Lee-Anne Singer

ITIC Speaker
Lee-Anne Singer

As the Marketing and Sales Director, Lee-Anne is responsible for the sales and marketing at The Singer Group, a well-known travel and hospitality company with a track record of almost 60 years in the business.

With over 20 years of experience, she focuses on business development, identifying new business opportunities and partnerships for the Group. She was recently appointed as Chairperson of FEDHASA Cape, and serves on the board of Glendale, a home for intellectually disabled adults.

Her career highlights include speaking at the International Travel Tech Conference in Tel Aviv and winning the ‘Western Cape Positive Role Model’ title in the Gender Mainstreaming Awards.

Lee-Anne has worked in various roles within the media industry, including CNBC Africa, The Property Magazine and Top Women in Business and Government.

Corné Koch

ITIC Speaker
Corné Koch
Head of the Western Cape Convention Bureau

Cornė Koch is Head of the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau at Wesgro (the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape). She is a passionate promoter of the importance of business events for economic growth and responsible to position the Western Cape as the top destination in Africa to host a meeting.

After commencing her formal career at the South African Chamber of Commerce, she enters her career in the destination marketing sector in 2003 – 2008 as the Gauteng Tourism Authority’s Business Tourism Manger. Leaving the sector for a short stint to pursue her other passion, that of strategic communication, she took on the role of Communications Manager at the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa before re-entering the sector in 2011 as Trade Development and Partnership Manager at Gauteng Tourism Authority.

In 2014 she relocated to Cape Town joining the Wesgro team in the Destination Marketing Organisation. Corne currently serves as a member of the Board of the International Congress and Convention Association, as well as the Cape Castle Control Board and is past Chair of the BestCities Global Alliance.

Wrenelle Stander

Wrenelle Stander
Chief Executive Officer

Wrenelle has over 28 years of work experience in the aviation and energy industries.

She has led multiple large-scale enterprises, including implementing significant capital investment programmes within budget & schedule, navigating the complex matrix of a global listed corporate and managing organisations through periods of intense crisis. She has an acute understanding of the required sensitivity needed to operate effectively in a complex stakeholder environment, including media management and staff.

Wrenelle has extensive experience in both public and private sector. Finding the sweet spot in the nexus between the two is the thread that strings together her various roles.

Prior to joining Wesgro, Wrenelle held three other enterprise leadership roles, including that of Chief Executive Officer of Comair Limited, Managing Director of Sasol Gas Limited and Managing Director of Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company.

She has extensive Board experience both as an Executive Director, as well as a Non-Executive Director. She currently serves as an independent, Non-Executive Director of Sishen Iron Ore.

Wrenelle holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom, as well as a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town.

Mzilikazi Themba Khumalo (CMSA)

Mzilikazi Themba Khumalo (CMSA)
Chief Marketing Officer
South Africa Tourism

Themba joined South African Tourism in September 2019 as Chief Marketing Officer. He is responsible for defining, establishing and driving the South African Tourism brand in the domestic, regional and global markets as well as driving the overall marketing effort in order to achieve the economic outcomes required of the tourism sector from the National Development Plan (NDP).

A seasoned professional with entrepreneurial flair, Themba has held senior marketing executive positions in blue chip companies like Unilever, Coca-Cola, MTN, Cell C and Telkom among others. He also has aviation and tourism experience, having held executive positions at South African Tourism (2003-2006), Airports Company South Africa and South African Airways where he was prior to joining South African Tourism.

A lawyer by training, Themba holds a Bachelor of Arts Law degree, masters certificates in marketing and organizational behaviour, as well as a certificate in Digital Marketing. Themba serves on the board of the Marketing Association of South Africa. Themba is a certified Chartered Marketer and serves as a board member of the Marketing Association of South Africa.

Nomasonto Ndlovu

Nomasonto Ndlovu
Chief Operating Officer
South African Tourism

Nomasonto Ndlovu is South African Tourism’s (SA Tourism) Chief Operations Officer. She was recently employed by Transnet in the capacity of Executive Manager: Tourism, Heritage and Hospitality, a role she has occupied since November 2020 where she was responsible for heading up the newly established Tourism, Heritage & Hospitality Business unit. She left Transnet at the end of June 2022.

Prior to joining Transnet, Nomasonto was at the helm of the Limpopo Tourism Agency in the position of Chief Executive Officer. She has held various other leadership positions in the tourism sector including her role as Global Manager: Business Tourism when she was previously at SA Tourism between 2008 and 2012, before joining the City of Tshwane as Strategic Executive Director Communications, Marketing & Events.

She is a seasoned Marketing and Tourism Expert with a diverse experience gained from both private and public sector organisations including Unilever, Standard Bank, Kwa Zulu-Natal Tourism Authority. She has gained extensive experience in Marketing Operations, Brand Management, Communications, Stakeholder Management and Media Relations. A well-respected public speaker, content creator and opinion leader in the tourism industry, Nomasonto also mentors young upcoming tourism professionals.

Rui Carreira

ITIC Speaker
Rui Carreira
Non-Executive Board Member
TAAG Angolan Airlines

Rui Carreira currently holds the position of Non-Executive Board Member at TAAG Angolan Airlines.

