EmpowaWomen In Oil and Gas 2018 is the premier platform for energy investment, opportunities, transformation, procurement networking and leadership discussions. Building on the success of previous years, EmpowaWomen In Oil and Gas will again bring politicians, senior government officials and top executives from the private sector from across South Africa to lead the conversation on the state of South Africa’s oil and gas and to identify the country’s greatest opportunities.The purpose of the event is to impact young women – in light of the need for transformation in this sector.
PRISCILLAH MABELANE - CEO BP SA
MAURICE RADEBE - FOUNDER, UNLEASHING LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL
DESIREE CHAUKE - ANCHOR, CONTENT PRODUCER, PUBLIC SPEAKER
CEO BP SA
Priscillah Mabelane is appointed as the CEO for BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd from 1 September 2017. Previously to the CEO role, Priscillah was the Retail Operations Director of BP Oil UK, a position she has held since August 2015. In this role, Priscillah was responsible for the development and implementation of the retail strategy in the UK, comprising around 1,200 retail sites. She was responsible for both retail Company-owned and Dealer-owned sites, and also for driving connectivity and alignment across the various functions within the Fuels UK business.
Priscillah joined the UK Operations from South Africa, where she was the CFO of the Southern African Fuels Value Chain business. In South Africa, she was responsible for the development and implementation of business and financial strategies of the business. She was also instrumental in repositioning the Southern African business. Prior to joining BP, Priscillah held various Executive roles in a number of large South African companies. These include Airports Company where she was a CFO, Ernst & Young where she was a Tax Director, Eskom Holdings Limited where she held various roles in Finance, Tax and General Management. Priscillah is also a Non-Executive Director of Vodacom Limited, a listed entity on the JSE and a member of the Vodafone Group. She is also a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
FOUNDER, UNLEASHING LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL
Maurice Radebe, Executive Vice President of Energy Business for Sasol Limited, has succeeded Nobuzwe Mbuyisa as Chairperson of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA). This is his second tenure as chairperson and is a first in the history of SAPIA. Radebe is the first chairperson to be elected to this portfolio twice, having first served as SAPIA chairperson in 2010 – Radebe has been part of the SAPIA Board of Governors since 2004. The Board of Governors is the SAPIA governing body consisting of ten representatives from member companies – the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson rotate
Radebe holds an MBA from Wits Graduate School of Business, amongst other qualifications. In his position as Executive Vice President of Energy Business for Sasol Limited, he is accountable for strategic business units that market Sasol’s Energy products such as oil, gas and electricity in Southern Africa and internationally. This includes developing and leading business strategy, ensuring the company’s competitive, sustainable advantage in markets where Sasol participates, while ensuring safe and reliable supply operations. It also includes Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) and Gas-to-Power (GTP) Joint Venture management. As SAPIA Chairperson, Radebe plans to further the transformation agenda in the petroleum sector. In addition, a key focus will be the
sustainability of the refining industry and its contribution to job creation.
ANCHOR, CONTENT PRODUCER, PUBLIC SPEAKER
Desiree Chauke is a Broadcast Journalist working for the South African public broadcaster, SABC, as a Snr Producer/Anchor. Her responsibilities include Research and initiation of stories, decisions on story treatment and format of stories for broadcast on television and sometimes radio. Once a year she hosts a TV program called A Nation at Work, which showcases the achievements of the different government departments in terms of their policy objectives.
PRIA HASSAN - CEO, WOMEN IN FUELS & OILS
KHUMO NTLHA - CEO, WOESA
CEO, WOMEN IN FUELS & OILS
Pria attained her LLB degree in the 1990’s from the University of Natal and later attended the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She is a property, logistics and legal expert and has held executive positions at several JSE-listed companies. Pria serves on the board of several women-based organisations, including the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) and the Jes Foord Foundation.
In 2011 Pria was named the Top Black Female Entrepreneur at The Metropolitan Oliver. In 2012 she was also recognized as the top woman leader at CNBC’s Women of the Year. Regional winner in the Wholesale Sector for the South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award 2014. She has also been named as a finalist in the Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur Awards, which awards were held in Johannesburg in November 2014.
