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Learning and Development 2020

Upskilling and adapting in a changing world

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Online Conference: 1-3 September 2020
Time: 09:00-15:00 

All presentations will be recorded and made available to delegates for viewing again after the event.

We have gone through shock and change, and as with so many other industries and professions, L & D faces a challenging road ahead. We are working in unprecedented times, and have literally been shaken from our comfort zones. The crisis has forced many to suddenly go 100% virtual whether prepared or not and not many organisations have everything worked out just yet. Even prior to COVID-19, new technologies were changing the very nature of jobs, and the skills that are needed to do them, companies need to invest more in reskilling and upskilling their employees. One thing is for sure, learning cannot stop in a crisis; if anything, effective, supportive and timely interventions can become absolutely mission-critical to keep the productivity intact and assure survival. Learning leaders have been busier than ever helping their organisations navigate rapid change, minimize business disruption, mobilising to support remote learning and transition to virtual operation and at the same time help managers support their teams. Thus L & D is a critical function and the role of L &D is more important than ever by helping to accelerate an organisation’s ability to overcome challenges, drive impact and change in times of great disruption. Upskilling and reskilling are foundational priorities that will strengthen companies to help ensure they are prepared to bounce back from the chaos created by this pandemic. Leaders must ensure that employees have the right skills, with the right content at the right time to remain competitive in a changing marketplace

Organisations can no longer look at Learning and Development a dispensable or some sort of expense. No longer can organisations pump easily forgotten information into disinterested employees. Instead, organisations will need a lean team of fast, adaptable learners who can be efficient workers and empathetic team members. Through this pandemic and as we prepare for the long haul recovery (even though there might be a tight grip on budget), business survival could depend on learning. By equipping our employees with timely access to learning, we need to be enabling people to scale up their skill and knowledge to cope up with the crisis and prepare for the future.


Why attend?

  • Discover how learning can prepare for a post COVID world
  • What skills you should focus on building
  • Learn how to adapt your function to the changing world of work
  • Learn how to keep learners focused, energized, and attuned to changing needs.
  • Case studies and lessons learnt! Hear from other learning leaders and discover what they have learnt and experienced during this pandemic
  • Ensure ongoing professional development of yourself and your team


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

If you are in the following roles – it is critical that you are on the lookout for the latest learning trends so that you can deliver learning that measures up to today’s digital world
  • Heads of Learning and Development
  • Training Managers
  • Learning & Development Managers/Directors
  • eLearning Managers
  • Skills Development Managers
  • Facilitators, Mentors, Corporate Trainers and Coaches
  • Talent Managers
  • Organisational Capacity Managers
  • Education Managers
  • Training and Education Consultants
  • Instructional Designers
  • Chief People Officers (CPOs)/HR Directors/HR Managers
  • Change Managers
  • eLearning consultants

BENEFITS TO ATTEND ONLINE CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

We know that taking a day or two away from your work can be a big commitment, which is why we want to remind you why it’s so important to keep learning during this time:
  • Stay abreast of industry and market changes: Our online conferences will give you the opportunity to hear how other organisations are managing the impact of COVID-19. You’ll learn what is working for them, what is not and why.

  • Unlock innovative solutions: Hear case studies from leading local and international organisations and discover new solutions to some of your most immediate challenges right now.

  • Explore new ways of working: Get practical information from experts that is specific to your organisation. Our online conferences explore new ideas to improve your L&D approach during difficult times. We cut through the clutter available online and deliver authentic, high-level content specific to your organisation.

  • Break out of your comfort zone: Breaking out of your comfort zone is just the type of action required right now to discard traditional ways of thinking and create new mindsets for a changed world of work.

  • Cost effective and saving time! By attending an online conference, you will save on travel expenses, time, accommodation, and more. Our online conferences are hosted on efficient online platforms with easy access at a much lower investment as with physical conferences; and we are able to extend this saving to you.

  • Learn at your own pace. Our online conferences are recorded and available to all paid customers after the conference. You can now download the full conference and refer to the presentations in your own time, at your own pace.

  • Meet a global audience: Connect with a larger and more international audience, many whom you’d never be able to meet at a physical conference. The wide range of perspectives that come up during question session will explore even more possibilities.

  • Connect with potential clients: Network and connect with executive leaders and decision makers. With nearly three decades of experience and a reputation for providing service of uncompromising quality with exceptional passion, our online conferences attract many executive leaders and decision makers in business today.


