The panel of judges

The panel of judges

Karin Ireton



Director of group sustainability management at Standard Bank of South Africa (chair of the panel)

Karin Ireton joined Standard Bank in 2009 as director: group sustain- ability management. She advises the group on the global sustainable development agenda and the risks and opportunities that it presents to the group. Her focus is on the integration of sustainable development principles and thinking into the way the group conducts its business.
The sustainable development agenda includes issues of governance and external reporting, engaging stakeholders, ethical considerations, socioeconomic development, reducing the environmental and energy footprint as well as ensuring consistency of products throughout the supply chain. The team produces the group’s annual sustainability report and reports to authorities on black economic empowerment, policies and procedures for the management of environmental issues and occupational health and safety. Ireton was head of sustainable development: markets and economics at Anglo American for eight years before joining Standard Bank. She was previously sustainable energy advisor at Eskom and manager of the Industrial Environmental Forum.


Rosemary Noge



Majored in international relations at Wellesley College in Boston, Massachusetts

Rosemary Noge has worked in the mining industry for nine years and has extensive experience in the formulation of sustainable business strategy and practices for the industry. She works independently and is a member of the National Business Initiative’s sustainable futures advi- sory committee and the UN Global Compact advisory committee.


Wanda Mkutshulwa



Head of communications at South African National Parks

Wanda Mkutshulwa has a background in journalism and international relations. She worked briefly for the media, both in print and broadcasting, before joining the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights in 1999, initially as head of communication in the Eastern Cape regional Land Claims Commission and eventually as national communications coordinator in the office of the chief land claims commissioner. She is the convenor for the South African National Parks Kudu Awards adjudication panel.


Justin Smith



Manager of the Good Business Journey (sustainability programme) at Woolworths

Before joining the group Justin Smith was senior manager, gover- nance and sustainability with the Nedbank Group as well as operational head of enterprise governance and compliance within Nedbank’s enterprise governance and compliance cluster. He is involved in the management of corporate governance and business ethics issues. He is co-chairperson of the United Nations Environment Programme finance intiative for Africa.


Fiona Macleod



Editor of Homegrown Magazines: Sunrise, Lowveld Living, Highveld Living and Limpopo Living

Fiona Macleod is editor of the M&G Greening the Future and Investing in the Future supplements. She is also editor of Lowveld Living magazine in Mpumalanga. An award-winning journalist, she was previously environmental editor at the M&G for 10 years, during which time she was awarded the prestigious Nick Steele Award for environmental conservation. She is a former editor of Earth-year magazine and a judge of the SANParks Kudu Awards.


Donald Kau



Director and shareholder of Meropa Communications

Donald Kau has qualifications in public relations from the University of Johannesburg, graphic design from the AAA School of Advertising and project management, and he recently completed his management advancement programme through the University of Pretoria and the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He is responsible for strategic counsel to clients in government and the emerging entrepreneur business arena. He writes in specialist publications on behalf of his clients as well as in his personal capacity on occasion.


Nigel Coni



Owner of ISHECON

Nigel Coni is a chemical engineer with 38 years of experience in the chemical industry in design, project and production positions. For the past 10 years he has worked as a safety, health and environmental consultant, specialising in environ- mental impact assessments and safety risk assessments of projects in the chemical processing industry. He is a former president of the South African Institution of Chemical Engineering and the South African affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment.


Chesney Bradshaw



Group communications and sustain- ability manager of ABB South Africa

Chesney Bradshaw has been involved in sustainability for the past four years with a focus on corporate social investment, energy efficiency and the industrial environment. He manages ABB’s corporate social investment programme. His career has involved journalism, public affairs, corporate communications and FMCG marketing. His interests include organisations and society, communications, the marine environment and energy efficiency. He has a BA from Unisa and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.


Brigitte Burnette



Head of sustainability and executive member of Nedbank’s enterprise governance and compliance cluster

Brigitte Burnette coordinates various sustainability initiatives throughout Nedbank. She provides support to ensure that Nedbank achieves balanced economic, social, cultural and environmental perfor- mance through the implementation of an integrated group sustainability plan. She is co-chair of the Unep FI African Task Force, a member of the Unep FI steering committee and a board member on the Unep FI Board of the Banking Commission.


Suraya Hamdulay



Executive head of division, corporate citizenship—Vodacom

Suraya Hamdulay joined the Vodacom Group in November 2010 after completing a two-year contract with the Resolve Group, a national, strategic public and private sector consultancy which focuses mainly on strategic management, policy and legislative advisory services. In the preceding 10 years, Suraya worked in the public sector in various capacities focusing on strategic management, operational planning, monitoring, evaluation, organisational performance management, international relations cooperation, stakeholder management and project and policy management.

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