Khumo Ntlha is currently the CEO of both WOESA Section 21 and WOESA Investment Holdings. She was head hunted to the position in 2007. This role entails facilitating support to the 300 women member companies in areas of capacity building and facilitating access to finance. It also entails lobbying and advocating for women’s entry and participation in the Oil and Energy, and Other Sectors, through BBBEE Transactions.
Before joining WOESA, she was a partner in a Management Consulting company that focused on Organization Development, Project and Programme Evaluations. Another area of focus was training on Gender and Transformational Leadership for 7 years. She previously worked in various institutions focussing on Community Development and women’s empowerment for 15 years 7 of which was serving in a Canadian International Aid Board focussing on projects in Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America. She received her education and training on social development at Wits and in Israel. She later studied Business Administration, ending at level 2 of a three year MBA Programme with Management College of South Africa.
Past Speakers 2017
The Chemical Industry Education And Training Authority
Motivational Speaker, CEO – SiMODiSA
Matsi Modise is the Managing Director of SiMODiSA, an industry association whose mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship by collaborating with policy makers to enhance the success rate of high impact, high growth entrepreneurs. She is the former National Executive Director of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF) and is an avid entrepreneurship activist. Matsi is the founder of Furaha Afrika Holding (Pty) Ltd, a Pan African advisory company that focuses on enterprise and business development solutions.
Her experience ranges from Investment Banking at Investec Bank Ltd, and Enterprise Development advisory with South African banks, institutions of higher learning and corporate entities. She has coached numerous small business owners in remote areas of South Africa to increase skills and capacity in small businesses. She currently sits on the board of the Free State Land Use Advisory Board and Start Up Nations South Africa, an initiative of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and The Innovation Hub; and is a member of the Institute of Business Advisors. She is a member of the South African Venture Capital/Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Innovation Management committee.
Founder – Unleashing Leadership Potential
Head: Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement – Engen
Personal Branding Expert, Motivational Speaker & Author
Executive Chairperson, Nozala Investments
Partner in Webber Wenzel’s Oil and Gas Practice. Chairperson: Sphere Holdings
CEO of Petroinvest, Former Group CFO of PetroSA
CEO: Makwande Energy Trading
Unleashing Leadership Potential (ULP) is a leadership development program aspiring to contribute and promote leadership development, the general welfare of the community, together with youth involvement and participation. The inspiration for the formation of this program/community emanated from a keen interest shown by a group of ambitious young people with a desire to enrich the community. Through regular mentorship sessions it became clear that the experience of leadership development through engaging with prominent leaders, hearing their stories and learning from their success, needed to be shared with a wider audience. Thus a program was developed that allows for such engagement as well as facilitating further understanding and practice of leadership teachings.
Unleashing Leadership Potential shares a strong sense of commitment towards upliftment, development and motivation of young people. ULP plans to engage in several community driven activities to support this.
Maurice is currently Executive Vice President, Energy Busines for Sasol Limited. Maurice Radebe is responsible for Sasol’s Energy Business globally. He is accountable for the successful marketing of all the Energy Business’ products as well as managing the gas-to-liquids (GTL) joint ventures in Qatar (ORYX GTL) and Nigeria (EGTL), the gas-to-power (GTP) venture in Mozambique and potential GTL and GTP ventures worldwide. Global Public Affairs and Real Estate Services, South Africa are also part of his portfolio.
Mr Radebe joined Sasol Oil (now part of the Energy Business) in January 2004 when Sasol Oil purchased Exel Petroleum, where he was Managing Director. He was appointed as Managing Director, Fuels Marketing at Sasol Oil, responsible for all liquid fuels products through retail and wholesale channels. He served as Managing Director of Sasol Oil from December 2006 to October 2010. He was appointed to the Group Executive Committee on 1 November 2010 and was responsible for global Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Enterprise Development.
Maurice is an experienced business executive who has engaged at high level with governments as well as other stakeholders within a highly regulated environment.
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