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Leadership and Executive Development Seminar 2019  


One-day Seminar: 10 September 2019
Emperors Palace, Johannesburg

Learning leaders find that traditional leadership development programs no longer adequately prepare executives for the challenges they face today and tomorrow. Companies require skills that are fit for purpose and will lead companies into the future. Also, the number of organisations and institutions (including consulting companies) offering leadership development programmes is soaring. Nevertheless, there’s a general feeling that corporate leadership is ‘coming up short’, particularly considering the new challenges of a digital, fast-paced world. And that’s despite the huge amount being spent annually on developing leaders.

Professors Moldoveanu from Rotman School of Management and Narayandas Harvard Business School make the point that whereas companies are seeking the communicative, interpretive, affective and perceptual skills needed to lead coherent, proactive collaboration, most execute education programmes focus on discipline-based skills set, such as strategy development and financial analysis. They’re essentially just extensions of MBA programmes.

This problem is further aggravated by the fact that there’s a skills transfer gap. Too few executives take what they learn in the ‘classroom’ and apply it to their jobs. And the further removed the locus of learning is from the locus of application, the larger this gap becomes. It takes no genius to realise this gap quickly demotivates newly-developed leaders.

For us at Knowledge Resources, the need to develop future-fit leaders is so important that we’ve also included a special one-day track, a seminar within a conference essentially, on leadership development at the upcoming Learning and Development Conference on 10 September.

This Leadership and Executive Development Seminar/track can be attended by L&D Conference delegates or registered for separately. By attending this seminar, you will:

  • Learn how to develop a pipeline of leaders who will lead effectively in the next decade.
  • Better understand the skills and attributes that future leaders must possess.
  • Discover today’s latest trends and practical solutions for developing leaders.
  • Gain insights, ideas, and inspiration from top researchers and practitioners.
  • Discover innovative solutions to strengthen the capability of leaders at all levels.

For more information about the seminar, please contact Debbie Atwell on or + 27 83 651 1664.


07:30–08:30 Registration and arrival refreshments and snacks


Welcome and introduction by Chairperson

Chairperson SIPHIWE MOYO
Author, Founder and Chief People Officer, Twice Blue Consulting
(Author of #Stagnation Must Fall: 100 practical lessons that will activate your career progression)


The rise and responsibility of talent development in the new labour market

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER - NICOLA DOHERTY, Head: Academic, Government and Venture Markets EMEA, LinkedIn


Digital meets cognitive: How IBM is leading the learning revolution

Learning and Enablement Executive, IBM 

10:15–10:45 Morning break


The future of leadership development in the digital age

Talent and Organisation Director, Unilever
TREVOR KUNDA, Group Head: Learning and Leadership Development, Discovery Group


Can authenticity in leaders be developed?

Moya Institute of Authentic Leadership (Authors of Authentic Leadership Effectiveness)


Don’t hold people accountable—develop accountable people

Managing Director, Arbinger Institute

13:15–14:15 Networking lunch


 Develop leadership core capabilities that drive adaptability, resilience and agility – the critical skills for an agile organisation of the future