With flexible options to suit your diary and pocket, the conference will be held over THREE days 1-3 September. Pop in and out - you won’t miss a thing as the sessions will be recorded. Don’t forget KR Learning and Development Community members receive a 20% discount.

For more information and to book your seat contact Debbie Atwell on +27 83 651 1664 or debbie@knowres.co.za

Conference Programme

DAY ONE • 1 SEPTEMBER 2020
 
09:30–09:10

Welcome by Linda van der Loo, Executive Partner Learning Innovation, Blue Pebble Consulting


09:10–09:40

Talent development trends in 2020 (so far…)

Tom Newman,
Head of MENA & Africa, LinkedIn Learning Solutions

  • Overview
  • Three main trends:
  • Remote working skills
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Internal mobility
  • Insights and eLearning resources for each trend

10 Minute Q & A

09:50–10:30

Interactive Discussion | The next normal: How L&D is bringing businesses back to life

Panel includes:

Monique Walters, Head of People, Ericsson
Melaney Cromhout, Senior Learning Consultant, Central Human Capital, Old Mutual
Cheryl Sheraton, Group Learning and Development Manager, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

  • The critical role that L &D played to help business during the crisis
  • New learning practices of L & D to keep employees safe and productive (communication, compliance and cross training, re-boarding etc.)
  • How L &D can help people adapt to the ‘new normal ’and prepare for the uncertainty ahead
  • What we learnt?  What worked, what didn’t and what we will do differently next time. What practices will we keep and what will we ‘throw away’?
10:30–11:00

Ready or not, it’s here: Adopting winning learning strategies in a #SuddenlyRemote World

Dr Thokozile Lewanika Mpupuni, Group Head of Leadership, Learning and Talent, Absa

10 Minute Q & A


11:10–11:30 Morning break

11:30–12:20

Discussion | The future of leadership development in a post COVID world: how should leadership development change? 

Shayne Weideman,
Head of Leadership Effectiveness, Standard Bank Group
Dwayne Leonard, Head of Leadership Development, Sasol
Sharmla Chetty, President of Global Markets, Duke Corporate Education

The pandemic has halted leadership development as we know it.  For a while businesses have talked about how traditional leadership programmes are not adequate to prepare executives for the challenges of the world.  In this session we will look how leadership and executive development need to change, how should business schools respond and the opportunities to share the new future of leadership development

12:20–12:50

Creating virtual learning solutions using Lean Start-up

Angie Doyle, 
Partner, Agile Coach, Facilitator and Trainer, Think Agile
Bevan Williams, Agile Coach and Trainer, Think Agile

The nationwide shutdown due to COVID caught many by surprise. Yet at Think Agile were we able to switch to a virtual training format seemingly “overnight”. How did we do it? We’ll let you in on a secret – it wasn’t overnight! 

Join us as we share a story of risk, uncertainty, and experimenting our way through the impact of COVID, using an Agile approach called Lean Startup. We will cover how we identified our riskiest assumptions and created a hypothesis to validate if people were interested in virtual training – even before the lockdown started. 

10 Minute Q & A

13:00–13:30

Disruptive thinking:  how to rapidly build mindsets and skills for a world in flux 

Debbie Craig, MD, Catalyst Consulting (Author of I am Talent)


The world of work is changing exponentially as rapid technological innovation and global forces are compelling businesses to disrupt traditional industry models and adopt new digital strategies and skills to compete.  We need people who are intensely curious, originally creative, courageously committed, consciously choosing, critical thinkers, trust building collaborators, change navigators and generous community contributors.
 
In this session Debbie will explore how to use latest brain and behavioural science to rapidly build the mindsets and habits required across these 8 capabilities. Result: personal and organisational capability of resilient, relevant change navigators.

10 Minute Q & A


13:30–14:15 Lunch break

14:15–14:45

Decoding a learning culture: How to cultivate a thirst for knowledge and improvement

Janko Kotze, Managing Director and Organisational Psychologist,  Human Interest

This session will help you answer three key questions:

  • Whether your organisation has a learning culture;
  • Why you should have a learning culture; and
  • How to cultivate a learning culture.

10 Minute Q & A


14:45–15:15

Developing soft skills in virtual environment | EY case study

Jenny Greyling,
Africa Talent Development and Learning Leader, EY

Leading teams in a virtual world is different. The pandemic and resultant shift to remote working across many organisations has ensured more effort and investment in learning micro-skills quickly to ensure we are equipped to lead teams and engage with clients. In this session you will hear from Jenny Greyling, EY’s Africa Talent Development Leader on the skills and behaviours EY is focusing on to ensure their workforce are thriving in a virtual environment.

