See our line-up of Franchise Speakers at the Franchise Convention

Antonia Kohler
Associate, Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc.

Antonia completed her Bcom LLB (cum laude) in December 2014. During her time at the University of the Witwatersrand she achieved a Certificate of Merit in the Law of Delict, was on the Dean’s List for the years 2013 and 2014 and was awarded the Bowman Gilfillan Award for Insurance Law. She spent a year in the Family Law Department at the Wits Law Clinic, rendering legal services and assistance to the poor and marginalized communities within the Johannesburg region.

Antonia commenced her tenure at Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc. in January 2015 and has completed all 4 parts of the Attorneys Admission examinations. Antonia was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in April 2017 and is now an Associate at Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc.

Antonia completed a Certificate course in Advanced Company Law (Wits) (cum laude) in 2017. She is involved in all aspects of litigation and commercial practice, as well as family law, labour law and constitutional law matters. She has appeared in the Magistrates Courts and together with Counsel in various High Court, Labour Court and Constitutional Court matters.

Akhona Qengqe
Director, KFC
Transformation and Diversity and Inclusion

Akhona’s career in the Franchise Industry spans 12 years, having started off in Petroleum and then later in the Fast Food industry.

Having worked in various departments within Franchising from Strategy to Operations, Convenience Retail and Property Development, her move into Transformation has helped her use her experience and commercial acumen to find creative solutions to some of the challenges that the business faces in its transformation endeavours.

Akhona holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town and is currently perfecting her Diversity Literacy with the Center for Diversity Studies at the Witwatersrand University.

Bob Tucker

Dave Nemeth
CEO of TRENDForward

Dirk Nico Prinsloo
Urban Studies in conversation

Dumisani Bengu

Frances MacMahon
Meraki Research

Frances MacMahon is the founder and CEO of Meraki Research. Frances has worked in the research and consulting field for the past 9 years. During this time she has had exposure to a variety of clients and industries ranging from niche start-up businesses to large corporates.

She was based at FNB Business Banking for two years where she worked closely with their marketing teams on customer insights and strategies. She has also consulted to Absa Business and Retail Bank over the past three years regarding analytics and market research.

Frances has assisted in executing the annual FASA study for the past few years and has an in-depth understanding of this industry.
After completing her Masters in Market Research through the University of Pretoria in 2015, she has been focused on building her own company which has a unique perspective and culture.

Ian Jacobsberg
Director Hogan Lovells

Jonty Sacks
Partner Jaltech

Jonty Sacks is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and is a director at financial advisory firm Jaltech. He is active in assisting clients in South Africa with forming Venture Capital Companies (incorporated under Section 12J of the Income Tax Act) across various sectors.

In addition, Jonty oversees African business development at Jaltech, where he focuses on identifying suitable corporate and project finance opportunities which require transactional advice, whether it be raising and structuring finance or advice through the merger and acquisition process.

Prior to joining Jaltech, Jonty practiced as an attorney at ENSAFRICA, Africa’s largest law firm

Kobus Oosthuizen
CEO SA Franchise Warehouse

Olivia Hosie
Beyond Engagement

Veronica Wainstein
Managing Director Penquin

Veronica Wainstein is the Managing Director of Penquin, which is a dynamic agency boasting clients such as Suzuki Auto SA, Microsoft, X-box, AMEX, Phumelela Gaming and Leisure and Barloworld to name a few. During her time at Penquin, she has had extensive exposure to the retail and franchise industry including the roll out of Suzuki’s dealer network when they launched and Microsoft store-in-store with Incredible Connection.
Sandra Leyck
Co-owner BodyTECH

Sandra Leyck is from the Netherlands and studied International Marketing in Eindhoven.

In the last year of her study (1997) she came to South Africa to do her thesis and got offered a job at an international export company. Whilst being based in Cape Town for the following 8 years, she spend 6-12 months at a time in Europe working as an account manager for European retail clients and setting up offices for the South African company in Brussels.

In 2006 she started working for herself focussing on international marketing projects in Europe, Russia and Hong Kong for various South African corporate clients. In 2011 her husband Boris started BODYTEC and not much later, Sandra got involved full time on the marketing & franchising side of their EMS fitness franchise. She lives with Boris in Bo Kaap, in the city centre of Cape Town.

Shana Derman

Tony da Fonseca, Chairman of the Franchise Association South Africa