The African GC Summit

  • February 15 - 16, 2024
  • V&A Waterfront

    Cape Town, Western Cape 8001
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Following 5 Law Ninjas General Counsel Summits in Sydney, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai in 2022 and 2023 which have attracted over 850 lawyers and leading sponsors such as Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Deloitte, Herbert Smith Freehills, Jones Day, KPMG, PepsiCo, SpotDraft, Vahura and more, the global Law Ninjas community will be hosting 6 General Counsel summits in 2024 in Bengaluru, Cape Town, Dubai, London, Singapore and Sydney, and we’d love for you to get involved!

Law Ninjas and The GRM Group are proud to present the inaugural edition of this exclusive summit in Cape Town which will feature GCs and senior leaders engaging in interactive discussions on the key issues facing the legal industry in Africa.  It will be a 2-day event with a series of interesting panel conversations, networking opportunities and fun activities, with an exciting afterparty on the first night.

If you get a chance, do take a look at these promo videos from the Sydney summit (see Sydney video) and the Indian summit (see India video) to get an idea of what to expect in Cape Town.



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Topics and Speakers

  • Welcome to Cape Town
    • Geordin Hill-Lewis, Mayor, City of Cape Town
  • How to Build a Superstar Legal Team
    • Carina Wessels, Executive: Governance, Legal, Compliance and Sustainability, Alexforbes
    • Denis Peterson, Group General Counsel, Mercedes-Benz South Africa
    • Rob Green, Founder and CEO, The GRM Group
    • Stacey-Lee Bolon, CEO, STiiNT-iT
    • Wellington Chimwaradze, General Counsel, Unilever Africa
  • Technology, AI and the Way Forward 
    • Ashlin Perumall, Partner, Baker McKenzie
    • Berenice K Thaver, General Manager, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, MTN Group
    • Berné Burger, Head of Legal, Ozow
    • Zinhle Mariani, General Counsel, Africa, Experian
  • NLP in Legal Intelligence – Empowering counsel with language models
    • Steven De Backer, Founder & CEO, Afriwise
  • How to Develop an Effective ESG Strategy
    • Leilah Jacobs, Legal Head: SA and Developing Markets Cluster and Executive Director, Merck Group
    • Nicola Van Heerden, Executive Manager Corporate Services, Eyona Energy
    • Sandra Adu-Gyamfi, General Counsel, Ghana & French West Africa, Danone
    • Tamryn Sass, General Counsel, Nelson Mandela Foundation
  • How to Create a Strong Data Privacy and Data Protection Framework  
    • Gabriella Keeble, Head of Legal, Risk & Compliance, and Information Officer, SA Commercial
    • Lorette Du Plooy, Head of Legal, SigniFlow
    • Michael Edem Akafia, Vice President & Head: Legal, Compliance & Company Secretary, Gold Fields West Africa
    • Nadine Mather, Partner, Bowmans
    • Patricia Dutchu Nyati, Group Data Protection Officer, Liquid Intelligent Technologies
  • How to Supercharge Efficiency within the Legal Team   
    • Ané Morgan, Team Lead, Subject Matter Experts, Legal Interact
    • Cheryl Singh, General Counsel and Group Company Secretary, AECI
    • Gobisha Ankiah, Head of Legal, Southern Africa, Sanofi
    • Rhoodie Dakamela, General Counsel - Everyday Banking, Absa Bank Limited
  • The Future of Energy and Natural Resources in Africa    
    • Carolin Gillon, Head of Legal & Compliance, Sustainable Energy Group
    • Kai Howie, General Counsel, G7 Renewable Energies
    • Ricardo Pillay, Director and Team Leader, LNP Beyond Legal
    • Tania Jarjur, General Counsel, Yellow Door Energy
    • Victor Omoighe, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Samancor Chrome
  • TerraLex’s Deep Dive into Collaboration
    • Derek Humphery-Smith, Chair, TerraLex and Partner, Lander & Rogers
    • Terri Pepper, CEO, TerraLex
  • How to Survive and Thrive as an In-House Counsel     
    • Juliette Thirsk, Head of Legal, Peach Payments
    • Lena Mangondo, Head of Legal, IPP Office
    • Shantel David, Head of Legal and Company Secretary, The Beverage Company
    • Valerie Bremer, General Counsel, BetterHome Group
  • How to Manage Issues Across Jurisdictions   
    • Esti Louw, Head of Legal Africa, PayU
    • Lindi Atieno Vundla, Senior Corporate Counsel: Head of Legal, Amazon
    • Nick Wright, Group Head of Legal, VALR
    • Suzanne Muthaura, Partner, MMAN Advocates
  • How to Build a Strong Governance, Risk and Compliance Program        
    • Denis Peterson, Group General Counsel, Mercedes-Benz South Africa
    • Desiree Kgadi Kekana, Legal and Compliance Executive and Company Secretary, Africa, Parmalat 
    • Lebogang Radebe, Company Secretary, Transport Authority for Gauteng
    • Matlakala Monyai, Company Secretary and Compliance Officer, Tourvest Group
    • Yurika Pistorius, Group Compliance Officer, Clientele
  • How to Resolve Disputes Effectively and Efficiently      
    • Candice Slump, Manager Litigation, Competition Commission of South Africa
    • Kirsty Simpson, Partner, DLA Piper
    • Luche Joubert, Head of Legal, Remgro Limited
    • Lucia Minde, Legal and Business Integrity Director, Serengeti Breweries Ltd (Part of Diageo plc)
    • Vanessa Chitupila, Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, MTN Zambia
  • Solidifying and strengthening the role of the GC within the 2024 landscape
    • Stormme Hobson, Panel member, Caveat Legal
  • Dollars and Data:  How to use data analytics to improve remuneration in the legal team 
    • Rob Green, Founder and CEO, The GRM Group
  • The Outlook for Project Finance in Africa   
    • Amyn Mussa, Partner, ALN
    • Juliet Manteaw-Kutin, General Counsel, Asante Gold Corporation
    • Nthabiseng Ntsele, Head of Legal Services Department, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
    • Sameera Moosa, General Counsel, Climate Fund Managers B.V.
    • Trish Nelson, General Counsel, Dusek Family Office (including QuiverTree Collection LLC and Enygma Ventures LLC)
  • How to Create Stronger Stakeholder Relationships  
    • Annabelle (Reddy) Thomas, General Counsel, South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa, L’Oreal
    • Matthew Burchell, Head of Legal, Africa, Ninety One
    • Mpumi Mazibuko, General Counsel - Africa Operating Unit, Coca-Cola Africa (Pty) Ltd
    • Tali Anderssen, Executive, Group Legal & Compliance, RCS


