Robin Perks – CEO, Aperture Group of Companies
Robin has advised CEOs of some of the largest businesses in the world. He has worked with companies across the continent in many key sectors, such as human capital, property, finance, aviation, tax, credit and so on.
His real passion was borne from the tragic murder of his father in an ambush on elderly tourists in South Africa. In trying to understand this tragedy he got involved in poor and less fortunate communities with voices that are seldom heard, across education, disability, environmental and animal welfare. He sits on a number of advisory boards, including Kommunity Group Projects in South Africa.
Robin is also the CEO and founder of the Aperture Group of Companies, providing executive and professional resourcing, staffing and consulting services to companies in South Africa and into the rest of the continent.
Robin has an Honours degree in Accounting. He is an African Leadership Archbishop Tutu Oxford University Fellow and a member of the African Leadership Network.
Dr. Chris van der Hoven
Chris’s consulting and research interest is broadly in the area of the “impact of innovation on growth strategies”. He is the Director of the Strategic Innovation Theme of the Executive MBA at Cranfield School of Management in the UK, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg. As a lecturer, consultant and keynote speaker he has worked in 20+ countries with managers from over 50 nations.
Prior to his academic and consulting career, Chris led commercial and contractual dealings in large African businesses, most notably Eskom (commercial and industrial real estate and capital projects for a large electricity utility) and Group Five Botswana (complete value chain of client and supplier contracts on large construction projects over 4 years). Chris has worked with multi-nationals including Barclays Capital, Vodacom, Standard Bank, Seagram, Capital One and Shell International. He has also worked with the African Development Bank a pan-African organisation.
Chris was born in Cape Town where he gained his BSc in Quantity Surveying. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Property Development and Management, and an MBA. He also holds a PhD in Technology and Innovation Management from Cambridge University.