Below is information on our esteemed judges for the 2020 BUSINESS/PARTNERS Entrepreneur of the Year® competition. Please note that additional judges will be announced by the end of May 2020.
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 the Executive General Manager: Impact Investment at Business Partners Ltd.
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.