Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
Thought Leader & Leadership Thinker
Marshall Goldsmith Group
Dr. Michelle Reina
Co - Founder
Reina A Trust Building® Consultancy
The ABN Group
Roberta Naicker (born 1973) is a South African business executive and the Managing
Director for Africa Business News. In August 2018 Roberta was awarded The Top
Businesswoman of the year Award at the Standard Bank TOP WOMEN Award
The ABN Group for the past 11 years has told the African business story - first. With muchesteemed international brands such as CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa providing a broadcast and print platform respectively, the ABN Group also offers resources to organise world-class events across the African continent, through ABN Event Productions. Through its subbrands, ABN aims to be Africa's leading aggregator and distributor of business and economic news.
Roberta joined the ABN Group in February 2008 as the Head of Finance and served in various key positions prior to being appointed Managing Director. Apart from overseeing the business strategy, Naicker is also responsible for the Group’s strategic growth and opportunities across the African continent.
Roberta studied at the University of Durban Westville in the early 90’ and has completed the Effective Strategies for Media Companies programme at Harvard Business School, which is a leadership development program.
Founder & Director
Reshma Maharaj - is the founder ofEnspired Women a Magazine and You Tube Talkshow, a successful entrepreneur by heart. Who has been in business for just over 11years?
Her Success began when she turned her Visions into a successful Business in a small town on the UGU District in KZN Durban in 2007 with a capital investment of under R100.00 - It doesn’t take much to inspire Reshma – she owns 2 companies, branches in Port Shepstone & Durban.
Some of her Achievements received
National Gazelles Finalist
Finalists in the top 3 Entrepreneur Category for Regional Business Achiever Awards KZN by the BWASA
Award for Best Performing Entrepreneur 2016/2017 in the SEDA Ugu Women’s Coaching Program
SBTop Women Finalist for Gender Empowerment 2018
SBTop Women Finalist for fast growth SME 2018
Winner Regional Emerging Catergory Productivity SA 2018
Finalist in the National Productivity SA Emerging Catergory 2018
Winner Best Newcomer 2018 Smartxchange MICTe
Runner Up Best Performing MICTe Women 2018 Smartxchange
Founder & MD
Topic : Gender Culture at the Top
Elizabeth Coffey, Founder & MD of Spark Leadership, is an internationally recognised consultant, speaker and author, who develops CEOs and their Successors at Global 500 companies. She coaches CEOs, develops Executive Teams and delivers historic enterprise-wide organisation change. Recently, Elizabeth began curating and hosting disruptive Leadership Learning Journeys to India’s most scaled social enterprises.
For the last year, Elizabeth has been splitting her time between London, Abu Dhabi and Mumbai – delivering work on the ground in 3 diverse economies, drawing rich learning from each of these national cultures along the way. Over the last quarter century, Elizabeth has developed tens of thousands of senior leaders.
Elizabeth has written several leadership books, including McGraw Hill's ‘10 Things That Keep CEOs Awake – and How to Put Them to Bed’ (2002) and ‘The Changing Culture of Leadership – Women Leaders’ Voices’ (1999) and Deutsche Bank’s ‘The End of Tolerance (2001). She speaks frequently on academic and business platforms on Leading Change, Gender Culture, Disruptive Learning and Ethical Strategic Influencing.
On the side, Elizabeth Co-Produced ‘Rockumentary: Evolution of Indian Rock’ - the first feature length film of its kind, which premiered in Australia and India in November 2018.
For her pioneering work in elite leadership development and advancing women, Elizabeth has received many awards over the past two decades including: 2018 Woman Super Achiever (Times Ascent - India), 2007 Mentor of the Year (Women of the Future - UK) & 2001 European Woman of Achievement.
Referencing research data and 25 years of experience of developing leaders, I will outline the skills and qualities that women bring to leadership in abundance, highlighting areas where women excel.
In most large organisation, the leadership culture has been created by senior men, reflecting their unconscious assumptions about how ‘good leadership’ looks and sounds. I will speak about invisible differences in gender culture and how leaders can create sustainable inclusive cultures successfully.
Authenti Career LLP
Marie is a career & executive leadership coach for women. Having worked in the banking industry for several years, she has experienced the corridors of corporate power and how women can feel uncomfortable navigating in a male dominated workplace.In 2009, she launched from scratch “Ell’à Brest’’, a Frenchnetwork designed toboost women's participation and advancement in corporate organizations through mentoring, networking, professional development and advocacy.
