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Where will South Africa be in the next thirty years? Will the July unrest become a common event in the country? Is Africa poised for the next growth leap? Will climate change become a significant factor executives will need to account for in South Africa? Can we reach economic growth envisioned in the National Development Plan? Will business and government reach a new level of cooperation anytime soon, in the face of NHI and the Basic Income Grant?

As an executive, these questions will undoubtedly drive everything from daily business decisions to long term investment decisions. Join us on 3 November for RSF Amped as we gaze into our crystal balls and attempt to predict where South Africa will be in the future, and how we will need to prepare today to ensure the best outcome is achieved. We will be joined by academics, C-suites and other thought leaders as we discuss and share ideas on how to build the South Africa of the future.

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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  • Doris Viljoen (Director: Institute for Futures Research and Senior Lecturer: Future Studies of Stellenbosch Business School)

    Doris Viljoen

    Director: Institute for Futures Research and Senior Lecturer: Future Studies of Stellenbosch Business School

    Doris Viljoen is the director of Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at Stellenbosch Business School, where she endeavours to interpret global as well as local trends and assess their relevance for South Africa and Africa. She has specialised skills in environmental scanning, the application of foresight methodology, scenario planning as well as strategy development. She has a wide range of research interests and is passionate about asking the right questions, searching for and finding relevant data as well as designing tools and techniques to facilitate thinking about plausible futures. She is also senior lecturer on the Stellenbosch Business School PGD and M Phil in Futures Studies.

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  • Kuseni Dlamini (Chairman: Massmart Holdings and Aspen Pharmacare)

    Kuseni Dlamini

    Chairman: Massmart Holdings and Aspen Pharmacare

    Kuseni Dlamini is the Chairman of JSE-listed Massmart Holdings Ltd, a leading African retail group
    operating over 400 stores in 13 Sub-Saharan countries.

    He is also the Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, a leading global specialty and global
    pharmaceutical company with operations in over 50 countries and a product footprint across 150
    countries. He is a Member of the Board of the The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)
    in South Africa and is also a member of the Board of the Southern Africa-Canada Chamber of
    Commerce (SACANCHAM). Recently, Kuseni was appointed Chairman of Sandvik Mining Southern
    Africa Holdings (a subsidiary of the Stockholm-Headquartered Swedish multinational, Sandvik AB).

    Kuseni is the former CEO of Old Mutual South Africa and Emerging Markets. Prior to this he was
    the Head of Anglo American South Africa, a member of the Executive Committee of Anglo American
    plc in London and was the Director of Anglo Platinum. He is also the former Executive Chairman
    of Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT) Ltd and a former Chairman of Anglo Operations
    (Pty) Ltd in South Africa. As part of his career in mining, he held a number of senior positions at
    Anglo Gold Ashanti and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd in South Africa and London, in the United

    Kuseni is a graduate of the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Oxford where he was a
    Rhodes Scholar.

    In March 2008, he was named a ‘Young Global Leader (YGL)’ by the World Economic Forum (WEF)
    and, during the same month, MiningX selected him as one of the top 100 most influential people in
    South African mining. In June 2008, the Mail & Guardian newspaper named him as one of the top
    200 young people worth taking to lunch and in the same year and month, The Economist referred
    to him as “A Rare Commodity”.

    In 2010, the World Economic Forum appointed him a member of the Global Agenda Council on
    Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation. In 2011, he was appointed co-Chairman of the annual
    World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Summit which brings together Heads of States, leading
    politicians and business leaders to debate the state of Africa in a changing world on an annual basis.

    Kuseni is active in professional bodies and charities which include the South African Institute of
    International Affairs (SAIIA), Common Purpose and the Advisory Board of the Gordon Institute of
    Business Science (GIBS) Business School, where he is the co-Chairman of the Advisory Board. He
    was recently appointed Chairman of the Council of the University of Pretoria, the biggest contact
    university in South Africaand is the former Chairman of the Board of South African National Parks
    (SANParks), one of the largest conservation agencies in the world, where he was responsible for
    developing a successful anti-rhino poaching strategy.

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  • Ian Wakefield (GM Africa at Becton Dickinson Pty Ltd)

    Ian Wakefield

    GM Africa at Becton Dickinson Pty Ltd

    Ian Wakefield is a Medical Scientist by training and has completed his undergrad and post graduate studies at the University of Cape Town. He has extensive experience working in the healthcare sector in Africa and has built a rich career within the pharmaceutical and medical research fields. He has held positions at Groote Schuur Hospital, one of the largest public sector hospitals in Africa, as well as at the University of Cape Town, Servier and Novartis. Ian joined BD 9 years ago and has been the General Manager for BD Africa for the past 4 years. In his current positions Ian is responsible for spearheading the planning, development and implementation of results-oriented strategies to advance the company’s business goals for the region. Ian is passionate about advancing healthcare in Africa and believes that through pubic private partnerships a more efficient healthcare system can be developed to deliver better quality care to African patients.

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  • Hannes van der Merwe (Deloitte Africa Life Sciences & Health Care Senior Manager)

    Hannes van der Merwe

    Deloitte Africa Life Sciences & Health Care Senior Manager

    Hannes joined Deloitte as a Senior Manager focusing on Life Sciences and Healthcare clients within the actuarial and analytical solutions team.

    Hannes is a pharmacist by profession with a long career in healthcare, spanning 22 years and across the private, public, retail, hospital, and the pharmaceutical industry. While consulting he has specialized in commercial models, segmentation, technology and digital solutions, and strategic consulting engagements, helping healthcare clients connect with their customers, expand access and strengthen systems.

    Hannes has lived and worked in the Healthcare industry across three continents: North America(Canada), the Middle East (UAE) and Africa (South Africa).

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The Venue at the Houghton Hotel

The Houghton Hotel
Houghton Estate
Lloys Ellis Avenue

Johannesburg, South Africa

If you have any questions please contact EICN Africa

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