Meera Hoosen is an entrepreneur, owner and Managing Director of PDCA Solutions, a privately owned Management Systems Consultancy and Training Company located In Cape Town.
Meera has been working in the standards and conformity assessment industry for more than 30 years. She has been an Approved Training Partner for the British Retail Consortium for more than 9 years. She is approved to provide training on both the BRC Global standards for Food Issue 7 and Packaging Issue 5.
She has successfully assisted various organizations with the design, development, implementation and continual improvement of various management systems to meet the certification and accreditation requirements. She also provides training on these standards and has also developed specialized courses to meets customer needs. She has mentored and coached several auditors and continues to do so.Meera along with her partner the late Shafee Hoosen has founded the Women in Quality Conference and Awards
Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology
A life of exile from 1961 until 1984 resulted in an international flavour to her education. She holds a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland and an MA in Education from the University of London. In 1992 she studied for a Diploma in Higher Education, Administration and Leadership at Bryn Mawr in the USA. In 1997 she completed an MA in Linguistics at the University of Stellenbosch and a Diploma in Leadership in Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, while she was serving as an MP. She became an MP in 1994 and has amassed impressive experience in positions of public office, including deputy chief whip of the ANC in the National Assembly from 1995 to 1998, deputy chairperson of the National Council of Provinces in 1998, and its Chairperson from 1999-2004. Her experience in education policy planning made her a welcome appointment as South Africa’s Minister of Education from 2004-2009. She was appointed Minister of Science and Technology in May 2009, and Minister of Home Affairs in October 2012. She was again appointed as Minister of Science and Technology in May 2014 following the 5th democratic elections in South Africa. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Stellenbosch University have awarded her honorary doctorates.
Ursula vd Westhuizen – Communications Manager: Old Mutual
She grew up in Namaqualand and studied journalism at University of Stellenbosch after which she became a journalist with Die Burger in Cape Town. In 1995, she ‘went over to the dark side’ – as the media calls it – and became part of the world of corporate communications. Ursula joined Old Mutual 16 years ago after working at Southern Asset Management. She is passionate about working with Old Mutual’s business teams to drive communications initiatives that effectively profile the company as a leader in savings and investments.
She loves nature and the outdoors – and is an avid trail runner. In Ursula’s talk ‘The Comfort of a Plan’, she shares how she’s been dealing with recent life-changing experiences and the learnings that motivate her to continue finding a purpose in every new day.
Alana Coetzee started her career in the export industry almost 10 years ago when she worked at
Lona Trading capturing data on invoices and documents received from suppliers. Here she gained invaluable knowledge of what the agricultural industry has to offer and decide to further her studies in this field. She then went on to work at Farmsecure, an export company, doing the tracking and handling of stock, before being head hunted by an import company to manage their day to day operations. Alana currently works at the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) within the Project Titan team as an Electronic Data Interchange Coordinator. Her role involves EDI management, testing, implementation, training and support and works towards achieving the Projects goal of allowing export certification within South Africa to be performed electronically. Alana is currently completing her Bachelors of Commerce degree in Transport and Logistics at the University of South Africa.
René Blaauw, who originally received her Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of the Free State, started at the PPECB in 2001 as an Administrator at the Citrusdal office.
In 2003 she was promoted to Coordinator: Administration which involved managing, training and coordinating the administration team nationwide. In addition she was responsible for providing a client
liaison role and provided assistance to the Regional Operations Managers, General Managers and the Finance Department along with managing the Service Level Agreements between the industry and the PPECB for inspected and exported volumes. René was also instrumental in the testing and implementation of financial software implemented nationwide within the organisation. For the past year René has been a core team member of Project Titan, the PPECBs mobile technology project aimed at performing export certification electronically.
Salochanee Reddy Founder – EQuilibrium Centre for Wellbeing
Salochanee Reddy is the founder of The Equilibrium Centre for Wellbeing, established in Johannesburg in 2014. This tranquil haven, located in the leafy suburb of Saxonwold, offers access to various stress management tools that enable clients to live a balanced, peaceful, centred life. In pursuit of a more authentic and balanced life for herself, Salochanee took a sabbatical from 10 years in the high energy field of events and conference management, to pursue teacher certifications at the Chopra Centre University. Based in California, USA, the centre was founded by world renowned spiritual leader and author of more than 80 bestselling books, Dr Deepak Chopra.
