We have brought together the people YOU have said you wanted to see at REIS 2022. Our speakers are bringing the best insights and experience to share with you and get you geared up for growth!

Johette Smuts

Johette Smuts joined PayProp as the Head of Data and Analytics in 2017 after five years of working in the investment industry. She is responsible for all things data-related at PayProp, including reporting on the state of the rental market in the quarterly PayProp Rental Index. Johette graduated from Stellenbosch University with a B.Comm in Mathematical Sciences and B.Comm (Hons) in Financial Risk Management, and is a CFA charter holder. She is currently studying towards her MBA at Stellenbosch Business School.

Michelle Dickens

Michelle Dickens joined PayProp as Deputy CEO earlier this month, and oversees the company’s brand, marketing, sales, business development and business intelligence. At the age of 24 Michelle co-founded TPN, the world’s first tenant behaviour credit bureau. For more than two decades she has been adding value to South Africa’s rental property market by turning tenant information into smart data that benefits landlords, investors, real estate agents and tenants – as well as the property sector in general.

Amasi Mwela

Amasi has been the CEO of Private Property since 2019 and has worked in various Executive roles in different organisations over the last 15 years. His wide ranging career experience spans several industries including real estate, banking, technology services, insurance and education finance.Known for his unconventional approach to leadership, Amasi believes that people are the foundation of any sustainable business success.He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bond University and an MBA from Milpark business school.

Nondumiso Ncapai

Nondumiso Ncapai is Managing Executive for Absa Home Loans and has been with the bank since 2010. She leads an ever-evolving and growing business that finds purpose in housing the nation and shaping the industry in a meaningful way.Nondumiso has over 13 years of experience in the Digital and IT disciplines and has over 11 years of experience in the financial services industry. Having held a variety of roles, including Head of Product and Proposition for Secured Lending, Head of Product for Home Loans, Head for Customer Experience and Innovation and Digital Sales Manager in the Retail Banking environment, Nondumiso is an accomplished leader with a track record of driving her teams to success in complex environments.Nondumiso is also chair of the Absa Women Ignite Forum and is passionate about supporting and enabling an environment that enables women to thrive in the workplace.Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, with majors in Information Systems and Marketing. She is also a certified Product Professional through the Association of International Product Marketing and Management.

Ms Carlize Knoesen

Ms Carlize Knoesen was appointed on 17 March 2014 as the first female Chief Registrar of Deeds in South Africa, and thus a Deputy Director General in the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development. As the Chief Registrar of Deeds, she must give strategic input in the country’s policies and legislation relating to all land matters.

Deli Nkambule

Deli joined the PPRA in 2008 as a Legal officer at the legal department and in 2013 she was promoted to Legal Manager where she was responsible for investigation, dispute resolution and disciplinary hearings and in 2020 she was appointed as the Acting Executive Manager to head the Compliance and Enforcement Unit, where she was responsible for overseeing a number of departments, such as the Audit, Claims and Section 27, the Legal department including the Registrations Department. In April 2022 she was appointed as acting CEO of the PPRA. Deli’s 14 years work experience has been spent with the PPRA. Before joining the PPRA Deli worked in the banking sector compliance division. Deli holds a BA Law, LLB and an MBA and is an admitted attorney.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

He attended Sastri College in Durban and matriculated in 1978, going on to study medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Medical School, qualifying as a medical doctor in 1984. Dr Sooliman commenced private practice in Pietermaritzburg in 1986, but chose to close his flourishing practice in mid-1994, choosing instead to focus his attention on Gift of the Givers Foundation, which he had founded in early August 1992. His establishment of Gift of the Givers Foundation was the consequence of a message Dr Sooliman, then aged 30, received from Sufi Sheikh Muhammed Saffer Effendi al Jerrahi, his spiritual leader in Istanbul, Turkey, who called on him to serve all people of all races, of all religions, of all colours, of all classes, of all political affiliations and of any geographical location… a calling he honoured then and continues to honour today. His endeavour in this regard has seen Gift of the Givers Foundation emerge as one of the most respected humanitarian organisations in the world and is today the largest disaster response agency of African origin anywhere on the continent.

Tony Clarke

Tony Clarke has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, and has been the Managing Director of the Rawson Property Group since 2007. He also represents real estate business owners as the Chairman of REBOSA, and is well respected by his peers for his efforts to ensure more constructive, effective regulation of the estate agency sector. In addition, he serves on the boards of various companies operating in the real estate space, and has an absolute passion for furthering transformation, innovation and collaboration amongst industry stakeholders.

Gary Barker

He has spent over 25 years in the Real Estate industry, having spent 10 years in various senior IT and finance roles at Countrywide the largest UK real estate company with over 1,300 agency offices, mortgage broking, insurance and conveyancing and was the original company behind the Rightmove portal. He then spent 15 years within the PropTech sector as CEO of the global CRM platform Reapit which is used by many of the largest international brands offering sales, rentals, property management and payment solutions. The Reapit platform is the first Real Estate Operating System to have created a PAAS (Foundations) which allows third parties, developers, and agents to create “Apps” using the Foundations platform and to customise, configure and seamlessly integrate. He left Reapit in 2020 and spent time as CTO of Connells (who acquired Countrywide) and holds various NED roles with Nurtur Group, View My Chain and LettsPay, but recently has been very excited to have joined the Betterhome group as CEO of Proptech to provide much more technology and innovation to the sector in South Africa with the aim of making it far easier for agents to work and operate.

