Mr. Gcobani Mangcotywa | Independent Non-Executive Interim Chairman | South Africa
Gcobani is General Manager for Asia Pacific Region who has been based in Hong Kong for 5 years, responsible for sales with China, Japan, India and Australia as priority growth markets. Prior to this role he was Executive Head of Strategy, Analytics and Marketing for Nedank Corrporate Banking with assets of over R70 billion. Prior to this he held various senior roles at FirstRand Bank with his last role as a Senior Business Development Executive at FNB Corporate Banking Division. Prior to this role he was CEO for Public Sector Banking Division of First Nation Bank. He previously had roles of SAA's General Manager for the Africa Region and as Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand where he was based in Sydney for a period of 3 years.
He has also worked for Deloitte and Touché as a Consulting Research Associate responsible for conducting feasibility studies on new business ventures. Gcobani underwent Military Officer's Training at the Indian Military Academy and qualified as an Army Officer. He holds extensive experience is Commercial Banking and Aviation Industry over a combined period of 18 years as well as international experience based in Sydney and Hong Kong.
He has managed large teams of over 100 people with a revenue budget of over R2 billion per annum. He holds qualifications in B.Comm, PDM, Post Grad in Finance and Masters in Management. Gcobani is the Founder and Chairman of Somlolo Group Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a diversified financial and industrial services company registered in Hong Kong with head offices in Johannesburg. Somlolo has business interests in transaction advisory, manufacturing, food and beverages and raising funding for general infrastructure projects.
Mr. Leslie Rance | Independent Non-Executive Director | South Africa
Leslie Rance is a commercially minded business leader with a versatile career profiles, spanning over 20 years of multi-national experience in resources and FMCG companies, Anglo American and British American Tobacco, respectively. His roles have included Information technology and Supply Chain Programme Management working across African, the Middle East and United Kingdom. He has also held Corporate Strategy and Multi-Market General Management (Businesses in 15 African Countries) roles that employed a myriad of business models from wholly owned subsidiaries listed companies and joint ventures to sole and shared distributor models.
In his prior Corporate and Regulatory Affairs role, Leslie led engagement with governments, trade blocs, customs unions, multilateral institutions and other stakeholders on industry regulations and was responsible through communications, public relations and social engagements for ensuring a positive company reputation and overall business sustainability.
His current role is in Global Human Resources, overseeing all strategic and operational aspects of Human Resources, from talent acquisition, retention and development; to succession planning, deployment, leadership, transformation and organizational design essential to support the commercial delivery of a key segment of the global business he works in.
Leslie has multi-cultural experience from both working ad living in numerous countries on the African continent and outside of it. He as a firm understanding of corporate structures at business unit, regional and group levels in multi-nationals. Leslie was educated in Zimbabwe, he holds a diploma in Information Processing and has completed numerous leadership development programs with leading institutions such as Insead.
He is both passionate and biased towards creating opportunities in Africa and to contributing towards its development. In this regard he is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and of the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network. He contributes to research and speaks occasionally on Africa. He is also an Associate Integral Coach, with the Centre for Coaching New Ventures West, USA and has held various board director roles over his career.
Leslie is Zimbabwean born, a South African through naturalization, who is married with two sons.
Mr. Nobert Mavunga | Founder and CEO | Zimbabwe
An astute financial manager, with a strong understanding of private equity and turnaround strategies. His previous experience spans across infrastructure, information technology, real estate, manufacturing, mining, agriculture and commodities trading. Nobert has previously worked for Barclays Bank Zimbabwe. He holds an Honours degree in Business Management and Information Technology. He is currently studying towards an MSC in Global Management with the University of Salford. Nobert is focused on the socio-economic development of Africa and his experience across different market cycles helps drive the vision of the company forward. Nobert was previously the Commission for Finance and Budget for the African Youth Commission (AYC).
