President Bree Langemo provides overall strategic and operational direction for the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative with a focus on developing high impact partnerships with academic, government, profit and non-profit organizations to empower their constituents with an entrepreneurial mindset, a new framework for thinking and acting that can empower individuals, organizations and communities to flourish in the 21st Century. Bree spent more than a decade of experience in higher education, most recently as the Dean of Business, Public Service & Social Sciences where she helped coordinate the implementation of a large-scale rollout of ELI’s Ice House Entrepreneurship Program.
David du Toit has been an educator since 1992. During time he has had the privilege of working in a variety of top quality schools, both Departmental and Independent. David is the Headmaster at Lebone ll College of the Royal Bafokeng, an Independent School in Phokeng, in the North West Province. Previous experiences at St Stithians Boys’ College and Grey High School have provided him with an extensive exposure to 21st Century schooling and best practice in schools. As an innovative educational thinker and leader David strives to reshape the landscape of the traditional school environment and harness the potential that schools have to transform society.
George Harris is a passionate South African who believes that education is the primary key to unlocking the potential of individuals, then communities, then the country and then the continent. He has had broad experience in different education settings in Soshanguve, Sandton and Phokeng. George believes that there is no ‘silver-bullet’ to solving the education challenges we face in South Africa but that education leaders must be bold in forging new constructs for our developing nation.
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