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 IoDSA, MMI and USB-ED partner on The Directors Event

2016-04-08 00:00

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In this photo: Jeremy Maggs and Brigitte Roediger

MMI Holdings, the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa, and USB Executive Development have cemented their support of The Directors Event through partnership. The Directors Event, now in its second year, is brought to you by MMI Holdings, in association with the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), and USB Executive Development (USB-ED).
The Directors Event is an extension of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, and facilitates an opportunity for government, industry, academic and civil leaders to debate topics of national importance and discuss solutions in a public forum. More than 200 executive level delegates are expected to attend the event at the Sandton Convention Centre on 8 April. Jeremy Maggs, Iman Rappetti, Bruce Whitfield, Andile Khumalo, and CNBC’s Bronwyn Nielsen will be moderators in four debates around Innovation, Healthcare, Education, and South Africa’s global competitiveness. Twenty experts and thought leaders in their respective fields will participate in the panel discussions.
Vuyo Lee, Group Executive: Brand, Corporate Affairs and Transformation, MMI Holdings, says the company decided to maintain its headline partnership of The Directors Event based on the success of the inaugural event last year. “The opportunity to sponsor the inaugural Directors Event allowed us the chance to liaise with several brilliant minds who are actively involved in making South Africa great, in order to approach the country’s most pressing problems with the frankness and openness it required. Together, we sat around the boardroom table and looked at systemic crises such as economic inequality, job creation, resource depletion and environmental degradation in South Africa. It didn’t end there – some of our country’s finest minds then set out to identify solutions and act upon them. We look forward to seeing what the 2nd annual Directors Event brings.”
The Institute of Directors of Southern Africa supported The Directors Event in 2015, and has renewed the engagement in 2016. Angela Cherrington, CEO of the IoDSA says, “We found the openness of the conversations encouraging and the interest in talking through practical solutions was a positive step.” She says the IoDSA believes The Directors Event is relevant to businesses and business leaders in SA today as “we all need to take responsibility for our own continuing professional development regardless of where one is in their career. The world and business is changing so rapidly, and events like this keep us attuned to changes in thinking.”
This year, The Directors Event has also attracted the support of USB Executive Development who attended the event in 2015 as delegates. “It is an opportunity to network and have meaningful conversations in an alternative setting. With the credible sponsorship of Sunday Times, our business developers who attended agreed that the topics were well chosen and facilitated. It led to honest discussions with refreshing direct approaches not clouded in philosophical debate. For this reason we decided to not only exhibit and attend but also become a partner in 2016,”says Brigitte Roediger, Director: Marketing at USB Executive Development Ltd.
Trevor Ormerod, GM Sales and Marketing at Times Media believes “the leverage that the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies offers in drawing the country’s leading do’ers and thinkers together at The Directors Event, creates a very powerful opportunity for the media and business to work together and drive a prosperous South Africa. We also feel very privileged to hold the relationships we do with MMI, IodSA and USB-ED in making The Directors Event a staple in SA’s business calendar.” 

About MMI Holdings 
MMI Holdings Limited (MMI) is a South African based financial services group listed on the South African stock exchange, the JSE.  The group operates in the market through multiple client-facing brands including insurance and investment brands Metropolitan and Momentum, South Africa’s number one cell captive insurer Guardrisk and wellness & rewards programme Multiply. MMI operates in 17 countries across the globe: 13 in the African continent, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom, and India through a direct presence, strategic partnerships and joint ventures. 

About the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa 
The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa NPC (“IoDSA”) is a professional body recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority and a non-profit company that exists to promote corporate governance, and to maintain and enhance the credibility of directorship as a profession (SAQA ID:836).  The IoDSA is committed to the development of those charged with governance duties and improving overall board effectiveness. Members of the IoDSA benefit from ongoing educational opportunities, governance advisory assistance, publications and updates featuring the latest developments in corporate governance, access to NED vacancies as well as unique networking opportunities. 

About USB Executive Development 
USB Executive Development (USB-ED) is the public company of the University of Stellenbosch. We develop and connect leaders through innovative and transformational learning experiences because we believe that empowered leaders can bring about change. Our leadership and management development programmes are suitable for the private and public sectors and for individuals’ intent on carving their own future in business. We have three offices in South Africa and recently expanded our presence to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as well as to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our programmes are presented in 14 countries across Africa and beyond. The USB holds the triple crown of international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. ​

About Times Media Events 
Times Media Events draws on the editorial expertise and media-powerhouse advantage of the Times Media Group (TMG) to deliver stimulating and engaging encounters that encourage excellence across South Africa’s various industries. Aligned to the thought-leadership of TMG’s prominent platforms like the Sunday Times, Financial Mail, Business Day, Sowetan, Business Day TV, The Home Channel and Ignition TV, we are committed to facilitating events that nurture the socio-economic success of our country. Leading industry events successfully executed by the team include the Annual Adfocus Awards, AMARA Awards, AdForum, Sunday Times GenerationNext, Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, Leaders on the Move, The Directors Event, Top Brands, Sunday Times Literary Awards, Business Day Investor Relations & Strategic Communication Conference and the Investment Summit to name a few. For more information, contact 
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