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Laurie Dippenaar is one of the founders and current chairman of the FirstRand Group which is one of the ten largest companies on the JSE Securities Exchange.  The Group employs 42 000 people, has total assets of R750 billion and a market capitalisation of approximately R117 billion.  FirstRand owns well-known banking brands such as First National Bank, WesBank and Rand Merchant Bank. He is the non-executive chairman of OUTsurance, and a member of the board of Business Leadership South Africa. He serves as a non-executive director on the boards of two listed entities, RMB Holdings and Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings. He is also on the governing bodies of several educational institutions including the University of Pretoria and Michaelhouse school. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from the University of Pretoria and is a qualified chartered account. He is the chairman of the board of the Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa.
Ann Bernstein heads the Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa.  CDE is regarded by many including the London Financial Times as the country’s leading policy centre for social and economic development.  In addition, CDE has a special focus on the role of business and its contribution to development. Ann was a member of the Transition Team and then the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (1994 – 2001).  In 2005 she was a Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC.  In 2007 she joined the Board of the Brenthurst Foundation.  In 2008 and 2009 she was an invited faculty member at the World Economic Forum in Davos and participates in their Global Agenda Council’s Initiative. Her book, The Case for Business in Developing Economies was published by Penguin in 2010. She is a regular public speaker and has been published by newspapers around the country, often appearing on radio and TV.  Her many other publications and books include Migration and Refugee Policies (with M. Weiner, London, 1999), Business and Democracy: Cohabitation or Contradiction? (with P.L. Berger, London, 1998), and Policy Making in A New Democracy: South Africa’s Challenges for the 21st century (CDE,1999).
Antony Ball is a co-founder of Brait’s Private Equity business for which he served as CEO from October 2006 to March 2011. Ball has led and played a significant role in the raising and governance of Brait’s private equity funds and has been responsible for many of Brait’s private equity investments. He has represented the company on the board of more than 18 private and public companies. Ball who is a qualified CA (SA) has a Master’s Degree from Oxford University. Prior to joining Brait, he was a partner at Deloitte & Touche. He joined the CDE board in February 2012.


Cas Coovadia is the Managing Director of the Banking Association of South Africa. He also heads the Executive Secretariat of the SADC Banking Association, which is made up of the national associations of banks from SADC countries. He played a central role in the negotiations leading to the signing of the Financial Services Charter and is playing a critical role in the implementation of agreements reached in the Charter. Cas is the immediate past chairman of The Johannesburg Civic Theatre and Vice-Chairperson of the Trust for Urban Housing Finance.  He is also Chairperson of the National Business Initiative and Treasurer of the African Union for Housing Finance and also serves on the Board of the Centre for Development and Enterprise. He is also First Deputy-President of the International Union for Housing Finance (IUHF). He served as the President of the IUHF for five years.  He serves as a Council member of the University of Witwatersrand. He is also on the board of the Nepad Business Foundation and the Board of Business Unity South Africa. He is also the Chairman of the Johannesburg Development Agency, a corporatized entity of the City of Joburg. Cas represents BASA on the Board of the International Banking Federation (IBFeD).
Prof Brian Figaji retired as the Vice Chancellor of the Peninsula Technikon in Cape Town at the end of 2004. He currently serves (2005 – 2009) as South Africa’s representative on the Executive Board at UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)  He is a director of companies and serves on a variety of education-related trusts and NGOs. Before joining Peninsula Technikon in 1980 Prof Figaji spent ten years working as a consulting civil engineer and as a site agent for a large civil engineering construction company. He also taught at a high school in Cape Town for a short while. Prof Figaji is a Fellow of the SA Institute of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the SA Society for Professional Engineers, a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering and a member of the SA Academy of Science. He served two terms as a member of the Council on Higher Education (CHE). Prof Figaji is a graduate of the universities of the Western Cape, Cape Town, UNISA and Harvard.  He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Coventry in the UK and California State University.
Michiel le Roux was in the liquor industry for twenty years before he became a banker. He was part of the team that founded Capitec Bank in 2001 and he became the chairman of the bank upon his retirement. He is also chairman of Millennium Trust, a private think tank. He was born in Boksburg, grew up in Klerksdorp and studied at Stellenbosch University. He lives in Stellenbosch.


