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Deon Binneman

Deon Binneman

Professional Facilitator

Deon Binneman is a professional facilitator, trainer and accomplished keynote speaker. He is also a corporate management advisor, executive coach and thought leader. He works globally and has served numerous clients, such as Air Traffic Navigation Services and Vodacom - working across all industries of the private and public sector in 16 countries, over the past 21 years. He regularly conducts Reputation, Communication and Crises Management training, as well as chairing, speaking and facilitating management conferences and in-house strategic events. Deon is focused on challenging and educating management teams on why reputation is their most important asset, yet their most dangerous risk.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Change Agent/Professional Speaker

An internationally sought-after speaker, Michael has more than 30 years of strategic business, marketing and communications experience. Trained in business strategy development and communication, he has worked personally for business leaders including Richard Branson and Bill Gates, as well many other leading global businesses such as Qatar Airways, HP, Goodyear and Barclays. He has presented to more than 1,500 groups worldwide, focusing on the subject of change in a business context.

Maryla Masojada

Founding Partner & Managing Director, Trade Intelligence

Maryla Masojada is the founding partner and Managing Director of Trade Intelligence, South Africa’s pre-eminent source of retail and wholesale business research, delivering powerful FMCG Retail insights to the consumer goods business sector. She graduated with a B.Soc.Sc.LLB from Howard College at the University of Natal, Durban in 1992. After graduating she entered the Unilever Management Development Programme and worked in the Brand Marketing division at Elida Pond’s before joining the Category Management team at Lever Pond’s. Maryla then launched MotivationAfrica, partnering with MotivationAsia to address the needs of business-to-business communication working with major players in the industry. After the sale of the business, Maryla launched of Trade Intelligence in 2004. As Lead Analyst at Trade Intelligence, Maryla is immersed in the South African retail sector, engaging with key stakeholders across the FMCG industry. She also applies her time and efforts in the trade ‘from Malls to Markets’ – gathering insight into the dynamics of South African shoppers and the formal and informal retail and wholesale businesses that serve them. These insights inform an extensive library of published reports which are utilised by South Africa’s manufacturing community. Maryla is regularly called upon by South Africa’s leading, retail, manufacturing and wholesale executives to provide insight into industry dynamics, key developments and the trends at play. She is also able to provide context for annual strategic business planning conversations and business performance reviews.

Tyi McCray

Consultant

Tyi McCray holds a PhD attained at Cornell University from the College of Agriculture and life Sciences. She conducted research in South Africa and is civically engaged and dedicated to social justice issues, specifically those that affect communities of colour. Tyi has also completed an 11-year tenure at Cornell University including serving as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. She taught graduate courses at Cornell University for MBA students that provided strategies for leading diverse teams and effective cross-cultural communication. She is currently a diversity and inclusion consultant for the private sector, helping organisations in a range of industries develop tailored diversity strategies and workshops. Tyi has worked with companies such as Clif Bar, Airbnb, Genentech and Mozilla.

Zyda Rylands

CEO, Woolworths

Zyda Rylands, CEO of Woolworths (Pty) Ltd, holds a B.Com (Honours) completed at the University of the Western Cape. She also attained her articles at Kessel Feinstein (Grant Thornton International) and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1993. In her pursuit of education and self-development, Zyda attended the London Business School in 2005 and went on to enroll at Harvard University, graduating from the Advanced Management Programme in 2013. During her 20 years at Woolworths, Zyda worked as an audit manager, headed up financial accounting and corporate planning, and played a role as the financial executive for all of Woolworths’ stores. In 2004 Zyda was appointed Director of People, and in 2006 Zyda was the first female executive director to be appointed to the Woolworths Holding Board as the Director of People and Transformation. In 2008 she was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer: Support Services and then served as the Managing Director for Foods since 2010. During Zyda’s tenure with Woolworths Foods, the business saw an 83% growth in turnover as well as a 240% growth in profit. Zyda has won various awards which include the Women of the Year award by the Word Retail Congress awarded to her in March 2017. She was a recipient of the 2016 Frost and Sullivan African Visionary Innovation Award, the Impumelelo/BMF Top Ten Black Business Personalities Award and was a finalist in the Business Women’s Association of South Africa’s 2011 Business Women of the Year Award. In 2012 she won The CEO Magazine's Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award in the Retail category.

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