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Leading Women in Business Power Breakfast 2019

The 'Leading Women in Business Power Breakfast' in commemoration of Women's Month, facilitated by the Dean of GIBS, Professor Nicola Kleyn.

The breakfast session is an opportunity to find inspiration in the stories of successful women in business. The conversation will focus on business, industry and the economy at large, as well as touch on issues such as gender bias and the empowerment of women. 

Speakers confirmed to date: 

Busisiwe Mavuso, is the Chief Executive Officer of Business Leadership South Africa and a member of its board since November 2017. She was previously the Managing Director of the Black Management Forum (BMF).

Mandy Wiener, is one of the country’s best known and most credible journalists and authors. Mandy specialises in investigative reporting and legal matters, having extensively covered both the corruption trial of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and the Brett Kebble murder trial. She has also earned a reputation for her work exposing South Africa’s ‘Underworld’ reporting extensively on Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, Teazers boss Lolly Jackson and other mysterious murders. 

Roze Phillips, Group Executive: People and Culture, Absa. Previously, a management consultant with 20 yrs experience, Roze holds a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (MBChB), a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town and a postgrad Diploma in Futures Studies from Stellenbosch University Business School. She authored the Accenture report on the "Future World of Work".

Umunyana Rugege,   Executive Director at SECTION27, her work focuses on access to healthcare services in the public and private sectors. Umunyana works on health policy development and high impact litigation to help advance the right to healthcare, equality and human dignity.

Gina Schoeman, is the South Africa economist for the Citibank Global Economics team, based in the Johannesburg office now after starting with Citigroup in London in October 2012. Before this, Gina worked at Barclays Capital as Lead Economist on South Africa. Gina has recently been ranked #2 in the Financial Mail local analyst rankings for domestic economics and has consistently ranked #1 in the European Eleonora Fixed Income Survey

Professor Nicola Kleyn, Nicola is the Dean of GIBS.

Additional Info:

Buffet Breakfast and Networking: 07:30 - 08:30

Starts: 08:30

Ends: 10:30 

Cancellation Policy:

  • 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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