Dobyl Malubane has been in the industry for just under 12 years having worked for ICT companies like BCX,
Huawei, MTN etc. His specialty lies in areas of Innovation, Design Thinking, Digital Strategy and Brand Marketing.
He is currently the Innovation Lead for the Microsoft Practice at Accenture, where he assists clients
with emerging technologies within the Microsoft stable. These technologies include Artificial
Intelligence, Block chain, Robotic Process Automation, Internet of Things and Mixed Reality.
He is a father of 2 daughters and husband to one wife.
DIRECTOR, STUDENT VILLAGE
A youth specialist, public speaker and general lover of life. Jessi Tomkinson, the Director of Student Village’s young talent division, has over 10 years of experience in talent acquisition, development and youth empowerment for South Africa’s best loved brands.
The culmination of long standing partnerships with SA’s leading employers, and many years spent listening to their needs and suggestions has made Jessi a specialist in design, implementation and management of talent processes and principles.
Her expertise has placed her at the forefront of workshops and speaking opportunities with these same brands, sharing valuable insights to attracting the younger talent that businesses need to succeed. Student Village is South Africa’s niche graduate talent hub where Jessi continues to work as a bridge between brands and graduates, helping them gain a better understanding of their Afrillennial workforce.
Andy Du Plessis
Managing Director at FoodForward South Africa
Andy Du Plessis, the Managing Director of FoodForward SA for the past 5 years, started his career in the public sector with the Western Cape’s Provincial Health Department’s Social Development Programme. Because of his desire for wanting to make an even greater impact, he made a career change when offered the opportunity to head the Peninsula School Feeding Association, an NPO that specialises in school feeding programmes. During his 15 year tenure there, he was instrumental in improving the operations, finances, and the credibility of PSFA, and in partnership with the Department of Education, improved the breakfast and lunch menu for 400,000 school children in the Western Cape.
Andy joined FoodForward SA (formerly FoodBank SA) in 2013 as the MD, an organisation using a unique model called Foodbanking to address short-term hunger – by recovering quality edible surplus food from the supply chain, and redistributing this food to 600 credible charities across the country addressing hunger in needy communities.
Andy has spearheaded significant innovative change in FoodForward SA since his arrival, by introducing digital technology to connect beneficiary organisations to retail stores and food outlets, for the regular collection of surplus food, as well their initiative called Second Harvest, a specific outreach programme to commercial farmers and growers across South Africa, for the recovery of
surplus fruit and vegetables.
Andy holds a B. Admin Degree; an honours degree in Public Administration; and an Honours Degree in Theology.
Senior Industry Chief of Staff at Deloitte Africa
Currently serving in a business advisory role as Senior Chief of Staff for the African Consumer & Industrial Products Industry group of Deloitte. Dylan works through the value chain from manufacturers to retailers. He is responsible for global and local stakeholder engagement, go-to-market strategy, operations, & driving a Pan-African industry growth strategy. A qualified futurist (Cum Laude) Dylan provides scenario based, systemic thinking approaches to solutions in an uncertain, disruptive and exponential world. With over 13 years’ experience in strategy & business development, Dylan is skilled in creating value for senior local and global stakeholders.
He is Chairman of the Africa Ecommerce Forum – whose objective is the sustainable development of Ecommerce as a tool for private and public sector economic development in Africa – in this role he sits on the SA National Treasure ICT eCommerce committee. Dylan is part of the SADC/NBF Africa Industrialisation working committee where he was a private sector delegation representative that presented the inaugural Esibayeni Declaration to the SADC (15 member state) Ministerial summit. As a Board member he leads the future growth strategy for iconic Arts NGO MIDm.
He has facilitated numerous executive panel discussions including on topics such as IoT, Agri, Ecommerce/Digital, Manufacturing, Export led growth and retail. In January 2017 he was a guest panellist & presenter at the Global Digital Leaders’ Summit in Luxembourg, and has presented in sessions with SAIIA (G20) and GEG Africa on leveraging Ecommerce & the Digital Economy for Africa’s economic development. He is a qualified Futurist currently completing his Masters thesis in Future Studies, has a Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, a Bachelors degree majoring in Economics and Politics, and Executive Certificates in Knowledge and Change Management, and Strategic Brand Management.
He has launched initiatives including the Inaugural SA Manufacturing Competiveness report ’13, the inaugural Africa Manufacturing Competitiveness survey and report ’17, is co-Author of the inaugural African Powers of Retail and African Powers of Consumer Products reports.
