2022 Catgories and Sponsors of the Export & Import Industry are listed below.
Saul Molobi is touted as one of the foremost thought leaders on Africa’s competitive identity and public diplomacy with expertise in global marketing (tourism, trade and investment promotion); diplomacy; and cultural industries. His research areas are the impact of a country’s nation brand on consumer and investor decision making.
With over 30 years of International Trade, procurement, logistics and market access experience, Nerisha Jairaj, has led various Country Industries strategically into expanding into the International arena. Being in Fashion from 15years old the, entrepreneur built her own brand, manufactured and promoted it, via her small chain of stores in South Africa.
Responsible for Political and Trade Affairs. She served as Assistant
Director: Central Africa at the Department of International Relations
and Cooperation, working with Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and
Principe. She also served as Vice-Consul at the South African Consulate
General in Munich, Germany.
She is the former Chairperson of the Mandela Washington Fellowship’s Southern African Regional Advisory Board (RAB). Additionally, she was a representative for South Africa, and played an oversight role for Eswatini within the RAB. She is certified by the International Trade Center (ITC), Geneva as a Market Analysis Tools Trainer and is founder of The Mentee and the YayaSisterhood movement.
Quintin Levey is a
qualified Chartered Accountant and is a senior manager in the external audit
department at KPMG, where he has worked for the last 22 years.
Quintin has vast experience in managing teams on a variety of national and multinational company audits across various industries including Automotive, Non-Profit companies, Fresh Produce, Industrial, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Construction and Higher Education.
Mr Matonsi brings to the judging panel his solid and grounded experience
in operational, strategic planning, process and procedures development,
employee performance management, budget management, procurement and
fleet/ asset management.
Objective is to be an operations management- or corporate service- key resource person within a service-oriented corporate organization, retail sector, NGO or NPO environments
Angela Russell has been the CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in
South Africa since June 2019. Before that, she spent the last 24 years
in the Business to Business, FMCG, and Medical
She has worked in multiple markets, including the Middle East, India, and Africa across various industries. She has cross-functional experience in marketing, sales, business development, commercial and general management having worked for the American Organisations ConvaTec, Hollister, Kimberly-Clark, 3M, and Abbott.
Angela is on the Board of Directors of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and the U.S-South Africa Business Council (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
An all-rounder whose main mandate is to empower people, grow ustainable
businesses and make a difference is how best you can describe him. Mr
Bezuidenhout is an Entrepreneur, Mentor, CEO, Forex, Global Trade,
Banking & Finance Executive with over 40 years of international
banking and executive management experience in challenging and diverse
He is the founder and CEO of BeztForex (Pty) Ltd, a foreign exchange, treasury and international banking intermediary company that specialises in assisting importers, exporters and investors to improve their competitiveness.
Mandisi Rungqu is a qualified Chartered Accountant registered with South
African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). He completed his
articles with Deloitte in Johannesburg and worked within the financial
services team at the firm. During his tenure at Deloitte, he led audit
assignments of companies within the financial services sector ranging
from short and long term insurers, private equity firms and pension fund
This provided him with valuable experience of managing and working within teams, managing tight deadlines and strong business acumen as an audit covers all the business functions and exposes auditors to different types of companies. On completion of his articles at Deloitte in January 2010, he joined Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) at its head office in Sandton as a dealmaker, where he has gained extensive experience in development finance focusing on the agro processing industry. As a dealmaker, he gained exposure in conducting and leading due diligence teams interacting directly with IDC Executive Management, deal structuring and continued client relationship management post approval. The size of transactions that he worked on while at the abovementioned unit range between R1 million to R250 million.
Fana holds a BCompt (Hons) degree and Diploma in Computer Auditing and
is a registered Chartered Accountant (SA). His career spans more than 25
years with diverse work experience and encompassed development finance,
fund management, tax consulting, consulting on business incentives,
internal auditing and computer auditing.
He is also the Financial Director at Mitochondria Energy Systems, which afforded him the opportunity to track and participate in the most significant developments in the energy industry. Fana has worked in fund management at the IDC where he managed third-party donor funds administered by the IDC, as well as on-balance sheet, ring-fenced, concessionary IDC funds. He also worked as an Internal Audit Manager at Deloitte – later as Business Development Manager in the Indirect Tax Division of Deloitte, specialising in international trade, customs and excise duties, and business incentives; as a Director at Xhikhovha Advisory, a professional business consultancy specialising in various aspects of international trade; and Principal at The Access & Lobby Corp., a professional business consultancy which specialised in enabling industry to access government incentives programmers. In the area of government incentives, in 2002 he secured the first approval for a tax incentive under the Strategic Industrial Projects (SIP) programme of the DTIC. This created a R97m additional tax deduction.
In 2003, he secured the first private-sector approval for a Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP) grant for the country’s largest mining concern – worth R30m. Fana sits on the Advisory Board of Growth Diagnostics, in collaboration with the NWU Business School.
Martin is an independent consultant & quantitative economist specialising in the field of Quantitative Executive Decision Support modelling, Economic Impact Analysis & Engineering Management Decision Support. He has extensive experience in this field – related specifically to International Trade and Energy Economics & modelling thereof. He authored various papers on the topic of power (electrical) network reliability & international trade. He has been conducting economic impact assessments & other related South African macro-economic, sectoral & provincial & industrial impact studies & policy analysis since 1994.
Rose’s involvement in the international trade field spans a 38-year
period. An experienced educationalist, she assumed responsibility in the
early 1980s for the then fledgling education and training function at
SAFTO (South African Foreign Trade Organisation) and within a short
period had significantly expanded the range of programmes on offer.
In the mid-1980s, Rose was instrumental in establishing the Dept of Trade & Industry-funded South African Institute of Export, launching a multi-tier distance education programme in export management and taking the SA Institute of Export into the international arena by way of active participation at international trade-related conferences, securing international recognition for the Institute’s professional export qualifications, and engaging in joint research projects with other specialist training institutes in other countries.
Catherine is an experienced trade negotiator and trade policy expert having worked in the public, private and academic sectors at multilateral and regional levels. She is a Director of Tutwa Consulting Group. She was a diplomat for New Zealand for 10 years, posted in New York and Geneva where she participated in United Nations (human rights and development), World Trade Organisation and International Labour Organisation negotiations.
Minister, Trade Industry and Competition (TBD)
Premier of the EC
MEC - Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs & Tourism
Executive Mayor Nelson Mandela Bay Metro
Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Cape Develpment Corporation
Avisory Board, Growth Diagnostics, in collaboration with the North-West University Business School.