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A fireside chat with inspiring women

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 | 10h00 - 12h00 (SAST)

This Africa Day join Cotlands as we bring together extraordinary women from various sectors on the African continent to be part of an interactive fireside chat entitled Womentors hosted by well-known business news anchor, Nzinga Qunta.

Our guests will share their stories, experiences and wisdom as well as the challenges they have faced and how they learnt to overcome them.

Africa Day is an opportunity for us to all meet virtually and promote peace and unity across the continent. It is also an opportunity for us to motivate, inspire and mentor our youth. It will inevitably be future generations that will be responsible for propelling our beautiful continent forward.

Research has also shown that investing in early childhood education yields returns in our society. These investments create an employable workforce and more productive society in the future.

Register below for our free webinar to learn more from the people who are exceptional role-models to others and are leading the way in their respective sectors. 

Womentors Registration

Themes for our discussion

Theme 1 : The role of women in Africa

What the world can learn from women in Africa. We will chat with women about the multiple roles that we play in everyday life and how we have become powerful role-models for:

  • our family,
  • our society,
  • for equal culture, and
  • for employees in our workplace.
Theme 2: How to ignite the leader within you

There is a leader in every one of us. If we want to change the world and make it better for future generations, then we need to be open to new ideas, possibilities and perspectives. To be effective leaders, we need to have a vision, be clear and decisive, inspire and motivate and be an effective role model. By sharing stories, we hope to motivate and inspire the leader in you.

Theme 3: How to live a purposeful life and impact others positively

“Life is a journey with problems to solve and lessons to learn but most of all experiences to enjoy.” Join our discussion as extraordinary women share top tips on how to achieve the big goals in your life. Living a purposeful life means aligning what you do in your life to your passion and values. Discover why investing time in learning your family heritage and embracing your culture is important to develop your self-identity.

Our speakers

Nzinga Qunta

Nzinga Qunta

Business news anchor

Nzinga Qunta is a seasoned moderator who facilitates high level conferences, events and seminars with a focus on business, entrepreneurship and innovation. Her recent work includes facilitating at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Dialogues in 2021, a discussion with CEOs and the President of South Africa on the South African economy and investment in Davos, Switzerland, MCing the South Africa Investment Conference each year since its inception.

Ashanika Perimal

Ashanika Perimal


Ashanika is a SAICA Top 35 Under 35 Finalist and through sheer resilience and fortitude, she has conquered attaining executive positions at multinational organisations, at a very early age. With 12+ years of experience in commerce, Ashanika is well versed in business in Africa, having managed 9 African countries coupled with her vast travels and work across multitude countries outside the continent. Her commitment and passion towards leadership, innovation and achievement was recognised on a global platform. She was presented the prestigious award of Woman in Finance of Year at the Future of Finance Award & CFO Summit, in London 2020. 

Chantel Howes (Puleng) Circle

Chantel Howes

Director Puleng Tech.

Chantel is the Sales Director at  Puleng Technologies with a 20 year history of working in the information technology and services industry. 

Chantel is skilled in Business Process Design, IT Strategy and has extensive knowledge of the Software Industry and Data Management. 

She is strong consulting professional with background study of Industrial Psychology and study of marketing management.

Elouise Kelly

Elouise Kelly


Elouise Kelly has worked at some prominent companies locally, on the African continent and abroad. As a Branding, Communication and Business Strategist, she has revamped content for channels, launched brands, handled budgets of up R250 million, led various teams and successfully helped companies meet their objectives through succinct marketing strategies, including TopTV, Viacom Media Networks Africa, MTN and M-Net. 

Gloria-Nyambok-Managing-Director Circle

Gloria Nyambok


Gloria Nyambok was the Managing Director of Kenyan Commercial Bank (KCB) in Burundi; one of largest financial services organizations in East Africa. Gloria has 25 years’ experience in banking and started her career as a management trainee in Kenya. Gloria advanced in her career and had the opportunity to work in Tanzania and Rwanda. In 2008, Gloria set-up KCB Burundi and was the first woman in the bank to become a managing director. Gloria left the bank at the end of 2020 to focus on her own HR Consultancy firm in Burundi.

