The Advisory Board

Reed Exhibitions has established an advisory panel, including industry partners & experts, that will meet once every few months to discuss issues in the industry and the content of the expos. Suggestions will be put forward after each meeting to ensure the positive growth of the Small Business Expo

The panel members confirmed to date include:

Marang Marekimane In response to the alarming rates of failure in the Small and Medium Enterprise Sector, Marang Marekimane started Business In Theory. As Business In Theory, Marang assists entrepreneurs and business owners to improve the sustainability of their business operations.
For more than a decade she’s applied her training in various process and project management methodologies, including SixSigma, Agile and PrinceII, on strategic projects for large corporations such as Liberty, First National Bank (FNB) and Standard Bank.
Through Business In Theory, Marang partners with entrepreneurs to expose opportunities to grow their businesses and implement projects that will assist entrepreneurs and business owners achieve their objectives.


Mr Rick Ed during the 26 years that he spent growing a small training centre with a handful of students into a national education institution, he learned alot about what makes a business successful, and these lessons he also taught to the students. Rick not only taught entrepreneurship, he lived it.

He sold this thriving business and ‘rebooted’ my life as a mentor,advisor and trainer to can-do entrepreneurs and small business owners through DoBetter.Business.


York Zucchi York Zucchi is a Swiss born investor and entrepreneur in Africa since 2007. He was previously at Goldman Sachs where he contributed towards the global financial meltdown. He has started numerous businesses (healthcare, IT tourism, academia, etc); some failed and some succeeded. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, Africa and coffee and believes that the right mixture of these 3 will make Africa the continent to be for the next 20 years. He gets featured a lot in the press (Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine) but doubts anyone actually understands what he really does for a living.

Amongst his recent accomplishments: the world’s first TEDx talk on the business of primary healthcare ( ).

In 2016 he co-founded the Tinder for Businesses – an initiative to match opportunities to businesses all over the world (now already in 83 countries - ) which is on track to becoming the biggest B2B portal in Africa providing access to markets for governments, corporates and SMEs.


Mr Langalethu Manqele is the Manager at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) where he is responsible for the JSE Equities & Equity Derivatives business team.

Prior to this role, Langa spent 10 years at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking in Global Markets where he worked as a Trading, Credit and Market Risk Systems specialist and later on as a  Senior Manager responsible for Functional Innovation and Projects.

During this 10 year period at Nedbank, he received two Nedbank Top Achiever Awards in 2012 and in 2014. Outside of work, Langa is the chairman of the Black Management Forum (BMF) in Gauteng, serving on the BMF Board and EXCO. He also chairs the Editorial Committee of the African Leader magazine, a business quarterly owned by the BMF.

He is a member of the DTI BB-BEE Advisory Council Sub-Committee on Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act advising the DIT on the proposed Procurement Bill. He holds a Bachelors Degree in International Finance and Investments from CIDA City Campus and he recently completed an Oxford Fintech Programme with Saïd Business School.

Langa is the founder of Fintech4africa, a Fintech Hub operating in Johannesburg that supports small fintech Startups to enter the industry. He is a regular speaker at conferences on topics ranging from the Financial Services trends, Economic Transformation and Fintech.



Ms Nokwazi Mzobe is the founder and MD of Matoyana entrepreneurship & sustainability focused consulting firm which works with organizations & individuals that believe that we (as a collective) can make a positive impact on our continent by supporting & developing entrepreneurs to run successful, sustainable businesses as well as creating and promoting a culture of entrepreneurial, innovative and creative thinking.

Nokwazi has been running Matoyana for 4 years, where she has either taught,mentored or developed over 1000 business owners. She has over 8 years workexperience with 2 Fortune 500 multinationals across the Middle East and Africa,working in Logistics, Marketing & Finance roles. She holds a Bachelor of ScienceDegree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal; an Honours Degree from Wits Universityand an MBA from Hult International Business School.