Speakers announced for the

2021 Real Estate Industry Summit

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Amanda De Vos

Master Property Practitioner, Prop Academy

Amanda de Vos carries the flag for PropAcademy in Gauteng, as a registered Assessor and Facilitator.    She holds many medals as a professional long-distance runner, her enthusiasm and determination in everything she does spills over to those she trains.

Not only is she ensconced in delivering qualifications, but she is also a Master Property Practitioner in Real Estate (MPRE) and a top real estate practitioner in the Centurion area.

Amasi Mwela

Chief Executive Officer, Private Property

Amasi Mwela, CEO of Private Property, has a clear vision for the future; creating a diverse organization with a purpose driven culture which in turn, ensures wider perspectives and insight ensuring creative problem solving in the ever-evolving economic climate.

One of South Africa’s next generation leaders, Mwela is the current CEO of Private Property, a leading South African property portal. He has vast experience in developing effective business turnaround strategies, is an expert at repositioning brands and is widely appreciated as an authentic leader.

Ashton Gustafson

International Keynote Speaker & Renowned Realtor

When you meet Ashton Gustafson you will quickly learn he has two passions: challenging the status quo and changing the world as we know it.

Fuelled by these two passions, Ashton is in the early stages of producing world changing Real Estate, Marketing, Writing and Speaking careers. He currently owns two real estate companies, speaks across the country at numerous events, authors a daily blog, and is working on his first book, Let the Music Play: A Manifesto on Making Music With Your Life, Family, and Business. Ashton has taken the Real Estate industry by storm and is creating quite a buzz while doing so. He’s known by many as “The HOMEboy”, his trademarked version of a Realtor/Real Estate Agent, and was selected by Realtor Magazine into the 2010 “30 Under 30″class.In 2010, Ashton was also nationally recognized again by StarPower Systems by being the youngest ever selected as a Star PowerStar.

Berry Everitt

Chief Executive Officer, Chas Everitt International

Berry Everitt is the visionary CEO who has steered the evolution of Chas Everitt International from a small family business into one of the top four real estate brands in SA

…and into the independent brokerage that has been recognised by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World© as the most innovative in its 500-member global network.

The winner of many national and international awards – including most recently the LeadingRE President’s Service Award and Luxury Trendsetter Award – Berry is also widely respected for his “realistic but always optimistic” analyses of economic and property market trends as well as his knowledge of consumer and property investment issues, and is a firm believer in the value of real estate as a medium to long-term investment.

He is also a champion of new technologies and the potential they hold to empower estate agents and keep them at the centre of the real estate transaction while providing personalised, remarkable and highly memorable customer experiences.

Bronwyn Williams

Futurist, Economist & Business Trends Analyst

Bronwyn has over a decade’s experience in strategic management, trend research and foresight; consulting to clients in the public and private sector across the African continent.

Her educational credentials include tertiary qualifications in Marketing Management (University of Johannesburg), Economics (University of London), Foresight (University of Manchester), and Future Studies (University of Stellenbosch). She is currently completing a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Bath. Today, as a partner at Flux Trends, Bronwyn’s research focuses on how macro socio-economic trends and emerging technologies will impact businesses, industries, and nations in the near and long term future. Part economist, part strategist, Bronwyn’s particular areas of expertise include fintech trends, alternative economic models, and sustainable future design. Bronwyn’s clients include Top 40 JSE listed companies, The South African Reserve Bank, African government departments, and global business leaders. She also guest lectures for leading business schools, such as Duke, GIBS, UCT, and the University of Johannesburg. Bronwyn is also a published writer and a well-known media commentator on future trends and economic trajectories for network channels including CNBC Africa and ENCA News.

Bulelwa Mabasa

Director and Head of the Land Reform Restitution & Tenure practice

Bulelwa Mabasa is a Director and Head of the Land Reform Restitution & Tenure Practice. Her expertise is spread across a number of key practice areas which includes the following:

Dispute Resolution; which includes land reform, restitution and tenure law, administrative and constitutional law; tenders and procurement; due diligence investigations; expropriation litigation; mining regulatory and mining litigation and banking litigation. Bulelwa is a leader in her field given her appointment by President Cyril Ramaphosa to serve as the only attorney on the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform in 2018 and her authorship of the leading text on land reform, a publication titled Land in South Africa: Contested Meanings and Nation-Formation. Bulelwa has also contributed to major journals and publications on Land Reform and Women.

