Inaugural SALA Luxury & Wealth Summit


This innovative conference developed by the Southern Africa Luxury Association is designed to explore the state of wealth in the South African market and to identify where lie the obstacles and the opportunities. By bringing together heads of private wealth management firms alongside leaders from the luxury industry we hope to overcome the lack of formal research into this market and share key insights and knowledge.The summit will look at the various dimensions shaping the generation and utilization of wealth so as to illuminate how people manage their wealth as well as how they spend it.

Perhaps more than ever, in these economically challenging times, one needs to seek out and find those extremely elusive pockets of wealth and as the competition increases, find more considered ways to engage with valued clients in the future. According to the Credit Suisse 2011 Global Wealth Report there are 71,000 dollar millionaires in South Africa. The SALA Wealth Summit addresses a need for companies marketing to them, to understand how to generate, sustain and build connections with the wealth segment. 

Day 1 of the SALA Wealth Summit will focus on wealth management and be chaired by Marc Ashton of Finweek. The day will look at providing a definition of wealth, market-size and value: sharing with clients who the wealth set are, where they live and where they spend. Delegates will learn about the trends shaping the wealth management space and how one can build wealth through investment and equally how to manage risk. The financial segment will also explore and investigate the transformation that has occurred in private wealth in South Africa due to recent societal changes. Leading players in private aviation and the luxury automotive category will share their insights into the ambit of passion investments: from the sky to the fast track.

Marc Ashton
Marc Ashton is editor of Finweek magazine and an award winning financial journalist. In August 2011 he was tasked with the repositioning of the publication to broaden its appeal, introduce new engaging content and bring financial news to life for the reader. The publication reaches an audience base of 30,000 on a weekly basis. Prior to joining Finweek, Marc was also involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures and founded the Rival Pioneers entrepreneur support community and sits on the investment board for the Mzansi Gold angel funding network. He was crowned Telkom Classic Financial Journalist of the Year as well as the Small Business Journalist of the Year for 2011. Recent accolades also include winning the Sanlam Best Newcomer to financial journalism and the Telkom Classic Small Business Journalist of the Year in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Andrew Bradley
Chief Executive
Old Mutual Wealth
Andrew Bradley is the Chief Executive of Old Mutual Wealth. Prior to this he was CEO of acsis, an independent asset consulting and financial planning company. His earlier experience includes executive roles at Brait, Fincorp and Investec. He has also served as chairman on the boards of the South African Savings Institute (SASI), the Financial Planning Institute of South Africa (FPI) and the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), as well as being a board member of the Association of Collective Investments (ACI), the international Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) Council and the South African Rugby Players Association (SARPA). Andrew has B.Com from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, an LLB from the University of Natal, an AMP from Harvard Business School and is a Certified Financial Planner. His passion is to come to terms with all the issues relating to financial wellbeing. He has co-authored three books in the area of financial planning and investments.

Justin Divaris
Daytona Group (Exclusive distributors for Aston Martin, Rolls Royce & Sunseeker Yachts)
Justin Divaris has a business degree and is the CEO of the Daytona Group. Justin is an entrepreneur with a passion for sports cars. He spearheaded the successful launch of Aston Martin in South Africa and as well as achieving record sales for Rolls-Royce since taking over the brand. Justin has built a powerful network of exotic and sports vehicle clientele over the years and has placed a major emphasis on the relationship marketing of all the brands in the Daytona stable. Daytona has embraced this concept in the knowledge that high-end clientele consume exclusive brands from vastly different retail and service arenas, yet these brands often reflect similar needs, desires, buying patterns and personalities. Daytona has established a group of companies that provide the worlds most sought after brands and in doing so, has catered for different needs of its valued clients.

Jarred Glansbeek
Jarred Glansbeek is the founder and CEO of RisCura. RisCura is a global, independent financial analytics provider and investment consultant. RisCura services institutional investors with over $200billion in assets under management, as well as a significant number of asset management, hedge fund and private equity firms. The RisCura Group, in addition to investment consulting, has divisions that are leading providers of independent valuation, risk and performance analysis services to investors. Jarred established RisCura in 1999 to fill the financial industry’s need for a liability aware, independent risk-based consultant. Prior to this he was a director at the FirstRand Group. In the1990’s he pioneered and implemented liability-driven investing while being part of a team managing new product development, derivatives, structured products and quantitative pension fund solutions at the FirstRand asset management units. Today, RisCura offers a comprehensive suite of services that meet these needs through its five autonomous and distinct business units – RisCura Analytics, RisCura Consulting, RisCura Fundamentals, RisCura Fund Service and RisCura Transition. Jarred is regarded a thought leader in the pension fund industry and is a pioneer of liability-driven investment processes. Jarred is a regular speaker at conferences and events around the world.

