Forums & Conferences

​​​​​​​​Each year GIBS hosts a variety of high-level GIBS Forums and Conferences that create a platform for sharing best practices in terms of innovation and leadership. Popular with students, alumni, business people and the wider public they afford access to insights from leaders in business, politics, civil society and academia.

GIBS Forums range from discussions on corporate strategy and performance, to quarterly economic outlooks, scenario planning, technology, sports and branding. These speaker-led events spanning the mining, technology, healthcare, finance, manufacturing, advertising and retail industries, enable individuals to stay abreast of developments in their own sectors. They also broaden their networks and, in the process, build quality business relationships while gaining a greater understanding of today's fast-paced business environment. Over the years, GIBS has hosted an impressive array of leading CEOs, politicians and decision-makers, among them former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe; former Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus; founder of the Mara Group and Africa's youngest billionaire Ashish Thakkar; and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. South African CEOs like Woolworths' Ian Moir, the JSE's Nicky Newton-King, Aspen Pharmacare's Stephen Saad, Transnet's Brian Molefe, Standard Bank's Sim Tshabalala and MTN's Sifiso Dabengwa have all presented to GIBS Forum attendees, along with social, political and economic thought leaders like Clem Sunter, Dr Iraj Abedian, Jay Naidoo, Professor Jonathan Jansen and Moeletsi Mbeki. Recent international CEOS who have spoken at GIBS Forum events include Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric and Lloyd C. Blankfein, chairman and CEO of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

GIBS Forums are open to the public and usually take the format of an evening discussion.

Please click here​ for a list of upcoming GIBS Forums.

GIBS Conferences are high-impact interventions that bring together business executives, government leaders and industry experts to share their experiences and views on the latest challenges and opportunities affecting business in South Africa, Africa and around the world. 

The objective is to provide the business community with a platform to engage with experts and inspirational practitioners on current and relevant issues. Topics vary from year to year, depending on the themes, pressures and opportunities in the business space. Recent conferences have covered themes such as the economic outlook for the year ahead; social media and mobility; finance; communications and reputation management; big data; women in business; innovation; strategy; and consulting. GIBS Conferences have hosted CEOs from most of South Africa's largest companies, both as speakers and as delegates, as well as thought leaders and academics from South Africa and around the world. GIBS Conferences also proudly partner with the likes of CFA, Strate, PASA, SAVCA, IPM, IMC SA, East Coast Radio and Jacaranda on specialised, annual events. Our partnerships with East Coast Radio have seen GIBS Conferences travel beyond the main GIBS campus in Illovo, Johannesburg to Pretoria, Nelspruit and Durban, where record audiences in excess of 500 delegates have been achieved. GIBS' partnership with BRG also brings international thought leaders to South Africa. Recent international names include Dave Ulrich, David Norton, Dr Tara Swart and Liz Wiseman. To ensure our conference agenda remains current and impactful, we follow a Triple A principle – focus on cutting-edge delivery through our Agenda, Access to top speakers, which will lead to Action.

GIBS Conferences are open to the public and are a one-day networking and knowledge sharing event.

Please click here for a list of upcoming GIBS Conferences.

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