State of the Nation

​​​Additional Forum Information 

Registration: 17h45 - 18h00
Forum Start Time: 18h00​​​​​​​​
Length: 2 hours
Cocktails will be served after the event​​​​​​



Recently South Africans have been overwhelmed by news of corruption, political interference and threats of credit rating downgrades and further economic instability. Although we are a deeply resilient nation who has a lot in common and  are able to achieve a great deal working together, sentiment and moral are at an all-time low. As a young democracy how do we accelerate growth and opportunities to transform lives and build an ideal future? What is the common purpose we should all rally for in order to speed up transformation, grow the economy and create a more inclusive society? Now is the time for brutal self-reflection, mobilisation, collective thinking and greater responsibility. What is the call to action in our young democracy?


Panel includes:

  • Professor Raymond Suttner, political analyst and scholar
  • Hilary Joffe, editor-at-Large, Business Day;
  • Prince Mashele, political analyst;  
  • Ralph Mathekga, political analyst;
  • Rashad Cassim, head of economic research and stats, South African Reserve Bank;
  • Xhanti Payi, lead researcher and economist, Nascence Advisory and Research.

Other panel members to be confirmed

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  • Professor Nicola Kleyn (Dean)

    Nicola Kleyn is the dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science. In addition to her responsibilities at GIBS, she also lectures on various marketing-related academic and company-specific short courses she also consults to a number of organisations seeking to grow customer, brand and reputational equity.

    She worked previously at Investec Bank where she managed the learning and development function and at Edgars in a store control capacity. She also spent seven years lecturing marketing to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the faculty of commerce at Wits University.

    Nicola has been recognised as an established researcher by the National Research Foundation, achieving a C1 NRF rating. She has published articles in a number of academic journals including: California Management Review, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics, International Marketing Review, Journal of Marketing Intelligence and Planning, South African Journal of Business Management, and Management Dynamics on the topics of marketing and ethics. She has also presented a number of conference papers at both local and international academic conferences and is a regular contributor to the popular press.


    In 2017, she was appointed as member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Product & Brand Management.

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