Thembinkosi Gcoyi is a former South African diplomat who served as Economic Counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa to the People’s Republic of China from 2010-2014. He took up the role after spending four years in various roles in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation from 2006-2010. His work focused on South Africa’s Africa policy. In this role, he was involved in drafting policy documents, participating in policy discussions and managing day to day relationships with key countries in West Africa.
Thembinkosi is a seasoned writer. He has contributed op-eds to the Daily Maverick. He also participated in television and radio shows focusing on South Africa’s relationship with China.
Calvin Matlou holds a Bachelor of Arts qualification from Wits University, as well as an Honours qualification in International Politics from the University of Johannesburg.
He previously served in the government of South Africa in the International Trade and Economic Development space for close to 8 years. His focus was on maintaining bilateral economic relations between South Africa and SADC countries.
Over the years, he has amassed experience in the understanding of different economic models and how they impact economic development, policy making processes, and public-private partnerships to achieve developmental goals
Thando Nkosi holds a certificate in Marketing Management from South West Gauteng College. She started her career at Frontline Africa Advisory as an Intern responsible for office support. She was recently promoted to Ops. Assistant where she is responsible for Frontline Africa Advisory’s marketing support, administration, business development support and social media coordination.
Asanda Gcoyi is the CEO of CB Talent, a firm focused on developing innovative talent management solutions. A full-time Executive Coach, Asanda understands the importance of empowered employees in realizing any strategic company objective. Asanda holds an MBA from Peking University in China and a Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
Asanda’s career spans over 10 years in the areas of marketing and human capital development in Africa and Asia.
Mokgethi Nkosi holds a Bachelor of Political Science in International Relations (BPolSci) and a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Development studies(BSocSci) from the University of Pretoria. He also has certficates in monitoring and evaluation, project management and policy formulation. He is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Specialising in Corporate Governance with Monash SA.
He previously worked for the United Nations Information Centre as a Partnership Intern and joined the National Department of Tourism as an Intern specialising in research and social responsibility implementation. His recent position was with a Development Consultancy Firm. He is the Regulatory and Stakeholder Engagement Officer at Frontline Africa Advisory responsible for public policy and regulatory affairs analysis and community engagement and mobilising.
He brings diverse experience from across a number of business areas, namely community-based projects in South African rural areas, business development, business communication, research, policy development and social media.
Kholo is currently studying Human Resource Management with the University of South Africa. She previously worked as a Sales Consultant in the retail industry as well as a recruiter.
Her area of specialisation is talent acquisition. Over and above talent acquisition, Kholo supports with office and HR administration.