Please select your page

Clarkhouse Human Capital Day 2017

Clarkhouse Human Capital Day - Diversity

On the 5 October 2017 at Langhams Lifestyle Estate, Johannesburg, Clarkhouse Human Capital held the first ever Diversity Day. A dynamic and diverse line up of speakers and panelists from the USA, Nigeria and South Africa had conversations about how diversity will impact organisations within the African and global context. Attendees learnt what they can do to transform their organisation through people, leadership, culture, transformation, gender transformation, generational transformation innovation and more.

Speakers | Panellists | Contributors

The phenomenal arsenal of speakers and panellists included:


Jo-Anne Pohl. Master of Ceremonies

Jo's experience spans start-ups to listed corporates operating locally, regionally and globally. She was appointed Interim CFO at Texton Property Fund Ltd in May 2017.

Previously she was an Executive Director and Group CFO for Telesure Investment Holdings leading Finance, Treasury and Risk and playing a pivotal role in executing on Group strategy and the CFO for Africa at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) as an executive member of the Africa Regional and Global Finance Executive Management Committees leading and partnering 15 countries in Africa and Finance across SCB globally.
Other leadership roles include Executive Director and CFO of Ubank Ltd responsible for Finance, Treasury and Strategy and the Head of Finance for Barclays Africa, the Middle East and Indian Oceans.

She chairs the board of the Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa, sits on the advisory board of Sanari Capital and was a non executive director of SCB Zimbabwe Ltd. She is part of the 2013 South Africa Boss of the Year alumni, one of Africa’s top 20 rising stars per Euromoney in 2014 and member of the African Leadership Network (ALN) since 2015.

Jo is a qualified Chartered Accountant, ACCA accredited and Professional Banker of the Institute of Bankers (PBSA) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Admin from the University of Wales.

Highly principled and passionate about people and philanthropy. She counsels cancer patients, works with entrepreneurs, is a member of the 30% CSA Steerco and an adjudicator for the GMA and CFO case study. She's been a sponsor and mentor on the Global Women in Leadership and Africa Emerging Leadership Programmes, mentored on the Black Entrepreneurship Initiative, served on SAICA's Initial Professional Development and Exam Committees and adjudicated TT100.

Stan Slap.

Stan Slap is a New York Times and Wall St. Journal bestselling author and renowned thought leader about business culture. He is also the CEO of SLAP, the international consulting company that specializes in gaining maximum commitment in employee and customer cultures. He knows how these cultures really work and how to get them to really work for you. This is why the SLAP organization has achieved legendary performance impact for many of the world’s most successful companies, including Google, HSBC, Microsoft, Viacom and many more.

Stan’s work is original, smart and provocative, and his presentations are heartfelt and entertaining. Most important is that he was getting the results he talks about long before he ever climbed on a stage to discuss how you can get them too.

Stan will ‘start it up’ by looking at how you can ‘Fire up and Fine Tune’ your employee culture in the complicated equation around Diversity.

See what Stan has to say about Clarkhouse Human Capital day here:


Joké Coker. 

Speaking on Human Excellence and the challenges of ‘Diversity in Africa’ Oyejoke Coker (J.C.) is a highly accomplished global executive with more than 25 years of success within financial services, telecoms and banking in West Africa. She is the CEO Lead Coach of Constellation Coaching Group LLC, a talent management company that provides support for multinational organizations both in the USA (Texas) and West Africa. Joké is a widely recognized thought leader andis a frequent keynote speaker on a range of topics including coaching, NLP, motivation, team building and human excellence.

Joké has won a number of honours and awards over the years including the top 40 Nigerian female professionals in the world, Outstanding Achiever’s Award from the Women in Banking Finance and Investments Association & Venture Capital Leadership Prize (UK) as well as the Woman of the Year Award from the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) USA.


Liesl Bebb-McKay.

Liesl is an innovator and activator and head of The FOUNDeRY, RMB’s innovation and disruptive technology division. She is a founding member and coordinator of RMB’s gender equality initiative – Athena - and a passionate advocate for women in the workplace. Innovation excellence requires deep belief in possibility with a culture that allows the genius of each individual to activate within the collective. The FOUNDeRY focuses on disruptive technology as well as cultural innovation.

