The SASDC Board

Mr. Matthew Govender, Executive: Empowerment & Transformation, Barloworld SA (Pty) Ltd.

SASDC Board Chairman

Matthew Govender, Managing Director of Barloworld Siyakhula is an executive of empowerment and transformation. He is a certified director with the Institute of Directors for Southern Africa and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. As an employee of Barloworld Group since 2000, he worked with Avis Fleet Services in sales and financial risk before being appointed to head up Barloworld Siyakhulu in September 2005. Matthew has a strong background in the financial services sector.

Mr. Gary Joseph, CEO, South African Supplier Diversity Council

Gary Joseph is the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Supplier Diversity Council NPC. Prior to his appointment as SASDC CEO, Gary joined the National Business Initiative (NBI) as Director: Corporations & Linkages in October 2009.  Within this role, he was overall responsible for the Corporations and Linkages component of South African International Business Linkages (SAIBL), a USAID-funded enhanced business linkage programme, implemented as a partnership between the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), ECIAfrica Consulting and the NBI. One of the core deliverables of Corporations and Linkages component of SAIBL is the establishment and operationalising of the South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC). This process, in collaboration with several leading South African Corporations, took all of 2010 to finalize with the SASDC formally incorporate in terms of section 21 of the Companies Act (1973) in January 2011.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Science, a Higher Diploma in Education, as well as, a Post-graduate Diploma in Organisation and Management from the University of Cape Town.  Prior to joining the NBI, Gary spent 8 years with De Beers, during which he held several roles related to SMME development, preferential procurement and supply chain management. He was instrumental in the development of the Preferential Procurement Progression Plans that were critical in the successful conversion of all of the De Beers Consolidated Mines mining licenses.`

He firmly believes that the Supply Chain is a seriously under-valued, yet strategic element of any business, and in that regard needs to step up as a discipline and demonstrate its value at an integrated transactional, strategic and transformational level.

Personal Motto – “We are the change that we have been waiting for!”

Prof. Douglas Boateng, Professor of Supply and Value Chain Management, SBLUNISA

Professor Douglas Boateng is a professional director and an adjunct academic. His extensive global leadership, CEO, Director level and senior management experiences include Specialty chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, IT and ecommerce, Healthcare, Biotechnology, Exploration and Mining, Petrochemicals, Government relations, Strategy and Management consulting and Supply chain management. Revenues of companies that have directly and indirectly benefited from his expertise ranges from $1m to $40 BILLION USD. He is amongst others: Africa’ 1st Extraordinary Professor for Supply and Value Chain management at SBLUNISA, Africa’ largest post graduate leadership development institution; Institute of Operations Management (UK) 1st Independent Distinguished Extraordinary Chair for Operations and Supply Chain Management Development (Africa); A member of the supervisory team at the London Based Common wealth Investment Corporation (“CWINV”); Founding Chairman of the West African Institute for Supply Chain Leadership; President of UK Institute of Operations management (IOM); Independent Chairman Star Fish Mobile (East Africa); Board member, Handeni Gold (Canada); Editorial board member, Smart Procurement and Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Africa Advisory Board. In addition, Professor Boateng is also an elected FELLOW of the Institute of Directors (IOD UK & Southern Africa), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), Chartered Management Institute (UK), Institute of Operations Management (UK) and Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (“CIPS”).

Mr. Phil Gregory, Senior Regional Executive (ME&A), Johnson Controls Inc.

With Facilities Management experience spanning almost 30 years, including working in Middle East & Africa, Phil brings a wealth of workplace knowledge and leadership skills to this position.A qualified Electrical Engineer, whose management training started during his time as an IBM employee, Phil has led some of the largest Facilities Management outsourced businesses Johnston Controls has ever seen. These include global contracts with IBM and more recently, Cadbury. Phil sits on several Johnston Controls boards across the region and is part of the Global Workplace solutions (GWS) senior leadership team.

Dr Renee Horne, Professor of Business in Africa & Emerging Markets, Wits Business School

As an International Political Economist, Dr Horne wears many hats. She is a Senior Lecturer in Business in Africa and Emerging Markets at the Wits Business School and non-executive Director for the South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC). Dr Horne is the Vice Principal for the Africa Division of Nex Rubica Capital, an international company based in London. She lectures Political Economy and advanced Research Methods at the University of Johannesburg and is a researcher affiliated to the prestigious SARChI Chair, a South African Initiative on African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

With more than fifteen years’ experience as an award winning political journalist, war correspondent, editor and political economist, Dr Horne has been acknowledged by government, business and academics as an expert political economist and journalist on Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East. She has interviewed politicians and high profile personalities such as South African (SA) Presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, Former Finance Minister and currently Minister for the Planning Commission in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, Former Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President, Yasser Arafat and Former Israeli Prime Minister, Shimon Peres. Passionate about enterprise and skills development, she was also the Head of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Unit.

Dr Horne is an International Ford Foundation and Chevening Fellow. She was also awarded the International Leadership Fellowship by the US State Department. She holds a PhD in Political Economy and MSc International Relations from SOAS, University of London and also a MA (Politics), BA (Hons) and BA (Law) from the University of KwaZulu- Natal.