Nicole Greenstone
Group Asset Manager
Hyprop Investments Limited
Nicole Greenstone currently serves as the Group Asset Manager for Hyprop Investments Limited which owns regional and super regional shopping centres across South Africa. The Hyprop investment portfolio includes high-profile shopping centres such as Hyde Park Corner, Canal Walk, The Glen, The Mall, Southcoast Mall and Stoneridge. The Company operates in four segments: retail, office, hotels and listed property securities. Nicole has been with Hyprop since October in 2003 and has 19 years of experience working in property management. She has a BA Hons and a Higher Diploma in Education. She has also finished her National Diploma in Real Estate, with a focus on Valuations. The jewel in the Hyprop crown is Hyde Park Corner – a niche shopping centre that excels at bringing together elite and premium brands for an exceptional customer experience.Addressing the evolving requirements of the high-end shopper, the centre has matured from “trendsetter” to the definitive standard for fashion-conscious boutique shopping and boasts over 130 leading speciality retailers. The Grande Dame of South African retail, Hyde Park Corner, located in the heart of Johannesburg’s affluent northern suburbs, is positioned as the definitive destination centre for discerning shoppers. The centrehouses a dynamic tenant mix, reflecting a distinguished blend of leading international and local brands.

Dr Michael Jordaan
First National Bank
Dr Michael Jordaan has more than 28 years of experience within the financial services sector having started his career as a Management Trainee and Corporate Banker with Deutsche Bank in Hamburg and then Frankfurt. His educational achievements include an MCom in Economics and a PhD in Banking Supervision. Dr Jordaan has a long standing track record with the FirstRand Group, having joined the Class-of programme with Rand Merchant Bank in Johannesburg in 1994. This was a project-based programme with experience gathered in the Credit and Corporate Finance divisions of Rand Merchant Bank, ending as personal assistant to the then Managing Director, Paul Harris. Dr Jordaan has held various CEO positions throughout the FirstRand Group. From 1996 to 1999 he was responsible forconvening, establishing and then heading up Origin, the Merchant Bank for Individuals that has subsequently been rebranded as RMB Private Bank. From 1999 to 2000 he was instrumental in the repositioning and R400m profit turnaround of FNB HomeLoans, before then taking on the position of CEO of, FNB’s Internet banking and rewards business, that grew from inception to 500 000 customers. Jordaan moved to FNB in 2002 to head up FNB’s Customer Solutions Division. He took over as CEO of FNB in 2004. The business comprises over 30000 staff in 6 African countries. Jordaan was selected in 2008 as a World Economic Forum Global Leader and is widely acknowledged as infusing innovation into every business he works with and leaving a path of profitability in his wake. The result is not just a wealth of knowledge accumulated over time, but happiness in a family life with a wife and 3 daughters.

Marcia Klein
Sunday Times Rich List
Marcia Klein is the editor of the Business Times and Money & Careers sections of the Sunday Times. These are by far the biggest financial publications in SA. Marcia has been a financial journalist for more than 20 years, and has worked for both the Business Day and Sunday Times – in both reporting and editing roles, and has, over the years, covered almost every sector of the economy. Her experience has made her a key member in the compilation of the Sunday Times’ annual Rich List that is based on the share values of holdings in listed companies. The list is compiled in association with Who Owns Whom, whose researchers analyse the holdings of directors of all JSE-listed companies. The Sunday Times is South Africa’s biggest-selling weekly newspaper reaching over 3.2 million readers.

Daniel Kriel
Sanlam Private Investments
Daniël Kriel has been CEO of Sanlam Private Investments (SPI) since 1 March 2005. Prior to Sanlam, Daniël worked in employee benefits for six years with ABSA Consultants and Actuaries where he developed South Africa’s first retirement and risk cover plan for blue-collar workers. While at ABSA, he also headed the first empowerment initiative in the employee benefits industry. Daniël joined the Sanlam Group in 1998, and was responsible for marketing, institutional sales and retail distribution at SIM before being appointed as CEO of Sanlam Private Investments. He is an exco member of Sanlam Investments, and serves on a number of boards of both local and international group companies. Under Daniël’s leadership the company has become one of the leading private client investment managers and stock-brokers in South Africa. SPI manages and administers some R57 billion and is widely regarded as being at the forefront of renewal in the private client industry. It is also one of the fastest growing companies in the Sanlam stable. Daniël holds a BA (Law) from Stellenbosch University and an LLB from RAU.