A CA(SA) by training, her career began in mining, industry and consulting before discovering her love of banking and innovation at Credit Suisse in London. Prior to running the FOUNDeRY she focused on strategy for RMB’s global markets business and has been involved in change initiatives across the full spectrum of the business.

In her spare time she is a mom of a teenager, reads anything she can, blogs about her passions, travels as much as possible and dabbles in her fruit and veggie garden. Liesl will be sure to inspire us with her thoughts around Innovation and how critical diversity is to innovation.


Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Outlining why ‘Generational Diversity ‘ is so important as we hit the 4th industrial revolution, Lindiwe remains committed to promoting change for the better in South Africa, Africa and the Global South. Lindiwe firmly believes that it is possible for us to build societies across the continent that are generous towards the poor, protective of children, afford women and men equal status and protect human rights and enforce the rule of law, whilst also providing economic opportunities for all.

Lindiwe Mazibuko is a political leader, public speaker, writer, and mentor. She was the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. A graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the United States.

 Njabulo Mashigo.

Njabulo will be breaking stereotypes around the HR function and the people who lead it and will be speaking on how Human Resources holds the key to driving diversity in organizations successfully.

Njabulo is HR director of Heineken where she has played a critical role in building the Heineken SA organization following its demerger from Brandhouse.

She has 15 years HR experience across the entire HR value chain. She studied Industrial Psychology at Rhodes University and holds an MBA from GIBS. Her career began at an early age of 19 when she became the youngest graduate that Unilever had ever employed at the time. Since then, she has worked for a number of blue-chip organizations such as SAB and recently the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) where she was also HR Director.

In 2011 whilst working for the National Treasury, Njabulo was recognized by Avusa Media (AMARA) as one of the top 3 HR Directors in Public Service.


 Lebogang Chaka.

Providing insights around the ‘Unconscious Bias’, Lebogang is the Chair of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute Alumni Forum, a Management Consultant, Doctoral Student, speaker andalso runs Afro Visionary Legacy Pty Ltd. She is a seasoned consultant who has international work experience where she delivered a multi country transformational organisation design project. Her experience includes project management, change management, organisational design as well as various roles on Global Shared Services and Outsourcing and Restructuring programmes.

Lebogang has worked within a wide range of industries namely oil and gas, mining, health, public sector, retail, telecommunications, automotive, insurance and financial services.


Niven Postma.

Niven is Head of Leadership and Culture at Standard Bank Group. Her work at a senior and executive level in business, civil society and the public sector have come together to develop what HBR has come to call Triple Strength Leadership. Triple Strength Leadership is the ability to appreciate the needs, priorities, languages and incentives of people across all three sectors and in so doing, to understand and address multi-disciplinary, complex challenges.

Niven will be unpacking Leadership and its correlation to culture and how this drives diversity.

Liesel Scott.

Liesel will be outlining the Daring Way TM, a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr Brené Brown. She will explore the topic of vulnerability and what it takes to show up and step into the arena, even when there are no guarantees. The Daring Way TM debunks the myth that vulnerability is weakness and instead, positions vulnerability as the hallmark of courageous and authentic leadership.

Liesel is an insightful and passionate Leadership and Organisational Development Practitioner with over 13 years experience working with a broad range of clients. She is the co-founder of Appletree Culture Catalysts, an internationally accredited facilitator and coach, and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator.

Nwabisa Piki.

Nwabisa is an Investor Relations Specialist with banking, equity sales and capital markets, petroleum and telecommunications experience. She thrives in positions that put emphasis on team work, empowerment of others and an opportunity to learn. Her time at Telkom has been largely based on developing and maintaining the fair valuation of Telkom within its markets as the company embarked on a turnaround strategy. She was also responsible for the group's integrated social impact, taking accountability for the entire B-BBEE scorecard and its reputation among the shareholder.

Nwabisa will be contributing to the dynamics and importance of inclusion and social responsibility within the diversity equation.

Richard Warren-Tangney.