10 Minute Q & A


15:25

Wrap up for Day-1


 

DAY TWO • 2 SEPTEMBER 2020

09:00–09:10

Welcome back by Ian Chauvet, Head of HR, Constantia Insurance


09:10–09:40

Learning and Development as a key driver of innovation at Sanlam

Odwa Gonya,
Head: Human Capital and Growth, Sanlam

10 Minutes Q & A

09:50–10:20

Digital Fitness: the PwC expander app

Christian Scharff,
Partner, PwC (Luxembourg)

There is a definite gap in the digital skills that people have vs what companies need
PwC Luxembourg developed the first operational upskilling solution and supporting platform. It allows for the strategizing, assessing, guiding and training of employees of companies of all sizes whose activities are transforming towards a new organisation, new functions and new jobs. Christian will talk about their highly innovative solution -  tackling the challenging match of job transformation at company, employee and market level.
They support a market-driven approach in which the final objective is to place the right person in the right position, equipped with the right training in a compressed period of time.

10 Minutes Q & A


10:30–10:50 Morning break

10:50–11:00

SPOTLIGHT SPONSORED SESSION

11:00–11:30

Closing the gap:  reskilling for future skills

Linda van der Loo,
Executive Partner Learning Innovation, Blue Pebble Consulting

The COVID pandemic has provided us with a perfect opportunity to relook at how learning is both designed and delivered.  In line with global learning trends, that indicate targeted reskilling, and upskilling initiatives are going to give organisations a clear competitive advantage. Linda will share a case study and examples to close the reskilling gap using a “lite” Design Thinking approach and process that aligns to learning best practice and learning innovation.


10 Minutes Q & A


11:40–12:20

Online learner fatigue and motivation: Creating new digital learning experiences

Like many learning professionals, you may have responded to the COVID-19 crisis by quickly converting your most important instructor-led programs for virtual delivery. But now we’re a couple months into the new world and are confronted with employees where too many things are competing for their attention. Not only do have to deal with the challenges of digital learning and what is known as zoom fatigue, but also help our colleagues to deal with the consequences of this pandemic on a personal and professional level. In this session we will make sense of  the digital learning experience challenge by examining:

  • What do we know about human motivation in a digital world and how can that be leveraged to create engaging learning experiences
  • What can we learn from our colleagues in marketing and sales
  • How to create awesome digital learning experiences that addresses both business and participant expectations (toolkit included)
  • How to “sell” and “market” our awesome experiences

Dr Letitia van der Merwe, Managing Director, InavitQ Learning (Author of Learning in a Disruptive Age)

10 Minutes Q & A

12:20–12:50

Maximising digitalisation to improve learning and workplace efficiency (Anglo American Platinum Case Study)

Mabore Sithole,
Head: HRD and Transformation, Anglo American Platinum

10 Minutes Q & A


13:00–13:45 Lunch break

13:45–14:15

Coping mechanisms for L & D: strategies to turn a crisis into an opportunity and develop resilience and grit

Dr Jopie de Beer, CEO, JvR Africa Group

10 Minutes Q & A


14:25–14:55

Discussion| The impact of COVID-19 on skills and training

Nazrene Suleman,
Executive Director, GAN (Switzerland)
Melody Xaba, Co-Founder #Myfuturework and MICT-SETA 4IR Committee Member(named Mail & Guardian Young 200 in 2019)

In this discussion we will look at the rising unemployment, new emerging , the need for change within the SETAs, the growth of gig economy, how individuals are becoming more responsible for their own learning, relooking at the National Skills Development plan and more.

10 Minutes Q & A

 

DAY THREE • 3 SEPTEMBER 2020

09:00–09:10

Welcome back


09:10–09:50

Netcare Group Case Study|  Learning and Development as a critical partner during the pandemic: strategies and out-of-the box approaches implemented

Sanjay Khoosal
, Head: People Development and Workplace Diversity and Toy Vermaak, Netcare Education Manager: Faculty of Nursing and Ancillary Healthcare, Netcare Group

10 Minutes Q & A

10:00–10:20

How can the L & D function and Learning Leader remain relevant in the midst of exponential change and uncertainty

Mashumi Tutu, Head of Learning and Development, Santam

The most senior executives (including yourself) are often left behind with their own development.  How do you continue to develop yourself (and your L&D team) to ensure you continue to remain relevant and add value to the business? What capability and skills are required now and in the future?