Maurice Mdlolo
Chief Operating Officer
Liberty Properties
Maurice Mdlolo has a twenty-year track record in property management and development which makes him the ideal candidate to steer Liberty Properties current developments and aggressively seek third party mandates. He has in-depth knowledge of the property industry and proven negotiating skills which lend strategic insight to the company’s property management, leasing and property development units. Liberty Properties has a retail, commercial and hospitality portfolio of over 1.5 million m² valued at more than R24 billion. Maurice joined Liberty Properties in 2010 from the Broll Property Group where he was Group Executive Director responsible for retail operation as well as CEO of AkhonaBroll Properties. He has also held senior positions at Motseng Marriot, Woolworths, Eskom and Caltex. He has a BA degree in Economics and Business Management from the University of South Africa. Maurice is also part of the executive team ensuring Liberty Properties retains its position of strength in South Africa and beyond its borders.

Ettore Poggi
Managing Director Africa
Ettore Poggi joined ExecuJet at Lanseria Airport in 2002 as Managing Director for South Africa, affiliated to the ExecuJet Aviation Group based in Switzerland. As a member of the Group Management Committee, some of his varied responsibilities include general management, marketing and sales activities to promote a range of private luxury jets, supplier relations, and human resources. ExecuJet offers a broad range of professional services such as new and pre-owned aircraft sales, aircraft management on behalf of the owner, charter, FBO and maintenance. The staff complement has grown to 285 rapidly over the last few years, with the construction of the Cape Town facility being completed in 2009. Born in Johannesburg to Italian parents in April 1954, Ettore spent his school years at Maritz Brothers College, Observatory. He continued his education at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.Ettore joined Persetel Africa in 1982, later to be renamed Comparex, and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange a company which is the largest supplier of IT services in Southern Africa. Starting as a Systems Engineer, he carried out installations of major computer systems at large financial institutions, and provided ongoing support and maintenance on those systems. From Regional to National Engineering Manager, he was responsible for roughly 300 hardware and software engineers countrywide, and was then promoted to Chief Executive of Operations. With his final rise to Regional Chief Executive, the Gauteng region of 1600 employees fell under his control, representing 70% of group revenue and profits. Ettore’s major areas of responsibility included general management planning and reporting, sales, outsource activities and after sales support and maintenance. The company’s revenue increased from R600 million to R1,600 million during his tenure.

Samuel Seeff
Seeff Properties
Samuel Seeff is Chairman of Seeff Properties, a position he has held since 1997. He is also director of all the Seeff companies. Samuel joined the Seeff Properties family business in 1984 and became a director in 1987 at the age of 24. In 1992, he was promoted to Managing Director of Seeff Residential Properties. He was a founder shareholder and is director of ooba, the largest mortgage origination business in South Africa. Samuel is also a founder shareholder and current director of the joint venture business between the Estate Agents Holding Company and Independent Newspapers (Cape). Samuel has been a Trustee of IkamvaLabantu since 2004. In 2007, Samuel was appointed a Trustee of the South African Holocaust Centre. He was the recipient of the PA Nedbank Lifetime Platinum Award in 2010. Samuel matriculated from Herzlia High School, Cape Town in 1980 and graduated with a BComm degree from the University of Cape Town in 1983. The Seeff Group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in August 1995 and was subsequently bought out by Brait SA at the end of 1996. In March 1999 the Seeff Family again bought back their business. Seeff currently trades as a licensed operation with more than 200 branches across Southern Africa, including Namibia, Mauritius, Botswana and Zimbabwe.Seeff Properties is renowned for securing exclusive marketing mandates of some of the country’s most prestigious properties and reaching highs of R110 million for prime penthouses.

Marc Van Olst
Private Counsel
Impact Investing Arena
Over the past 5 years, Marc has been involved in the Philanthropy and Impact Investing Sectors in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania. While he was a Partner at McKinsey, he led engagements to support the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a programme to reduce Maternal Mortality in Namibia, The Global Fund to assess the performance of their grants for HIV/AIDS and an agency in Botswana to raise funding and roll our HIV prevention and treatment programmes. Since leaving McKinsey in 2010, Marc has been working alongside Dr Mamphela Ramphele to support a number of programmes tackling Education, Health, Sustainable Economic Development and Social Trauma in the Eastern Cape. Through this work, Marc has formed relationships with a number of Corporate donors and grant making organisations (e.g. Ford Foundation) and Social Venture Funds. Marc also runs a Venture Capital fund with his Partner, HlumeloBiko. The fund concentrates and actively manages a portfolio of investments in young companies with exciting innovations that have a significant social impact as well creating real economic returns for investors. Marc serves on the Board of the state-run Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) where, as a member of the investment committee, he helps to allocate state funding to innovations that can improve the lives of South Africans. Finally, Marc is involved in a civic action movement called ChangeSA that seeks to build real solutions to the challenges that threaten our young democracy. Marc holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch. After graduating, he developed a successful patent in the Mining Industry that he sold in 2001. This patent won the SABS Chairman’s award in 2000. After a career as an inventor, Marc joined McKinsey & Company where he worked across a broad range of sectors in Southern Africa, Nigeria, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.