Her sought-after certifications in Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Primordial Sound Meditation, make her the country’s first South African-born Chopra certified instructor among just under 1000 worldwide. So inspired was Salochanee by the holistic, timeless teachings of body-mind integration for total wellbeing, that she founded The Equilibrium Centre for Wellbeing in her current home suburb. In this world of turbulence and stress, the centre is a nurturing space that is dedicated to sharing, teaching, building community and inspiring one to live a balanced life.
Salochanee originally started her journey in 2009 by taking yoga classes to help relieve symptoms of stress, including chronic back pain. Her keen interest in self help knowledge and “out the box” thinking combined with a series of synchronicities to influence her journey in helping others to embrace life’s challenges. “My job is to inspire others how to live a balanced life by making conscious choices that bring peace, health, love and meaning to life. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel immense gratitude for being called here. Where I was once concerned with how much money I made, I now look for ways I can give back.”
The brave and bold move of turning the passion of a Yogic lifestyle into a career has enabled Salochanee to reboot, get in tune with her innate talents, and establish community – all of which has helped her to live a more fulfilled life. To Salochanee, “balance” means laying the foundations of better health, more loving relationships, greater success, unconditional peace and spiritual awakening, while adding value to society in some way. On a practical level, it involves taking care of the physical self daily, while allowing oneself free time to expand consciousness, enable mindfulness, gather thoughts, breathe and declutter the mind. Salochanee is married with two children.
Natalie Skeepers is a seasoned health and safety specialist, has a wide range of industry experience that stretches across the public and private sector. She has over 19 years experience in developing, directing, implementing, and facilitating health and safety development from the design to implementation. She has extensive experience across business; government and private sector .She has held various senior and executive positions over the last decade. Her style establishes a trusting partnership, which supports sustained growth and contribution, and her approach aims to develop safety professionals to deliver sustainable results.
She is also a dynamic motivational and gifted speaker. Natalie’s ‘s focus is people and work conditions that help them excel in delivering results. She is passionate about empowering the next generation of safety leaders who are values-based on serving the profession. Her mission to empower safety professionals “to take charge of their lives” and create a brighter future for them. Her positive attitude, passion and energy are infectious.
Natalie has two Masters degrees and is currently studying towards her PhD at the University of Johannesburg. She serves on the boards of the
- Rail Safety Regulator;
- Construction Industry Development Board;
- Film and Publication Boards as a non executive director
Natalie holds professional memberships with Institute of Occupational Health (IOSH) UK – Chartered Member, American Society for Safety Engineers (ASSE).
NANCY is a freelance print and radio journalist, speaker and media trainer.
She writes: for a number of publications on a variety of subjects: health, environment, travel, women and lifestyle, as well as the monthly ‘green’ pages, for Pick n Pay’s FRESH LIVING magazine.
She presents: THE ENVIRO-SHOW, Thursday evening 21.00 – 22.00 and SAfm LITERATURE, Sundays 13.00 – 16.00 on SAfm National Public Broadcaster. She also makes radio documentaries
She gives: Media training to individuals or groups
She has founded: WOMAN ZONE an initiative bringing women of Cape Town together www.womanzonect.com
Previously: Associate and Lifestyle editor at Fairlady magazine
Author of: BEAUTIFUL HOMES as featured in Fairlady (Human & Rousseau) and WOMAN TODAY: A Celebration, Fifty Years of South African Women (Kwela).
Born in London, based in Cape Town.
Wendy da Cruz
Wendy was born in Port Elizabeth in 1963, the friendly city! She has B. Sc. Chemistry and B Sc. Honours Biochemistry, with M.Sc. Certificate – Industrial Engineering – University of Stellenbosch. Wendy has been involved in management system consulting, training and auditing since the early 1990-ies, with specific environmental management systems focus commencing in 1994. Wendy is one of the first successful graduates of the UNIDO EnMS Expert programme.
Her environmental management exposure has included various industrial sectors, eg chemical, beverage, automotive, IT, aviation, sanitation. She has also held SAATCA lead auditor registration status since 1999. Wendy has provided successful assistance to more than 50 organizations in their achievement of management system certification and accreditation, in environmental, energy and quality and energy case studies of her clients reflect millions of kWh and rand savings.
