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Internationally Renowned Guest Speakers

Mr Claude PhiriSymposium Convener

Claude is an author, speaker, versatile skills development course writer and facilitator, a keen observer and perpetual student. He is also a training consultant and management consultant. He is the Founder and CEO at Mapalo Management Services. He will present the opening remarks on the Future of Work.

Mr Claude PhiriSymposium Convener

Claude is an author, speaker, versatile skills development course writer and facilitator, a keen observer and perpetual student. He is also a training consultant and management consultant. He is the Founder and CEO at Mapalo Management Services. He will present the opening remarks on the Future of Work.

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Prof Daniel MashaoAre universities and other tertiary institutions offering relevant curricula to meet contemporary work skills needs?

Daniel Mashao is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He holds a PhD from Brown University in the Artificial Intelligence area focus on using Markov Models for Speech Recognition. In 2004, he was appointed as Associate Professor at UCT. His STAR research team produced 3 PhD Students and over 15 Masters Students. In 2006, Daniel joined the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) as the Chief Technology Officer. In 2018, Prof Mashao joined UJ to drive the adoption and leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Prof Daniel MashaoAre universities and other tertiary institutions offering relevant curricula to meet contemporary work skills needs?

Daniel Mashao is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He holds a PhD from Brown University in the Artificial Intelligence area focus on using Markov Models for Speech Recognition. In 2004, he was appointed as Associate Professor at UCT. His STAR research team produced 3 PhD Students and over 15 Masters Students. In 2006, Daniel joined the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) as the Chief Technology Officer. In 2018, Prof Mashao joined UJ to drive the adoption and leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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Mr Meshack TafaSome lessons from Botswana

Meshack is a seasoned manager and former college lecturer with over 28 years’ experience spanning a number of sectors. He has also co-chaired and coordinated the BLIL Market Research Project in conjunction with the European – ACP Business Assistance Scheme (EBAS) and the University of Botswana’s Marketing department. Meshack will be sharing some lessons learnt in Botswana.

Mr Meshack TafaSome lessons from Botswana

Meshack is a seasoned manager and former college lecturer with over 28 years’ experience spanning a number of sectors. He has also co-chaired and coordinated the BLIL Market Research Project in conjunction with the European – ACP Business Assistance Scheme (EBAS) and the University of Botswana’s Marketing department. Meshack will be sharing some lessons learnt in Botswana.

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Mr Chris MeintjesSystemic and other impediments to graduates going into self-employment?

Chris leads Activate! Leadership for Public Innovation, an organisation that nurtures, identifies and grows skills for a network of young leaders who are equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. He has worked in a very diverse landscape across the country. He will be speaking from the perspective of alternative creative ways of developing curriculum to train upcoming leaders

Mr Chris MeintjesSystemic and other impediments to graduates going into self-employment?

Chris leads Activate! Leadership for Public Innovation, an organisation that nurtures, identifies and grows skills for a network of young leaders who are equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. He has worked in a very diverse landscape across the country. He will be speaking from the perspective of alternative creative ways of developing curriculum to train upcoming leaders

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Dr Kgabo BadimoWhat impact do advances in technology, artificial intelligence and the 4th industrial revolution have on the design of jobs and organisations?

Dr Badimo is the Principal Consultant at Badimo Group Consulting. He is a seasoned ICT and Business executive with more than twenty-five years’ experience in the Industry. He has held a number of senior executive positions in public and private sector organisations. He has also been involved extensively in leadership roles at various companies and institutions. He will speak as a scholar, a business leader and practitioner in ICT.

Dr Kgabo BadimoWhat impact do advances in technology, artificial intelligence and the 4th industrial revolution have on the design of jobs and organisations?

Dr Badimo is the Principal Consultant at Badimo Group Consulting. He is a seasoned ICT and Business executive with more than twenty-five years’ experience in the Industry. He has held a number of senior executive positions in public and private sector organisations. He has also been involved extensively in leadership roles at various companies and institutions. He will speak as a scholar, a business leader and practitioner in ICT.

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Ms Rahab MatebaneHow can SMMEs respond and prepare themselves for the inevitable changes?

Rahab is an astute business woman, a seasoned human capital expert, a speaker, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, with experience in learning & development. She was “Brand SA Ambassador” in September 2017 and reigning Ms Africa International for 2018. She is the chairperson of the Excellence Awards Committee of the Institute of Personnel Management. She will be speaking from the perspective of an HR practitioner.

Ms Rahab MatebaneHow can SMMEs respond and prepare themselves for the inevitable changes?

Rahab is an astute business woman, a seasoned human capital expert, a speaker, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, with experience in learning & development. She was “Brand SA Ambassador” in September 2017 and reigning Ms Africa International for 2018. She is the chairperson of the Excellence Awards Committee of the Institute of Personnel Management. She will be speaking from the perspective of an HR practitioner.

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Dr Jerry GuleAre training and development practitioners and human resource experts, in general, doing enough to help prepare employees for the changes?

Jerry is the CEO of the Institute of People Management (IPM). He founded the Jerry founded Gule Executive Coaching (Pty) Limited in2016. He was the GM for HR & Transformation at TOTAL. He has also served as GM: TOTAL for Marketing Services Competency Centre (Pty) Limited. Dr Gule also managed the Brand Ambassador Programme for TOTAL South Africa. He is an HR practitioner. He has multiple qualifications, including a BA, double Masters’ in Education, a Diploma in Education and a doctorate in education.

Dr Jerry GuleAre training and development practitioners and human resource experts, in general, doing enough to help prepare employees for the changes?

Jerry is the CEO of the Institute of People Management (IPM). He founded the Jerry founded Gule Executive Coaching (Pty) Limited in2016. He was the GM for HR & Transformation at TOTAL. He has also served as GM: TOTAL for Marketing Services Competency Centre (Pty) Limited. Dr Gule also managed the Brand Ambassador Programme for TOTAL South Africa. He is an HR practitioner. He has multiple qualifications, including a BA, double Masters’ in Education, a Diploma in Education and a doctorate in education.

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