Speakers

Speakers at the 5th Entrepreneur Expo and Conference include.

Andrea BohmertPartner at Knife Capital

Andrea is a Partner at Knife Capital. For the last ten years Andrea has been actively involved in numerous initiatives aiming to accelerate the South African entrepreneurial ecosystem, involving Hasso Plattner Ventures, Silicon Cape, CITI, Bandwidth Barn, Google Umbono and Endeavor to name a few. She has recently been appointed as non-executive director on the Board of Wesgro.

Lebo GunguluzaEntrepreneur and Dragon on Dragons Den SA

Lebo_GunguluzaLebo Gunguluza has made and lost fortunes in the past, but is now one of South Africa’s most successful businessmen. Lebo is no stranger to hardships as his father passed away when he was young and his mother who was a nurse raised him. Lebo was always committed to his education and attained his Bachelor of Commerce degree at night whilst working in a clothes retail outlet in the day.

Eric Edelstein –  Serial Tech Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Eric_EdelsteinEric Edelstein is a Financial Analyst turned Serial Tech Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Eric has co-founded many of South Africa’s largest Internet marketing & product companies such as the incuBeta group (Click2Customers, TrafficSynergy, & Yola), Springleap & evly.

Christoff Oosthuysen – Creator of Flow Canvas

ChristoffOosthuysenChristoff helps purpose-driven entrepreneurs and independent professionals to find personal flow in their work while achieving great business or organisational results.

He’s been supporting business people since the mid 90s, when he successfully launched the largest publication for small business owners in South Africa (which was later sold into a multi-national subsidiary). And during this time he learnt some important lessons from experiencing business failures too!

Elan Lohmann – Founder of Sleekgeek South Africa 

Elan_LohmannElan is the founder of Sleekgeek South Africa which is a social health and fitness support community which aims to help South Africans achieve  healthy lifestyle goals.

Leaving a career as a corporate executive which included being General Manager of News24 and Group Head of Digital at Avusa which own brands like Sunday Times, Exclusive Books and Inet Bridge, he decided to pursue his purpose to empower others.

Guy Harris – Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at the SA Institute for Entrepreneurship

Guy_HarrisGuy Harris is the Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at the SA Institute for Entrepreneurship www.entrepreneurship.co.za. This NGO started 20 years ago using interactive learning techniques to up-skill entry level entrepreneurs through idea generation, planning and implementation.

Guy is a social entrepreneur and believes sustainable job creation will come through entrepreneur empowerment. This can help address unemployment, poverty and inequality in South Africa and in the World.

Marc Elias – Co-founder and CEO of Seed Engine

Marc_EliasMarc is the co-founder and CEO of Seed Engine and the managing director of Startupbootcamp South Africa (in progress), an interconnected network of startup investment, support and training companies.

Arifa Parker – AASHA Business Services

Arifa_ParkerDaughter of a shrewd but ethical businessman, born in Zanzibar, grew up in the Seychelles, Mauritius, and Mumbai India, completed her formal education at the University of Bombay and Mumbai – with a BA in Economics and Politics as well as an LLB in 1985. The same year she qualified in Business Management.

Carl Lotter – Stakeholder Relations Director, SA Small Medium Enterprise Federation

Carl is a senior associate at the Africa Strategy Group. Carl specializes in international trade and investments, corporate governance and government relations; providing strategic advisory to both business and governments.

A former diplomat – Carl served as South Africa’s trade & development representative to Australia and the USA – he has extensive international experience in the financial services, energy and water utilities, minerals and other strategic economic development sectors.

Laura Beaulier – South Africa Coordinator for GROUPE SOS

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GROUPE SOS is a non-profit organization which was established in France in 1984. Today, it counts 45 social enterprises, which represent 12,000 employees and 350 structures, with an annual budget of USD750 million.

Jared Pillai – CEO, Youth Entrepreneurship Fund

jaredpJared is a serial entrepreneur, an eccentric, fast-paced marketing professional, advisor to emerging companies, a speaker on entrepreneurship, marketing, social media and product development, founder of Million Baby, inventor of TodPod and is passionate about Innovation, web technology and startups.

Simon Ekin – Teacher of Courage

Simon_Ekin150X200Since graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as British Army Officer 25 years ago and cycling the length of Africa, Simon has been championing the cause of courage.

Over Simon’s speaking career he has successfully presented over one thousand talks to audiences around the world. He speaks about courage; about why we should see fear and failure as a gift, why we should have faith and belief in ourselves and why action is the only thing that makes any difference.

Dave Romero – Group CEO, Caban Investments

Dave_RomeroDave qualified as a Professional Accountant (SA) in 1987. He Joined a Corporate Finance Company after qualifying where he got the first taste of Venture Capital. Dave became the Financial Director and later, the Managing Director of Equivest, a Venture Capital Group.