Board Secretaries & General Counsels Africa Conference -The pivotal role of the legal counsel in today’s boardroom
19 Sep 2016
Presenting the best company secretarial and legal minds in the region, Marcus Evans proudly launches the 2nd Annual Board Secretaries and General Counsels Africa which will take place on 17th – 19th October 2016 at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel, Cape Town.
In the chair, the conference will be featuring Professor Mervyn King Chairman, KING COMMITTEE, SOUTH AFRICA and Carina Wessels, Group Company Secretary EXXARO RESOURCES LIMITED, SOUTH AFRICA.
When asked the evolution of board secretaries and general counsel’s role in today’s boardroom, Sheila Lolimer, Group Company Secretary of First Mutual Holdings Limited, Zimbabwe shared, “Nowadays the role of board secretaries and general counsels has become much more strategic; they have become trusted advisors of the board. In-house lawyers and company secretaries are expected to be pro-active and add value to the company, with increasing emphasis on client satisfaction and risk management.” Sheila will be one of the speakers who will be speaking on how company secretaries and legal counsels can play their role in cultivating sound corporate governance through the eyes of the board.
Other distinguished speakers will be; Jonathan Maphosa Deputy General Counsel & Head of the Monetary and Financial Law Division, SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK; Victor Banjo Director General & CEO INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS – NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA; Sana-Ullah Bray Group Company Secretary SANLAM LIMITED, SOUTH AFRICA; Rebotile Bopape General Manager of Legal Southern Africa MULTI CHOICE, AFRICA and Herman Kocks Head of Legal, Risk & Compliance BRAVURA CAPITAL PTY LTD, SOUTH AFRICA.
One of the top highlights of this large scale conference will be the high-level discussion among industry experts on how board secretaries and general counsels emerge as being critical gatekeepers and facilitators for board effectiveness.