Kobus completed a BA, LLB and MBA at the University of Stellenbosch. He is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa as well as a Certified Financial Planner. In his professional career spanning more than 30 years, Kobus has served in various positions in the financial services sector. Kobus has been, inter alia, an estate and financial adviser and he is currently the Marketing Head: Sanlam Business Market. He oversees marketing in the business market.
He is the co-author of three books on financial planning and writes regular columns in various financial publications. He can also be heard on radio in financial advice programmes regularly.
Matsi as an entrepreneur:
- Co-founded Emerge Business Consultants that provided services that include Supplier Development, Enterprise Development strategy formulation and implementation, BBBEE advisory and verification, Small Medium Enterprise education and capacity training.
- Founder & CEO of Furaha Afrika Holdings a company with subsidiaries including Furaha Solutions (a joint venture partnership with Work Force, a listed AltX-JSE company), Furaha Investments and Furaha Events. www.furaha.co.za
Matsi as an entrepreneurship ecosystem builder:
- MD of SiMODiSA, an industry association that catalyses and amplifies high growth, high impact entrepreneurship, by providing access to markets, access to social capital and advocating for the growth of the Venture Capital industry and creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
- Co-founder of Venture Central Portal, South Africa’s digital home for entrepreneurs, a portal that aggregates information, opportunities, access to markets, access to funding, and access to resources and tools, to guide entrepreneurs from idea to scale.
- MD of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF), industry association that created entrepreneurship ecosystems in South African townships, rural and peri-urban areas
Matsi as a contributor to entrepreneurship and innovation policy:
- Led advocacy teams, that have impacted the South African policy landscape by driving traction in the Sec 12J tax incentive for Venture Capital Companies (VCC) and also by getting the South African government to lift Intellectual Property (IP) exchange control and Loop structure hurdles
- Appointed by the South African Minister of Science and Technology to be part of a review panel for the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act
- A member of the South Africa Bureau of Standards (SABS), innovation management committee
Matsi as a Board Member, Trustee and Board Advisor:
- Board member of the Free State Land Use Advisory Board
- Board of Advisor on the Agrie-Vie Private Equity Fund
- Advisor on the Barclays Africa Shared Growth Advisory Council
- Trustee on the MMI Masikhululise ESD Trust
- Non-Executive Director of The Innovation Hub Management Company SOC-LTD, a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA)
- Trustee of Orange Corners, an incubation initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
- Founding steering committee member of the National Mentorship Movement
- Subcommittee member of the South African Venture Capital/ Private Equity Association (SAVCA)
- A member of the Institute of Directors SA (IoDSA)
Matsi as a global thought leader on entrepreneurship:
- Written and have been featured in numerous local and international publications, including Forbes Africa, Small Business Connect, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Boston Review, Mail & Guardian, Succeed Magazine, Destiny Magazine, The New Age newspaper, Business Day and City Press.
- Matsi is a weekly featured guest on Radio 2000 and SAfm as a business mentor
Matsi’s global awards, recognition and participation in the entrepreneurship development space:
- Keynote Speaker at the Oxford Business Forum Africa 2018, hosted by the Oxford Saïd Business School in the United Kingdom
- A founding curator of the World Economic Forum, global shapers community
- In 2016 was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of the Top 50 Global Shapers to attend the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and represented the country
- Acknowledged by the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting of New Champions, in Tianjin China by Professor Klaus Schwab (founder of the WEF) for her contribution to entrepreneurship development in South
- Named Top 30 African leaders in technology, business, art, science, politics, design and media by Quartz Africa.
- Named one of the Top 100 Young Independent Disruptors by Independent Day Media
- A mentor on the World Bank / VC4Africa XL Africa program
- Participated in the World Bank Inaugural Innovation Summit in Singapore (2017)
- Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)
- Participated at the G20 Youth Entrepreneurship Alliance in Berlin Germany 2017
- Awarded the Coca –Cola Young Achiever of the year award at the Women In Leadership – Africa Summit 2013, alongside Nigerian female billionaire Folarunsho Alakija
David Morobe is a South African professional, with more than 20 years of experience in small and medium enterprise development, amassed from various positions and different roles in his career life. In addition, Morobe has extensive training in general management, marketing, SME finance and support.
Morobe has undertaken International Executive Development Programmes with the Wits Business School, United States Information Services, and International University of Japan. He has a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics as well as a Senior Education Diploma from the University of Johannesburg, and a Marketing Management and Research Certificate from University of South Africa.
From 1994 to 2001, Morobe was General Manager Marketing at Business Partners Ltd where he was responsible for national marketing, overseeing and driving development of tailored products, and managing stakeholder partnerships. During the same period, he also chaired a number of strategic forums.
In 2001, he was appointed Executive Director of the Swedish South African Business Partnership Fund where he directed and provided corporate strategic guidance for all aspects of the R80 million fund for financing and development of local SMEs together with identified offshore partners. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Manufacturing Advisory Council (NAMAC) in 2004, an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry tasked with developing and promoting SMEs in the manufacturing sector. From 2005 to 2011 he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, a schedule 3c provincial public entity whose mandate is to promote, foster and develop SMEs in Gauteng through both financial and non-financial support services.
He is currently (since 2012) the Regional General Manager at Business Partners Ltd for the Inland East Region – which covers Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces – serving the full spectrum of SMEs financing and support needs.
Ferose is the Managing Director of AVTS Roadworthy Stations, employing about 80 staff members at seven branches in the Cape Peninsula. AVTS is well established in the vehicle inspection industry and is the only group of test stations in the country to have achieved SABS ISO 9001:2008 certification.
She currently serves as the President of the Retail Motor Industry, and has previously served on the boards of the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency and the South African Roads Board, both appointments by the Minister of Transport. She was also the National Vice-President of the Businesswomen’s Association.
Vincent is a Partner in PwC’s Banking and Capital Markets Assurance practice based in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. He has a wide variety of experience in providing assurance and advisory services to various global financial services and consumer industrial products services clients, including retail and business banking, corporate transaction banking, central banks, stock brokers, private equity firms and investment holding firms.
Through these roles Vincent has gained extensive insight, knowledge and experience on these various industries including their respective challenges, risk management and controls. He also has extensive experience in the public sector having previously spent four years in this industry including performance audit reviews.
He also worked for PwC in New York and London’s financial services industries.