IQ Business Executive Forum - Smart GROWTH.co.za

South Africa is a continuous changing economic environment. The local government elections show that citizens want change. Will the shifts that have realised in these elections influence how the ratings agencies view South Africa later this year?

At IQ Business our purpose is to grow business, grow people and grow Africa. Our 2016 research study continues the series on GROWTH.co.za with the emphasis on thinking smart when faced with a 0% GDP outlook.

Our aim is to unify business, labour and government under a common agenda of 5 imperatives entitled Smart GROWTH.co.za

Highlights from Smart GROWTH.co.za 2016:

Five Analyses and Actions:

In 2015, we used our analysis to make a call for action – with five areas of focus to activate GROWTH.co.za. In 2016, we have taken our thinking further and refined our focus and deepened our recommendations from context to actions.

Video highlights

Smart GROWTH.co.za Report 

Adam Craker talking Smart GROWTH.co.za with Bruce Whitfield on The MoneyMakers on CNBC Africa.

Speakers and panellists - Johannesburg:

Bruce Whitfield
Bruce is a multi-platform, award-winning financial journalist whose creative and engaging presentation makes money matters accessible to a broad audience. He has been named Sanlam Financial journalist of the Year multiple times as well as won numerous sub-categories, has been crowned Citadel Words on Money Overall Winner for personal finance writing, was named Citi South Africa Financial Journalist of the Year in 2009 and completed a course at New York's famed Columbia Journalism School as part of that programme. 

Justice Malala
Justice Malala is an award-winning journalist, television host, political commentator and newspaper columnist.

Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine, a monthly column for Destiny Man magazine and columns for The Guardian newspaper in London. He is the resident political analyst for e.tv and eNews Channel Africa. He also presents a weekly political talk show, The Justice Factor on eNCA, on Mondays at 9.30pm.

Malala’s work has been published internationally in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age, The Observer and the Toronto Globe andMail. He has also contributed to BBC Online, CNN Online and Deutsche Welle.

He has given talks and rendered political advisory to international and local institutions such as JP Morgan, Liberty, Standard Chartered, Old Mutual, Investec, Edcon, Nedbank and many others.

Malala is a judge on the country’s most prestigious investigative journalism award, the Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism. He was awarded the Foreign Correspondents Association Award for Courageous Journalism in 1997. He was named by the New Yorker magazine as one of the eight most fascinating Africans of 2012 along with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Malawian president Joyce Banda.

Dr. John Wentzel
Dr. John Wentzel is a highly qualified business executive, and currently CEO of Tsebo Facilities Solutions. His more than two decades of business experience has seen him work for a range of companies in the FMCG, banking, logistics, retail and service industries. He has held numerous executive positions including CEO, Managing Director, COO, CIO and Operations Director. His business experience has been garnered with listed, unlisted and state owned companies including appointments by the Cabinet of South Africa. In addition his business career, Dr. Wentzel also pursues an active academic career. He holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. in Industrial Systems. He is currently visiting faculty at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) in Bangalore, India. He lectures on the GIBS MBA program, supervise doctoral and masters students and serves as an external examiner at GIBS and the University of Pretoria. He currently also serves on the faculty advisory boards of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Systems at the University of Pretoria and the Enterprise Resource Planning Centre of IIMB.

Lindiwe Mazibuko
Lindiwe Mazibuko is a political leader, public speaker, writer, and mentor. She was the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

A graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa (2006 and 2007) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2015) in the United States, Mazibuko was an elected representative in South Africa’s National Assembly until May 2014, when she resigned from active politics in order to return to higher education.

Mazibuko began her political career as a researcher in the parliamentary office of South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA). She was appointed the party’s national media liaison in 2008 ahead of the South African General Elections the following year.

She also decided to run for election as a Member of Parliament in 2008 – the fourth youngest candidate in South Africa to do so. She was elected in April 2009, and appointed the DA’s National Spokesperson and Shadow Deputy Minister for Communications soon after this. In 2010 she was appointed to the DA Shadow Cabinet where she was responsible for the Rural Development and Land Reform portfolio.

During her term in office, Mazibuko successfully held the ruling African National Congress (ANC) accountable for its record in national government by bringing issues as diverse as clean government, youth unemployment, LGBTI rights, constitutionalism and gender equality to the floor of the Assembly.

Ann Bernstein
Ann Bernstein heads the
Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa.  An independent think tank CDE is South Africa’s leading development policy centre, with a. special focus on growth, unemployment, education and the role of business. (www.cde.org.za) 

A member of the Transition Team, then the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (1994 - 2001).  In 2005, a Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC.  In 2007, joined the Brenthurst Foundation board.  In 2008, 2009 invited faculty member, World Economic Forum, Davos. In 2013, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC.

