Authors

Authors

Adrian Dommisse

Having established Dommisse Attorneys in 2008, Adrian’s firm offers corporate finance and commercial law, with a strong focus on providing start-ups with the legal support they need. As the founder, Adrian thrives on guiding clients in the start-up space, by understanding their products and helping them take their businesses to the next level. With over a decade of experience in law, he is eager to use innovative ways to help his client’s gain value.

Alex de Coning

Alex de Coning started his career in public relations at Baird’s Renaissance in 2001. He left Baird’s to join the team at Cerebra, a strategic integrated communication agency during the course of 2011. He enjoys writing and received a Pixel at the 2012 Bookmark awards for the editorial he created and disseminated for the launch of G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi.

Allon Raiz

Allon Raiz is the CEO of Raizcorp, the only privately-owned small business ‘prosperator’ in Allon Raiz is the CEO of Raizcorp. In 2008, Raiz was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and in 2011 he was appointed for the first time as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship. Following a series of entrepreneurship master classes delivered at Oxford University in April 2014, Raiz has been recognised as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Follow Allon on Twitter.

Amos Khumalo

Amos Khumalo is the co-founder and senior director of Amos Khumalo Incorporated. He is an attorney, notary, conveyancer and specialist Intellectual Property Practitioner, and was the first black person in the country to qualify as an Intellectual Property Practitioner under the auspices of the SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law. Having been admitted as an attorney in 1997, Amos has an excess of 15 years experience in the legal field. He also opened the first black-owned Intellectual Property Law practice in the country in 2001. For more information visit www.akinc.co.za or email amos.khumalo@akinc.co.za.

Andeline Williams-Pretorius

Andeline Williams-Pretorius is CEO of Andeline’s Motivational Training and the creator of The Empathy Campaign. She works as an inspirational speaker, trainer, author, columnist, relationship expert and PR Consultant. She is a regular expert on Empathy on Afrikaans radio station, RSG and was recognised as one of South Africa’s most inspirational women.

Andre Sturmer

André Stürmer, CEO of Inoxico, a registered credit bureau providing business intelligence solutions based on specialised commercial credit information.

Andrew Bahlmann

Andrew has had the benefit of gaining experience as both an entrepreneur and a corporate Chartered Accountant. With personal experience of building, buying and selling businesses, he has built up significant experience in working with the owners of privately owned businesses in assisting them to grow and/or exit their businesses at maximum value. As the founder and Managing Director of Deal Leaders Africa he has built a team that resonates with his clients and delivers the results they need.

Andrew Mackenzie

Andrew Mackenzie plays a key role in overseeing the creative processes and outputs of Boomtown, ensuring a consistent delivery of high standard, award winning creative that answers the agency’s methodology to “grow your brand, grow your sales, and strengthen you customer relationships.” He has worked on dynamic brands including Goodyear, Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Audi, Eveready, House of York, Continental Tyres, First Choice, South African Breweries, SA Rugby, National Glass, Avis and Plascon to name a few. Follow Boomtown on @boomtownsa or email andrew@boomtown.co.za

Andrew Padoa

Andrew Padoa works in the Private Client’s division at Consolidated Financial Planning. His area of expertise is investments, estate planning, retirement planning and portfolio benchmarking. He has had numerous articles published in the media on a number of topics related to personal financial management. Andrew is passionate about educating people and has given several financial literacy talks to both schools and corporates. His objective is to use his abilities and knowledge to help others achieve their financial goals. Visit www.consolidated.co.za for more information

Ann Druce

Ann Druce heads up Octarine, a marketing communications and advertising agency, where she focuses on marketing strategies for clients in the service, professional and industrial sectors. Ann specializes in clear, relevant messages that reach their target markets. Prior to Octarine, Ann spent 15 years in marketing management for major companies including Unilever and Adcock Ingram before joining Draft FCB. Connect with Ann on LinkedIn or Google+ and follow @AnnDruce on Twitter.

Annie McWalter

Annie McWalter is CEO of The Hope Factory, an established Enterprise Development Not-for-Profit organisation effectively governed by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). Driven to develop black business owners, The Hope Factory offers a strategic mentorship programme to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals, vision and purpose to grow their business, and to ultimately give back to their community. The Hope Factory provides an easy, hassle-free way to earn Enterprise Development and Socio Economic Development points. Through continued investment with us, South African organisations can secure assistance with Supplier and Skills Development, as part of the amended B-BBEE Codes. We exist to grow people, to develop businesses, to impact communities, through our unique mentorship model while adding value to our investors. For more information visit http://www.thehopefactory.co.za

Anthony Farr

Anthony Farr, CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, is motivated by an unyielding belief in the power of education and an entrepreneurial way of thinking to empower the future leaders of tomorrow in driving the country’s economic transformation. Farr believes that the economic empowerment of the next generation through entrepreneurship is more critical than ever in South Africa. Visit www.allangrayorbis.org for more information.

Anton Ressel

Anton Ressel is a business strategist, social commentator and writer as well as the founder and Director of ARC Consulting, a small business specialist agency that offers mentorship, support and other services to entrepreneurs and emerging businesses nationally. See www.antonressel.co.za for more info.

Axel Rittershaus

Axel Rittershaus is an internationally renowned C-Level / Executive Coach & Author who started as an entrepreneur in the IT industry in 1993. He knows that success is the result of hard work and determination even more than innate talent. A master of maintaining focus and follow-through, Axel supports C-Level leaders globally in achieving goals. Axel is dedicated and passionate to see clients succeed beyond their expectations. Axel is also the president of the International Coach Federation South Africa and a multiple Two Oceans and Comrades finisher. You can follow him on twitter.

Barry Farber

Barry Farber is a top speaker and bestselling author of 11 books on sales, management and personal achievement.

Bertie du Plessis

Bertie du Plessis founded his successful consultancy firm, MindPilot, 17 years ago. He names several of South Africa’s blue chip corporations among his client list and has taught as a lecturer and guest lecturer in six different disciplines at tertiary institutions. His fin24.com blog is the most read business blog on the 24.com domain. Visit Bertie Du Plessis's website for more information.

Bob Power

Bob Power is the owner of Power Corporate Consultants and an expert on buying and selling a business, amongst other things. He is also the author of Let the Signer Beware and How To Buy a Small Business.

Brad Sugars

Brad Sugars is a startup expert and the writer of 14 business books including “The Business Coach”, “Instant Cashflow”, “Successful Franchising” and “Billionaire in Training”. He is the founder of ActionCOACH, a business coaching franchise.

Brigitte Macdonald

Brigitte Macdonald admitted as an attorney in 2006, after completing her articles at Bowman Gilfillan. By 2008, Brigitte rose to the position of senior associate in Bowman Gilfillan’s employment law department. Brigitte left Bowman Gilfillan in 2010 to pursue her interest in alternative dispute resolution and a consulting career in employment law. Brigitte is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR UK) accredited commercial mediator and also provides training through Caveat Legal on various aspects of employment law.

Bruce von Maltitz

Bruce von Maltitz is currently the MD of 1Stream, a hosted contact centre company. He has over 20 years experience in the service industry focusing specifically on contact centres for the last ten. He has a detailed understanding of how to design, build and operate contact centres having worked in the industry in SA, Africa and abroad. Visit www.1stream.co.za for more information.

