Programme Chair

The People Escalator


Mechell Chetty

Regional Head of Human Resources Africa for Ocean & Logistics, A.P. Moller – Maersk

Mechell Chetty has 24 years of experience in the HR profession and worked for Unilever for 23 of these years before joining international shipping company, Maersk. She has led People and Culture across the African continent as VP HR Africa for nine years. Mechell was the first woman of colour to be elected on the South Africa Board of Directors for Unilever – a position she held for more than four years. Mechell holds a bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology as well as a postgraduate in Business Management. She is an avid cyclist and also reached the summit of  Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011. She has raised two fine young gentlemen, Yashvir at University and Ruhaan embarking on University in 2022.

Youth Matters

Mechell is hugely passionate about the plight of our youth and removing barriers to their success. She is the founder of Unilever’s LevelUP Youth programme that is aimed at providing free skills and access to leaders for mentoring. These skills include Design Thinking, Purpose and Knowing Your Brand.

In her capacity as the chair for the 65th IPM Convention & Exhibition, Mechell is spearheading a special youth programme at this year’s event. For every five tickets sold, IPM will give one complimentary ticket to an unemployed youth, which Unilever’s LevelUP programme will match. This means that for every five delegates attending the convention, two young people will be able to access all the resources and opportunities that the event offers. 

About LevelUP

Unilever LevelUP is a youth employability initiative that was launched in 2016 in a bid to tackle the growing youth unemployment in South Africa. With about 60% of the country’s youth being unemployed, Unilever South Africa aims to empower young people to level up their skills and become more employable. LevelUP has committed to equipping 1.5 million young South Africans with the skills to prepare them for the future of work in the next 5 years.

The LevelUP website is just one of the amazing initiatives to help young people on their journey to becoming employable.  From learning the basics of personal branding to boosting digital skills, and even being able to take purposeful action through volunteering and becoming an active member of society, the experiences on the website are designed to help young people land their dream job. Get more info here.

Attend the 65th IPM Convention & Exhibition from just ZAR600.

Pay it forward! Purchase 5 tickets and we’ll give one ticket to an unemployed youth.