Current and previous appointments encompassing the past few years have included Technical Committee member TC 207 and 176 involved in the ISO 14001 and 9001 updates; Board member of South African National Accreditation System (SANAS); Director of SAATCA; Representative on South African Association of Certification Bodies (SAACB); SANAS Representative Accreditation Advisory Forum (RAAF) and Certification Specialist Technical Committee; SABS Approvals Board; ISO 17021 review manager
Wendy has worked with SAFSIS, FSA and then Intertek Services PTY Ltd since 2009 in respect of ISO accreditation and management system training. In addition Wendy has come the full circle in the sense that she has ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification. Her interests include road running, with a couple of mad comrades marathons; swimming the Midmar Mile; travel and adventure, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, bunji jumping off Victoria Falls bridge, scuba diving, boogie boarding the Zambezi, a once-off parachuting stint, horse and motorbike riding.
Sonja de Klerk
Aurecon is an engineering, management and specialist services provider with 80plus offices in 24 countries and a staff complement of ca 7000.
Joining one of Aurecon’s heritage organisations (Africon) in 2006 as a management system specialist, Ms De Klerk rapidly rose through the ranks as an Associate, Technical Director and Unit Manager to her current role as the global Head of Quality, Environment and Sustainability. She is accountable as the overall Management Representative for ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environment), ISO/IEC 17025 (Laboratories) across all of Aurecon’s geographies, as well as GRI G4 aligned Sustainability Reporting. Ms De Klerk manages a multi-national team of dedicated full-time quality/ environmental management systems auditors and sustainability practitioners with team representation across multiple offices in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.
Ms De Klerk is the Chairman of ISO TC176 South Africa. This ISO Technical Committee is responsible for reviewing of ISO 9001 and all associated ISO 9001 and 10 000-series standards. In this capacity she represents the Republic of South Africa at international TC176 meetings, e.g. most recently in Galway, Ireland. Ms De Klerk is a professionally registered Lead Auditor: Quality with SAATCA (Southern African Auditor and Training Certification Association) and actively engaged in furthering the professional registration of management system auditors.
Prior to joining Africon/Aurecon Ms De Klerk was the Quality and Toll Systems Manager for the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire, one of three major toll concessions in South Africa and at construction time the largest infrastructure project ever conducted in Southern Africa. In this capacity which she held from 2002 to 2006 she oversaw the ISO 9001 certification of the concessionaire, monitored compliance with the concession contract and its annexures, and ensured correct traffic data monitoring and forecasting.
Born in Essen, Germany, Ms De Klerk obtained a summa cum laude MA degree in English Literature at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and continued as a research fellow of an interdisciplinary postgraduate academic group funded by the German Research Foundation with extensive fieldwork in South Africa. Due to personal reasons, she relocated to South Africa in the late 1990ies and re-orientated her career towards traffic engineering and production management. She obtained various qualifications in the fields of traffic/transport, quality, productivity, project and sustainability management including a Post Graduate Certificate in Traffic and Transport (Monash University, Australia, off-campus) and certificates in Total Quality Management and Operations, Production and Productivity Management (University of South Africa).
Ms De Klerk is married and has a 9-year old daughter, Milena, from her previous marriage. 4 dogs and a cat complete a noisy and happy household. A horse fanatic, she owns three Arabian horses and is a competitive Endurance Rider. She successfully participated in the 2011 South African National Championships over 201km. To relax, she enjoys reading “whodunnits”, eating out and walking.
Afsana is passionate about brands and watching them grow. She has B.A in Film and Media Production from UCT. She has been working for a number of years in advertising, adopting various skills in web and graphic design, online marketing, and event management. She currently heads Endor by Design (Pty) LTD, a multimedia design and training company. They services include branding (web and graphic design), marketing and social media training.
