David is a Director in the Johannesburg office of McKinsey & Company and he is the leader of the Public Health and Social Sector across CIS, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. David has unparalleled experience in supporting governments, private sector leaders as well as state owned enterprises in areas of change management, implementation and monitoring
and evaluation of large scale projects. He closely supports government leaders and ministries on issues related to national and sector competitiveness, industrial growth, performance transformation, infrastructure, education, health and social development.
David joined McKinsey in 2004. Prior to joining McKinsey, David worked at a leading petrol-chemical company in South Africa. He holds a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in Chemical Engineering. In his free time David likes to spend time with his family and travel.
Tracey joined Tshikululu in 1998 and was appointed as the CEO in 2008. Prior to this Tracey held positions at the Chamber of Mines and Anglo American SA. Tracey serves on various NGO boards and advisory committees and has peer reviewed and written articles for various local and international publications. She has 25 years’ experience in the development sector, with a particular focus on leveraging partnerships between government, business, and civil society that result in social and economic transformation.
Tracey is a Council Member of the National Education Collaboration Trust, a Governing Body Member of the African Children’s Feeding Scheme, a Trustee of the FirstRand Empowerment Foundation, a member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the School Governing Body of Bedfordview Primary School. In 2010, Tracey received the CEO South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government award in the financial services category and was recently confirmed as a member of the 10th class of the Africa Leadership Initiative.
She holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Rand Afrikaans University.
MICHAEL MERVYN KATZ (CHAIRMAN)
Professor Michael Katz is the chairman of ENSafrica specialising in corporate and commercial law. He is regularly quoted in the media and speaks at a number of international and domestic conferences and high profile events. Michael publishes numerous articles, chapters and papers on legal and fiscal topics, including co-authoring the Butterworths Company Law Precedents (4 Volumes) and South Africa’s contribution to the United Nation’s and Harvard University Corporate Law Tools Project. Michael is mentioned in Legal Periodicals as the leading South African Lawyer and highly recommended South Africa Lawyer in Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions and Competition Law. Michael holds LL.M Degree from Harvard Law School and LL.D (h.c) from the University of the Witwatersrand. He 2
lectures in Company Law at the University of the Witwatersrand and seats on the Board of Governors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Avrom Krengel is presently the Group Legal Counsel for Investec Bank. He was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Avrom completed a Commerce and Law degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. He joined the commercial law firm Edward Nathan in 1994 and was made a partner in 1998.
Avrom has been involved in South African Jewish Communal affairs for almost 30 years. He is the President of the SA Zionist Federation and the chairman of Mizrachi South Africa and Co-Chairman of IUA – UCF Gauteng. Avrom serves on the Board of Governors of Yeshiva College. He is married to Michelle and they have two sons.
GERALD LEISSNER (VICE CHAIRMAN)
Gerald Leissner qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) in 1964 when he joined Townsview Estates (Pty) Limited – the property management company of the Schlesinger Organisation. In 1972, as a result of the acquisition of the Schlesinger Organisation by Anglo American Corporation Limited, Townsview Estates changed its name to Anglo American Property Services (“AMPROS”). At AMPROS, during the period 1964 to 2001 Gerald held the position of accountant, company secretary and then was appointed Managing Director in 1978. He held the position of Chairman of the four JSE listed companies managed by AMPROS. In 1984 he was appointed as the alternate director of Anglo American Corporation. In 2001 Anglo American sold the AMPROS business to ApexHi Properties Limited. Gerald served as CEO of ApexHi from 2001 until June 2009 when Redefine Properties Limited acquired the property portfolio from ApexHi. In 2011 Gerald promoted the formation of Arrowhead Properties Limited and in 2015 Indluplace Properties Limited, both listed JSE REITS. He holds the position of CEO in both companies.
