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HR Directors Conference

A new dawn for people management


Pre-Conference Workshop | 16 March 2021
Two-day Conference | 17-18 March 2021

Online Conference


The trials of 2020 thrust HR into the spotlight and attention swung toward the HR function making it the most critical function in the organisation. As a strategic function and key enabler of business continuity, HR leaders were put on the spot to answer many unexpected questions. The expansion of the HR role has led to growing stature within many organisations and the complexity of the top HR job is intensifying. The role and value of the HR function and leader can no longer be denied. Not only does the HR Leader play a critical role in helping organisations prepare for an uncertain future, BUT also to lead the organisation there. Today’s HR Leader needs to be an organisation leader and not merely an HR leader. The best HR directors also see industry disruptions as opportunities, rather than threats, and look for ways to align the workforce and the business to take advantage of those opportunities.

Are you as an HR leader preparing for a continued uncertain future?

Join us for two days where we will be exploring the latest thinking and business strategies to drive innovation and organisational success. There has never been a more critical time for HR leaders to connect, share, and learn from each other. Engage in provocative discussions with leading-edge thinkers who are shaping the workforce of the future and delve into topics that deepen your understanding of vital issues impacting business

Designed exclusively for HR leaders, join us for an online experience like no other. By attending you will find objective insights, strategic advice and practical tools to help you achieve your most critical priorities. Keep your finger on the pulse of HR trends.

Reasons to attend the online HR Directors Conference 2021:

  • Keep your finger on the pulse of latest HR trends.
  • Connect, share, and learn from other HR leaders.
  • Unpack the shifts in HR priorities for 2021 and the changing role of the CHRO.
  • Understand the emerging HR jobs of the future.
  • Discover how HR can impact the business in the new work environment.
  • Learn to better manage employee experience during a pandemic.
  • Future-proof your talent strategy and upskill and make better use of existing talent.
  • Develop flexible, adaptable and resilient HR processes.
  • Re-examine your HR strategies to become more flexible, adaptable and resilient to unexpected crises.
  • Address employee burnout and engagement in a remote workplace.
  • Drive performance through intelligent use of people analytics.
  • Develop a workforce planning strategy for competitive advantage post-pandemic.
  • Improve the HR function in your organisation through Agile ways of working.
  • Harness AI to drive more effective HR practices.

Who should attend?

  • Chief HR Officers (CHRO)/HR Directors/HR Executives
  • Senior HR Managers
  • Heads of Talent Management
  • Chief Learning Officers
  • Senior HR Academics

For more information and to book your seat contact Debbie Atwell on +27 83 651 1664  or

Conference Programme

DAY ONE • 17 MARCH 2021

Welcome and Introduction by chairperson


The challenges and opportunities that the 4th Industrial Revolution holds for developing countries such as SA

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice Chancellor, University of Johannesburg

10 Minute Q & A


HR: the new agenda

Paul Norman, Group Chief HR Officer, MTN
Trishana Maharaj, HR Director, G4S
Taryn Marcus, Vice President HR: Services, NTT Ltd
Teri Ellison, Chief HR Officer, SHL

The pandemic forced HR organisations to shift their focus and pivot resources. Learn how some HR Leaders agendas have changed and what HR leaders are prioritising to fulfil existing and future goals.

  • Shift in HR priorities in 2021
  • Projected critical skills HR needs to accomplish new priorities
  • HR jobs of the future
  • Strategies for the new normal

10:30–11:00 Morning break



From surviving 2020, to thriving in 2021

Ronnie Toerien, HCM Sales Enablement and Strategy Leader-Africa, Oracle

2021—It’s finally here! I think we can all agree that the last year was both the longest and fastest year ever. One thing we will all remember from 2020 is how work and life collided and converged in an unprecedented way, making the line between work and human experiences more blurred than ever.
As we reflect on all that we overcame – mastering remote work, adjusting to a socially distant lifestyle, battling increased levels of stress and anxiety, and juggling multiple hats including manager, colleague, teacher, parents, spouse all at once – we eagerly wonder what awaits us in the year ahead. 