He is a senior, C-level expert in multiple areas such as business management, corporate finance, law, and aeronautics, having been a pilot for 22 years accumulating more than 5,000 flight hours.

He has a deep knowledge of TAAG’s vision, values and history serving the company in the past as Executive Board Member and CEO. His professional background also includes a leadership role, as Managing Director of INAVIC, the regulatory body for air navigation in Angola.

Joint Message from the Chairman & Group CEO of ITIC

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the London-based International Tourism Investment Corporation Ltd (ITIC) and in partnership with WTM Africa, let us extend our warm welcome to all of you to the African Tourism Investment Summit in Cape Town.

ITIC stands out as an enabler of investments in resilient and sustainable tourism projects all over the world. We work collaboratively with governments, investors and project owners to create joint ventures in developing innovative travel and hospitality facilities, infrastructure and services that are beneficial to all stakeholders, especially the host countries and their peoples by promoting social inclusion.

Today, we are focusing on the African continent since it is a part of the world where opportunities are waiting to be unlocked while climate change is causing disruptions and growing concerns. Fortunately, with the contribution of the ‘Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre’, the African Tourism Investment Summit will act as a point of inflection in paving the way to a more prosperous and sustainable future for the travel and hospitality industry, by preserving the natural beauty of sightseeing places and other attractions through better adaptability and preparedness.

The African Tourism Investment Summit will also explore new ways to finance tourism projects and provide unique insights in creating and closing investments always mindful of the local context.

Looking forward for fruitful and engaging discussions as well as deals.

Warmest regards, 

Dr. Taleb Rifai,
Chairman of ITIC &
former Secretary-General of UNWTO

Ibrahim AYOUB
Group CEO


Hon. Nhlanhla Nene

ITIC Speaker
Hon. Nhlanhla Nene
Chairman, Thebe Investment Corporation,
Trustee of the Management Board, Old Mutual

Superfund and Former Minister of Finance, South Africa

Mr Nene, a renowned economist, has more than 20 years’ experience as a board member and executive officer of public and private companies in a wide variety of industries with a strong track record of building and maintaining stakeholder value. His active role and contribution to a nation building agenda and serving in government positions sees him being held in high regard by captains of industry in private sector and government alike.

Mr Nene is Chairman of the Board of Thebe Investment Corporation and has contributed to some of Thebe’s most strategic decisions made during his tenure as Thebe’s resident advisor from May 2016 to February 2018. Furthermore, in 2020 he was appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the Thebe Board. In addition, he was previously instrumental in driving growth in the Food & Agriculture business unit in his role as Chairperson of Thebe’s single largest controlled investment, Empact Group.

An astute economist, Mr Nene holds a B. Com Honours degree in Economics, an advanced Diploma in Economic Policy from University of Western Cape as well as a Diploma in Marketing Management from DMS, a Certificate in Economic Policy from University of South Africa and a Certificate in Macro and Microeconomics from the University of London.

Mr Nene is Chairman of MC Mining, a Member of the Old Mutual Superfund Management Board and Chairperson of the Pan African Arise Bank. Mr Nene serves as the Non-Executive Director of the newly established SA based Grobank. Further to this he serves in a diverse number of entities as Non-Executive Director.

Mr Nene’s impressive resume showcases his passion for community development and cohesive nation building. He was active in student politics in the mid-1976 and his passion for justice culminated to him serving in parliament and eventually as Deputy Minister of Finance and ultimately Minister of Finance between 2014-2015.

Mr Nene has passion for development especially in his community and continues to play a significant role in steering community projects and being a catalyst for change in the community of Kranskop where he was born.

Warren Hewitt

ITIC Speaker
Warren Hewitt
Chief Executive Officer
Greater Tygerberg Partnership

CEO of the Greater Tygerberg Partnership – Warren Hewitt – is passionate about using Belville’s vibrant urban culture, advanced infrastructure and prime geographical location to bring about a bright and prosperous future for its community. His curiosity, extensive high-level leadership experience and financial flair have allowed him to bring corporate creativity to the world of NPO’s that has seen the Greater Tygerberg Partnership flourish.

Warren’s career has spanned many prestigious positions over the last three decades. In hospitality, his roles included senior financial roles within Southern Sun and at Board level at the Arabella Group. Despite the perfect perks of a career in the luxury hotel, wine and spa industries, Warren soon found the call of new challenges pulling him in pursuit of new opportunities.

Developing his entrepreneurial skills, Warren moved into the retail space and partnered with Super Group Ltd, where he reignited a hardware store and built another box store from scratch, preserving the values of a mom and pop shop but competed with larger brands such as Builders Warehouse. However, once again he found that he sought a greater challenge from his career. He entered the logistics space and was soon appointed as CEO of Laser Logistics, part of the Laser Group, for a period of 6 years and then later as Group Businesses Development Director.

As a specialist in restructuring organisations to increase their efficiency, Warren found that the agility and flexibility of smaller enterprises was more rewarding. Ultimately, this left him seeking a role that was challenging and would allow him to leverage his experience whilst giving him the flexibility to implement his creative corporate strategies.