Stafford Masie

This computer scientist is renowned for his ability to deconstruct and simplify IoT, AI, and the most popular of bandied-about-expressions 4IR. He describes the first 2 as “the two greatest superpowers humans have ever possessed”. Stafford has lived and thrived in a world of disruption for more than 25 years, having been closely involved in such pre-eminent ICT companies as Telkom, Dimension Data, Novell, and Google. His passion for technology led to him being appointed to senior executive positions at Novell USA (based in Utah for 7 years) and thereafter at Novell South Africa.He was responsible for establishing Google’s presence in South Africa. He led their team in launching the African versions of Google Search, Adwords, Google Maps and Streetview as well as the local version of YouTube – in other words, the Southern African Google business eco-system and strategy.After leaving Google in 2010, he founded several fintech businesses and has since established several technology start-ups that have expanded globally. Two of these were the ‘Payment Pebble®’ and ‘Payment Blade®’ which he invented and which were launched via ABSA in South Africa and ANZ Bank in Australia and New Zealand. They are presently being launched throughout the Asia Pacific region.He also guest lectures at several business schools such as Wits, GIBS and Henley, participates in television and radio broadcasts and is an international guest keynote speaker on the influence of technology on modern life, society and education.He serves as a non-executive director on the boards of ADvTECH and the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research).

Dr Justin Cohen

Dr Justin Cohen is a world leader in human transformation. He is a bestselling author and global speaker, who has hosted multiple prime time personal development television shows. He is a speaker hall of fame inductee and holds a doctorate in human transformation from Middlesex University, London. Dr J has spoken, trained and coached tens of thousands people in over forty countries, providing them with powerful tools and insights to achieve lasting breakthroughs in their lives and businesses.

Dawie Roodt

Dawie Roodt is a nationally renowned economist, with over 30 years’ experience. He specialises in monetary and fiscal policy and is currently doing extensive research on the possible impact of crypto currencies on monetary policy.

His interest in international and local politics has grown, resulting in a deep knowledge in the field of politics as well.

Dawie is ranked among the most referenced economists in the country and he is a recipient of the prestigious Economist of the Year award from Sake 24, a media house. He has been the host of the television programme ‘Ontbytsake’ for the past 18 years.

Dawie Roodt is a founder, Director and Chief Economist of the Efficient Group where he is closely involved with the management of client asset portfolios. He serves on a variety of their investment committees.

Hayley Ivins Downes

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.

Abdullah Verachia

Abdullah Verachia is a sought-after global speaker, advisor, practice strategist and innovator. He is adept at fusing practice, education, insight, empathy and experience together to add significant value at all levels. Abdullah has served in senior executive and board roles, crafted competitive strategies for leading companies and governments around the world, lectured at some of the top-ranked business schools globally and also built and run a number of successful companies.

Aki Anastasiou

After 30 years at Radio702, this media personality is highly ranked among IT speakers. He addresses the corporate world on Tech Trends and is much-in-demand as an MC. He also shares his passion for IT on his weekly television show “TechHub” on eNCA.On the corporate stage, his talk in the business skills arena – “Disruptions’ – illustrates how – because technology is evolving at such a blistering pace – businesses are struggling to keep up with this tsunami of change, and he explores these challenges by making sense of the technologies hurtling towards us. He says: “We are moving towards a society that will be automated by robotics and humans will be replaced by technology. What will be the impact to humanity be in the coming decades?”

Mike Sharman

Mike founded Retroviral (2010), which has made more brands ‘go viral, globally’ than any other agency in Africa. He has developed campaigns that have been classified as ‘truly viral’ – Nando’s – Last Dictator Standing, RYOBI, RocoMamas, Douwe Egberts, Russell Hobbs, My Kreepy Teacher for Kreepy Krauly, and Sixty60 Swindler for Checkers Sixty60 Mike was named one of the Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young (under 35) South Africans in 2013 and he is the co-founder of influencer marketing platform (40,000 users) as well as – a disruptive sports storytelling agency and athlete financial fitness tool – He excels at bootstrapping startups and steering them to profitability to unlock maximum shareholder value: Retroviral (12 years) , (9 years), Retroactive (4 years), (2 years) The pivot to Covid-enforced virtual meetings was more seamless for Mike, as he once had to Zoom in from a toilet to present to an audience of 300 when all flights at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo were grounded due to an apocalyptic storm.

Antonie Goosen

Antonie Goosen is the Founder and Principal of Meridian Realty. A pioneer in proptech, Antonie started South Africa’s first online student accommodation portal in the late 90s whilst completing his business studies through the University of Stellenbosch. He founded Meridian Realty in 2005, and in 2014 he led the company on a new course, establishing it as South Africa’s first virtual real estate agency.

Richard Gray

Richard is the CEO of Harcourts South Africa, a position he has held for the past 12 years. During this time, he has served as a director of several property related companies including Private Property, ooba and Rebosa. He has also served as the Chairperson of Rebosa. Richard comes from a technology background. He started his working life working as a systems developer for companies like Oracle where he worked in the USA for several years. He has also worked in banking and mortgage origination.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew started his career in the Hospitality Industry and working for many large Hotel Groups in Southern Africa, he saw an opportunity to join a reputable visionary development company in South Africa where he led that Sales Team to some record-breaking development sales via not only the Real Estate Team he operated but played a pivotal role in training the many Real Estate brands in the area, on the product on offer. Andrew has been appointed as a Broker of Record for South Africa and with his well-rounded experience in hotels, development and real estate, this will bring an offering of a value added experience to the Agents that join the eXp South Africa Team.

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