5 Key areas that we will discuss that will allow us to thrive in 2021 and become more H.U.M.A.N in our organisations are:

  • Health, Well-being, & Safety
  • Up-skilling & Re-skilling
  • Mobilising for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Agile Businesses
  • New Employee Experiences

10 Minute Q & A


How can HR create adaptive organisations

Marianne Roux,
Marianne Roux Consulting 

  • How to build an organisation that is resilient and sustainable
  • Understand what should be stable and what should be dynamic in adaptive organisations
  • Leverage and build HR Capability
  • Utilise design thinking, insights and data
  • Increase transparency, cross-functional work and shared responsibilities
  • Accommodate changing jobs, skills, rewards and careers

10 Minute Q & A


Developing leaders for a changed world

Companies of all sorts realise that to survive in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment, they need leadership skills and organisational capabilities different from those that helped them succeed in the past. There is also a growing recognition that leadership development should not be restricted to the few who are in or close to the C-suite.  In this session we will look at what needs to change in the way leaders are developed, what are the new skills needed, what must or is changing at educational institutions to work closer with business to hone in on developing critical skills.

Professor Kurt April, Allan Gray Centre Chair & Director, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
Pearl Maphoshe, Seasoned HR Leader (IPM HR Director of the year 2018)
Shelagh Goodwin, Head of HR, Media 24

Ceri Mongie,
Managing Director, SHL Africa

10 Minute Q & A

13:00–13:45 Lunch break


The mental health crisis at work: How to design a better mental health future for a stressed-out workforce
In this session we will look at

Navlika Ratangee
, Clinical Psychologist and top GIBS MBA Graduate. Clinical Operations Director at ICAS

  • How employers will have a larger role to play in physical and mental wellbeing of their employee
  • Battling burnout: equipping managers to have the right skillset to recognise and support mental health and stress/burnout
  • Steps to take to help employees deal with anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and deal with the side effects of ‘ePresenteeism,

10 Minute Q & A


The Chief People Officer of today and tomorrow: How HR leaders shape the future of work and what sets great CHROs apart?

  • Cathy Albertyn, Chief People and Culture Officer, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa
  • Thuli Tabudi, Group HR Executive, Spar Group
  • Vinolia Singh, Group Executive: Human Capital, Adcorp Group

10 Minute Q & A

15:10–15:30 Quick break


Rethinking talent: new strategies and priorities

  • New talent for the digital era 
  • What to do with displaced talent
  • Workforce planning and hybrid models
  • Upskilling and reskilling  for 4IR
  • Talent strategies for volatile times

Nathan Natty Motjuwadi, Head HR: Capitec Bank Retail
Amorey Pote, Group Talent Manager, Ohlthaver & List

10 Minute Q & A


Humanocracy: Creating Organisations as amazing as the people inside them

In a world of unrelenting change and unprecedented challenges, we need organizations that are resilient and daring. Unfortunately, most organizations, overburdened by bureaucracy, are sluggish and timid. In the age of upheaval, top-down power structures and rule-choked management systems are a liability. They crush creativity and stifle initiative. As leaders, employees, investors, and citizens, we deserve better. We need organizations that are bold, entrepreneurial, and as nimble as change itself. In the book Humanocracy, Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini make a passionate, data-driven argument for excising bureaucracy and replacing it with something better. Drawing on more than a decade of research and packed with practical examples, Michele will share the building blocks for creating organizations that are as inspired and ingenious as the human beings inside them.

Michele Zanini, Co-founder, MLab. Co-author, Humanocracy.

10 Minute Q & A


Wrap up for Day-1


DAY TWO • 18 MARCH 2021


Welcome back Introduction by chairperson

Janko Kotze, Managing Director, Human Interest


The future of work is hybrid and the role of HR in redesigning the future workplace

Russell Coleman, HR Director, Beiersdorf

10 Minutes Q & A


A new leadership brand: creating human and effective leaders for the future

Rita Clifton, Chairman and Portfolio Non-Executive Director, Speaker, Writer and Mentor

(Author of ‘Love Your Imposter: Be Your Best Self, Flaws and All’)

Based on her new bestselling book ‘Love Your Imposter: Be your best self, flaws and all’, Rita shares the new type of leadership needed in all businesses in a transparent and fragmented digital age. Rita talks about the new and developing business context, the authentic qualities needed from today and tomorrow’s leaders and will give a very practical and actionable overview of how individuals and organisations can be the best they can be to succeed – flaws and all.

