Carel Nolte

Human resources and marketing manager, Etana Insurance

It's not what you would expect from the head of an insurance company. Because getting your corporate inspiration from a party in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada isn't, well, very corporate at all. But it was at Carel Nolte's first Burning Man festival in the United States three years ago that his philosophy about how to work with people crystallised. The sense of community coupled with the safe environment that facilitates openness and conversation created at the festival, inspired the way in which he now manages his portfolio. Nolte is astounded that people would think his job boring. For him, no two days are ever the same � he endeavours to support his colleagues and allow them to quite simply be themselves. � Jane Steinacker

Lunch spot: Darkies Cafe Johannesburg