2023- BRICS Economic Indaba

BRICS Economic Indaba 2023 Speakers

Anil Sooklal is the Ambassador-at-Large: Asia and BRICS at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), and South Africa’s Sherpa for BRICS as well as IBSA Sherpa and Focal Point for Indian Ocean Rim Association. He holds a Ph.D in Oriental History as well as Phil.D in Religious Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Ambassador Sooklal served as Deputy Director-General: Asia and Middle East in DIRCO until 31 January 2022 and during his career also served as South Africa’s G20 Sherpa Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, and Luxembourg, and served completed diplomatic assignments in Geneva and New Delhi

Brian Dames is the Chief Executive of African Rainbow Energy, and the Former Chief Executive of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited, the national electricity utility in South Africa. African Rainbow Energy is a platform with a focus on clean energy solutions for Africa. Brian has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector. Brian plays a leading role in international and local business, is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Energy, Trustee of WWF (SA), as well as Non-Executive Director of the Nedbank Group and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Brian holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Graduate Diploma in Utility Management from Samford University in the USA

Busi Mabuza currently serves as the Board chairperson of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa; which is the largest development finance institution in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to her appointment as the IDC Board chairperson, Ms Mabuza served as a Non-executive director on several corporate boards. She’s a respected business leader whose prior professional experience in asset management and private equity is reflected in her passionate service to private sector and government led initiatives aimed at transforming South Africa’s economic and social landscape. Busi holds an MBA from the New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business and a BA Mathematics and Computer Science from Hunter College, City University of NY. Ms Mabuza also serves on other boards in the public and private sector

Cas obtained his B. Com from the University College – Durban in 1971. He completed the Housing Finance Course with the Wharton Real Estate Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the Effective Directors Programme with the Kagiso School of Leadership. He has contributed to numerous articles and publications on housing finance, civil society, local government, and the role of civic organisations in governance.

Cas became involved in anti-apartheid politics in the early 1980’s. He was very active in the civic movement, starting in Laudium, Pretoria in 1980. He was the leading force in the establishment of the White Blocks Residents Association in Laudium during 1980. This was the first organized civic body in the country and mobilized low-income people around their day-to-day issues. Cas subsequently was instrumental in the formation of the Civic Association of Johannesburg, which was the trailblazer in negotiations around the restructuring of local government in the early 1990’s. The Civic Association of Johannesburg, which included the Soweto Civic Association, Alexandra Civic Organisation, Lenasia Civic Association and others, was the central party from the Mass Democratic Movement in negotiations around the restructuring of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council. Cas was General Secretary of the Civic Association of Johannesburg and led the negotiations. He was also instrumental in the formation of the South African National Civic Organisation and was its Vice-President. Cas played a critical role in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and was leading its Johannesburg Area Committee. He also played a critical role in the defiance campaign during the mid-1980’s. Cas is still active in numerous business organisations and in civic life. He is the Chairperson of the National Business Initiative, on the Council of Wits University, on the board of the Centre for Development and Enterprise, amongst others./p>

David Jarvis is Divisional Executive for Strategy and Corporate Affairs at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a position he has held since April 2015. His division includes departments focusing on corporate strategy development and monitoring, research and information services, innovation and continuous improvement, marketing, stakeholder management and CSI. He is also executive lead for the implementation of the Presidency’s Social Employment Fund. David started his career working for South Africa’s trade union movement with a focus on industrial policy and workplace organisation issues. His first job was as a researcher for the Trade Union Research Project in 1993. He joined the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI) in 2000 as Head of its Sector Strategies unit. After a stint as acting executive director of NALEDI he moved to the department of Trade and Industry in 2005 working in the Director-General’s office and headed up the Economic Research and Policy Coordination unit in the department during 2008 and 2009. He joined the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) as Head of Research in 2009 and was later DBSA’s General Manager for Strategy. He left DBSA to join the IDC as Head of Corporate Strategy and Portfolio Management in 2013.