10 Minutes Q & A


10:30–10:50 Morning break

10:50–11:20

Leading in times of crisis- amending learning programmes for leaders across the organisation (Metropolitan Momentum case study)

Chantel van der Westhuizen,
Chief Learning Officer, Momentum Metropolitan Holdings

10 Minutes Q & A


11:30–12:00

Broadening the role of Learning and Development: delivering more than training programmes (Clicks case study)

Alphonso Malgas,
Manager: Learning and Development, Clicks Group

10 Minutes Q & A


12:00–12:45 Lunch break

12:45–13:15

Immersive Learning is a new type of digital learning approach and has some great benefits for organisations.

Stuart Woolmington, CEO, WinWin International

  • What is Immersive learning and how to identify the need for Immersive learning
  • Immersive learning uses (e.g. induction, on-boarding, technical skills, sales and leadership)
  • Immersive learning tools and techniques
  • How it saves time, improves learning experiences and improves pass rates
Stuart will use various client examples that cover mining, manufacturing, FMCG, Oil &Gas etc. These examples will come from real African needs and include clients such as ABInBev, PepsiCo, Exxaro, OLA Energy, CCBA, Illovo.

10 Minutes Q & A

13:25–13:55

The new ATD Capability Model: Unleashing personal, organisational and professional capability

Major societal forces and business changes require talent and learning development professionals across all industries to adopt new approaches and upgrade skills to keep pace and grow. Learning professionals must be agile and committed to continual development to successfully create, innovate, lead, manage change, and demonstrate impactThe new ATD Capability Model, is a powerful framework to guide the profession in what practitioners need to know and do to develop themselves, others, and their organisations.

Dr Wei Wang, Senior Director, ATD (The Association for Talent Development)

10 Minutes Q & A

14:10–14:40

The implications of the new ATD Capability Model for the South African Learning and Development profession

  • Yolanda Jordaan, Head of Learning, Nedbank
  • Linda van der Loo, Executive Partner, Learning Innovation, Blue Pebble Consulting
  • Vish Sanghani, Head of Learning , Standard bank CIB

10 Minutes Q & A

14:50 Wrap up and close of conference - Thank you


Speakers

Dr Thokozile Lewanika Mpupuni, Group Head of Leadership, Learning and Talent, Absa
Dr Thokozile Lewanika Mpupuni’s mission is to create socio-economic impact and transform Africa’s unrealised potential through liberating leadership greatness in individuals, teams and organisations. She exists to inspire and empower. She lives her mission through coaching, performance consulting, strategic facilitation, speaking and in her current role as Group Head of Leadership, Learning and Talent for the Absa banking Group. Thokozile’s brilliance lies in her ability to drive vision with execution excellence across an organization and ‘through’ levels. She combines analytical rigour and insights from scientific training (PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Cape Town) with accelerated consulting capabilities (McKinsey & Company) and experience in blue chip corporates (Novartis, Discovery Limited, Absa) to deliver game changing performance in individuals, teams and organisations across Africa. She also trained as an ontological coach with the Newfield Network.
Bevan Williams: Agile Coach and Trainer, Think Agile
Bevan has been an IT professional since 2009 and is currently an Agile Coach & Trainer at Think Agile. He has previously worked as a Software Engineer, Scrum Master, and Manager for a team of developers across Cape Town and Taipei. He is passionate about coaching, enabling, and leading people to do their best work, focussing on personal, career ,and organizational growth
Christian Scharff, Partner, PwC Luxembourg People & Organisation HR Technology Leader
Christian Scharff is a Partner at PwC Luxembourg, leading the People & Organisation practice. He coordinates EMEA HR Technology activities and advises companies in Europe on technology and its consequence to human resource management. He is a recognised expert in the deployment of major HR ERP systems like Workday and SuccessFactors, and has worked on projects related to Rifkin’s 3rd Industrial Revolution (Luxembourg government (www.tirlux.lu), revamping university business plans (Advisory Board Member, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI [Moscow Engineering Physics Institute]), and supporting organisational CSR journeys (Inspiring More Sustainability Luxembourg (www.imslux.lu) & Luxembourg Diversity Charter (www.chartediversite.lu/en). With his colleague Laurent, he created the Luxembourg upskilling programme and co-leads its international deployment. Christian holds a degree in HR Management from HEC Saint Louis (Brussels) and a postgraduate degree in management from the Solvay (Brussels) Business School. He attended the Advanced Management Programme (INSEAD, Fontainebleau).
Angie Doyle, Partner, Agile Coach, Trainer and Facilitator, Think Agile
Angie specialises in high performance team coaching and trains courses focusing on Scrum and Agile fundamentals, practical Product Ownership, Visual Thinking, Agile Facilitation, Agile Business Analysis, Team Intelligence, Agile Leadership, as well as Scaled Agile. Prior to joining Think Agile, Angie was an Associate Partner at IQ Business, Board Member at IIBA (non-profit) and Board member at Alliance Agile. She is ICAgile certified in Agile coaching and Agile team facilitation
Dr Jopie de Beer, CEO, JvR Africa Group
Jopie de Beer is one of the founders and currently the CEO of the JvR Africa Group of Companies. Established in 1994, the business entities in the JvR Africa Group have grown to include exceptional client solutions with regard to talent assessment and development. With a focus on the constructive use of assessment data and metrics, excellent client service, technology and innovation, the companies have built a recognised and respected brand for highly professional and trustworthy people solutions in Africa. Jopie is a psychologist with many years of experience. She relies on an excellent team of professionals, who share her passion, drive and vision for every person to be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
Dr Letitia van der Merwe, Managing Director, InavitQ Learning (Author of Learning in a Disruptive Age
Dr Letitia van der Merwe is the Managing Director of inavit iQ learning. Her areas of specific expertise include learning and development, leadership, customer 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 the co-author of Learning in a Disruptive Age

