A sustainable future through African Leadership
Get ready to join the most impactful and forward-thinking minds across Africa, as we empower leaders to drive a more sustainable future at the ESG Africa Conference. This highly-anticipated event provides an unparalleled platform for industry pioneers and experts to come together and tackle the common challenges associated with embedding ESG practices within organisations.
The conference's core theme, "Sustainable Future Through Leadership," underscores the essential role that leaders play in ensuring their organizations align with ESG principles and integrate them into their overall strategy. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to be part of the change-makers shaping Africa's sustainable future!
Chief Sustainability Office at Sanlam Group Office
Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network South Africa
MPhil Environmental Management at Chatham House
CEO of Third LIne Group
CEO of Alan Gray Orbis Foundation
Head of Sustainability at Andrada Mining
CSO at Pan African Resources
CEO of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA).
Lecturer at University of Johannesburg
Senior Lecturer at University of Johannesburg
CEO of Ardea International
Head of Social Impact at Tshikululu
Director of GRI
Academic Director, Africa Leadership Programme of Lagos Business School
Associate at Webber Wentzel
Head of Sustainability at Heineken
Senior Manager, Sustainability at Safaricom PLC
CEO of Investec
Chair at Pick n Pay
Principal - Forensic Investigations, Africa. at Control Risks
Senior Solutions Consultant at Onestream
Principal at Control Risks
Alumni Mobilization Manager at Columba Leadership
"Senior Internal Auditor " at Fresh Produce Market
CEO of Pan Africa Chamber of Commerce
CEO of SANEA
Head of impact and sustainability at Norsad Capital
Impact Investment Advisory at University of Pretoria
Vice President: ESG at Imperial Logistics / DP World
COO at YES
Group Human Capital Executive at Momentum Metropolitan Holdings
Country lead at Innovate UK KTN
Executive : Food Safety and Sustainability at Consumer goods council
Founder & Attorney of Burnell Attorneys
Head of Asia Pacific and MEA ESG Business Development at S&P Globa
CEO of Bidvest
CEO of Imani Development
Board Member at IFRS
Partner at Webber Wentzel
Partner and Africa ESG Lead at KPMG
Head of Novartis SubSaharan Africa (SSA) at Norvatis Sub-Saharan Africa
CEO of AST recycling
CEO of Yes & Amen InternationalYouth Employment Services - YES
CEO of Coachfluence
CEO of NBI
Group Senior Executive - Strategic Trade Development at Aspen Pharmaceuticals
Regional Vice President at AICPA - CIMA
Associate Director of Benchmark Gensuite
Managing Director of DOW Chemicals
Social Transformation Unit at NBI
Head of Programme: Human Security & Climate Change at GGAfrica
Director Membership & Stakeholder Relations of Membership & Stakeholder Relations Shared Value Africa Initiative
Economist | Senior Manager at PWC
Africa Sustainability Manager: Water Stewardship & Smart Agriculture at Anheuser-Busch InBev
Sustainability Manager, Africa: Circular Packaging, Climate Action & Partnerships at AB InBev
Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer at Tiger Brands
Chief Executive Officer at the South African Breweries (SAB)
Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien was appointed as a full-time member of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in June 2022, effective 15 July 2022.
Her career has been focused on building connections between business and sustainable development, working across multinational and indigenous companies, public institutions and civil society organisations—in Africa and Europe—to initiate sustainable development initiatives.
She served as the inaugural Group Chief Sustainability and Governance Officer of Dangote Industries Limited—one of Africa’s largest manufacturing businesses—from 2017 to 2020. In this role, she was responsible for developing the company’s sustainability culture, strategy and reporting across 14 countries.
Dr Nnoli-Edozien has also served on several boards, committees and initiatives focused on corporate culture, impact investing, sustainability reporting and governance.
She has a PhD in social ethics, cultural adaptation, sustainability and governance from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Germany and a Bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
Bonang Mohale is currently the CEO of Business Leadership South
Africa (BLSA). Mr Mohale ended a distinguished term as Vice President
Upstream and Chairman of Shell South Africa (Pty) Limited at the end of
Mr Mohale, who originally studied to be a medical doctor, has had a
distinguished career at the helm and in leadership roles of several major South African and multinational companies; including Otis Elevators, South African Airways, Sanlam, Limited, and Drake
& Scull Integrated Facilities Management. He currently serves on the Boards of Swiss Re Africa (12 years); Hollard
Insurance (11 years); Rand Merchant Bank & Oakhurst Insurance (Chairman). Mr Mohale has an impressive track
record of building successful companies, delivering results and making significant advances in transformation in the
companies he has been involved in. He has been a vocal courageous and active proponent of transformation since the
1980s, and played a leadership role in the Black Management Forum (BMF) for over 33 years.
Awarded Bonang was conferred with an Honorary Professorship in Marketing Management by the University of Pretoria,
where he serves on their Advisory Council. 2012 IPM CEO of the Year. Received the PRESIDENTIAL AWARD for his
“Servanthood in South African Industry & the Economic Empowerment of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals” 2001.
Stavros Nicolaou is a member of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited Group Executive Committee and is the Group Senior Executive responsible for Strategic Trade Development. Previously he was CEO of Aspen’s Export Business. Aspen is Africa’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer and a now world leader in Anaesthetics and injectable anti-coagulants.
Aspen is one of South Africa’s most globalised multinational companies with a presence in over 50 geographies globally, with 26 manufacturing facilities across 6 continents. He was instrumental in introducing the first generic ARV’s on the African Continent developed by Aspen, which has gone on to save hundreds of thousands of lives in South Africa and on the African Continent.