Her book, The Case for Business in Developing Economies (Penguin 2010) received favourable reviews in South African media, Economist, Financial Times and elsewhere; and awarded 2012 Sir Anthony Fisher Award by the Atlas Research Foundation, Washington DC. She is a regular commentator in South Africa’s newspapers, regular op ed writer and is frequently on radio and TV.

Adam Craker
Adam joined IQ Business in 2009 and became CEO in 2010. Adam has over twenty five years’ experience working in the Technology Services, Consulting, Supply Chain, and Utility industries in South Africa, Europe the USA and Asia. Adam's consulting career spanned 10 years at Andersen Consulting in the strategy practice.  Adam went on to complete 10 years in executive roles as part of turnaround teams at Dimension Data as the Group Executive of Sales and Marketing and at Super Group as the Group COO. Adam graduated in 1989 from the University of Warwick in the UK with a B.Sc. (First Class) in Management and Computer Science and completed his MBA at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1996. Adam also has a Diploma in Marketing (Dip.M.) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM).

Brett St Clair
Brett StClair has spent the last 20 years building and growing digital businesses and products. After 8 years working with Silicon Valley technology businesses (Admob, Google). Brett is now helping Absa to digitally disrupt. His passions are digital disruption and sharing the lessons learned.

(Current Role - Barclays Africa Head of Digital Product Management)

Azar Jammine
Dr Azar Jammine is Director and Chief Economist of Econometrix (Pty) Ltd, South Africa's leading independent economic research consultancy and forecasting company, established in 1982. He has been in his current position since December 1985 and has established a significant profile in South Africa as an analyst and commentator on domestic and international economic affairs. Dr Jammine has conducted approximately 4000 presentations to leading client corporations and other institutions as well as at conferences dealing with the local and international economic environment.  In this capacity he has also been invited over the years by several corporations to serve as independent non-executive director.

Academically, Dr Jammine obtained a BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Statistics and a BA (Hons) in Economics at Wits, followed by an M.Sc in Economics from the LSE and a PhD at the London Business School.

Louise van Rhyn
Louise van Rhyn is a social entrepreneur. She believes the worlds' huge intractable problems can be solved through cross-sector collaboration and a solid understanding of complex social change. Her approach to change is shaped by 20 years of working as an Organisational Change practitioner. She holds a Doctorate in Complex Social Change and has founded a few entrepreneurial organisations. In 2010 she started the School at the Centre of Community social change process and the Partners for Possibility leadership development process: an innovative process to change education in South Africa through collaborative partnerships between business leaders and school principals.

Israel Noko
Israel is the Founder & CEO of NPI Governance Consulting and Noko Pioneer Investments (a Broad-Based Investment holdings company). Israel is a former Canadian Trade Commissioner and a Law graduate from the University of Warwick and Coventry University, UK.  He is passionate about the intentions behind Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (“BEE”), and pioneering equitable growth in Africa. Israel’s experience has focused on developing and executing strategies which would enable companies to better position themselves in the market, and develop partnerships with companies and organizations that want to implement “business-sense” enterprise development, socio-economic development and BEE strategies.

Israel has been involved in various BEE mergers and acquisitions (the largest deal being valued at US$2,9 billion), and has also advised on BEE joint venture structures, company formations and re-organisations. Having worked with a number of multinational clients, Israel has advised on the implementation of Equity Equivalents, BEE compliance and has strong relations with the Department of Trade & Industry, the BEE Commission, the verification industry and various transformation stakeholders. Israel serves on the Boards of a variety of organisations including the BankSETA, MicroFinance South Africa, and Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement.

Speakers and panellists - Cape Town:

Bruce Whitfield
Bruce is a multi-platform, award-winning financial journalist whose creative and engaging presentation makes money matters accessible to a broad audience. He has been named Sanlam Financial journalist of the Year multiple times as well as won numerous sub-categories, has been crowned Citadel Words on Money Overall Winner for personal finance writing, was named Citi South Africa Financial Journalist of the Year in 2009 and completed a course at New York's famed Columbia Journalism School as part of that programme. 

Justice Malala
Justice Malala is an award-winning journalist, television host, political commentator and newspaper columnist.

Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine, a monthly column for Destiny Man magazine and columns for The Guardian newspaper in London. He is the resident political analyst for e.tv and eNews Channel Africa. He also presents a weekly political talk show, The Justice Factor on eNCA, on Mondays at 9.30pm.

Malala’s work has been published internationally in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age, The Observer and the Toronto Globe andMail. He has also contributed to BBC Online, CNN Online and Deutsche Welle.

