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  • We are proud to announce the keynote presenters at SAAMA2018:

LUDWICK MARISHANE – Business Scientist, Speaker, Entrepreneur

Ludwick Marishane is an international award winning business scientist and speaker. He is the MD of Headboy Industries Inc, which is an innovative product-development & commercialisation company best known for their DryBath® product.  Ludwick is his country’s youngest patent-filer after having invented DryBath® at the age of 17. In 2011, he was rated as the best student entrepreneur in the world, and that same year, Google named him as one of the 12 brightest young minds in the world.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Science, majoring in Finance & Accounting, from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. In December 2013, the global TIME Magazine named him as one of the 30 people, under 30, who are changing the world…one of only 2 Africans on the list. Forbes Africa named him as one of the Top 30 under 30 Young African Entrepreneurs in 2013 & 2015, and in 2015 he was chosen as one of South Africa’s 21 ICONS for the curation’s youth-focused 3rd edition.  He was the only African (and youngest) to address the 1500-person industry-audience at the 2015 Accenture Innovation Conference (on the topic of Reverse Innovation), and has done corporate & academic talks for GIBS, UCT-GSB, Standard Bank, Absa, Discovery, Momentum, VWSA, Accenture, Sanlam, Primedia, Nandos, 2016 Consumer Goods Forum Summit and many others. He speaks with an engagingly relaxed, humorous tone, but is very frank with regards to speaking practically & bluntly on his topics.

PROFESSOR PIET NAUDÉ – Director:  University of Stellenbosch Business School

Piet Naudé was appointed on 1 September 2014 as Director of the Stellenbosch University Business School (USB).  He has received a number of national and international academic awards, including an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation scholarship to the Universities of Heidelberg and Bamberg (Germany), and life membership of the Centre for Theological Enquiry at Princeton University (USA). Between January 2012 and August 2014 he held a position of extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University’s theological faculty.  Piet is a rated scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa and has published over 90 articles in accredited journals and presented more than 100 papers at national and international conferences. His monograph on the Belhar confession was awarded the Andrew Murray- Desmond Tutu prize for theological-academic literature in 2011.  Piet is the past president of the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa) and also the African representative on the executive committee of ISBEE, the International Society for Business, Ethics and Economics. Piet was appointed as a Trustee of the Wilderness Foundation Africa in 2015. He was also appointed to the EFMD Dean’s Steering Committee in 2016.  He regularly speaks at business and civil society conferences and has done consulting work for national and international listed companies on issues of ethics and governance.  Piet has been writing a weekly column for The Eastern Province Herald for the last nine years. In 2011 he won the national Vodacom Journalist of the Year competition for his work as a columnist. Times Media published a collection of these columns entitled, Reading between the (head) lines, in October 2014.  He is married to Elize Roodt, an academic, and the couple has three children.

ERIK VERMEULEN – Business Consultant, Behaviourist

Erik Vermeulen has been a Business consultant and international Keynote  speaker  since  1994.  He  specialises  in  Corporate Behaviour  strategies,  allowing  companies  to  create  more profitable behaviours by examining how their teams work and how they interact with their employees as well as their customers. Erik explores  trends  and  behaviours  that  have  shaped  the  business world,  and  ones  that  will  be  required  to  motivate  and  improve performance in a post-recession business world where corporate spin  become  less  powerful  than  customer  and  employee experience.  He  has  served  long-term  consulting  contracts  with  some  of  the world’s largest companies and leaders in the global marketplace.  His clients have found that Erik has the ability to put plenty of real life business issues into perspective and offer realistic alternatives to team and leadership issues. He is frequently singled out for his enthusiasm,  down  to  earth  attitude  and  refreshing  approach  to people.  Erik  has helped  an  African  mobile  phone  company  say  “Jambo Greatness”,  and  they  delivered  on  the promise.  He’s  shown  the staff at Africa’s most profitable airline how they can “Lift you Up”, and  a  medical  Aid  scheme  how  to  become  “Pacesetters”.  He’s even managed a to get the IT division at a major bank to “Simplify Complexity” and a children’s Cancer Charity to understand “How Now Brown Cow?” to transition to bigger things.”  Erik believes that you cannot motivate people, he takes a highly effective  behavioural  approach  to  leadership  that  allows  him  to influence what people are motivated to do! He shows companies how to build “virtual” teams that include both their employees and their  customers,  making  a  significant  impact  on  the  bottom-line.  He has helped a global mobile phone company sell 60 000 units in a saturated market in under 3 weeks.

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