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Thero Setiloane

Born in Durban, South Africa, Thero Setiloane was educated in Switzerland and the United Kingdom, where he read for a BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick.

Prior to joining Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) as Chief Executive Officer in 2011, he was the Executive Vice President of Business Sustainability at AngloGold Ashanti, responsible for corporate affairs, global marketing, public policy, government relations, global security, corporate social investments, environmental and community affairs, as well as health and safety.

Thero has also held leadership positions in the telecommunications, agricultural and private equity sectors and is a graduate of the management trainee programme at Anglo American.

He is on the board of a number of companies, and previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Gold Council and as an executive director of Real Africa Holdings.

Devi Rajab

Dr Devi Rajab was educated in South Africa and in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar, obtaining a Master’s in Educational Psychology at the University of Kansas and a PhD in Social Psychology from Missouri. Scholarships from the IIE and the British Council enabled her to pursue her special interests in the areas of ‘guilt, shame and early childhood education’ at Harvard and ‘career development’ at Oxford. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Counselling Psychologist.

Dr Rajab lectured in Social Psychology at the University of Durban-Westville prior to joining the staff of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1989 and she served as UKZN’s Dean of Student Development from 1992 to 2005. An award-winning journalist (four-time recipient of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award as well as the Turquoise Harmony Institute Media Award for Outstanding Journalism in 2010), she pens a weekly column ‘Devi’s Diary’ for the Mercury and is a regular contributor to Confluence, a London-based newspaper. Devi is also the author of ‘No Subject is Taboo’ and ‘Women: South Africans of Indian Origin’.

Devi currently serves as an independent consultant to the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa and holds positions on the boards of several community-based and educational organisations, including the Democracy Development Project, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and the Amazwi Abesifazana Museum.

Mary Oppenheimer-Slack

Educated at Heathfield in England and Sorbonne University in Paris,  Mary has had a long association with the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, initially in the role of secretary in the 1970s and as chair of the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2013. She currently serves as Deputy Chair.

An early interest in the arts resulted in board positions at Dorkay House, the African Music and Drama Academy and the Federated Union of Black Arts and she also played an important role as Managing Trustee of the Market Theatre from 1989 to 1992. Mary was instrumental in the founding of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) in 1997 and served as its first chair. Established as a joint initiative of government and business, BASA set out to secure the development of the arts through increased corporate sector involvement and it has achieved many successes over the years.

Mary was one of the co-founders of Wiphold (the first female-controlled company to list on the JSE) and previously served as a Trustee of a range of other organisations including the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Palaeontological Scientific Trust, the Contemporary African Music & Arts Archive, the Mali Manuscripts Trust and the World Wildlife Foundation and has an on-going interest in the work of the Caine Prize and the Helen Suzman Foundation.

Over and above her involvement with the OMT, Mary presently chairs The Brenthurst Library and Press.

Jonathan Oppenheimer

Jonathan Oppenheimer is a South African businessman. He began his career working at NM Rothschild & Sons before moving to Anglo American where he became Senior Vice President: Acquisitions in the Exploration & Acquisition Division. After leaving Anglo American in 2000, he filled a number of senior roles at De Beers, including as Head of the Chairman’s Office responsible for the direction and implementation of group strategy.

In 2003, Jonathan established the Brenthurst Foundation, a Johannesburg-based think-tank which examines ways to drive Africa’s sustainable growth. In his role as Founder and Member of the Board, he has served on several of Brenthurst’s Advisory Committees to governments, most recently in Mozambique and Malawi.

Jonathan is also actively involved in other aspects of the family’s activities. Outside of the office, Jonathan is first and foremost a family man. He is passionate about flying, an active golfer, and enjoys engaging on issues of African development.

Bobby Godsell

Born in Boksburg, South Africa, Robert (Bobby) Godsell grew up in Durban where he attended Grosvenor Boys’ High School. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Natal and a Master of Arts in Liberal Ethics from the University of Cape Town. He also spent a year pursuing postgraduate studies in Sociology and Philosophy at Leiden University in The Netherlands.

He joined Anglo American Corporation in 1974 in the office of the Employment Practices Consultant and was appointed Head of Public Affairs, including Group Industrial Relations and Corporate Communications, in the late 1980s. Bobby became CEO of the Gold and Uranium Division in 1995 and held the position of CEO of AngloGold and subsequently AngloGold Ashanti (following the merger with Ashanti Goldfields) for a period of ten years prior to his retirement in September 2007.

Bobby is one of the longest serving Trustees of the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and served as its chair from 1987 to 2001.

He is active in business organisations both nationally and internationally, serving amongst others, two terms as President of the South African Chamber of Mines and as Chairman of the World Gold Council and of Eskom. Since 2002 he has served as co-chair of the Millennium Labour Council, a social dialogue body involving business and labour leaders. He is the immediate past chair of Business Leadership South Africa, an organisation representing some eighty large businesses and is also a member of the National Planning Commission. He serves on the boards of the Industrial Development Corporation and the London-listed Russian gold and silver mining company Polymetal International and formerly chaired the board of one of South Africa’s private Catholic universities, St. Augustine’s.

