The finalists for the fifth Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards have been announced – with five ICT finalists on the list.
hese are Hanlie de Bod and Khetha Majozi, from Britehouse, Samantha Cammarata and Zjaen Coetzee from Telkom, and Refilwe Nkabinde from Business Connexion.
“We are delighted to have so many entries from across the country identifying such a broad range of corporate and public sector talent,” says Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions, organisers of the Rising Star Programme. “It is encouraging to see these awards grow year-on-year – it means our goal of recognising and developing talent is real.”
The awards are for young, talented employees in the 28-40 year age category, and form part of a unique platform where winners can go beyond just the recognition for work already done, and participate in a leadership and development programme throughout the year after winning.
Standard Bank is the headline sponsor. “Every year we are impressed with the calibre of entries from our talented young workforce, and this year is no different,” says Standard Bank’s Global Head of Resourcing, Amelia Muller. “There is another excellent group of finalists going through to the last round, and the judges are going to have their work cut out for them.”
The last round is rigorous, and comprises a three-hour Q&A session in front of a panel of experts.
The panels comprise forward thinking leaders and include Hennie Heymans, MD of DHL Express; Rre; Elijah Litheko, CEO of IPM; Marius Meyer, CEO of SABPP; Mark Kritzinger, head of Careers24; Poya Rasekhi, CEO of Arup; Azola Zuma, CEO of Sanlam Investments; Lorato Mogaki, Executive Head of HR at AngloAmerican; Johan Van Greuning, COO of Standard Bank Wealth Sales & Distribution; S’ne Mckhize, Senior VP HR at Sasol; Elsie Pule, Group Executive Human Resources at Eskom and Humaira Mooketsi-Choonara – GM: HR at Transnet.