Name: Ephraim Jeremiah MORUKE
Organization: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Current position: Laboratory Manager
Address: 20 Steve Biko Street, Agriculture Place Building, Arcadia, PRETORIA, 0001, Tel: +27 12 319 6126
Topic for the 2018 CGCSA Summit: Embrace the Fourth Industrial
Mr Ephraim MORUKE is the Laboratory Manager for a Pretoria based regulatory lab in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). He has twenty years of experience working as an Analytical Chemist in food testing laboratories in the regulatory space. Areas he worked in are pesticides residue testing, compositional testing for dairy products and processed foods. For the past four years, he assumed the role of a National Coordinator for Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS). He is also, the Project Counterpart for South Africa in the Interregional Technical Cooperation Project INT5154 supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Furthermore, he is a task team leader for Methods Alignment Programme (MAP) initiated by Nestle. The programme covers Southern Africa countries like Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. Mr Moruke is also one of the members involved in the formation of the Sub-Saharan Africa section of the Association of Official Analytical Communities (AOAC INTERNATIONAL). He is the President-elect for the AOAC-SSA.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mashimbye is a qualified financial accountant who studied at the Technikon Northern Gauteng (now Tshwane University of Technology) and the Technikon South Africa (now UNISA). He majored in Financial Accounting and Corporate Law and also studied towards his MBA with the Management College of SA (still to be completed). He is currently completing his studies towards his Corporate Governance qualification through the Chartered Secretaries Institute of South Africa. He has over 17 years experience in accounting and financial management in both the public and private sectors with Telkom, Edcon and the Department of Trade & Industry, with more than 10 years of these at senior management level. Mashimbye has served on the board of The Business Place and is currently a Director on the Board of the South African Savings Institute, where he previously also held the position of Audit and Risk Committee Chairperson. He has previously fulfilled the role of CFO (for a 10 year period), Acting COO and Acting CEO of Proudly South African and was appointed permanent CEO in December 2016
chairman of South African retail chain Pick n Pay Stores
Gareth Ackerman is the chairman of South African retail chain Pick n Pay Stores. As a family-controlled listed company founded by Raymond Ackerman in 1967, it is one of the region’s largest retailers in eight countries and employs more than 60,000 people. Mr Ackerman is a board member of the controlling company board Pick n Pay Holdings Limited, and chairs the family office and investment committee.
He is a member of the board of the Consumer Goods Forum and it’s vice co-chair for 2013-2015 and incoming Co-Chair 2015-2017. He is the African Chair of WPO and a global board member He is also chairman and co-founder of Pleiad Capital, which engages in private equity investment, corporate finance and strategic consulting.
He is a passionate contributor to the issue of global food security and sustainable development and is widely involved in philanthropy.
Mr Ackerman hold a bachelor of social science from the University of Cape Town and a CMS from the University of Oxford.
He is an associate fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford, and lectures at a number of global universities.
CEO – CGCSA
Gwarega joined CGCSA in January 2012 from Internatio Mueller Chemicals Distribution (IMCD) South Africa (a subsidiary of the Rotterdam based IMCD Group), where he served as Financial Director. He has a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He then went on to complete his MBA as well as an Executive Development Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
Prior to joining IMCD South Africa, Gwarega held senior management positions in Sales, Operations and Finance at Avis Fleet Services South Africa, a division of the Barloworld Group. He also has extensive knowledge of the public sector as he has consulted with several government entities in the areas of compliance, strategy and organisational re-engineering.
President of FEBA
Born in Belgium, Jacques achieved a Master’s degree in Hospital Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He started his career working for the European Development Fund in Somalia. Back in Belgium, he fulfilled the role of hospital manager and then accepted to lead the HR department of a large industrial group in South Africa. There he founded his own business specialized in the development of antiseptics.
During the 25 years in South Africa, Jacques was the Honorary Consul of Belgium for the Eastern Cape.
In 2007 he returned to Belgium and became acquainted with the local food banks. He became President of the Food Bank in Tournai and was asked to hold the Vice-presidency of the Belgian Food Bank Federation.
After replacing a member of the Board of Directors of the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA), in October 2016 he was requested to assume the presidency of the organization. Elected in May 2018, he is the current President of FEBA and plays an important part in the profound transformation of this organization.
Director – Food Focus
Linda has spent the best part of her career in the food industry. She has been involved in training, auditing and implementation of management systems first hand. She has an Masters in Environmental health, specializing in food safety. She is a director at Food Focus, an educational platform where she is trying to improve the food industry, one tweet at a time. She is passionate about the industry doing the right things, the right way.