He is a regular contributor of articles to newspapers and journals on business and socio-political issues and in 2008 co-authored (with James Motlatsi) “Do It! Every South African’s guide to making a difference”.

Jonathan Jansen

A former high school science teacher, Professor Jonathan Jansen was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2009 and served in this role until mid-2017 when he took-up a  Professorship at the University of Stellenbosch. Educated at the University of the Western Cape, UNISA and Cornell, he obtained a PhD at Stanford in 1991 and holds Honorary Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Cleveland State University. Prior to taking-up his current post at UFS, he served as Professor of Education at the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Pretoria.

Jonathan is a well-known public speaker and a prolific writer. His most recent books include Letters to my Children (2012), Great South African Teachers (2011), We Need to Talk (2011) and Knowledge in the Blood (2009). Knowledge received best book awards from the Library Journal USA and the American Educational Research Association. Professor Jansen recently received Education Africa’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of “his work towards the transformation of education in South Africa”.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa, the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World, die Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns and of the American Educational Research Association. In addition, Professor Jansen serves as patron of a number of local NGOs, President of the Council of the South African Institute of Race Relations and on the boards of the Toyota Foundation and AdvTech Group.

Polly Carr

Polly Carr joined E Oppenheimer & Son in January 2005 and is a director of numerous companies owned by the Oppenheimer family.

She previously served an eight-year career as Finance Director of Brait Private Equity, a leading private equity firm in South Africa and as a Partner in the Financial Institutions Team at Deloitte & Touche.

Polly received a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Exeter and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London in 1993, while working for Deloitte.

Wieland Gevers

Professor Wieland Gevers qualified in Medicine with first class honours at the University of Cape Town in 1960. He proceeded as a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University to obtain the DPhil degree and subsequently embarked on postdoctoral study in the laboratory of Nobelist Dr Fritz Lipmann at Rockefeller University before returning to South Africa in 1970.

He was appointed Professor of Medical Biochemistry at Stellenbosch University in 1971, moved to UCT in 1978 and directed the Medical Research Council Research Units at both the University of Stellenbosch and UCT for over twenty years. Wieland assumed the position of Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCT in 1992 and served in this role until his formal retirement at the end of 2002. He subsequently took up a two-year term as the founding Interim Director of UCT’s Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine.

Professor Gevers has enjoyed membership of various national and international boards and committees over the years, including the South Africa Biochemical Society, the Royal Society of South Africa, the Academy of Science of South Africa (as both its President and  Executive Officer), the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World (TWAS) and the TWAS Committee on Medical Sciences and he holds a Distinguished Teacher’s Award and Life Fellowship from UCT.

In July 2010, he was appointed Deputy Chair of the National Ministerial Review Committee on the ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Landscape’ of South Africa.

Cheryl de la Rey

Professor Cheryl de la Rey is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria.

She completed her Bachelor of Arts, Honours and Master’s degrees at the University of Natal and her PhD at the University of Cape Town. She has published books and several journal articles in her discipline, Psychology, and her research focuses on gender issues, leadership and higher education policy.

Prior to assuming the leadership role at the University of Pretoria, Cheryl held the positions of CEO of the Council on Higher Education, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCT and as an Executive Director of the National Research Foundation.

She is registered as a Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and is a Fellow of the Psychological Association of South Africa, the Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa. She is also a member of various national and international boards and committees including the Human Resource Development Council and the International Council of Science’s Strategy and Planning Committee.

Jessica Slack-Jell

Granddaughter of Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer and daughter of Mary Slack, Jessica Slack was schooled at Redhill in Johannesburg.

She is a qualified Graphic Designer, has a keen interest in photography and fine arts and is a director of In Toto Gallery that features local and international historical and contemporary works of art.

Jessica is also actively engaged in the work of a number of NGOs and rural schools and helped found the New Leaders Foundation. In the family tradition, one of Jessica’s passions is horses and she is very much involved in the running of the Wilgerbosdrift Stud in the Western Cape and Mauritzfontein on the outskirts of Kimberley.

Nicky Oppenheimer

Nicky Frank Oppenheimer was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, England, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He spent his working life first with Anglo American Corporation and then with De Beers and retired as Chairman of De Beers in 2012 when the family stake was sold to Anglo American plc.

In 2003, a Doctorate in Technology, honoris causa was bestowed upon him by the Technikon Witwatersrand in South Africa. He was the first recipient of such an honorary doctorate by the Technikon to a person in the public and private sector.

In 2004 Nicky received the Presidential Order of Honor from His Excellency the President of the Republic of Botswana, Mr Festus Gontebanye Mogae, and was awarded a Honorary Fellowship by the London Business School in 2009.

Nicky assumed the chairmanship of the Trust in January 2014.

Leigh Bregman

Leigh Bregman was educated at St. John’s College, Johannesburg and attended the University of the Witwatersrand where he completed a BSc Joint Honours in Zoology and Philosophy. He also holds a MA in Philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University and the PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from University College London.

After his studies, Leigh went into finance, becoming a mining and resource specialist with Rand Merchant Bank and later Morgan Stanley. In 2014 he left Morgan Stanley to focus on other business interests. Leigh has long been involved in philanthropy through his close links with the Sunshine Foundation Trust and, more recently, the Javett Foundation. He retains his interests in history.