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Future of Work Seminar 2019 - JOHANNESBURG


One day seminar: 31 July 2019
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Johannesburg

The new world of work is not a future concept. It is a current reality.

Not only has the nature of work changed, but how we organise ourselves to optimally deliver the work is also evolving. There’s no doubt, the advent of “Agile” is challenging traditional organisation structures and ways of working.

How should HR practitioners and business leaders respond? Join the KR Future of Work seminar and explore this brave, new, agile world of work and what it takes to shift mindsets, behaviours, structures and practices to enable success.


  • HR Directors
  • Heads of Talent
  • Heads of Leadership Development
  • Heads of Organisational Development
  • Academics, Consultants, Specialists and strategists on the above areas
  • Business owners and anyone wanting to know more on the future of work


  • Gain a comprehensive guide on how your organisation can prepare for the future of work
  • Reinvent work in the age of digital disruption: evaluate new skills, talent requirements and opportunities
  • Leverage technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and automation to increase operational excellence and work efficiency
  • Learn how you can augment your workforce with Intelligent technologies to drive organisational productivity and performance
  • Solve the biggest challenges you and organisation face in the future of Work from case studies and research findings and solutions that will be shared by thought leaders in this space

For more information about the seminar, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +2711 706 6009 .


31 July 2019


Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources registration staff

08:15–08:30 Welcome remarks by chairperson

Lathasha Subban,
Director, Tri – Core Specialist Advisory


Key trends impacting the future of work

Lead speaker: Prof Twala Professor
in Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, Director School of Engineering, University of South Africa (UNISA)

Panellists: Talitha Muller,
Future of Work Programme Manager, Deloitte
Emma El-Karout, Director, One Circle


Jobs of the future: unpacking the changing employment landscape and the critical skills to survive and thrive in this new era

Lead speaker: Linda Van der Loo, Learning Innovator, Futurist and Thought leader, Blue Pebble Consulting

Panellists: Jessica Matthysen, Innovator and Change Agent, Head: Customer Success, Alexander Forbes
Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst Consulting  

10:30–11:00 Morning tea break | Enjoy some light snacks, coffee and tea


Rewarding and retaining people in a more digital future of work

Mark Bussin,
Chairman, 21st Century

11:45 – 12:30

Are you ready for the rise of the contingent workforce? Unpacking the South African context

Lerato Semenya,
Managing Executive, Talent CRU


Lunch | Meet and network with speakers and delegates


How Gen Z will transform the future workplace

Lead speaker : Dominic Gaobepe, Director and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Cohesion Collective

Panellists: Bongani Chinkanda, CEO, HDI Youth
Jessi Tomkinson, GM: Graduate Talent Division, Student Village


Afternoon Tea Break

15:00 –15:45

The science of change – learning from Behavioural Science to drive people through transformation in a new world of work

Ingra Du Buisson- Narsai, Director and Organisational Psychologist, Neuro Capital

15:45 – 16:30

Preparing for the future of work

Lead Speaker: Jared Molko,
Founder & Tech Humanist, Tellos (Former Head of Agencies, Google)

Panellists - Vinolia Singh, Chief People Officer, Adcorp
 Barry Vorster, Director/Partner: People and Organisation, PwC

