Event Details

During the half-day engagement, leaders of regional business operations will participate in an interactive-group-learning session focused on:

  1. Deepening understanding of the most pressing challenges facing them as leaders, their teams and regional operations
  2. Identifying the implications
  3. Most importantly, the specific practical actions leaders may take forward post the session

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 Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


  • Herman Warren (Network Director, Africa of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Herman Warren

    Network Director, Africa of The Economist Corporate Network


    Herman Warren is The Economist Corporate Network’s Network Director for Africa. Herman works with corporate clients to provide insight and analysis on a range of topics related to the broad and specific African context, helping clients to prosper in one of the world's fastest growing and most dynamic economic zones. He regularly chairs and moderates events and delivers custom briefings to senior executives. Herman is the author of a number of white papers on infrastructure, financial and commercial developments in the region. Herman has previously worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company, started and run a successful mobile technology company and has held senior posts in both public- and private-sector corporations. Herman holds a BBA degree in Finance from Howard University.

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  • Hennie Heymans (Chief Executive Officer, SSA at DHL Express)

    Hennie Heymans

    Chief Executive Officer, SSA at DHL Express

    Hennie joined DHL Express seventeen years ago as MD for Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands (CENIO). He then moved on to become MD for DHL Express South Africa where he was instrumental in driving change and implementing new innovative processes and strategies for the ZA business division. Hennie, a supply chain and international shipping specialist, became CEO for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa in September 2015. In his current role, he is responsible for Finance, Information Technology, Operations, Customer Service, Human Resources and Commercial activities in the Sub-Saharan region. He has 51 countries and territories, over 4000 employees, over 250 facilities, five regional hubs, and 15 dedicated DHL aircraft under his guidance. Prior to joining DHL Express, he served as Managing Director for Olivetti Lexikon and as the FM and GM for Multichoice Africa in South Africa. Heymans is highly passionate about his employees and regards employee satisfaction and engagement as a key component to cultivating business commercial success. He is married with two children.

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  • Seydou Kane (Managing Director of Eaton Electric)

    Seydou Kane

    Managing Director of Eaton Electric

    In this role, he is responsible for leading Eaton’s Electrical Sector team throughout Africa and driving Eaton’s ambitious growth strategy for Africa. Kane has more than 15 years’ experience in management, sales and strategic marketing in four continents. Prior to taking on the role as Managing Director at Eaton, he held several key management positions including Western Africa Cluster Leader & Managing Director, Senior Account Manager, Growth Leader – Africa, Marketing Manager and Internal Consulting and Strategy at Du Pont over the past nine years across South Africa, Nigeria and Switzerland. He also held various positions at Sweda Group and Allianz Group in Spain, Hong Kong, Brazil and Chile from 1999-2005. He is a Master’s of Business Administration graduate from IMD business school in Switzerland, has a Bachelor’s degree from ESSCA in France and a Black Belt certification in Six Sigma.

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  • Nitin Gajria (Managing Director, SSA of Google)

    Nitin Gajria

    Managing Director, SSA of Google

    Nitin Gajria leads the Sub-Saharan Africa region at Google. He has been at Google for over 5 years, prior to which he spent 13 years in Brand Marketing at Procter & Gamble and Mead Johnson working all across the Asia Pacific region. At Google, prior to his current role, Nitin has led the YouTube business in India and South-East Asia and has led Google in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Nitin is keenly interested in technology start-ups and is an angel investor himself. He is a husband and a father. He hails from Mumbai in India, completed his education in Kolkata, India and has lived and worked in Sydney, Singapore and now Johannesburg over the last 19 years.

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Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg

Jan Smuts Avenue 67
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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