Top Female Talent To Share Knowledge And Inspiration At Catalyst Africa 2019


Some of South Africa’s top female talent across various industries will share their knowledge and inspiration and drive changes in mindset, creativity and tech at the upcoming Catalyst Africa 2019 event, from 30-31 October 2019, at the V&A Cape Town. 

Catalyst Africa 2019 will comprise of multiple session formats, enabling attendees to choose their own experience and educational content. They are presented by a host of leaders from world-class educational institutions, successful business people and leading technical experts.

Topics will cover:

1. Befriending the muses of Curiosity, Bravery and Playfulness in the Playground of Commerce.
2. How tech and mindset are fuelled by creativity.
3. Cutting through the clutter of the digital music economy.
4. Embracing 4IR to solve everyday problems.
5. Scaling AR driven apps to offer consumers better wine purchase choices.

The aim of the event is to empower South Africans to embrace opportunities around them and find solutions to problems they encounter. From music to art and food, internet of things, marketing and creative leadership – these women are at the cutting edge of their fields.

Dale Imerman, Co-Founder of Catalyst Africa said, ‘The most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. Our concern is with the actual doing or use of knowledge rather than with theory and ideas to ensure Catalyst Africa attendees are both inspired and equipped to action their ideas.’

The speakers include:

Mignon Reyneke, an Associate Professor of Digital Marketing and Marketing/Business Strategy Consultant with experience in the corporate and academic fields, both locally and internationally. She teaches the core marketing strategy course at the GSB and is also involved with custom corporate training in sales and marketing for ComAir, Tiger Brands, Sasol, SAB, Distell, Business Connexion, Thales, AECI, Southpaw Consulting, British American Tobacco, BMW, Proconics, Schneider, Standard Bank, Discovery, SAICA, Old Mutual, Transnet, Capitec and Chevron.

Annette Muller, the founder of Flexyforce, an innovative new technology start-up aiming to build better supplier relationships. Flexyforce is a B2B cloud based software for companies to automate the onboarding, contracting and payouts of any kind of supplier. 

Lindsay Thomas, a qualified project manager and marketer, she is an educator with experience stretching across the entertainment business, door to door sales, media and team management. She is the organisational and communications arm of ask-jean and is driven by the desire to see great concepts come to life. 

Tertia Barrett, the founder and MD of Cataly5t. Cataly5t uses groundbreaking IoT smart sensing technology to collect data on how people use the spaces they work in. This insight is driving better decision making as they balance smart building management with the evolving needs of their workforce. 

Jules Harding, Vocalist of GoodLuck, an award-winning, chart-topping live electronic band. Officially launched in 2011, the buzzing trio has graduated as one of the brightest hopes from the South African music scene to become a bona fide international act.

Leah Bessa, who completed her Masters in Food Science. Studying insects as an alternative source of protein, she joined forces with a partner to explore various avenues of introducing insects into the South African market. As true entrepreneurs do, they researched, created and experimented with various products before finally focusing their efforts on the dairy alternatives industry.

Caitlin Warther and Wendy Dixon – WartherDixon – an artist duo who collaborate on mirror and light based installation sculptures. Their work creates perceptual questions around the themes of time, identity and spirit. They hope these questions create an embodied learning of self and soul in viewers. 

Elaine Rumboll, an award-winning businesswoman and poet. She is a professor of Play, a master Lego Serious Play practitioner and the founder and owner of The Creative Leadership Consultancy. Talk title: Befriending the muses of Curiosity, Bravery and Playfulness in the Playground of Commerce.