10 Minutes Q & A

10:30–11:00 Morning break


Breakaway session

18 March | Masterclass 11:00-13:00


Facilitated by: Rita Clifton, Best-selling Author, Speaker & CBE (Author of Love your imposter: be your best self, flaws and all)

This fresh and compelling new Masterclass from the business leader and brand guru Rita Clifton CBE, is based on her new bestselling book ‘Love Your Imposter. Be Your best self, flaws and all’, and reflects the very new types of leadership needed in all businesses in a transparent and fragmented digital age.

There’s been a lot of talk about a new authenticity, purpose and humanity emerging from the recent crisis, but also allied to the very practical and ‘hard’ needs for efficiency and high performance. Having led, advised and started innovative businesses herself, and been on the boards of organisations as different as ASOS, Nationwide, Saatchi & Saatchi and WWF, Rita is uniquely well placed to help other organisations create very human and very effective leaders for the future. Rita talks about the new and developing business context, the authentic qualities needed from today and tomorrow’s leaders, and gives very practical, actionable advice on how individuals and organisations can be the best they can be to succeed – flaws and all. Audiences will come away inspired and with tools and techniques to make the very most of themselves and their organisations.


The power of purpose: How conscious capitalism is helping shape the new paradigm for business

Andrew Millson, Director: HR and Sustainability, Food Lovers Market Holding

10 Minutes Q & A


If you don’t do politics, politics will do you! A guide for HR Executives to effectively and ethically navigate office politics

Niven Postma, Managing Director, Niven Postma Inc

Corporate politics can be defined as the informal, unofficial and sometimes behind-the-scenes efforts to sell ideas, influence people, increase power, or achieve other objectives. People tend to see politics as negative and destructive. This is not always true.  In this session, Niven will open your eyes to the fundamentals you didn’t know you need to know – the fundamentals no-one ever teaches you, including what office politics actually are and how being politically intelligent is the single biggest determinant of your personal and professional success. She will provide some of the key skills needed by HR to navigate politics and will show you it is possible to play politics without sacrificing your principles and teach you how to use politics to advance your career, benefit your team and build the organisation you are part of.

10 Minutes Q & A


Agile People Leadership

Anja van Beek, Agile Talent Strategist and Leadership Coach, Anja van Beek Coaching and Consulting

Today the most progressive companies have changed the formal management role to a more servant leadership role, realizing that people are most productive, creative and happy when they have personal control over their own lives and the ability to be leaders of their destiny, private or work-related.
As HR leaders, it is important to not only evaluate yourself as a leader, but to also keep an eye on the leaders you have in the organisation, some of which may not be suited for the changing world of work.

  • The why and the what of leading with Agility
  • Leadership behaviour that enable agility
  • Knowing and connecting with yourself
  • Developing and leading yourself
  • Four traits that should be inherent in leaders of the future.

10 Minutes Q & A

13:00–13:45 Lunch break


People before tech: the importance of psychological safety and teamwork in the digital age

Duena Blomstrom, Co-founder and CEO, People Not Tech (author of People Before Tech: The Importance of Psychological Safety and Teamwork in the Digital Age to be released May 2021)

Duena is a contributor to Forbes and recognized as a LinkedIn 'Top Voice', with over 145,000 followers on the platform (alongside 26,000 on Twitter). She has ranked among the 'Fintech Power 50' and is also a prolific keynote speaker, delivering approximately 12 keynotes a year.

As new technologies are introduced, teams and individual employees are often taken for granted – the uniquely human benefits that arise from a well-structured, collaborative team become neglected, and the employees themselves become unmotivated and overly dependent upon the technical, quantifiable benefits of technology. Duena Blomstrom shines new light upon the importance and potential of teams in modern organizations. She analyses the benefits of unique methods of working (such as "Agile") and explores how academic concepts such as "psychological safety" can boost employees' confidence and ability to work effectively and intuitively within teams. She highlights that it is vital not just to implement technology, but also to integrate it into the existing organisational culture and structure, before providing practical guidance and advice on how business leaders and HR professionals can heighten efficiency and effectiveness of workplace teams through collaborative and innovative initiatives.

