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Ophelia Akosah-Bempah FCG, LLB, BA, MDP

Ophelia is an experienced corporate governance and company secretarial professional with almost 20 years’ experience in a multi-listed and multi-national corporate environment, mostly in the mining and banking industries as well as extensive knowledge and experience in management practice, corporate administration and interpersonal relationships. She is currently in private practice, having foundered Kanaf Secretarial and Governance Services (Pty) Ltd with the Absa Group Secretariat being her key client in corporate governance and secretarial services. Ophelia was previously the head of governance and group secretariat of ABSA Group Limited. Her fields of expertise include board composition, succession, remuneration, company law and corporate governance. Ophelia serves on CGISA’s membership committee.


L Bagwandeen FCG, BSc, LLB, LLM

Lynelle Bagwandeen is the company secretary of Naspers Limited since August 2020.  Prior to that she was general counsel and head of legal at Netcare Limited. She has held this position since 1 March 2011 and was promoted to the company’s executive committee in 2012. She was appointed as a director to the board of the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) in 2015. Her background includes providing corporate governance and legal advice to two large national banks and an international mining house which included work on foreign listings in London in respect of the AIM. She completed her articles at a large national law firm and was admitted as an attorney in 2002. Her area of expertise remains corporate governance and enhancing compliance with due regard to health legislation and the Companies Act.


S Clarke FCG, MBA, B. Soc. Science (Hons)

Sharon is Executive Director: Administration and also Company Secretary at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Illovo, Johannesburg since 2005. Prior to joining GIBS, Sharon fulfilled various director and senior management roles in the health care sector. Sharon is the chair of the CGISA’s Education and Examinations Committee, and Assessment and Review Committee.


S Giuricich FCG

Sonia runs an accounting and tax practice which has some large clients. She also manages an Italian NPO - Asilo Mondo Magico consisting of two community-based nursery schools. She worked for 6 years at Anglo American and for 3 years at Total SA in accounting and internal auditing. Sonia serves on the CGISA Executive Committee and the Finance and Risk Committee.  She is also a PPG member.

Structure SAH Kajee FCG, B Compt (Hons), MBA, CIA, Professional Accountant (SA), AGA (SA), Chartered Director (SA)

Sikkie is a corporate governance consultant. He serves on the CGISA Finance and Risk Committee. Sikkie was a partner at KPMG for approximately 5.5 years in the internal audit unit, before moving to the management consulting unit for 3 years. He serves on the boards of the following organisations: the Automobile Association of South Africa NPC (non-executive chairman); Powertech Transformers (Pty) Ltd (alternate director); Altec UEC (Pty) Ltd; Dorper Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd (alternate director); the DTI audit committee (chairman); the Audit Committee of the Government Printing Works (chairman); and the Audit committee of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (chairman).


R Likhang FCG, ACMA, CA (Lesotho)

Robert is head of RL Consulting (Pty) Ltd, which provides virtual CFO and company secretarial services, as well as providing consultancy and corporate training in the areas of finance and governance. Robert serves on the CGISA Executive and Disciplinary Committees. Robert has finance, governance and general management experience having held senior positions at executive level and as non-executive board member across many industries in Lesotho and the region. These include being CEO of Paragon Business Products, Lesotho Institute of Accountants, Basotho Enterprise Development Corporation, as well as group finance director FSBP (Pty) Ltd South Africa, chief of strategic planning Lesotho Communications Authority, amongst others. Robert is highly engaged in his profession wherein he is a vice president of the Lesotho Institute of Accountants. Robert has been appointed as chair of the Lesotho Revenue Authority.

Sandile Mbhamali FCG, RA(SD) (eSwatini)

Sandile is currently the company secretary and management accountant at Robinson Bertram Attorneys, where he advises on tax and finance issues, performs all company secretarial functions and supervises the accounts department. Sandile founded the first beneficiary fund in Eswatini, Likhwane Beneficiary fund. He previously occupied positions at Swaziland Electricity Company as senior credit controller. Sandile is a former director of CGISA representing eSwatini. With the new MoI adopted in March 2017, Sandile fell off the board as only the three largest branches had representation on the board. Sandile’s professional skills include lecturing in corporate governance, risk management experience and having an in-depth knowledge of King IV.


Suraya Periah FCG, MBA

Suraya is currently the company secretary at African Rainbow Minerals. Prior to that she was group company secretary at AFGRI (Pty) Ltd where she introduced a Good Citizenship Guide, which she drafted as an aspirational tool to standardise corporate governance throughout the Group. She previously occupied positions at Anglo American Zimele Pty Ltd as company secretary, where she initiated a successful director training programme, which upskilled directors regarding their role, responsibilities and liabilities under the Companies Act, 2008. Prior to that she was assistant company secretary at Assore Ltd, where she researched, implemented and managed the migration of the statutory information into a professional software application. Suraya possesses in-depth knowledge of the Companies Act, King IV, the JSE Listings Requirements and corporate law.


KE Robinson FCG, LLB, LLM

Karen is the company secretary of The Huge Group. She is a member of the Professional Standards Committee of CGI. Karen is an experienced company secretary, having worked in both the listed and unlisted environment. She has experience in the construction, mining, financial services and telecommunications industries and previously served as the company secretary of Aveng Ltd, Gold Fields Ltd and FedGroup.


M Rissik-Nunes FCG, B Com, Higher Diploma in Education

Michelle was the founder and CEO of Rissik Business School from 2001 to 2014. Rissik Business School offered the CGISA courses over the years and many CGISA students studied there. In 2014 Rissik Business School was sold to the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) and Michelle ran the Sandton student support centre for IMM. Michelle is passionate about the CGISA qualification and has assisted many students to qualify over the years. Michelle is currently a freelance trainer specialising in finance and accounting training as well as conducting a course on “Diagnosing the South African economy to make sound business decisions”. Michelle serves on the CGISA education and examinations committee.

S Sadie MBA, M. Ed, BA (Hons), H DipEd PG, BA

Stephen is CEO of CGISA. Stephen is a member of the King Committee. He serves on the International Council of CGI and was secretary of CSIA from 2010-2012. Stephen has held a number of senior positions in the education sector. He was Director: Strategic Support at the South African Qualifications Authority and Director: Research and School Improvement at the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance. Prior to that, Stephen was Chief Education Specialist: Curriculum Delivery and Support of the Johannesburg East District of the GDE. Stephen regularly presents at various corporate governance conferences.


KJ Southgate FCG, B Com (Hons)

Karyn runs an accounting practice called TidySum Accounting Solutions and Reporting. Karyn serves on the Nominations Committee and the Mentor Board. Karyn is President of the CSIA. She was also financial director at Flanagan and Gerard Property Investment and Development for 10 years until 2019 which manages numerous shopping malls around the country. She was Management Accountant at Amalgamated Beverage Industries and a financial lecturer at Varsity College.


CE Wilson FCG

Chris is the Managing Director at Kilgetty Statutory Services. He is chairman of the Western Cape branch. Chris is well known in South Africa as one of the leading company secretarial consultants and will often be consulted by other practitioners on complex company secretarial service issues. Chris is a non-executive director of a number of clients and furthermore acts as the public officer and local representative of foreign-based organisations that have opened offices in South Africa.