Bryan Elliott

Bryan Elliot is an active writer and speaker, community builder and advocate of social business.

Bryan Hirsch

BRYAN HIRSCH has been in the financial services industry for 47 years and is a director of Bryan Hirsch Colley & Associates. He has written two books, the first Bryan Hirsch’s Guide to Personal Finance and more recently, Steps to Financial Freedom. Bryan has written for many of South Africa’s top financial and business publications, has been a weekly guest on Radio SAFM for 18 years, and has his own weekly TV show You & Your Money on Summit TV.

Bryce Matthewson

Bryce Matthewson (BSc (Chem),LLB, LLM) is a candidate attorney in the patent litigation department at Spoor and Fisher. He assists with all matters relating to litigation of patents, designs and plant breeder rights. He maintains a particular interest in matters relating to technology, and their impact on the law and on the flip side, has an active interest in matters relating to traditional knowledge rights.

Carolyn Holgate

Carolyn Holgate is the GM MWEB Connect, which provides Internet connectivity and solutions for home users, business owners and large corporates. For more information on Internet Security and ways to proactively stay safe online, go to MWEBs Security Centre online.

Catherine Bristow

Catherine Bristow is the online editor and content marketing manager for Entrepreneur Magazine. She brings to the mix a BJourn from Rhodes University, Honours in Psychology as well as a certificate in Accounting and Commercial Law.

Charles Stretch

Charles Stretch is the managing director of SMSPortal. Established in 2002, it has grown to be SA’s largest bulk SMS provider sending 100 million SMS a month (the total market is 230 million SMS). Contact charles@smsportal.co.za for more information.

Christiaan Vorster

Christiaan Vorster CA (SA) is a financial management consultant and heads up the business advisory Business Growth Africa. He focuses on the SME sector, specialising in business valuations, strategic planning and budgeting and forecasting. He also facilitates numerous executive courses in South Africa, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Email Christiaan at Christiaan@businessgrowthafrica.com

Claudia Correia De Araujo

Claudia Correia De Araujo is a SSSP within Services at Microsoft South Africa. With 16 years experience with knowledge management solutions, Claudia challenges the status quo and takes the lead by advocating change and championing bold ideas that unlock business value and ultimately drive return of investments for stakeholders. Follow her on twitter @Collaboratrix

Clive Pintusewitz

Clive Pintusewitz is the director of Small Enterprise and Enterprise Development at Standard Bank. He is an experienced problem solver and business leader with a focus on turnaround of under-performing businesses and to develop new offerings and new products. He is also able to conceptualise and drive corporate strategy across complex businesses.

Colin Long

Colin Long CFP ® is an executive financial planner at Consolidated Financial Planning KZN, an authorised financial services provider. He holds a Post Grad Dip Fin Plan. For more information visit www.consolidated.co.za.

Cornel van Lingen

Cornel van Lingen is the Managing Director of PDT, a leading South African Technology Company focusing on digital and communication solutions. He focuses on the corporate and retail section of PDT. In 10 years he has helped grow PDT into a leader in its field, counting BHP Billiton, PEP Store Group and Continental Outdoor among its valued clients. Cornel is a devoted Sharks supporter and can’t live without his wife, children and golf clubs.

Craig van der Westhuizen

Craig van der Westhuizen qualified as a chartered accountant in 2000. He then spent just short of five years with Imperial in the commercial vehicles sector before leaving the corporate world in 2006 to start his own business. He is currently the MD of Bull’s Eye Advisory Services, a team of entrepreneurs and associates that focus on delivering a range of professional services primarily to the SME market. Bull’s Eye also runs an ‘Entrepreneur Village’ that encourages entrepreneurs to join their premises, which fosters networking and results in more business for everybody. Visit www.beadvised.co.za for more information and to test Bull’s Eye’s free personal budgeting and document storage tool.

Dale Warburton

Dale Warburton consults to various clients on compliance with the CPA through Caveat Legal. Hehas a BA and LLB from UCT. He was admitted as an attorney in early 2011 after completing articles at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Dale spent a year at Clicks Group advising and training on the Consumer Protection Act, and establishing standard operating procedures for the group. www.caveatlegal.com

David Blythe

David Blythe is an experienced marketing and brand strategy practitioner. He joined Yellowwood in 2011 and has subsequently led marketing strategy projects for Liberty Group, Rand Refinery, Sun International and Tsb Sugar. He is currently Yellowwood’s group managing director. Yellowwood is Africa’s leading marketing strategy consultancy, offering insight, strategy, planning and design to clients who are serious about business and brand growth. For more information, contact Yellowwood on +27 (0)11 268 5210 or +27 (0)21 425 0344 or visit www.ywood.co.za.

David Javitch

David Javitch, PhD, is an organisational psychologist, an internationally recognised author, keynote speaker and consultant on management and leadership issues.

David Ribeiro

David Ribeiro is a Partner Account Manager at Symantec South Africa. He is responsible for managing the relationship between Symantec South Africa and the managed reseller Channels. During the past years with Symantec, David has been recognized for his dedication and achievements both locally and on a global level. In addition to receiving the Small Business Team of the Year awards for EMEA in 2008, he was also named the Small Business Salesperson of EMEA for FY10.

David Szuhanyi

David Szuhanyi CFP® is an executive financial planner at Consolidated Financial Planning and presents TALKING MONEY on Kowie FM. Consolidated is a national financial planning practice with offices in Western Cape, Johannesburg, Tshwane, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. David Szuhanyi is based in the Eastern Cape. For more information visit www.consolidated.co.za or e-mail info@consolidated.co.za

Deborah Hartung

Deborah Hartung has almost 15 years’ experience in Human Resources and Labour Relations management and has consulted across various industries. Visit the Hartung website or the HR Guru site should you require assistance with any matters relating to HR or Labour Law within your organisation, or should you wish to improve your knowledge through attending informative training sessions and workshops.

Deidre Elphick-Moore

Deirdre Elphick-Moore, has an Honours Degree in Psychology and over ten years of international experience in human capital management at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Co-founding The Office Coach in 2009, she now focuses on personal and workplace effectiveness training and development. Her relaxed, engaging style encourages people to learn more, remember more and apply more in their workplaces, as well as inspiring to consistently better themselves in the work place.

Dennis Armstrong

Dennis Armstrong is the managing director of Interface Media, a full service digital agency with over 2 000 clients and, more recently, contracted service provider to a host of agencies across SA. Dennis’s expertise include marketing and business development, more recently taking on a national sales role before being promoted to MD. Dennis manages over 200 staff and is directly involved in growing some of the biggest digital accounts in South Africa from search, to SEO and display marketing. He is a hands-on individual and available to advise on all digital marketing requirements.

Dennis Ryder

Dennis Ryder is the Chief Whip at Midvaal Local Municipality. He worked in Business Banking for 20 years before purchasing a small business which he ran successfully until selling it to focus on his political career. A co-founder of the Walkerville Business Forum, he is passionate about small business and a strong supporter of the theory that small business holds the key to South Africa’s unemployment and economic problems.

Denvor Phokaners

Denvor Phokaners spent 15 years in business development in South Africa and abroad before launching his enterprise development consultancy, Enterprise Development Essentials.

Deon Oberholzer

Deon Oberholzer is the co-founder and CEO of Veri-Com, a SANAS Accredited BEE Verification Agency. He has been involved with Black Economic Empowerment at various levels since 2004.