10 Minutes Q & A

14:25–14:50 Quick break


Driving performance through intelligent use of people analytics

David Shontz, Global Workforce Analytics and Organization Management, Nokia

Nokia has been through its share of transformation in the last decade or two. While the global pandemic accelerated the need for such business transformation across the globe and across industries, Nokia had a powerful tool that they leveraged to navigate the crisis and safeguard business and people, this tool was - People Analytics.
In this session David will talk about Nokia’s journey in people analytics, the pillars of HR digitization for Nokia and the capability evolution of workforce analytics that supported and helped Nokia navigate through the crisis and more. 

10 Minutes Q & A


Culture Renovation: Building an unshakeable organisation

Kevin Oakes,
CEO at the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp).  Author of Culture Renovation: 18 Leadership Actions to build an Unshakeable Company

Corporate culture matters and research proves culture is inextricably linked to organizational performance. Today’s employee wants to work for a company that serves a greater purpose than shareholder value. Boards are asking for measures of employee sentiment and demanding that the cultures they govern are productive and ethical. And consumers increasingly seek to support socially conscious brands.
It all adds up to this: A healthy organizational culture provides an enormous competitive advantage. In this session Kevin provides the definitive blueprint to create a powerful culture that delivers tangible business benefits. But it’s not about building from the ground up. It’s about identifying the cultural features that currently make your business unique, enhancing those features, and building upon the base for the future

