Speakers

Desré Hancocks

Desré Hancocks

Principle Consultant - Supply Chain Sustainability and Carbon Consulting

Carbon Intelligence

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Desré Hancocks

Born in South Africa and currently based in the UK, I have always had a passion for helping others and a deeply rooted value of social justice. While studying my undergraduate degree at St Andrews University, in Scotland, I attended a panel discussion on the complex issues of conflict minerals. It had a profound effect on me, and I found myself going up to the panellists with the question, how can I help? As a naive consumer I had no idea of the complexity of supply chains and the devastating impact practices were having on both people and the planet. And so my journey to finding a way to be part of the solution began. Nine years later I am excited to be part of such an inspiring movement of fellow procurement professionals, The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP),  looking to transform their supply chains to be a force for good in the world. “Ubuntu…It also means my humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in theirs. We belong in a bundle of life.” ― Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Carsten Primdal

Carsten Primdal

Author, Chief Sustainability Advisory Officer & Global Advisory Board Leader

Australia

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Carsten Primdal

Sustainability, ESG and Modern Slavery Expert, Author, Advisor

Carsten is a Sustainability, ESG and Modern Slavery Expert. With extensive experience in validating and monitoring
suppliers and developing and implementing policies, processes and guidelines which work in real life.
His experience has been developed managing, mitigating and remediating sustainability challenges in Australia, Europe,
China and Asia including strategy, compliance, monitoring and oversight, integrity, reporting, capacity building, training and
programme implementation and training. He has worked with a wide variety of retailers, including Aldi Sourcing (HK), LIDL,
COOP (Switzerland), Woolworths and Coles.
Carsten brings a practical approach to mitigation and remediation and is one of few with hands on experience remediating
child labour and slavery like working conditions on site in Asia.
In addition to projects delivered in Australia, Asia, Denmark and Spain, Carsten has conducted monitoring at over 300
factories in China and updated a major Australian banks response to sustainable procurement.
Carsten is also the Author of two published books, “A Roadmap to Modern Slavery Compliance and a Sustainable Supply
Chain” and “Red Flag – Your Guide to Risk Management when Buying in China” in which he shares his experience in
sustainability risk mitigation.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/carsten-primdal/

Sanjeev Raghubir

Sanjeev Raghubir

Group Sustainability Manager

Shoprite, South Africa

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Sanjeev Raghubir

Sanjeev’s job is to establish a sustainability strategy and implementation plan for the biggest retailer in Africa, the Shoprite Group, to minimise its environmental footprint across its value chain.
Sanjeev started his career at the CSIR where he worked as an environmental engineer. In 2003 he moved to Nestlē South Africa as the Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Sustainability Manager, looking after this portfolio in the Southern and Eastern Africa region. Sanjeev holds a degree in chemical engineering, a honours degree in environmental engineering and a MBA. 

He’s passionate environmental and social sustainability, and believes that all business and all development should be done with sustainability in mind.

Lazar Armianov

Lazar Armianov

Regional Director - Sales: Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa

EcoVadis, London

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Lazar Armianov

Lazar has over 15 years of international experience in sustainability and responsible procurement with a focus on business development across all major industry sectors including: financial services, telecoms and manufacturing. He gained his expertise during his time at CEB (now Gartner), the Carbon Trust and Sphera. Lazar has been spearheading the development of EcoVadis in the UK and Northern Europe for the past 5 years — supporting public and private sector organisations to achieve their sustainability objectives. Lazar holds an MSc in European Politics & Governance from the London School of Economics and is fluent in English, French and is a native Bulgarian speaker.

Elizabeth Tchwenko

Elizabeth Tchwenko

Founder and CEO

Auth’Afrique, Cameroon

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Elizabeth Tchwenko

Elizabeth Tchwenko-Fabu is the Founder/CEO of Auth’Afrique, a textile company that uses fabric as an authentic expression of the African heritage and identity. She is an experienced executive who advocates for the  economic independence of the African Continent. She is an expert in procurement, oil and gas and negotiations.

Dr. Urishanie Govender

Dr. Urishanie Govender

Group Head Safety and Sustainability

De Beers Group, South Africa

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Urishanie Govender

Dr Urishanie has more than 30 years of experience in sustainability and operated within Public Institutions, Metallurgical, Cementitious, Mining, Engineering, Construction, Environmental Management and Academia. She has a PhD in Business Leadership, Masters in Chemistry and Masters in Business Leadership (MBL – cum laude).  She works at De Beers as the Group Head of Safety, Sustainable Development and Risk. She was the Chief Executive Office of UNISAM Environmental and the Chairman of the Black Business Council Environmental Infrastructure Committee. She is a Professional Practicing Scientist and a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified Sustainability Practitioner. She is the wife of Nelson and Mum to Samantha and Unerson and mum-in-law to Visharlan.

