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Ronnie Toerien
HCM Sales Development & Strategy Leader, Africa at Oracle


Ronnie Toerien was educated at CBC (Christian Brothers College) in Springs and Kimberley and studied Law through correspondence at UNISA. He also has a Diploma in Business Management.

His first job was at the State Attorney in Johannesburg many moons ago. He has over 25 years HR experience in Implementation, Support, Pre-Sales, Consulting and HR Strategy across multiple HR systems (PeopleSoft, Qpac, SAP, Oracle, etc.). He is currently the HCM Development & Strategy Leader for Africa at Oracle where he has worked for the past 14 years. He is also part of the Oracle Global Luminaries programme as the HCM thought leadership representative for ECEMEA (Eastern and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa).

In his role, Ronnie travels extensively and is regularly invited to present at external Talent Management events around South Africa (including 8 HR Africa Summits and the first HR Tech Fest in 2016 and again in 2017 and 2018) as well as in Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. He has been an HCM keynote speaker at Oracle events in all of those countries as well as in Angola, the Gambia, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda and Uganda.


He has also spoken at various other conferences in San Diego, San Francisco, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Athens, Beirut, Istanbul, Moscow and at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai where he received the Global HR Excellence - Strategic Leadership Award.


He occasionally guest-lectures to MBA students at Wits Business School and Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and to HR Master’s students at the University of Johannesburg as well as at the University of Pretoria where he is also on the Examination Panel for the Industrial Psychology Masters Students.


Ronnie is a music lover and sports enthusiast and has had Provincial Colours for Swimming, Diving and Action Cricket. He has an array of exotic pets including Tropical Fish, Tortoises, African Greys, Cockatiels, a Florida King Snake and a Bearded Dragon. He has been married for 35 years and has two sons and a granddaughter.

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