Elizabeth Dhlamini-Kumalo is Chairperson of the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) HR Governance Committee, a pioneering structure to build HR Governance nationally. As previous Chairperson of SABPP, she played a key role in the transformation of SABPP, including the adoption of the HR Voice Strategy and the development of the National HR Standards. IElizabeth has a Masters Degree in Management specialising in HR. She is a founding member of the Women’s National Coalition. Under her leadership, SABPP formed the HR Research Institute and has produced nine annual Women’s Reports released on Women’s day every year. 


John Dickerson is a independant HR, EE and OD consultant. He has had extensive experience in all aspects of HR in blue chip companies, and was a senior operating partner and director in a high-profile consulting organisation. He has assisted many companies to bring their HR systems and processes in line with best practices.  His corporate experience includes employment as Function Head (Training), South African Breweries; Function Head (Training and Development) Afrox; HR Director, Gundle Plastics; Group HR Director, GEC SA. His consulting experience includes working with Hay Management Consultants (Director and Head of OD Practice), Garry Whyte Associates (Director), and EES-SIYAKHA (Senior Network Consultant). 

Kate Freeman is the Ex-Gauteng Committee Chair and Vice Chair of SABPP. She is the HR Lead Auditor for SABPP endorsed by the British ISO Board. Kate is a graduate from Gordon Institute of Business Science. She also has a BTech HR Degree and a Higher Diploma and Certificates in Education and Training, Training Management, and HR Management. Kate holds a certificate in Occupational Development Training and Education through ETDP Seta. She was the founder member of Uitsig Adult Literacy Centre for domestic workers and gardeners in Centurion and has done several adult training and workshops with the Department of Education and Training. 


Sivaan Marie presently serves as Human Capital and Transformation Director within a leading JSE Top 40 company, with Global reach. Sivaan hasextensive executive-level experience, gained in general business management, as well as specialist fields of Human Capital as well as B-BBEE scorecard management. This experience has been accumulated across multiple industries, in varied businesses, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-company JSE-listed groups, primarily across (but not limited to) the SADC region. Sivaan’s education spans the fields of Law, Management and Leadership and the B-BBEE Scorecard.

James Mpele is a Leadership and Diversity expert with more than 30 years’ experience. He has MSc in Training and HRM from Leicester University, UK. James’s ideas for creating dynamic and transformed organizations draw on a set of well-tested theories and research, having worked with the Business School of the Netherlands, the University of the Free State and many others. He has worked throughout Africa and is the author of three books: DIVERSITY A.I.MS – Vital tools for personal transformation and relationship management; DIVERSITY G.O.L.D – Developing the millennial generation into effective leaders; DIVERSITY R.I.C.H.E.S – Essential strategies for managing cross-cultural relationships.


Jan Munnik is the founder and MD of EES-SIYAKHA. He started off his career in law, and practised as an advocate at the Bar for over 10 years. His passion for people and their fair and equitable treatment led him to specialise in Human Rights, Labour Law and Industrial Relations. Between 1993 to 1997 he was appointed as the Police Reporting Officer (the forerunner to the ICD) for the Witwatersrand and Soweto Regions. Jan was a respected member of IMSSA, and served on its Arbitration, and Negotiations and Conflict Resolution Training Panels. Jan facilitated the development of The EES Manual, which set an industry standard for the successful implementation of EE. He is regarded as one of the leading experts in EE transformation in South Africa and has delivered papers at numerous conferences. 

MARIUS PRETORIUS is the MD of TDCI, and has more than 17 years experience in the field of Development, Consulting and Training. He obtained an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Pretoria as well as an Honours and a Masters Degree in Industrial Psychology from UNISA. He is qualified as a systems-psychodynamic consultant, a NLP practitioner and a hypnotherapist. Marius has done extensive research in the field of diversity and has written several articles on South African Diversity Dynamics. He has been a driving force behind the creation of various National and International events such as “The Power of Adventure”, “The Diversity Indaba”, “The Robben Island Diversity Experience” and “The Adventure Experiential Learning Conference”.

Mabore Sithole is an accomplished HR leader with 20 years’ experience in the mining, oil and gas, engineering and public sectors. She has had pivotal senior roles with a broad range of responsibilities in companies such as OTIS Southern Africa, Sasol and Arivia.kom. Most recently she served as Executive Head: HR at Fraser Alexander where she developed implemented an integrated organizational culture transformation.  She is currently the Head of HRD and Transformation at Anglo American Platinum. Mabore is an inspirational speaker and author on personal leadership. She holds a post graduate degree in HRD management and completed an advanced programme in organizational development. 

Thandi Thankge is a seasoned Practitioner with a wealth of experience in the HR generalist field, specifically in the areas of Talent Management and Transformation. She is a registered Psychometrist: Independent Practice HPCSA and a registered Master HR Professional, Generalist, with SABPP. She is also a member SIOPSA. Thandi is currently an Executive: Human Capital at ATNS, the vice-chairperson of the SABPP and serves on a Board of Road Traffic Management Corporation. Thandi holds a MCom degree in Business Management, and a BA Honours Degree in Industrial Psychology. She has completed an Advanced Programme in Organizational Development, an Advanced Programme in Labour Relations and a National Diploma in Library and Information Services.