Agile Leadership Coach


Leadership development case studies

HARRY AKINOLA, Global Head Learning, Puma Energy

15:45–16:00 Afternoon tea break


Conversations with Authors

17:00 Close of seminar


Trevor Kunda Group Head: Learning and Leadership Development, Discovery Group
An International HR Executive with experience in Business Partnering, Change & Transformation as well as Talent and Executive Development. Trevor has held a variety of positions in local country operations, regional management and global roles. Trevor's track record of delivery demonstrates his ability to navigate his way through complex matrix structures, which requires a mindset of interdependence to get things done. Prior to joining Discovery in 2018, Trevor was the HR Director at Tiger Brands. Trevor was also with Unilever for 9 years in various senior level positions across the world. Trevor's international experience has enabled him to develop deep cultural sensitivity, whilst maintaining a global perspective in shaping and designing solutions. Trevor's purpose is to liberate potential, and to enable those who he cares about deeply to find their voice, in order to thrive. Trevor has an honours degree from University of KwaZulu Natal
Dr Cobus Pienaar, Arbinger Institute
Dr Pienaar has been representing the Arbinger Institute in South Africa as Managing Director since 2008. The Institute is a world-renowned management consulting and training firm and scholarly consortium that specialises in changing mindset. Cobus is leading the delivery of Arbinger’s programmes and consulting services in South Africa and is often consulted by companies in the private and public sector, focusing on the development of leaders, teams and organisations. He is registered as an organisational psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, and has been appointed as senior psychologist and organisational development consultant for a number of organisations
Revani Manicum, Talent and Organisation Director, Unilever SA
Revani Manicum heads up Talent at Unilever SA. She is a dynamic, high performing, HR Business partner who is experienced in partnering senior executives and business units at a strategic level. A performance driven business partner working closely with key stakeholders aligns supports and lands key business initiatives. She has worked at Unilever in various leadership roles for more than 10 years. Before Unilever, Revani worked at Glenrand MIB and Edcon. She has an honours degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of South Africa.
Tineke Wulffers, Moya Institute of Authentic Leadership (Authors of Authentic Leadership Effectiveness)
Tineke divides her time between her practitioner and academic work. She is Director of the Moya Institute of Authentic Leadership Effectiveness. As an academic she is affiliated with both the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and the Wits Business School (WBS) where she lectures, supervises, and examines the work of postgraduate students. She has a PhD in Personal and Professional Leadership (UJ), as well as a Master’s (cum laude) in Professional Coaching (Middlesex University). She regularly writes academic articles on authentic leadership development, and she has contributing to the book Leadership Perspectives from the Front Line (Published by KR). She is the author of Authentic Leadership Effectiveness (published by KR)
Nicola Doherty, Head: Academic, Government and Venture Markets EMEA, LinkedIn
Nicola Doherty is the Head of Higher Education & Public Sector for LinkedIn Learning in Europe, Middle East, Africa & Latin America. Nicola has been working in Higher Education for the past six years, supporting institutions in driving their Digital Transformation programs. She has experience in building student recruitment programs, student engagement, curriculum design & digital transformation. Nicola is passionate about Education and joined LinkedIn due to its potential to positively contribute to student outcomes at an unprecedented scale. Outside of work, she is a fitness enthusiast and spends her spare time playing different sports including Soccer and Gaelic Football.
James Erasmus, Agile Coach, Absa Group
James has been driving Agile at Absa for 4 years. His focus has been on assisting the group in realising their strategic intent through facilitation, coaching and mentoring teams and individuals at all levels. His inspiring outlook on life is contagious and he has a passion for people, tangible product delivery and having fun. James is always looking for new challenges and how they can be addressed differently, but always with the end user in mind. Think BIG PICTURE… if you can’t visualize it, he will start drawing it for you!
Joanne Marke, Learning and Enablement Executive, IBM
Joanne is a passionate HR Executive with an international HR and business profile. Currently leading the Learning & Development organisation for IBM Europe, Jo has extensive background and experience as Management Consultant and HR Executive which support her passion and focus on professional development and talent engagement.
Dr Letitia van der Merwe, Managing Director, InavitiQ
Dr. Letitia van der Merwe predominantly collaborate with clients in the area where employees support the achievement of specific outcomes that impact on business benefits to be delivered. In thinking about this interface, she is mindful, deliberate and specific about how adults learn in the workplace; why, what and how we develop people; how we measure their competence levels and making sure we see learning and development not as events, but as integrated processes. Her areas of specific expertise include leadership and change, client centricity and project management. Her career encompasses experiences from a wide range of Leadership, Human Resources and Organisational Development projects and interventions in the private and public sector as well as in the world of consulting. She is an industrial psychologist by profession and is the co-author of the book “Reshaping Leadership DNA” and lead author of the book “Building the Corporate Leadership Community”. She is currently working on another publication
Harry Akinola, Global Head: Learning and Development, Puma Energy
He is an alumnus of University of Ilorin and Cornell University and has worked with many international organisations including Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC. He is a member of many prestigious organisations including The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning, Liverpool and the Federation of Coach-Leaders and Mentors. He is a trained Instructional Designer, Adult Learning Specialist and a highly sought after Public Speaker. Currently the Head Learning and Development for Puma Energy he looks after the Learning and Development function for Puma Energy globally.