Chantel van der Westhuizen, Chief Learning Officer, Momentum Metropolitan Holdings
Chantel has been the Chief Learning Officer at Momentum Metropolitan for nearly three years. Prior to this she was the Head of Learning and Development at Nedbank for 17 years. With a passion for people development, Chantel has more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles. Chantel holds a Masters in Industrial Psychology from the University of Johannesburg.
Monique Walters, Head of People, Ericsson
Monique is a senior Human Resources Leader with deep specializations in organization strategy, performance management, learning and development, talent management and business improvement. Monique has successfully worked with - and delivered projects at Global Executive level. Before moving to head up HR at Ericsson, Monique was the head of Learning for more than 8 Years at Ericsson. She has extensive Human Resources and Business Development experience (both corporate and as an Independent Consultant) across a variety of business sectors in South Africa and in the sub-Saharan Africa region. Monique is the Head of HR South Africa and Strategic HR Business Partner to the Managed Services and the MTN Customer Unit for Ericsson Middle-East and Africa Market Area. She leads a team of HR professionals across both the functional and geographical dimensions within the global setting. She is responsible for Workforce Planning, Talent Management, Learning and Development, Talent Acquisition and Total Rewards for more than 3800 employees across 40 countries. She is tasked to lead and drive strategic change, employee engagement and competence development initiatives that enable maximum business performance and growth for Ericsson.
Debbie Craig, MD, Catalyst Consulting (Author of I am Talent)
Debbie is the founder of Catalyst Consulting. 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. Debbie is also a passionate adventurer having travelled to more than 60 countries, hiked to Machu Pichu, Kilimajaro and Everest Base Camp, had over 60 swims with dolphins, over 5 trips to India to explore her inner world, facilitated over 50 personal transformational workshops, facilitated business workshops with people from over 30 countries in 5 continents, written 3 books, guardian mom to 3 kids and step mom to 2 kids. She holds a B.Comm, an MBA and is a qualified NLP practitioner, process facilitator, game ranger, reflexologist and Reiki Master. She is the author of I am Talent, Accelerated Learning for Breakthrough Results and is currently finalising a new title focusing on how to rapidly build mindsets and skills for a world in flux
Mashumi Tutu, Head of Learning and Development, Santam
Mashumi is the Head of Learning at Santam Insurance. He has more than 18 years combined experience in designing integrated leadership and talent development strategies for multinational organizations, with a focus on turning strategic intent into action. He also brings knowledge and expertise in executing learning and development, organizational development and change management initiatives. Prior to joining Santam, Mashumi worked at Edcon for 8 years where he was the Executive manager: Learning and Organisational Effectiveness, as well as was with the Pioneer Group as the Group Learning Manager. He has a Masters degree from UNISA
Linda van der Loo, Executive Partner Learning Innovation, Blue Pebble Consulting
Linda is a well-respected seasoned learning executive and thought leader with over 20 years’ experience in the learning, eLearning and digital technology space in SA and Africa. Throughout her career, Linda has been a natural learning innovator in the digital learning space constantly challenging the traditional learning thinking and way of doing. After 5 years Linda recently left her role as the Group Head of Learning for Standard Bank, a role which also included learning technology, solutions, assurance and innovation portfolios. Linda has made a conscious decision to take some much needed time out from the corporate world and have a career break to invest more time in herself and her future skills. Linda believes that L&D, as we know it will fundamentally need to be “reimagined” in order to deliver at the

