ICCSA Council Members and The Secretariat


The Council is an executive body of eight ICCSA members.  The Council or Executive Board are usually elected annually and empowered for the administration of ICCSA in order to pursue its objectives and scope of activity.

The International Chamber of Commerce South Africa (ICCSA) is pleased to announce the election of office bearers at its Annual General Meeting held at the Werksmans Attorneys, on Tuesday 09 October 2018.  The ICCSA is an important link between the activities of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the South African National Committee.

The new office bearers elected are:

  • Mr Des Williams: Chairman, Head of Werksmans Arbitration Practice Group
  • Mr Mark Gooder – GMLS
  • Mr Patrick Corbin: Director, ICCSA
  • Mr Nico Vermeulen: Council member, NAAMSA
  • Mr Albert Mapetla:  Council member, Standard Bank
  • Mr Keith Brebnor: Council member,  Accredited Chambers
  • Mr Michael Brandon: Council member, NEDBANK

The ICCSA looks forward to the coming year and will play an important part in integrating international policy development with the South African experience.  A key project airing in 2016 is the ICC Banking Commission Annual Meeting that will take place in Johannesburg 4-7 April, when more than 600 international bankers are expected to attend.

Patrick Corbin

Direct ICC-SA

Patrick Corbin, Director, ICCSA:       011 726 5300

Patrick Corbin has had a long involvement in the Chamber movement, culminating as President of Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry  in 1985 and a director of ICC-SA since 2002.

Presently serving on numerous ICC Commissions and involved in WCF activities, in addition to participating with ICC in trade-related UN organisation deliberations.

His employment experience has covered all aspects of international trade logistics, transport modes and trade finance.  South Africa activities include participation in a range of commissions and policy-making structures.  His current major focus is on the implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreements and the UN Almaty Programme addressing the needs of less developed landlocked countries of which there are 10 in our immediate trading area.

Des Williams

Chairman, Head of Werksmans Arbitration Practice Group

Des Williams was the chairman of Werksmans Attorneys from 2005 to February 2015. He has been with the firm since 1974 and headed its Litigation Department from 1994 to 2005. He is now the head of the firm’s Arbitration Practice Group.
He is experienced in all fields of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including international litigation, arbitration and mediation. He has been involved in many of the largest and most complex litigation and arbitration matters in South Africa.

Des is named in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his expertise in dispute resolution; appearing in the 2014 edition for both dispute resolution and construction. He is named among the world’s leading arbitration specialists in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2013.

He is also named as a leading lawyer in arbitration and mediation, construction and litigation by Best Lawyers International; in commercial litigation and in arbitration by the International Who’s Who Legal; in dispute resolution by the Legal500 and in dispute resolution by PLC Which Lawyer.

Des is the South African member of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Chairman of the Council of the ICC South Africa, a former co-chair of the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), and a former member of the IBA’s Legal Practice Division Council.
Des holds BA LLB and LLM degrees and Higher Diplomas in Company Law and Tax from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Nico Vermeulen

Council member, NAAMSA

Unemployment Insurance Fund as well as on various Nedlac structures.

Besides NAAMSA’s work, Nico Vermeulen’s main other interests surround his family (married with two sons and a daughter) and a variety of sports (as a player or spectator), including squash, soccer, tennis, rugby – amongst others.

Additional comment on Mr N M W Vermeulen’s experience and attributes

As the Chief Executive of NAAMSA since 1982, Nico Vermeulen is well placed, in terms of extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of the South African automotive and associated industries, to contribute to the work and responsibilities of the Board of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications.

In particular, Mr Vermeulen’s strengths include effective strategic management skills, extensive experience in oversight, corporate governence and prudential discuiplicnes and the ability to develop good inter–personal working relationships with people and institutions.

In addition to his NAAMSA responsibilities, Mr Vermeulen serves on the following public entities and/or business organisations –

The Board of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Main board, finance advisory committee, investment committee)

  •                             The Council of Business Unity South Africa
  •                             The Executive Board of SACCI

The Finance and Audit Committees of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDCLAC)

The Motor Industry Development Council

Mr Vermeulen is conversant with South Africa’s technical standards infrastructure, compulsory specifications operations and requriements,  quality assurance, accreditation and metrology infrastructure.

Keith Brebnor

Council Member, Accredited Chambers

  • Many Years high-profile experience in ceo and executive director  positions  such as the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce & industry, the tourism Johannesburg company,  and the SA. Tennis Association,  as well as running his own company as Executive Chairman  and CEO for 5 years.
  • Many years hands-on experience in International Trade, Export development, Smme &Enterprise Development, high-level marketing, major Event Management,  Business  and Financial Management,
  • Provincial, Metropolitan and National government liason and involvement in SME Development in the small and medium Business, and Tourism sector,
  • Conferencing, Marketing Strategy and Consulting,
  • Sponsorship Marketing & Sponsorship industry,
  • Tourism & Mega-Exhibition Management and Marketing
    • both here in South Africa, and in Europe,  Australasia   and the U.S. –with hands-on major Event management in Atlanta in the U.S. and Exhibitions Management in Europe, Far East and UK.

Michael Brandon

Senior Dealmaker, Rest of Africa Portfolio, Customised Trade Solutions, Transactional Services, Nedbank Limited

Mike graduated from UNISA with a B.Com, majoring in Economics and Business Management, in 1998 and is an Associate of the Institute of Bankers South Africa.

Mike has been in the banking industry for 17 years, holding positions in various local and international banks in the fields of credit, business development and trade finance.

Mike is passionate about the role of trade finance in facilitating the economic development of countries in the region and is looking forward to contributing, through the ICC SA, in unlocking these opportunities.