcel Harper is a Psychological Scientist and senior consultant at Top Talent Solutions. He has worked within the fields of cognitive science and Applied Psychology for more than 15 years and has published in popular and scientific journals on the topics of perception, decision-making, and cognitive processes. He is a member of the Association for Psychological Science and has worked in academic, consulting and marketing fields.
Zandile Njilo, Director & Organisational Consultant, Peoples Dynamic Development
Zandile Njilo is an Organisational Development Consultant with over 10-years expertise in Human Capital Consulting and facilitation. She provides training services in strategic planning, process improvement and workforce development. She is a seasoned practitioner with high level corporate experience which spans over various industries namely; financial services, advertising and marketing, in addition; mining and construction. Zandile is passionate about building and strengthening organisational dynamics and has been key in enabling her clients implement Performance Management, Leadership and Mentoring Programmes. Her innovative facilitation promotes collaborative and experiential learning in order to create value for the business, employees and customers. She has extensive experience in developing and managing quality programs; training and coaching employees, and facilitating organization-wide change. She is registered with Bank and ETDP SETAs as a facilitator, designer, developer, assessor and moderator.
Penny Milner-Smyth, Director, Ethicalways
Both an HR and ethics specialist, Penny spent 25 years as a generalist, in-house HR executive before focusing her attention on the promotion of workplace integrity. She has been running workplace ethics programmes for leaders and employees of all levels since 2000. Penny holds an MA Research Psychology (UKZN), is registered as a Master HR Practitioner with the SABPP and is a long-standing member of The Ethics Institute and Business Ethics Network Africa. She is now the director of Ethicalways, a provider of specialist advisory and training services. A regular speaker and writer with a growing international profile, Penny is also the principal author of the Specialist Certificate in Anti-Corruption accredited by the International Compliance Association.
Ingra du Buisson – Narsai, Director, NeuroCapital
Ingra is a Registered Organisational Psychologist in private practice. She is the co-founder and Director of NeuroCapital Consulting. which consults to some of South Africa’s leading and most admired companies. Ingra has 16 years of executive level experience in corporate South Africa, including as Group HR Director for Famous Brands Limited, Human Resources Executive (Aegis Insurance/RMBH Group), and HR Director (Usko/Bytes Technology). Academically, she holds a MComm (Organisational Psychology) degree, a BComm Hons (Strategic Management) degree, and a MSc degree in Neuroscience-based Leadership. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D., focusing on the behavioral markers of neuroscience-based leadership. Ingra is a founding member of the International Neuro Practitioners Guild, and a frequent best practice “Sharer” at conferences, business schools and in the media. Her unique contribution is being a catalyst for change, using integrative organisational neuroscience.
Dr Kathy Bennett Leadership Coach, Adjunct Faculty Member & OD Consultant (Author of Living and Leading Through Uncertainty)
Kathy gained extensive experience in all facets of HR management, culminating in an HR executive role in the pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. She has since then pursued a portfolio career across a range of industries, comprising 3 primary roles: leadership/executive coach, part-time faculty member on the M Phil (Management Coaching) programme at USB, and OD consultant (with emphasis on change leadership). In these different roles, Kathy continues to engage with the HR profession and their current challenges. Kathy has a PhD in Personal and Professional Leadership from the University of Johannesburg and a MA degree in Professional Coaching through Middlesex University in London. She is the author of “Living and Leading through Uncertainty: Developing leaders’ capability for uncertainty”, published in 2017.
Jenny Greyling Talent Development, Reward, Benefits and Wellness Leader: EY Africa
Jenny is a Chartered Accountant who has more than 15 years of experience in facilitation, design of talent development programs, coaching, and learning. Having qualified in the profession she understands the unique challenges of the profession and the individuals attracted to such industry. Jenny is responsible for the Talent Development, Reward, Benefit and Wellness portfolio for the Africa region. She is passionate and energised by the Talent Development field and displays a pragmatic and insightful approach when working with her clients She holds a Masters degree in personal and professional leadership from UJ and is accredited in a number of assessments Social Style, MBTI, Bar-On EQ, Benchmarks by Design and Insights Discovery. Jenny completed the Business Coaching Program at GIBS in 2016 and is in the process of logging her coaching hours towards an ICF accreditation.
Nene Molefi, Managing Director, Mandate Molefi HR Consultants
Nene was born in Soweto, (South Africa). She is the CEO of Mandate Molefi HR Consultants, a company with a track record that spans over 16 years. Her versatility and experience in partnering with boards and executive committees has positioned her well to work with large scale culture change, transformation and leadership development projects. 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 including her book “A journey of Diversity & Inclusion in South Africa” and has contributed to a chapter in the book “Leadership Perspectives from the Front Line”. She is an expert panellist for a Diversity & Inclusion Benchmark Tool. She is a member of the Diversity Collegium which is a think tank of globally recognised diversity experts.
Ursula Fear, Associate, Catalyst Consulting
Ursula has a deep interest in talent, learning strategies and is passionate about 21st century skills and workplaces. As a previous Human Capital Director at Deloitte, she has established and designed many graduate strategies and programme. Her deep-rooted passion to growing and making a difference in the development space has never been more pertinent. In 2017 Ursula completed a programme at Nyenrode University in the Netherlands (masterclass: learning & leadership development) under the guidance of global chief learning officer of McKinsey Prof.Dr Nick van Dam. Shas previously sat on the advisory board for the ASTD (African Society of Talent Development) and has assisted in the establishment and running of Talent Talks. Ursula is currently involved in talent management, leadership, learning development and Human Capital capability projects.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Barbara Spence


Two-day conference including pre and post conference workshops (4 days) | 15,16,17,18 May 2018 
R12 450.00  excl. VAT
Two-day conference including pre-conference workshop only | 15,16,17 May  
R9 950.00 excl. VAT
Two-day conference including post-conference only | 16,17,18 May  
R9 000.00  excl. VAT
Two-day conference only | 16,17 May 
R7 000.00 excl. VAT
Pre-conference workshop only | 15 May  
R3 950.00  excl. VAT
Post-conference workshop only | 18 May 2018 
R2 500.00 excl. VAT

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