Nazrene Mannie, Executive Director, GAN (Switzerland)
Nazrene Mannie, the executive director of GAN Global is a specialist in the field of social policy focusing on youth employment and skills development. She has been appointed as an International Gender Champion and has worked closely with organizations such as the Global Alliance for Youth, private sector companies, and international development entities such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the World Economic Forum to drive forward the agenda for agile workforce development within the context of the future of work. She has worked for a range of key multi-sector organisations in South Africa and has engaged in several international projects including working with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) on Standards Setting in the social policy and labour environment. Nazrene has been involved in skills development and VET projects with multiple international organisations including, but not limited to, the European Union, GIZ, African Union and the British Council. Ms Mannie has worked closely on a range of instruments within the social policy context including ILO work on Jobs and Skills Mismatch, the development of the convention on the Eradication of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work and participated in the 2019 ILO Centenary Declaration on the Future of Work. Nazrene has managed large donor funded programmes including the Beyond Advocacy Fund (BAF) a business led programme, funded jointly by business in South Africa and USAID to create systemic impact in the areas of Youth Employability, Support to small and medium enterprises, Education development and Infrastructure support. Nazrene is an experienced Director having held multiple board roles in South Africa.

Melody Xaba , Co-Founder, #MyFutureWork and MICT-SETA 4IR Committee Member(named Mail & Guardian Young 200 in 2019)
Melody is strongly passionate and committed to upskilling and reskilling the African workforce for the digital age. She's a member of the MICT-SETA 4IR Committee, Labour Stream and was named Mail & Guardian Young 200 2019; won a Veuve Cliquot Elle Boss Award in 2018 and awarded the Henley Business School Johnny Clegg MBA Scholarship in 2018. After a decade as a TV producer and format developer working for flagship and award-winning shows she decided to expand her creativity beyond the media industry.

Dwayne Leonard, Head of Leadership Development, Sasol
Dwayne has been with Sasol for 17 years. He currently heads up Leadership development. he purpose of my role is to identify and address Leadership development needs of Sasol leaders ranging from Frontline leaders through to Executives. My role requires I provide thought leadership regarding development interventions for Sasol leaders which will range from individually tailored solutions to corporate programs. All leadership interventions are aligned to Business and Strategy requirements, core leadership capabilities, Sasol leadership style, Sasol values and the Aspirational Culture. He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg.

Jenny Greyling, Africa Talent Development and Learning Leader, EY
Jenny is responsible for the deployment of Learning and Development and Talent Management for the Africa Region for EY. She is passionate about the development of people through world class learning programs and supported by focused experiences and coaching. She has worked at EY across the world for the past 24 years in various roles. Jenny has vast experience in career management, development of high potentials, development centres, facilitation, coaching and mentoring programs, as well as change management programs. She is a registered Chartered Accountant (CA) and also has a Master’s degree from UJ

Mabore Sithole, Head: HRD and Transformation, Anglo American Platinum
Mabore heads up HRD and With an enormous and diverse workforce that requires administrative efficiency and training excellence to fulfil our values and promises to our employees and the community at large, the organisation has had to conceptualise and implement a number of digital solutions. In this session Mabore will look at solutions that encompass operations, the communities and schools. You will also be exposed to Anglo American Platinum's digital response to training on site and coaching, problem-solving in real time in the workplace and the way in which they use Artificial Intelligence to support their employees.

Trishana Maharaj, HR and Safety Director, G4S
Trishana has worked across all major industries (mining, consulting, banking, FMCG, products and services and technology) covering the full value chain of HR practices such as on boarding, recruitment, strategic business partnering, EVP development, talent management, change management and business transformation, HR process engineering and efficiencies. She is currently the HR leader for the largest employer in Africa with a team of close to 270 HR professionals overlooking the HR strategy and operations, servicing and supporting over 110 000 employees across 27 countries in Africa. Prior to joining G4S in 2018, Trishana was HR Director for Colgate-Palmolive and for Philips SA. She has also worked at Barclays, Unilever and Deloitte.