Nicolaou is a graduate of Wits University and has over 31 years experience in the South African and International Pharmaceutical Industry, 27 years of which have been with the Aspen Group or its subsidiaries and is a previous winner of the SA Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Health Care Marketer of the year Award. He is a previous recipient Monty Rubenstein Award for proficiency in Pharmaceutics from the Wits University Pharmacy Health Sciences Faculty.
He was awarded, the Order of the Lion of St Mark by the Greek Orthodox Pope Theodoros II and recently received the title of “High Commander of the Order of the Apostle & Evangelist Mark” of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. He has been inducted as a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA), one of the highest honours bestowed by the PSSA, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from Wits University, a top 100 Health Science Faculty for Clinical Medicine. He was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Southern African Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis at the Society’s recent AGM.
Nicolaou is particularly passionate about diversity, transformation, championing localisation and building bridges between the private and public sector in order to improve access to treatment for patients in emerging markets and improving healthcare outcomes in these markets. He has been involved in a number of social responsibility and charitable causes aimed at reducing poverty, inequality and assisting economic growth and development in South Africa.
He has been a speaker at a number of conferences, including the Economist Roundtable, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and has delivered a lecture on ARV developments at the Raigon Institute, a JV between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.
An executive at Pick n Pay for 15 years until 1999, Gareth headed up various divisions and served as Joint Group Managing Director and the Managing Director of Pick n Pay Group Enterprises. He was appointed to the Board in 1990 as an executive director, until becoming a non-executive director in 1999. From 2002 to 2010 Gareth was Chair of Pick n Pay Holdings Limited, which at that time was the ultimate holding company of the Group. In 2010 he was appointed non-executive Chair of Pick n Pay Stores Limited.
Among his other involvements, Gareth is co-chair of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa and is previous co-chair of the international Consumer Goods Forum. He is also a trustee of the Masisizane Fund and was a member of the international board of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He chairs the Ackerman Family interests.
Panel discussion on consumerism and how to deal with that versus resource use and cost. Consumerism opportunities can translate into economic growth through thinking differently. How do we grow in a more sustainable manner and what does that mean for our business models? How will the drive towards a circular economy impact consumerism and business models and bring new opportunity?
Having had extensive work experience in corporate Strategy, Finance, Operations and Sustainability at senior levels, and serving on the Board of a large environmental NGO, she is deeply passionate about the role that businesses, and in turn, countries, can play in creating a sustainable world through their core strategies whilst still prospering economically. She sees her personal goals of contributing to the greater good, and the need to think differently about the way in which we act and do business as being one and the same. 10+ years leadership level experience.
She is the Principal in Control Risks’ ESG department in EMEA and leads the Social Risks and Human Rights team.
For the past 9 years she has focussed on the ‘S’ of ESG. She helps companies across all sectors to measure, manage and mitigate human and labour rights risks in their operations and supply chains to ensure compliance with local legislation and to help them strive towards international best practice.
Youth Employment Service (YES) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ravi Naidoo, joined the organisation with over 25 years of experience in implementing and managing a range of social change and impact programmes. During this time, he has worked with trade unions, the public sector, and private sector fund management, finding ways to implement programmes in complex institutional environments. His role as CEO assists YES in collaborating with other industries and organisations to help create a better future for all South Africans.Along with this, Naidoo forms part of the National Planning Commission for the next five years, where he will work on the long-term plans to advance growth and development in South Africa. He has recently been appointed as a member of the advisory committee for Mining Indaba 2024.Some of his successes prior to joining YES, include the establishment of the SA National Green Fund, being the manager of the multi-stakeholder ‘Health Roadmap’ that culminated in government’s AIDS turnaround strategy (which saw average life expectancy rise from 49 to 62 years), and the restructuring of the Unemployment Insurance Fund to include coverage for the first time for over 600,000 domestic workers. Ravi holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Experienced trade and regional integration consultant with a demonstrated history of working in international trade and development.
Skilled in International Relations, Civil Society, Policy Analysis, International Trade, and Economic Development. Strong professional with a Doctorate in Econometrics from the the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University,
A Masters in Economics from Queen Mary and Westerfield College, London University and a Master of Laws (LLM) focused in International Business, Trade Law from University of Liverpool.
IT and telecoms
Alex Hetherington, Director of the Third Line Group, is an independent ESG strategist and investment analyst. He has over twenty years working with public and private companies on ESG strategies, reporting responses and alignment with investor expectations. He currently assists investors and financiers understand the climate exposure of portfolios and projects, and helps companies prepare for impending physical and transitional climate change trends.
He trains regulators, investors and company leaders in climate change regulation, climate response and climate-related risks and opportunities identified through climate change scenario analysis. Where appropriate, he deploys the TCFD reporting framework to assist in such analysis.
During 2023 he has been sub-contracted to train the Amman Stock Exchange, Jordan CPA Society and the Saudi Arabian Market Authority by international ESG finance training company, weESG. His training focuses on emerging international climate regulation; international climate reporting standards; and, investor awareness on the risks and opportunities of climate change.
Alex is also the co-founder of Carbon Calculated, an accredited GHG accounting and climate change consultancy. Carbon Calculated has expertise in carbon footprinting, including PCAF (the GHG accounting methodology for the financial sector); third party carbon footprint verification; CDP and TCFD submissions; and, the setting of science-based GHG reduction targets for financial and other industries. Alex and Carbon Calculated work synonymously on projects that entail shared and collaborative expertise.
Alex sits on the Advisory Committee of The ESG Exchange, and is host of their monthly ESG First Tuesday’s webinar.
E Water and climate change
S Community interaction
G Role of Boards and ExCo in human rights
Sandton Convention Centre
Maude Street 161
Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
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