2018 Corporate Counsel Forum Africa
Advisory Board

For the first time since its inception back in 2011, Legal Week has gathered leading General Counsel to assist with the development of this year's programme. With their input, we have established an outstanding agenda complete with an array of thought-provoking topics and exceptional speakers from across the African Continent. 

Linda Anene
Legal Counsel-technology and Corporate Centers

Linda Mesa Wambani is currently the Legal Counsel for Technology and Corporate Centres and forms part of the senior management team within Safaricom Plc. She is a dynamic, results driven individual with professional experience in leveraging legal skills and business acumen to drive business growth, minimize legal risk and assure regulatory and statutory compliance. Linda is an astute analyst, strategic thinker and creative problem solver, articulate and persuasive with a track record of getting the deal done by brokering powerful alliances and developing collaborative relationships with cross- functional internal and external customers. Linda has experience in cross functional legal disciplines including telecommunications, technology, intellectual property law, corporate/commercial law (merger and acquisitions, corporate deals, extensive due diligence expertise amongst others) risk management, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance. Prior to her current position she worked as an advocate with Hamilton Harrison & Mathews one of the top tier law firms in Nairobi.

Eileen Brumbeck
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
GE Electric

Eileen Brumback is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for GE Sub Saharan Africa supporting GE’s operations across Sub Sahara Africa and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Eileen joined GE in 2004 after 18 years with King & Spalding LLP. During her tenure at King & Spalding, she served as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, the hiring partner for the firm’s New York office and was a member of the firm’s Global Operating Committee.
Eileen actively supports a number of non-profit organizations that serve underprivileged women and youth, including A Better Chance and Summer Search. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Shining Hope for Communities and the Board of Directors of Dress for Success Worldwide.
Eileen also serves on the Board of the University of North Carolina Arts & Sciences Foundation and is a member of the University of Virginia Law School Alumni Council. Eileen is a past President of the Association of Real Estate Women in New York City and also served as a member of its Board of Directors. Eileen earned her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1986 and her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982.

Bertrandt Delport
Head of Legal - Africa

Bertrandt Delport has been advising high technology multi-nationals, listed on the JSE and international exchanges for over 10 years, both as in-house counsel and private practitioner. Most recently Bertrandt served as regional general counsel for a Silicon Valley telco provider and his current appointment is as head of legal for the Africa region for British Telecommunications. In this role his team advises on the full range of commercial and regulatory issues affecting the business in the region.

Josie Lyon
Vice President & Group Legal Director
Marriott International

After qualifying as an attorney with City of London law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, in 1995, Josie Lyon worked in Freshfields’ offices in London, Hong Kong and Singapore before joining Marriott International as in-house counsel in Hong Kong in 2001. After spells in Marriott’s offices in Hong Kong, London and Mumbai, Josie moved to Cape Town in 2010 where she became legal director for Virgin Active Health Clubs. Josie’s extensive experience in the hospitality and leisure sectors across a broad-range of international markets meant she was ideally placed to rejoin Marriott as group legal director for Protea following Marriott’s acquisition of the Protea Hotel Group in April 2014. Josie’s role sees her covering a broad range of legal issues across 95 hotels in seven African countries. Josie also sits on the Protea Hotel Group’s Executive Committee and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and events and a prominent advocate of equality in the workplace. In 2016, Josie was awarded the title of “General Counsel of the Year” at the African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa.
Heather Mangwiro
Principal Legal Advisor-competition Law

Heather Mangwiro is the principal legal advisor - competition law at Sasol, an international integrated energy and chemicals company. Heather obtained both her Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She also holds a Certificate in Competition Law from Witswatersrand University, Johannesburg and a Post-graduate Diploma in EU Competition Law from Kings College, London. Prior to joining Sasol Limited, she was a practicing attorney at Webber Wentzel Attorneys. In her current role at Sasol, she provides competition law advice and support to Sasol businesses in various jurisdictions including Africa, Europe and the North America on matters ranging from compliance with competition legislation, complaints and investigations to mergers and acquisitions. In addition, she develops competition law compliance programs and competition law training for the Sasol Group of companies. She is currently seconded to the Mergers and Acquisitions department within Sasol.

