WEF Africa


KPMG Delegates at WEF
John Veihmeyer

John Veihmeyer
Global Chairman
KPMG International, and Chairman and CEO
KPMG in the U.S.

John Veihmeyer

With more than 35 years of experience building and directing high-performing teams and advising some of the world’s leading companies, Veihmeyer is an influential and sought-after voice on business and financial issues, including ethical leadership, diversity, financial reporting, audit quality, risk, governance, and education. He has previously held numerous leadership roles at KPMG, including Deputy U.S. Chairman; managing partner of KPMG’s Washington, D.C. operations, and Global Head of Risk Management and Regulatory.

Veihmeyer has been consistently named as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” by Accounting Today magazine, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance by Directorship Magazine. He sits on the Governing Board for the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and is a member of the Business Roundtable and the Mendoza College Business Advisory Council of the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated. He is a member of the British American Business International Advisory Board and the Partnership for New York City (PFNYC), and serves on the board of the U.S.-India Business Council, the Board of Trustees for the US Council for International Business (USIBC) and the Executive Committee of the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF).

Veihmeyer champions KPMG’s nationally-recognized high performance culture, with a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion as a foundation for being a great place to work and build a career. He is a member of the board of Catalyst, whose mission is to expand opportunities for women in business, and in 2011 he received the CEO Leadership Award from Diversity Best Practices for his commitment to diversity.

He is also deeply committed to philanthropy and corporate responsibility. Along with his wife Beth, Veihmeyer is a driving force behind KPMG’s “Family for Literacy” program. In its five-year history, KFFL has provided more than 2 million books to children in need and refurbished libraries around the U.S., and has now expanded to eight countries around the KPMG network. He serves as the Co-Chair of CEOs Against Cancer in greater New York and is a Board member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). In 2013 Veihmeyer was honored as “Responsible CEO of the Year” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

Veihmeyer previously served as a member of Chairman Christopher Cox’s SEC Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies; Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees; Board Chairman of the Cultural Alliance of Washington DC; Executive Committee of the boards of the Federal City Council and Greater Washington Board of Trade.

Trevor Hoole

Trevor Hoole
CEO of KPMG in South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)84 647 7276

Trevor Hoole

Prior to his current role as CEO, Trevor was previously the Industry Leader of KPMG Southern Africa’s Financial Services Practice. He had been a Partner in the Firm’s specialised Financial Services Practice since the early nineties with extensive retail and investment banking experience with specific emphasis on risk management and asset based financing entities. His portfolio included due diligence and structured financing experience as well as significant exposure to retail impairment modeling, particularly in the home loan and credit card arenas. He served on various institute committees and community associations and has a good working knowledge of the statutory, and regulatory standards relevant to the financial services sector which in South Africa is now contemplated by the Twin Peaks approach.

Trevor has also previously been the Head of the Firm’s Technical and Training activities, as well as the Head of Marketing & Communications and Human Resources Divisions.

Seyi Bickersteth

Seyi Bickersteth
National Senior Partner
Tel: +234 (0) 8032001817

Seyi Bickersteth

Prior to being the Chairman of KPMG Africa Practice and National Senior Partner of the Nigerian Practice, Seyi was the head of tax and regulatory practice and served as engagement partner on major tax advisory and compliance projects.

Seyi plays an oversight and coordinating role in KPMG’s delivery of professional services to companies in the countries comprising the Gulf of Guinea including Nigeria, Cameroun, Angola, Equatorial Guinea & Gabon. He also heads the Oversight Committee for KPMG Africa. Seyi is a director of the Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce and a director of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, a think-tank responsible for brainstorming and articulating key policy and institutional reforms necessary to upgrade Nigeria’s infrastructure base.

He was involved in Vision 2010 of the Federal Government of Nigeria, which prepared a memorandum on the vision for Nigeria, by year 2010. He has also chaired a working group on “Nigerian Tax Reforms 2003 & Beyond” for the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Seyi also served on the technical committee of the Federal Government that prepared the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for the oil and gas sector. The Bill is to reform the sector and encourage local content and active participation of indigenous players in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

Seyi has B.Sc in Economics from the University of Ibadan and M.Sc in Economics from the York University in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). Seyi has also undergone several training programmes within and outside Nigeria on advance business management.

Josphat Mwaura

Josphat Mwaura
CEO & Senior Partner
Tel: +254 722 720797

Josphat Mwuara

Josphat Mwaura is the Chief Executive Officer of KPMG East Africa and a member of the firm’s Senior Africa Leadership Team. He also sits in the Global Council of KPMG.

Josphat has considerable experience in strategy and delivery of business performance services spanning over 20 years. He has been involved in the delivery of Public Sector transformation programmes in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda as well as sharing lessons on Privatisation across Africa. He has led strategy development, organisation restructuring and senior level recruitment across a number of sectors.

Josphat is a past president of the Rotary Club of Nairobi North and a Trustee of Palmhouse Foundation, an education trust that finances the secondary education of deserving students and mentors them through life to enable them to transform their lives. He is also a Trustee of Uraia Trust which facilitates civic education and mechanisms for civic engagement. He is the current Chairman of the Old Starehian Society and a member of the Managing Committee of Starehe Boys’ Centre and School.

Josphat is the immediate past Chair of the Conveners of the East African Business Summit. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA - K) and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPA - K). He also holds a Certificate in Macroeconomic Policy and Management from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dapo Okubadejo

Dapo Okubadejo
Partner & Head Deal Advisory Services
Head, M&A/Deal Advisory Services
Tel: +234 (0) 8034020964

Dapo Okubadejo

Dapo Okubadejo admitted as a Partner in 2006 is the Head of Corporate Finance & Financial Advisory Services (T&R) in Nigeria and West Africa. He also leads the Africa M&A and Transaction Advisory, covering the East, West, South and Francophone Africa.

