The African GC Summit

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



Please click to see the current agenda - The African GC Summit


Topics and GC Speakers

  • 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 
    • Berenice K Thaver, General Manager, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, MTN Group
    • Berné Burger, Head of Legal, Ozow
    • Nick Wright, Group Head of Legal, VALR
    • Zinhle Mariani, General Counsel, Africa, Experian
  • 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  
    • Amber Freeman, Head of Legal, OfferZen
    • Mohamed Adel, General Counsel – MEA, Gennecs Pharmaceuticals
    • Patricia Nyati, Group Data Protection Officer, Liquid Intelligent Technologies Group and Head Legal and Regulatory, Liquid Intelligent Technologies Zambia
    • Shibishi Maruatona, General Counsel, Ford Motor Company
  • How to Supercharge Efficiency within the Legal Team   
    • Cheryl Singh, General Counsel and Group Company Secretary, AECI
    • Elizabeth Ifeoma Uba-Onubogu, Group Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services, Investment One Financial Services Limited
    • Gobisha Ankiah, Head of Legal, Southern Africa, Sanofi
    • Rhoodie Dakamela, General Counsel - Everyday Banking, Absa Bank Limited
  • The Future of Energy in Africa    
    • Benjamin Petteau, General Counsel & Ethics Officer, Southern Africa, ENGIE
    • [Ijeoma F Bassey, General Counsel, Nigeria, Chevron]
    • Kai Howie, General Counsel, G7 Renewable Energies
    • Ricardo Pillay, Director and Team Leader, LNP Beyond Legal
    • Tania Jarjur, General Counsel, Yellow Door Energy
  • How to Survive and Thrive as an In-House Counsel     
    • Lynda AIT KACI, General Counsel, North Africa, Baker Hughes
    • Sharon Bwanya, Group General Counsel, Masawara Group
    • Valerie Bremer, General Counsel, BetterHome Group
    • Yesthiel Singh, General Counsel and Company Secretary, IQbusiness
  • How to Manage Issues Across Jurisdictions   
    • Esti Louw, Head of Legal Africa, PayU
    • Yashkar Jugwanth, Group General Counsel, Impuma Group
    • Zanele Sithole, Legal Counsel, The Walt Disney Company Africa 
  • How to Build a Strong Governance, Risk and Compliance Program        
    • Desiree Kgadi Kekana, Legal and Compliance Executive and Company Secretary, Africa, Parmalat 
    • Lebogang Radebe, Company Secretary, UNISA Enterprise
    • Trisha Singh, Company Secretary, African Bank
    • Yurika Pistorius, Group Compliance Officer, Clientele
  • How to Resolve Disputes Effectively and Efficiently      
    • Candice Slump, Manager Litigation, Competition Commission of South Africa
    • Chibuye Ngulube, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Chilanga Cement Plc
    • Mostafa Shawky, Group General Counsel, Hassan Allam Holding
    • Yolande Kleinhans, Chief Compliance Officer: Everyday Banking, Absa Group
  • The Outlook for Project Finance in Africa   
    • Balram Suguna, Senior Vice President, Public Investment Fund (Saudi Arabia)
    • Juliet Manteaw-Kutin, General Counsel, Asante Gold Corporation
    • Katy-Lynne Kay, General Counsel, BTE Renewables
    • [Misi Oni, Principal Legal Counsel, African Development Bank]
  • How to Create Stronger Stakeholder Relationships  
    • Andrita Maharaj, Head of Legal – Middle East and Africa, TMF Group
    • Annabelle (Reddy) Thomas, General Counsel, South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa, L’Oreal
    • Dianah Igati, General Counsel, Chief Compliance & MLRO, Scope Markets Kenya
    • Ganesh Parameswaran, General Counsel - Asia, Africa and Group Supply Chain, BIC


Participant Profile 

General Counsel, Head of Legal, In-House Counsel


Dress Code

Smart Casual


Current Sponsors

Diamond:  TerraLex
Gold:  Baker McKenzie, Bowmans, DLA Piper, LnP Beyond Legal
Premium Knowledge Partner:  Afriwise
Bronze:  C&A Friedlander Attorneys 



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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