Day 2 of the SALA Wealth Summit focuses on luxury management and is chaired by Les Aupiais of Private Edition. The day explores the state of luxury in South Africa: what are the drivers and differentiators that make a luxury brand in Africa and how does one project luxury in our market and beyond our shores. The summit takes a hardline of the key issues shaping the industry including a panel looking at the factors affecting growth in the high-end hospitality sector and the dynamics of pricing luxury in South Africa.

Stefan Antoni
Stefan Antoni set up an architectural practice in 1987, which today is known as SAOTA – Stefan AntoniOlmesdahlTruen Architects. He is regarded as one of a number of architects who have contributed to setting a new standard of design and professionalism in the top end of the domestic market in South Africa. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Cape Town in 1985 with a first class pass. Stefan is an extremely energetic and dynamic leader, with extraordinary creative talent and valuable negotiation and management skills. SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen is driven by the dynamic combination of Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl and Greg Truen who share a potent vision easily distinguished in their buildings and an innovative and dedicated approach to the execution of projects internationally, nationally and locally. SAOTA is a firm of approximately 90 talented, young architectural designers and technicians including an in-house CGI and marketing team and a strong support of administrative staff. The company has received numerous awards and commendations from some of the most respected institutions worldwide.

Les Aupiais
Private Edition
Les Aupiais is the editor and creative vision behind a quarterly publication that offers a window into the world of the understated wealthy, Private Edition.One of South Africa’s most versatile, experienced and creative media figures, Les has worked in front of and behind the cameras. Her expertise was acknowledged nationally in her role as former reporter, now guest presenter and director on South Africa’s most influential investigative news programme, Carte Blanche. She is uniquely placed to advise companies on media and communication strategies and on how to handle radio and television interviews under pressure in her media training courses. Les has worked successfully with large corporations, with executive management teams, and has handled one-to-one coaching. Her way with words has seen her craft copy and steer the brand tonality for well-known commercials with a client list including Rezidor, One & Only &Shimansky. Her knowledge of what constitutes the exceptional in South Africa has secured her the role as former senior scriptwriter and final mix on SABC3’s magazine show Top Billing as well as Top Travel. She was the former Bureau Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, the Editor of award-winning Sunday Life, quarterly magazine Icon and currently editor of award-winning magazine Private Edition. In her spare time, she has lectured executive short courses at Wits business school, Rhodes Business School and the Graduate School of Business and was a director/script writer on educational videos for the University of Cape Town.Using her insight, garnered from years working in the limelight, she is a media consultant/trainer/coach to several top companies including: Engen, Shell, Mastercard, Virgin Active, Singita and La Motte.

Silvana Bottega
Southern Africa Luxury Association
Silvana Bottega is the CEO and founding director of the Southern Africa Luxury Association (SALA). Having completed a trilingual Masters degree in European Politics and Policy, Silvana secured a place on the sought after WPP fellowship programme designed to cultivate high-calibre management talent. She spent five years in Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Her initial secondment was at Enterprise IG and Bates 141 where she was handled regional business across Asia Pacific working on Harley Davidson, Motorola, Unilever and Coca-Cola. She was entrenched within the client businesses of Harley Davidson and Motorola to assist operations management and market entry strategies across first and second tier cities in China.
 Silvana was also involved in global knowledge management and delivered training sessions on brand strategy processes.
 After WPP, Silvana joined Lowe Worldwide as channel planning director for all key clients for the Greater China office creating brand activation and strategic planning disciplines for multi-nationals like Johnson & Johnson, Nestea (Coca-Cola), Ovaltine, Dumex and Unilever, before returning to South Africa.
Silvana has the ability to deliver on many aspects of brand strategy; brand discovery, strategy formulation, product development, brand engagement, retail analysis and brand experience. She has worked in financial services (DBS in Singapore, HSBC Asia Pacific), FMCG (Coca-Cola, Masterfoods, Unilever), and telecommunications (China Mobile, Nokia and Motorola).

 In South Africa, she writes for numerous publications including Prestige, Opulent Living, Live Out Loud and Private Life. For the last 3 years she has committed herself to philanthropy, giving her time to run the Southern Africa Luxury Association. Her passion for accelerating artisan talent in South Africa has seen her help to build awareness around the craftsmanship and skills available in South Africa through her work with Aidan Bennetts, Keith White, Merchants on Long, Ardmore, Avoova and the like.

