AACC Conference Listed Companies - 29 August 2016

Mitesh Patel

Mitesh is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has over 10 years of experience in assurance and business advisory, both in the private and public sector. Mitesh is currently the Managing Partner of Nkonki Inc. Mitesh has also been involved in Audit Committees for at least ten years. Mitesh is also an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Audit Committees of companies listed on Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Mitesh is the Chairman of Imbalie Beauty Limited and Wearne Limited, he is also the chairman of Audit Committee of Howden Africa Limited and Chairman of the Risk Committee of Verimark Limited. Mitesh has a very strong grasp of corporate governance principals, Risk Management, Director Responsibilities Principles, Integrated Reporting and the new Companies Act…

Bernard Peter Agulhas

Bernard, the CEO of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), is passionate about ensuring that South Africa’s auditing and reporting standards stay on par with global benchmarks. In fact, for six consecutive years while he’s been heading the statutory audit regulator, South Africa has been ranked number one for its auditing and reporting standards. It is also this drive and understanding of the important role that the auditing sector plays in ensuring a strong economy that has resulted in him being a member of the King Committee for Corporate Governance. Bernard also chairs the Standards Coordination Working Group of the IFIAR, which has the responsibility of monitoring and commenting on developments in international standards on auditing and ethics. The…

Sikkie Kajee

Sikkie was a partner at KPMG (until 2012) for approximately 8½ years and prior to that, a Director at Gobodo Risk Management for five years. He currently specialises as a corporate governance consultant, providing board appraisal services and director development via the Institute of Directors. In addition, he serves on the boards of the following organisations: The Automobile Association of South Africa (non-executive Chairman) The Power Matla Group Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa (Chairman of the Audit Committee) He also serves as an Audit Committee member in the public sector, notably at the DTI and eThekwini Municipality.

Dr Yondela Ndema

Dr Ndema is an admitted Advocate, who matriculated at 15 and is currently in possession of a B. Proc (University of Natal), LLB (University of Natal), LLM (Tax Law – UCT) and Doctorate (Law - UCT) degrees with a specific passion and specialty in commercial transactions, tax law, labour law, securities law, risk, compliance, and mercantile law. Furthermore, she holds seven post-graduate certificates in Money Laundering (RAU); Advanced Corporate Law & Securities Law (UNISA); Compliance Management (UCT); Legal Writing (WITS); International Leadership Development Programme (GIBS); Supply Chain Management (Smeal College of Business: Pennsylvania – United States) and Leading Women (GIBS). She is a Non-Executive Director at the Compliance Institute of South Africa, and currently works at Sasol as a Chief…

Dr Len Konar

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Doctor Len Konar is a chartered accountant and was previously executive director of the Independent Development Trust where he was, amongst other activities, responsible for Internal Audit and the Investments Portfolios. Prior to that, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Durban-Westville. He also lectured to graduate students at various South African Universities.  He is member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance, the Corporate Governance Forum, the SA Institute of Directors and the USA National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Dr Konar is also a non-executive director of Alexander Forbes, Sappi, Lonmin plc, Chairman of ORCA, Steinhoff International Holdings, OMIGSA and EXXARO Resources. He also chairs or serves on the Audit Committees…

Dr Derek Yach

Derek has focused his career on advancing global health. He is currently the Global Chief Health Officer for Vitality, and for the past two years served as Executive Director of the Vitality Institute. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President of Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo where he supported portfolio transformation and led engagement with major international groups as well as new African initiatives at the nexus of agriculture and nutrition. He has headed global health at the Rockefeller Foundation, been a Professor of Global Health at Yale University, and is a former Executive Director for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health of the World Health Organization (WHO). At WHO, Dr. Yach served as cabinet director under Director-General…

Gardner Rusike - Roundtable 1 - Panelist

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Gardner is a Sovereign Analyst in the S&P Emerging Markets Sovereign ratings team covering a number of African sovereigns, local and regional governments, government related entities and multilaterals. Gardner is the Primary Credit Analyst on South Africa.  Prior to joining S&P Global in 2012, Gardner worked as an Economist in Western Cape Government Fiscal Policy Division for three years and also taught undergraduate economics at Rhodes University for two years. Gardner Rusike holds a B. Sc in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Financial Markets (cum laude) from Rhodes University. He also completed the South African Institute of Financial Markets Registered Persons Exams. His research interests are in development of bond markets in Africa.

Dr Iraj Abedian - Roundtable 1 - Panelist

Iraj is the founder and Chief Executive of Pan-African Capital Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He was professor of economics at the University of Cape Town, before entering the business sector in 2000. He obtained his BA (Honours) and MA in Economics from University of Cape Town (UCT). He received his PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada in 1993. He has served as a consultant on economic policy issues to public and private sector organisations in South Africa, as well as internationally. His involvement in policy development in South Africa includes: The Transformation of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (1995), the RDP White Paper (1995), Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR 1996), Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF 1997/98), the…

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