Xolani Qubeka


Inaugural CEO of the Black Business Council (2012-2014) and former Secretary General Convener of the Annual National SMME Policy Colloquium held in partnership with the Ministry of Small Business Development Xolani, a self- taught businessman and entrepreneur with more than 25 years corporate business experience having worked as Executive at MNET, GIJIMA and DENEL, served in non-executive board directorships, including MTN, Gauteng Economic Development Agency REDISA

Sbongiseni Mbatha

President of the Association Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP)

Sibongiseni Mbatha 9th President of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) since November 2016. Before his election as President he served as ABSIP’s Secretary-General between 2013 and 2016, and as an Executive for Events and Membership Communication between 2011 and 2013. He sits on the National Council of the Black Business Council and serves in the Financial Sector Charter (FSC) Council.

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He is a Judge of Imbasa Yegolide Awards, accolades forprofessional excellence in the Retirement Fund Industry.His full time employment since 2007 is with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) where he occupies the role of Senior Business Support Manager and leads the Business Support team which provides management consulting services and non-financial support to small, medium and large enterprises that are funded by IDC. During this period he has also serves in the Employment Equity (EE) Forum of the IDC, which advocates for transformation and equity, influences the Corporation’s EE plan and monitors its implementation in line with the Employment Equity Act.He is a staunch supporter of business in general and Black business in particular, and believes in South Africa’s capability to successfully industrialise and develop Black Industrialists. He believes that it is through such industrialisation and the creation and sustenance of decent jobs that South Africa can pragmatically eradicate the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality, thereby creating and perpetuating a better life for all.

Nhlanla Nene

Former Minister of Finance of South Africa

Nhlanhla Musa Nene former Minister of Finance was appointed on 25 May 2014.He was previously the deputy minister of finance in the Cabinet of South Africa from November 2008 to May 2014, and a chairperson of the South African Finance Portfolio Committee. His home is in KranskopKwaZulu-Natal. He is considered by the South African general public to be the first Black South African to hold the office. Nene holds a B.Com Honours degree in Economics from the University of Western Cape (UWC).

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He also obtained a Diploma in Marketing Management DMS; an Advanced Diploma in Economic Policy from the UWC; a Certificate in Economic Policy from the University of South Africa (UNISA); and a Certificate in Macro and Micro Economics from the University of London. He also attended a Course in Evaluating Macroeconomic Strategies in 2000 at Williams College(CDE), MA, USA. He matriculated at Gcothoyi Adult Centre.

Mike Schussler

Owner: Economists Dotcoza

An Economic Consultancy, has been extensively quoted in the media over the last two and half decades. Mike’s innovative research on employment and household issues has earned him much praise. He is the most quoted and endorsed economist in South Africa for his insights from Academia to Analysts the world over. His innovative approach has led to new economic measurement indices and management tools such as Transport cost adjustment and logistics indices, the Bankserv Africa transaction index and the ABSA SMME Index. Mike has won the Economist of the Year competition twice; one of only three economists to have won this competition more than once in the past twenty five years.

Leanne Jackson

Market Conduct Strategy Adviser: Financial Services Board, South Africa

Leanne provides specialist support to the FSB on the development of new regulatory strategies and frameworks for the FSB’s transition to a dedicated market conduct regulator in a “Twin Peaks” regulatory model. This includes the rollout of key projects such as the Retail Distribution Review, future overarching market conduct legislation, and the future conduct authority’s supervisory approach and organisational structures.  Prior to joining the FSB in 2011, where she was initially tasked with the roll-out of the Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) framework, Leanne held the post of Executive: Legal & Regulatory Affairs for one of SA’s large financial services groups.

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  Leanne was extensively involved for many years in representing the financial services industry in engagements regarding many items of legislation and was also a member of the FAIS Advisory Committee since it was first established.  Leanne has acted as member and Convenor of various committees of the former Life Offices Association and the Association for Savings and Investments in South Africa (ASISA).

Nomzamo Xaba

Executive: Research and Advisory Empowerdex Group

Nomzamo completed a BCom Degree majoring in Accounting from the University of Johannesburg.She leads the research and advisory function of the Empowerdex Group which focuses on providing economic research on transformation in South Africa, specifically in relation to the BEE regulation, being the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, the B-BBEE Act and the various charters and codes gazetted in terms of both sections 9 and 12 of the BEE Act  She is the project lead on the provision of B-BBEE advisory services to clients both locally and internationally seeking to understand and navigate themselves in the world of B-BBEE.  She has worked on the development and implementation of transformation strategies across various sectors of the economy, including the Liquid Fuels and Petroleum, Financial Services and ICT amongst others.

Siboniso Nxumalo

Global Emerging Markets joint boutique head Old Mutual Investment Group Exco member

Siboniso is the joint boutique head of Global Emerging Markets and is responsible for managing and building the investment boutique.Prior to setting up Global Emerging Markets, he was a portfolio manager and analyst in the ELECTUS boutique, after joining in February 2007. In 2011, he was appointed to head up the financials and property research team and assumed responsibility for bank and other financial analyses excluding insurance. Prior to joining Old Mutual Investment Group, he was a TOPP trainee accountant at Old Mutual for three years. Two of those years were spent in various departments of Old Mutual Investment Group (including Investment Research and Analysis). Siboniso has 12 years of work experience in the asset management industry.