Alan Demby
SA Gold Coin
Typical of many successful entrepreneurs, when Alan Demby entered the arena of gold exchange, he had a nominal initial starting capital of R1500. Fueled by a passion for collecting coins, during a period of compulsory conscription in the army, he quickly learnt their value and how to trade them. After the army, Alan took an office full time when he personally conceived and initiated the formation of the Gold Club in 1980. In 1989, he bought the Gold Coin Exchange from SAGE Holdings and later also bought out Eli Levine and took over the Gold Coin Exchange completely in 1992. Alan opened the first Scoin Shop in 1999. It was the first retail chain of coin shops in the world. Eleven years later there would be 30 countrywide and another four stores in the UK. The company was nominated as a top 300 Company by the DTI in 2003, even before it secured exclusive rights in 2004 to sell Nelson Mandela Medallions. Through these rights, Scoin have contributed over R2 Million to the Nobel Institute, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the FW de Klerk Foundation. In 2008, Alan set his sights on the UK in the aim to expanding the Scoin footprint internationally capitalizing on its growing retail presence and capacity to generate revenue and awareness online. Alan completed his B.Comm at WITS in 1967.

Rob Dodds
Group Executive Shared Services
Chateau d’Ax
Rob Dodds is the Group Executive, Shared Services for Ellerines Holdings Limited. He is also in charge of Public Relations and Store Development for the brands, as well as running the Property Portfolio for African Bank. Rob first entered the world of marketing when he joined 3M. Soon after, he headed up Sales and Marketing for the firm. Amongst other projects, Rob was responsible for launching Post It notes in South Africa. Rob was then head hunted first by Aramis, which he ran for a year, and then by Clinique. After running the cosmetics giant for a year he transferred to Canada as the largest affiliate country to Clinique USA. In only 3 years he was able to turn Clinique into the most successful cosmetics company in the region. Rob then transferred to the USA to take up the position as South West Regional Vice President for the Estee Lauder Company. A position he would hold for four years, before being promoted to Senior Vice President for Origins in North America. In this capacity Rob developed retail portfolio and did roll out, before returning home to South Africa. Here he joined Edcon, for which he cultivated the Prato and Temptations brands. Rob also started looking into Property Development in his personal capacity and consulted in Zambia regarding retail store development before taking the job at EHL. Rob graduated from the University of Pietermaritzburg with an Agricultural Degree.

Michael Fridjhon
Reciprocal Wine Trading Company
Michael Fridjhon is South Africa’s leading wine authority, an internationally recognised wine judge and the country’s most widely published wine writer. He has over 35 years experience across every sector of the industry and has occupied key positions in retail, wholesale, and production. His fine wine and liquor consultancy has numbered amongst its clients almost all of the major multinationals as well as government departments. An authority on wine and the wine business, he lectures internationally and his product master-classes are presented to capacity audiences. In 1986 he co-authored (with Andy Murray) a book entitled Conspiracy of Giants, which has become the standard text at Oxford and Berkeley for post-graduate studies dealing with the relationship between government and business in the liquor sector. Michael is a former advisor to the Minister of Agriculture (1996 – 1999) where he was instrumental in securing a fund of just under R400m to be used for the economic, political and social transformation of the wine industry. From 1999 – 2001 he served as chairman of the SA Wine Industry Trust and during his term of office South Africa’s wine exports more than doubled. Michael is Chairman of the Judges at the South African Trophy Wine Show (Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show). He has also been Chairman of the Shiraz and Chenin Challenge panels and has judged at the International Wine Challenge, the International Wine and Spirit Competition, the Australian National Wine Show, the Royal Sydney, the Tri-Nations Challenge, the Five Nations Challenge, and competitions in Chile, Slovenia and the United States of America. Chairman of the SA Food & Wine Writers’ Guild, he has run a regular wine column for almost 30 years in addition to contributions for WINE Magazine, The World of Fine Wine (UK) Decanter (UK) La Revue du Vin de France, Wine Business International and Australian Gourmet Traveller. He has also written the Penguin Book of South African Wine, co-authors the annual Icons guide, and has contributed to the John Platter Guide, The Oxford Companion to Wine, the Hugh Johnson Wine Companion, and the Global Wine Encyclopaedia. He is currently Visiting Professor of Wine Business at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

Michael Griffin
Head of Market
Porsche Design
Michael Griffin is a serial entrepreneur with a track record for success. After a career creating leading strategies for key cellular manufacturers including Nokia and Motorola in Africa, he has taken on a new mandate in the luxury sphere to grow the footprint of Porsche Design across South Africa with 10 stores in key locations, aiming for a forecasted yearly turnover in excess of R240million. The first few months of 2012 marking a successful launch of its first store in Hyde Park Corner, has set the business on the right track for achieving that mandate. Porsche Design Group is a majority-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG in Stuttgart Germany, and is one of the leading luxury brands in the high-end men’s and woman’s fashion and accessory segments. It stands for products that combine function, timeless and purist design with impressive technical innovations. Porsche Design products are sold worldwide exclusively in Porsche Design stores, shop in shops, top-quality department stores and luxury retail outlets.