Donna McCallum

Donna McCallum is also known as the Fairy Godmother. She has helped thousands of people in South Africa, the UK and the US focus on their dreams and goals. She is the author of The Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Getting What you Want and runs empowering 12 Week Money Magic Online Programme to help people transform their relationship to money. Prior to being a Fairy Godmother, Donna was a successful entrepreneur having started, built and sold businesses in media and marketing. For more info on Donna and the Money Magic courses, visit the Fairy Godmother website.

Donna Rachelson

Donna Rachelson, branding and marketing specialist, is the author of three books.She has held marketing director positions in blue chip organisations and has a solid business education, including an MBA and is a guest lecturer at GIBS .As a successful businesswoman and investor in businesses, Donna is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs and women, uplifting them with her unique brand of inspiringly practical, strategically results-driven guidance. She is currently Chief Catalyst at Seed Academy- a training and incubation ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

Douglas Kruger

Douglas Kruger is the only speaker in Africa to have won the Southern African Championships for Public Speaking a record five times. He is the author of ‘50 Ways to Become a Better Speaker,’ published in South Africa and Nigeria, ‘50 Ways to Position Yourself as an Expert,’ and co-author of ‘So You’re in Charge. Now What? 52 Ways to Become a Better Leader.’ See Douglas in action, or read his articles, at www.douglaskruger.co.za. Email him at Kruger@compute.co.za, or connect with him on Linked In or Twitter: @DouglasKruger

Douglas Shaw

Douglas Shaw is a legal expert and one of the leading drafters of MOIs in South Africa today. He is also a former chairman of Mensa Johannesburg and the author of 19 books. He can be contacted at advocate@douglasjshaw.co.za.

Dr Frances Wright

Dr Frances Wright is responsible for the overall management of Trinitas Consulting (Pty) Ltd. Frances has a BSc Honours in Industrial Technology, a diploma in operations management & a certificate in production management. Frances completed her MBA at NorthWest University in 2007, where she was honoured as the top Operations student. She was awarded her PhD in Entrepreneurship at North West University and acts as a business mentor and trainer for Business Partners and Enablis. Frances has written many published articles, is an accomplished speaker and also stars in the YouTube channel “The Wright Solution”.

Dr John Demartini

Dr John Demartini is a health professional, an expert on human behaviour, the mind and body connection and on the laws of the universe. He is a bestselling author of nine self-help books translated into 22 languages. He teaches full time assisting people across the world to see the order in their perceived chaos and consults to business leaders around the world. He is also the Founder of the Demartini Institute with a branch in South Africa, Johannesburg. Whenever he is in SA, he donates his time freely to deliver inspired talks to SA's Police Service, Prison Wardens, Prisoners, teachers and disadvantaged young adults. For more information on the Demartini Institute in South Africa call +27 11 0119093 or visit www.DrDemartini.com To receive a complimentary audio presentation by Dr Demartini titled: Staying Focused on Goals, visit http://www.drdemartini.com/entrepreneurmag

Dr Pieter Streicher

Dr Pieter Streicher established Celerity Systems in 2000 as an IT services company focusing on the marketing and management of Internet-based solutions. BulkSMS.com, a division of Celerity Systems, focuses on SMS messaging solutions for commercial and non-commercial communications. As a leading wireless application service provider, BulkSMS.com offers bulk SMS messaging solutions to large and small businesses, public benefit organisations, and individuals.

Dr. Thommie Burger

Founder of JTB Consulting, a leading Business Plan Consultancy that provides practical, unique and affordable Business Consulting and Business Plan Solutions to entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and existing companies. Founder of Animazing, a Marketing Agency that designs unique animated videos; a communication and marketing medium clients use to deliver their messages in an effective, engaging and memorable way. Thommie is a Summa Cum Laude MBA Graduate and holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Business Management.

Dylan Kohlstadt

Dylan Kohlstädt is the founder and account director of Shift ONE: outsource marketing for entrepreneurs. She has ten years marketing management experience in insurance, financial and property industries plus six years hands-on experience in online marketing involving web, mobile, SEO, CRM and Social Marketing and is considered a subject matter expert on all things digital. Visit www.shiftonedigital.com for more information.

Ed Hatton

Ed Hatton is the owner of The Marketing Director and has consulted to and mentored SMBs in strategy, marketing and sales for almost 20 years. He co-authored an entrepreneurship textbook and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs to succeed.

Edmund Rudman

Dr Edmund Rudman is manager of the strategy unit at Maccauvlei Learning Academy. For more information on strategy and developing effective strategy workshops, email erudman@maccauvlei.co.za

Eleanor Scott

Eleanor Scott is the executive mentor at The Hope Factory, an established Enterprise Development organisation associated with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). She has spent the past 20 years developing entrepreneurs in the field of Early Childhood Education and the Wellness industry. For more information visit www.thehopefactory.co.za

Elizabeth Zambonini

Elizabeth Zambonini is the founder and CEO of The Hope Factory, an established Enterprise Development company that creates, develops, equips and supports previously disadvantaged South Africans to establish and grow businesses. From founding The Hope Factory in humble beginnings in Cape Town 2001, Liz has grown it into a sustainable and successful NGO which has national representation, and is one of the leading enterprise development organizations in the country. Liz is also the project director of enterprise development at The South African Institute for Chartered Accountants (SAICA), and a leader and advisor in this area of thought leadership.

Eric Edelstein

Eric Edelstein is the Co-founder and CEO of evly.com, a social engagement platform that grows, monetises and engages customers.

Erik Vermeulen

Erik Vermeulen is the founder of Leader Motivation Systems. His main focus is the facilitation of behavioural styles workshops, particularly with respect to building effective sales teams. The company’s current flagship product is a behavioural culture development programme. For more information, please contact Erik Vermeulen on +27 (0)83 603 7119, at erik@erikvermeulen.com or visit www.erikvermeulen.com.

Evelyn Doubell

Evelyn Doubell CFP® is the executive head, Private Clients (Gauteng) at Consolidated. She holds an Advanced Post Grad Dip Fin Plan (UFS), and has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry. During her career, Evelyn has held positions at Alexander Forbes, Nedcor and Old Mutual and has expertise in both the institutional space and as a private client advisor. Visit www.consolidated.co.za

Felix Erken

Felix Erken is the MD and co-owner of Junk Mail, the largest local classifieds exchange in South Africa. His agility and tenacity ensured Junk Mail’s early adoption from purely traditional print to include digital and mobile platforms to ensure his customers were best served, no matter where they were or how demanding the digital rules. Junk Mail launched mobile offerings as early as 1999 and extended its digital footprint into East and West Africa.

Felix Kessel

Felix Kessel started in the ad game 18 years ago. He’s founded an ad agency (OwenKessel), been the ECD of the fastest growing business in the Ogilvy SA group (brand activation), a CD in one of the most prestigious networks TBWA (both Hunt\Lascaris and Gavin\Reddy) and a not too humble copywriter at FCB.

Femi Adebanji

Femi Adebanji is the director of the Mind-Advance Institute and a sought-after speaker and motivator. As a performance consultant he works with individuals and companies to design plans of action to realise their potential, achieve their goals, become more effective and maximise performance. He holds a Masters degree in Financial Economics and an Honors degree in Economics. For more information visit the Mind Advance website.

