Keynote & Panel Speakers





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Leigh Roberts is a specialist consultant in integrated reporting. She is the co-author with Professor Mervyn King of Integrate: Doing Business in the 21st Century (Juta) and the host of the TV series Integrated Reporting Made Simple and Doing Business in the 21st Century which aired on the BusinessDay TV channel. Leigh is also a freelance business anchor for BusinessDay TV doing interviews on markets, the economy, and topical business news. For the past seven years she has been deeply involved in the development of integrated reporting both in South Africa and internationally. She is a member and co-founder of the Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC), the national body in South Africa, and is currently the chairman of its Working Group which is responsible for technical guidance. The IRC released the world’s first discussion paper on a framework for an integrated report. As a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council’s Working Group and Technical Task Force, Leigh was involved in the development of the International Integrated Reporting Framework now used by companies around the world. Leigh is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and a member of the Integrated Thinking Committee of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.



Rob Paddock is a passionate entrepreneur and educator, with a personal mission to improve lives through better education.

After teaching music in his early career in Cape Town, Rob moved to London to assist with the establishment of a corporate team-building company. On returning to South Africa 4 years later, he launched GetSmarter with his brother, where he is currently Chief of Education. 

Rob has spearheaded GetSmarter's unique people-driven learning model, which brings pedagogy, technology, and people together to provide a meaningful learning experience for its online students. Having educated over 35,000 students on University accredited short courses, 90% of whom have successfully graduated, GetSmarter’s approach to online education is redefining what can be accomplished through online education.  Rob holds a PGCE, and is currently completing his Masters in Online and Distance Education at the Open University UK.

Rob is an advocate for technology-enhanced learning, and speaks regularly at university seminars, conferences and workshops. He is an Executive Director of Hubble Studios, a creative e-learning agency in Cape Town, and an advisor to a number of online education companies in Africa and abroad.






Judge Dennis Davis was educated at Herzlia School and Universities of Cape Town and Cambridge. He is presently a judge of the High Court in Cape Town (since 1998) and Judge President of the  Competition Appeal Court (since 2000). He also chairs the Davis Tax Committee. He also chairs the informative and entertaining eNCA TV panel, Judge for Yourself. He was previously Professor of Law at the  University of Cape Town (where he still teaches) and Witwatersrand where he was the Director of Applied Legal Studies (CALS) from 1990-1997. While at CALS, he was involved as legal advisor to the multi-  party conference that drafted the South African Constitution.

He is the author of  10 books, the latest (2015) being Constitutional Values, with Alan Richter and Cheryl Saunders, some 150 academic articles on    legal theory, constitutional law,  taxation, labour law, competition law, administrative law and South African  history. He has held visiting professorial posts at Toronto, Melbourne, Harvard, NYU, Florida, Brown  and Georgetown. He is married to Claudette, has two children, Liat and  Joshua and is a very concerned Man United supporter!


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Bruce Cameron, has been a journalist for more than 45 years working on many of the leading titles in South Africa. Now semi-retired he is the founding Editor of Personal Finance, the  Independent Newspapers supplement, which is read by 600 000 people every Saturday and of the magazine, Personal Finance.

He continues to write for various publications and speaks at conferences on personal finance and macro economic issues.

He is the author of a number of books including: Getting Started: Money Matters for Under 25s, Financial Freedom for Women and the best seller, Retire Right.

He is the winner of almost 50 journalism awards including: a winner of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year, twice winner of the national Vodacom economics/finance category, the Mondi  Shanduka Journalist of the Year (2006), four times the overall winner of the Citadel Words on Money award; and the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year (2006) and various categories  including the 14 timeswinner of the Sanlam personal finance category. He was also given a special recognition lifetime award by the South African Minister of Trade and Industry as a  consumer champion.

These awards have been for exposing numerous scandals in the financial services industry and for campaigning successfully on behalf on investors, particularly pension fund members, for  significant improvements in the protection of savings and investments.


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Gina Poncini, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Business Communication in the College of Business at Zayed University (ZU) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where she teaches business communication courses and Risk & Crisis Management Communication. She was most recently Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at the University of Milan, Italy. She has also taught Organizational Communication in Its Social Context at New York University in Florence (Stern School of Business) and diverse courses at other universities in Italy, Switzerland and the U.S. She has managerial experience in the international banking sector.

Her current work focuses on female entrepreneurship; communication in multicultural professional settings; and business ethics and communication in the financial services industry. She is Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator for several grants, including “Examining Emirati Female Labor Force Participation and Entrepreneurship in the United Arab Emirates: A Multidisciplinary Approach”, awarded at the London School of Economics (LSE) Middle East Centre (co-PI with Wifag Adnan of ZU and Berkay Ozcan of LSE). She was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Researcher Award by the Association for Business Communication (ABC), and her book Discursive Strategies in Multicultural Business Meetings (Peter Lang, 2004, 2007) received the ABC 2005 Award for Distinguished Publication on Business Communication. Her work has appeared in books and journals, including Journal of Intercultural Studies, Business Communication Quarterly, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, International Review of Applied Linguistics, and Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal. She served 2 four-year elected terms as ABC Vice President Europe and has also served as ABC 2nd Vice President.

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Caroline Ncube is  currently an Associate Professor (promoted to Professor effective 1 January 2016) and Head of the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Cape Town.  She hold a PhD (Cape Town), LLM (Cambridge) and LLB (Zimbabwe). She is the author of Intellectual Property Policy, Law and Administration in Africa: Exploring Continental and Sub-regional Co-operation and more than 30 articles and book chapters. She is a regular blogger, pens op-eds and participates in legislative parliamentary processes.She speaks frequently at national and international conferences as well as capacity building sessions for various constituencies. She currently teaches Intellectual Property and Electronic  Law. Her key area of research is intellectual property, a field in which policy  discourse and business communication are of vital importance. More about Caroline can be read here at


Pierre Heistein was educated at Bridge House School and the University of Cape Town where he graduated with a Masters of Business Science in Economics. For the last five years Pierre has written a weekly column for The Business Report commenting on South African economics and challenging the status quo on how economic systems and policies can better serve the growth of a unified and successful society. Pierre is a regular guest on South African national television and radio.

In 2009 and 2010 Pierre worked as a lecturer and convener in the School of Economics, UCT. He currently works as an economic advisor and writer for Oxford Analytica, based out of the United Kingdom, and 10EQS Consulting, based out of New York.  He also does a range of specialised projects for clients in the private sector and government organisations. Pierre is an alumni of the South African based Brightest Young Minds and the international One Young World communities