Participant Profile 

General Counsel, Head of Legal, In-House Counsel


Dress Code

Smart Casual


Current Sponsors

Diamond:  TerraLex
Gold:  ALN, Baker McKenzie, Bowmans, DLA Piper, LnP Beyond Legal, Mercedes-Benz South Africa
Premium Knowledge Partner:  Afriwise
Silver:  Legal Interact
Bronze:  C&A Friedlander Attorneys, Caveat Legal
Event Supporter:  Allen & Overy, The Beverage Company, Exigent (a Morae Company), Webber Wentzel



If you would like to sponsor the event, please e-mail us on

Date & Time

Feb 15, 2024 9:00 am - Feb 16, 2024 4:00 pm

Venue Details

V&A Waterfront

Cape Town, Western Cape 8001 V&A Waterfront
Law Ninjas

Law Ninjas was established in 2017 as a WhatsApp group for in-house lawyers.  

Since then, it has transformed into a community for thousands of lawyers and law students around the world where one can build relationships and learn everything about being a successful lawyer.  

We host conferences and workshops featuring world-class speakers, run coaching sessions, and provide invaluable resources on a range of topics, such as drafting an effective CV and cover letter, applying for an LLM, succeeding as an in-house lawyer, acing a legal job interview, and much, much more.  

Our speakers have come from the African Development Bank, Amazon, Citi, Deutsche Bank, H&M, Harvard Law School, Infosys, KFC, Mercedes-Benz, Oxford University, PepsiCo, SIAC, SpiceJet, TikTok, Twitter, UNIQLO, Volvo Cars, and many more global organizations.  

We are incredibly passionate about giving back to the legal community, and 10% of our profits go towards funding scholarships for deserving law students across the globe.  

We have received Businessworld’s Legal Entrepreneur of the Year award, we were named as finalists in two categories at the Australian Law Awards 2022, and we have hosted large GC conferences in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Sydney.

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