Joelene Pierce

Joelene Pierce


Joelene is a partner in the Financial Services practice at KPMG, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Joelene provides audit/assurance services to financial institutions. Her areas of expertise include retail banking, corporate treasuries, securities trading, investment funds and asset based securitisation structures.  Joelene is a member of the KPMG National Policy Board, Transformation Advisory Board and Financial Statement Review Committee. 

Lauren Kagori

Lauren Kagori


Lauren Kagori is a South African who lives and works in Burundi, East Africa. She is currently a consultant for AUXFIN International and works alongside a brilliant team to create financial inclusion opportunities for smallholder farmers through digital solutions. Previously she worked as the Country Director for Long Miles Coffee Project, a specialty coffee company operating in Burundi, Kenya and Uganda.

Lisa Ndikumana



Lisa Ndikumana is a legal and tax adviser at CN & Associates, a law firm collaborating with Andersen Global in Burundi. As a partner of an over a decade old full-women practice, Lisa Ndikumana is a fierce fighter of creating and sharing space with women within the fast-changing sectors of law and business.

With and only for the ladies, Lisa also leads a weekly fitness boot camp class.

Monica Stach

Monica Stach


Monica Stach holds a doctorate from the University of Pretoria.  Her thesis explored the role of toy libraries in providing play-based early learning opportunities for young children.  She leads a team of dedicated and passionate early childhood experts, who conceptualised Cotlands play based e-learning course, toy library and early learning playgroup models and training courses. Her passion is creating play based early learning opportunities for young children and promoting toy libraries. 

Nicole Da Silva Circle

Nicole Da Silva


Tenacious is the best word to describe 5FM’s feisty Nicole da Silva who’s quickly become an established on-air favourite through her show. Nicole started on national radio at 21 and has been going strong ever since. Currently hosting 5FM’s weekend breakfast show, 5FM Xtra Loud Mornings. Besides presenting on radio Nicole is also an accomplished voice over artist, Emcee and Club DJ. Having studied her BSc in Biochemistry and Psychology as well as her honours in Journalism.

Palesa Tshabalala

Palesa Tshabalala


Palesa Tshabalala leads the Nando’s SA Brand Experience portfolio. A graduate of the Wits University Political Studies and International Relations Schools, Palesa is totally fired up about driving consistent experiences across the various Nando’s brand touchpoints – from restaurants, the menu offering, the Nando’s art initiative and Guest experiences, through to employee engagement.

A real live-wire, Palesa is active within the Social Justice arena, and is passionate about driving gender equality and workplace diversity, as well as eradicating gender-based violence.

Sophie Masipa

Sophie Masipa


Sophie Masipa is the Founder of Fikira Consulting, a pan-African consultancy specializing in strategic brand and communications, market-entry as well as philanthropy consulting. The consultancy, through its partnerships and footprint in over 15 countries, focuses on providing in-depth understanding of the African landscape to new entrants, devising strategies and outreach programmes for companies to position them in new markets. Sophie is also Co-Founder of Kgommu International, an infrastructure development and investment company. Prior to returning to her entrepreneurial endeavors in 2018, Sophie Masipa was the Head of Communications and Media Relations at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Thabile Makgala

Thabile Makgala

mining Engineer

Mining Engineer and MBA holder, Thabile is an experienced and driven Executive, leading within the competitive environment of Mining. Her multifunctional and multi commodity roles have spanned corporate and operational levels and she leverages close on 20 years of service to the Gold, Coal and Platinum Mining Sectors. Before joining Implats, she held various senior positions and served with commensurate success at Gold Fields, AngloGold Ashanti and Anglo American.
Among her many personal and professional accomplishments, her notable achievements include being one of 16 South African women featured in 2018’s list of Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, compiled by the London-based WiM UK. 

Dr Theo Frendo

Theo Mothoa Frendo


Pharmaceutical, Clinical Research and Medical Marketing specialist with 17 years experience in the Medical field of which 10 years was with Swiss head-quartered Roche Pharmaceuticals mostly as Medical Director for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Theo Mothoa-Frendo brings with vast experience in developing and launching pharmaceutical brands across Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a South African Medical Doctor , GIBS MBA graduate, Fellow of the prestigious Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Fellowship and a previous Board Member of the SA Pharmaceutical  Marketing Code.