DATE THURS 24 – FRI 25 NOV 2016






If you go with the dominant narrative of news media, you could easily conclude that our final catastrophe is imminent. Sell everything. Get the hell out. Run as fast as possible. This outlook is wired into our DNA. It’s how our species survived the African Savannah. A slight change in posture reveals a more positive reality: our lifespan has doubled in the last one hundred years; the cost of living has decreased many times over; more people can read and write than ever before; and we’re living in the most peaceful time in the history of humanity—fact. Furthermore, thanks to the power of exponential growth, the 21st Century has introduced us to the most awesome tools of wealth creation—mind-blowing technologies that will radically transform every aspect of our lives. For the first time, total eradication of poverty is a plausible possibility.


This is an extraordinary time. We’re living in the age of unprecedented abundance.


THURS 24 NOV 2016 DAY 1 

08:00 – 09:00 REGISTRATION

09:00 – 10:30 SESSION 1  

10:30 – 11:00 TEA & COFFEE

11:00 – 12:30 SESSION 2  

12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH

14:00 – 15:30 SESSION 3 

15:30 – 16:00 TEA & COFFEE

16:00 – 17:30 SESSION 4  

FRI 25 NOV 2016 DAY 2 

08:00 – 09:00 REGISTRATION

09:00 – 10:30 SESSION 5  

10:30 – 11:00 TEA & COFFEE

11:00 – 12:30 SESSION 6 


17:30 – 19:00 DRINKS & CONVERSATION 


Leadership Guru


Akiva Beebe is the director of business development for Center for Creative Leadership, in Sub-Saharan Africa. He works with CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 organizations to solve highly complex challenges in a radically changing environment. He is passionate about unlocking latent economic and human potential in emerging markets—by shifting limiting beliefs, thoughts and behaviours of leaders. He is currently testing breakthrough models and capabilities that can accelerate success in volatile markets.


Twitter: @akivabeebe | LinkedIn: Akiva Beebe | Web:


Development Economist


Ayabonga is a development economist, speaker, columnist, activist and photographer. His interests lie at the intersection of identity, power, race, policy and economics. He is co-founder of youth policy advisory and advocacy organisation Rethink Africa. He served on the National Minimum Wage Advisory Panel set up by NEDLAC and the deputy president of South Africa, and has completed a wide array of research and consultancy work on issues spanning from urban design to financial inclusion.


Twitter: @aycawe | LinkedIn: Ayabonga Cawe | Web:

Arthur Goldstuck

Tech Journalist


Arthur Goldstuck is CEO of World Wide Worx, South Africa's leading independent technology market research organisation. He developed the first South African benchmarks for website strategy, and has represented South Africa as a judge for events ranging from the International Advertising Festival in Cannes to the Global Mobile Awards at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. World Wide Worx research is used by international, regional, and local organisations, including corporations and universities.


Twitter: @art2gee| LinkedIn: Arthur Goldstuck | Web:


Clinical Psychologist


Mthetho Tshemese is a clinical psychologist currently in private practice, SANAC board member, a Clinton Democracy Fellow, social commentator and expert panellist.  He believes in the broader relevance and availability of professional psychological services to marginalized and vulnerable communities.  His interests are reconciliation, identity, healthy masculinity, racism and social justice.  Mthetho is the director for several ongoing creative endeavours to promote healing through music.


 Twitter: @VillageShrink | Facebook: Mthetho Ta-Chris Tshemese 


Serial Entrepreneur, Visionary


Besides being an entrepreneur, Lionel Bisschoff is also an author, speaker, consultant and coach. His work focuses on South African and global society’s journey to the knowledge worker economy, and beyond. In the course of that work, he has founded multiple organisations: an Agile and Lean training and consulting company, a collaborative social platform, and an artificial intelligence and machine learning organization, amongst others. 


Twitter: @LionelBisschoff | LinkedIn: Lionel Bisschoff | Web:


Homecoming Revolutionist


Angel Jones has been CEO and founder of the Homecoming Revolution organisation since 2003. She has devoted her life to bringing back home the talents and skills of the people of the continent, wherever they might be in the world. Formerly a non-profit, Homecoming Revolution has recently become a for-profit Pan-African recruitment firm, specialising in head-hunting, and placing global African talent on the continent—probably the first of it's kind in Africa.


Twitter: @angel1jones | LinkedIn: Angel Jones | Web:


TV/Radio Producer & Anchor


Siphumelele Zondi is the creator, senior producer and anchor of Network—a technology news programme on SABC News, on DSTV. The show covers technology and social media inventions and innovations from the African continent. He also presents current affairs for Channel Africa Radio, a continental radio station that is also part of the SABC. He has a Master of Arts in Media and Cultural Studies from Sussex University in the United Kingdom.