Haldane Martin
Creative Director
Haldane Martin Designs
Haldane Martin is a furniture and interior designer based in Cape Town, South Africa. His iconic designs have won numerous awards, the most recent being the Elle Décor ‘South African Designer of the Year’ 2010. His work has been exhibited internationally and is featured extensively in both local and international design publications. Haldane was also a guest speaker on the main stage at Design Indaba in 2007. The ethos of his designs meet the needs of the whole human being by designing iconic furniture and spaces that are meaningful for the spirit, beautiful for the soul, and nurturing for our bodies and the earth. He qualified as an Industrial Designer in 1992.

Trevyn McGowan
SourceSA was established in 2003, by Trevyn and her husband Julian, with the aim of promoting South African design to the global marketplace. 2011 sees the launch of the Southern Guild Design Foundation, in association with ArcelorMittal, where the focus will be on assisting and driving the design industry. The initiative is a dynamic way for SourceSA to leverage its existing business mandate, further supportingthe export of South African design. With an invited list of 45 of the top designers each year, new products are launched at the Joburg Art Fair. The Source client base includes many of the most important names in design retail around the world including The Conran Shops, Anthropologie, Jamie Oliver, Bergdorf Goodman, Terrain, Urban Outfitters, Soho House among many others. In addition to exporting product and designing spaces, Source also assists in presenting exhibitions of South African design in collaboration with highly regarded names such as Sir Terence Conran, Li Edelkoort and Keith Johnson at his gallery in the Rockerfellercentre in New York.With the aim of bringing local design to the attention of a South African audience, in 2010 Source undertook a major campaign in partnership with retailer Boardmans, bringing 200 products from 44 designers to nationwide consumers. The collection is ongoing with regular updates every season. Trevyn is a member of DNA, Design Network Africa, and with her husband they have worked on aprogramme for the Danish government working in 15 countries throughout Africa. Originally from Johannesburg, Trevyn McGowan spent twenty-two years in London where she ran the architectural design consultancy Site Specific. She supplied the most distinctive stores in the UK such as Liberty and The Conran shops.

Zeze Oriaikhi
Zeze Oriaikhi is the creator of the high-end bath and body-care range, Malée. Upon arrival in Johannesburg in 2009 she teamed up with leading South Africans in the cosmetics field to realize her ambitions of creating a 100% nature-inspired and uniquely South African range of beauty products. Zeze is passionate about global and African ethical & sustainable issues. This attitude is reflected in Malée’s philosophy; Malée’s products and packaging use 100% biodegradable ingredients and the company also works closely with a community project in Cosmo City to help women in the township by teaching them new skills and creating a source of income. Today Zeze’s brand produces cosmetics offerings, inspired by the African landscape. 26 year-old Nigerian Born Zeze, moved to London with her family when she was 13 years old. She completed her schooling in the UK before attaining her Masters in International Business at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in 2008. She relocated to South Africa after her partner was transferred to Johannesburg from London.

Tony Romer-Lee
The Liz McGrath Collection
Tony Romer-Lee is the CEO of The Collection by Liz McGrath, which includes The Cellars-Hohenort, The Marine, The Plettenberg and Beachyhead Villa. Romer-Lee was previously GM of the One&Only Cape Town. He began his foray into the industry at Thames Valley University in the United Kingdom where he studied hospitality and after making the move to South Africa, he spent five years as General Manager of the Cape Grace in Cape Town, where he was widely recognized for his strong leadership and forward-thinking management skills. After almost three years as Senior General Manager at Singita’sSabi Sand Game Reserve, Tony held the position of GM at the One&Only Cape Town, before taking up the mandate to oversee the operations and management of The Collection by Liz McGrath, that are all Relais&Chateaux properties.

Hanneli Rupert
Okapi & Merchants on Long
Hanneli, a painter by trade, began her career in the arts in the United Kingdom having graduating with honors from Wimbledon School of Art. She was a winning finalist in the Nationwide Mercury Awards for Art as well as an Exhibiting finalist in the Salon ‘Works of Art’ series. After a two year period in Athens and Florence, where she helped co-ordinate the first Athens Biennale and staged two solo shows she moved back to Cape Town to start an accessories line Okapi and the African concept store Merchants on Long. The Okapi range is designed, made and packaged entirely in Africa and is available at Merchants on Long. Located at number 34 on Cape Town’s famous Long Street, this salon store is a destination shop offering a rigorously edited range of top African design, fashion and art. Merchants on Long sources its stock exclusively on the continent, ensuring that all purchases contribute to the growth of the African market.

