Research Conference 2019

Speakers

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Yuppiechef
Co-founder and CEO

Topic: The Death of Physical Retail… and Why We Have Opened 4 Physical Stores

Biography

Andrew Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Yuppiechef. After developing websites and intranets for clients since 1999, he founded Yuppiechef in 2006 with Shane Dryden as a part-time venture while they continued to run a small web agency. Yuppiechef has since grown to one of South Africa's leading retailers, winning several awards along the way.

Bronwyn Nielsen

Bronwyn Nielsen

Nielsen Associates
CEO & Founder

Biography

With over 25 years’ experience in African broadcasting, Bronwyn is regularly called upon by the World Economic Forum to host live panel debates at their events throughout the world.Bronwyn’s media expertise and in-depth understanding of business and finance, combined with her ability to get the best out of industry and government leaders in the panel discussions, debates and one on one interviews she conducts, has resulted in CEOs, Chairmen, Presidents,Prime Ministers and Ministers from across the African continent asking her to advise on media strategy. She is a highly successful communications strategist and trainer, bringing to the table not just her broadcast experience but also an understanding of the inner-workings of thecorporate world having held senior positions with listed companies.Most recently Bronwyn was an Executive Director at Africa Business News (ABN) and was Editor-in-chief at CNBC Africa for four years (2013 – 2017), with responsibility for setting the content agenda for all companies within the ABN Group and driving the group’s strategic growth opportunities across the African continent.

Cedric Sennepin

Cedric Sennepin

Leroy Merlin South Africa
CEO

Topic: Leroy Merlin South Africa: In Conversation with the CEO

Biography

Cedric joined Leroy Merlin in 2006 as Head of Department in Store. He was Store manager for 5 years with opportunity to open new store. In 2012, he joined the IT department for Leroy Merlin France, in charge of Digital Transformation at executive level of Leroy Merlin France. Cedric is now in charge of launching the brand in South Africa since march 2016.

David Smith

David Smith

Investec Securities
Equity Analyst

Topic: State of the Retail Market

Biography

David has been an Equity Analyst for ten years. He has covered more than 10 sectors including Retail, Media, Oil & Gas, Industrials, Paper and Packaging. He is a CA(SA), CFA charter holder and has a Masters in Finance (Cum Laude) from INSEAD. David works for Investec Securities.

Doris Viljoen

Doris Viljoen

Institute for Futures Research
Senior Futurist

Topic: April 2029: Let’s go to the Mall!

Biography

Doris Viljoen is a senior futurist at the Institute for Futures Research, with specialised skills in strategy development and environmental strategic awareness. She has consulted to leading listed organisations in South Africa and abroad. As Senior Futurist, she endeavours to interpret global trends and assess their relevance for South Africa and Africa. 

Doris has a wide range of research interests and is passionate about asking the right questions, searching for and finding the data that could inform decisions and sharing the results of her findings in the interest of providing clients with strategic advantage.

Dr Ankit Katrodia

Dr Ankit Katrodia

Graduate School of Business and Leadership, UKZN
Post Doctoral Research Fellowship

Topic: Determinants of Shopping and Buying Behaviour: A case study at Durban Shopping Malls

Biography

PhD- Management, MBA- Marketing, M. Com- Marketing, P.G.D.H.R.M, B.Com- Business Management. Dr Ankit Katrodia, currently residing in Durban-South Africa and undertaking Post Doctoral Research Fellowship with UKZN (University of Kwazulu Natal), Graduate School of Business and Leadership, Durban South Africa. Dr. Katrodia was formerly senior lecturer at the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA). He has over 10 years of teaching experience at postgraduate level as well as two years of industry experience. His research areas are entrepreneurship studies, Consumer Behaviour and Strategic Marketing. He has published a number of academic articles in national and international journals. Ankit has extensive management experience and leadership skills, the key components required in any Business School. He is also currently doing research on challenges faced by small and medium entrepreneurs.