Mark is the Chairperson of DR MARK BUSSIN, Chairperson, 21 Century
21 Century Pay Solutions Group, a specialist remuneration and HR consultancy. He has HR and remuneration experience across all industry sectors, and is viewed as a thought leader in this arena. Mark had held global executive positions for several multinational organisations including mining, FMCG and financial services organisations. He serves on and advises numerous Boards, Audit and Remuneration Committees. Mark holds a Doctorate in Commerce. He has published or presented over 450 popular articles and papers and 30 peer reviewed journal articles. Mark is a guest lecturer at several universities and supervises Masters’ and Doctoral theses in the HR, Leadership and Reward area. He is past President of SARA (South African Reward Association) and a past Commissioner for the remuneration of Public Office Bearers in the Presidency. Mark tutors for WorldatWork globally. Mark enjoys flying Cessna’s and loves his family time.
Dr Cherylene De Jager, Chief Imagination Officer, Chehan Ideaneers
Dr Cherylene de Jager is a creativity, innovation and change management specialist. Her impressive portfolio reflects a success story of more than twenty years. The multiple creativity, innovation and change journeys that she, in tandem with carefully selected associates, co-creates with high-profile clients and prominent South African and organisations in the rest of Africa, includes financial services organisations (Absa, Standard Bank, Nedbank), academic institutions (UJ, NWU) retail (Woolworths, Foschini), mining (Exxaro; PPC), hospitality (Sun International) and construction companies (Grinacker- LTA). Music, mimes, magic, theatrical and interactive techniques, in tandem with sound change management methodologies, are used and participants find themselves totally immersed and engaged in the processes, whilst the strategic goals are achieved. Most importantly, the journey is legendary, exciting, and extraordinary. She is a tenacious researcher and holds degrees focussing on change, creativity and innovation. She obtained a DPhil in Leadership in Performance and Change from the University of Johannesburg, a Masters in Leadership in Performance and Change Management and BA Honours: Human Resource Development from the then Rand Afrikaans University and a BA [ED]from the University of Pretoria
Siphiwe Moyo, Author, Founder and Chief People Officer, Twice Blue
Siphiwe Moyo is an author, speaker, and facilitator. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at GIBS, Henley and Wits business schools. Siphiwe is an Organisational Behaviour specialist. He studies, teaches and speaks on employee ownership & accountability, leadership, personal & organisational change/transitions, personal development, employee motivation and team effectiveness. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration, an Executive Development Programme, a B Comm. (Honours) in People Development, a Bachelor’s Degree (cum laude) in Human Resources and is currently completing his PhD in Organisational Behaviour. He is co-founder and Chief People Officer at Twice Blue (a human capital development firm), Past Chairman of the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), Past Chapter President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) and is a member of the Global Speakers Federation. He has worked for organisations such as FNB (Head of L&D), Nedbank, Murray and Roberts, and Absa to name a few. Siphiwe is an author of 3 books, Bulls & Bears: life lessons from the financial markets, #StagnationMustFall: 100 practical lessons that will activate your career progression and Via Midway: navigating personal & career transitions.
Theo Veldsman Work Psychologist, Visiting Professor in Work Psychology at University of Johannesburg, Strategic Associate, InavitiQ
Theo is regarded as one of the thought leaders in South Africa with respect to people management and the psychology of work. Over many years he has demonstrated his ongoing ability to pro-actively identify emerging people and leadership needs and arrive at fit-for-purpose, innovative solutions that are simultaneously theoretically and practically sound. He has a proven ability to move seamlessly between theory and practice, and vice versa. Theo has extensive research and development, as well as consulting experience over the past 35 years in the fields of strategy formulation and implementation; strategic organisational change; organisational (re)design; team building; leadership/management and strategic people/ talent management. He has consulted/ consults with many leading South African companies, and organisations overseas, in the above areas in the roles of Advisor, Expert, Coach/ Mentor. He is the author of two books and alongside Dr Andrew Johnson, he is the co-editor of Leadership: Perspectives from the frontline - a comprehensive thought leadership book dealing with future-fit leaders as an organisational intervention. He has led the profession of Psychology and Industrial Psychology nationally as President on several occasions. He has been awarded Fellowship status by the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of SA (SIOPSA). He was given an Award for Life Long Achievement by the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) in 2012
ASHNIE MUTHUSAMY, Group Talent Manager, Sun International (Author of Succession Management: Definite do’s and detrimental don’ts)
Ashnie Muthusamy is presently the Group Manager in Talent Management for Sun International. Ashnie has a Honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters Diploma in HR Management and, a Master’s Degree in Leadership. She is a master practitioner in Neurolinguistics programming (NLP). She is a registered counsellor in Psychometry with the HPCSA. For the last 20 years she has worked in many large organisations in various group HR roles working in the field of Talent Management. She is passionate about education and is proud to have been a Partner for Possibility. She is also the author of the book Succession Management Definite Do’s and detrimental Don’ts.

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For more information about the seminar, please contact Debbie Atwell on or + 27 83 651 1664.


One-day Seminar | Leadership and Executive Development Seminar 10 September 2019

R4 800.00  excl. VAT

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