Francois du Toit

Francois du Toit helps business owners who are frustrated with their lack of control over their websites. Ezywebsites.co.za provides an easy-to-use website building tool, with comprehensive instructional videos to regain full control. He is an entrepreneur, web developer, Joomla teacher and copywriter.

Gail Goodman

A small business expert and visionary, Gail has revolutionized the way that small businesses and organizations can effectively and affordably communicate with their customers, clients and members.

Garth Hayward

Garth Hayward, Kaseya’s regional manager for Africa, entered the IT world in 1985. He’s spent close to 30 years focusing predominantly on IT services and service optimisation from a business perspective. In 2008, Hayward established an African presence for Kaseya, a leading global provider of automated IT systems management software, which provides enterprise-level software to organisations of all sizes.

Gerhard Jacobs

Gerhard Jacobs is a digital copywriter and journalist at GraphicMail. He has also worked as media project manager and copy editor for a UK-based NGO called Projects Abroad; and spent time in the communications departments at local government as well as on the newsdesk as a staff reporter for the Cape Argus newspaper.

Godfrey Madanhire

Godfrey Madanhire is a professional life coach and motivational speaker. Through his company Dreamworld Promotions, Godfrey facilitates holistic wellness training programmes for corporate clients.

Gopal Ramasammy-Cook

Gopal Ramasammy-Cook is a member of the ICF Chapter Cape Town.The International Coach Federation, the world’s largest resource for professional coaches. He is also a Zestware coach and facilitator. For more information visit the Zestware website.

Grant Clark

Grant Clark has been in the digital marketing industry for over ten years. He has lived and worked in South Africa and the UK and has consulted for agencies such as Ogilvy, DDB, M&C Saatchi, AKQA and BBDO, amongst others. He has been running Springloaded Interactive for the past two years as well as www.alltheevents.co.za, an online calendar of outdoor events around South Africa. Visit www.springloaded.co.za or email grant@springloaded.co.za for more information.

Grant Leishman

Grant Leishman is a founding member and CEO of Penquin, a full service agency. He has experienced all facets of marketing and advertising and believes that if you want a different result, you need to do things differently. He takes a creative approach to solving business problems. From the outset, Penquin’s strategy has been to offer 360°, integrated and innovative marketing solutions that delivers value to clients. www.penquin.co.za

Greg Fisher

Greg Fisher, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Management & Entrepreneurship Department at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. He teaches courses on Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Turnaround Management. He has a PhD in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). He is also a visiting lecturer at GIBS.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson started Phase 2 Direct in 2004, after leaving a logistics position to start his own business. His focus is to grow Phase 2 and create operational excellence in order to enhance delivery standards to his customers. In the seven years of operation, Phase 2 has already become an established computer and peripheral reseller, specialising in the sale of complete PCs and components as well as security and surveillance equipment. Visit www.phase2.co.za for more information.

Greg Kockott

Greg Kockott is a foundering member of Penquin , a full service agency. He has over 10 years experience in all facets of Marketing and Advertising, specialising in Digital and Business Development. Greg believes that the agency should own the clients communications strategy and this can only be successfully achieved in a truly integrated environment. In a battle for survival, specialist agencies will always push their own agenda over that of their clients.

Harry Welby-Cooke

Harry Welby-Cooke is the Master Licensee for ActionCOACH South Africa. He is also the President of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors Association of South Africa). ActionCOACH is the world’s largest executive and business coaching company with operations in 39 countries. It is also on the list of the top 100 franchises globally. As a highly successful Business and Executive coach, Harry is a master of teaching business owners how to turn their businesses around and accelerate their growth. Email him at harrywelbycooke@actioncoach.com or call 0861 226 224

Hesta van der Westhuizen

Hesta van der Westhuizen CFP is a Certified Financial Planner at Consolidated Financial Planning and has a BCom-degree and Advanced Post Graduate diploma in Financial Planning Law. She is also Chairperson of the Financial Planning Institute’s Risk committee. For more information please visit: www.consolidated.co.za

Howard Blake

Howard Blake founded the Blake Group of companies in 1990. Currently operating across Southern Africa, Mauritius, Europe and the US, the success of the Blake Group lies in the constant innovation of new services designed to add value to its clients’ brands and customer experience. Visit his website for more information.

Howard Fox

Howard Fox is the marketing director of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). He has 25 years’ marketing experience. Having started his career as a professional photographer, his experience ranges from marketing commodity chemicals through financial services, to advertising. He is a Chartered Marketer (SA) and sits on the board of the Marketing Association of South Africa. Howard holds a Masters degree in Marketing and an MBA. Linked In: za.linkedin.com/in/foxredone Twitter: twitter.com/howardredfox Blog: http://howardredfox.wordpress.com/

Ian Goss-Ross

Ian Goss-Ross is the CEO of Elingo. He holds a Masters degree in Electronic engineering with a specialisation in digital signal processing and image processing technology. He has been involved with multi-media contact centre and CRM software development for over twenty years and has extensive knowledge of contact centre technology, applications, supporting infrastructure and implementation methodologies.

Ian Nel

Ian Nel, co-founder of Engage Brandcraft along with Chris Human, is a celebrated designer responsible for the origination and visual development of a multitude brands in South Africa, the UK, the US and Italy. Go to www.engage.co.za.

Isaac Fenyane

Isaac Fenyane is an attorney practicing as a senior associate at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc (ENS). He specialises in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general commercial law. He has extensive experience in project managing transactions and commercial projects, negotiating and drafting various commercial agreements and advising clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial law issues. For more information visit www.ens.co.za

Ivan Misner

Called the "Father of Modern Networking" by CNN, Dr Ivan Misner is a New York Times bestselling author. He is the founder and chairman of BNI, the world's largest business networking organisation.

Ivan Zartz

Ivan Zartz has been in practice for 40 years and has extensive experience in lecturing law in various management schools in Johannesburg. He wrote the Damlin Management School lecture notes on Commercial Law and Credit. Contact +27 11 483 2741 for more information.

Jacques Hare

Jacques Hare is a key account director specialising in engineering-related industries in Africa at Mindcor. The Mindcor Group delivers integrated solutions internationally through its executive search, human capital, recruitment, business strategy, leadership development, organisational effectiveness and management advisory-focused companies.

Jade Delphine Otten

Jade Delphine Otten is the founder of Jadeye Designs, a design company that handles various projects, including corporate identity creation and design, strategic market planning and product launches as well as corporate and promotional videos. Visit www.jadeye.co.za for more information.

James McKerrell

James McKerrell, Chief Executive Officer, CRS Technologies (Pty) Ltd. After qualifying in the accounting field and having run a Fund Raising entity, I became interested in technology and joined CRS as a consultant way back in 1991. I was tasked with starting the CRS Cape Town office, and later moved back to Johannesburg as Ops Director, where I took over the management of the business and until today I play an active role in development of our people, products, new markets and solutions. I am passionate about our products and services, not forgetting our people and customers. I have a wonderful and supportive family and enjoy fly fishing (fishing not catching!) in my spare time. As chairman of The South African Payroll Association, James has to strategically focus the efforts of the EXCO to enhance the profile of the Association, increase membership, and also engage with other international payroll Associations to form a“global body”.