Carl van den Berg

Business Development Executive, Private Property

Carl holds an MBA from UKZN and has a wealth of experience in the financial services sector, specialising in home loans and digital strategy

He is father to two active boys, an avid runner and has conquered 3 Comrades Ultra-Marathons.  He is passionate about property and believes it has the power to unlock wealth and prosperity for the country.

Caroline King

Head of strategy sales and analytics

Caroline has been with Absa since 2007, where she headed up Strategic Stakeholder Engagement for Absa Home Loans before leading Business Development for Absa’s Secured Lending businesses which included Home Loans and Vehicle Finance

In 2015 Caroline became the Head of Insights and Customer Value Propositions for Absa Retail and Business Bank, before returning back home to Absa Home Loans in 2018

 

Caroline has been Head of Absa’s Home Loans Strategy and Advanced Analytics function since November 2018, and added Head of Sales to her portfolio in July 2019.

Chris Becker

Blockchain Technologies Strategist, Investec Bank

Chris Becker is Investec’s blockchain technologies specialist and for the past four years been focused on product development and strategy for the Private Bank.

Before moving into this role in 2017 Chris worked for more than a decade as an economist, sovereign risk analyst, and sell-side economic strategist. Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Stellenbosch University. 

Dr. Andrew Johnson

Organisational Psychologist & Action Scientist

Andrew is the Chief Learning Officer of Eskom. A seasoned HR executive Andrew has special interests in HR strategy consulting, leadership development, talent and succession management, organisational transformation, and change management.

Andrew was born in Cradock and matriculated first class from Holy Rosary Senior Secondary in 1979, where he served as head boy.

He has followed a career primarily in Organisational Effectiveness in the private sector (incl. Edcon, MTN, Avmin, JSE, Liberty) where he held senior positions. Andrew’s influence stretches beyond his organisation having consulted on leadership best practices to other state-owned entities, private companies, and African and BRICS utilities.

 

He has occupied many non-executive roles in FASSET, the NEF, the COJ Property Company, Transparency SA, NSFAS, and King II; currently he serves on the Advisory Committee of the industrial/organisational psychology (IOP) department of UJ (where he is also an occasional lecturer), the HR (Staffing) Committee of UKZN, the KWT Dominican Sisters’ Education Committee, and the Board of Governors of Holy Family College Parktown.

 

Andrew is passionate about giving back to the world of human sciences and is involved in a number of professional associations, including the Society for IOP of South Africa (president in 2011/12), and the Global Forum on Strategic Change, Leadership and Learning (inducted as global associate). He has supervised many IOP interns to full professional status, and is also an external examiner on the Psychology Board exams for IOP interns for the HPCSA.

Geoff Lee

Managing Executive, Absa Home Loans

Geoff Lee forms part of the Absa Group Retail and Business Banking South Africa leadership team currently responsible for the Home Loan division. 

A banker for the past 14 years, Geoff has held a number of senior leadership positions across the disciplines of the Retail bank, Managing Executive: Absa Card and Payments, Head: Product and Pricing Centre of Excellence, CFO: Absa Mortgages; CFO Absa Card division and Head: Scheme Management and Payments and Settlements; and since 2018, his appointment as Managing Executive: Absa Home Loans. 

His qualifications include a BCom from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BAcc, Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Witwatersrand. Geoff successfully wrote the Board exam in 1995 and qualified as CA(SA) in 1997 after having completed his articles at Deloitte.

Geoff sporting interests lie in the endurance discipline of cycling and running having successfully completed 7 Absa Cape Epic races, 10 Comrades Marathons as well as other key races on the South African cycling and running circuits.  A family man, Geoff and his wife have two daughters and live in Johannesburg.

Graeme Codrington

Author, Futurist & Strategy Consultant

Graeme is a futurist and scenario planner specialising in the future of work. He helps companies around the world understand the forces that are shaping our lives, whether it’s the current Covid-disruption or the disruptive trends that will define the rest of the 2020s.

Graeme is an author of six best-selling books and lectures at a number of top business schools. As one of the founders of the strategy consulting firm TomorrowToday, he works with a global research team to ensure his insights are constantly updated and relevant to each of his clients. He now works with clients around the world from his fully equipped home video studio in Johannesburg. Please welcome Graeme Codrington.

Hayley Ivins-Downes

Head of Digital, Lightstone

As Head of Digital at Lightstone, Hayley’s core focus is creating a customer-centric digital experience. She leads her team with fervour, harnessing over two and a half decades of experience to find bespoke solutions that address Lightstone’s clients’ precise needs.

