Mthunzi Mdwaba is the founder & CEO TZORO IBC. He is also on the governing body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). In June 2014 he was chosen to lead Africa as the Regional Vice-President at the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Switzerland. Mthunzi has experience in leading and transitioning companies to make them world leaders within their industries. He led the largest business delegation into the UK, together with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. He also led discussions at the BRIC/IBSA in Brazil during President Thabo Mbeki’s tenure, in the prelude to South Africa’s invitation to join the BRICS countries. He is a member of the B20 (Business 20), a business body within the G20 (Government 20).
Jabu Stone is the founder of Jabu Stone Natural Hair, a company which promotes natural hair care and pride in natural looks and heritage to Africans worldwide. The company is dedicated to removing the stigma attached to dreads or African Locks and has successfully created an entire industry that promotes a natural approach to African hair. Jabu Stone is regarded in many circles as “Mr Dreads“.
Bev is a default entrepreneur having only worked for a boss while waitressing during university and for the first two years of her working life. She has started, run and sold a number of businesses from antiques to a boutique hotel with 26 rooms and a restaurant. She is a published author of a book on natural soapmaking and is a cancer survivor. Bev started Rain in her garage with two employees and has grown it to a large manufacturing concern in rural Swellendam with 15 retail stores in South Africa, 2 in New York and 1 in California. She currently employs 140 people in South Africa.
Toni Glass is the Founder of The Toni Glass Collection, a gourmet full leaf tea company that is a remarkable infusion of tradition and new age tea drinking. Toni was recently selected as one of the 11 finalists in the FNB innovation awards and will represent Endeavor South Africa at an international panel in Bali later this month.
Thembalihle Baloyi is a Founder and Executive Director of Discovery Insure Ltd, a Motor Insurance Company launched in 2011. He joined Discovery in 2001 spearheading numerous initiatives culminating in his innovative and relentless drive to launch his 10-year vision of Discovery Insure.
Tammy Chetty is the Youth Employment Accelerator at Harambee. She recently joined Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, who partners with South African employers to source, place and successfully retain young, first-time work seekers. She worked in Banking for 18 years and spent two years in consulting.
Luke Jordan shares his story and speaks about how to start a tech business as a non-technical person.
Luke Jordan is the Founder of GrassRoot. He has worked in China and India for eight years for McKinsey & Company and The World Bank group before returning home to Johannesburg in early 2014 to found GrassRoot, a non-profit, technology start-up.
Justin Smith is the Head of the Woolworths Holdings Good Business Journey Sustainability Programme. He is responsible for strategy, structure and integration across the business to deliver over 200 targets across transformation, social development, environmental issues and climate change
Dr. Andrew Venter is the Chief Executive Officer of the Wildlands Trust. Prior to joining Wildlands, Dr Venter worked with South African National Parks and the Natal Parks Board on projects in-and-around the Kruger National Park and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso World Heritage Area).
Claire Janisch on how we can learn from ecosystems to produce conditions that are conducive to life.
Claire Janisch is a Biomimicry Professional, founder biomimicrySA. She is a graduate of and a has been an instructor for the international 2-year biomimicry Professionals Program. She currently heads up biomimicrySA and was awarded Regional Network Leader of the Year award at the global Biomimicry Conference in June 2013. Claire works in the areas of strategy, technology & education and is the leading presenter, trainer and consultant for biomimicry in South Africa. As a biomimicry professional she spends her time exploring nature¹s technological genius in diverse ecosystems and shares this new way of viewing and valuing nature through expeditions and workshops teaching & training professionals, students and scholars. She also dives deeper into research for companies and organisations- translating nature¹s innovation and sustainability principles for the design of new products, processes & systems. Claire has a MSc Chem-Engineering in the field of Clean Tech and has worked across Africa as a clean tech consultant. Claire was selected in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 young South Africans 2009-2011. She was a finalist in the Most Influential Women in Business & Government awards in 2012.