10 Minutes Q & A

16:15 Wrap up and close of conference - Thank you


Michele Zanini, Co-founder, MLab. Co-author, Humanocracy
With Gary Hamel, Michele is the the co-author of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller Humanocracy and the co-founder of the Management Lab, which helps forward-thinking organizations become more resilient, innovative and engaging places to work. Before joining forces with Gary, he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company and a leader in the firm’s organization, strategy and financial services practices. He also spent five years as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a public policy think tank. Over the years, Michele has written a number of pieces on strategy and organization for the McKinsey Quarterly. His writing and research have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, and Fortune.
Marianne Roux, Marianne Roux Consulting
Marianne has 28 years’ global experience as a New World of Work Strategist, Professor of Practice in Executive and MBA Education and an HR Executive. She currently runs Roux Consulting, a global consulting firm with 15 collaborators around the world . She is an Associate of Mercer, Melbourne Business School and Swinburne University of Technology. Marianne has experience across several industries including Retail, FMCG, Mining, Oil and Gas, Utilities, Infrastructure, Media, Financial services, Telecommunications, Sport, NFP, Health and Pharmaceutical and Tech start-ups. She has worked for PWC, Accenture, Deloitte and Mercer and has held two HR Director roles in two countries.
Rita Clifton, Chairman and Portfolio Non-Executive Director, Speaker, Writer and Mentor (Author of ‘Love Your Imposter: Be Your Best Self, Flaws and All’,)
As a high-profile business leader, Rita Clifton has been called ‘Brand guru’ by the Financial Times. Alongside her board chairing and non-executive roles, she is a writer, keynote speaker, conference chair and practitioner on all aspects of brands, branding and business leadership. Her career has included being a Vice Chairman and Strategy Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, as London CEO and Chairman at the global brand consultancy Interbrand and as co-founder of BrandCap. She is now a portfolio chairman and non-executive director on the board of businesses including ASOS, Ascential plc, Nationwide Building Society and Populus Group, and her non-profit boards have included WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature), the UK Sustainable Development Commission and now as Trustee of the leading environmental think tank Green Alliance. Rita is a regular columnist and media commentator, as well as author of ‘The Future of Brands’ and two editions of The Economist ‘Brands and Branding’. Her new book on leadership is entitled 'Love your imposter'
Duena Blomstrom, Co-founder and CEO, People Not Tech (Author of People Before Tech: The Importance of Psychological Safety and Teamwork in the Digital Age to be released May 2021)
Duena is the author of the book “Emotional Banking: Fixing Culture, Leveraging FinTech and Transforming Retail Banks into Brands” as well as “People before Tech: The importance of Psychological Safety and Teamwork in the Digital Age” which is to be realised in 2021. She is a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur, a mentor for start-ups, a LinkedIn Top Voice, named an industry influencer, a Forbes contributor, a blogger with cutting-edge, unconventional and unapologetic opinion style, an international keynote speaker at industry events, the inventor of the EmotionalBanking™ and MoneyMoments concepts and the Co-Founder and CEO of PeopleNotTech Ltd – a software solution provider revolutionizing the organizations of companies that need to use technology and new ways of work focused on the concept of Psychological Safety in high performing teams. Over the past 18 years, Duena has worked with multiple large organisations in particular banks, be it to assist them in their digital strategy or to help them transform. With a background in Psychology as well as Business, Duena is on a crusade to see lasting, meaningful and profound change in the way organizations work.
David Shontz, Global Workforce Analytics and Organization Management, Nokia
David is currently the Global Head of Workforce Analytics & Organization Management for Nokia. He has a long career in HR Leadership roles with multi-national corporations including Ford Motor Company, GE, & Siemens. His experience in many functional and strategic areas of HR, have provided a valuable view on the needs of data analytics in HR. In his current role, he is focused on developing an HR Analytics organization, with capability to support a growing number of use cases coming from HR and Business Leaders. Strategic Workforce planning is a key one for Nokia’s success and technology transformation. For him, it is an exciting journey for a dynamic organization with 100,000 employees, multiple data sources, and a growing appetite for the value of data-driven insights.
Kevin Oakes, CEO at the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). Author of Culture Renovation: 18 Leadership Actions to build an Unshakeable Company
As CEO of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), Kevin Oakes provides strategic direction and vision and is responsible for the overall operations of the organization. He has been a pioneer in the human capital field for the last 15 years, and is a frequent author and international keynote speaker on topics such as talent management, leadership, innovation, metrics, and strategic learning in organizations. Prior to founding i4cp, Kevin created SumTotal Systems, the world's largest learning management system company and the industry's leading provider of talent development solutions, when he merged Click2learn with Docent in 2003. The merger won Frost & Sullivan's Competitive Strategy Award in 2004. Kevin was also the 2006 chairman of ATD’s board, and served five years as an ATD board member.
Professor Kurt April, Allan Gray Centre Chair & Director, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
Kurt April is currently the Allan Gray Chair, an Endowed Professorship, specialising in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion and Director of the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (South Africa, 1998-present), is Adjunct Faculty of Saïd Business School (University of Oxford, UK, 2000-present), and is an Orchestrator & Faculty Member of Duke Corporate Education (Duke University, USA, 2008-present). Previously, he was a Research Fellow of Ashridge-Hult, as well as a Visiting Professor at many top Universities including London Metropolitan University and Rotterdam School of Management. Outside of academia, Kurt is the Managing Partner of LICM Consulting (South Africa, 2001-present), Managing Director: Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Practice at Oxford Acuity (Singapore, 2019-present), Shareholder and Executive Director of the Achievement Awards Group (South Africa, 2007-present), Shareholder of bountiXP (Pty) Ltd (South Africa, 2019-present), as well as Ambassador of the global Unashamedly Ethical movement (2016-present). He plays a range of roles and consults to many companies and organisations around the globe, having worked in 24 countries. He is also on a number of advisory boards in the UK, USA and Taiwan. Kurt holds numerous qualifications including a doctoral degree, an MBA, and Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering to name but a few!
Nathan Natty Motjuwadi, Executive HR, Capitec Bank