Shibishi Maruatona
General Counsel
Ford Motor Company - Southern Africa

Shibishi Maruatona is general counsel of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FORD). Shibishi’s history in the corporate legal world goes back to 2000, when he completed his articles at BBM Incorporated. The legal firm also provided him with a scholarship to read law at Wits University. There, he worked amongst others, on commercial litigation, administration of estates, registrations of trusts, companies and close corporations as well as appearances in both civil and criminal courts. Shibishi has since worked at a number of corporates, with the most notable examples being a major bank, where he served as legal counsel for its corporate and merchant bank unit, then moving to its International Financial Institutions as the regional head for South, East, and Central Africa. He was also senior legal counsel within the bank’s office of the general counsel, until 2007. He spent time at a major automobile company as head of public policy and corporate affairs, where he was part of top management. He had oversight of the company’s overall government affairs engagement strategy and, as a member of the company’s president’s council, he worked with the government to ensure compliance with the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) strategy, as well as anti-corruption and anti-bribery legislation in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Shibishi also served as director of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). Here, he worked with the management from many of South Africa’s blue chip listed companies in lobbying the government to ensure a business-friendly macro-economic environment in South Africa. As part of the business delegation to Nedlac, Shibishi contributed to the negotiation and eventual promulgation of various legislation in the country, most notably the Consumer Protection Act of 68 of 2008, the Companies Act of 71 of 2008 as well as the Competition Amendment Act 1 of 2009.

Kim Morgan-Verlaque
General Counsel, Africa

Kim Morgan-Verlaque joined Unilever SA in May 2014 as general counsel for the Africa Cluster, based in 
Durban. Kim is general counsel for South Africa, in addition to her leadership of the rest of Africa legal teams. South African born and educated, Kim moved to the UK in 1987 and spent the next two decades in the financial services industry working for Marks & Spencer, Morgan Stanley, General Electric and Barclays Bank. Kim was seconded by Barclays in London to Absa in Johannesburg towards the end of 2012 supporting both the retail and business banking legal team and latterly as chief of staff to the compliance team. Kim has extensive experience of managing change projects, advising on strategic business issues and leading the implementation of legislative change. Kim is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Madeleine Truter
General Counsel
Setso Property Fund

With a professional track record and legal experience that has been accumulated over 20 years, Madeleine has worked for some of the biggest South African property houses, both in the listed and private sectors which include Redefine, Growthpoint and Abland. Madeleine holds a BLC LLB Degree, a BA Honours in Political Science Degree, a LLM Degree in Human Rights and Constitutional Practice, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Construction Law and Building Contracts from the University of Pretoria. She holds an Advanced Certificate in the Law of Banking and Financial Markets, and a Certificate in Advanced Company Law, from the University of the Witwatersrand. She was admitted as an Attorney in 1995, and as a Conveyancer in 1997. She is an Advocate of the High Court of SA. She is accredited by AFSA (the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa) as an Arbitrator, Mediator and Facilitator. She has been included in the Legal 500 shortlist of most influential General Counsels in Africa. She has been a finalist for The African Legal Awards’ General Counsel of the Year, for 2013-2017. In 2013 she was a finalist for the Legal Innovation Award, hosted by Legal Week. Her articles have been published in the De Rebus Law Journal, as well as Asset Magazine (a digital publication targeted at the commercial property sector). Madeleine was the winner of the Professional of the Year, Corporate/Private Sector Category, for Gauteng, presented by WPN (Women's Property Network) in 2016 and 2017. She served on Legal Week’s Advisory Board for the Corporate Counsel Forum Africa, 2017. Madeleine was a Finalist for the Standard Bank Top Women Awards - Property Category, in 2017. During October 2017, Madeleine was one of the panelists at the Annual Conference of Women Leading in Law (WOLELA) speaking on leadership in law.

Matthew Welz
Head of Legal & Company Secretary
Clicks Group

After spending a decade as an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar building a diverse and engaging practice, in 2012 Matthew Welz joined Anglo American. As a member of the Anglo American Group Legal South Africa team he managed litigation for the diversified miner in Southern Africa. In 2016 Matthew joined Clicks Group as its head of legal and company secretary.