Keynote Highlights

Day One: Friday 15th June

Keynote Address: Main Stage, 10:20 - 10:50

 Vusi Thembekwayo is the Founder and CEO of MyGrowthFund and IC Knowledge Bureau. He is a venture capitalist, a renowned global business speaker, the author of The Magna Carta of Exponentiality – a business mogul who has successfully built and transformed businesses in South Africa and abroad.  
His mission is to change the African narrative by challenging the mindset and approach towards achieving economic freedom. This includes building a pan African venture capitalist ecosystem with offices in East, West and Southern Africa, including alternative capital markets.
Vusi will be speaking on the “Education: The Day After Tomorrow.”
The Fourth industrial revolution is evolving exponentially and not linearly. Likewise, it is disrupting almost every industry.

The Fourth Industrial revolution provides the breadth and depth of these changes, the transformation of the entire system of production, management and governance. New ways in which technology is embedded within society and even the human body.
In his keynote, Vusi will answer the questions around the role of technology in the death of capitalism.

Keynote Panel: Main Stage, 10:50 - 11:45

Africa is facing a critical shortage of hands-on tech and engineering skills, with a particular need for technicians to build and maintain major projects all over the subcontinent. Africa has also been haemorrhaging and exporting African talent to the rest of the world.

In this session, we take a deeper look at the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how the landscape of Africa’s education sector needs to rapidly adapt to meet the demands of the future job market.


Ebrahim Matthews, CEO, Pearson South Africa


Genevieve Mannel, Head of Business Intelligence, TFG

Cindy Ross, Director, Jala-Peo Foundation

Sandheep Ramluckan, Managing Director, STARTUP 90 Accelerator

Kenneth Kayser, Vice-President for Innovation, ABSA 

Day Two: Saturday 16th June

Keynote Address: Main Stage, 10:30 - 11:15

Dr. John Volmink will take you on a journey through a comprehensive timeline of the state of our education landscape from past to present. 


Dr John Volmink, Chairman, Umalusi Council