Dapo’s Africa M&A and Transaction Advisory team is responsible for market entry strategy/option assessment, M&A advisory, disposals, due diligence, business valuation, deal execution and financing. He is also responsible for thought leadership, liaison with global clients on in-bound investments into Africa & with African conglomerates & multinationals in cross-border deals and reports to KPMG Africa Board. Dapo’s representative clients include PE firms and strategic and financial investors amongst others.

With over 21 years of experience, Dapo has advised several PE firms, conglomerates, strategic and financial investors on over 150 transactions, about 20 of which are in the FMCG sector. Dapo’s teams’ value proposition is the provision of end to end services and advising clients through the deal cycle.

Prior to becoming Head of Financial Advisory Services in 2009, Dapo had over 9 years experience in Audit and Business Advisory. He went on to become Senior Manager, Associate Director and Partner in the Financial Advisory unit between 2002 and 2009.

Dapo is an accredited Corporate Finance and Transaction Services practitioner. He and his team have published many sector and market focused thought leadership publications. He was recently on the CNBC (KPMG conversation series) live broadcast to provide insights on strategies for investing in Africa.

Dapo has a degree in Agriculture from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria with an M.Sc. In Finance (with Distinction) from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. He has completed the Advanced Management Programme of the Lagos Business School (LBS). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). Dapo has also acquired Certificates in International Banking & Private Equity Programmes at INSEAD and London Business School respectively.

Bisi Lamikanra

Bisi Lamikanra
Partner & Head Management
Consulting, KPMG Nigeria
Head, Financial Services – Africa
Tel: +234 (0) 803 402-0982

Bisi Lamikanra

Bisi Lamikanra, admitted as a Partner in 1998 is the Head of the Management Consulting Practice of KPMG in Nigeria, and heads the financial services sector across Africa. She has provided advisory services for various public and private sector clients in West Africa. She has over 30 years of experience that spans various industries, including financial services.

Bisi has led several advisory projects in the banking sector and for other financial services organisations on: strategy articulation and development, business integration, customer service delivery improvement and transformation, retail banking repositioning, institutional diagnostics, feasibility and market studies, organisational review, organisational design/transformation and HR advisory services.

As Head of Financial Services in Africa, Bisi leads the team in harnessing the Pan-African opportunities existing in the financial services industry landscape in Africa. The Project Africa initiative is a platform to build the strong KPMG brand in the continent, while proffering high value solutions to clients in this region. She also has extensive experience in business process review and reengineering, management information systems, enterprise transformation, systems selection and implementation, service excellence projects, among others. Bisi has assisted various clients on several turnaround projects to reposition them to the path for a sustainable growth and profitability. She has also facilitated and presented papers on topical banking and financial issues at several fora.

She also champions e-payment services in KPMG Nigeria, in line with the vision of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Bisi has assisted with the development of target operating model for institutional banking electronic services, incorporating leading practices from banks in other jurisdictions, as well as roadmap development.

Bisi has a degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and completed the Advanced Management Programme of the Lagos Business School (LBS). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.(ICAN).Bisi is involved in several programmes for educational and institutional bodies. She is a board member of the LBS’ Enterprise Development Centre and an executive committee member of the Corona Schools’ Trust Council.

Makgotso Letsistsi

Bryan Leith
Executive Partner of KPMG Africa
Tel: +27 083 252 2008

Bryan Leith

Bryan Leith is a Chief Operating Officer of KPMG’s Global Africa Practice. KPMG has committed to a large investment for strengthening its already extensive firms in Africa, principally through investing in deep technical skills, in high growth sectors across the continent. In addition KPMG has invested significantly in creating an unparalleled database of socio-economic, risk, tax, regulatory, fiscal and market entry information in respect of all the major economies in Africa, all of which can be accessed via the recently launched KPMG Africa Business Guide App.

As a COO of Global Africa Practice Bryan is directly responsible for both overseeing KPMG’s investments in Africa as well as acting as a sounding board for Executives and Boards of both multi-national companies as well as emerging regional conglomerates that are investing into or expanding their operations into Africa.

Bryan has over thirty years of experience at KPMG and has worked in many countries across Africa. He has experience in numerous sectors such as: Consumer and Industrial Markets, Metals, Infrastructure, Government, Healthcare and more…Prior to his current role, Bryan started and managed the Government and Emerging Markets business unit . He was the Executive partner for People, a member of the Policy board and a member of the Executive committee . He was also responsible for the Regional Audit and Owner Managed Business (OMB) business units.

Bryan is now a member of the KPMG Africa Executive Committee; he chairs the KPMG South Africa remuneration committee. He also has oversight responsibilities for 11 offices and countries in Southern Africa.

Makgotso Letsistsi

Makgotso Letsitsi
Director – Head of Advisory South Africa
Tel: + 27 83 458 8340

Makgotso Letsitsi

Makgotso is head of Advisory South Africa. She has 17 years of professional experience. Makgotso has primarily been involved in the programme management of large scale transformation programmes in the public sector. Her key areas of focus are implementing and operating PMO’s to improve programme governance, visibility on programme performance and benefits realisation.

Makgotso is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA (SA)) with 17 years of professional experience, 12 of which has been spent in Advisory, Management Consultancy. Her area of speciality is project and programme management for complex, transformation programmes. Makgotso assists clients embarking on large strategic transformation initiatives by providing programme management advisory services to contribute to the successful implementation of their initiatives, this includes the set up and operation of Programme Management Offices (PMO), and rendering related programme and project management support to clients and KPMG client teams. She has also assisted clients wishing to improve their project management practices by conducting project management maturity assessments and devising recommendations and implementation plans for improved project management maturity.