Technical Specialist – Foods and Agro-processing
Maphuti Kutu is the Technical Specialist: Foods and Agro-processing in the division Regulatory Research and Development of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) (5 years). She holds a M.Tech in Food Technology with the Tshwane University of Technology and a certificate in Total Quality Management (TQM) from UNISA. She is a registered as a professional natural scientist with SACNASP (South African Council for Scientific Natural Professions) and a member of SAAFost (South African Association of Food Scientists).
Her previous experience includes managing the division Animal and Processed Products, development of regulations and inspection at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (9 years) as well as a food technologist at Masakhane Cook-freeze factory (3 years). She has knowledge in related international agreements in the food sector.
CGCSA – Executive Legal & Regulatory
Patricia is a third generation South African with extensive legal, advocacy and regulatory experience in the Motor and FMCG industry as well in the labour sector and Not for Profit Organisations (NPO). She studied at the University of Natal where she graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (B Soc Sci) and LLB honours degrees. She is an Attorney of High Court of South Africa and also has a Management Advancement Program (MAP) from Wits Business School. She is also a certified part time commissioner at the CCMA managing conciliations and arbitrations. Patricia and is currently writing her board exam with the Chartered Secretaries Institute of SA
Her current role at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa is Executive Legal & Regulatory and she has held the position since April 2010. Her portfolio extends to developing a strategy for CGCSA ensuring that the priorities identified by members of CGCSA are delivered on.
In her role, Patricia also interacts with the following departments: DTI, DOH, DAFF, DEA, DOE, Treasury, Economic Development as well as Small Business Ministry), State Owned Enterprises (Eskom, Transnet). She also collaborates with various industry associations on various matters. Her achievements include setting up a Consumer Goods and Services Ombud, the first body in the country ruling against consumer goods business on any breach of the Consumer Protection Act. She is currently an alternate director on the CGSO board and has sat on the Advertising Standards Authority South Africa (ASA SA) interim board. She is also the vice chairperson of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP SA). Previously, she has sat on the boards of the Credit Ombud which regulates proper conduct of credit providers and the Wholesale & Retail Seta (W&R SETA), the custodian and training authority promoting skills development.
Patricia is passionate about the FMCG industry enjoying its dynamic and robust nature. It allows room for creativeness and innovation of product to meet consumer demands. The industry is also committed to making a difference in the communities they operate in and to consumers they sell to.
Dr Maria Fernandes-Whaley
Head of the NMISA Organic Analysis Section,
and Reference Materials Programme Manager
Name: Dr Maria Fernandes-Whaley
Organization: National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)
NMISA Reference Materials Programme Manager
Section Head: Organic Analysis
Address: NMISA, Private Bag X34, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040, South Africa
Dr Maria Fernandes-Whaley is Head of the NMISA Organic Analysis Section, and Reference Materials Programme Manager. She represents South Africa on the International Consultative Committee for Quantity of Material – Organic Analysis Working Group, and is a member of the SABS Technical Committee for Reference Materials and SANAS Food Specialist Technical Committee. The section’s focus to date is predominantly on supporting food safety and quality initiatives, organic substance identity and purity verification and environmental pollution monitoring. From 2015, Dr Fernandes-Whaley has also managed the establishment of the Reference Material Production Facility at NMISA, which has positioned NMISA to produce relevant fit-for-purpose reference materials and proficiency testing schemes that will shorten the measurement traceability chain for Africa, focussing initally in the area of food quality and safety. In 2017, NMISA started delivering food related PT schemes to laboratories across the continent.
Since 2009, Dr Fernandes-Whaley has also served as guest lecturer at the University of Pretoria, presenting a short course to Post-graduate Chemistry students on Quality Assurance in chemical measurements, measurement traceability and the estimation of measurement uncertainty.
Director: Pinpoint Sustainability
Nicola has over 20 years of experience working in the sustainability field with a focus on adding value to supply chains, sustainable food systems, food loss and waste, alien vegetation and forestry, packaging and ‘green’ skills.
With a deep applied knowledge of the retail, food and drink and hospitality sectors, she provides advisory and research capacity to government, business, academia and NGO’s to on the above areas. This includes human capacity and skills development to engender transformative change and scale-up opportunities. Nicola is a member of the United Nations’ Sustainable Food Systems Multi-Actor Committee.
Nicola previously worked for the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and was involved in the development and implementation of the Courtauld Commitment – a voluntary agreement to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, and food waste.
B.Sc Dietetics (Stell) M Nutrition (Stell)
PhD Nutritional Sciences (Stell)
Dr Nelene Koen is a registered dietitian employed as a senior lecturer in the Division of Human Nutrition, Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University for the past 12 years. She coordinates and teaches various undergraduate and postgraduate modules, provide post-graduate study supervision to Master of Therapeutic Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition and Food and Nutrition Security students and is actively involved in research related to food and nutrition labelling in South Africa, the South African sodium regulations and sugar taxation. She has presented her research at various national and international congresses and has published in several accredited peer-reviewed journals.