For the past 40 years, Gerald has been involved in fundraising for education and social services in Johannesburg and held leadership positions within the South African Jewish community. Gerald is married to Shirley for 51 years, have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Sean Melnick is Chairman of JSE-listed Peregrine Holdings Limited and Chairman of Peregrine’s international subsidiary, Stenham Limited. He was a founder of the Peregrine group in 1996. Sean began his career at Liberty Asset Management in 1992, before joining Investec Bank Limited in 1995. He left in 1996 to co-found Peregrine, took on the role of group CEO in 1997 and listed the group on the JSE in 1998. After a cumulative 11 years in the position of Peregrine group CEO, Sean is now non-executive Chairman. He holds several positions on the boards of charitable trusts and Foundations in South Africa as well as in the UK where he currently resides. 3
Nicky Newton-King is the CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and a member of the JSE’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Nicky holds a BA LLB from the University of Stellenbosch and an LLM degree from the University of Cambridge, becoming a partner at law firm Webber Wentzel prior to joining the JSE.
Nicky was a World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow in 2003 and, in the same year, South Africa’s Businesswoman of the Year. In 2006, she spent 5 months at Yale University as a Young Global Leader. Nicky serves on the Board of the World Federation of Exchanges.
Sudeshan Reddy is Communication Specialist at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) South Africa country office in Pretoria. He has held this post since 2014 and prior to this was the National Information Officer at the United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria. Between 2000 and 2001, he also served as the Public Information Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Before joining the United Nations, Sudeshan was the Research Officer at the Democracy Development Programme, a non-governmental organisation, which focused on human rights and the consolidation of democracy in South Africa.
Sudeshan holds an Honours degree in African Politics from the University of the Witwatersrand and is currently completing a Masters in Mass Communication through the University of Leicester.
DR. INNOCENT RUSAGARA
Dr Innocent Rusagara has been a full-time lecturer at the University of Rwanda since 2004. He specialized in computational mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand and has published a number of his works from 2013. One of these published works, the Agaciro Equation, was inspired by his early years suffering under oppression and genocide in Rwanda. This equation can only be solved by combining several mathematical operators; simulating the real world in which an optimum combination of several alternatives is also required. Today, Rusagara runs his own accredited global university with the aim of promoting quality education and research without boundaries in Rwanda.
He holds an M.Sc in Applied Mathematics from Bangalore University, India, a PhD from
Lappneeranta University of technology, Finland and a PhD in Computational & Applied Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Glenn Silverman joined Investment Solutions as Chief Investment Officer in May 1999 and has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry. He manages an investment team of some 23 individuals, based primarily in South Africa, but also in the UK. 4
Glenn sits on a number of committees within the company, including as chairman of the Responsible Investing committee, the Caveo Investment and Risk committee, the key Investment Committee, as well as the Asset Allocation committee.
Before joining Investment Solutions he was head of the consumer team and senior portfolio manager at Rand Merchant Bank Asset Management, and prior to that he worked for Liberty Asset Management as an investment analyst.
Fani is a former executive director of ABIL Limited and founding CEO of Kagiso Media Limited and founding director of Kagiso Trust Investments (Pty) Limited. He was the founding Chairman of the private equity firm Tiso Group (Pty) Limited. He has served on boards of numerous private and JSE top 100 companies.
He is currently non-executive Chairman of Investec Bank Limited, and Chairman of Investec Limited and Investec Plc. He also serves on the boards of MTN Group Limited, Investec Asset Management, Investec Bank Plc, and other Investec Group companies. He is a director and investor in the private equity firm Tsiya Group (Pty) Limited. He formerly served as non-executive Deputy Chairman of the Bidvest Group Limited, and a member of the board of
Kumba Resources Limited.
Fani has 20 years experience in the private equity and banking sectors, and general business. He has served on audit, remuneration and nomination committees of boards over this period. He offers seasoned judgment on issues of corporate governance, cooperate performance, strategy formulation and implementation and leadership.
Fani holds a B.Sc Hons (Mathematics) from the University of Fort Hare, a MA (Mathematics), from the University of California, Berkeley and MBA from Wits Business School.
Glynn Zollmann grew up in Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg) and is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand with a BCom in Marketing. While raising her children, she has served on School PTA’s, edited an annual community magazine and fundraised for various local charities. Her most recent charitable work was with the new Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC). Glynn has become an active volunteer for the JHGC and in April 2015 formed part of the March of the Living delegation to Poland and Berlin.
Glynn lives with her husband and three children in Johannesburg.