She has experienced lecturing at top institutes such as UCT, GetSmarter and Sierra Nevada College. In 2012, she was part of the prestigious Young Entrepreneurship Programme. Currently, she is the Toastmasters’ Area D2 Director and the Cape Communicators Advanced Club’s Vice President of Membership. Passionate about business development, she serves on the Digital Portfolio committee of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the Vice Chair of its South Peninsula Chapter. She also the Vice Chair of Entrepreneur Club Cape Town.
www.endormedia.co.za • www.socialmediaworkshops.co.za
Barbara has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry in South Africa , both as a consultant and as a change management and leadership coach. She has been a Programme Manager and lead change management consultant for a corporate PoPI Compliance projects in a number of industries over the past 3 years.
Barbara is the Lead Change Practitioner at Pétanque Consultancy. She holds an Honours Degree in Psychology (Cum Laude) from the University of Johannesburg, an Advanced Certificate in Leadership from Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town and a Masters Degree in Coaching from i – coach academy and Middlesex University (UK). Barbara is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Johannesburg focusing on the development of intercultural competence for global leadership.
Barbara has been for the last 3 years and is continuing to work as a consultant leading a large scale programme as the Programme and Change Manager in a global financial institution dealing with the implementation of the Protection of Personal Information regulation. She is also the privacy technical lead and consulting on change management at a large telecoms company.
Diana heads up the Environmental Law Units at Dingley Attorneys and also has extensive expertise in commercial and labour law. She performs audits of companies in terms of Occupational Health, Safety, Food and Environment legislation for a wide variety of clients. Diana is responsible for the registers we compile for clients and is also involved with all forms of commercial drafting and advising.
With her international background and qualifications, Diana is an integral member of our successful legal outsourcing team at Dingley
After completing her degree, Diana spent a couple of years in the United Kingdom working in legal offices. She returned to undertake her articles at Webber Wentzel Bowens in Johannesburg and was admitted in 2003. Diana then left for Sarnia, Ontario in Canada where she spent four years working for LANXESS Inc. (formerly Bayer Inc.) where she coordinated various reorganizations and was engaged in company secretarial, due diligence, service agreement renegotiation and commercial arbitration work.
Diana then taught Alternative Dispute Resolution and a Business Law course at Lambton College in Sarnia. Diana completed the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test and was admitted as a solicitor of the Law Society of England and Wales in 2006.
Upon her return to South Africa in 2010 and before joining Dingley Attorneys, Diana worked as a project attorney at Lawyers for Human Rights in Stellenbosch. She was involved in litigation in the Boland Magistrate’s Courts, the Labour Court as well as Land Claims Court cases. Diana is presently studying towards her Masters in Environmental Law.
BA LLB (University of Stellenbosch)
Year of Admission: 2003
Areas of Law:
– Environmental Law
– Labour Law
– Commercial law
– Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Bronwyn Swartz is a lecturer on the Quality Programme in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at CPUT, lecturing both Statistical Quality Techniques III and Quality Techniques IV, as well as supervising student projects at both B. Tech and M. Tech level. She has also done extensive work as a Quality Assurance Consultant for a global pharmaceutical company, Cipla Medpro. She was also previously employed in the field of veterinary diagnostics for 15 years, in which time she worked in a number of disciplines as a veterinary technologist, including Histology, Virology, Microbiology and most significantly Biochemistry. It is in the chemistry arena that she most enjoyed the merger of Quality Design and Quality Management Practice with analytical laboratory work. In 2012 she graduated M. Tech Quality with Cum Laude honours at CPUT and is currently a registered student completing a D. Tech Quality at DUT.
Karolyne Williams is the Head of Coaching at The South African College of Applied Psychology and established the SACAP Graduate School of Coaching & Leadership. As a coach, trainer and researcher, her passion is leadership development – helping others enhance personal mastery, interpersonal effectiveness and leadership impact. She assists clients to uncover their storylines and to live into the life they consciously craft.
Her own journey has evoked a desire to empower others to become grounded in their being – wholehearted, mindful and resilient. Her master’s thesis was an evaluation of a coach training programme. Her interests in coaching and training come together in equipping managers and psychology students with coaching skills. Desiring to positively impact South Africa, she has been involved in several community development initiatives over the years. Most recently, she set up a social enterprise to support an NGO that works in leadership development. Karolyne was the chairperson of Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA’s) Research and Definitions Portfolio Committee (2010-2012) and was a Research Advisor for the Global Coaching Convention that took place in May 2011. She is currently a member of COMENSA’s Member Criteria and Standards of Competence Portfolio Committee.