Janice Damian

Janice Damian, MBA in finance, is an independent financial consultant based off of Cape Town and specializing in cash flow management. She is also a freelance financial writer whose work has been featured in numerous financial journals.

Jayson O'Reilly

Jayson O’Reilly is a security practice manager, Sub-Sahara Africa for Symantec, a role which allows him tremendous access to global and local thought leadership methodologies which he shares with organisations on an ongoing basis. Go to www.symantec-norton.com/ZA for more information.

Jeff Elgin

Jeff Elgin has developed a consulting system that matches pre-screened, high-quality prospective franchisees with the franchise opportunities that best fit their personal profile.

Jim Joseph

Jim Joseph is the North American President of New York-based communications agency Cohn & Wolfe, part of the media company WPP Group PLC. Author of The Experience Effect (AMACOM, 2010) and The Experience Effect for Small Business (Happy About, 2012), he teaches marketing at New York University and blogs at JimJosephExp.com.

Jody Doyle

Jody Doyle completed a BA LLB at the University of Cape Town and thereafter worked at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc., during which time he specialised in corporate and commercial law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He subsequently joined Dommisse Attorneys, a niche corporate and commercial firm, and has developed an advisory practice focussed primarily on assisting tech-based startup companies.

John French

John French is a highly respected communication strategist and high level communication skills trainer. He has been an industry expert for the last 16 years and is the founder of Corporate Intelligence Training: www.corporateintelligence.co.za

John Thomson

Trade show guru John Thomson established Exhibition Management Services nearly 30 years ago and has pioneered the development of trade exhibitions in African countries. Born in Malaysia and schooled in Britain, Thomson has travelled to over 85 countries and organised over 200 events in Africa. He is the longest-practising practitioner in the exhibition industry in South Africa.

Joshua Medcalf

Joshua Medcalf founded Train to be CLUTCH, a business and life consultancy, and works with top performers all over the world.

Juan Engelbrecht

Juan Engelbrecht is the founder and owner of Business Rescue Solutions, which specializes in business rescue. He has 20 yrs of corporate retailing, manufacturing and HR management experience and holds a fellow membership with the Business Advisors Association (IBA). For more information contact Juan on +27 (0)716799226 or email juan@businessrescuesolutions.co.za

Judi Sandrock

Judi Sandrock heads up Micro Enterprise Development Organisation, or MEDO for short. She has an extensive background in Enterprise Development and Knowledge Management, having created the micro enterprise development arm of Anglo Zimele with 14 hubs at Kumba Iron Ore, Anglo Coal, and Anglo Platinum’s mining operations. An early version of MEDO, this Small Business Network included a walk-in-center in Boksburg and in the first year of its operation, helped over 100 entrepreneurial start-ups, creating over 1 000 jobs. In 2011, Judi launched MEDO, an organisation that has assisted in the region of 200 entrepreneurs. During 2012, Judi will also deliver the Information and Knowledge Management module for MBA students at GIBS.

Katharina Scholtz

Katharina Scholtz is the head of courses for the Quirk Education team. Kat is in charge of content for Quirk Education’s online courses and eMarketing textbook which is used in over 375 universities worldwide. She also gives lectures and workshops regularly on a wide range of digital marketing and media topics.

Kathi Clarke

Kathi Clarke is an Industrial Psychologist, international award winning and certified ActionCOACH Business Coach and a business growth expert. With over 25 years’ experience in growing businesses, she and her company, Building Best Business, since coming to South Africa in 2011, have successfully helped more than 50 entrepreneurs to significantly grow their profits. For more information about Kathi and her services, contact her on kathiclarke@actioncoach.com

Kerry Tangney

Kerry Tangney is a qualified interior designer with over eight years’ experience designing corporate office spaces. She has worked for numerous private space planning and design firms and currently heads up the design department within the Workspace Planning division of one of South Africa’s major banks. Part of her mandate is to remain at the forefront of current and future trends in workplace design and she has a keen interest in the emotional effects of spaces.

Kevin Lourens

Kevin has spent his entire working career in the internet industry and is a founding member of Cambrient Internet Applications, founded in 2000. He is also a founding member of VWV Interactive, where he held the position of Managing Director. Recognised as a leading expert in his field in the country, Kevin is a regular speaker at internet conferences. As NATIVE VML CGO, is responsible for the overall performance and profitability of the company. He is directly responsible for sales and client relationships, as well as for ensuring that the agreed strategy of the company unfolds according to plan. Kevin has a BSC (Computer and Mathematical Sciences) from RAU University.

Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips has degrees in Commerce and Accounting, and started idu Software with partners James Smith and Wayne Claasen in 1998. Kevin is a columnist for Accountancy South Africa and Tech Leader and has been featured in Entrepreneur, Sunday Times and Business Day; as well as speaking on Radio 702, Kaya FM and Summit TV.

Khanya Motshabi

Khanya Motshabi is the managing director of Equillore, South Africa’s leading commercial dispute settlement company. A former law academic at the universities of the Witwatersrand and Cape Town, he holds a Dip Jur, LLB from North West University and an LLM: Comparative and International Law from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He has held senior positions in large companies, including CEO at Futuregrowth and the National Empowerment Fund.

Kim Gordon

Kim T. Gordon is one of the country's leading experts on the small-business market. Over the past 30 years as an author, marketing expert, media spokesperson, speaker and coach, her work has helped millions of small-business owners increase their success.

Kirsty Chadwick

Kirsty Chadwick is the founder and MD of e-learning design and development company The Training Room Online. She has almost two decades’ experience training, inspiring and developing people over three continents.

Le Roux van der Walt

Le Roux van der Walt is an accountant who swopped the overstressed, underpaid life of working at a firm of Chartered Accountants in the Cape Town city centre, where clients are simply another file on his desk, for the more fulfilling life of working for himself and servicing smaller clients in person. Lighthouse Consulting gets its name from the view from Le Roux’s office where he started off in Mouille Point, and signifies the guiding light Lighthouse Consulting aims to be for their clients. Email leroux@lighthouseconsulting.co.za for more information.

Lechelle de Vries

Lechelle de Vries started with marketing in retail in 2002, and then went on to work with Dell Marketing in Ireland in 2005, gaining valuable international experience in marketing strategies and global execution. Upon return, she worked with a then graphic design company, and assisted in the expansion of the company into becoming a complete direct marketing agency, pioneering variable data printing and image personalisation in SA for companies such as FNB Credit Card, Diner’s Club, Mini Cooper and Neotel (launch). She now heads up sales and marketing at SAbest, and forms part of the judging panel at the DMASA (Direct Marketing Association SA) for their annual Assegai Awards. Visit http://www.sabest.biz for more information

Leigh-Ann Fowle

Leigh-Ann Fowle is the founder of The Written Word, a marketing and communications agency which focuses on the needs of SMEs. She is passionate about finding innovative solutions to help companies get the results that they are looking for from their marketing efforts. She also runs the Johannesburg chapter of Girl Geek Dinners, a networking group of women in business and technology. For more information, visit: www.thewrittenword.co.za or email info@thewrittenword.co.za

Linda Trim

Linda Trim is the marketing and sales director at Giant Leap, an interior architect firm that believes everyone works, feels and plays better in well-designed spaces.

