“Sustainability development is a fundamental break that’s going to reshuffle the entire deck”, say the experts in this field, going on to explain that, “there are companies today that are going to dominate in the future simply because they understand that”.These are topics that will be put out on the table at this year’s Sustainability Summit which will be held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton on 29-30 September 2015 under the theme, “How do you make resilient business happen”.
The summit is committed to align with the Sustainable Development Goals as defined by the United Nations.
Twenty thought leaders across industry have been hand-picked by the Summit Wisdom Board to ensure the integrity of the Summit goals and a representative programme.
Amongst the speakers will be Vanessa Otto- Mentz: Head Strategy Unit, Santam/ Board member, UNEPFI PSI. She focuses on contextualized strategy practices, systemic risk and resilience from a sustainable business perspective; and is very interested in projects and opportunities that promote business and industry learning and action towards a better future. She spends her productive time at the Santam Group in the Group Strategy Unit, UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) as a board member; at the University of Stellenbosch Business School and USB-ED Centre for Business in Society as a learning facilitator & action researcher; and on co-active coaching work.
Vanessa’s key collaboration message regarding resilient (sustainable) business transformation: “Running a sustainable business today requires proactively thinking about risk and resilience; about reducing the level or risk on the ground and increasing adaptive and recovery capabilities – both for the business itself and in the broader system from an ESG perspective.”
Fredell Jacobs: General Manager: Enterprise Development, The Innovation Hub. Fredell currently leads the Enterprise Development team at The Innovation Hub. He is passionate about entrepreneurship capacity development grounded in an entrepreneurship ecosystem methodology. He also represents the Climate Innovation Centre South Africa based at The Innovation Hub. He regularly serves as a judge for global startup competitions such as ‘Startup Chile’ and ‘Get in the Ring’ and is the Founder of Startup Nations South Africa. Fredell also serves on Steering Committee for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs where he contributes towards SME development initiatives.
Fredell holds an MBA from WBS as well as a Certificate in Leadership Development from the same institution. He has also completed an Executive Development Programme with the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Graduate School of Business. His area of expertise includes; strategy, entrepreneurial finance, marketing and customer service intelligence.
Fredell’s key collaboration message regarding resilient (sustainable) business transformation: “The pre-cursor to sustainability is value creation and a holistic approach to value creation that includes profit, people and planet.”
“Business is the force of change. Business is essential to solving the climate crisis, because this is what business is best at: innovating, changing, addressing risks, searching for opportunities. There is no more vital task”– Richard Branson
EVENT: Sustainability in the Resources Summit 2015
THEME: Making resilient business happen through focus, engagement and co-creation
DATE: 29 & 30 September 2015
TIME: 8:00 – 17:00 both days, Cocktail event on 29 September from 17:30
TICKETS: R13 000.00
PRICE INCLUDES: Day 1 and Day 2 of the Summit attendance. Lunch and refreshments both days, Cocktail Networking Event on Day 1