Andrew Tymms
Bain Consulting
Andrew Tymms joined Bain & Company in 1995 where he has built up invaluable consulting experience working in their London, Sydney and Johannesburg offices. He is a member of Bain’s global Consumer Goods, Retail and Private Equity practices and has significant experience across a variety of retail sectors including luxury products, general merchandise, apparel, restaurants and hotels. He has lead over 20 commercial reviews for leading Private Equity funds on retailers in these sectors. Andrew has profound insight and understanding of the diamond industry where he worked with the leading diamond industry players for over 8 years. He also has functional experience focused on development of growth strategies, customer proposition development, retail category roles and guidelines and supply chain/ store implementation. Before joining Bain, Andrew worked for Marakon Associates from 1993-1995. He has a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree with honors from the University of Melbourne.

Graham Wood
Managing Director
Southern Sun Hotels
Graham Wood was appointed Managing Director of Southern Sun Hotels in September 2008. Previously he held the position of Divisional Director Resorts of Sun International limited. This position required strategic and operational leadership responsibilities for the African hotels including sales and marketing. Graham began his career in the hospitality industry in 1996 when he was hired by Sun International as a project accountant at the Sun City Resort. He successfully worked his way up the ladder within Sun International over the following 12 years ranging from Financial Manager of Operations to Chief Financial Officer, to Director of Operations at Sun City Resort in 2003. Graham was educated in Durban, where he matriculated in 1986 from Durban High School. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and furthered his studies at various academic institutions in South Africa and abroad. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

The Southern Africa Luxury Association, as an informative non-profit association, sits at an interesting place: the confluence between private wealth management businesses and luxury brands and their clients. SALA will host this signature conference as an annual event in order to continue to champion growth in the South African luxury industry.

It is an opportunity to learn, share and network.

STANDARD GROUP RATE (More than 3 delegates) R4,300

SALA MEMBER RATE (Booking by Jan 30th) R4,300
LUXURY SOCIETY RATE (Booking by January 20th) R4,300

EARLY BIRD RATE (Booking by January 15th) R4,000
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The registration rate includes single access attendance at the SALA Wealth Summit from 7th-8th March 2012 and will include refreshments, lunches, reception and full documentation. Attendees will be issued with visual identification at the door.
The fee does not include travel and accommodation costs. SALA has procured exclusive deals with key luxury hotels to include discounts and room upgrades where possible. Please contact us early to be included in the packs. SALA reserves the right to approve or deregister applications that are not deemed of the correct level. SALA is a business network and for the most part does not include agency personnel and reserves the right to select the most senior players for inclusion at our discretion.
The Sandton Sun have offered a special rate to delegates attending this conference. You can book rooms when you register online or you can send your details to Rates include breakfast. African Deluxe: R1600.00 single R1785.00 double Luxury Suite: R 3450.00 single/double


Elegant and legendary, the Sandton Sun offers guests a distinguished and memorable stay. Linked to the Sandton Convention Centre and the Sandton City Shopping Centre, this hotel combines business services, contemporary dining and fashionable shopping, appealing to both leisure and business travellers. Located in the heart of Sandton CBD this hotel is 40 minutes by road from O.R Tambo International Airport and 900m from the Gautrain Station, and offers convenience and easy access to the city’s finest amenities. The Sandton Sun’s illustrious history is enhanced by great staff, seamless service and world class facilities, including a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art Business Suite and beautifully appointed dining venues. The accommodation offers the ultimate in creature comforts, emphasised by contemporary African style.


Lifestyle is the bedrock of luxury. As any well-travelled contemporary Italian furniture aficionado will tell you, Chateau d’Ax is one of Europe and the world’s highly regarded furniture brands. With over 150 Chateau d’Ax stores in Italy and a combined total of over 350 stores worldwide, this reputable, innovative leader in the world’s luxury furniture market is now available in South Africa. The product’s distinguished, elegant lines are true to its Italian design and a commitment to exceptionally high-quality forms the cornerstones of this acclaimed leader in cutting-edge furniture. Catering to the discerning buyer, the finish of the brand excels not just in the intrinsics of the fabric and technology used in its production, but equally in the service that clients receive in the showroom. Chateau d’Ax will be extending its reach with numerous outlets across South Africa in the next 18 months.


25 years ago, Nespresso pioneered the concept of portioned premium coffee and patented an exclusive system for perfectly mastering the preparation process of the espresso, from the selection of the rarest coffee beans right through to the exquisite moment of tasting. A perfect espresso is the fruit of a complex alchemy between coffee of exceptional quality and freshness, and water at high pressure to bring out its body and intensity, and to reveal all the subtleties of its aromas. Coffee, Machine and Nespresso Club are the inseparable components of this ingenious alliance, which allow you to discover, in the comfort of your home, an unequalled espresso, cup after cup.