16:30 Networking tea and departure


Lead Speaker: Jared Molko, Founder & Tech Humanist, Tellos (Former Head of Agencies, Google)
Jared Molko is founder and CEO of Tellos, a company set out to improve mass job placement and skill development for the entry-level workforce. Previously he spent a distinguished 7-year career at Google where he worked in a variety of roles across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Jared has spoken on behalf of Google at some of their most prestigious events (Mobile World Conference, Las Vegas Global Conference) as well as graced the TEDx stage on two occasions. He's recently returned to South Africa and has now turned his attention towards understanding the impact of artificial intelligence on people and business. His focus is on what we need to do to adapt both as individuals and organisations in order to remain relevant and continue to create value in this new technological age.
Prof Bhekisipho Twala Professor in Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, Director School of Engineering, University of South Africa (UNISA)
JBhekisipho Twala is a Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science with the Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering at the University of South Africa. Before then he was the Director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and was also Head of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science Department at UJ. Before then, Prof Twala was a Principal Research Scientist at the Council for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) within the Modelling and Digital Science Unit (where he is currently an Advisor). Prof. Twala was also a post-doctoral researcher at Brunel University in the UK, mainly focussing on empirical software engineering research and looking at data quality issues in software engineering. His broad research interests include image and signal processing, multivariate statistics, applied and theoretical machine learning, knowledge discovery and reasoning with uncertainty, and the interface between statistics and computing, and has published over 100 scientific papers. Prof. Bhekisipho Twala has a wide-ranging work experience in organisations ranging from banks, through universities, to governments.
Talitha Muller, Future of Work Programme Manager, Deloitte
Throughout her career as a consulting organisational psychologist and systems implementer, Talitha has experience in the changing nature of work; strategy alignment workshops; organisational effectiveness, design and development; HR technology implementation and adoption; talent management, employee engagement, team dynamics and effectiveness, and career development. She also gained experience in innovation programmes, as well as social collaboration strategy and platform design. As the Future of Work Programme Manager for Deloitte Africa, Talitha provides strategic guidance to clients on the impact of digital disruptions on how work gets done, where work gets done and by whom work gets done; and works with various cross-functional teams within Deloitte in developing fit-for-purpose strategies and solutions for clients’ future of work.
Emma El-Karout, Director, Circle One
Emma is an ExCom-level HR Director with over 20 years' international experience, with a record of positively leading large Retail organizations through challenging change involving business turnarounds, refitting, automation and digital transformation. She consulted to Government Ministries on country-wide people initiatives including the drafting of employment legislation and helped design the strategic workforce planning model and people policy for one of the largest Middle East oil companies. A true believer in democratising the workforce and an open-market approach to skills, Emma is the founder of 'Circle One' – supporting a new way for HR professionals to work
Linda Van der Loo, Learning Innovator, Futurist and Thought leader, Blue Pebble Consulting
Linda is a well-respected seasoned learning executive and thought leader with over 20 years’ experience in the learning, eLearning and digital technology space in SA and Africa. Throughout her career, Linda has been a natural learning innovator in the digital learning space constantly challenging the traditional learning thinking and way of doing. After 5 years Linda recently left her role as the Group Head of Learning for Standard Bank, a role which also included learning technology, solutions, assurance and innovation portfolios. Linda has made a conscious decision to take some much-needed time out from the corporate world and have a career break to invest more time in herself and her future skills. Linda believes that L&D, as we know it will fundamentally need to be “reimagined” in order to deliver at the speed business, requires looking forward to playing a pioneering and change agent role in the new reimagined L&D “space” after her “time out”. Linda is planning to go back to her consulting roots and will re-join her business partner in their successful “niche” consultancy company Blue Pebble Consulting.
Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst Consulting
Debbie is the founder of Catalyst Consulting and holds a B.Comm, an MBA and is a qualified NLP practitioner, process facilitator, game ranger, reflexologist and Reiki Master. Debbie has over 20 years’ experience in the field of strategy, leadership development, change management, talent management, high performance teams and organisational development. Her passion is transformation and empowerment. She has worked and consulted at leading local and global organisations in the private and public sector throughout Southern Africa and internationally.
Lerato Semenya, Managing Executive, Talent CRU
Lerato Semenya is the Managing Executive for talentCRU - enabling organisations to revolutionise the fulfilment and management of their workforce strategy using customised talent solutions. Smart, swift and compliant solutions for building permanent and contingent workforces. Communication and advocacy in the workforce strategy is her passion, developed and honed through her 16 year career which has spanned across IT, Strategy Development and Execution, in the Mining, Financial Services, Oil and Gas, IT industries . She is interested in constantly evaluating the influence of technology in the solutions available for the South African employment landscape, including the distillation of hype in latest trends in Human Resources and Talent Management, to ensure that trend evaluation is always done in conjunction with the business imperatives and strategic drivers.
Dominic Gaobepe, Director and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Cohesion Collective
Dominic Gaobepe is a dynamic speaker, trainer & entrepreneur. As a co-founder of Cohesion Collective he works with local and multinational companies to contribute towards social cohesion and nation building by enabling them to build the skillset & mindset of equality, diversity & inclusive leadership. He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Rhodes University. After graduating he worked within the Human Resources field for Unilever SA & South African Breweries, adding value and building expertise in the areas of leadership development, high performing teams & organisational transformation.
Bongani Chinkanda, CEO, HDI Youth
Born and raised in Malawi, Bongani Chinkanda was schooled in Harare, Zimbabwe before completing a degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. He is a strong believer in solving client business problems, specialising in the youth and mass markets, and is passionate about bringing big ideas to the people. Bongani worked in trade and shopper marketing for companies including Unilever, BP, Kraft Foods and Kimberly Clark from 2003 until 2008 before embarking on a career in advertising.
Jessi Tomkinson, GM: Graduate Talent Division, Student Village
A youth specialist, public speaker and general lover of life. Jessi Tomkinson, the Director of Student Village's young talent division, has over 10 years of experience in talent acquisition, development and youth empowerment for South Africa's best loved brands. The culmination of long-standing partnerships with SA's leading employers, and many years spent listening to their needs and suggestions has made Jessi a specialist in design, implementation and management of talent processes and principles. Her expertise has placed her at the forefront of workshops and speaking opportunities with these same brands, sharing valuable insights to attracting the younger talent that businesses need to succeed. Student Village is South Africa's niche graduate talent hub where Jessi continues to work as a bridge between brands and graduates, helping them gain a better understanding of their Afrillennial workforce.

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For more information about the seminar, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +2711 706 6009 .


31 July 2019 | Future of Work Seminar
R4 100.00 excl. VAT

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  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
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Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.
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