GG Alcock

GG Alcock

Author KasiNomics, Third World Child, Kasinomic Revolution
Founder of Minanawe Marketing

Topic: The Age of the Afripolitan

Biography

GG Alcock, founder of Minanawe Marketing,  Author KasiNomics, Kasinomic Revolition & Third World Child.  Born white in apartheid South Africa but raised & bred as a Zulu man , GG was raised in a mud hut in one of the most poverty stricken and violent parts of Kwazulu Natal, Msinga.  GG’s activist parents raised their two sons in a hut with no running water, electricity or modern conveniences, instead growing up like young Zulu’ boys herding and hunting.   GG has been at times a shebeen owner, political activist, community worker, African adventurer and entrepreneur.    GG’s passion and current focus is on Kasinomics, the invisible matrix at the heart of South Africa’s informal economies and the people who live in them. Living and doing business in African marketplaces requires an ethos uniquely suited to the informal, to the invisible, to the intangible, GG shares some of the secrets to doing business & entrepreneurship in these informal spaces.

Gugulethu Mfuphi

Gugulethu Mfuphi

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.

Jess Jorgensen

Jess Jorgensen

Instant Grass International
Director

Topic: The role of influencer marketing in the retail sector

Biography

As a Director and Strategic Analyst at IGI with 13 years background in research, documentation and analysis of African youth culture, Jess uses empathy-driven research tools to gain first-hand insights into these markets and develop consumer-driven business solutions for clients. 

Jess works primarily with multi-national corporations, aligning global strategies with market-specific nuances in Africa. Having been at the forefront of numerous local trends, coupled with her deep connection to youth culture, Jess compiles annual category-specific client reports and is a regular speaker at national marketing-related conferences.

Jessica Pastore

Jessica Pastore

Whole Foods Market
Senior Analyst | Competitive Intelligence

Topic: Growth and Innovation in Plant Based Foods

Biography

Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, and was awarded a full scholarship to continue graduate school at U.F., where she received a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. While pursuing her MBA, Jessica served as a retail consultant for Bloomin' Brands International, and an intern for Toys R Us. Jessica also has professional experience as an Engineer with Harris Corporation in their Space Structures department, as a Financial Analyst for ExxonMobil Chemical Company, and as a Financial Auditor for ExxonMobil's Downstream division.  Currently, Jessica uses her analytical background and passion for retail grocery to produce strategic insights, deliver competitor assessments, identify competitive advantages and develop recommendations for Whole Foods Market. Jessica is passionate about the future of food, particularly about the growing interest in a plant-based way of eating. In her free time, she is learning American Sign Language, volunteers at a non-profit, vegan kitchen, and dances Salsa, Tango and West Coast Swing.

Mike Vincent

Mike Vincent

Deloitte Africa
Consulting Leader, Consumer

Topic: Are SA Retailers Ready for the Connected Retail Revolution?

Biography

Mike currently leads the Consumer Industry focus across Africa and sits on the Deloitte Africa Clients & Industries Leadership Committee and the Consulting Industry Executive.  Mike is a strategy consultant and has led both the strategy and innovation businesses in South Africa. He is a senior partner in Monitor Deloitte in which he helps clients to solve complex business and industry challenges. Under Mike’s guidance, Deloitte established Mzansi & Green, a connected retail store in its Greenhouse™ in Cape Town. The store is intended to demonstrate the impact that digital will have on the industry. Mike holds MBA, BA and Higher Diploma in Education degrees. Previously he was an entrepreneur invested in TMT and IT ventures and an investment banker.

Naeem Tilly

Naeem Tilly

Sesfikile Capital
Head of Research

Topic: Facing Facts: The Economy and the Consumer

Biography

Naeem is a qualified Chartered Accountant CA (SA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder with 11 years of experience in the listed property sector. After obtaining a Bachelor of Accountancy degree at the University of Witwatersrand, Naeem began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Before joining Sesfikile, Naeem was an executive director and senior listed property analyst at Avior Capital Markets, where he was awarded the Financial Mail’s top-rated analyst award for three consecutive years by industry peers.