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Are unconscious biases stalling gender progress? – Women in Leadership

August 3, 2020 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am SAST

women in leadership


Gender Diversity Matters

Are unconscious biases stalling gender progress?


A study that was undertaken by Accenture indicted that improving gender parity could unlock R319 billion into South Africa’s GDP. Studies by the International Labor Organization showed that gender parity could add US$5.3 trillion to the world’s GDP by 2025. There are several arguments, articles, research and evidentiary support establishing the significance of gender parity, then,  WHY IS IT STILL AN ONGOING GLOBAL CONCERN, why are industries remaining divided along the gender lines;  what are we doing wrong; are there unconscious biases that is stalling this progression?


Join our panelist as we navigate through a rich conversation on what is being achieved, current concerns, and a possible way forward to accelerate gender parity –Our discussion will also include suggestions and ideas to promote inclusivity and diversity, furthermore we explore the journeys of our panelist, through a ‘male dominated world’.


Our series is open to all industry professionals. If you find these topics fascinating, and appealing – most importantly – RELEVANT – we suggest that you connect, listen, participate, and actively incorporate the knowledge that you have learnt in your daily lives. Knowledge is power plus ACTION!



09h00 – 09h15            Welcome

09h15 – 10h45            Panel Discussion


SAICA’s CPD policy has changed effective 1 January 2020 from an input measurement basis to an output measurement basis. Learning and the development of professional competence is unique to each member and should be aligned to your personal needs identified in your reflective learning plans. For further information and guidance, go to SAICA’s CPD website. The competencies being addressed in this seminar are:

Relational acumen – Relationship-building skills; Leadership skills; Self-management; Emotional intelligence

If you are required to log CPD hours (for instance if you are a SAICA Tax Practitioner or registered with other professional bodies or organisations such as the IOD, SAIPA, SAIT etc.), please note that this seminar affords you 2 hours of CPD.


Thembiso Magajana – Founder and CEO of Social Coding

Thembiso has spent the past five years evangelising an industrywide shift that seeks to prepare South African Youth for the 4th Industrial Revolution through coding workshops particularly serving township and rural areas. Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth, Social Coding scholars consistently rank among the top percent in competitions, with a Social Coding group from the Pretoria Technical High School taking first place at District and Provincial competitions. Thembiso has developed and managed Social Development models for high-end enterprise services to corporates such as Exxaro and SAGE; which have helped incubate new programs that ensure that corporate entities practice sustainable philanthropy.


Gugu Mtetwa CA(SA) – Executive: Institutional Clients Operations, Allan Gray Proprietary Limited

Gugu Mtetwa is an executive at Allan Gray heading up its Operations for Institutional Clients.  This includes overseeing Fund Operations, Institutional Client Operations, Investment Compliance and Bermuda Africa funds, while working together with Institutional IT operations.  She has 17 years of experience in Financial Services and Telecommunication industries, amongst others.  She served on boards of both listed companies and DFI’s including Santam, Sasfin bank, Italtile and Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).  Prior to joining Allan Gray she was a Finance Executive at Vodacom where she oversaw the capital expenditure for South Africa.  Before this Gugu was an audit partner at PwC Southern Africa from 2008 to 2014 and was part of PwC’s Management Committee leading Diversity and Inclusion.  She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Finance (Economic Policy) from the University of London.  Gugu is also a fellow at GIBS at the Centre for African Management and Markets.


Parmi Natesan CA(SA) – CEO at Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Parmi is a leading corporate governance specialist and an Executive Director at the IoDSA. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, with BCom (cum laude) and BCom (honours) degrees. Parmi’s role at the IoDSA includes representation on various forums and committees including the King Committee; thought leadership and media, regular speaking engagements, as well as oversight over director training and governance advisory services.


Megan Pydigadu CA(SA) – Group Financial Director at EOH

Overall Industry experience includes driving strategy in growth companies that are disrupting traditional business, being a change agent and professionalizing organizations for their next growth phase.  Implementing a new business model into an organization and creating a learning organization. Ensuring the management of change happens effectively so employees are taken along as part of the journey. Intimately involved in strategy definition and implementation.

SaaS (Software as a Service), IoT (Internet of Things), M2M or Machine to Machine communication, and Big Data. From a Financial perspective bringing structure to finance functions and ensuring the finance function is positioned correctly in the Organisation. Implementing reporting, forecasting & budgeting systems, implementing rolling forecasts, IPO’ing on the NYSE & implementing compliance and risk management processes for dual listed company ( NYSE & JSE).

Involved in Investor Relations with investors and analysts and performing roadshows to potential investors. 2014 & 2015 nominated by CFO South Africa for Young CFO of the year award.


Dr. Natasha Winkler-Titus – President Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA)

In 2019, Natasha was awarded top IO Psychologist practitioner in South Africa. With more than 25 years experience, Natasha also serves as President of the society for Work Psychologists in SA and was invited to serve as expert panelist for the Centre for global Inclusion, one of 112 international thought leaders in the field of diversity and inclusion.

Following a purposive career from Specialist to Senior manager and leader of international teams in HR and management consulting, Natasha now consults independently while dabbling in speaking, philanthropy, coaching, teaching, supervision and research. She also teaches Masters students at the University of Pretoria and serve as faculty on the MBA program at Stellenbosch business school.


Facilitator: Dr Claudelle von Eck

A former CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors SA, Dr Claudelle is the founder of Brave Inflexions. Her practice focuses on leadership, governance, change management, ethics, culture and whistleblower support. She’s a Strategic Advisor, Executive Coach, Facilitator, Trainer and Keynote Speaker.

She is an experienced executive and non-executive director and has served on numerous international committees and task teams. Her doctoral degree is in leadership with a particular focus on change management. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and is a Certified Director. She is also a member of Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA).


August 3, 2020
9:15 am - 10:30 am SAST
Event Category:


NY United States