Nathan brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in the human resources and training environments. He has experience in union negotiation, branding and identity, mergers and acquisitions, salary arbitration, international law, talent management, employee assessment, performance management, separation and redundancy, and project management. He is currently the HR Executive at Capitec Bank, a role he has filled for the past 10 years. Prior to joining Capitec Bank as Executive: HR, he was the HR Director at Danone SA, Group HR Manager at Coca-Cola (based in South Africa and London). Nathan started his career as a teacher and head of the department (English and History) from 1993 to 1995. He holds numerous qualifications including a BA Honours from the University of Cape Town and MBA from Milpark Business School. He has also lectured part time at the University of South Africa’s School of Business Leadership.
Andrew Millson, Director: HR and Sustainability, Food Lovers Market Holdings
Andrew Millson is HR and Sustainability Director for Food Lover’s Market. Andrew has a passion for people and the environment. Prior to joining Food Lover’s Market, Andrew worked in both Europe and Africa in senior management roles in the non-profit and social enterprise sectors with a specific focus on corporate sustainability and social investment. Andrew joined Food Lovers 4 years ago where he set up and implemented their sustainability strategy Èarth Lovers’. He believes however that true sustainability can only be entrenched through a company proactively living and breathing its values through its leadership. This view resulted in Andrew becoming head of OD with a focus on culture and leadership before taking over his current role. Andrew is driven by his desire to see corporates take a harder look at their role in reversing social inequality and poverty that is so rife in our country. He has a law degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Amorey Pote, Group Talent Manager, Ohlthaver & List
With more than14 years’ experience, Amorey is a seasoned Talent Manager with in-depth experience in Learning and Development, Organisational Development as well as generalist Human Resources. Prior to the Group Talent Manager role for Ohlthaver, Amorey worked for Namibia Breweries which is part of the Ohlthaver & List Group. She also worked at Coca-Cola Beverages. Amorey has broad HR systems experience and thinking adds business value in digital innovation, transformation and implementation. She has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development in addition to an Honours Degree in Psychology & Psychometrics. She is certified as a Prosci Change Management Practitioner and her SAP SuccessFactors implementation experience compliments my formal qualifications.
Cathy Albertyn, Chief People and Culture Officer, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa
Cathy joined the group in 1992 as Personnel Manager: Head Office for the SA Bottling Company as it was then known. Cathy has since held various HR roles including Group HR Director, Regional Human Resources Manager in South Africa and Group HR Services Manager for Coca-Cola Sabco where she led internal recruiting initiatives. Cathy has extensive multicultural experience across the company’s Africa and Asia footprints having played a key role in driving the integration of the Asian territories into Coca-Cola Sabco. She is a member of the TCCC Global HR Council and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) as well as a Bachelor of Arts Honours (Industrial Sociology) from the University of South Africa.
Niven Postma, Managing Director, Niven Postma Inc
Niven Postma has had a wide and varied career across multiple organisations and sectors, in South Africa and internationally, including being CEO of the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA), CEO of NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity), Head of External Strategy and then Head of the SARB Academy at the South African Reserve Bank and Head of Leadership and Culture for the Standard Bank Group. She is the MD of Niven Postma Inc., and works as a leadership, culture and strategy facilitator for clients in Australia, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the UAE. She lectures at Henley Business School and on various global leadership development programmes and is the author of the book “If you don’t do politics, politics will do you – A guide to navigating office politics ethically and successfully.”
Navlika Ratangee, Clinical Psychologist and top GIBS MBA Graduate. Clinical Operations Director at ICAS
Navlika Ratangee is a qualified clinical psychologist and is also a GIBS MBA graduate. She is currently the Clinical Operations Director at ICAS SA, a behavioural risk and employee health and wellness company. She has diverse experience in human capital management, behavioural risk, change management, managerial consulting, global management consulting leadership, organisational resilience and organisational strategy. She also has an abundance of experience in dealing with mental health in the workplace and has consulted to many South African corporates in this regard.
Paul Norman, Group Chief HR Officer, MTN
Paul is the Group Chief Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Officer at MTN Group. He has played a key role in MTN’s evolution from a single country business to a global business with a footprint in 22 countries. He is on the boards of MTN Nigeria, MTN South Africa and MTN Cote d’Ivoire. Under his leadership, MTN Group won the International Gold Accreditation Award for excellent people management and was rated among the Top Sustainable Global Companies by Newsweek. He has been recognized with several awards for his achievements, including HR Practitioner of the Year from the Institute of People Management South Africa in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the South African Board for People Practices in 2012. He is also one of the founding members of South Africa Day, an initiative that raises funds to support deserving students.
Trishana Maharaj, HR Director, G4S
Trishana is currently the HR leader for the largest employer in Africa with a team of close to 420 HR and Health & Safety professionals overlooking the HR and H&S strategy and operations whilst servicing and supporting over 110 000 employees across 23 countries in Africa. Her responsibilities expand outside of HR with full accountability of the H&S strategy and operational compliance/excellence across the African region. Trishana is an absolute powerhouse earning her the 2019 Young CHRO of The Year award. She joined the G4S in early 2018 which saw her immediately impact the HR function considerably. Trishana ‘s work experience has seen her work 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. Her key focus areas over the last 10 years has been E2E HR Strategy development across Africa, Talent Management, capability frameworks, business productivity and business transformation strategies. Her geographical business understanding spans over South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Egypt, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Malawi, Angola, Seychelles, Tanzania, Senegal, Cameroon, DRC, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Guinea, IVC, Mali, Mauritania and Gabon.
Anja van Beek, Agile Talent Strategist and Leadership Coach, Anja van Beek Coaching and Consulting
