Laurie Dippenaar: Keynote Speaker
Non-Executive Chairman: FirstRand Limited
Laurie Dippenaar is one of the founders and current Chairman of the FirstRand Group which is one of the ten largest companies on the JSE Securities Exchange. The Group employs just over 38 000 people, has total assets of R895 billion and a market capitalisation of approximately R321 billion. He serves as a non-executive director on the divisional boards of First National Bank and Rand Merchant Bank. He is also the non-executive Chairman of OUTsurance and serves as a non-executive director on the boards of two listed entities, RMB Holdings and Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings.
He is also on the governing bodies of several educational institutions including the University of Pretoria and Michaelhouse School. He is the serving chairman of Centre for Development and Enterprise, one of South Africa’s best known think tanks.
He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from the University of Pretoria and is a qualified chartered accountant.