He has given talks and rendered political advisory to international and local institutions such as JP Morgan, Liberty, Standard Chartered, Old Mutual, Investec, Edcon, Nedbank and many others.

Malala is a judge on the country’s most prestigious investigative journalism award, the Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism. He was awarded the Foreign Correspondents Association Award for Courageous Journalism in 1997. He was named by the New Yorker magazine as one of the eight most fascinating Africans of 2012 along with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Malawian president Joyce Banda.

Lindiwe Mazibuko
Lindiwe Mazibuko is a political leader, public speaker, writer, and mentor. She was the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

A graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa (2006 and 2007) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2015) in the United States, Mazibuko was an elected representative in South Africa’s National Assembly until May 2014, when she resigned from active politics in order to return to higher education.

Mazibuko began her political career as a researcher in the parliamentary office of South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA). She was appointed the party’s national media liaison in 2008 ahead of the South African General Elections the following year.

She also decided to run for election as a Member of Parliament in 2008 – the fourth youngest candidate in South Africa to do so. She was elected in April 2009, and appointed the DA’s National Spokesperson and Shadow Deputy Minister for Communications soon after this. In 2010 she was appointed to the DA Shadow Cabinet where she was responsible for the Rural Development and Land Reform portfolio.

During her term in office, Mazibuko successfully held the ruling African National Congress (ANC) accountable for its record in national government by bringing issues as diverse as clean government, youth unemployment, LGBTI rights, constitutionalism and gender equality to the floor of the Assembly.

Adam Craker
Adam joined IQ Business in 2009 and became CEO in 2010. Adam has over twenty five years’ experience working in the Technology Services, Consulting, Supply Chain, and Utility industries in South Africa, Europe the USA and Asia. Adam's consulting career spanned 10 years at Andersen Consulting in the strategy practice.  Adam went on to complete 10 years in executive roles as part of turnaround teams at Dimension Data as the Group Executive of Sales and Marketing and at Super Group as the Group COO. Adam graduated in 1989 from the University of Warwick in the UK with a B.Sc. (First Class) in Management and Computer Science and completed his MBA at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1996. Adam also has a Diploma in Marketing (Dip.M.) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM).

Tony Leon
Tony Leon is the Executive Chairman of Resolve Communications (Pty) Ltd, a South African consultancy specialising in strategic communication, reputational management and issues' advocacy. He is also a noted author, columnist and speaker. His recently published (May 2014) memoir "Opposite Mandela-Encounters with
South Africa's Icon" has drawn critical acclaim. He is Advisor for Africa for K2 Business Intelligence of New York and London.

He was appointed by President Jacob Zuma as the South African Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in August 2009. Since returning from his three-year post in Buenos Aires in September 2012, Tony Leon has been thinking, writing, speaking and about matters in South Africa and the world.

For nearly twenty years Tony Leon has been a Member of Parliament in South Africa, and for thirteen years he led the Democratic Alliance and its predecessor. He is the longest serving Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, since the advent of democracy in April 1994. He led and grew his party from its marginal position on the brink of political extinction into the second largest political force in South Africa.

Israel Noko
Israel is the Founder & CEO of NPI Governance Consulting and Noko Pioneer Investments (a Broad-Based Investment holdings company). Israel is a former Canadian Trade Commissioner and a Law graduate from the University of Warwick and Coventry University, UK.  He is passionate about the intentions behind Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (“BEE”), and pioneering equitable growth in Africa. Israel’s experience has focused on developing and executing strategies which would enable companies to better position themselves in the market, and develop partnerships with companies and organizations that want to implement “business-sense” enterprise development, socio-economic development and BEE strategies.

Israel has been involved in various BEE mergers and acquisitions (the largest deal being valued at US$2,9 billion), and has also advised on BEE joint venture structures, company formations and re-organisations. Having worked with a number of multinational clients, Israel has advised on the implementation of Equity Equivalents, BEE compliance and has strong relations with the Department of Trade & Industry, the BEE Commission, the verification industry and various transformation stakeholders. Israel serves on the Boards of a variety of organisations including the BankSETA, MicroFinance South Africa, and Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement.

Louise van Rhyn
Louise van Rhyn is a social entrepreneur. She believes the worlds' huge intractable problems can be solved through cross-sector collaboration and a solid understanding of complex social change. Her approach to change is shaped by 20 years of working as an Organisational Change practitioner. She holds a Doctorate in Complex Social Change and has founded a few entrepreneurial organisations. In 2010 she started the School at the Centre of Community social change process and the Partners for Possibility leadership development process: an innovative process to change education in South Africa through collaborative partnerships between business leaders and school principals.

Antony Altbeker
Between 1994 and 2001, Antony Altbeker worked in government, focusing mainly on issues relating to crime and policing, holding senior policy positions first at the Ministry for Safety and Security and then at the National Treasury. Since 2001, Antony has worked as an independent consultant, as lecturer in public policy and as a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Institute for Security Studies, and the Centre for Development and Enterprise’s, where he was director of research and programmes.

Antony has authored and co-authored a large number of articles and book chapters in academic and non-academic publications, and has consulted to a wide range of institutions including the SAPS, the Department fo Safety and Security, the National Treasury, the World Bank, DfID, the Banking Council, and the City of Johannesburg. He is also the author of three best-selling books, The Dirty Work of Democracy: A Year on the Streets with the SAPS (2005), A Country at War with Itself: South Africa’s Crisis of Crime (2007) and Fruit of a Poisoned Tree: A True Story of Murder and the Miscarriage of Justice (2010).

Antony has an Honours degree in Politics, a Masters in Economics and a Masters in Creative Writing.

Growth in the news

Highlights from Activate Growth.co.za 2015

Video highlights

Activate Growth.co.za Report

"It is encouraging to read the growth predictions for our continent and, judging by the initiatives our clients are undertaking, these predictions are share by many South Africans and international companies. It is therefore soul destroying to read the headlines today, "Gloom outlook for SA as growth plummets." Statistics SA confirmed what we already know, that 'SA (Pty) Ltd' is sick - indead, without SA, the avergae growth for the continent could be much higher."
Excerpt from a Letter to the Editor, Business Day, 29 May 2015, Adam Craker

Speaker profiles - Activate GROWTH.co.za 2015

Adam Craker
Adam joined IQ Business in 2009 and became CEO in 2010. Adam has over twenty five years’ experience working in the Technology Services, Consulting, Supply Chain, and Utility industries in South Africa, Europe the USA and Asia. Adam's consulting career spanned 10 years at Andersen Consulting in the strategy practice.  Adam went on to complete 10 years in executive roles as part of turnaround teams at Dimension Data as the Group Executive of Sales and Marketing and at Super Group as the Group COO. Adam graduated in 1989 from the University of Warwick in the UK with a B.Sc. (First Class) in Management and Computer Science and completed his MBA at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1996. Adam also has a Diploma in Marketing (Dip.M.) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM).

Bruce Whitfield
Bruce is a multi-platform, award-winning financial journalist whose creative and engaging presentation makes money matters accessible to a broad audience. He has been named Sanlam Financial journalist of the Year multiple times as well as won numerous sub-categories, has been crowned Citadel Words on Money Overall Winner for personal finance writing, was named Citi South Africa Financial Journalist of the Year in 2009 and completed a course at New York's famed Columbia Journalism School as part of that programme. 

Allon Raiz
Allon Raiz is regarded both locally and globally as a pioneer and maverick in the business incubation industry. He is the founder and CEO of Raizcorp, the only privately held, unfunded, profitable business incubator on the African continent, currently supporting in excess of 500 businesses.
Allon is the author of two bestselling entrepreneurial books – Lose the Business Plan and What to Do When You Want to Give Up – and is busy working on his third book.

Alon Lits
Alon Lits joined Uber as its first General Manager in Africa in August 2013. Alon began his career in the leveraged finance division of Investec Bank Limited, where he provided debt and preference share financing solutions to public and private companies in South Africa, as well as Africa’s largest private equity funds. Before joining Uber, Alon interned with the emerging market focused private equity fund - LeapFrog Investments - focusing on investment opportunities throughout Africa.

Alan Hosking
Alan Hosking, a Psychology and English graduate, has dedicated his career to the growth and development of people in all walks of life and across four generations. He is a regular speaker on business platforms, at parenting forums and antenatal classes, and has appeared on national radio and television, both in his capacity as a parenting authority and as a trend-spotter in leadership and management matters.

Steve Towers
A hands-on practitioner with over 30 years of hands-on experience, Steve Towers is one of industry's noted experts in BPM, Customer Expectation Management and Performance Transformation.  Towers heads the Research and Professional Services network within the BP Group. Founded in 1992 (as a network to research and share advances in process change) and as CEO for 23 years, Towers developed the world's first and premier network for Process and Performance professionals.

Ivor Chipkin
Ivor Chipkin completed his PhD at the Ecole Normale Superieure in France and was based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) between 2001 and 2004. He received an Oppenheimer fellowship in 2005 and took up a position at St Anthony’s college at the University of Oxford. He spent 4 years in the Democracy and Governance Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council where he acquired an intimate knowledge of government departments and agencies. 

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