Anja was one of the first to be authorised as an Agile People professional and facilitator. The ex-Sage HR Director now consults with leaders and HR teams on all people-related aspects with a specific focus on integrating agile principles and practices. She is a leadership coach and an expert in supporting teams to remain relevant and thrive in the future of work. She also works for various companies as a facilitator focusing on leadership development, mentoring and change management. Anja is a leadership consultant, talent strategist, mentor and coach with more than 25 years of executive experience in the Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia region. She has led multi-national teams through transition and change management. Anja consults to executives and leaders from small businesses through to large organisations on all people-related aspects with a specific focus on integrating the talent of the business into the overall strategy.
Taryn Marcus, HR Director: Group Transformation and Platform Services, NTT Ltd
Platform Services, NTT Ltd Taryn is a Human Capital and Strategy integration specialist, currently heading the NTT Services Global HR team. Taryn has more than 15 years’ generalist and specialist experience, 10 of which have been at Executive management level for listed complex multinational organisations. Taryn is a registered Industrial psychologist and Harvard Business School Alumni. Taryn sees herself as a devoted change agent with an enterprise perspective and who collaboratively works to create organizations where people perform better, feel engaged, deliver customer value, and have fun- all at the same time
Thuli Tabudi, Group HR Executive, Spar Group
Thuli is the Group HR Executive for the Spar Group. She has been in the retail industry for more than 26 years and has worked for various large companies like Mnet, Pick ’n Pay and Edgars before joining SPAR in 1999. Thuli has a PhD degree from the University of Johannesburg. She is passionate about mentoring and coaching and is privileged to be involved in programmes aimed at investing in local communities through various social initiatives.
Russell Coleman, HR Director, Beiersdorf
Russell is a respected and seasoned Business and HR Professional with more than 25 years' experience. Russell is currently the HR Director for Beiersdorf Southern Africa (A global skin care business with brands such as NIVEA, Eucerin, La Prairie, Labello and Elastoplast). He has fulfilled senior HR roles across numerous industries over his career including having worked for companies like Parmalat, Danone, Kraft Foods, Aspen, Altron and more.
Pearl Maphoshe, Seasoned HR Leader (IPM HR Director of the year 2018)
Platform Services, NTT Ltd Pearl is a seasoned HR practitioner and consultant. She has worked in Executive Director for HR positions at Aspen, Tongaat and Pick n Pay. 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 was a guest lecturer and external examiner on the MBA programs at the University of Kwazulu-Natal and a guest lecturer at 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 Chairperson of the Wholesale and Retail SETA until end of March 2018 and was also a member of the University of Zululand Council and used to chair the Human Resources Committee of Council until end of March 2018. Pearl is also a Board member at Knowledge Resources and holds the following qualifications BA (Hons), HDipEd (Durban-Westville), MA (London).
Shelagh Goodwin, Head of HR, Media 24
Shelagh is a registered industrial psychologist who has been part of the Media24 (and Naspers) family for over 20 years. With a business that changes fast, she is proud to have built an agile HR team that understands the business, supports our goals, is in touch with customers, staff and management, and makes a difference. During her time at Media 24 she has taken on the responsibility of executive development and has been involved in the development and implementation of an integrated Talent Management strategy for the core business disciplines (editorial, sales, marketing & leadership), based on the implementation of the leadership pipeline.
Janko Kotze, Managing Director, Human Interest
Janko is an industrial Psychologist and holds a Master’s Degree in IO Psychology at Unisa (Cum Laude). He has extensive consulting experience and has designed and delivered organisation development solutions to over 40 organisations across the globe. He founded Human Interest, a specialist Organisation Development Consulting Firm in 2015. Following continuous and significant growth and value-add to clients year-on-year, Human Interest was recognised by peers as a leading Industrial and Organisational Psychology firm in South Africa. They received the 2020 SIOPSA Presidential Award as Category Winner in Business of the Year. He is one of the first of an exclusive group of athletes to represent South Africa on youth, junior and senior national level. He has competed across the world, which exposed him to elite mindsets. He is passionate about people’s potential and have worked with global leaders, Olympic athletes and league winning sports teams to achieve their goals. He is the mastermind behind Human Interest’s sought-after Elite Team Development Programme and loves to extract characteristics of high-performing sports squads and transforming it into tailored solutions for organisational teams. He is a respected thought leader on team dynamics and is a regular invitee to address Executive Teams and Conference Delegates. He is a Guest Lecturer to Post-Graduate Students at both the North-West University and the University of Johannesburg.
Ceri Mongie, Managing Director, SHL Africa
Ceri Mongie is the Managing Director for SHL South Africa. Prior to joining SHL 4 years ago, Ceri worked for CEB’s SHL Talent Measurement Solutions where she started as an eager intern in Industrial Psychology and registered as an Industrial Psychologist in 2007. During her CEB she had taken several positions, including Professional Services Director and headed up the Professional Services team for Middle East Africa. She also has an MBA
Teri Ellison, Chief HR Officer, SHL
Teri an experienced commercial focused HR leader, working across SHL’s vast client base to deliver advanced Human Resourcing Services including new Performance management frameworks, mentoring, learning and development platforms and employee engagement. With 20 years of experience in the Technology sector, Teri is an experienced coach and NLP practitioner, and her department helps clients focus on future-proofing their talent, unlocking potential and equipping both clients and individuals to make unbiased data-driven decisions
Ronnie Toerien, HCM Sales Development & Strategy Lead, Oracle
Ronnie Toerien is currently the HCM Development & Strategy Leader for Africa at Oracle where he has worked for the past 14 years. He studied Law through correspondence atUNISA and also has a Diploma in Business Management. His first job was at the State Attorney in Johannesburg many moons ago. He is also part of the Oracle Global Luminaries programme as the HCM thought leadership representative for ECEMEA (Eastern and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa). In his role, Ronnie travels extensively and is regularly invited to present at external Talent Management events around South Africa (including the first HR Tech Fest in 2016 and again in 2017) as well as in Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. He has been an HCM keynote speaker at Oracle events in those countries as well as in Angola, the Gambia, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda and Uganda. He occasionally guest lectures to MBA students at Wits Business School and to HR Master’s students at the University of Johannesburg as well as at the University of Pretoria where he is also on the Examination Panel for the Industrial Psychology Masters Students.