Jorge Maia holds a Masters degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. This academic qualification was preceded by a Bachelor of Economic Science with Honours from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jorge Maia joined the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in 1995 as a Manager in the Department of Economic Research and Development. He was mainly responsible for the Department’s macroeconomic and international economics sections, as well as for policy-related research pertaining to the SADC region. In mid-1999, Jorge Maia was appointed to the position of Senior Project Manager in the IDC’s newly created SADC Department and, approximately one year later, to Head of this Department. Early in 2003, the Department was renamed Africa Unit, and its business development mandate expanded continent-wide. On 1 May 2005, he was appointed Head of the Economic Research and Information Department of the IDC, a position which he has held since then. This department plays a key supportive role to the IDC Board of Directors, Executive Management, all operational business units, as well as the Financial Management, Portfolio Management and Corporate Strategy departments. It also plays an economic advisory role to external parties including several national government departments and public sector entities, as well as regional bodies.

Currently the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Black Business Council, an umbrella body of black business in South Africa. I also occupied the position of Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director at Sentech SOC Ltd.
I am a highly experienced and seasoned business executive with over 27 years operational and strategy execution experience, including doing business in more than 10 countries in the African continent, covering the telecommunications, policy, power utilities, rail logistics, motor retail, Bus Rapid Transport, policy, advocacy and mining sectors.
I started my career as an interim teacher/educator, and I am a highly accomplished public and private sector business professional who managed Profit and Loss, have served as both Executive and Non-Executive Director. I served with diligence and continues to serve as a member of board committees such as EXCO, Audit, Finance and Risk, Social and Ethics, Transformation as well as Human Resources and Remuneration committees. I also serve as a Co-Executive Sponsor: Business for South Africa (B4SA) where I worked on the post covid-19 Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan for South Africa, amongst other matters of national interest.
I am a highly influential networker and sought-after speaker who is a thought leader on socio-economic issues of national and international significance and importance.
My academic standing includes a Masters in Business Leadership, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Baccalaureus Technologiae (B-Tech) degree in Cost and Management Accounting.
Current Directorships
•Independent Non-Executive Director (Operations), Remuneration and Human Resources (REM & HR) committee Chairman – KTVR Bus Service (Pty) Ltd;
•Member of the Presidential Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council
•Council member and Chairperson of the Funds and Finance Committee – National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC);
•Board member – Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA).

Ms. Lebogang Zulu is the Founder and CEO of AV South Africa, an entity that specializes in the construction, manufacturing and distribution of innovations and technologies in the built environment. Dubbed a Woman of Steel, Ms. Zulu is a multiple award winning entrepreneur with over 18 years’ worth of experience in the energy and construction sectors. Lebo’s passion and interests in the green building environment extends beyond successful completion of multi-million dollar projects but to establishing strategic partnerships in the road infrastructure technologies space. Ms. Zulu is the Chairperson of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance (SA chapter), Chairs the International Trade Relations Portfolio of the Black Business Council and recently nominated as the G20 Empower advocate. Lebogang has held various positions including Power Station Manager in Training (Eskom: Duvha Power Station) and International Trading Operations Manager (Eskom Transmission Group). Qualifications: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Generation Leadership Programme, Masters in Construction Management. Achievements: Ms. Zulu’s significant achievement include being selected as a trustee in the BWA / MTN Brains Trust Programme representing the energy and mining sector in South Africa, winning prestigious awards including the 2021 CIDB ERWIC award for Transformation Entity of the Year, the Innovative Entity of the Year, the highly sought CIDB Chairman’s award, 2019 Vision 2030 finalist as well as the 2019 16th Standard Bank Top Women Awards, amongst others. Lebo has been featured in articles and publications including the 2019 Leadership magazine.

Ms Lerato D. Mataboge is the Deputy Director-General: Trade and Investment South Africa in the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the DTIC). In this role, Ms Mataboge provides strategic support and advise to the Departmental leadership and the Presidency on key engagements with global stakeholders for the attainment of the country’s economic growth objectives. Prior to this role, Ms Mataboge founded and headed Trade Invest Africa, an initiative of the dti aimed at creating sustainable partnerships with the private sector towards the attainment of greater levels of intra-African trade and intra-African investments. In this role, she facilitated the IDC, DBSA and ECIC’s infrastructure and industrial projects into the rest of Africa as part of executing the SA Inc. approach which was refined through Trade Invest Africa. She previously held the position of Chief Director for Africa at the dti with the responsibility of strengthening South Africa’s bilateral relationships with countries on the African continent. In June 2011, she completed her four-year term as a diplomat (Minister: Economic) where she was South Africa’s Chief Trade and Investment Representative to the USA, based in Washington D.C.

