Topic: Employer Branding - Standing Out from the Crowd

Richard Mosley

Global Vice President | Universum Global

Richard Mosley is widely recognised as one of the leading world authorities on employer brand development and management. His thinking draws on over 25 years experience in both brand management and HR consulting. Richard has led major employer brand development projects for many leading global employers from: BP and L'Oreal to the World Food Program and European Union. He wrote the first book to be published on the subject: ‘The Employer Brand’ (2005), followed by ‘Employer Brand Management’ (2014), both published by Wiley. His latest book ‘Employer Branding for Dummies’ was published in January. Richard is a regular key note speaker at employer brand events around the world, and his work appears regularly in leading business newspapers and journals including the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Economic Times of India.

Topic: The importance of Authenticity for successful recruitment and retention

Zipho Sikhakhane

Global speaker, Entrepreneur and Business Strategist

Zipho Sikhakhane is a global speaker, entrepreneur and business strategist.

She has held strategic positions in world-leading organisations locally and internationally (such as the world’s biggest management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and the world’s biggest fashion retail group Inditex Zara). Having worked in 6 continents and travelled to 30 countries, her global outlook gives her a unique perspective on local opportunities and challenges. Zipho also writes as a weekly business columnist for the Sunday Times in South Africa. Zipho speaks and facilitates workshops on the topics of leadership, change management, and business in Africa. She has presented across four continents, including a TEDx talk delivered in the USA and another in South Africa.

As the first Black South African to receive an Masters in Business Administration from the prestigious Stanford University in the USA, dynamic business woman and entrepreneur Zipho Sikhakhane is all about breaking barriers. She holds a Business Science Honours Degree from UCT and has completed leadership courses in Austria, China, Czech Republic, Russia, USA. 

Topic: Digital Selection: A simpler, more human-centric approach to talent selection and recruitment

James Hu

Global Learning Manager | Unilever

James began his career at Unilever in 2012 as an HR Graduate after completing his studies at the University of Cape Town. Through Unilever’s rotation-based graduate program, he was able to develop experience and insights across the HR spectrum. After completing HR roles in the Marketing and Supply Chain functions, James embarked on a short-term international assignment in Kenya, where he worked in a Leadership Development role. Since returning from Kenya, James has been working in talent management and has recently moved into a global role responsible for learning and development in Africa. James also currently sits on the board of directors of Engineers Without Borders South Africa.

Topic: Return on investment? An Analysis over 20 years

Tamsyn Els

Group Head of Young Talent | Standard Bank

Over a 18 year career, I have become a seasoned practitioner in the alignment of people practices and organizational strategy with an extensive academic and performance track record in this field. I am a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and a graduate of the Henley Business School, MBA Programme. My innovative and solution-oriented outlook has enabled me to lead in the creation of organizational capabilities such leadership effectiveness and change management. I am a passionate developer of teams and would describe my personal style as collaborative and resilient. I strive to contribute in a meaningful way and have found incredible fulfilment in working with the youth of our continent in my current role as Group Head of Young Talent for  Standard Bank.

Topic: Dilemmas in Early Career Development

Ilona Jurkiewicz

Global Head of Early Careers | Thomson Reuters

Ilona sets the global strategy for how Thomson Reuters attracts, acquires, assesses, develops, flows and retains early career talent across the enterprise. Joining Thomson Reuters in 2008 she’s held numerous roles across HR including global compensation, diversity & inclusion, talent management in emerging markets, exec development, operations, people strategy development and OD/OE. She is a trained strengths practitioner, a Global Mindset Coach from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Senn Delaney Culture consultant and facilitator. A deep believer in innovation and disruption in the ‘people experience,’ she is always looking for ways to surprise employees and make them even more effective. Outside of work, Ilona is active in her community and has a passion for the arts and activism for equality.

Topic: AI – the Future of (Graduate) Recruitment?

Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition | Ericsson Middle East & Africa

Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa. Together with her teams she is responsible for internal and external recruitment, including graduate programs, across 66 countries in the market area. Prior to moving into HR, Caroline graduated in Information Engineering and she still loves to keep up with the latest technology trends (especially AI and IoT).

