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Female Leadership

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Kanchana Moodliar is a visionary entrepreneur with over 2 decades of experience. She has built a reputation as a skilled global strategist, business humanizer and conscious innovator.

Her leadership and visio earned her recognition as a Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South African and many other awards, early on in her career. For over 8 years, she worked across the globe on brands and business making a positive impact in the lives of the people they serve. Kanchana has been instrumental in positioning for growth over 150 brands during her career as a Business Humanizer at Innate Motion,
where she started the African business for the European based company.

 

In 2019 using all her years of expertise in events, marketing, strategy and building purpose brands, she founded Africa’s biggest and boldest beauty festival, Beauty Revolution. This was a narrative shifting moment for the beauty industry. It was time for brands to listen to beauty fans and create inclusive products and advertising where all shapes and shades feel welcome. This narrative is now what we see big brands and
retailers embracing.


She took a 2 year sabbatical to consciously create the next chapter. Nova Ideation, a Sustainable Tech Hub working at the intersection of humanity and technology, was born. Here she and her team will bring together established innovators from across Africa who have created new business models, innovative technology and collaborative ways of working to solve some of Africa’s biggest problems. African
solution for African problems.


Kanchana is a certified yoga instructor, avid meditator and has a deep love for discussions on wellbeing, philosophy and the existential questions humans are pondering.

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KANCHANA MOODLIAR

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Mbula is a seasoned ESG (Sustainability), Corporate/Commercial, Tech and Cyber Lawyer working with (and for) innovative, high-growth emerging companies and Venture Capital investors. Against a strong background in Dispute Resolution (Commercial Litigation & International Commercial Arbitration), She has over the years curated a career in Fintech (Financial Technology), Cyber Security, Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), StartUp, International Business, Clean Energy & Environmental Law practice areas and passionately serves a wide array of local and international clients.


To best serve her clients, Mbula is back to school and is currently pursuing the ‘Stanford Advanced Cyber Security Program’ at Stanford School of Engineering at Stanford University. She is a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Public International Law, an active Member of the Chartered
Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)London, Co – Founder of The Cyber Society Association (a Geneva – based organization that is a resource Centre for all matters Cyber Space) and is Founder & Principal Attorney at MN Legal Advocates - a futuristic, client-oriented, innovative
law firm based in Nairobi, Kenya. Mbula serves on several Boards locally and abroad.


Ms. Mbula is also AIJA’s (International Association of Young Lawyers) National Representative for Kenya and doubles up as Vice-President of the Environmental & Energy Law Commission, AIJA.

 

Outside the legal world, Mbula Nzuki is an eclectic entrepreneur with sizeable interests in the Fintech, Construction and Jewelry industries.

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MBULA NZUKI

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At the forefront of Financial and Strategic Leadership, Stakeholder engagement and promoting Good Governance, you will find Vanessa Ranchhod.

With a background in Financial Institutions, Private Equity, Healthcare, Digital Marketing and Manufacturing, Vanessa has had operational and strategic roles in the formation and development of companies across different sizes.

 

Being active in thought leadership initiatives that seek to sourcing and executing deals, motivating and supporting investee companies and realising exits, her experience covers the entire deal value chain with sector exposure spanning across a myriad of investment (direct and funded) positions. She is regarded as a specialist in investment, organisational and balance sheet structuring including investment restructuring.

Vanessa holds a CA(SA), CFA (Level II), Project Management (GIBS), South African Venture Capitalist Association (GIBS) and is member of the Independent Director of South Africa. Her experience also comes with a history of serving on boards, advisory and sub committees of several companies.

 

Vanessa’s appreciation for innovative and solution engineering has led to her joining Nova Ideation. The continuous involvement in impactful investment initiatives with scale and global reach which Nova Ideation subscribes to, is aligned to her innate drive to harness the true potential that resides in Africa.

 

Through the African Woman’s Chartered Accountants Association, driving learnerships and training, Vanessa gives impetus to her passion to assist young people to make purposeful career choices.

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VANESSA RANCHOD

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At the forefront of Financial and Strategic Leadership, Stakeholder engagement and promoting Good Governance, you will find Vanessa Ranchhod.

With a background in Financial Institutions, Private Equity, Healthcare, Digital Marketing and Manufacturing, Vanessa has had operational and strategic roles in the formation and development of companies across different sizes.

 

Being active in thought leadership initiatives that seek to sourcing and executing deals, motivating and supporting investee companies and realising exits, her experience covers the entire deal value chain with sector exposure spanning across a myriad of investment (direct and funded) positions. She is regarded as a specialist in investment, organisational and balance sheet structuring including investment restructuring.

Vanessa holds a CA(SA), CFA (Level II), Project Management (GIBS), South African Venture Capitalist Association (GIBS) and is member of the Independent Director of South Africa. Her experience also comes with a history of serving on boards, advisory and sub committees of several companies.

 

Vanessa’s appreciation for innovative and solution engineering has led to her joining Nova Ideation. The continuous involvement in impactful investment initiatives with scale and global reach which Nova Ideation subscribes to, is aligned to her innate drive to harness the true potential that resides in Africa.

 

Through the African Woman’s Chartered Accountants Association, driving learnerships and training, Vanessa gives impetus to her passion to assist young people to make purposeful career choices.

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Dr MARCELLA LUCAS

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