Ms Mataboge is a passionate advocate for Africa’s economic growth and development. She holds a BA (Law and International Relations) degree as well as an Honours degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She obtained a Mastersdegree in International Political Economy (International Trade and Global Finance) from the University of Warwick in the UK. Ms Mataboge also holds certificates in trade negotiations, bilateral investment treaty negotiations as well as project management; awarded by the European Institute of Public Administration in the Netherlands and WTO/UNCTAD, respectively. She completed Executive Training in infrastructure project conceptualization and preparation – “Infrastructure in a Market Economy” – from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2013. Ms Mataboge is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu – Oxford University Fellow for African Leadership. She was featured in the Destiny Magazine’s “Power 40 under 40” feature in November 2015, in recognition of her leadership on African economic issues. Ms Mataboge was co-chairperson of the South African Presidential Working Group on the North-South Corridor (2011-2015). She currently serves on the Board of the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC).


Presently Director General of New Development Bank (NDB), African Regional Office since April 2018. The NDB is a multilateral development bank established by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa with the objective of financing infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies and developing countries, complementing the efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions toward global growth and development
Prior to joining NDB, Monale spent over 7 years at the National Treasury of South Africa. During that period, he held the positions of the Head of Economic Policy (DDG), Acting Head of International and Regional Economic Policy (DDG) as well as Chief Director for Government Debt Management. Prior to joining public sector, Monale spent time in the private sector as Acting CEO and Chief Economist at Thebe Stockbroking and as an Economist at ABSA. Those were preceded by various capital markets roles at Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank as well as Standard Bank.

Stavros Nicolaou is the Aspen Pharmacare Group’s Senior Executive responsible for Strategic Trade Development. Previously he was CEO of Aspen’s Export Business. Aspen is Africa’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer and a now world leader in Anaesthetics and injectable anti-coagulants. Aspen is one of South Africa’s most globalised multinational companies with a presence in over 50 geographies globally, with 26 manufacturing facilities across 6 continents. He was instrumental in introducing the first generic ARV’s on the African Continent developed by Aspen, which has gone on to save hundreds of thousands of lives in South Africa and on the African Continent. Nicolaou has over 28 years’ experience in the South African and International Pharmaceutical Industry and is a previous winner of the SA Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Health Care Marketer of the year Award. He was inducted as one of the youngest Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA), one of the highest honours bestowed by the PSSA, and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Medicine from Wits University, the first pharmacist in the country to receive this.

Wandile Sihlobo is the Chief Economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz) and the author of “Finding Common Ground: Land, Equity, and Agriculture”. He is a Senior Lecturer Extraordinary at the Department of Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand. Sihlobo was appointed as a member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Economic Advisory Council in 2019 (and re-appointed in 2022), having served on the Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture from 2018. He is also a member of the Council of Statistics of South Africa (Stats SA) and a Commissioner at the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). Sihlobo is a columnist for Business Day, The Herald and Farmers Weekly magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Fort Hare and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University

Ziaad Suleman is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and an Exco Member of EOH since 1 July 2021. Prior to this role, Ziaad was a Director and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for IBM Southern Africa, a business he served and grew over his 13 – year stay. In his current role as CCO, Ziaad is responsible for the overall Go To Market proposition which includes sales, consulting, commercial constructs, investments, solutioning and marketing. Over and above EOH, Ziaad represents South Africa as the SA Chair of 4IR on BRICS, Chair of the ICT 4IR Public Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), ICT Lead on the Digital Work Accelerator (DWA) Presidential Programme, Independent Non – Executive Chairperson of Qode, Non – Executive Director of Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa and Executive Member of D1GIT NPO. Ziaad schooled at St. Johns College, Johannesburg and earned both his undergraduate and postgraduate honours degrees in Law with distinction from University of Natal. He also obtained an MDP Business Management degree with distinction from GIBS Business School.

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