Speakers

Arie Fabian

Arie Fabian

WE ARE EGG
Co-Founder

Topic: Agility: It Rhymes with Stability

Biography

Arie Fabian one of South Africa’s leading retail brains and the man behind retail brands including FABIANI and GSTAR, has joined forces with Paul Simon to birth the innovative EGG retail concept. With 20 years of retail experience, an MBA and long list of brands he has guided and consulted for, he felt that the retail landscape was ripe for a return to revolutionise the way brands and malls interact and collaborate.

Cornus Strydom

Cornus Strydom

BENTEL ASSOCIATES INTERNATIONAL
Design Director

Topic: Retail Design in a Post Pandemic World

Biography

Cornus’ career began with the completion of a Fine Arts Diploma which was received with distinction at the Open Window Art Academy in 1995. In 2000 Cornus won the PIA design prize and in 2001 he was the recipient of the prestigious Holm Jordaan Theory prize.  In 2003, he completed his post-graduate Master’s Professional Degree in Architecture with distinction (M- Arch Professional), at the University of Pretoria. Cornus’ previous experience includes his time spent at Boogertman + Partners as well as DBM Architects in the capacity of Head Designer. Coupled with more than 15 years of experience and strong conceptual skills Cornus has joined the Bentel team in the role of Design Director.  Playing a fundamental role Cornus oversees and is involved in many of the projects from their inception phase to completion. Cornus is a member of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)

Dustin Garis

Dustin Garis


Brand Innovator, Customer Experience Pioneer

Topic: The Next Frontier is Experience Innovation

Biography

Dustin Garis is a world-renowned brand innovator. Throughout his disruptive career at some of the world’s most breakthrough companies, such as The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, and Ericsson, Garis was known as “Chief Troublemaker” for his ability to push the boundaries of innovation, customer experience, and change leadership. Garis brings the same no-holds-barred approach to his keynotes that helped him blaze trails in the world’s largest companies and entrepreneurial startups. With a particular focus on how brands can enrich lives, Garis offers examples of brands that are getting it right by “revolting against routine,” and creating memorable experiences to drive engagement among Gen X/Y/Z consumers and employees. Garis earned the title of “Indiana Jones of Marketing” when he embarked on a global expedition to over 50 countries across six continents, to uncover the secret to building life-changing brands.

Femi Adebanji

Femi Adebanji


Business Speaker

Topic: Leading the Charge

Biography

Femi Adebanji is a sought-after international customer service speaker and organisational excellence speaker (Leadership, Change, and Motivation) with a passion for helping organisations transform their service excellence levels, build truly customer centric cultures, create high-performance business cultures and evolve into brands of distinction. With over 15 years of business leadership and customer strategy experience, he has consulted on numerous critical business performance improvement initiatives for companies in South Africa and internationally. He is Senior Customer Experience Strategist at Baines & Partners, a firm that specialises in Customer Experience consulting and Customer Service turnaround strategies. He is also Research Director at Pinnacle Consulting, a corporate learning consultancy that provides customised and off-the-shelf customer service training, and diverse skills development training solutions to organisations of diverse sizes across all industries. His expertise, knowledge and insights will not only transform the customer experience within your organisation.

Gugu Mfuphi (MC)

Gugu Mfuphi (MC)

CNBC Africa
Senior Anchor

Biography

Gugulethu Mfuphi, an award-winning broadcaster, is a well-versed orator, with experience in front of the camera, behind the microphone and addressing an audience. This skill, together with her sound grasp of financial markets, economic data and current affairs issues and the impact that this has on the business community, makes her the perfect candidate to speak to industry analysts, political leaders and C-suite executives from across the globe.  This forms the basis of her tasks and responsibilities as a Presenter on Kaya FM’s prime time, award winning business show - Kaya Bizz, and her experience as a Senior Anchor on CNBC Africa.

James Beattie

James Beattie

Xanita
Founder and CEO

Topic: The Future of Retail Décor, Refurbishments and Beyond

Biography

Years of involvement within the digital print sector has given James a unique insight into all facets of the industry spanning geographic borders from South Africa, to New Zealand, to Australia, to India. With this knowledge, and with insights into forthcoming consumer trends and technology, James founded Xanita in 2008 with the vision of building a South African made global benchmark in sustainable and robust architectural features with a wealth of applications. By combining the latest technologies with unique design capabilities, James aims to leave the world a better place than he found it – one sustainable board at a time.

James Lappeman

James Lappeman

UCT Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing
Head of Projects

Biography

James has a PhD in Business Science (specializing in marketing and consumer behaviour) and also holds a Bachelor of Business Science and Masters in Religious Studies. James has taught and consulted for a number of institutions and companies, and has published articles in the news as well as in both local and international academic journals. Recently he co-edited a book, Marketing in South Africa, which was published by Van Schaik Publishers. James has a deep interest in marketing, business strategy and South African consumer behaviour. He has built curricula, supervised research, consulted to business and taught on the above topics to corporate strategy teams as well as to undergraduate and postgraduate students at UCT, UCT’s GSB, Henley Business School, Vega, Red & Yellow, GetSmarter and Educate24.

Jeremy Gardiner

Jeremy Gardiner

NINETY ONE
Marketing Director, Communications

Topic: The Ultimate Winter of Discontent

Biography

Jeremy is a regular voice in the media, at conferences and to the investment-related world at large, responsible for commenting on current affairs, economics and investment markets. In his position, Jeremy is inundated with information from the world’s top analysts, on everything from politics to petrol. Jeremy’s challenge is consolidating all this information and bringing it to you in an understandable format that you will find interesting and informative. Jeremy has been with the firm for 29 years, during which time the business grew from a small Cape Town Asset Management firm to a significant global business managing clients assets of approximately R2.7 trillion*. Jeremy also served on the board of Western Province/Stormers rugby from 2003 to 2005, a period in which their performance was particularly poor! Although he studied accounting at the University of Cape Town and Economics at the University of Witwatersrand, Jeremy is neither an accountant nor an economist, but uses these skills to demystify what the accountants and economists are saying.