Lionel Moyal

Lionel Moyal has an Aeronautical Engineering degree as well as an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand. He is a director and a founding member of Intervate and has over 15 years experience in IT across a range of industries. His strong blend of technical skills and business understanding play a key role in driving business innovation through the use of technology. For more information go to www.intervate.com

Lizwe Nkala

Lizwe Nkala is an influential corporate strategist working at executive and board levels of large corporations. He is the MD of Flamingo Moon Consulting and a founding partner of the Strategic Thinking Institute, where he coaches executives and presents tailored strategic thinking seminars and webinars, and provides strategic thinking tools and templates on a subscription basis for corporate clients. For more, visit www.flamingomoon.co.za

Lorna Powe

Lorna Powe has worked as an executive level business professional for over 15 years. She is experienced in leading business and technology change to ultimately meet strategies, and improve business performance. She is the Founder of SalesPartners RoseBankTM, a global sales and business development company that helps entrepreneurs and organisations increase sales and leadership, improve profitability, and build championship teams. Visit the Sales Partners Rosebank website for more information

Mannie Hirsch

Mannie Hirsch has consulted internationally on the development of emerging entrepreneurs. He founded The Gestalt Group in order to pave the way for emerging entrepreneurs to enter the mainstream of the South African economy. For more information, contact Mannie at mannie@gestaltconsult.com, on 011 781 7841 or visit www.gestaltconsult.com.

Mark Appleton

Mark Appleton is a South African Strategist at FNB Private Clients. He has over 30 years investment management experience, having managed the Unilever Pension Fund (R2,5 billion) followed by a 5-year stint as chief investment officer for Marriott Asset Management (R2 billion). Mark has been with FNB Securities as chief investment officer for over 12 years and RMB Private Bank as a South African strategist for three years.

Mark Atkinson

Mark Atkinson is a partner at Red Giant Design Studio, known as great web designers in Durban, for clients all over the world. Red Giant Design Studio builds and optimises websites of all sizes - from small business sites and blogs to big e-commerce solutions. For great tips and tricks to enhance your own online marketing efforts, check out Red Giant's blog: http://redgiantdesign.co.za/rg-design-blog>

Mark Rose

Mark Rose is the Head of New Business Development at Nedbank Business Banking. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Oxford Brooks University, as well as various business qualifications from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the University of Stellenbosch Graduate School of Business, and the University of South Africa Graduate School of Business. Nedbank’s New Business Development unit develops customised industry specialised offerings to the medium sized business market, including Franchising, Agriculture, Professional – including Financial and Legal Practices, and the Medical Fraternity. This unit has also developed a unique Enterprise Development proposition. For specialist advice and more information on the Nedbank Franchising proposition visit the website or send an email to franchising@nedbank.co.za

Mark Smissen

Mark Smissen is responsible for driving the company’s business development within the South African marketplace. Mark has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the IT industry, having worked for a number of companies in this field during the past 20-odd years. Today, Mark’s expertise and passion reflects in his commitment to Symantec customers and partners as he takes responsibility for designing and refining new business models for the company and its business partners, defining and implementing new go to market strategies as well as managing the Symantec business opportunities with its enterprise partners. The knowledge that Mark brings to Symantec, particularly the .cloud team, not only adds value to the company, but also cements Symantec’s positioning as South Africa’s leading vendor partner of choice.

Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens is a sales expert and the bestselling author of “Your Marketing Sucks and God Is a Salesman”.

Mark Wright

Mark Wright is co-founder of Cavalry Media. As a communication graduate, he cut his teeth in PR before founding his own business. Email Mark at mark@hellocavalry.com or visit www.hellocavalry.com

Michael Wissekerke

Michael Wissekerke runs a results orientated search marketing company, Conversionomics.net, where he tries to make “the web a better place” through better user experiences and a more holistic approach to search and conversion rate optimisation. Having cut his teeth as an SEO and online marketer in the hyper competitive industry of online gaming, Michael (a self-confessed web geek) recently returned from Australia where he was the in-house search and analytics manager for multinational pharmaceutical giant Sanofi.

Michelle Clarke

Michelle Clarke is a Leadership, Expat and Executive Coach with a speciality in Personal Branding. A South African by birth, she is currently based in Santiago de Chile while she coaches clients across the globe using Skype and other web based platforms. She is a lover of photography, animals and all things tech. Visit www.motivcoach.com or www.portablepro.me for more details.

Mick Blore

Mick Blore is a founding partner of Original Forever, a creative agency that specializes in big ideas born of extraordinary creative strategy. For more information visit www.originalforever.co.za

Mike Herrington

Mike Herrington is the team leader on the South African GEM project. The GEM research is funded by South Africa Breweries, The Swiss South Africa Cooperative Initiative and the Small Enterprise Development Agency.

Mike Silver

Mike Silver is the founder and MD of Stretch Experiential Marketing. Mike has been working in the events, sponsorship and activations arena since 2000. While living in the UK worked in experiential marketing for one of the UK’s largest agencies of its type, RPM, assisting various blue chip clients (including Unilever, Diageo & Yahoo!) with experiential strategies and campaigns. He returned to SA to start Stretch; specialising in developing experiential concepts for national execution. Mike is regarded as a thought leader in experiential marketing & festival sponsorship.

Monisha Prem

Monisha is a corporate advisor, admitted attorney at M. Prem Inc, and author with over 14 years deal-making experience. Monisha litigated for several years before joining an investment banking firm specialising in mergers and acquisitions. Monisha has owned and operated several businesses, is passionate about business development, commercial and corporate law.

Nasira Jamal

Nasira Jamal founded Qubicle 5 in 2009. She has worked within the Software Development and Management arena throughout her years working with the top performing financial institutions and small businesses. She aims to provide detailed information to her clients affording them the opportunity to make the best IT path for their company.

Natasha Moni

Natasha Moni is the founder of labour law firm Moni Attorneys. She first worked for Deneys Reitz and Schindlers Attorneys as a Professional Assistant. In 2003 she realised that she could add more value to her clients at a fraction of the price and opened her own law firm specialising in Labour Law. Aside from her duties in her law firm Natasha instructs law graduates in Labour Law at the Practical Legal Training School and is a past Vice-President of SASLAW. Visit www.moni.co.za for more information.

Nathalie Schooling

Nathalie Schooling has more than 25 years' experience in the customer service industry. She is the founder and managing director of N’Lighten, a company committed to promoting service excellence through research, training, and strategic insight. For more info, go to the N'Lighten website.

Neil Robinson

Neil Robinson has worked in a number of different markets and industries, including investor relations, marketing, advertising, publishing, media, business consulting and corporate management. He has managed many blue chip global brands, from marketing and brand strategy to sales and operations. He developed a keen interest in corporate social investment over the years to the point of leaving the corporate world in order to pursue his interest in the viable and effective management of non-profits. He is currently the chief operating officer of Relate Bracelets, a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise.

Nicholas Haralambous

Founder of the luxury sock company, Nicharry.com , CEO and co-founder of Motribe before the company was successfully acquired by Mxit in August 2012. Listen to Nic’s new podcast, The Honest Entrepreneurs Club, by going to anchor.fm/nicharry or download it on iTunes or Google Play.

Nick Rockey

Nick Rockey is managing director of Trialogue. This column is extracted and edited from Green II … why corporate leaders need to embrace sustainability to ensure future profitability, published by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Juta.

