Entrepreneur & Founder
Alan Knott-Craig is a successful entrepreneur and best-selling author, chairman of HeroTel, a wireless broadband provider, and founder of Project Isizwe, an NGO rolling out free WiFi in poor communities. Originally from Pretoria, he studied at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formerly UPE) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 and has subsequently invested or funded 21 companies in the tech industry. Alan was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. Forbes listed him as one of the top 10 young African millionaires to watch. He was also included in “100 Choiseul Africa”, a list of top 100 young African business leaders in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and nominated as the 2015 ICT Personality of the Year by ITWeb.
Head of Merchandise and Marketing
Alex joined the group almost 3 years ago, with over 20 years retail experience across different sectors and geographies. Prior to joining the company, he was European Commercial Director for one the of the leading global travel retail operators (The Nuance Group now part of Dufry). He started his retail career with Tesco Stores Ltd in the UK where we worked for 10 years.
Cláudia De Gouveia Macedo
Financial Services Advisory – SA, PWC
Manager: Strategy & Transformation
Cláudia’s industry-related experience spans across FMCG, Mining, Public Sector and most recently management consulting. Prior to joining the Strategy and Transformation department at PwC, Cláudia held positions at AngloGold Ashanti, The National Treasury and The South African Breweries Limited (SAB). Her roles have allowed her the opportunity to work in highly competitive environments across Mining, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing and Distribution.
Dr Yvonne Court
EMEA Cross Border Retail & Leisure
Partner & Head of International Consultancy
Yvonne Court is a Partner in the Cross Border Retail Services team responsible for international retail and leisure occupier market entry and location strategy at Cushman & Wakefield EMEA. She has extensive knowledge of advanced demographic analysis and market research techniques in the context of retail and property consultancy projects. Yvonne has a wide range of experience in both academic and private sector property research, having been involved with a broad variety of projects on a pan-European and global basis. Yvonne works in close co-operation with pan-European and global retailers and F&B brands plus retail financial services operators considering expansion. Yvonne has written numerous articles, conference papers and other publications on aspects of retailing and retail property markets across Europe, e.g. specific markets, shopping centre development trends, retailing trends and concepts, demographics and consumer markets, and cross-border retail activities.
Elna holds a Master’s degree in Economics from New York University and a PhD in Econometrics from the University of Pretoria. She has been the top rated economist in the Financial Mail annual analyst ratings for eight consecutive years, and previously won the Reuters Economist of the Year award.
Gugulethu Cele, a true communicator at heart and a B.Comm Accounting graduate from the University of Johannesburg, entered broadcast in 2010 as a newsreader at Eyewitness News on Talk Radio 702. She swiftly moved up the ranks joining Moneyweb in 2011 as a fi nancial journalist specialising in IT and as a business news reader. Her broadcasting talent was soon recognised and she became a radio anchor on Lotus FM and later made the cross over to TV joining CNBC Africa. Cele co-anchors Power Lunch and anchors Closing Bell Africa. She is also a regular presenter of Captains of Industry, conducting in-depth and personal interviews with the giants of the business world. In 2012, Cele received acknowledgement for her work regarding BEE investment options, in the form of a nomination for the Peregrine award for Alternative investment reporting, at the Citadel Words on Money Journalism Awards.
Customer & Digital Consulting Leader
PwC Customer Strategy lead focused on Strategy improvement and implementation, Customer Relations Management, Process improvement. Professional experience includes the assessment and development of strategies for market entry and growth as well as customer experience and operating model analysis. Industries worked in includePower & Utilities, Manufacturing, Banking, Development Financing, Mining and Public Sectors in South Africa.
Instant Grass International
Head of Anthropology
Originally from the US, Kate is an adopted South African having spent the last 12 years here living and learning about SA youth culture, initially as it relates to health in her first role as socio-behavioural researcher in public health, and now as it relates to popular culture as a senior strategist at Instant Grass International. As an anthropologist, she is especially interested in how individuals and cultures shape one another - how cultural pretexts often dictate individual beliefs and behaviours, but equally, how we all individually play a role in shaping and changing cultural constructs.
Kirsty has covered the South African consumer environment as an analyst in one or other form since 1997. In that time she has worked for stockbrokers and investment banks including JP Morgan, Investec and Standard Bank. She has a BCom from Wits and holds a CFA.
Caxton Community Papers
Lynne Krog has been working in Market Research for 30 years. Starting at Research International in London within a specialized advertising and media research group. Lynne moved to South Africa 20 years ago, took a few years out of research to raise her 4 children and try her hand at being a restauranteur, returning to the research world in 2006 to manage ROOTS. She has been involved with ROOTS ever since. Before opening her own consultancy in 2016, Lynne worked at TNS specializing in Brand health and development in the FMCG industry.
Mike is an entrepreneur, technologist and speaker. He is currently the Managing Director at Digital Flow, a digital architecture agency that assists brands and agencies with the technical strategy, development and deployment of key business initiatives.
Listed among the 40 most influential people in South African media under 40, Producer/Director, Odette has 18 years’ experience in directing and producing award-winning television. Odette has specialized skills in all aspects of production – technical; creative and business. She has applied these skills with success to hundreds of productions for local and international clients. Storytelling is her passion. Her purpose.
Thirty years of work experience in the fashion retail industry and as an entrepreneur have seen Sash Padayachee work his way up from the warehouse and factory floor, through the design studio – where he earned several national awards – to buying, store and operational management, as well as strategic planning. With a degree in retail from Newport University, he has designed and implemented retail academies for SA and Middle Eastern conglomerates, and now focuses on retail skills development through his social impact start-up, Taleo Consulting. Sash has also conducted Retail Research in Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, Tanzania and Indonesia.
With over 20 years of retail experience Stacey has held managerial positions and absorbed the corporate DNA of well-known luxury goods companies such as Clinique (USA), Louis Vuitton (France) and Bally (Switzerland). An in-depth understanding of the work ethics and values of many different multinational companies operating in the luxury retail space is the Metis edge. South African born, having lived in Switzerland for 30 years, she has travelled extensively through emerging and developed markets and realised that the local understanding of luxury brands was not consistent to the mother house due to the cultural differences and lack of exposure. Metis was founded to bridge the gap from the inside out. In addition she finds time to be both a Speaker and a Trainer for Toastmasters International recently coming 2nd in 2016 Swiss Division of Toastmasters International.
Wayne has helped the PHD Media grow from R110m to R650m in less than 3 years. The agency has also won Specialist Agency of the Year and Wayne was also voted Media Agency Rising Star and Top 40 Under 40 in 2014.