Kani Rajuili

Kani Rajuili

Foshizi
Research Director

Topic: How to Leverage the Use of Community Members as Brand Ambassadors in Peri-urban and Rural Areas

Biography

Foshizi are research insights specialists into the black consumer market. Born eKasi in 2004 the company established a niche in the market as being amongst the few consumer insights companies that’s in touch and in the forefront. Their ground-breaking work can be summarised by the strategic output work they have done for clients like Nando’s, MultiChoice, Nestle, MassMart, Mr Price, Toyota, Shoprite, Flash Mobile, Virgin Active, Power Fashion, Nedbank and lots more.  At Foshizi Kani is their specialists on Retail, FMCG and Banking sector and her responsibilities cut through designing of solutions for clients to delivery of the research. She graduated with a degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand.

Kundayi Munzara

Kundayi Munzara

SESFIKILE CAPITAL
Co-founder

Topic: SA Economy and Consumer Outlook

Biography

He is a co-founder of Sesfikile Capital, an asset manager focussed on listed property investments on behalf of SA pension funds and retail investors with over R18 billion in AUM. Kundayi holds a BSc. (Hons) in Property Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and CFA designation. He recently completed his Private Equity and Venture Capital course and Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School. Prior to co-founding Sesfikile Capital, he was at Investec Bank based in Johannesburg and London and began his career as an intern at Old Mutual Properties.

Liesel Scott

Liesel Scott

OPEN CIRCLES
Co-founder & Facilitator

Topic: A great place to work, is a great place to shop – personal leadership tools to cultivate a resilient and positive perspective and work environment amidst adversity.

Biography

Insightful and experienced, Liesel brings both professional ability and personal authenticity to her work. Liesel has partnered with a wide range of clients for over 15 years, in South Africa and across Africa, the UK and Europe. She is a strategic Leadership and Inclusive Culture consultant and an internationally accredited facilitator and coach. In 2015 Liesel trained with Dr Brené Brown in London, and she is part of a small cohort of certified Dare to Lead™ facilitators globally. As a co-founder of Open Circles, Liesel is especially passionate about the way in which courage-building, vulnerability, empathy and shame resilience (key skillsets of this work), can provide the leadership “muscle” for building more inclusive cultures. Liesel holds an MPhil in Applied Ethics (Cum Laude) from the University of Stellenbosch. She also has a Diploma in Personal Transformational Coaching from the Animas Centre for Coaching in London and is certified as an Associate Coachwith the International Coach Federation.

Maria Petousis

Maria Petousis

ASK AFRICA
Executive: TGI, Media & Finance

Topic: The Retail Evolution: How Have Consumers Changed?

Biography

Maria’s business exposure lies across a range of research topics and across numerous business industries. Her passion is to empower clients, to problem solve, to navigate client pain points, to understand their context and to support decisions through factual insights, with her flair. She is also responsible to define and implement strategy, to lead the team to meet strategic objectives as well as to secure new sales revenue to manage growth markets effectively. Her business acumen and understanding into fit for purpose solutions and strategies, spearheads projects with a plethora of knowhow.

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

ECHOCHAMBER
Retail Futurist

Topic: Creativity in Crisis: The Innovative Future of Retail

Biography

Matthew is the owner and founder of Echochamber; a London based creative retail intelligence agency, which travels the world tracking retail innovation and evolving consumer trends. Matthew has run Echochamber since 1999, developing it over the past 22 years into a specialist trend consultancy with a global client base of retailers, developers and FMCG brands. A regular keynote speaker at global retail conferences, in the days BC (Before Corona) Matthew could be found pounding the shopping streets of the world with his camera in hand!  Echochamber provides global best practice and creative insight to clients across all retail sectors, in order to help them benchmark best practice and improve their businesses, by harnessing evolving global consumer and retail trends.

Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis

5+design
Co-founder and Principal

Topic: Retail Design in a Post Pandemic World

Biography

Michael Ellis plans and implements overall business strategy for 5+design, a creative architecture and planning studio based in Hollywood, California. As co-founder and managing principal, Mike represents the firm around the world, and helps identify new trends and opportunities that allow the company to continue exploring novel, creative approaches to design. Michael believes that an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration is fundamental to everything 5+ does. He sees the world through this lens and sets a vision for the company’s future based on strong relationships with like-minded clients. Michael received a bachelor’s degree in music from Occidental College in Los Angeles and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is an architect licensed in California and was a senior designer at Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall and a senior vice president at The Jerde Partnership before co-founding 5+design.

Paul Simon

Paul Simon

WE ARE EGG
Founder & CEO

Topic: Agility: It Rhymes with Stability

Biography

Paul Simon a serial entrepreneur and creator, first wowed South Africa with his concept store Young Designers Emporium. YDE started as an innovative fashion idea that rocketed to fame as a successful South African brand. It was birthed in 1995 when Cape Town born Paul Simon was a dynamic yet inexperienced 21 year old about to set the South African business world ablaze with business flare. Ten years later and with a chain of 12 stores he sold to listed retailer Truworths. Paul Simon is now crafting another innovative business model with the EGG concept, building a department store to showcase SME’s and online brands, and this too will revolutionise the retail landscape in South Africa with a new and fresh business model that is sure to disrupt the retail landscape. “As a businessman, brand innovator and creative thinker. I constantly spot trends and love birthing new business concepts. The common thread is that I love to put a creative spin on the traditional way of doing things making me a serial entrepreneur.”