She is the recipient of the Stellenbosch University Rector’s award for Excellence in Teaching.
Her main areas of interest falls within the public health nutrition domain and includes food and nutrition labelling, population-wide strategies to combat non-communicable diseases, organic foods and GMOs.
She is married and lives in Cape Town. She has two sons, Niel and Francois.
Ms. Matlou Setati is the FSI Executive. She oversees advocacy and liaison of sustainable initiatives, forums, projects and/or programmes within the precincts of food science, safety, quality, nutrition, health & wellness, regulatory and related matters for the consumer goods and retail industries.
Matlou has 18 years of experience in the South African food and agricultural industry, which includes various food production companies, and ten (10) years’ service in public office at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, where she served as Chief Agricultural Food and Quarantine Technician (Food Quality Inspector) and Chief Food Safety & Quality Assurance Officer (Food Regulations).
Matlou actively participates in national and international food regulatory bodies such as the Food Legislation Advisory Group and the Food Safety Forum of the National Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. She has also participated at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, where she was Vice Chairperson of the Dry and Dried Produce Committee from 2014 – 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Matlou has in-depth knowledge of the food industry from raw material, processing, quality control and assurance, and food legislation. Her public service experience has equipped her with a vast understanding of the national and international food law spheres such as national food control, Codex Alimentarius and World Trade Organisation agreements such as the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS).
She holds a National Diploma in Food Technology from Pretoria Technikon, a Bachelor of Technology in Food Technology from the Tshwane University of Technology and a Post Graduate Diploma Applied Science from the Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Michele Francis Padayachee
GS1 Executive Head
Michele joined the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) as the GS1 Executive Head in March 2017 from Accenture South Africa, where she served as a Senior Business and System Integration Manager.
Prior to joining Accenture Michele held Service Delivery Management, positions in the Planning and Forecasting areas of Supply Chain and Procurement Management. She has worked on transformations projects in organization like Shoprite, Unilever, McCain Foods, Nampak Tissues, Omnia Foods, and JD Group, QAD and SAP.
Her career spans across both the operational implementation and strategic direction which encompasses, retail, manufacturing and financial services industries.
Mr Shadrack Phophi
Accreditation Manager Testing and Good
Laboratory Practice (GLP) –
South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).
Mr Phophi is the Accreditation Manager for the Testing and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) programs at the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). He joined SANAS in 2007 and before that he worked for the Department of Agriculture at the Food Safety Directorate & Quality Assurance. In his earlier years with SANAS, Mr Phophi managed programs such as the Certification and Veterinary, Pharmaceutical and Forensic programs. His day to day job at SANAS includes amongst others managing the process and technical integrity of the assessments and inspections of both the Testing and GLP facilities. He also performs laboratory & GlobalGAP assessments and GLP inspections. Mr Phophi is a qualified peer evaluator for both the African Accreditation Co-operation (AFRAC) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) GLP. This involve evaluating other accreditation bodies in the continent and GLP monitoring authorities around the world that are responsible for GLP compliance of research facilities that carry out pre-clinical safety studies. Mr Phophi also represent South Africa at the OECD GLP Working Group.
Vincent Henwood qualified as a veterinarian in 2010 and took up a position as a state veterinarian with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture in the Export Control sub-programme. He was initially the official veterinarian at an export ostrich abattoir for 2 years before transferring to a post dealing primarily with policy in 2012. He is currently responsible for coordinating the Western Cape Veterinary Service’s audit programme for companies that export animal products from the Western Cape. Other job functions include auditing of export establishments (meat, dairy, enzymes, hides and skins, ready meals, abattoirs etc), export certification and electronic data management for the subprogramme. He is also involved in a number of projects and committees with the National Department of Agriculture including the post allocation and monthly reporting for the national Compulsory Community Service (CCS) veterinarians programme, the Livestock identification and traceability committee (LITSSA) as well as the export certification working group.
Senior Vice President Director
Africa Global Head Government Relations, ABB Ltd.
Mr. Becker joined ABB in 1998. He headed the global Marketing & Sales for the power related businesses, before becoming the Group’s Head of Corporate Strategy. After that, for four years, he operated the Automation business of ABB in North Asia, out of Shanghai. He then took over, again for four years, the global Control Technology business, the strategic heart of ABB’s 4th Industrial Revolution activities. He then was appointed by the CEO of ABB as Program Director Africa in January 2015. Based out of Dubai, Tobias successfully anchored ABB further on the African continent, growing the top-line significantly. Since January 2018 he took over as Global Head Government Relations for the ABB Group, with the mandate to drive and improve all Business to Government aspects for ABB. Tobias is a certified banker and holds a dual master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.