Named after the nearly extinct and mythical Okapi, an animal that is a blend between a zebra and a giraffe, is Okapi. The brainchild of Hanneli Rupert, these rare items use Africa as a point of inspiration and aim to preserve African culture by using only African leathers and working with high-end artisans. Okapi accessories, like the animal, are an amalgamation of elements. They are 100% African, made in collaboration with the finest craftsmen and artisans the land has to offer. With an emphasis on job creation and small business development Okapi aims to showcase the manufacturing and design skills available in Africa whilst simultaneously contributing towards the upliftment of local communities. Okapi uses fair trade and organic materials whenever possible and is aimed at becoming a globally competitive luxury goods brand with an ethical backbone. The line is available at Rupert’s African concept store Merchants on Long Street.

Offering absolute pleasure, reaching the ideal, the quintessence of delight… Ruinart glorifies champagne and opens up a world of refinement and timeless grace. Ruinart’s art is to sublimate the raw material and turn it into the finest work of art: an exceptional champagne. Ruinart awakens the sensibilities of champagne-lovers and initiates alike, and reveals to all the expression of champagne in its finest, most accomplished and perfected form.


At Sanlam Private Investments there’s no such thing as a perfect score. Yes, we’re a well-established private investment management company, but in this business there’s no room for complacency. In everything we do, we ourselves are constantly raising the bar; increasing the challenge. When it comes to you, our client, we have only one objective: to deliver superior returns. And we never forget that, while it’s numbers we deliver, it’s people we’re looking after. Our performance track record across our entire product range reflects this objective.


The vision of Cellarmaster Kevin Arnold was to build a winery that would ultimately offer world class wines that would reflect the Terroir of the site. The goal was also to grow and create a single red wine from different varieties best suited to the site. This wine was named The Jem, after the owner Jeremy Ord. The winery, situated in Stellenbosch, was built from local rock found in the vineyards and styled in the warm terracotta tones of a classic Bordeaux chateau of France. In the centre of a magnificent courtyard lies the Waterford fountain which is the symbol of the brand and central to the Waterford philosophy – “The Waterford Way”. This philosophy encompasses more than just the farm and its wines, it is a place where life and family are celebrated and cherished, while prosperity and abundance are honoured.


It’s not surprising that Godiva Chocolatier, one of the creators of the world’s most elegant, hand-crafted chocolates, originated in Brussels, Belgium. From New York to Paris to Tokyo and now to Johannesburg, it is Godiva that brings the best of Belgium to the world. For generations, Belgium has had a tradition of perfectionism, from its Rubens paintings and gothic architecture to products made of intricate lace, glittering crystal and its fabulous cuisine. Godiva Chocolatier owns and operates more than 450 boutiques and shops worldwide where consumers can find a comprehensive selection of Godiva offerings. Godiva Chocolatier will provide the finest confectionery to corporates and consumers direct and welcomes the approach of SALA members to explore their gift catalogue for premier events and personal gifts.


Finweek is South Africa’s leading financial weekly magazine focusing on investment. With its brisk, creative and authoritative analysis of business and investment issues, it’s an essential business tool in the daily battle for competitive advantage. Today’s business decision-makers have to cope with increased pressure on their time and are expected, more than ever before, to succeed in the face of stiffer competition. Finweek provides relevant information in quick bytes, along with award-winning investment advice.


For readers of Private Edition, wealth is a means to a more exciting end. The magazine opens a window to their world. This discerning market astutely grows its wealth. Money gives them a comfortable, even luxurious lifestyle but it also buys the life experience. If it is a work of art, it is likely to be a commissioned work – or the discovery of new talent and the ‘next big thing’. If it is a superbly engineered car, chances are the Private Edition buyer has had a hand in its final look and feel. The keys to this market are ‘different’ and ‘rare’. Another important insight into the target market is their desire to experience life from a new perspective – domestic flight may become high altitude ballooning; yachting may become a race against time and nature. In Private Edition, features tell stories about courage, power, leadership, broken records and benchmark setting. The men and women admired by this market have imagination, courage and an ‘X factor’ that turns an explorer into a pioneer. Private Edition is focussed, knows its market and how readers spend their wealth.


Luxury Society is the world’s most influential online community of top luxury executives. Based in Paris, with members in more than 150 countries, Luxury Society informs and connects CEOs, managers, journalists, consultants, designers and analysts from across the luxury sector, in industries as varied as fashion, design, art, jewelry and timepieces, beauty, travel and hospitality, yachting, private aviation, automotive, private banking, real estate and personal services.