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Craig Yeatman

I believed that I could work hard enough to earn a fabulous early retirement. I started a retail company in 1989 and my optimistic best mate helped me raise ‘capital’ by polishing up and selling my Hi-Fi system.

Affiong Williams

A defining moment in my career has been the realisation that my purpose as an entrepreneur is far reaching, not just to create jobs and wealth, but also be a leading example of charting a path others can follow, especially women.

Ciko Thomas

I had just started working for M-Net where I took my marketing knowledge to the entertainment and content-creation space. We had gone to the 1994 Promax International conference in New Orleans, which is an annual conference that brings together global leaders in creating, programming and marketing television and video content. The theme for the 1994 conference was “Reinventing the Rules” and TV maven Barry Diller was the keynote speaker, addressing us about the future of content. 

Helene Smit

Helene Smit Current title Managing Director, Feather Learning (Pty) Ltd; Director, Depth Leadership Trust   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1992   A defining moment in my career There are many moments that felt important in my career, such as when I conducted my first leadership development course for the Chief Justices of …

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Sanam Shree

Sanam Shree Current title Chief Strategy and Investment Officer, Shree Property Holdings   Course at Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management, 2010 Master of Management in Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation, 2011   A defining moment in my career The most defining moment in my career so far was the critical decision that I made to …

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Refiloe Seseane

Refiloe Seseane Current title Founder, 18twenty8®   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 2011   A defining moment in my career The best career decision I have ever made was starting 18twenty8® - a non-profit organisation that empowers young women between the ages of 18 and 28. As an economics graduate, with a background in television …

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Jerard Scorgie

Jerard Scorgie Current title Director of Operations and Client Services: Sub-Saharan Africa, Centre for Creative Leadership   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 2009 Post Graduate Diploma in Management, 2013 Master of Business Administration, 2014   A defining moment in my career In February of 2014, I joined a small consulting organisation as a senior …

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Bernice Samuels

Bernice Samuels Current title Executive: Group Marketing, MTN   Course at Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management, 1992 Master of Business Administration, 1993   A defining moment in my career This is would have been early in my career at M-Net as Business Development Manager. One morning, I was presenting to CEO Koos Bekker for …

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Priya Rowjee

As I continue on my journey, I have made self reflection my personal discipline – to remain true to my values as I seek to advance my unique strengths. On this path, I constantly remind myself of Nelson Mandela, who said that, “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”.

Madelein Roos

Madelein Roos Current title Group Learning & Development and Organisational Effectiveness Manager, Adcock Ingram   Course at Wits Business School Women in Leadership, 2017   A defining moment in my career Having always had a deep interest in science, I first qualified as a chemist, and thereafter at a later stage as an engineer. In order to broaden …

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Dino Rech

Dino Rech Current title Regional Chief Operating Officer, The Aurum Institute   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2014   A defining moment in my career It’s not easy to pinpoint one defining moment. There have been a number that have shaped the person and professional I am today. One person (and series of …

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Diane Radley

Diane Radley Current title Non-executive Director, Murray & Roberts Holdings Ltd, Transaction Capital Ltd, Base Resources Ltd (ASX); Trustee, DG Murray Trust   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1995   A defining moment in my career When I was growing up I feared failure and the devastation I thought would ensue. I …

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Maurice Radebe

Maurice Radebe Current title Executive Vice President: Energy and Sustainability, Sasol   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 1991 Master of Business Administration, 1997   A defining moment in my career My appointment as managing director, Sasol Oil, in December 2006 was a defining moment in my career. Prior to this appointment, we had spent …

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Barbara Queally

Barbara Queally Current title Managing Director and Owner of GMPF; Beyers Hospitality; Shareholder of QDB Holdings, Arrow Group   Course at Wits Business School Women in Leadership, 2016   A defining moment in my career Independent from a very young age, I had one life plan, ‘to own my own knives and forks’ and never to …

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Pavlo Phitidis

Pavlo Phitidis Current title Chief Executive Officer, Aurik Investment Holdings   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2000   A defining moment in my career Late one Thursday night, as I walked past my library, an epiphany struck me. I realised, just then, in that moment, what the purpose of my life was. I …