Natalie Taft is a SHEQ practitioner that started her quality career at MTN as a Quality Trainer and Internal Auditor. She relocated to Cape Town where she joined the SABS as an ISO 9000,14000 and 18000 Lead Auditor. During her time at the SABS she was involved and represented the organisation in many quality conferences, workshops and quality circles.
She was a SAATCA Lead Audito and a member of the ISO 9001 workgroup. In 2008, she joined PRASA, Metrorail as the Risk Manager and a member of the regional executive team. She was responsible for implementing management systems which included human factor management in the rail environment. She is currently employed with SFF Association as the Senior Manager, SHEQ.
Tireless activist, thought leader and change agent, Lorraine is a professional speaker, writer and trainer. She shares her expertise as a sustainability coach, greening facilitator and climate reality leader.
Qualified as a teacher, Lorraine later worked with environmentalists and the EPA in California in the 1970s. Back home, she spent 15 years as Contracts Manager for the Southern Sun Hotel Group.
Frustrated by the lack of commitment to sustainability, Lorraine then went solo and furthered her education through: the UN Environmental Programme Eco Labelling course | NCPC – National Cleaner Production | Green Building Council Design and Décor | Green Leaf Carbon Auditor | trained with Mr Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader. Twice the Chief Judge for the Dept. of Tourism’s Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards
Lorraine has won six awards for her work: Best Stand at Show for her complete Green Home at Decorex, for her fully furnished Eco Green Hotel at Hostex and her Greenstuff Eco Guest Suite at the Inspire Decor Show | FEDHASA Imvelo Chairman’s Award for Sustainable Tourism | Eskom ETA Award | Enviropaedia Eco Warrior Special Award | voted one of Top 40 Women in MICE.
With her team, she also manages two online directories (Hotelstuff and Greenstuff).
Donna Crockart is the General Manager of Intertek Services (Pty) Ltd. She has a National Diploma in Food Technology and a Diploma in Business Management, and she is currently registered in the International Food Law Certificate Program at Michigan State University. She has been trained in many internal standards and programs and has attended numerous internal conferences and workshops.
Donna is a registered Lead Auditor, a SAAFoST professional member and a Certified Natural Scientist with 25 years’ experience in the food industry – manufacturing and food processing, laboratory, retail, quality assurance, food safety management systems auditing and certification.
Donna was the owner of FSA® and The Food Safety Network® until the businesses were acquired by Intertek, a FTSE 100 company, in 2013.
Vanessa Pfau is one of the Directors of Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Africa Pty Ltd. In addition, she is employed by Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies as a Project Manager in the area of International Industrial Projects and National Research Projects. The activities of the Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group involve projects and activities on industrial, national, EU, and international level, tackling, e.g. integrated management of risk related to new technologies, risks of impacts and/or non-performance and governance and regulatory aspects of risks. In addition to the consultancy the Steinbeis University Berlin is offering Training and Certification in the area of Risk Engineering and Management.
Previously she was engaged by the Department of Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment of the University of Stuttgart and the National Aeronautics and Space Research Centre of Germany (Department of Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment). Ms. Pfau attained a Master’s Degree in, Empirical Political and Social Research and Analysis” with a focus on Sociology of Risks and Technology.
In addition to her current work Ms. Pfau is pursuing her PhD in cooperation with ZIRIUS (Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies) in the area of energy systems (social acceptance, risk perception, modeling of consequences and decision-making).
Head of Customer’s strategy is to develop a customer strategy for the Cape region which is customer led, locally executed and centrally solutioned. Prior to joining Absa, Nandi consulted for various companies, focusing on transforming organizations to Customer Centricity. Her experience includes, Head: Sanlam Group Marketing; Managing Director: Ogilvy Division Consumer and Director Coca-Cola (Southern, E Africa & Islands)
Nandi’s qualifications include Bachelor of Arts with majors in Zulu and English, Marketing Post Grad Diploma; she is a qualified coach and an internationally certified mediator.
Passions in workplace: The Customer (because it is good for business) .
Passions outside work: All forms of sport and enjoys playing golf, running and sail competitively.