Profiles of our distinguished speakers

Guest Speaker: Luvuyo Rani, CEO and Founder of Silulo Ulutho Technology

Mr Luvuyo Rani who comes from the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa with very little exposure to IT established Silulo Technology with his brother, Lonwabo, in 2004 to provide IT services to the townships of South Africa. Silulo Ulutho Technology (i.e., “we bring value through technology”) which started as a single internet café in the Western Cape’s Khayelitsha Township has in 15 years grown from a single internet café to over US$2 million company that offers computer training courses, internet café and business center services, and IT retail and repairs across the Western Cape Province. South Africa. Today Silulo is a household name in Khayelitsha, praised for empowering residents through convenient and affordable access to technology and Silulo’s SETA certified training programs. Silulo graduates, 60% of whom are unemployed when they start, have gone on to work as call center operators, IT sales representatives, and Silulo employees. In 2010, Silulo established a partnership with the African cellular network Vodacom. In exchange for rights to sell their products on a revenue share basis at Silulo cafes, Vodacom financed the roll-out of new Silulo centers, refurbished existing stores, and provided mobile technology training support to all of Silulo’s staff. Now operating over 42 branches in three provinces – Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal – and 22 franchise stores, some owned by former Silulo Ulutho employees, Silulo’s all-in-one approach to IT products and services is playing an integral role in empowering and creating opportunities for people through IT knowledge and access their community. Silulo was named the 2016 Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Rani, who was part of Team South Africa to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2018, has received numerous accolades for his social impact business. He was invited to attend a Leadership for Systems Change programme at Harvard University in 2018.

Keynote Speaker: Mr Bisey Uirab, CEO of NAC

Mr Bisey Uirab who is the newly appointed CEO of Namibia Airport Company has vast experience and track record in the Transport Sector of Namibia is his appointment was seen as a great benefit to NAC. Before his new appointment to NAC, Bisey was the CEO of Namport – Namibia Ports Authority. He was the youngest and best performing CEO in 2014 in Namibia. Mr Bisey is an MBA product of Edinburgh Business School in Scotland. Before joining Namport, Bisey occupied many senior positions in the Financial, Telecommunication and Educational Sectors of the Namibian Economy. Mr Bisey’s focus now will be to provide leadership to the NAC by stabilizing the organization, its operations and creating value for its brand.

Mr Sakaria Nghikembua

Keynote Speaker: Mr Sakaria Nghikembua, CEO of Agribank, Namibia

Currently the CEO of Agribank since 1 August 2016 and widely regarded as a highly effective and transformational business leader, Mr Sakaria previously led the transformation of Namibia Post Ltd as its Chief Executive Officer, and latterly served as Chief Executive Officer of Operations at Old Mutual in Namibia and as Managing Director of Old Mutual Short-term Insurance Company (Namibia) Ltd. In the latter role, Nghikembua led the successful integration of the former Mutual and Federal Insurance Company of Namibia Ltd into Old Mutual Holdings (Namibia). He is also the Chairman of MMI Namibia Holdings and serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director on Momentum Short-term Insurance (Namibia). Mr Nghikembua holds a Bachelor of Economics degree (A-average) from the University of Namibia and a Master of Science degree in Financial Economics from the University of London; and has completed an Executive Development Programme (EDP) from the University of Cape Town. In addition, Nghikembua has completed various Strategy and Leadership courses from the University of Wits (SA), INSEAD in France and the Old Mutual Business School (SA).

Guest Speaker: Black Tie Cocktail – Dr David R. Namwandi

Dr. David R. Namwandi is a Namibian politician and academic, who served as the Minister of Education from 2013 to 2015. Namwandi previously served as Deputy Minister of Education from 2010 to 2013. He is a member of SWAPO Party, Namibia’s ruling party. Dr. Namwandi is the Founder and Chairman of the International University of Management (IUM), one of the co-conveners of ICBMD-2019. He holds various professional and academic qualifications from Africa, Europe and Asia including an MBA, a Doctoral Award as well as a PhD in Business Administration from Asia e University (AeU) – Malaysia. He is a recipient of the following awards:

  • An International Award for outstanding contribution to Education from Central Bank of India, 2012;
  • An International B-School Leadership i.e. Educational Excellence Award from Le Matinal, Mauritius, 2011;
  • The Education Leadership Award at the World Marketing Summit in 2013, Malaysia.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) during the World Education Congress on 23rd July 2015 in Mumbai, India; and
  • Namibia Business Hall of Fame Award on the 17th November 2017.

He is the owner and current Group Chairman of Onambambi Holdings (Pty) Ltd Namibia, which has subsidiary companies venturing into transport, properties, investments, fishing, hospitality, security services and farming.

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