Leading this NGO was a career breakthrough and redefined her perspective of leadership as the abilityto engage people and create a positive contagion of inspiration, energy, challenge and support.
Since then, she has been supporting women to think bigger, better and way outside the box to close the power gaps preventing them from achieving a fulfilling career and to build their authentic thought leadership.
Because Change starts with each of us and as diversity is good for team performance and trust-based organizations,she believesthat men are in the best position to influence cultural and organizational change. We need leaders who can create truly inclusive cultures-environments where women and men have equal opportunities to make contributions and advance to leadership roles.
Finally, having lived in different countries (France, Morocco, Canada, Malaysia, China), she is a global-exposed coach and knows how values, beliefs and judgments depend on our cultural background, which is useful to challenge the statu quo, overcome unconscious biases and reluctance to change.
Chair of Turkish Businesswoman Association
Turkish Businesswoman Association
AftergraduatingwithmasterdegreefromtheDepartment of Economics at IstanbulUniversity in 1998, Ms. Bulut began her career in thefinancesector. She has continued her career as an entrepreneurbyfoundingAdvertisementand Management Consultancy in 1995 and Project Strategy Development and Design Office in 1997. Shemanagedseveralbrandandpoliticalcampaigns. As thechairperson of Bulut Holding, Nilüfer Bulut stillcontinues her career inconstruction, packagingand IT Technologies sectors. She is alsochairperson of Bulut Education Foundation.
Duringallthisyears, she'salsointerested inthewomenissues. In 2004, shebrougthsomeprominentbusinesswomentogether, andfoundedTurkishBusinesswomenAssociation (TIKAD).As an leader of NGO, sheconferedmanyawardsdueto her effortsin socialareaandmakingchangesandachievingresults in womenissues.In 2010, shewasdeemedworthy of the ‘Strategic VisionAward’ which is awardedtothemostprestigiousnames in thebusinessworldbytheTurkishAsian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM) for her efforts in renderingwomenmoreeffective in thebusinessworldand in capitalwideningforbusinessesranbywomen. Shecontinues her works on eliminatingprofessionalandsocialgenderinequality, supportingwomen in enteringpoliticsandespeciallytakingplace in decisionmakingpositionsandincreasingtheeconomicpower of businesswomen
International Keynote Speaker, Author, Survivor, Entrepreneur
Leading Voice on Transcending Barriers and Entrepreneurial Success
A self-made, flourishing entrepreneur, Liza is a fast-rising motivational speaker and a powerful voice on successful entrepreneurship. At prestigious international events in Australia, Africa, Asia, USA, and elsewhere she has energised thousands towards discovering their hidden potential and attaining their goals in the face of the toughest challenges. Her life-changing talks focus on the development of a winner's mindset and empowering entrepreneurs, business owners, and others to discover innovative strategies for transforming their hopes and ideas into phenomenal success stories. She has been featured on CNN as an influential thought leader from Australia, motivating and empowering aspiring women entrepreneurs.
Liza's dynamic, straight-from-the-heart style of engaging people and her own inspiring life story of rising from the depths of hopelessness to emerge a winner never fail to energise others. Drawing on her inner strength and indomitable spirit, she overcame the desperation of a homeless child, the frustration of powerlessness, and the pain of abuse and domestic violence, and remarkably turned her life around.
In her early twenties, on the strength of her innate business acumen and unflinching tenacity she pulled off the seemingly impossible task of successfully organising an international beauty pageant. Not stopping there, she helped struggling businesses to get transformed into profit-making ventures. Now, it is her life mission to offer others expert guidance and proven actionable tools to overcome obstacles in their own lives and reap the rewards of success much like she did.
When Liza steps on stage to speak, it doesn't take her audiences long to discover that she has walked the talk. That her incredible life story is proof that even the steepest barriers can be surmounted. Today, Liza is a successful businesswoman, an acclaimed motivational speaker and authority on self-empowerment, a committed philanthropist, and founder of the Liza Pavlakos Foundation whose goal is to empower and uplift underprivileged communities.
Her soon to be released books Voiceless No More, Journey From Terror to Triumph reveal her own incredibly courageous journey from homeless teenager to entrepreneur and also include concrete suggestions and inventive techniques for drawing up a winning formula for success.
Diretcor / Founder
Mountain High & Julie Lewis Consulting
Julie is a high-energy catalyst for personal and professional transformation. With over 30 years in the health, leadership, adventure and wellness field she has established herself as the “ go to woman” for clients wishing to inspire and enable their teams and organizations to challenge the norm, push boundaries, reach new heights and stay happy, healthy and resilient in the process.