Topic: Linkedin as an Integral Sourcing and Attraction Tool

Tasmin Coleman

Group Talent Acquisition Manager | RCL Foods

Tasmin will present a practical case study demonstrating how RCL FOODS utilizes Linkedin as a key component of the overall Talent Acquisition Strategy. She will unpack the various sourcing Tools and how her team have maximized Linkedin as a platform for the Sourcing and Attraction of Graduates. In addition she will share how RCL FOODS successfully utilizes Linkedin to promote the Employer Brand by showcasing opportunities, Leadership and bringing the RCL FOODS culture to life through compelling content.

Topic: Linkedin as an Integral Sourcing and Attraction Tool 

David Whelan

Head of Africa | LinkedIn Talent Solutions

David Whelan leads the LinkedIn Talent solutions business across Africa. Having always worked in the tech sector, he has a clear understanding of disruptive technology and opportunity it brings to organisations. David is currently responsible for growing LinkedIn’s presence across the continent and with over 50 million students on the LinkedIn platform globally he has a unique view into LinkedIn’s fastest growing demographics – students.
An experienced social media  professional David is keen to share what students are doing on the world’s largest professional network and Graduate Talent tends

Topic: Helping graduates transition through honest, meaningful performance conversations

Celeste Stewart

Director | Bold Curiosity

Celeste Stewart is the owner of Bold Curiosity, a learning and people development consultancy business. She is a thought leader in graduate development and partners with her clients to ensure successful graduate development initiatives that benefits all stakeholders and the organisation at large. Celeste believes in young leaders and is driven by a deep desire to nurture and develop young talent. “Someone believed in me at the start of my career, I’d like to be that person to the young people I engage with”. She feeds her ever-growing curiosity in her profession by reading and networking extensively. Celeste is a dynamic and authentic speaker and her passion for the work she does, comes through in her talks.

Topic: Helping graduates transition through honest, meaningful performance conversations

Adam Cooke

Head: Media24 Academy | Media24

Adam Cooke is head of the Media24 Academy which oversees the graduate programme and training at Media24. He spent nearly 20 years working as a journalist and editor across news, magazines and digital platforms where he won a range of industry awards for his writing and leadership. Here he always had an interest in nurturing talent and in coaching teams, but he turned his attention to learning full-time about four years ago when he stepped out of the creation of media and into the development of leaders in media.

Topic: MyGradJourney – The bespoke development journey

Paolo Giuricich

Owner & Founder | smart EQ

For the last 19 years, Paolo has held leadership roles across Learning and Development, Talent Management and Organisation Development at leading global firms, Investec, KPMG and Arthur Andersen. His passion for people development was ignited whilst working in professional services. Paolo is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in over 30 countries, assisting people and organisations in maximising their potential. Paolo founded smart EQ - his own Professional Development Consultancy. He is currently studying Organisation Development through the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Sciences in the United Kingdom.

Topic: The Transition Bridge and the World of Graduates

Ursula Fear

Associate | Catalyst Consulting

Ursula Fear is an Associate of Catalyst Consulting. Previously a Director at Deloitte where she established the Deloitte Graduate Academy in 2005. The efforts have seen the development of many graduate strategies and the development of over 40 critical and scarce skills in the entry level talent space. She also spearheaded the design of the only ERP qualifications in the world. Ursula has also assisted in the establishment of Talent Talks (with SABPP). A collaboration platform for the development of African talent. Ursula is currently studying at Nyenrode University on “Future Learning and Leadership Development”. This globally designed course is the first of its kind where it’s focus is to grow and assist future global chief learning officers in 21st century organisations.

Topic: Exploring the Graduate Recruitment experience: reflections from the 2016 graduate cohort

Jen van Heerden

Client Manager | GradConnection

Jen has a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology and is very interested in drawing on the stories of young people to generate meaningful insights about their experiences as South Africa's emerging workforce. She has worked for a number of years in the youth opportunity space in universities, NGOs, government and corporate, and believes that every sector of society has a role to play in nurturing and supporting the growth of young talent. At GradConnection, she partners with employers to reach the graduates they need in their business, through targeted campaigning that resonates with them.

Topic: Grads don’t care about you … unless you can make them a ‘Somebody’!

Ronen Aires

Founder & CEO | Student Village

He's an entrepreneur, a youth specialist, public speaker and general lover of life – after he’s had his first cup of coffee, that is. Ronen Aires is the founder and CEO of Student Village, a business that has earned acclaim as one of the country’s most successful student marketing and graduate specialists. Out of the office, Ronen is also a father, an activist and a trail junkie.