Pre-Conference Online Workshop

16 March – The Data Driven HR Leader Workshop

09:00-15:00 (one day workshop)
Facilitated by Martin Sutherland, Global Director, People Tree Group

How important is People Data in HR?

Analytics is changing the role of the HR leader!

According to Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends, People analytics has moved from the bottom 1/3 of priorities to the top 2 in just 2 years, and that movement is largely due to the impact of digital transformation in the workplace. So, what are you doing to future proof your HR team?

The Data-Driven HR Leader workshop will help you learn the fundamental skills to visualize your data, build analytical skills and make great data driven decisions that will impact your business.

We want to give HR professionals the fundamental skills to visualize their data so that they can build the necessary analytical skills to help make data driven decisions. Our goal is for every HR practitioner to be able to make data driven recommendations to increase the impact and overall value to their stakeholders and the organization.

You don’t need to be a data scientist to be a good people analyst, that’s why this workshop has been designed to help HR professionals gain insight into the power of visualizing their people data.

There are three key skills that are required to work with and visualize your HR data. Data literacy (working with data), technical literacy (working with technology) and visual literacy (working with design). This workshop will jump-start your ability to work with data by providing the theory and demonstrating the tools that will make you an HR data wiz in no time.

Specific roles may include
  • HR Directors and Managers
  • HR Consultants
  • HR Business Partner HR
  • HR professionals specializing in talent acquisition, engagement, L&D and SW

This workshop is designed for HR practitioners, Business Partners and Consultants whose core skill is NOT analytics but realize the importance of visualizing people data to facilitate conversations that will lead to better people decisions and talent processes

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Sponsors  & Exhibitions


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

For more information and to book your seat contact Debbie Atwell on +27 83 651 1664 or

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HR Directors   Online Conference
Option A | 16 March only (workshop) - Data-driven HR Leader: Steps to better insights
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R2 800.00 Excl.VAT
Option B | 17 March - day one only
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R3 750.00 Excl.VAT
Option C | 18 March – day two only
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R3 750.00 Excl.VAT
Option D | 16-18 March (three days – workshop and conference)
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R8 800.00 Excl.VAT
Option E | 17-18 March (two day conference only)
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R7 500.00 Excl.VAT

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  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
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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