Katie Fergusson

Katie Fergusson

SVP, Sustainable Impact

De Beers Group, London

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Katie Fergusson

Katie is SVP, Sustainable Impact for De Beers Group. She sits on the Brand Leadership Team and is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and integration of the Group’s Building Forever sustainability framework, including working with operational and functional teams across the business to implement Social Impact, Biodiversity and Equity & Inclusion policies, programmes and partnerships, as well as external reporting and assurance. Prior to De Beers, Katie worked for both Anglo American Copper and Group based in South America across multiple countries on socio-political risk, social performance and community development and previously in KPMG’s Global Risk & Sustainability team based in London supporting clients from multiple sectors on sustainability strategy, management systems and assurance. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and an MSc in Gender and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jenni Lombard

Jenni Lombard

Technical Manager

Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

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Jenni Lombard

GBCSA is an independent, non-profit company that provides the tools, training, knowledge, connections and networks to promote green building practices and build a national movement that will change the way the world is built.

Jenni Lombard holds 24 years’ experience in the Built Environment. Her career started off in 1998 when she started working at Old Mutual as a “Space Planner” in the Facilities Management Department.

She began working for the GBCSA in 2014 where she manages the Certifications Team and uses the certification Tools to direct large corporations on sustainable approaches to building and maintaining their buildings in a green way.

Dr. Natalie Skeepers

Dr. Natalie Skeepers

Governance, Risk and Compliance Specialist

Global Safety Resources

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Dr Natalie Scheepers

Dr Natalie Skeepers (Ph.D.), is a Governance, Risk and Compliance specialist. 

Natalie Skeepers is a seasoned Governance, Risk and Compliance an independent consultant and  has a wide range of industry experience that stretches across the public and private sector, over the  last 20 years. She holds a PhD in Engineering Management, from the University of Johannesburg,  MSc in Health and Safety, MPhil in HIV/AIDS Management degree. Natalie has held various senior  and executive positions over the last decade. She also serves on several boards as a Non-Executive  Director. 

As a Consultant, she leads and collaborates with a variety of experts to deliver sustainable  business and personal results. Natalie runs many training courses in the South Africa, and is  a seasoned motivational speaker. Natalie’s specialist subjects include leadership and  management, coaching, change, emotional intelligence and strategic planning and a range  of soft skills courses. 

She has delivered several peer reviewed papers nationally and internationally. She has  acted as a technical author, consultant editor and peer reviewer of a wide range of safety  publications for safety journals and conference papers. 

Natalie’s career has included roles such as Non -Executive director and services on several  boards. Natalie is able to combine her extensive real-life experience with high level training  and qualifications to offer a first class service to clients.  

Amongst all her activities and achievements, she is very passionate about health and safety  and loves to share her knowledge and experience to help improve workplace safety. 

Natalie is a self-published author. She authored the Guideline for Health and Safety  representatives.

Dr. Faith Mashele

Dr. Faith Mashele

Chairperson

CIPS Gauteng Branch

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Dr Faith Mashele

Dr. Faith is a Procurement Executive with vast work experience that spans the private and public sector. In 2019, she became one of twelve South African professionals to gain the prestigious Fellow (FCIPS) recognition by CIPS UK, which is a senior advocate status with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). She has been celebrated as one of the leading women on influential platforms, Dr. Faith has made the list of Top 100 Most Influential Supply Chain Women in Africa (AWISCA) while Truss Empowerment Foundation lauded her as one of 18 exemplary Female Supply Chain Practitioners in Africa

Sandile Khoza

Sandile Khoza

GM Operations Access World & Chairperson for Access World Employment Equity Committee

Access World

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Sandile Khoza

Sandile is a Supply Chain and Logistics Executive, who started his career over 18 years ago in Operations. He has led
diverse teams over the years, implementing Operations Effectiveness for Corporates; Logistics and Transport solutions.
His core industry experience includes; Mining, Logistics and Transportation. He has worked alongside Commodity
commercials and trading teams across Africa and other continents. He has held strategic positions in the supply chain
& logistics sector; including inter alia; General Manager for Access World Operations (DBN), Access World Employment
Equity Committee Chairman (South Africa), Access World Transformation Champion (in charge of the implementation

and execution of the transformation strategy for Access World South Africa). Sandile is a Qualified facilitator with ETDP-
SETA as well as Qualified assessor with ETDP-SETA (Facilitate learning using variety of methodologies,

He sits on the board for CILTSA (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport RSA ), National committee member for
Road Freight Chamber – TETA, Professional Member of Institute of Directors in South Africa ( M.Inst.D ), Member of
Global Chamber of Business Leaders. Sandile also plays active role within the institutions of higher learning, particularly
within supply chain, logistics and transport. He is currently a part time Lecture for Stadio University and is a member of
the Department of Operations and Quality Management Industry Advisor Board at the Durban University of Technology
(DUT). Sandile has recently ( 2022 ) been appointed by School of Economic and Management (Faculties) at Sol Plaatje
University Advisory Board Member.
Sandile is currently working with few Universities in South Africa where he designs training programs and training
Lectures (Train the Trainer) concept. This is aimed at equipping Full Time Lectures with industry trending information
and ensuring content covered is what the industry needs.
Sandile is one of regular writers for “ Focus on Transport Magazine” and is also a contribute writer for Sunday times
feature which focuses on Supply Chain.