After completing her BA, with honours, in Developmental Studies, Hayley dove headfirst into her career joining Standard Bank Group as a business analyst. She left Standard bank to pivot herself into a more sales focused role within Knowledge Factory where she was an Account Executive. After five years collectively within these companies, she returned to the banking sector (Nedbank), where her foundation in data analysis and GIS lent itself to five years of growth. Hayley left her role as Head of Channel Infrastructure at Nedbank, where she was tasked with the strategic placement of Branches and ATM’s and their subsequent build and furbish, to join the team at Lightstone Property. Through 13 years of Property Market knowledge she emerged leading the Sales team for Lightstone Property. In her role, Hayley was accountable for revenues in Financial, Insurance, Government, Commercial and Residential Property areas at Lightstone.

She was recently appointed Head of Digital in 2021, where her focus is on building and growing Lightstone as a Marketplace for Real Estate.

Jarryd Jeffery

Leading agent, Tyson Property Group

With an innovative approach to real estate, Jarryd Jeffery has built a solid reputation within the Westville, Cowies Hill and surrounding market off the back of his unwavering dedication to success and delivering world-class service to his loyal base of clientele.

From first-time home buyers and those looking for a comfortable family abode to developers and commercial property owners, Jarryd is the real estate professional you want in your corner.

Jarryd prides himself of attention to detail, communication and his ability to adapt cutting edge tactics and technologies into his bespoke marketing strategies. As a property professional, Jarryd sees it as a privilege to guide his clients through what can sometimes be a daunting process and to help them achieve results that far exceed even their wildest expectations.

This drive to succeed has seen Jarryd consistently be named one of the leading agents in the Westville and Cowies Hill region along with being awarded multiple annual and career accolades.

A testament to his service, the majority of Jarryd’s business comes from referrals and has contributed to his impressive 12% market share in the area. 

Jarryd is passionate about his community and its future, leading him to become a proud sponsor and preferred real estate partner of the prominent Westville Boys High School.

He knows that choosing to buy or sell your home is one of the biggest financial decisions many people may make in their lives. The responsibility and privilege of this continue to be a major driving factor behind his daily motivation along with the continued support of his wife, Megan, and young daughter, Laura-Mae. When he’s not working hard for his clients, you will find Jarryd spending quality time with his family or travelling, both locally and abroad.

Jessica Ann Wheeler

Managing Director: Leo Burnett, Publicis

I learnt everything I know from Google, and the clever people I have had the good fortune of working with. I’m a total overachiever with an insatiable curiosity that never seems to run out.

Never happy sitting idle, I’m a true believer that complacency is the one thing that makes this world suck, and that the internet can probably tell you how to do anything if you spend enough time looking with purpose.   In  my  current  role  as  Managing Director at Leo Burnett,  I  plot  the strategic business,  marketing,  communications  and  advertising  direction  for  some  of  the country’s  biggest  brands  and  then  fight  like  hell  to  get  them implemented, herding cats and creatives in the process. This, and attending a whole lot of meetings that could be emails. Before MD, I was the Group Head of Strategy,  flexing  strategic  skills  on  the  agency’s  brands  across  financial  services,  FMCG,  personal  care,  automotive  and  technology  categories.  Prior  to  Leo Burnett, I was at GREY Africa for 4 1/2  years, previously heading up the PR, Social and Digital divisions, before earning my way into strategy through a combination of relentless inquiry and an inability to keep my mouth shut. My background is nothing like my cooking skills (one-dimensional)…  I  started  off in  post-production, moved into PR and Comms, Social Media, Digital and now find myself  living  the  ‘Jack  of  all Trades’  dream  leading  truly  integrated  communications across some really great clients. In July 2015 I received the Standard Bank Rising Star Award in the Media & Marketing Category. These awards recognise leading South Africans under the age of 40 across twelve   business   sectors.   What gets me fired up? Simple ideas, common sense and passionate execution. I don’t care whether that manifests as a presentation deck, a team meeting or an integrated marketing campaign. What I care about is that every minute spent doing something is well-spent and purposeful.I spend my free time as the South African ambassador for the World Economic Forum’s DQ Institute, helping teach young kids become safe, savvy digital citizens.I have been in marketing for 16 years, but start everyday assuming nothing.

Joseph Sakoneka

Chief Executive Officer, National Property Practitioners Council

Joseph Sakoneka was  appointed  on 1 September as CEO of the National Property Practitioners Council (NPPC) making him the leader of South Africa’s largest property sector trade association.

