NWU Vaal to host inaugural Leadership Summit

Annette Willemse -- Wed, 06/24/2015 - 13:10

NWU Vaal to host inaugural Leadership Summit

A leadership evolution. This is how organisers of the inaugural Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) Leadership Summit is describing the first-of-its-kind leadership summit that will take place on 12 August 2015.

The NWU Vaal Leadership Summit – in collaboration with Ukuvula Investment Holdings together with Studio 55 Productions and Events, represents a dynamic platform that will bring together some of South Africa’s most brilliant business minds, strategists and thought leaders to share their insights into business, economic and management issues with industry front-runners and executives. By providing this platform – from which intellectual capacity can be shared, the summit is contributing to the advancement of leadership in business, government and civil society.

According to Prof Herman van der Merwe, Executive Director of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology and voice of the summit, it is important for leaders to recognize the fact that mindful leadership has the potential to transform lives, business and industry, communities and ultimately the world. “South Africa has made big strides in the past 20 years and advances have occurred across multiple fronts: political, social, and economic. The challenge however remains to address complex issues such as prosperity and well-being that threaten to undermine sustainable development. Addressing such challenges will require strong leadership from all levels of society in the years to come” says Prof Van der Merwe.

NWU Vaal Leadership Summit

The Summit – that will take place at the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark – will bring together leaders and aspiring leaders from all organisational levels and various backgrounds, including business, non-profit, education, health and wellness and government.

By hosting this inaugural leadership summit, the NWU Vaal aims to create an accessible forum which presents an invaluable opportunity for first-hand interaction with leaders who have their fingers on the pulse of macro-economic and management issues – and in today’s fluid business environment, knowledge sharing is more powerful and more critical than ever before.

The impressive line-up of speakers include the likes of:

•             Adv Thuli Madonsela                                       RSA Public Protector;

•             Mr Paul O’ Flaherty                                        CEO of ArcelorMittal South Africa;

•             Mr Abe Thebyane                                            Nedbank Group Executive for HR;

•             Mr Stavros Nicolaou                                       Aspen Pharmacare Strategic Trade Development Senior Executive;

•             Ms Charmaine Lemao                                     HR Director at Nissan South Africa; and

•             Ms Suzanne Ackerman-Berman                     Pick ‘n Pay Director of Transformation

The beneficiary of this Leadership Summit will be the Ukuvula Foundation - a charitable, not-for-profit turst, that was established to coordinate and fund social development initiatives. Students of the Vaal Triangle Campus will also benifit from the income generated from the event. The Ukuvula Foundation's vision of "making a difference through shared learning, development and empowering people" is underscored by the fact that most of the assistance granted is in the form of bursaries to tertiary education. Over the last number of years, the Foundation has also been a major sponsor of winter sports tournaments for scholars from all provinces in South Africa. 

Adv. Thuli Madonsela Mr Paul O' Flaherty Mr Abe Thebyane
Ms Charmaine Lemao Mr Stavros  Nicolaou Ms Suzanne Ackerman-Berman

The vision of the summit

The vision of the Summit is twofold: Firstly to support the sustainable future, growth, and development of the Vaal Triangle and surrounding areas of the Gauteng province through an event that will explore best-practices, ideas, and lessons of visionary, responsible, and forward-thinking leadership through the contributions of respected and esteemed South African captains of industry and government. Secondly the Summit is aimed at vesting the Vaal Triangle Campus as an innovative hub of business expertise and entrepreneurial aptitude.

Who should attend?

The Summit offers attendees from all sectors - including business, finance, retail, branding, marketing, media, construction, property, government and academia in Gauteng, an extraordinary opportunity to experience ground-breaking opinions, partake in critical debate, engage in meaningful dialogue and truly promote thought leadership in South Africa.


Tickets are available at R2 000 per person. Tables (accommodating 10 delegates) can also be purchased at a discount price. For bookings and registration contact Charmaine Smith at Studio 55 on csmith@studio55events.co.za or 041 365 759. Limited seating available!