Cushman & Wakefield
Senior Consultant, Cross Border Retail
Catherine works as a Senior Consultant within the Cross Border Retail and Leisure team at Cushman & Wakefield and is based in London. Catherine’s key responsibilities nvolve providing retailers and leisure operators with bespoke advice on new market entry, store portfolio management and location strategy globally. Before joining Cushman & Wakefield in January 2018, Catherine worked at property agency Colliers International, in a joint role supporting the Research and Retail Strategy teams. Catherine wrote retail and leisure market reports for publication and worked on retailer and landlord consultancy projects. Key clients included Grosvenor, Shaftesbury, the City of London Corporation and Ecco Shoes.
Journalist and Analyst
John Ryan is a journalist and analyst covering retail design, strategy and marketing for a wide variety of magazines and journals. As Stores Editor of Retail Week, online editor of retail design magazine www.MInd-mag.com and European editor of VMSD, he has written about the sector for almost two decades. As well as occasional appearances on the TV and radio, he is a frequent speaker on conference platforms around the world. He is also a consultant on store interiors, retail strategies and shopper profiling with clients ranging from Screwfix to Marks & Spencer, John Lewis to Tottenham Hotspur and L’Oreal, as well as Swedish store equipment manufacturer Itab. In a previous life he was a retail buyer for C&A, a role he fulfilled for 13 years, working in London and Dusseldorf and then head of buying for department store group Bentalls.
SA Political Commentator & Facilitator
Justice Malala is a renowned South African political commentator, newspaper columnist and author of the Number 1 bestseller “We Have Now Begun Our Descent”. Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times online newspaper and the Financial Mail magazine. He is a resident political analyst for eNews Channel Africa (eNCA). He also presents a weekly political talk show (The Justice Factor on eNCA, Mondays at 9.30pm). He is a political analyst at Lefika Securities in Johannesburg and was rated among the top five political / economic analysts of 2016 in SA by the Financial Mail.
Kundayi holds a BSc. (Honours) in Property Studies from UCT and has obtained the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation. With experience as a property valuer, a buy-side analyst, and head of research for Investec’s investment team of analysts in South Africa, UK and Australia, Kundayi and his partners started Sesfikile Capital, an asset manager focussed on listed property investments in SA and offshore markets.
Lebo founded Foshizi Consumer Insights Agency in 2004. He is an experienced public speaker who is well-rounded and can relate to any corporate audience. Having being in his past life a Lecture, a Linguist, a Journalist, a Columnist, a Researcher, a Copywriter, a Creative, a Salesman, a Director & Shareholder, a Board member and Businessman.
CEO & Founder
Lebogang Mokubela, the 2016 Standard Bank Tshwane Business Awards Young Entrepreneur of the Year, is the CEO & founder of LEMOK GROUP, a township-based group of marketing companies solely focused on serving the retail market by assisting Shopping Centres, FMCG Brands as well as Retailers in truly identifying more clearly who is buying, why are they buying, how are they buying and what are they buying.
Margaret Constantaras is as an independent consultant within the marketing research industry, trading as Research IQ. She has a broad and deep experience in many industries, and extensive knowledge in the franchising and telecommunications sectors. Margaret’s working experience includes having been a director of a number of the leading research companies, prior to opening Research IQ. She has also been on the user side holding a senior management position in the Marketing Intelligence division of Telkom SA, and spent a year with an advertising agency specialising in pharmaceutical advertising.
Managing Director, Emerging Markets & Africa
Dr Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte. He also leads the Japan Services Group for Deloitte Africa. He is a member of the Global Firm’s Insight Advisory Group as well as the Deloitte Economics team. Prior to joining Deloitte, Martyn founded Frontier Advisory, a strategy advisory firm that was acquired by Deloitte. Over his career, he has been an advisor to a large array of multinational firms on their market entry & engagement strategies in emerging markets and Africa. He has also conducted a large amount of advisory work on behalf of the public sector. Martyn has previously been ranked the # 1 analyst in South Africa in the “African Economies & Markets” category as awarded by the Financial Mail in its Annual Analysts of the Year awards.
MSc Real Estate (UP), B.Com (NUST), IMM (SA)
Born in Zimbabwe, Moses Mushirivindi obtained his B.Com Honours Degree in Management and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing (IMM). He enrolled for an MSc in Real Estate degree from University of Pretoria and graduated in 2017. In 2015, he was awarded the MidCity Properties award for best student in Property Management with a distinction in his research entitled “Optimum Refurbishment Time for Shopping Centres”, under the tutelage of Dr Dirk Prinsloo and Professor Chris Cloete. By the day, Moses works as Centre Manager for Excellerate Real Estate Services t/a JHI Properties in KZN, managing a Vukile Property Fund shopping centre. He has been in the real estate industry for over eight years and involved with consultancy and managing listed property portfolios in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Driven by his personal motto, “Inspired by the fear of being average”, Moses finds pleasure in researching real estate markets with the aim of bringing new ideas to the industry.
GfK Retail & Technology SA
Business Group Manager: IT, Telecoms, Office and Photo
Business Group Manager for the Telecoms and IT industry, with vast experience in the setup of new panels within GfK. Currently focused on geographical reporting, and the granular insights one can mine from it. Nicolet has a degree in Strategic Brand Communications Planning.
Southern Africa, GFK SA
GM: Point of Sales Tracking
Currently General Manager of Point of Sales Tracking practice with 11 years of expertise in Market Research and Business Intelligence. Nikolay has a business background that moves across the globe from South Africa, Central Asia and Russia. His current role is to lead Retail Specialists and Market researches in discovering business solutions on behalf of brands by tracking market shares, brand performance and discovering ways to optimize profits. Nikolay’s professional knowledge lays in Diverse Product Categories, to mention a few: Telecoms, Domestic Appliances, Consumer Electronics, IT and DIY.
Ray de Villiers
Consultant and Futurist
An international speaker, consultant and futurist who has presented to a impressive list of local and global organisations helping them understand the challenges and opportunities inherent in the New World of Work. He also has experience with both the Banking and Insurance / Assurance sides of the sector. Ray has researched and written a white paper on “Fintech, the digital customer, and the future of banking” that was successfully presented to the Swiss banking Industry in June 2016. He has drawn on his experience to expand the research to include the Insurance, Assurance, Investment and other industry areas in order to understand the Future of Money in the digital world.
CEO & Head of Analytics
Steven is a qualified actuary. As a consultant he specializes in strategic analysis, business case development and financial and behavioural modeling work. Typically this work looks at solving business problems or aiding strategic decision making by helping quantify future certain and uncertain events. It is these sorts of techniques that are essential in accurately developing and costing, amongst others, new business opportunities and marketing strategies. Over recent years he has focused his skills in the area of customer analytics. He has advised national retailers, banks and media houses on their customer rewards programs and consumer centric marketing strategies.