She is a seasoned adventurer who changes and challenges the way people think, act and dream! Her programs use stories gleaned from real life adventures to create memorable and actionable strategies that can be applied immediately to take people to the next level in their careers and lives.
Julie has spoken in more than 20 countries around the globe and feels at home wherever she is delivering her high content programs.
She holds a Degree in Sports Science, is an NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Stress Management Instructor, Accredited Resilience Consultant, and currently in practice with the Institute of Zen Leadership.
Julie has led multi-national teams on 58 expeditions around the globe to include the Arctic and Antarctica; on a personal level she has climbed several high- altitude mountains, toinclude the highest peaks in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Her extensive experience leading cross- cultural and cross- generational teams on transformational expeditions around the globe and across 7 continents allows her to offer lively travel stories and leadership lessons from the great outdoors.
Julie is an active member of the C-Suite Network, C-Suite TV, C-Suite Radio, C-Suite Best Selling Authors in the USA. Her C-Suite Best Seller Book “ Moving Mountains” is a personal development workbook packed with transformational stories and leadership lessons for 21st century business and life.
A global voice for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment
“People often ask me why we choose to focus specifically on true empowerment for young women and girls. My answer is simple - we focus on women and girls because evidence that has accrued over decades of international development work has proven that the status and role of women is the best indicator of a nation’s economic development potential, and is a key factor in determining a society’s standard of living”
Almas Jiwani, President of Emeritus UN Women Canada NC and CEO of Almas Jiwani Foundation, is a fiercely vocal champion for gender equality. She is internationally renowned for her efforts to encourage women’s social, economic, and political empowerment. She spearheads initiatives where corporate growth intersects with humanitarian development.
Empowering young women and girls is beyond a mission and driving force for Almas Jiwani; It is a passionate commitment to equality and integrity that is deeply woven into every initiative, project and partnership. Almas’ social enterprise and social impact venture is working to create step changes in the lives of those most desperately impacted in developing regions of the world. As CEO, Almas’ Leadership and Vision light a path toward enduring positive change by introducing fundamental enabling solutions and technologies.
Guided by her incredible experience, understanding and bold approach to international solution and consensus building, the Foundation targets initiatives which engage youth, and young women in knowledge, ability and technology transfers.
Through a life-long commitment to perseverance and determination on behalf of women and girls in developing nations, Almas has enabled the strengthening of women’s economic capacity as entrepreneurs and producers. As a social enterprise venture the Almas Jiwani Foundation is working to deliver on the critical conditions which will support the economic, social and political advancement of women and women’s rights.
“Transferring not only infrastructure but the skills, abilities and knowledge to maintain critical infrastructure has been proven to elevate women, girls and families out of poverty.”- Almas Jiwani
Almas is a powerful and influential speaker and she continues to travel across the globe to deliver keynote addresses, speeches, and presentations on improving the status of women. She addressed over 400 parliamentarians from 42 countries on the benefits of economically empowering women and the roles and responsibilities of parliamentarians at the International Assembly in the Dominican Republic and Quebec City. More recently, she addressed the Pan Africa Media Conference, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, World Bank, Women in Leadership Forum in Abu Dhabi, African Development Bank conference, and the World Forum alongside Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and holistic health/New Age guru Deepak Chopra.
Almas’ powerful international network of colleagues, government officials and industry partners is enabling a new form of social enterprise and innovation capable of very quickly alleviating impacts and delivering sustainable long-term solutions. Leveraging a powerful network to build environmentally conscious projects which light up the future of women and girls with energy, vitality and strength is a strategic advantage. Targeting young women and girls means focusing on building lasting change for families and communities.
As a renowned advocate and esteemed guest, Ms. Jiwani has made history as a state visitor in Pakistan when she addressed one million women on the topic of gender inequality. She certainly intends to do it again by bringing opportunity, voice, safety and strength to those most desperately in need. The Almas Jiwani Foundation is the social innovation engine that is helping to deliver on a mandate of Entrepreneurship, Equality and Education.
In 2013, Almas was appointed as a member of Magna Carta Canada honorary committee alongside with former Country Prime Ministers and high level political dignitaries. She was also appointed as good will Ambassador of the World NGO.
She is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Women in Leadership – NASEBA Corporation in the Middle East and Dean, Faculty of Law at Istanbul University in Turkey, Pamoja Kenya Mentorship Alliance, Enerdynamic and Global Warming Prevention Technologies.