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 Introducing new guest speakers on the 2017 Africa Directors Programme

2017-07-21 00:00
by MediaVision on behalf of USB-ED

USB Executive Development (USB-ED) is presenting the Africa Directors Programme for the third year with the Old Mutual Investment Group as corporate partner, as well as the involvement of the esteemed INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative with its world renowned International Directors Programme, the USB Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa and the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IODSA). 

Prof Arnold Smit emphasised the fact that it is not an "African" Directors Programme, but an "Africa" Directors Programme. "It is a programme for the continent of Africa and for the world. We have a gift to the world in a governance conversation that we want to share," Prof Smit said.

The new guest speakers for 2017 are:

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Dr Nolulamo (Lulu) Gwagwa has served on various government commissions, including the Commission for the Delineation and Demarcation of Provincial Boundaries and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Local Government Transformation. She serves as a non-executive director on several boards including FirstRand, Massmart, Ethics Institute of South Africa and Sun International. She is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative, and she was a finalist in the 2001 Nedbank Business Women of the Year awards. Dr Gwagwa is a member of the Gauteng Planning Advisory Council and is the founder and chairperson of Mhakazi Trust that supports youth in KwaZulu Natal. Dr Gwagwa is currently the chief executive officer of Lereko Investments. In 2016, she completed USB Executive Development’s Africa Directors Programme.


Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu is a chartered director (SA), chairman of the Board of Directors of the Road Accident Fund and served as a non-executive director and Advisory Committee member of Nestle (SA) (Pty) Ltd for several years. In 2015, Dr Bhengu was appointed to serve as the Health Sector expert and commissioner of the National Planning Commission for 2015–2020. Over a career of more than 20 years, Dr Bhengu has operated in various senior executive roles within the healthcare sector.  His most recent executive appointments have been with Metropolitan Health, the Clinix Health Group and Biotech Laboratories. Dr Bhengu is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative, and in 2016 he completed USB Executive Development’s Africa Directors Programme. 

Dr Michele Serfontein is an educational specialist of outcomes-based education and has been involved in professionalisation of various industries since the promulgation of the SAQA Act in 1999. She has been involved in the strategic development of marketers through the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM), the Marketing Federation of SA (MFSA) and the Marketing Association of South Africa (MASA) for many years. As a CD(SA) specialist at the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA), she currently focusses specifically on the development of Chartered and Certified directors. Dr Serfontein continues her contribution to research through supervision of Master’s and PhD students at the University of Johannesburg, Milpark Education and The Da Vinci Institute, as well as by contributing towards publications related to marketing and professional development.

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Prof Ludo van der Heyden of Belgium is professor of Corporate Governance at INSEAD and academic director of the INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative. He actively contributes to the MBA, Executive and PhD Programmes and directed the Advanced Management Programme, INSEAD’s most senior general management programme. He was also PhD director and associate dean for Research. Prof Van der Heyden held the Wendel Chair in the Large Family Firm, which initiated INSEAD's activities in family business. The Chair led to the creation of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise at INSEAD. He earned the Mercurius Award for his joint work on the introduction of the Euro, and is co-author of Industrial Excellence, a book that identifies better manufacturing practices in French and German factories. 

For more info about the Africa Directors Programme, please visit the programme page where you will be able to watch a video clip and download your info.
1 Comment
Hi what's membership criteria? 
Groete Gilbert April 
Posted by Gilbert April on 25-07-2017 5:24 PM


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