Suzy Brokensha, FAIRLADY Editor
Suzy Brokensha has been the editor of FAIRLADY for the past Fourteen years. Under her leadership, this iconic South African brand has grown and diversified while still retaining its authentic, original and passionately South African voice.
Before starting her magazine career at Cosmopolitan magazine, Suzy lectured in Semiotics and Sociolinguistics at the AAA School of Advertising. She then founded PARTWORKS, where she edited various successful customer titles and continued to freelance REMOVE STUFF ON THE EDITED PAGE magazines, winning several prestigious awards for her own writing.
Suzy went back into consumer publishing again to edit Marie Claire before she was offered the editorship of FAIRLADY in 2005..
Professor Thuli Madonsela, Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University & Founder of Social Justice M-Plan and the Thuma Foundation
Professor Thuli Madonsela is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a lifelong activist on social justice, constitutionalism, human rights, good governance and the rule of law. Named one of TIME100’s influential people in 2014 and Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2016, Prof Madonsela is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution and co-architect of several laws that have sought to illumine South Africa’s democracy.
She was South Africa’s Public Protector for seven years, as well as co-architect and founding chairperson of the African Ombudsman Research Centre.
Prof Madonsela has a global reputation for her integrity and fearlessness in enforcing accountability and justice when it comes to the exercise of public power and the use of public resources.
She has a history of highlighting the importance of social justice in the pursuit of peace. Currently serving as Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, she is a Paul Harris Fellow, a Tällberg Global Leader and the recipient of Transparency International’s Integrity Award, the German Africa Prize and the Commonwealth Lawyers Truth and Justice Award, among numerous other accolades.
She is the Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch coupled with being the chief patron of The Thuli Madonsela Foundation.
Dawn Nathan-Jones, Social Entrepreneur
Dawn Nathan-Jones is a dynamic entrepreneur and accomplished businesswoman with a career spanning over 35 years. She is most popularly recognised for her role as the only female ‘ Shark’ on M-Net’s Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs convince five self-made millionaires – the ‘Sharks’ – to invest in their businesses.
Dawn’s illustrious career started at the age of 21 when she joined Imperial Car Rental’s co-founders, Carol Scott and Maureen Jackson. Together, the team of three determined women identified a gap in the market and took on car rental giants with only five cars and plenty of passion, grit and hard work.
Her ability to continuously innovate, reinvent and drive change later landed her the coveted position of CEO of the Imperial Group’s Car Rental Division. Dawn stepped down from her role as CEO at the end of 2015, after 18 years at the helm. She has embarked on a new journey to assist ambitious young entrepreneurs in building their fledgling businesses into successful enterprises.
The winner of a series of prestigious awards, including Women of the World in 2009 and other accolades in recognition of her contribution to Women in Business and community projects, Dawn has been a patron of many worthy causes, mainly focused on the education and upliftment of children.
Dawn lists soul-time as a vital ingredient to success. That, and a balanced and healthy life connects her with reality and puts life into perspective, she says. Dawn lives in Cape Town with her 12-year-old son Daniel.
Johanna Mukoki, Entrepreneur, Global Motivational Speaker, Philanthropist & Travel Guru
Multiple award-winning entrepreneur, a B Comm graduate from Rhodes University and an accountant by profession Johanna Mukoki is a mother and wife and believes it is possible to have a balanced life even as a successful businesswoman.
She started TWF in 1997 with her 2 partners, 22 years later, they have employed over 750 people with offices in the main provinces in South Africa. Before that, she was instrumental in bringing the Hilton International hotel brand to South Africa as she wanted to build 5 star tented camps in Kruger National park in partnership with the communities bordering the park to ensure that they too can get into the main stream economy and be empowered. Real Economic and Social Empowerment is extremely important to Johanna and she provides communities with the tools to lead them into the mainstream of the South African economy with the hope of creating medium enterprise of which these communities can be proud participants.
Education is also key to Johanna and she personally mentors a number of students, put some of them through tertiary education and assist them to get skilled so they are employable. Company TWF has a training academy, Gauteng Training Academy, offering 12-month course to students anting to start a career in travel.
Johanna travels globally as a motivational speaker and philanthropist talking about causes close to her heart. She lives by three motos : Hard Work never killed anyone; If you can think it you can surely do it! And Make it happen…..
Jo-Ann Strauss, Media Entrepreneur and International Speaker
Jo-Ann Strauss is one of South Africa’s most recognizable faces after a career spanning over 18 years in media and business. She is an internationally renowned master of ceremonies and speaker for prestigious international events all over the world.
She graduated from Stellenbosch University with a B.Comm (Law) degree after winning Miss South Africa in 2000. She is passionate about creating a spirit of entrepreneurship in South Africa. She is also an astute businesswoman who serves on the advisory board of Africa’s leading business school as well as Africa’s biggest media company, Media24 and award winning ad agency.
She works with UNICEF and Stop Hunger Now to protect the most vulnerable members of society.
Jo-Ann and her orthopedic surgeon husband have three children and she has an inspirational blog called Modern Mommy.
Enid Lizamore, Executive Head of Human Resources at Santam
Enid Lizamore believes SA is a country overflowing with opportunity. Economic stimulation is desperately needed, however, and small businesses and entrepreneurs are critical to filling this gap, she says. ‘Women are well-suited to this arena. We have many of the innate abilities that make entrepreneurs successful – creativity, managing multiple priorities, resilience and perseverance.’
She has filled executive HR positions in the technology, retail and banking industries, including a stint as head of HR at Microsoft, executive head of HR at Barclays Africa Group Limited and head of transformation and recruitment at Discovery Holdings. But it’s the people she’s worked with, she says, that have played a big role in her career.
With her strong people management background, Enid is at the forefront of Santam’s transformational talent management agenda and has been instrumental in earning the group its Top Employer certification.
Enid is also involved in her family’s craft beer company and restaurant.