Director – Agro-processing
Department of Trade and Industry.
Thembelihle Ndukwana holds a Master of Leadership Degree (MBL) and BSc Honors Degree in Agriculture.
Ms Ndukwana started her career as an agricultural scientist at the KZN Department of Agriculture, working as the agricultural scientist she was involved in capacitation of agricultural technicians and communities on crop production, horticulture and sustainable farming practices. She later joined the National Department of Agriculture as a LandCare Programme Coordinator where she was responsible for raising awareness on LandCare issues including conservation of agricultural resources, land rehabilitation and encouraging environmental stewardship in all the 9 provinces. She later worked as an Assistant Director: Environmental Impact Management under the Department of Environmental Affairs, where she was developing systems and tools for environmental management.
Ms Ndukwana possess great experience in policy and strategy development both in the environment and water sector including sustainable development and water resource management; this was acquired as she worked as a Deputy Director for the Department of Water Affairs and Department of Environmental Affairs respectively. As the Deputy Director at Water Affairs she was responsible for development of policies and strategies for the water sector, including the review of the National Water Resource Strategy. Ms Ndukwana also worked as a Deputy Director within the Department of Environmental Affairs, where she was responsible for development of Sustainable Development policies and strategies.
Ms Ndukwana is currently the Director, responsible for Agro-processing at the Department of Trade and Industry. She is the co-chair for the Sustainable Food Systems Programme under One Planet Network together with the Government of Switzerland, WWF and Hivos.
Tatjana von Bormann
Programme and Innovations
Lead at WWF South Africa.
Tatjana von Bormann is the Programme and Innovations Lead at WWF South Africa. The multidisciplinary team she leads focuses on some of the key challenges at the intersection of society and the environment, among them energy provision, food security and sustainable urban settlements.
Her research expertise is in the area of food systems particularly around life cycle analysis, waste, consumption and markets. Increasingly this includes enquiry into the implications of a shift in dietary patterns and the challenge of nourishing a growing population. Through her work with the retailer Woolworths she leads a partnership that has received global recognition (it was voted runner up in the Best NGO Business Partnership at the Responsible Business Award in London in 2016).
Tatjana also serves as a member of a WWF international leadership team focusing on markets and innovation. Her international responsibilities with WWF include leading global collective action in innovation in business models and technology, among them the circular economy and blockchains. This international team informs WWF thinking and responses to marine plastic pollution and other environmental challenges.
CEO of the Youth Employment Service (YES),
Tashmia Ismail-Saville is the CEO of the Youth Employment Service (YES), a joint initiative between business, labour and government, which addresses South Africa’s youth unemployment challenge, by creating 1 million work experiences in South Africa. She founded Boundless World, which focusses on strategy and innovation, inclusive business models, mobile digital skills and economic and behavioural research.
Tashmia is a PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht and adjunct faculty at GIBS, where she has held faculty positions in the field of innovation management and inclusive business. She has extensive consulting experience with a range of global and local businesses such as Unilever, Roche, GSK, Mahindra and the DBSA. Through her business school involvement, Tashmia found and headed the GIBS Inclusive Markets Programme from 2010 to 2016, here, and through her consulting practice, she developed and implemented inclusive strategies and business models for companies, wrote, conducted research and designed learning programmes on economic inclusion, design thinking and innovation.
Tashmia co-authored the book New Markets, New Mindsets, which examines successful business practices and strategies in developing markets. She has published multiple articles and case studies on inclusive innovation, ranging from technology-based start-ups in India to rural financial models in Kenya. Recent research, commissioned by C-GAP (World Bank), focused on customer centricity in organisations toward promoting financial inclusion.
All her projects have promoted innovation in subsistence markets, job creation, entrepreneurial activity and economic inclusion.
For three years, Tashmia worked on an eleven country European Union innovation networks project (INGINEUS) to inform EU policy on global knowledge networks. She qualified as a dentist at Wits Medical School and ran a successful surgical dental practice for a number of years. After exiting practice, she completed an MBA at GIBS in 2009. She was the recipient of the Corporate Finance prize and achieved a distinction for her final dissertation on macroeconomic factors impacting mergers and acquisitions in developing markets. Since then, Tashmia has taught and consulted in various countries, including the Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands and Kelley School of Business in the USA.