GLL Exchange Africa

Friday 2 September 2022


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM | Arrival and Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM | Welcome Comments from the Chair 

9:15 AM  – 10:00 AM | Navigating Global Disruption
In today's world the risk profile of companies changes at lightning speed. During this interactive discussion, general counsel members will candidly share their own war stories and the key steps that they have implemented to ensure they can lead the organisation through the next era of global chaos. They will share their most important lessons learnt, whilst also sharing what they would do differently in the future. 

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | ESG: The Perfect Storm to Drive Value for Your Organisation
Corporations are increasingly being measured by more than just their stock price, and political leaders are highlighting their dedication towards ESG issues. The growing collaborative capacity of the GC gives them an ideal vantage point to lead creative innovative changes. The speakers will explore the confusing landscape to provide you with a coherent idea of the direction of the reporting standards and the developing rules at a global level. They will discuss how they are defining corporate citizenship, how they are influencing others, and the steps legal departments can take to incite change. 
Yvonne Perumal, General Counsel, Liberty Group South Africa
Salathiel Seotsanyana, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Mphahlele Mining Consultants 
Alison Wixley, Head of Legal and Risk, Bidvest Freight 

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM | Coffee and Networking Break

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM | Embracing & Sustaining Change In-House 
A world of organisational change, constant technological advancement and disruption have become the new norm for the context in which many chief legal officers operate. As the skill-set evolves for modern in-house counsel to focus more on business acumen how can the GC become a catalyst for change within an organisation? With input from the floor, the speakers will discuss their journey of embracing change, strategies to implement technology transformations and smart collaboration to drive value, as well as key tips to create a legal team that is agile and can respond to fast-moving events.  
Andrew Whiting, Vice President - Legal & Corporate Affairs, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Luche Joubert, Head of Legal Services, Remgro 

12:30 PM – 13:30 PM | Lunch and Networking Break

13:30 PM - 14:15 PM | Leading with Authenticity  

What is the role of authenticity in leadership?  Can embracing your authentic self accelerate your leadership? Our panel will explore the natural proclivity towards creating a public version of oneself, based on others' expectations of "a leader". Teams feed off of leaders who are purposeful, but what else matters? How can leaders sustain and remain faithful to their purpose over many years? The speakers, with input from the floor, will discuss among other things how they have embraced non-traditional leadership qualities, curated a personal brand, and gained influence within their organisation. 
Moderator: Natasha Pramchand, VP General Counsel Commercial COE, Massmart 
Lindi Atieno Vundla, Senior Counsel: Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber 
Bertrandt Delport, Managing Director & Principal Regional Counsel - Africa, BT's Global 

14:15 PM – 15:00 PM | The Future is What? 
Following the upheaval of the pandemic, are businesses really charting a different course than existed before?  And, is there a real risk of a backlash from employees due to a misalignment of expectations between leaders and employees?  In this session, GLL Members will discuss how they have ensured their team remains adaptable, agile and flexible. The speakers will share how their organisations are transforming to fit employees’ needs and will discuss the future of work and company culture. 
Annabelle Thomas, General Counsel, L'Oréal 
Lisa Laporte, Group Executive: Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Adcorp
Carina Wessels, Executive: Governance, Legal and Compliance, Alexander Forbes

15:00 PM – 15:20 PM | Coffee and Networking Break

15:20 PM - 15:50 PM | Data Privacy Implications & Challenges 

15:50 PM – 17:00 PM | Closing Keynote - 'Never Fight The Ocean' 

In this session, Conn guides the audience to harness the challenges they face - to get them to where they want to go. Using his experience as a Big Wave Surfer, Cancer Survivor, Creative Strategist and award-winning social entrepreneur, Conn uses creativity, storytelling and the science of psychoneuroimmunology to help reframe the things we fear, for the better. Conn will both inspire and enable you with the tools to ultimately start becoming happier, healthier and as he likes to say, harder to kill. 
Conn Bertish, Trainer of Creativity & Resilience

17:00 PM  Closing Comments from the Chair