Twitter: @SZondi | LinkedIn: Siphumelele Zondi 


Spoken Word Poet


Thuto is a 19-year old poet, actress and writer from the North West. She graduated from Mmabana Arts Foundation where she emerged with a number of accolades, including best actress and most outstanding student. She also has two accredited awards, with distinctions, from the Trinity Guildhall College in London. Her work tackles South Africa’s most burning issues, including the politics of race, gender, and poverty. Her poetry has gone viral on the web, reaching national and global audiences.


Twitter: @_ThutoVEN | LinkedIn: Thuto Gaasenwe | Web:


Education Thought Leader


In her job as SPARK Schools’ Director of School Operations, Bailey Thomson is part of a team dedicated to ensuring that the network's innovative blended learning model delivers high quality education at an affordable cost for all South African children. Her responsibilities include designing and innovating systems and processes that make certain that operations in the network lead to exceptional learner achievement, as well as continued professional development of all staff. 


Twitter: @baileythomson | LinkedIn: K. Bailey Thomson | Web:


data & Product Alchemist


Yasaman Hadjibashi leads the innovation agenda for the Barclays Africa Group, including the bank’s accelerator program with Techstars, after having been the first ever Chief Data Officer for the Bank. She joined Barclays after completing her MBA at Harvard Business School in 2010. She led the end-to-end pan-Africa big data transformation, pioneering an internationally award-winning portfolio of data-led products and customer experiences, including Africa’s first ever artificial intelligence–enabled chatbot.


Twitter: @YassiHadjibashi | LinkedIn: Yasaman Hadjibashi | Web:


Opera Singer


Zandile Mzazi is a winner of the prestigious international singing competition Lijuba Welitsch, held in Vienna, Austria, in 2016. A soprano whose voice is recognised for its purity, she was discovered at school at age sixteen. After winning the Tirisano Schools Eisteddfods, she enrolled at the University of Cape Town where she graduated, cum laude, with a Diploma and a Postgraduate Diploma in Music and Performances. She lives between Vienna and South Africa as a freelance Opera artist in pursuit of her dreams. 


Twitter: @gwebityalaMzazi | LinkedIn: Zandile Mzazi | Web:


Tech Incubator


Gideon Potgieter is an electrical engineer by training, and an MBA graduate from the Rotterdam School of Management. After years of experience in broadcasting, and a stint at Packard Bell, plus several entrepreneurial ventures here and in the Netherlands, he joined Resolution Circle in 2014. Resolution Circle focuses on technology and product development for other companies. Gideon is responsible for the business development, marketing and sales function of the company.


LinkedIn: Gideon Potgieter | Web:

craig rivett

Tech Evangelist, Social Entrepreneur


Economist turned social entrepreneur, Craig Rivett is dedicated to making cutting-edge technology accessible to all South Africans to help them live safer, healthier and smarter lives. He managed the deployment of the largest public Free WiFi network in Africa and co-authored “Be a Hero: Lessons for Living a Heroic Life." Craig is CEO of Happimo, working with government to deploy software to solve citizen problems, like Namola: a revolutionary “Uber for Police” service used by the City of Tshwane.


Twitter: @CraigRivett | LinkedIn: Craig Rivett | Web:


Cooperative Banker


Nthabeleng Likotsi is founder and executive chairperson of Young Women in Business Network (YWBN). She is in the process of starting the first women’s co-operative bank in South Africa. The bank focuses on professionals, entrepreneurs and business people, and has over 370 shareholders that have collectively invested over R5million towards its formation. The network loans up to R350 000 rand for enterprise funding.


Twitter: @MissNthabeleng | LinkedIn: Nthabelng Likotsi | Web:


Fintech Pioneer


Charles Savage leads the Purple Group—a fintech company and a pioneer in democratising the stock market for all South Africans. He was part of the team that broke new ground in CFD and spread trading in South Africa. In 2000, he led the development of the world’s first fully automated online Spread Trading platform. Charles is the founder of EasyEquities – a platform aimed at democratising the stock exchange, allowing all South Africans to achieve financial dignity.


Twitter: @csavagegt247 | LinkedIn: Charles Savage | Web:




Johnny Miller is a photographer and filmmaker specialising in documentaries. A Code for Africa News Fellow, he is based in Cape Town, and has extensive networks of contemporary African and world issues. His focus is on urban, cultural, and social issues facing humanity in a fast-changing world. He has received worldwide acclaim for his project “Unequal Scenes”, an exploration of inequality in South Africa, via drone photography. Johnny speaks three languages, loves to rock climb, and has a lovely dog named Lion.


