Dr Sam Motsuenyane was president of the largest and best-known African business organization, the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC) in the 1970s and 1980s. He played a significant role in the development of black business in South Africa, and has received several awards, among others, the Sowetan Business Award, Harvard Business Club Award, the Sunday Times Business Awards,Free Market Award and several awards from the NAFCOC Regional Chambers, and recently the Precedential Order of the Baobab in Gold for exceptional contribution to the development of black business and outstanding leadership. He has been a leader in both the private and public sector organizations, among others; he was the Director of First National Bank, Director of Transnet, Director of Barlow Rand Limited. He was also the South African Ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kuwait, Oman & Bahrain from 1996 to 2000 and also Senator and Leader (Member of Parliament) since 1994
Unre is a serial entrepreneur in technology and people development. He is currently the shareholder and investor at Tribe centric Co-developer at Career Development Plan Business and Career development at Next S bus development and others. He is a former director at Inala Technology, Trustee Management and at Treetop ebio, a shareholder at IPICO and several others. He was formally educated at Harvard Business School, Stellenbosch University and received an honorary degree for Entrepreneurship from the North West University. In his past entrepreneurial career, he has been part of the founding and initial phases of 4 listed companies.
Willie is an inventor and entrepreneur for the past 30 years, the founder and former CEO of Verimark Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a company he started with a capital of R 5 000 and which listed on the JSE after his retirement, for half a billion Rand. He pioneered the direct response TV marketing industry in South Africa, growing his company to become the largest of its kind in this industry. Willie is now the CEO of Investec, a company that specializes in the invention, development and commercialisation of unique and innovative products for local and international markets. He has a wide portfolio of intellectual property spanning more than 60 patents and his inventions are sold in more than 100 countries around the world. Products invented are frequently seen on television and in retail stores. Many of these have received local SABS Design, Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and international awards. Some have reached the top selling positions in the US and elsewhere. Willie is a frequent speaker on radio, television and at business schools. Over the past 5 years he has been the keynote speaker at the SABS Design Institute Idea to Profit seminars. He is in the process of writing a book on the topic of Invention and Entrepreneurship.
George is a professor of Entrepreneurship at Leeds School, Long time Unreasonable mentor (and others!); he has worked over a decade at Apple Computer, plus 9 start-ups. He is a world traveller with a dual citizenship. He refers to himself as a “startuppity fellow”. He has been on several Boards of Directors and now part of the Deming Centre for Entrepreneurship. His impact focus is mostly in Education & Literacy, Enterprise Development, and ICT. His Geographic Interest are East Asia and Pacific, Europe, North America, Global. George carries vast expertise on Board Development, Business Strategy / Planning, Engineering, and has always loved gadgets. After 6 years at AT&T, he knew what NOT to do and thus left to work with start-ups. Two failed start-ups later he learned he had no grasp on entrepreneurship, so he resigned to working for a larger company again. George spent over a decade at Apple, a company that applied structure to entrepreneurship and he learned more than he could have imagined. He now spends his time working with and teaching entrepreneurs in a well-known business school. He helps start-ups and coaches founders and leaders. He has raised capital, sold companies, negotiated strategic deals, filled strategic gaps, and improved client businesses. He has a profoundly compelling desire to spend his time with smart, creative and courageous people who have the ideas, passion and strength required to save the world!
Hunter has played an active role in educating senior decision-makers in business, government, & civil society to restore & enhance natural & human capital while increasing prosperity & quality of life. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), she co-founded the California Conservation Project (Tree People), and Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years. She has consulted for companies like Clif Bar, Wal-Mart, the Pentagon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. She has co-authored nine books, including Natural Capitalism with Paul Hawken. Hunter is the President, Founder of Natural Capital Solutions and was the Time Magazine Hero of the Planet in 2000. Her Expertise is in Business Strategy / Planning, Entrepreneurship and Fundraising.