Richard is owner and director of Féinics, a strategic-level consultancy that combines his passion for talent acquisition and human resources with 18+ years of business experience across the African continent. Previously Richard was a client-facing audit partner in Bank Audit at KPMG in South Africa and was also responsible for elements of the Human Resources function within the national Financial Services practice. 

Richard will be contributing and speaking on thought leadership around issues faced by the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community across Africa. Richard intendeds to emphasize the diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based culture complexities in modern-day organisations.


Vuyo Dunjwa.

Vuyo Dunjwa is Executive Chairman of the Board at the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce where he has been instrumental in the development of a strategic roadmap for the Chamber, establishing strategic partnerships, fundraising, facilitating key negotiations, directing trade mission delegations and leading the strategic growth of the organization.
Vuyo is a frequent keynote speaker and advisor on risk management, international business development, foreign direct investment, entrepreneurship, management and economic development in Africa. He has presented to such varied audiences as the World Bank, BBC World News, Secretary Clinton’s Global Diaspora Forum, White House Entrepreneurship Forum, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, World Trade Centre, and more.

Vuyo will be a contributor to the panel discussions around driving African Growth through Diversity.


Richard Mulholland.

Richard will be driving the panel discussions under the auspices of ‘Question Everything!’ He will shake things up to get deep and meaningful conversation going. Richard is the author of a book called ‘Legaside’. Why legacy thinking is the silent killer of innovation. Richard is a highly regarded international speaker and when not addressing audiences the world over he has guest lectured at business schools, GSB and GIBS on leadership.

Richard writes frequent columns for many magazines including Longevity and Destiny Man, he even wrote a few for Playboy.


Catherine Marshall

Catherine is one of the first female wine makers in South Africa. She graduated from Elsenburg in 1991. Apprenticeships at various local cellars interspersed with international experiences in France (Burgundy and St-Emilion- Bordeaux), USA (California and Oregon) and Australia. She had resident winemaking positions followed at four wineries in Stellenbosch and Paarl before embarking on a solo career establishing and running the wine business. At this time, she was instrumental in formalising the Garagiste Movement which has gone on to become very successful in South Africa. Although she no longer actively participates, she has been inducted as an honorary member.

As Cellar master at various wineries, she has garnered many local and international awards, including 5 star Platter Wine Guide accolades for Shiraz and Pinot Noir. The total commitment to detail and the hands-on approach in vineyards and wine production are evident in the unique character of Catherine’s range.

In addition to a full wine schedule, Catherine enjoys mountain hiking ( Base camp Everest in Tibet and the Annapurna in Nepal being some of her highlights), mountain biking, gardening with herbs and fynbos, exotic travel and entertaining friends and family.

Catherine will be sharing her authentic and inspiring story about her journey as a woman building her career in tough industry.


Paul Steenkamp

Over the past six years, Paul has worked with great teams to build and run the innovation programmes at FNB and Standard Bank. These innovation programmes have delivered more than R6 billion net in verified business benefit since 2010.
Paul began his at Cap Gemini in London and Dublin, working to grow the talent base of the Consulting division. He then launched and ran BrandAlive, a branding agency now operating in South Africa, Sweden, Dubai and the UK. Next he launched and ran Inscape, a change management company, before joining FNB as Head of Change Management in 2008.
In November 2016 he launched, I am Jack Frost, a company that helps leaders liberate intrepreneurs and innovators. He has also co-founded zealll, a company that is collaborating with the d-school to help tackle the gap between the innovation talent required by the economy, and that being produced by the education system.
He holds an Executive MBA and Honours in Industrial Psychology.

Paul serves on the National Advisory Council of Innovation, and is a co-founder of Africa A Plus Schools (a support network for schools that prepares today’s children to be citizens of tomorrow). He is also a jury member for the BAI Global Banking Innovation Awards.
His hobbies include jiujitsu, running and surfing. He lives in Stellenbosch with his wife, daughter and three sort-of-dogs.

Paul will be sharing his knowledge around ‘Open Innovation’ and the magic of what’s unattainable alone.

Some of our guests inlcude:

Register now

I'm a small Introtext for the Register Module, I can be set in the Backend of the Joomla WS-Register Module.

  or   Login