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IoDSA, MMI and USB-ED partner on The Directors Event

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MMI Holdings, Institute of Directors, and USB Executive Development partner with The Directors Event. 

Johannesburg, 15 March 2016


MMI Holdings, the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa, and USB Executive Development have cemented their support of The Directors Event through partnership. The Directors Event, now in its second year, is brought to you by MMI Holdings, in association with the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), and USB Executive Development (USB-ED).


The Directors Event is an extension of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, and facilitates an opportunity for government, industry, academic and civil leaders to debate topics of national importance and discuss solutions in a public forum. More than 200 executive level delegates are expected to attend the event at the Sandton Convention Centre on 8 April. Jeremy Maggs, Iman Rappetti, Bruce Whitfield, Andile Khumalo, and CNBC’s Bronwyn Nielsen will be moderators in four debates around Innovation, Healthcare, Education, and South Africa’s global competitiveness. Twenty experts and thought leaders in their respective fields will participate in the panel discussions.


Vuyo Lee, Group Executive: Brand, Corporate Affairs and Transformation, MMI Holdings, says the company decided to maintain its headline partnership of The Directors Event based on the success of the inaugural event last year. “The opportunity to sponsor the inaugural Directors Event allowed us the chance to liaise with several brilliant minds who are actively involved in making South Africa great, in order to approach the country’s most pressing problems with the frankness and openness it required. Together, we sat around the boardroom table and looked at systemic crises such as economic inequality, job creation, resource depletion and environmental degradation in South Africa. It didn’t end there – some of our country’s finest minds then set out to identify solutions and act upon them. We look forward to seeing what the 2nd annual Directors Event brings.”


The Institute of Directors of Southern Africa supported The Directors Event in 2015, and has renewed the engagement in 2016. Angela Cherrington, CEO of the IoDSA says, “We found the openness of the conversations encouraging and the interest in talking through practical solutions was a positive step.” She says the IoDSA believes The Directors Event is relevant to businesses and business leaders in SA today as “we all need to take responsibility for our own continuing professional development regardless of where one is in their career. The world and business is changing so rapidly, and events like this keep us attuned to changes in thinking.”


This year, The Directors Event has also attracted the support of USB Executive Development who attended the event in 2015 as delegates. “It is an opportunity to network and have meaningful conversations in an alternative setting. With the credible sponsorship of Sunday Times, our business developers who attended agreed that the topics were well chosen and facilitated. It led to honest discussions with refreshing direct approaches not clouded in philosophical debate. For this reason we decided to not only exhibit and attend but also become a partner in 2016,”says Brigitte Roediger, Director: Marketing at USB Executive Development Ltd.


Trevor Ormerod, GM Sales and Marketing at Times Media believes “the leverage that the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies offers in drawing the country’s leading do’ers and thinkers together at The Directors Event, creates a very powerful opportunity for the media and business to work together and drive a prosperous South Africa. We also feel very privileged to hold the relationships we do with MMI, IodSA and USB-ED in making The Directors Event a staple in SA’s business calendar.” 



For further information: ; Twitter: @DirectorsEvent #TDE2016