Alphonso Malgas, Manager: Learning and Development, Clicks Group
Alphonso is a pharmacist by training, and a people developer at heart. He is currently manages learning at the Clicks Group. His career journey has taken him to exciting places including HIV research, retail operations, training and development and management coaching. Regardless of his formal role, helping others excel has always been at the centre of his being. Alphonso has a Bachelors in Pharmacy from UWC and an MPhil from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Melaney Cromhout, Learning Manager, Old Mutual
With more than 20 years of L & D experience, Melaney manages Old Mutual’ s learning practice in respect of Executive Leadership Development, Accelerated Leadership Development, Leadership and Management skills as well as Behavioural Skills . She is also responsible for targeted leadership and talent development for identified successors to build bench strength. Her key focus and expertise in her current role at Old Mutual is in learning strategy design, Learning programme design and development utilising a variety of methods and media; the use of technology to enable social learning; management of Skills Development and Learnership teams of Old Mutual, Consulting and advising on learning/development actions/initiatives, and managing learning and operations teams to name a few.

Trishana Maharaj, HR and Safety Director, G4S
Trishana has worked across all major industries (mining, consulting, banking, FMCG, products and services and technology) covering the full value chain of HR practices such as on boarding, recruitment, strategic business partnering, EVP development, talent management, change management and business transformation, HR process engineering and efficiencies. She is currently the HR leader for the largest employer in Africa with a team of close to 270 HR professionals overlooking the HR strategy and operations, servicing and supporting over 110 000 employees across 27 countries in Africa. Prior to joining G4S in 2018, Trishana was HR Director for Colgate-Palmolive and for Philips SA. She has also worked at Barclays, Unilever and Deloitte.

Janko Kotze, Managing 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, Head of HR, Constantia Insurance
Ian is the Head of Human Resources for Constantia Insurance. He holds a Master’s Degree in IO Psychology and 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 Organisation Development. Ian is curious about what makes organisations, teams and individuals remarkably successful. Learning from the best and collaborating on innovative ways to help people and teams succeed. To this end, 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. The greatest contribution Ian makes, on a regular basis, is in coaching individuals and teams on enhancing their performance.

Sanjay Khoosal, Head: People Development and Workplace Diversity, Netcare Group
Sanjay is the head of People Development and Workplace Diversity at Netcare Ltd South Africa's largest private hospital group. He is passionate about learning and development and has been directly involved in the sector for more than 15 years. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from the North West Universities faculty of Economic Sciences.

Toy Vermaak, Netcare Education Manager: Faculty of Nursing and Ancillary Healthcare, Netcare Group
Toy Vermaak has extensive knowledge, skills and experience in health care management and development. She is responsible for all 5 faculties of Nursing and Ancillary healthcare campuses at Netcare. She has been involved in nursing education management and leadership development for more than 20 years, where she has been instrumental in driving innovation and implementing creative systems improvement

Digital Fitness: the PwC expander app
There is a definite gap in the digital skills that people have vs what companies want and need. PwC support a market-driven approach in which the final objective is to place the right person in the right position, equipped with the right training in a compressed period of time. PwC Luxembourg developed the first operational upskilling solution and supporting platform. It allows for the strategizing, assessing, guiding and training of employees within companies of all sizes whose activities are transforming towards a new organisation, new functions and new jobs. Christian will talk about their highly innovative solution – tackling the challenging match of job transformation at company, employee and market level.

Sharmla Chetty, President of Global Markets, Duke Corporate Education
Sharmla Chetty is the President of Global Markets for Duke Corporate Education. Her passion includes working in the areas of corporate social responsibility, board leadership and contributing to the development of female leaders. Prior to her appointment as President of Global Markets, Sharmla served as President for Duke CE Africa, Global Managing Director for Europe and Regional Managing Director of Africa. Sharmla opened the South Africa office in 2007 and helped build Duke CE into Africa’s preeminent corporate education provider. Through her work at Duke CE, Sharmla has for the past eight years passionately grown the next generation of African leaders and played an active role in public and private sector organisations to transform and develop the skills and capabilities needed by African companies to win on the world stage. She has experience working in a range of industries including financial services, healthcare, mining, petroleum and FMCG. She also has extensive experience working in many regions including the USA, Europe, Africa, China and India. Prior to joining Duke CE, Sharmla was Head of Human Capital Development at Nedbank for over 19 years, where she was focused on building the next-generation leadership pipeline. Sharmla is currently a board trustee for the AVI Group of black shares scheme. She previously served as a non-executive director for Bigen Africa as well as on several board sub-committees including the Remuneration committee, Audit and Risk committee and as Chair of the Social and Ethics Committee. She is a Chairperson of the BCG Development Trust and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. As part of an Aspen fellowship programme, she has implemented the Women Leading Africa Board Programme building Pan-African bench strength for women serving on board positions for Africa. She obtained her MBA from Henley Management Business School in the UK and a Masters in Management and Executive Coaching from Wits Business School.