Twitter: @unequalscenes | Web:

stephanie cowper

Tech Entrepreneur, Disability Advocate


Stephanie Cowper has channelled her passion for technology and improving the world into accessible technology and global disability rights advocacy. Her company BeSpecular—often referred to as the Uber for Eyes— connects people who can't see with those who can, and was rated in the Top 10 Start-ups Most Likely to Improve Lives at TechCrunch Disrupt London. Stephanie’s vision is to empower those without one, and to make it easy for willing volunteers to help.


Twitter: @stephcowper_SA | LinkedIn: Stephanie Cowper | Web:


Medical Doctor, Entrepreneur


Dr Nthabiseng Legoete’s unique primary healthcare model helps to reduce medical bills and to cut down on queues. Based broadly on the Indian healthcare approach, and aimed at underserviced areas, the model relies on technology to provide a paperless system that delivers an efficient, convenient service. Nthabiseng’s self-funded, Dieplsloot-based facility is already attracting the attentions of local and foreign investors interested in taking the service countrywide.


Twitter: @nthabileg | LinkedIn: Nthabiseng Legoete | Web:


3D Printing Pioneer


Award-winning Jason Laing’s pioneering efforts in the jewellery industry have helped to make 3d printing systems in the trade user-friendlier and more commercially viable. Since then, he has been instrumental in introducing into the South African medical field breakthrough CAD and 3D printing processes for guided surgical devices and, for both implantable and external prosthetics. Jason has further expanded his specialist scope into areas such as bio-scaffolding and product development.



Claudine ullman

Actress, Improvisor, Comedienne

Claudine Ullman is the founder and CEO of the Jittery Citizens. She’s an actress, improviser, stand-up comedienne, public speaker as well as expert facilitator. Having completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dramatic Arts at Wits University, Claudine travelled widely, refining her craft. She performed at top performance schools in the US, including at The Second City and Magnet Theatre, where she trained under Improv guru Armando Diaz.


Twitter: @claudiokkiddo | LinkedIn: Claudine Ullman | Web:



Improv Troupe


Jittery Citizens brings sharp-as-a-tack, short-form, long-form and Sinpgprov improvisational comedy to the South African stage. Their act is guaranteed to invoke spontaneous laughter from even the most serious audiences. Armed with a slick-hot format straight from New York stages, their shows feature a lineup of talented and quick-witted South African top performers. The ever-growing Jittery Citizen troupe collectively decided on the name because “we feel it is a good description of South African citizens.”


Twitter: @jitterycitizens | Web:


Singularity University Documentary 


On a NASA research base in Silicon Valley, there's an organization that's changing the world ... Singularity University (SU). Founded by renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil and entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, with support from NASA, Google, and others, the university brings in some of the smartest students from around the world, and gives them a crash course in the most powerful exponential technologies on the planet. The students are then given a challenge: create companies that will impact a billion people within ten years. The film follows the students and their startups over five years, as they use the support of scientists, astronauts and billionaires in their attempt to make a dent in the universe.


Welcome to the world of The University.


Showing for the first time in South Africa, in aTEDxJohannesburg exclusive, the film features a delightfully geeky cast that includes Stephen Hawking, Buzz Aldrin, Shimon Peres, Ashton Kutcher, Will.i.Am, Michio Kaku, and others.




Panel discussion  

The past two years have seen university students in South Africa take to the streets in protest against the high cost of university education. Since then, the #FeesMustFall hashtag has become a permanent feature on our Twitter feeds. We are now at the end of the second year of the protests, and there’s still no solution in sight. Why is it so hard to find a way forward on something so crucial to a sustainable future? And are there ideas out there that have yet to see the the light of day?


Solutions to the most stubborn problems often come from unexpected sources.


We’ve put together a multi-disciplinary panel—drawn from both inside and outside the established circles—to explore the following question: how might we reimagine the cost of higher learning in South Africa, and how it’s paid for.



12:30 – 14:00 DRINKS & CONVERSATION 




Borrowing from multiple genres, including jazz, Leomile’s African folk music is a modern sound infused with curious mysticism and storytelling. Originally from the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, her music tells the story of Africa’s challenging past and, exciting future. A soulful songstress, she incorporates spoken word elements into her spellbinding performances.
Twitter: @leomile  | Web: