Join Colin Iles, CEO of Innovation Catalysts as he speaks to some of South Africa’s top thinkers - a diverse group of principled individuals about what purposeful leadership means for them and how to lead and inspire people during a recovery while balancing the needs of different stakeholders to minimise economic and social impact.

Robert Paddock is the Co-founder of GetSmarter, an online education company that has educated over 200,000 working professionals from 154 countries around the world. Rob is a founding board member of Injini, Africa’s first EdTech incubator, an Executive Director of Hubble Studios, an education technology agency in Cape Town, and an advisor to a number of online education companies in Africa and abroad. Rob is now the Founder and CEO of Valenture Institute, a global private online high school offering a curriculum recognised by the world’s leading universities.

Stafford Masie has been in the IT industry for more than 15 years and has assumed several roles throughout his career. He worked for numerous companies before starting his own consulting and engineering services company. He played a significant role in the open source software arena in the USA and later returned to South Africa to assume the role of country manager for Novell South Africa. He went on to become the CEO for Google Africa and Sub Sahara.

Professor Shirley Zinn is the former Group Head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Prior to this, she was the Head of Human Resources of Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group. She also registered her own company: Shirley Zinn Consulting that provides consulting and advisory services in HR, Transformation, Leadership and Education.

Iman Rappetti is a respected South African journalist who has worked in print, digital, radio and TV. Until recently she was the face of eNCA prime time news together with Jeremy Maggs for several years. Iman has covered stories all the way from Tehran, Iran to Thohoyandou and SA. She has interviewed heads of state and celebrities but is supremely focused on the struggles of everyday people, using her radio platform daily to lessen the distance between people and their public representatives. Iman is a sought after public speaker, MC, facilitator and business owner who has done work for a myriad of international and SA clients.

Colin Coleman is a South African businessman, academic and public figure. Colin served as a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where, in 2020, he taught a course “Doing business in Africa, the last Frontier of Global growth”. A former partner of Goldman Sachs, he was Chief Executive Officer, Sub Saharan Africa at Goldman Sachs up until his retirement end 2019.

Andrew Wood joined The Unlimited in 2015 as Chief Financial officer. He was later appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Andrew’s determination and passion for the growth of the Business, as well as seeing his people grow as Leaders with the Business has allowed him to thrive in this fast-paced and challenging work environment.

David Katz is the founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank, an internationally recognized solution to ocean plastic. The Plastic Bank is a global network of micro recycling markets that empower the poor to transcend poverty by cleaning the environment. The Plastic Bank is an eco-system that provides an opportunity for the world to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency. Global partners include IBM, Shell Energy, SC Johnson, Aldi, Henkel and more. His humanitarian work has earned him international recognition. David has been featured in hundreds of international news and investigative articles, including Forbes, Time Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, and National Geographic. David is a steward of the earth and a champion for the poor.

Busisiwe Mavuso is a Chartered Certified Accountant, CCA, qualified with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA –UK) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership, a Postgraduate Qualification in Management from GIBS and a B. Compt in Accounting from the University of South Africa (UNISA). She is the Chief Executive Officer at Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). Busisiwe is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of ESKOM, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and Resultant Finance (a PIC investee company). She serves on the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC), the Advisory Committee of the Local Government Ethical Leadership Initiative (LGELI), The Alcohol Industry Advisory Council (TAIAC) and the Social Justice Council.