Yolanda Jordaan, Head of Learning, Nedbank
Yolanda is passionate about collaborating with the business to ensure that the group L&D strategy closely aligns to the business objectives and delivers on their strategies. Yolanda has been with Nedbank for the past 20 years in varying learning roles, including heading up L&D for Business Banking and Group Technology. These years in the trenches partnering with the business has given her the strategic insights and skills to make a seamless transition in the role of Chief Learning Officer for Nedbank in June 2019. Yolanda holds an Honours degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Johannesburg.

Dr Wei Wang, Senior Director, ATD (The Association for Talent Development)
Wei Wang is the senior director of ATD Global for the Association for Talent Development (ATD). In this capacity, she manages ATD Global Partners from more than 20 countries, develops and supports member convening and networking programs, and facilitates the exchange of knowledge among the global learning and development community. Wei's other role at ATD is manager of the association's Global Perspectives Topic. In this role, she supports professionals around the world to share regional best practices, conducts global benchmarking, and discusses cross-cultural and global talent development issues. Wei holds a PhD in human resource development from The Pennsylvania State University, and a master's degree in management from Nankai University in China. She is also a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). Wei speaks Mandarin and English. She has published articles in numerous industry journals and has spoken at global conferences and workshops in China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, and the United States.

Vish Sanghani, Head of Learning: CIB, Standard Bank
Vish has for the past 20 years, worked across 3 continents - Australia, Africa & Middle East, with industry leading multinational organisations like Microsoft, Deloitte, MTN & Standard Bank. He is an experienced leader in Learning and Talent Development. His roles have primarily focused on Strategic HR areas of Succession Planning, Hi-Potential employee programs, Leadership and Management development, Learning & Development, driving Digital Learning, Facilitating of Leadership programs, Change Management and Organisational Capability.

Tom Newman, Head of MENA & Africa, LinkedIn Learning Solutions
Tom is passionate about building world-class teams, helping companies transform and creating economic opportunity for professionals. Based in Ireland, Tom leads the LinkedIn Learning Solutions business for Middle East and Africa. His teams are responsible for acquiring new customers and working with existing customers on the digitalisation of their workplace learning initiatives. In his seven years at LinkedIn, Tom has led teams across the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Emerging Markets regions, and has worked in LinkedIn Talent Solutions and LinkedIn Sales Solutions. His journey saw LinkedIn grow from 300m to 700m members and from 4,000 to 14,000 employees as well as the acquisitions of Lynda.com and Glint and the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft. This has given Tom a rich understanding of the Talent Ecosystem and LinkedIn’s increasingly broad and deep role within it. Prior to LinkedIn, Tom spent seven years working for Michael Page Recruitment Consultancy, where he led the Sales Recruitment business.

Odwa Gonya, Head: Human Capital and Growth, Sanlam
Mabore heads up HRD and With many years of senior level experience in L & D, Odwa is responsible for integrated human capital development and growth strategy for the SanlamSky sub cluster. As part of his role he looks after learning and development, talent management and organisational development for the cluster. He has been with Sanlam for nearly 5 years and prior to this was with Santam. Odwa is busy with his PhD through Nelson Mandela University Business School and is currently researching "Future of Education towards 2057 in South Africa".

Cheryl Sheraton, Group Learning and Development Manager, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa
Cheryl has a passion for and a wealth of experience in Learning and HR at a senior level. She has been with Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for the past 4 years where she heads up Learning for the group. leaders to build human capability that accelerates organizational performance across the CCBA value chain. Prior to the CCBA merger, Cheryl spent 7 years in Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) bottler, a subsidiary of the former SABMiller, in the positions of Senior HR Consultant to the Supply Chain Director, and ABI Talent Manager. Prior to joining the Coca-Cola bottling system, Cheryl held several HR generalist and HR executive positions for 17 years, preceded by 10 years as an educator. Cheryl’s previous roles have included HR Manager at PnP, HR Executive at Fedics and Head of HR at Kellogg Company to name a few. Cheryl holds a Bachelor’s degree and National Diploma in Education and Human Resources.


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