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Deon Opperman

Deon Opperman Current title Executive Director, Overberg Productions; Chief Executive Officer, Deon Opperman Productions (Pty) Ltd   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2006   A defining moment in my career The defining moment of my career happened when I was 12 years old. My father was the managing director of Glenton & Mitchell in …

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Thando Ntsinde

Thando Ntsinde Current title Account Manager, Edelman South Africa   Course at Wits Business School Women in Leadership, 2017   A defining moment in my career The day I gave birth to my son, who is five years old now, was the day my career focus changed. That day I realised that I not only need …

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Christin Mueller

Christin Mueller Current title Director: People Development, Scout24   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2006   A defining moment in my career After coming back from South Africa to Germany I started my career at Mercedes. I had the great opportunity to work for a well-known company and brand. I made a corporate …

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Francois Moreau

Francois Moreau Current title International consultant supporting sustainable democratisation   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2002   A defining moment in my career I have known Francois since I was born. Maybe I should mention that there was no doctor available at the Johannesburg clinic that day, and that Francois is my father. When …

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Thabo Mokwele

Thabo Mokwele Current title Broadcaster / Marketing Practitioner; Director, Tbose Productions; Director, Bosa-Mmogo Holdings   Course at Wits Business School Master of Management in the field of Strategic Marketing, 2018   A defining moment in my career WB Yeats said that, “Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold,” which holds a harsh lesson for me. I took my …

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Nozuko Mbalula

Nozuko Mbalula Current title Executive Director, Lesoba Difference   Course at Wits Business School Women in Leadership, 2017   A defining moment in my career My career defining moments involved starting long processes with a payoff coming much later. One most important career defining moment for me was when I realised the power of making the right …

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Nomusa Mazonde

Nomusa Mazonde Current title Post-Doctoral Fellow, Wits Business School   Course at Wits Business School Doctor of Philosophy, 2016   A defining moment in my career Passing my PhD and graduating was a defining and memorable moment for me. A great sense of accomplishment, it was both the ‘Mama, I did it’ feeling and the ‘coming …

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Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Sikonathi Mantshantsha Current title Deputy Editor, Financial Mail; Investment Writer, Business Day   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 2015   A defining moment in my career Every day is a great opportunity to claw one back for the ordinary person in a corruption-infested South Africa that is making every one of us poorer. …

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Faizel Mansoor

Faizel Mansoor Current title Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FresherBreath Dental Group   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2009   A defining moment in my career J.R. Morgan said, “A man always has two reasons for doing anything – a good reason and the real reason.” At the end of 2009, I found …

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Mohammed Majam

Mohammed Majam Current title Technical Head: HIV Self-Testing, Wits RHI, University of the Witwatersrand   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 2008 Certificate Programme in Marketing Management, 2010 Master in Business Administration, 2016   A defining moment in my career The Wits Business School has played an incredibly important role in shaping not just my …

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Jerry Mabena

Jerry Mabena Current title Chief Executive Officer, Thebe Services Division; Chief Executive Officer, Thebe Tourism Group   Course at Wits Business School Certificate Programme in Accounting and Finance, 2010 International Executive Development Programme, 2015   A defining moment in my career Two events forged my career path. When I was 29, I came up with a …

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Muvhango Lukhaimane

Muvhango Lukhaimane Current title Pension Funds Adjudicator   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2013   A defining moment in my career It seems like just yesterday when I moved almost 2 000km from home, Thohoyandou in Venda to Bellville in Cape Town, left a secure comfortable job in academia and joined Sanlam as …

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Wendy Luhabe

Wendy Luhabe Current title Social Entrepreneur; Economic Activist   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 1985   A defining moment in my career After spending about ten years in corporate South Africa from 1981 to 1991, I was overlooked for a marketing position that became available. The marketing manager would not even allow me …

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Nthabeleng Likotsi

Nthabeleng Likotsi Current title Executive Chairperson, Young Women in Business Network   Course at Wits Business School Master of Management in Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation, 2014   A defining moment in my career The most defining moment in my life was when I realised that black women could own a bank that focuses on entrepreneurs, but most …

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Lauren Liebenberg

I used to try candy-coat things, but no longer: giving birth is less painful, less bloody and infinitely quicker than getting your first novel published. If you haven’t been smothered under the avalanche of “Dear Author, Thank you for your submission, but …” slips by the time you find a publisher, you and your manuscript will still have to face the pitiless glint of your editor’s scythe.

