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Lynne Brown

Lynne Brown is the Minister of Public Enterprises with a political authority (referred to officially as the Shareholder Representative) of six State-Owned Companies. These are: Transnet (rail, freight, ports and engineering), Eskom (electricity utility), Denel (advanced manufacturing and arms industry), SA Express (one of two national airlines), Alexkor (a diamond miner) and the South African Forestry Company Limited (timber and forestry).

During a 20-year stint in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, she served as Premier of the Western Cape Province, Speaker of the Western Cape Legislature and also as Minister for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. She is a member of the African National Congress's National Executive Committee, the South African ruling party's highest decision-making body.

A teacher by profession, Lynne was active in the struggle against apartheid, with a particular emphasis on women's issues.

Simon Arcus

Simon Arcus is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. In 2014 he established the Governance Leadership Centre which is the IoD New Zealand’s thought leadership hub.

He also works for the IoD New Zealand’s commercial arm providing boardroom training and governance advisory services. In 2012 he re-authored the IoD New Zealand’s foundation guide to governance - The Simon Arcus Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice. Simon is a solicitor with a BA LLB from the University of Otago and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business from Massey University.

He is a Senior Associate of ANZIIF and a Chartered Company Secretary. He has prior experience in insurance, legal and regulatory roles and is a board member of the Wellington Cancer Society and Junk Free June Ltd.

Heloisa B. Bedicks

Heloisa B. Bedicks has been the managing director of Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa – IBGC (Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance) since 2001. She serves on the board of ACAF, the Association of the Sponsors of the Brazilian Takeover Panel, and on the Executive Committee of the GNDI – Global Network of Director Institutes.

She served on the board of the ICGN (International Corporate Governance Network) between 2012 and 2014. She was also the first president of the IGCLA (Latin American Corporate Governance Institutes).

Heloisa holds an MBA in Financial Administration from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, a degree in Economics from Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp), and in Accounting from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas and a postgraduate degree in Finance from Universidade Salesianas.

Reuel Khoza

Reuel Khoza is President of the IoDSA and currently the chairman of Dzana Investments (Pty) Ltd and a director of Nampak Limited. He has served as a director of companies including JSE Limited, IBM SA, Liberty Life Group and the Standard Bank Group. He is also the author of six books on leadership and corporate governance, including Attuned Leadership, Let Africa Lead and The African in My Dream.

Reuel, former chairman of the Nedbank Group Limited and Eskom Holdings Ltd, is a visiting professor of Wits Business School, Rhodes Business School and the University of Free State Business School teaching business strategy, leadership and corporate governance on their respective MBA programmes.  

He was the founding chairman of the NEPAD Business Foundation and initiated the establishment of the African Leadership Development Programme with various business schools.

Mervyn E King

  • MERVYN E KING S.C.
  • BA. LLB (Cum Laude)
  • H Dip Tax (Wits)
  • Ph.D (h.c.) in Law (Wits)
  • Ph.D (h.c) Leeds

Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa.  He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa on Corporate Citizenship and a Professor at two other universities. He has honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Leeds Beckett and is Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced King I, II and III.

He is Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in London and chaired the United Nations Committee on Governance and Oversight.

He has been a chairman, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges, has presented and consulted  in over 50 countries and is the author of three books on governance and corporate reporting.

David Lewis

David Lewis is the Executive Director of Corruption Watch, a not-for-profit NGO dedicated to combating corruption.

He received his training in economics from the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Cape Town. Between 1975 and 1990 he worked in the trade union movement, in what is now the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union.

From 1990 David directed the Development Policy Research Unit, a UCT based research
group specialising in trade and industrial policy. Between 1994 and 1996 he was Special
Advisor to the Minister of Labour and co-chaired the Presidential Commission on Labour
Market Policy.

David was a member of the Task Team responsible for drafting the Competition Act. With
the promulgation of the Act in 1999 he was appointed Chairperson of the Competition
Tribunal, a position which he held until 2009. He was Chairman of the Steering Group of the
International Competition Network.  David has served on the boards of the National Research Foundation, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Johannesburg Development Agency and South African Airways.

He is the author and editor of several books, including the recently published ‘Thieves at the
Dinner Table’, an account of the first 10 years of competition law enforcement in South
Africa.  In 2010, UCT awarded David an honorary doctorate in economic sciences.

Stan Magidson

Stan Magidson is Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Alberta Securities Commission, and possesses extensive experience in corporate governance and securities law and regulation. Before joining the ASC in July 2016, he was President, CEO and director of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes.