Member organisations collectively represent over 45 000 registered property practitioners involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

He started his accountancy career in 2005 and completed his three-year Chartered Accountant articles in 2008. He was then appointed as SOX Analyst at ArcelorMittal South Africa, a multinational steel company.

In 2010 Sakoneka was appointed as a Management Accountant at the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB). In this role managed budgets of over R100 million and a fund with more than R500 million assets under management. He remained in the employ of the EAAB for a period of ten (10) years and served in various roles within the real estate regulator.

As inspector Joseph travelled to all the nine provinces in South Africa conducting compliance inspections at real estate agency firms ranging from small, medium to large agencies These inspections afforded him a unique opportunity to interact and engage estate agents exposed to various real estate markets given the different cultures in the different provinces of South Africa.

Joseph was ultimately appointed as the Transformation Executive Manager (Acting) in 2020 until he resigned from the EAAB at the end of March 2020. In this capacity he was responsible for formulating a transformation strategy for the entire real estate sector in South Africa and provided input to the legislation drafters of the new Property Practitioners Act, 22 of 2019 which contains a full chapter on transformation.

Through these various positions, he gained a substantial amount of business experience and competence in both private and public sector entities that best positions him as an astute business leader.

He is an accountant, holds a Programme for Management Development (PMD) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

Leanne Manas

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Leonie Fourie

Learning, Training & Development and Organizational Development Leader

Leonie is an experienced Learning, Training & Development and Organisational Development leader, operating at Senior Management Level.

Having led a plethora of Human Resources, Organisational Culture and Development projects, Leonie has a deep understanding of what it takes to improve employee engagement and individual, team and organisational performance. Before following her passion as a Personal and Strengths Development Coach, Leonie was the Head of Human Resources at Kansai Plascon.

Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi

Chief Executive Officer, Estate Agency Affairs Board

The Executive Management Committee of the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) is headed by the Chief Executive Officer Ms Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi who is charged with oversight of the day to day operations and functions of the EAAB.

Mamodupi is an admitted attorney who has amassed a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in the legal profession. Over the past 20-years, she has held numerous senior and influential positions, including Acting Judge of the North and South Gauteng High Court, Director General of the Department of Communication, National Consumer Commissioner, Councillor of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, Lecturer at UNISA and Deputy Chairperson of the SABC. It’s a privilege to have her here with us today.

Michelle Dickens

Chief Executive Officer, TPN Credit Bureau

CEO @ TPN Credit Bureau. A real life Data Whisperer, I Love Big Data! Grateful to have co-founded the biggest database of tenant payment behaviour in SA (actually the world)

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Nina Hastie

Media personality, MC, Radio presenter

Nina Hastie is a seasoned media personality with over 15 years experience, hosting over 500 episodes of South Africa’s progressive, live late night talk show, Trending SA.

Nina has written columns for The Times, Grazia Magazine, and News 24. She also has radio experience and most recently co-hosted Touch HD’s Breakfast show alongside Glen Lewis. Words that describe Nina’s work as an MC: locally relatable; hilarious; polished.

Her corporate career highlights include hosting the 2019 & 2020 Assegai Awards, SA Hip Hop Awards, 2019 SATMA Awards and the 2019 JSE Awards.

Paul Stevens

Chief Executive Officer, Just Property Group

Chief Executive Officer – Paul Stevens has been the CEO of Just Property Group Holding (Pty) Ltd since 2013, which controls an international team of property franchises.

  He joined as a franchisee in 2003 and now, as CEO, drives the strategic direction of the Just Property brand with his charismatic optimism. He is also actively involved in the evolution of the South African property landscape, working closely with high-level industry stakeholders. Under Paul’s leadership, the various Just Property brands have been consolidated and the company is now known simply as Just Property. The rebrand hailed the beginnings of a new company culture, driven strongly by the articulation of 9 core company values, which Paul spearheaded. Today, Just Property has 96 franchise offices across Southern Africa. The brand is well recognised locally and internationally, not only as a centre of excellence but also as a disruptor in the property industry. These are products of Paul’s leadership within and across Just Property. Paul’s passion for property has led him to be an active property investor, with interests across all segments of the market, from residential flats and townhouses to offices blocks and self-storage facilities.

Ponnie Moodley

Education Professional, Nkowa Education

Ponnie Moodley has been proactively involved in education, training, management and community developmentfor almost 33 years.