Nicole Zetler

Nicole Zetler is a senior strategist at Yellowwood. She is both formally trained and experienced in the fields of business, brand and marketing strategy, with work experience covering both the client and supplier/agency environments. For more information, contact Yellowwood on +27 (0)11 268 5210 or +27 (0)21 425 0344 or visit www.ywood.co.za.

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw

Nicolene Schoeman – Louw is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, as well as being a Conveyancer, Notary Public and Mediator. She is the Managing Director of Schoemanlaw Inc Attorneys, Conveyancers and Notaries Public (Schoemanlaw Inc Attorneys) in Cape Town. Visit www.schoemanlaw.co.za for more information or email enquiries@schoemanlaw.co.za

Nigel Willmott

Nigel Willmott is a certified financial planner and financial wellness coach. He founded Motivate Today, a financial wellness solutions company focused on the financial wellness needs of employees, members of retirement funds, financial planners and young adults and teens.

Nomalanga Nkosi

Nomalanga Nkosi is the GM of Business Marketing at MTN SA. In this role, she is responsible for defining business-to-business value propositioning by segment/vertical targeted, while driving profitability. Nomalanga’s specialties lie in strategic marketing and with over 15 years experience in a wide range of environments, she takes pride in managing projects from conception to completion.

Pat Anderson

Pat Anderson is a public speaking coach and the founder of Skyborne Motivation. With a background in sales, she is also a qualified life-coach, an accomplished Toastmaster, and an internationally certified Public Speaking Coach who offers courses for individuals and well as corporates. Visit www.skybornemotivation.com or email pat@skybornemotivation.com for more information.

Paul Galvão

Paul Galvão is a certified professional business and life coach and successful entrepreneur. He founded Turning Point Coaching in 2005, and during the past eight years, the consultancy has established a credible portfolio of corporate and individual clients. With over 25 years of training and development, consulting and coaching experience, Galvão draws on a wealth of private and public sector expertise. He has an MBA from Oxford Brookes University (UK) and is a member of a number of recognised professional bodies, including Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA), the International Association of Coaches (IAC) and the Christian Coaches Network (CCN). For further information, visit www.turningpointcoaching.co.za.

Paul Leonard

Paul Leonard CFP® is an executive director of Consolidated Financial Planning. He runs the Eastern Cape region and is intimately involved in the Corporate Solutions division of the company. He has become well known throughout the Eastern Cape for his daily personal finance insert called MONEY TALK on Algoa FM, and was the national runner up of the Financial Planner of the Year awards in 2006. Visit www.consolidated.co.za for more information.

Petr Merkulov

Petr Merkulov was appointed Kaspersky Lab’s chief product officer in March 2011 and heads the Products & Services Division, with responsibility for the development and execution of the company's global product strategy. Visit http://www.kaspersky.co.za for more information on Kaspersky Lab and its product suite

Pieter Scholtz

Pieter Scholtz is the Master Licensee for ActionCOACH South Africa. ActionCOACH is the world’s largest executive and business coaching company with operations in 41 countries. It is also on the list of the top 100 franchises globally. As a highly successful Business and Executive coach, Pieter is a master of teaching business owners how to turn their businesses around and accelerate their growth. Email him at pieterscholtz@actioncoach.com or phone 082 8813729.

Prakash Patel

Prakash Patel, chief executive officer for Prezence Digital, has more than 18 years of international integrated marketing experience and in particular over a decade of digital experience that includes Strategic Planning, Integrated (online and offline) CRM/eCRM, Website and Database Design & Build, as well as Data Planning and Analysis. www.prezence.co.za @PrakashPatel_1

Rafe Gomez

Rafe Gomez is a principal at VC Inc. Marketing, which provides messaging, strategy, lead gen/sales support, and SEO content creation/PR services to business owners in a variety of industries across a number of countries. Rafe's work has been featured in the US on Fox News Channel, FoxBusiness.com, MSNBC, and PBS; and in Adweek, the American Express OPEN Forum, Direct Marketing News, and The New York Daily News.

Rapelang Rabana

Rapelang Rabana is the co-founder and CEO of SA based software development organisation, Yeigo. She oversaw the company’s integration into the TelFree Group of companies in 2008. Now as Global Head of R&D, she and her colleagues in Cape Town continue to ensure that the telecommunications pioneer remains at the forefront of alternative communications through highly innovative software applications across the telecommunications spectrum. Visit http://www.telfree.com and http://www.officeconnection.co.za for more information.

Ray Silverstein

Ray Silverstein is a leadership expert at Entrepreneur and is the author of “The Best Secrets of Great Small Businesses”.

Ray Stride

Ray Stride is the managing director of Global Continuity SA. He is a specialist in Business Continuity Management, Risk Management and Information Technology Management, having been involved in the industry for over 20 years. Global Continuity South Africa (GCSA) is a provider of innovative, cost-effective and tailor-made Business Continuity Management (BCM) and Information Technology Service Continuity (ITSC) solutions. For further information visit www.globalcontinuity.co.za.

Reggie Dlamini

Reggie Dlamini is a Senior Associate at Spoor & Fisher, a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, attorney of the High Court of South Africa and Notary Public. His fields of expertise include company law with a focus on company registration and governance, local and international trade mark registration and trade mark portfolio management, copyright law, commercial agreements relating to intellectual property and intellectual property due diligence.

Richard Branson

Richard Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group and companies such as Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, Virgin Mobile and Virgin Active. He is the author of "Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur."

Richard Hawkey

Richard Hawkey is an anti-stress evangelist, author, speaker and productivity consultant. Having suffered from a stress-related breakdown himself, he has since combined this general management and leadership experience with the profound lessons he learnt from mismanaging stress and subsequently burning out. He is the author of Life Less Lived and the founder of equilibriumsolutions – which has developed the first online stress management tool aimed at both employees an employers. Richard can be contacted at richard@equilibriumsolutions.co.za

Rick Parry

Rick Parry is the MD of AIGS Africa and the CEO of Global Range Consulting. Rick has over 20 years’ of experience in the IT industry and is a firm believer in people-based service strategies. AIGS is the Sub Saharan distributor of Progress Software. Progress Software is a global software company that simplifies the development, deployment and management of business applications on-premise or on any Cloud, on any platform and on any device with minimal IT complexity and low total cost of ownership. For more information visit www.aigs.co.za.

Rochelle Hemmonsbey

Rochelle Hemmonsbey is an Associate at Spoor and Fisher, an attorney at the High Court of South Africa and a student member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. Rochelle’s field of expertise includes trade mark registrations and the prosecution thereof, commercial agreements to intellectual property such as license and assignment agreements, intellectual property due diligence and providing general advice relating to trade mark and copyright matters.

Sarah Lawrence

Sarah Lawrence is a commercial legal consultant at Caveat Legal. She holds a BA in English, Sociology and Industrial Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch, an Honours degree in English Literature from the University of Cape Town, and a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town. Sarah completed her articles at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2010. She specialises in Corporate Commercial Law, with a focus on transaction work.

Scott Halford

Scott Halford, CSP is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer and an engaging presenter. His expansive knowledge in the area of achievement psychology, which includes brain-based behavioral science, emotional intelligence, critical thinking and the principles of influence add richness and depth to his programs.

Shane Oosthuizen

Shane Oosthuizen is currently the chief copywriter at one of SA's leading digital agencies. Having spent a number of years in the creative arena, he has forged a reputable authority in the South African social and online marketing community.