Ms. Pauline Paledi-Mokou | Chief Operating Officer | Botswana
Pauline is a multi-skilled professional, an accomplished advisor, mentor and facilitator of learning with experience at senior level having worked and served in various sectors in the private, public, parastatal, regional and international arena. Her primary focus has been policy formation with specific emphasis on regulatory and legislative compliance and experience in organizational development, strategic planning, capacity building, project management providing services on policy development intervention and sustainable development projects. Pauline previously worked as an Executive Director for Botswana Diamond Manufacturers Association, the post she held since 2011 up to October 2015, representing the views of common interest of the 17 companies based in Botswana, locally, regionally and in the international arena; including advisory services on diamond sector institutional frameworks. Prior to that, she was the Change Manager / technical Advisor is 2007 for the Public Service of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in the British West Indies, Caribbean Islands.
She also worked as an Advisor to His Excellency the Governor and the Public Service Commission on institutional reform during the transitional period, responsible fr policy, outreach and partnerships; HR Expert for the Commonwealth Business Council and the New Partnership for Africa Development that focuses on addressing brain drain within the African Continent, in a bid to mobilize the Diaspora and build a robust and enuring capacity for Africa; Regional Training and Information Officer under the Food Agriculture Natural Resources (FANR) Project funded by the European Union; 12 years at Botswana Development Corporation in several positions with another 5 for the Botswana Government under the Department of Taxes.
Pauline holds a Masters of Science Degree in Human Resources from the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management and a Public Management Diploma with specialization in Human Resources Management from the Institute of Public Service, IPS International University of Connecticut, Hartford, USA.
Pauline sits in a number of Boards ans she is also a council Member (Southern Africa) to the Pan-African Competitiveness Forum (PACF).
Ms. Tiny Diswai-Moremi | Independent Non-Executive Director | Botswana
Tiny is a certified Public Private Partnership Specialist, a Prince2 Practitioner, holder of an MBA Business Fiance and a Bcom. She is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of the Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatization Agency (PEEPA). She has well-rounded experience in the business world ranging from financial management, project implementation and management, procurement, internal audit, general management, lease financing, corporate fiance, deal structuring and marketing. As the DCEO of PEEPA she is responsible for advising various Government ministries in implementing their privatizing and outsourcing initiatives as well as monitoring the performance of parastatals and advising on corporate governance issues.
Tiny has previously been Business Services Manager for Debswana Orapa and Letlhakane Mines; Country Business Manager for IDM Botswana and was responsible for the overall management of the Botswana Campus as well as its strategic implementation. She led the team that ensured the IDM Botswana became ISO 90001 certified. She was the key liaison between IDM and the government of Botswana as a shareholder. Tiny was responsible for the marketing of the institutions products and services and its overall running.
She was involved in the setup of the Kingdom Group of companies. Tiny was part of the team that coordinated the application and subsequent granting of a merchant banking license for Kingdom Bank African. She later set up Kingdom Finance, a subsidiary of Kingdom Bank Africa Limited.
Tiny was the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) project coordinator and in that capacity she pioneered the feasibility study for the establishment of the centre, the drafting and promulgation of the enabling legislation, the establishment of the centre and the marketing and electrification of the first eleven companies to be certified under the IFSC fiscal regime.
She was involved in the divestment of a number of BDC investments such as Stockbrokers Botswana, Francistown Milling, Botswana Tyre Corporation and Bothakga. She was also involved in the facilitation of the structuring , placement, issuance and listing of the DBC Bond (the first ever corporate bond to be issues and listed in the Botswana money and capital markets) as well as the DBC investment in Ivestec Ban, Metropolitan Life and BECI.
Tiny has procurement experience gained while managing the Tender and Contracts Unit of Botswana Railways and has worked for the government Central Tender Board as well. She has exposure to internal audit work gained while working for the Ministry of Finance and Development Plannings Internal Audit Department.
Currently she sits on the Glenrand M.I.B (Botswana) (Pty) Ltd and previously sat on the boards of Local Enterprises Authority and Botswana Post.