Bringing People and Technology Together in the Workplace of the Future

Moderator:
Ms Natasha Winkler-Titus
Panellists:
Mr Badian Maasdorp
Mr Preevan Moodley
Ms Deidre Jensen
Ms Shirleen Titus
Ravinash Guiness

Mr Badian Maasdorp

Badian is the Managing Director of Yard Investment Holdings, a private equity investment business in South Africa. He is also an admitted attorney of 20 years standing and was previously practicing as a corporate lawyer for many years with Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc, a top South African law firm. He has wide experience ranging from private equity deal structuring, banking and finance and corporate governance. He has advised on mergers and acquisition transactions across multiple sectors ranging from technology, energy, infrastructure, property and pharmaceutical. Additionally, he has wide strategy and management experience. Badian is also an admitted solicitor of the senior courts of England and Wales. As an investor he keeps a keen interest in global and regional trends, in particular the impact of technology on business.

Mr Preevan Moodley

Preevan is the former Head of Innovation for the Old Mutual Insure Group, and currently consults for the Ava Bot company in the Machine Learning and Robotic Process Automation space. He is an actuary by profession, which puts him in the center of the current modelling transition from traditional actuarial models to more AI based models.

Preevan’s focuses primarily on projects that exploiting machines in a heavily geared manner to extract higher throughput in operational areas than would otherwise be possible with just human-power. He co-built the PriceMe website, which uses very detailed information of residential properties to calculate the value of a home within a narrower error range than even professional property assessors. He’s currently working with a branch of the SAPS to develop cameras that would autonomously scan and vet vehicle number plates to search for stolen vehicles.

Outside of AI, he dabbles in high frequency trading bots in the cryptocurrency space and co-founded the JCEX company that offers cryptocurrency and blockchain training in South Africa.

Ms Deidre Jensen

Ms Natasha Winkler-Titus

Following on a career in senior management in corporate as well as Management consultant with 2 of the big five, Natasha now works independantly with the executive teams of multinational organisations in South Africa and abroad.

Although sound in theory, Natasha’s stance remains to understand the environment she enters into and take as pragmatic as possible approach to facilitate successful delivery and buy-in for sustainable change. She has worked internationally across multi cultures and languages and at all levels within organizations; independently, in larger deployment teams and as part of geographically dispersed virtual teams.

Natasha also teaches OD and Change theory for Masters students and speaks on the topic at local and international events.

Natasha is currently writing her thesis toward a PhD in I/O Psychology; her thesis: Explaining how the socio political context and external power dynamics forces change on organisations. She recently won the best full paper award for a paper presented at the BAM (British Academy of Management) conference 2018 in Bristol, UK.

Natasha gives back some of her 22 years of experience by serving on the executive of the society for I/O psychologists in SA as well as campaigning sponsorship toward a feeding scheme for a local school in her community in Richards Bay.

Ravinash Guiness

Ravinash is an experienced HR Systems and Organisational Design Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. His focus is to improve the employee experience by understanding employee challenges and changing needs at work, while assisting the business to transition the business model to meet the rapidly changing expectations of Old Mutual Insure’s customers. He is also skilled in strategy development, business model design, HR system architecture, digital solution design, process reengineering, design thinking and data management. Prior to joining Old Mutual, where he has been employed for 3 years, he held senior level positions at companies like Discovery and WesBank. Ravinash holds a B.A degree from UJ and has also studied through Wits Business School and INSEAD.

Shirleen Titus

Shirleen is a registered Industrial & Organisational Psychologist who has over 33 years of local and international work experience. Currently, her main area of interest is in understanding societal dynamics in the workplace and what are the sources of strengths people have available to them, that would make them effective. For this reason she has pursued her doctoral research which aims to discover the real connection between leadership, social capital and organisational effectiveness. Shirleen has had many top achievements both professionally and personally. This year she serves as the past-president of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology in South Africa where she actively engages with networks in multi-disciplinary environments. Apart from her daily activities, she is curious to learn more about the impact of the people-robotic interface in the world of work; hence she spends time in growing this new interest through active involvement and current engagements. Shirleen believes real societal change is only possible when everyone is willing to give up something in good faith, with the hope that the future of the eco-system will be a place where all living systems can flourish.

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