Stan was a partner for 21 years with a national law firm in the business law group where he advised corporate issuers, investors, financial intermediaries and boards of directors across the country on securities law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. 

He currently serves on the board of Weizmann Canada. Stan holds an LL.M. in Corporate Law from New York University and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa.

Thembekile Kimi Makwetu

  • South Africa’s Auditor-General
  • Auditor-General of South Africa
  • BCompt (Hons) CA(SA)

Thembekile Kimi Makwetu was born in Cape Town and completed a Social Sciences degree at the University of Cape Town in 1989. He received a BCompt Honours degree from the University of Natal (distance learning in 1997) and is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

He started his career with Standard Bank and later worked at Nampak. He completed his articles at Deloitte where he progressed to senior management before joining Liberty and Metropolitan Life in Cape Town (Western Cape). He moved to Gauteng in 2003 where he worked at Liberty Life. Kimi returned to Deloitte as a director in the firm's forensic unit before his appointment as Deputy Auditor-General at the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA).
Kimi is married and has three children.

On 1 December 2013, the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma, officially
appointed our former Deputy Auditor-General, Mr Kimi Makwetu, as the new Auditor-General of
South Africa for a period of seven years.

Mogoeng Mogoeng

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is the 4th Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa since the dawn of democracy.  

The life of Chief Justice Mogoeng is like a fulfilment of the scripture in Zechariah 4:10 which reads ‘’despise not the day of small beginnings”. Chief Justice Mogoeng was born in a small village called Goo-Mokgatlha (Koffiekraal), in the North West Province of South Africa.

Mogoeng holds the B Juris and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees from the Universities of Zululand and Natal respectively. He also holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of South Africa. In October 2013, the University of the North West awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree.

Kumi Naidoo

Kumi Naidoo is currently serving as Launch Executive Director to the African Civil Society Initiative, an ambitious and evolving new initiative seeking to unite civil society across the continent around the issues of corruption, shrinking democratic space, climate change, poverty and gender inequality.

Former Executive Director for Greenpeace International, Naidoo now serves as SACFEI ambassador and also as a Board member for 350.org and the Global Greengrants Fund.

Kumi has campaigned on issues ranging from apartheid at the age of 15, to adult education and violence against women.

Ansie Ramalho

Ansie Ramalho is an authority on corporate governance with both theoretical and applied knowledge on the topic. She believes that corporate governance can and should be harnessed to the benefit of the economy, society and the natural environment.

Ansie is currently the King IV Project Lead at the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA). The role involves ensuring the successful finalisation of the King IV Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa, including design of process and governance structures, liaison with stakeholders, and content management and editing.

She also serves on a number of technical committees that drive initiatives in these areas, including the King Committee for Corporate Governance in South Africa, the Integrated Reporting Committee South Africa and the Global Reporting Initiative Focal Point Advisory Group.

She serves as the chair of the South African National Blood Service and is a member of the Appointments Committee of ZA Central Registry. Before joining the IoDSA, Ansie cut her business teeth at KPMG in the corporate restructuring and recovery environment with assignments.

Simon Walker

Simon Walker became Director General of the Institute of Directors in October 2011. He previously served as Chief Executive of the BVCA, the organisation that represents British private equity and venture capital, from October 2007 to March 2011.  

Between 2003 and 2007 Simon worked at Reuters as Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing.  He was Communications Secretary to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace from 2000 to 2003 and earlier served as Director of Corporate Affairs at British Airways. From 1996-1997 Simon worked as a special adviser in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street.

Simon was previously a partner at Brunswick and Director of European Public Affairs for Hill & Knowlton in Brussels. He has been a member of the Better Regulation Commission, a Trustee of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Trust and the New Zealand-UK Link Association. He is a Council Member of the European Policy Forum and a member of the Parliamentary Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Public Engagement.

Simon was born in South Africa, and has worked as a journalist and consultant in New Zealand, Belgium and the UK.  He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union.  He was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Peter H. Dehnen

Tax lawyer and Corporate Governance expert. CEO of Vereinigung der Aufsichtsräte in Deutschland e.V. (VARD), the German Directors’ Association, member of the Board of Directors of the European Confederation of Directors' Associations (ecoDa) in Brussels, Executive Committee member of Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI) and Vice-chair of the International Developments Subcommittee of the American Bar Association (ABA).