Jovana Korać

Jovana Korać Current title Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Nandi Pads   Course at Wits Business School Master of Management in Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation, 2014   A defining moment in my career It is my fundamental belief that social entrepreneurship is the future of doing business. Shared value equates to shared growth - across industries and …

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Danny Koppel

Danny Koppel Current title Chief Executive Officer of J23 Productions Publishing & Records CC; ‘Danny K’   Course at Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management, 2000   A defining moment in my career My career defining moment presented itself in the form of a blessing in disguise. In 2001, after having graduated from WBS, I resigned …

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Odongo Kodongo

Odongo Kodongo Current title Associate Professor: Finance, Wits Business School   Course at Wits Business School Doctor of Philosophy, 2012   A defining moment in my career Bali Island, Indonesia, was in its usual element in December 2013 - beautiful and tranquil with the warm Indian Ocean waters and hospitable local inhabitants blending seamlessly with the hot and …

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Takeshi Kimura

Takeshi Kimura Current title Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2007   A defining moment in my career There is no doubt that applying to business school can be a very stressful undertaking. However, even after my graduation more than ten years ago, I can say Wits Business …

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Ebrahim Kharsany

Ebrahim Kharsany Current title Research Analyst; Marketing Manager; Management Consultant   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1972   A defining moment in my career As an activist and a businessman, I experienced several defining moments in my career. I completed my MBA at Wits Business School in 1971. I could not find any …

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Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly Current title Board Director, Woolworths Holdings; Member of the Group of Thirty   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1986   A defining moment in my career Connecting the dots of a career with the benefit of hindsight, the pivotal elements quickly become apparent. One of these was my Wits Business School MBA. …

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Nazli Jugbaran

Nazli Jugbaran Current title Director, Divine Intervention Holistix (Pty) Ltd   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2014   A defining moment in my career Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” My entire life and career have been and continue to be defined by a series of radical changes; a …

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Lauren Jankelowitz

Lauren Jankelowitz Current title Chief Executive Officer, Southern African HIV Clinicians Society   Course at Wits Business School Management Advancement Programme, 2004 Master of Business Administration, 2007   A defining moment in my career I was a really good social worker. I loved working in community, doing long-term development work with individuals and groups. However, because I was …

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Lezanne Human

Lezanne Human Current title Co-founder and Director, Bank Zero   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2003   A defining moment in my career The defining moment of my career was when I left a successful career in the corporate world to join a few ex-colleagues and friends in starting a new bank. This …

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Zanele Hlatshwayo

I have always believed in creating opportunities for myself. These opportunities do not only have to be self-serving. We should also strive towards improving our society in building a legacy that will outlive our generation.

Thanusha Govender

Thanusha Govender Current title Group Head of Corporate Strategic Planning & Strategy, Absa Group Limited   Course at Wits Business School International Executive Leadership Programme, 2014 Master of Management in Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation, 2016   A defining moment in my career During the summer of 2003, a lifelong dream materialised that resulted in …

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Maurice Goodman

Maurice Goodman Current title Chief Medical Officer, Discovery Health   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 1987   A defining moment in my career Looking back, two defining moments stand out for me. The first was enrolling for a Wits MBA as a result of the encouragement from my late dad. At the time …

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Elena Gaffurini

Elena Gaffurini Current title Managing Partner, DEV Mozambique; Co-founder, Moz Innovation Lab   Course at Wits Business School Master of Management in Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation, 2015   A defining moment in my career I was a second year bachelor student of economics, working as the public relations manager of the largest world student run organisation for youth …

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Kenny Fihla

Kenny Fihla Current title Chief Executive: Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank   Course at Wits Business School Master of Business Administration, 2005   A defining moment in my career My experience in the City of Johannesburg (COJ) in the late 1990s involved the restructuring of the institution to avert a financial meltdown. Ensuring ongoing sustainability entails reducing the capital …

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