Brigitte Da Gama
Chief People’s Officer | McDonald’s South Africa
Brigitte Da Gama is the Chief People Officer at McDonald’s South Africa. She has over two and a half decades of experience in the Human Capital field and has worked in the higher education, IT, investment management, employee benefits, banking and hospitality sectors. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town as well as an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch. She previously served on the Council of the University of Cape Town and was the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for a non-profit training and development company for seven years that serves impoverished farming and rural communities.
Group Executive: Human Capital | AECI Limited
Experienced Human Resources Director with a demonstrated experience working across industries. Skilled in Functional Leadership, Labor Relations, Management, Succession Planning, and Organizational Development. Strong commercial human resources professional pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy – PhD focused in Business Administration and Management, General from Graduate School of Business – University of Cape Town.
Executive Director | Mercedes Benz South Africa
Abey Kgotle is an accomplished Human Resources and Corporate Affairs professional with experience in the private and public sectors. His extensive experience spanning over 20 years includes strategic Human Resources management, labour relations, advanced negotiations, community investment, corporate communication and stakeholder relations. Abey currently serves as the Executive Director of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Mercedes-Benz South Africa Limited (MBSA). Since the start of his tenure at MBSA Ltd in 2017, Abey has been appointed to the boards of Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd and Mercedes Benz Financial Services as Chairman and Director, respectively.
Head: People Function (HRD) | Absa Group Limited
Ayanda is an experienced Human Resources Executive with over 14 years experience in various industries such as Manufacturing, Oil/Gas, Edible Oils, FMCG, and Financial Services. Ayanda’s track record includes but not limited to, driving the strategic people agenda, operating model transformation, strategic talent management, driving organisational change, driving the end-to-end transformation scorecard (BBBEE), championing HR technology, and leading professional HR teams.
Chief Digital Officer | MyFutureWork
Lebo is a Learning and DevelopmentSpecialist with experience in leadingdigital transformation projects andsupporting 23 African countries as aFinance Business Partner for globalindustry leaders that include Danone andRoche. She is certified as a DesignThinking Practitioner with IBM. She waspart of the first cohort in SA to completethe Wits Business School, PGDip inDigital Business and is currently enrolledfor a MSc Degree in Cyberpsychology.
Chief People Officer | Discovery
Tswelo, Discovery’s Group Chief People Officer, is a commercially driven, international HR Leader with more than 25 years’ experience in building dynamic people functions. He has operated as a business partner and trusted advisor across Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Israel and the UK for large FMCG companies (Unilever and Tiger Brands). Tswelo has a proven track record in improving business performance through talent acquisition and development, performance management, managing business change/transformation, building critical business capabilities and nurturing powerful, enabling corporate cultures. He coaches and enables, whilst fostering accountability and impact.
Head of Human Capital | NMG Benefits
The pathway of her career is varied and diverse but has had one common thread – the passion for people. From Medical Sales; to Educator of Chemistry and Biology; to Human Resource Talent Acquisition and Generalist, Liezel Lally has executed in her positions with passion and a sense of humility. A seasoned professional with exposure to various sectors allows her to think broadly while adding value to Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Culture, and Change Management.
Head of Department: Learning & Development, Organisation Development and Talent Management | Tiger Brands
Tshamani is an experienced coach, mentor, process facilitator, inspirational speaker and author whose purpose in life is to develop people by challenging their mindsets and inspiring them to live the best expression of their lives in an integrated way. She has 21 years’ experience in human resource development, organisational development, change management, culture transformation, employee engagement, graduate development, leadership development and coaching. Tshamani has worked in the petrochemical, education, airline, banking, insurance and the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industries.
Head: Card Payments & Transactional HR | Nedbank
Lerato Maupa is a Human Resources Executive, registered Assessor and Moderator and Agile Talent Certified Professional. Lerato holds a Master of Science in Human Resources, a Psychology Degree, a National Diploma in Human Resources Management, a Diploma in Learning and Development, and a Diploma in Information Technology. She has completed the WITS Executive Development Programme. She is a solid HR Professional with over 15 years’ experience in the Human Resources field. She has worked in various industries which include Logistics, Manufacturing, Mining and Banking.
Chief Executive Officer | Hesed Consulting
Vumile is the Chief Executive officer for Hesed Consulting which a coaching and consulting firm specializing in commerce acceleration; career coaching; women empowerment; facilitation and training on the African continent, with presence in Nigeria; South Africa; Botswana; Rwanda and affiliates in Namibia; Ghana and Uganda. She has previously worked for reputable multi-national institutions such as Barclays, Investec, Nedbank, First National Bank and Vodafone. Vumile is an Operations; Finance and Strategy executive with experience in both the telecommunications and finance sectors.
Founder | TKay2 Consulting
Solly is an experienced HR/Labour/People Management Consultant/Facilitator/Trainer and has the following academic qualifications BA (UNISA), BA Hons Psych (UP), PG Dipl HR (UJ), PG Dipl Labour Law (UJ) and Master of Business Leadership (MBL) (UNISA). He is professionally registered with the Institute of People Management (IPM) and is actively involved in the professional people management field. He has served the IPM as Branch Chairperson (Pretoria), Board member , Vice President and served on the Convention Committee (responsible to organise the IPM annual Conference).
Regional Sales Manager – Sub-Saharan Africa | Steelcase
Türker Vardar is the Regional Sales Manager for Steelcase Sub-Saharan Africa. Before he moved to Johannesburg in January 2019 for this role, he worked as the Dealer Business Manager in Turkey and Israel since 2014 helping corporate clients across various industries to create better workplace experiences and unlock human promise. He has also done projects with Educational institutions supporting them with changing their learning environments to adapt to the new ways of learning and teaching. Prior to joining Steelcase, Türker worked in diverse industries such as aviation, automotive and serviced offices with a focus on customers from different regions, cultures and industries.
Associate Vice President & Country HR Head | Startek South Africa
Phillip is a highly motivated Human Resources Executive with more than 15 years’ experience in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). Before joining the Human Resources space, Phillip occupied various management roles in the Contact Centre division both in the public & private sector. His current role as an HR Executive is to champion the people and culture strategy for all the Startek sites in South Africa while also serving as one of the Executive Committee (EXCO) members for the organization.