Her diverse national and international work experiences speak volumes about her passion for holistic   education,   and   her   contribution   to   the   integrated   and   inclusive   development   of   children,   adults, organizations and communities, in South African and internationally. Her philosophy of using education as a catalyst for  integrated  community  development  is  evident  in  her  varied  experiences  in  classroom  education,  school management and community development. She believes that integrated local, national and international networking will resolve the current global  challenges  in education  and  build  a high  standard of“integrated global  community development   through   holistic   education”,   a   unique   model   she   has   designed   to   complement   national   and international curricula within a 21st century community context. Ponnie’s    teaching    experiences range   from  having   a military  tent  as  her  first  classroom  in  a  small,  independent, culturally  diverse  school in rural Thohoyandou  (South  Africa)  in the late 1980’s, to a well-resourced  school for  the Arts in North Carolina (USA) in the mid 2000’s and establishing her own personal contact and online education centre in the   mid 2010’s.  She  has  taught  Grade  1  to  Grade  12  students  of  all  abilities,  including  special-needs  and  gifted students.  She  has  managed  school  media  and  training  centres,  sat  on  school  management  teams  and  non-profit community organisation boards, arts integration leadership committees and contributed to school-wide policies and best  practices.  She  was  proactive  in  establishing  the  NGO  network  in  Limpopo  Province,  which  gave  birth  to  the current SANGONET (South African NGO Network). Other positions she has held include a community youth activist and leader in Durban, an English news reader for Radio Thohoyandou, a technical trainer for the first US Peace Corps volunteers  in  South  Africa,  an  Early  Childhood  Development  training  centre  manager  and  a  peace  monitor during South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. She continues to mentor  and coach volunteers, tutors, educators and professionals thus inspiring them to remain in the education profession. 

Samuel Seeff

Chairman, Seeff Property Group

Samuel Seeff is the Chairman of the Seeff property group, founded by his father, Geoffrey Seeff in 1964. Geoffrey pioneered many real estate firsts, including the training and certification of agents.

Samuel has taken Seeff from its humble beginnings as a small family business to a leading real estate brand with over 1200 agents and 200 offices across SA, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, eSwatini and Mauritius. Samuel is highly respected as a market commentator and driving force of numerous initiatives and innovations to advance the real estate industry. He has (and continues to) serve on multiple industry boards.

Tumelo Bopape

Youth In Property Association (YIPA) representative

Tumelo Bopape, I’m 27 years old. I am from Mafikeng in the North West born and bred and now I live and work in Johannesburg as a Real Estate Agent for Rawson Properties 

I have been an active member of YIPA since 2017 and I’ve never looked back since. My role in the organisation is to cater to the juniors who are in high school. My aim is to start bringing awareness and provide opportunities for them in the property sector with the hope that they will pursue a career in the sector. 

I’m very passionate about property especially in the development side of it and I aspire to have a property development and investment company one day. My priority is to always add value, keep learning and growing. To me there no harm in striving to be the best. 

My core goal is to build generational wealth. So it’s important to me that I plants the seeds of the tree today so that tomorrow’s generation can enjoy the shade. 

Vanessa Perfect

Chief Operations Officer, Transcend

Vanessa was appointed as Executive Director of Transcend on 14 December 2018. Over 14 years’ experience in asset and property management. 

Head of Asset Management for IHS since 2010, overseeing the performance and growth of the IHS rental portfolio.  Assisted with the establishment of IHS Property Management business, the internal property management company which manages the Transcend portfolio.

Former portfolio Manager at City Property Administration and Portfolio Accountant for Premium Properties Ltd

Vuyo Mvoko

Anchor, Journalist & Broadcaster

Vuyo Mvoko is the anchor of “The Watchdog”, a prime-time current affairs show that attracts the biggest names in politics and public policy. It airs weekdays 8-9pm on the SABC News channel (404 on the DSTV platform).

A seasoned journalist with almost 30 years experience, he has previously occupied several senior editorial positions including stints as Political Editor for broadcasters the SABC and ENCA. He as also written columns for publications Business Day, Forbes Africa and The Herald.

Vuyo holds BA and MA degrees and, as part of the “SABC 8” was the co-recipient of the 2016 Nat Nakasa award for “courageous and fearless journalism”.

Wendy Forsythe

Consultant, Advisor & Coach

Wendy has spent her career helping top brands, brokerages and agents in both Canada and the United States build their businesses

She has become a branding and growth leader within the industry by combining operational excellence with an agent first philosophy. She’s a frequent speaker and writer for many industry publications and conferences. who has been honored as an Inman Real Estate Influencer, Swanepoel Power 200 and RIS Media Real Estate Newsmaker.  Wendy is an accomplished athlete holding several marathon finishes as well as earning the coveted title of Ironman.

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