Sipho Maseko was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand (BA, LLB). He has previously worked at Werksmans and the Financial Services Board (Financial Markets). He joined BP in 1997 and held various roles, both in South Africa and London. He then went on to serve as Chief Operating Officer, BP Africa BU and Deputy CEO BP Africa. He is a former CEO of BP Africa. Most recently he served as MD of Vodacom. In April 2013 he was appointed CEO of Telkom.
Ish founded the Interfaith Community Development Association. He was a co-facilitator, organiser and leader of Dinokeng Scenarios Public Engagement Programme. He served as the Chairperson of National Housing Board, Johannesburg Social Housing Company (JOSHCO) and others. He currently is chairperson of the Steve Biko Foundation and the Central Johannesburg Partnership. He serves as Trustee of many organisations, including the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, Finmark Trust, and the Centre for Development and Enterprise. He received SA Council of Churches Award for selfless contribution to the South African Struggle for Democracy.
Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu was educated at the Universities of Fort Hare, Cape Town and New York. He was Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Transkei from 1987 to 1991. From 1998 to 2002 he was the first Chairman of the Council on Higher Education (CHE). He joined the Independent Development Trust as Chief Executive in 1990 and was Chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) from 1993 to 2000.  He served as economic advisor to President Thabo Mbeki and as Chief Executive of the Secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) from 2000 to 2005.  He is currently Chairman of Metropolitan Insurance, Kagiso Trust Investments, Bigen Africa Group and Pan-African Capital, as well as a director of AngloGold Ashanti and Datatec Ltd. Prof Nkuhlu has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of the Free State, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Pretoria and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.


Simon Ridley attended the University of Natal where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1980 and a Higher Diploma in Accounting in 1981. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982. In 1994 he completed an Advanced Management Programme at Oxford University. He left the computer audit department at KPMG in 1984 and then held various finance positions at Momentum Life, United Bank and ABSA before joining Standard Bank in 1999 as Director, Finance and Operations in Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank (now Standard Bank: Corporate and Investment Banking).  He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Standard Bank Group in 2002.
Andile Sangqu, a qualified accountant and tax expert, is Executive Director and Executive Head of Anglo American South Africa. His former positions include Group Executive Director at Kagiso Trust Investments and Chief Executive Officer of Prodigy-Coris Asset Management. Sangqu completed his Articles of Clerkship with Price Waterhouse Coopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). He has held financial management positions at major South African corporations such as Impala Platinum Limited and Liberty Life. He currently serves on a number of company boards, and also chairs the Public Works and Department of Local Government audit committees. During his tenure as Deputy Director-General (Finance and Corporate Services) of the National Department of Public Works, Sangqu, in his capacity as Chief Financial Officer, was responsible for managing the department’s transition from the previous financial management dispensation to the new dispensation of the PFMA (Public Finance Management Act).
In 2011 Mike Teke was appointed as Vice President of the Chamber of Mines. In 2013 he was then elected as Chamber President.
In 2008 he became one of the founding members and CEO of Optimum Coal Holdings Limited.
Teke has had a career in Human Resources with roles at Unilever, Bayer, BHP Billiton and Impala Platinum, this shows his extensive experience in people and business management.
He holds a Master of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Education.
He joined the Centre for Development and Enterprise Board in 2016.


Besides being Chairman and major shareholder at Aka Capital (Pty) Limited. Dr Khoza is also the chairman of Nedbank Group Limited and Corobrik (Proprietary) Limited, and a director of several companies including Nampak Limited and Old Mutual plc.
He is a visiting professor at Rhodes Investec Business School, former professor Extraordinaire of the University of Stellenbosch Business School and Chancellor of the University of Limpopo, succeeding former President Nelson Mandela.
Among his many achievements and educational background, he holds a BA Honours (Psychology), Engineering Doctorate as well as a Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa.
He joined the Centre for Development and Enterprise Board in 2016.
Before joining Barclays Africa Group as Head of Communications, Songezo Zibi was the editor of the Business Day newspaper. He has 14 years of experience in corporate communications at multinational companies such as Volkswagen South Africa and Xstrata South Africa.
Politics, society and the economy are the core of areas that Songezo writes extensively on. In January 2014 he authored his first book Raising the Bar: Hope and Renewal in South Africa, which provides an unencumbered analysis of the topics such as race, leadership, politics, government, violence, the position of women, as well as the “taboos that haunt us”.
He spent his tertiary years at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
He joined the Centre for Development and Enterprise Board in 2016.
Sipho Nkosi is the chairman of Talent 10 Holdings, he founded Eyesizwe Holdings and served as CEO before its merger into Exxaro in 2006. With 20 years’ experience in the mining and industrial sectors, he sits on a number of boards. Sipho holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Zululand, an Honours degree in Commerce (Economics) from the University of South Africa and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts in the United States. Sipho joined the CDE board in 2017.