Event Details

2022 has begun as a difficult year for South Africa. Global events have constrained supply chains, leading to rising input costs that has left C-suites with difficult choices to make regarding new investments, inventory holdings and revenue projections, among other things. However, rapid developments around the liberalisation of South Africa's energy policy hold the potential to spur innovation and drive growth in other sectors of the economy.

In this informative session, we engage with thought leaders in the country to discuss strategies for business for surviving and thriving in a difficult economic environment. We will unpack the global environment, and reflect on how to ensure South Africa's next growth expansion is not missed by business.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


  • Sam Rolland (Director, Sub-Saharan Africa of The Economist  Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Sam Rolland

    Director, Sub-Saharan Africa of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Sam is a trained economist specialising in understanding the complexities of the South African economy. Prior to joining the EICN, Sam spent time in both the public and private sector, first as an economist within the Economic Policy division of the National Treasury, and then as a consulting economist at Econometrix, and Deloitte. During his time in private sector, Sam specialised in analysing events and government policies to dilute these into constructing business strategies. Sam also spent time in Switzerland as an economist for airline industry body IATA. Sam holds a masters degree in economics from Stellenbosch University, and has studied further at the Insitute for Social Studies in The Hague, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Levy Economics Insitute of Bard College in New York State.

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  • Busisiwe Mavuso (CEO of BLSA)

    Busisiwe Mavuso

    CEO of BLSA

    Busisiwe Mavuso is a Chartered Certified Accountant, CCA, qualified with 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) and a Non-Executive Director on the Board of ESKOM; Business Unity South Africa (BUSA); and 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. Furthermore, Busi is a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the Wits Business School (WBS).

    She was awarded the ‘2020 Influencer of Influencers Award’ by the Africa Brand Summit in October 2020 and was named second runner up for ‘Businessperson of the Year’ by Daily Maverick in 2021.

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  • Gidon Novick (Co-founder LIFT Airline & Serial Entrepreneur)

    Gidon Novick

    Co-founder LIFT Airline & Serial Entrepreneur

    Gidon Novick is a socially minded entrepreneur who has created innovative and high growth opportunities within large businesses as well as built new businesses from inception. His focus is on continuing to build large-scale, innovative, and high impact businesses based in South Africa. 

    In the aviation sector, Mr Novick co-founded the launch of LIFT airline, a new kind of airline with a different and more flexible operating model which uses technology to offer a world-class customer experience. He was previously with the listed Comair Group for 13 profitable years between 1998 and 2011. He served as joint CEO, overseeing turnover of more than R3.5-billion. Highlights included launching Africa’s first low-cost airline, kulula.com, growing Comair to 2-million passengers in five years and launching the premium SLOW lounge concept with banking group FNB. Mr Novick was previously CEO of Discovery Vitality, where he oversaw the world-leading wellness programme. He then took on a broader role as Group Chief Digital Officer for Discovery, driving the digital strategy
    across the company.

    Mr Novick currently manages three investment funds under Lucid Ventures, a venture capital platform with a diversified range of tax efficient funds supporting the growth of entrepreneurial activity in South Africa. The funds are focused on building disruptive brands in the Hospitality and Senior Living sectors. 

    Mr Novick is also Chairman of SA Harvest, which focuses on food security in South Africa, one of the most urgent crises facing our country today. Every day, 18-million South Africans go to bed hungry and/or undernourished and 10-million tons of food go to waste. SA Harvest is leveraging technology and data through the support of key partners and donors to intervene in entire food ecosystem and help manage the food crisis in the country and ultimately end hunger.
    Mr Novick has a BCom CA from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Master of Business
    Administration (MBA) from Kelloggs School of Management, North Western.

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Sanctuary Mandela

4 13th Avenue
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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