Shawn Theunissen

Shawn Theunissen is head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Growthpoint Properties and the founder and manager of Property Point, Growthpoint Properties’ enterprise development programme. Shawn’s diverse enterprise development expertise includes designing and implementing business support services; creating market linkages between SMEs and large corporate entities; and providing capacity building support, and process and learning journey facilitation. For more information visit www.propertypoint.org.za

Stephanie Houslay

Stephanie Houslay is the general manager of Acceleration Media. She has extensive experience in managing global and local multichannel accounts across industries as diverse as fast-moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and telecoms, and is passionate about branding, strategic communications, social marketing and business sustainability.

Stephen Light

Stephen Light is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, an Associate Certified Coach and an Organisational Relationship Systems Coach. Light assists people and teams to become aware of what is holding them back and then to become conscious and intentional about how they want to be in relationship with themselves and their teams. He helps businesses get teams on track, creating alliances that have teams work from a place of alignment versus the position of difference. He teaches people to understand who they are and why they behave the way they do. Light helps people become responsible and accountable for their lives and the lives of those they impact on. People Activ

Steven Delport

Steven Delport is the founder of Integer Consulting Solutions (Pty) Ltd. Integer Consulting Solutions helps: • Improve business performance and strategic direction, • Understand finance and business acumen, and • Develop individual’s knowledge of self. This three pronged approach helps improve profitability and cash flow while integrating strategy, operations and finance. Steven holds both a MBA and a Certificate Programme in Leadership Coaching from Wits Business School. He has extensive business experience having worked in the banking and consulting industries for more than 20 years and works with a number of business schools in the areas of strategy, finance, leadership development and coaching. For more information, please visit www.integerconsultingsolutions.com and find him on Google+.

Steven Viviers

Steven B. Viviers is a partner of Customer1st, a change management consultancy operating in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. He has worked in retail most of his life with British Petroleum, Chesebrough-Ponds Co., Edgars Stores and Woolworths Ltd. He has consulted to various governmental and business organisations in South Africa, Namibia & Zimbabwe on the subject of Service Improvement. You can contact him at customer1st@iafrica.com.

Styli Charalambous

After being expelled from the halls of finance houses for possessing an inkling of wit, this budding entrepreneur spends his days bird watching and managing the launch of iMaverick. He has a passion for taking businesses from ideas to execution and beyond, using his extensive experience in business planning and financial modeling. He has worked on various start-up ventures in the Telecoms and Media industries. Aside from leading operations at Daily Maverick, iMaverick and Free African Media, Charalambous is a professional opinionista and closet stand-up comedian.

Su-Mari Du Bruyn

Su-Mari Du Bruyn is co-founder of Adapt To Change. She is a qualified HR practitioner and logistics specialist and is passionate about Continuous Improvement and people development. Through Adapt To Change she assists businesses to improve their business performance and better engage their staff. Su-Mari also recently launched her e-book business guide, The Power to Ignite. Available exclusively on Amazon.com for Kindle, The Power to Ignite is a practical guide to the powerful art of Continuous Improvement, sharing proven methodology and highlighting important dos and don’ts in engaging staff and improving business results. Find her on Google+

Tim Berry

Tim Berry is the founder of Palo Alto Software, a co-founder of Borland International, and a recognised expert in business planning. He makes several notable appearances in Fire in the Valley, Swaine and Freiberger's classic history of the PC industry, and is the originator of plan-as-you-go business planning. He has an MBA from Stanford and degrees with honours from the University of Oregon and the University of Notre Dame.

Tim Bishop

Tim Bishop spearheaded Prezence Digital UK’s expansion into South Africa in 2002 and is currently the company’s CTO. With more than 18 years in the online and mobile industry, his focus is 'mobile for the masses' and he has been instrumental in high profile mobile web and application developments, brand strategy and enhanced user experiences throughout Africa.

Tommy Du Plessis

Professor Tommy du Plessis is the director of the Potchefstroom Business School. His fields of expertise are entrepreneurship and small business management, and before joining the PBS he was the Provincial General Manager of ABSA in the North West Province. He is a regular columnist in newspapers on the field of small businesses, where he gives advice on a large number of topics that deal with entrepreneurship and small business management. He is also a regular guest on a South African radio programme that targets small and medium-sized businesses and also contributes to a London-based newspaper’s column on Business Start-ups. Visit The North West University website to find out more about the Potchefstroom Business School.

Tracey Foulkes

Tracey Foulkes wows audiences with her sharp wit, quick reactions and personable sense of humour. She speaks about procrastination, business productivity, personal motivation and time management. . If you want your team to be inspired to operate outside of the box, contact her for a complimentary productivity assessment, email tracey@getorganised.co or find her on Twitter as Tracey Foulkes or on LinkedIn as Tracey Foulkes.

Tursuis Ruiters

Tursuis Ruiters is a Financial Mentor at The Hope Factory and a BCom Rationum Law graduate from NMMU. The Hope Factory is an established Enterprise Development organisation associated with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). It mentors and train potential black entrepreneurs to develop life and business skills in order to create new businesses and equips black entrepreneurs with skills to grow their existing businesses.

Vinton Ntuli

Vinton Ntuli is the MD of Vunisa. He is an executive coach and a strategist and has over seven years’ experience in executive search, specialising in IT, Finance, HR, Legal, Risk and Engineering placements.

Warren Moss

Warren Moss is the founder and CEO of Demographica, a leading digital email and SMS advertising company that represents an audience of over 22 million consumers. Demographica makes use of email and SMS marketing as a way of branding, marketing, advertising, customer acquisition and sales, carries the DMA's Centre of Excellence certification and has won numerous awards for its work in digital direct marketing. As a natural born entrepreneur, Warren was a finalist for the ABSA Jewish Entrepreneur Award and a finalist in the ICT Young Entrepreneur of Africa Award. Follow him on Twitter at @warrenmoss

Wendy Foley

Wendy Foley CFP® is a certified financial planner at Consolidated Financial Planning and a member of the Financial Planning Institute. Wendy has 25 years experience in the Financial Services industry and she has acquired invaluable experience in financial planning from companies such as Investec and Alexander Forbes. For more information visit www.consolidated.co.za

Wesley Lynch

Wesley Lynch is the founder and CEO of Realmdigital, a top South African e-business strategy and technology partner, specialising in Web, Social and Mobile platforms. As a technology entrepreneur, Wesley has over a decade of experience in the financial, business and software development industries. He is also the co-founder of MyTrueSpark which sees him regularly consulting with start-ups, Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors. Wesley has recently been recognised in the Old Mutual Entrepreneurship Guide as one of the 38 emerging South African tech entrepreneurs to watch.

Wessel van Wyk

Wessel van Wyk is a qualified patent attorney of the firm Smit & Van Wyk, which handles all aspects of intellectual property protection, prosecution and enforcement. For more information on detailed aspects related to intellectual property visit the Smit & Van Wyk website at www.svw.co.za.

Wikus Engelbrecht

Wikus Engelbrecht is a marketing writer, journalist and media liaison at GraphicMail (@GraphicMail), an international email and mobile marketing service provider. Since 2003, his professional career in language and media has spanned the film, print advertising, magazine publishing, web development and online content industries. Contact Wikus at wikus@graphicmail.com and follow @WKS_Engelbrecht on Twitter."