Joachim is a University of Pretoria graduate with B.COMM ACC (UP), B.COMM HONS, FBS (UP) and Advanced Dip MA, CIMA. Joachim is an entrepreneur passionate about Africa, its people and its possibilities. Fascinated from an early age by the financial system and human behaviour, Joachim strives to assist with projects he feels passionate about by delivering tangible results. Joachim got his first exposure to financial markets when he entered the JSE Liberty Life Investment Challenge whilst still at school. Upon leaving school Joachim established the Pretoria Boys High Business Club, which has continuously delivered top 10 performers countrywide in the JSE Liberty Life Investment Challenge. Joachim then moved into the property market and structured his first property project at 19, whilst studying accounting at the University of Pretoria. He completed his accounting degree and continued with his honours degree in Financial Management whilst balancing the demands of his property projects. In between there were unsuccessful attempts at trading chrome, importing LED technology and derivative trading. The learning curve was steep, but Joachim learnt valuable lessons that he would take with him into future projects.Joachim currently focuses on strategic investments and delivering turn- key solutions in the property sector on the back of his previous property success. His passion for urban spaces drives him to find innovative solutions for the problems created by increasing urbanisation.Joachim knows that building businesses on the African continent is no laughing matter, but that with the right tool-set and a “can do” attitude great things can be achieved.
Kevin Starr directs the Mulago Foundation and is the founder and director of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program. Mulago spends its money to drive forward the most promising ideas in health, development, and conservation in poor countries. The Foundation is unabashedly obsessed with impact: designing for it, measuring it, investing in it, and taking it to scale. The Rainer. Arnhold Fellows program is an outgrowth of the Foundation, and works with the best emerging social entrepreneurs with solutions for the less-than-$2-a-day world. The Program uses a clear understanding of impact and behaviour change as the raw material to drive a systematic process of design for maximum scalability (see www.rainerfellows.org). Kevin’s stint in Cambodian refugee camps at age 19 propelled him on the path to his current work. He had a perfectly good career in medicine and international health when he stumbled into philanthropy in the early 1990’s. Since then he’s gotten deep into dozens of projects ranging from forest conservation by monks in Tibet to micro-franchise clinics in Kenya to one-acre farming in Burma. He still practices medicine (very) part-time.
Masa Sugano recently served as First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in South Africa and is responsible for the economic and commercial affairs. He joined the Embassy in September 2009, seconded from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan, which he joined in April 2001.Prior to his posting, he served as the Deputy Director of the Economic Partnership Division, Trade Policy Bureau and negotiated Japan’s bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements. Previously, he also served as the lead Japanese delegate to the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade. Mr. Sugano, who has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, has also received an MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh as well as an MBA from the University of Cambridge.
Edward D. (Ned) Breslin joined Water for People as its Director of International Programs in January 2006, and was appointed CEO in 2009. For over two decades, Ned has seen firsthand how conventional humanitarian approaches to safe water and sanitation access in the developing world are not scalable or sustainable helping some but not others and often failing shortly after implementation. Finding this unacceptable, he has led innovative programmatic efforts that demand, among other things, greater accountability of water and sanitation programs so that lives for everyone are truly transformed, not temporarily but forever, and without the continued dependence upon charitable organizations. In 2011, Breslin received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship for his commitment and proven work with Water for People.
Dr. Paul Pollock isn’t your everyday global poverty fighter. A 77-year old former psychiatrist, Dr. Pollock has spoken to over 3,000 people earning less than $1/day a day. These conversations taught him that these impoverished people are actually viable entrepreneurs and consumers. Based on this principle, he founded International Development Enterprises (IDE), which has provided over 19 million people affordable agricultural technologies and enabled them to move out of poverty. After 25 years at the helm of IDE, Dr. Pollock turned over leadership of the organization and is now focusing on fomenting two revolutions to end poverty: one in design and one in big business. The first, executed by his non-profit D-Rev: Design for the other 90%, aims to reverse the fact that the world’s best designers spend 90% of their time serving the interests of the richest 10% of customers. The second, led by his new for-profit venture Wind horse International, aims to demonstrate how big businesses can profitably design and market their products and services to $1-$2/day customers. Practical solutions that work as well as stories about $1/day farmers are outlined in his book Out of Poverty.
Tom Chi has worked in a wide range of disciplines from astrophysical research to F500 consulting to developing new hardware and software (web & client) products and services. He’s worked on large projects of global scale (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search), and scaled new projects from conception to significance (Yahoo Answers from 0 to 90 million users). Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and data-driven design that has allowed him to both get new things off the ground and move large organizations at unprecedented speeds. He holds an MS/BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornel. He has been a Business Consultant at Trilogy, the Sr. Director Product & User Experience at Yahoo, Program Manager at Microsoft. He is currently the Sr. Director of Experience Lead, Google X.