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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 public 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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  • Dr Johan van Zyl (CEO of African Rainbow Capital (ARC))

    Dr Johan van Zyl

    CEO of African Rainbow Capital (ARC)

    Johan van Zyl is CEO of African Rainbow Capital (ARC). Previously, he was the Group CEO of Sanlam (2003 to 2015), and Santam (2001 to 2003). He has been on the boards of several listed companies and presently is a board member of Sanlam Limited (most recently as chairman, a position he vacated in June 2020).
    He started his professional career by teaching agricultural economics at the University of Pretoria. In 1996, he became Vice-chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, where-after he entered the private sector in 2001.
    He is the recipient of several management awards and other accolades. He has a keen interest in economic development and has published widely on rural development and agriculture. He is the author of more than 300 academic journal articles and several books.

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  • Swarup Gupta (Industry Manager and Lead- ESG Ratings at EIU)

    Swarup Gupta

    Industry Manager and Lead- ESG Ratings at EIU

    Swarup heads the EIU’s newly launched ESG Ratings Service. He is a frequently quoted expert on Digital Finance, which encompasses CBDCs and crypto currencies, and the platform economy. He also leads Industry Analysis for financial services, automotive and healthcare and is preparing to launch a new mining briefing service.
    Swarup was previously leading a team of research analysts at Zacks Investment Research’s India offices, generating financial research reports, blogs and overseeing daily market alerts and research digests. Prior to that, Swarup was Assistant Director, Engineering Exports Promotion Council, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. Here he was working with government and corporations on a number of projects from generating research reports on export markets to building external relations.
    Earlier, during stints with the Telegraph and The Economic Times, he dealt with a wide cross-section of people, and covered a variety of topics including equity and commodity markets.
    Swarup is a Stern Sustainability Alumnus, having been trained by the prestigious NYU Stern School of Business on Sustainable Finance and ESG Investing. He also holds a master’s degree in Economics from Calcutta University, a post-graduate diploma in management, and recently attended a rigorous programme in analytics from IIM Visakhapatnam.

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  • Dr Lungi Nyathi (CEO of Alignd)

    Dr Lungi Nyathi

    CEO of Alignd

    Dr Lungi Nyathi is the CEO of Alignd, one of the few companies that offer value-based care solutions for complex health problems. Their leading, novel product is palliative care in the oncology setting. She is passionate about building sustainable and caring health systems in Africa. She was previously an Executive Director at Medscheme and AfroCentric Health, a position she held for over 5 years. She has served on a number of Boards in the healthcare space, including boards of a public health care hospital, several managed care organisations and the Board of Health Funders. Lungi served as workstream lead for workplace vaccination programmes for Business4SouthAfrica during the COVID19 pandemic. Lungi is responsible for developing and enhancing: the health risk management strategy; new products and solutions; clinical and health risk thought leadership; and public health strategy in almost every space she has inhabited

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  • Stan Moloabi (Principal Officer at GEMS)

    Stan Moloabi

    Principal Officer at GEMS

    Stan is a qualified Medical Practitioner registered with the Health Professions Council of Southern Africa (HPCSA).
    He obtained his primary medical degree – MBChB at the Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA) now known as Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University.

    Further studies are, obtained a Diploma in Business Management with Damelin Management School, a Certificate in HIV Management, attended an Advanced Certificate in Private Health Sector Funding from CE at Pretoria University. He also did postgraduate Family Medicine studies with Wits. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IODSA).

    He concluded a “Harvard Global Health Delivery” online short course with Harvard University. And also attended a course on Metanalysis Leadership – at Harvard Boston Campus USA during 2019.

    Stan started his Medical career as a General Practitioner running a Clinical Private Practice for 13 years. He joined the Corporate Sector in August 2005 starting his corporate career at Medscheme as Medical Advisor, Senior Manager Hospital Benefit Management, Senior Manager Client Liaison for the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) account and served on Exco. In 2009 he joined GEMS as the Executive of Healthcare Management where he also served as an Acting Principal Officer for just over a year from mid-2013 to mid-2014. In mid-2015,he left GEMS to become the Principal Officer of Medshield Medical Scheme, a position he held until May 2018.

    From 01 June 2018 he re-joined GEMS as the Chief Operations Officer until 31 January 2020. On 01 February 2020 he took up the position of Principal Officer for GEMS a position he currently occupies.

    Stan is also a Board Member of the Board of Healthcare Funders where he is also Chairperson of the Universal Healthcare Committee.

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The Venue at the Houghton Hotel

The Houghton Hotel
Houghton Estate
Lloys Ellis Avenue

Johannesburg, South Africa

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