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 Pedro Rodrigues de Almeida, Director, Head of Infrastructure and Urban Development Industry, World Economic Forum.

The World Economic Forum recently released the report: ‘African Strategic Infrastructure: Initiative - Managing Transnational Infrastructure Programmes in Africa – Challenges and Best Practices.' The study takes us into the heart of infrastructure development on the continent, identifying challenges and proposing solutions that will resonate with the probloem solver in every project manager. Pedro Rodrigues de Almeida was intrinsically involved in this report.
He holds a PhD in Physics; MSc in Engineering Physics; MBA in Marketing Strategy and Communication; Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Managementand and has over 17 years' professional experience in various industrial settings. He has solid experience in infrastructure project management (on multimillion dollar CAPEX projects), strategic decision and risk management, and economic valuation studies. He has held senior positions in numerous countries and in a variety of industry sectors, and currently serves as Head, Infrastructure & Urban Development Industry, World Economic Forum, working out of Geneva and New York. His main professional responsibilities and interests are related to today's challenges in strategic infrastructure and urban development projects as well as the management of relationships between the Forum and the leaders of global companies in the EPC, real estate and urban development sectors. 

Ketso Gordhan,

Chief Executive Officer, PPC
Ketso Gordhan was with The Presidency for the government of South Africa, after almost ten years as head of private equity at FirstRand Financial Services Group, where he gained valuable experience of the manufacturing environment. Other successful roles in the public sector include the turnaround of the City of Johannesburg’s financial performance as city manager (1999 to 2000) and in-depth knowledge of the transportation sector gained as director general of that national department (1994 – 1999). Ketso holds a BA in political studies and sociology (University of KwaZulu-Natal), MPhil in development studies (University of Sussex, UK) and was a visiting fellow in finance at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton, USA.  Ketso is currently serving as a non-executive director at Life Healthcare.

Peter Taylor, Author, Consultant and renowned Speaker
Peter Taylor is the author of two best-selling books on ‘Productive Laziness’ – ‘The Lazy Winner’ and ‘The Lazy Project Manager’.
In the last 4 years he has focused on writing and lecturing with over 200 presentations around the world in over 20 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’. He also acts as an independent consultant working with some of the major organizations in the world coaching executive sponsors, PMO leaders and project managers.
His mission is to teach as many people as possible that it is achievable to ‘work smarter and not harder’ and to still gain success in the battle of the work/life balance.
More information can be found at and   – and through his free podcasts in iTunes.


Graeme Maynier
, Executive and Project Manager: Packaging, SABMiller Africa

SABMiller is experiencing enormous growth into Africa and Graeme Maynier is involved in the portfolio of projects being implemented on the continent, north of South Africa. His perspectives are shaped by a wealth of experience and the challenges of adapting project implementation to diverse countries and cultures and varying availability of resources and systems. Join him on SABMiller's journey through Africa from the eyes of a project professional
Graeme Maynier is an executive of SABMiller providing support to the Africa hub. The role of Packaging Project Manager requires the development of technical master plans for all of the breweries as well as other business interests like spirits, water and sparkling soft drinks. The role also requires project management of packaging capacity upgrades in these regions as required by the technical master plans. Prior to the role in SABMiller, Graeme spent the 13 years in the employ of ABI, a wholly owned subsidiary of SAB Ltd. Graeme has been instrumental in the development of ABI technical strategy and its subsequent implementation. Graeme has been involved in the management of the ABI Product Portfolio giving him a complete view of the ABI business from procurement to marketing. Before moving to the SABMiller, his role required management of the communication between the structures within The Coca-Cola Company and those within ABI. Graeme’s involvement in the ABI business has ranged from the design of combined manufacturing and distribution sites to management of a full product portfolio and as such, is well versed in all functions across the business. Graeme is an inspirational leader and innovative thinker who is well respected across the business.

Cookie Phirinyane, Head of Strategy at the National Development Bank of Botswana
Our journey to commercialization - Making Best Practice work in NDB
Cookie Phirinyane, Head of Strategy at the National Development Bank of Botswana focuses on how the National Development Bank of Botswana embarked on a journey to setup a Portfolio Management Office and develop the Banks‘s Project management methodology that is aligned to best practice.
It will touch on what created the burning platform which was the fact that the Bank was going through major transformation that needed an office not to only assist with Strategic planning, but with portfolio, programme and project management, delivery and the right policies, tool and techniques to ensure that Change is managed efficiently. The presentation also touches on how the project also included building a business case for the sustainability of the Department going forward.


Prof. André Roux, Director of the Institute for Futures Research at the University of Stellenbosch

André Roux has been the Director of the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at the University of Stellenbosch since 1996. In this capacity he runs various workshops and other strategic interventions sessions with and for leaders and strategists in business and government. The IFR has more than 110 corporate and government department clients. André also lectures on economics and futures thinking on numerous programmes at MBA and executive education programmes in South Africa and, from time to time, in Australia, Belgium, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria. He is a guest lecturer on post-graduate programmes at Dept of Economics (Stell), Dept of Industrial Psychology (Stell), School of Public Management (Stell) and Post-graduate diploma in Managing HIV and AIDS in the work-place. He is also the initiator and still academic manager of the MPhil (Futures Studies) programme, which has been presented since 1998. André holds a PhD in Economics (Stell) and is responsible for more than 100 popular publications; 1 book (10th edition); 3 chapters in scientific books; 9 publications in scientific journals; 20 papers presented at domestic and international conferences. He has supervised 1 PhD thesis; 80 postgraduate students, and is currently supervising 25 masters’ students, and 2 PhD students. He is a member of the Management Committee of the Bureau of Economic Research, the Faculty Research Committee, and the Editorial Committee, of the South African Journal of Military Studies (Scientiae Militaria). He was awarded the Rector’s award for excellence in teaching at the University of Stellenbosch in 1999, and gives more than 100 talks/presentations each year.


Nsikak Ekpott
, Entrepreneur, Author and Expert on African Business Culture

Nissi is an entrepreneur, business developer and catalyst for African restoration. Raised in Nigeria, he started his first business – a dry cleaning service - at the age of 15. Over the years, he gained experience through conventional education, and several hands-on experiences. Nissi consults for small and big businesses in Africa, touching business and leadership development and providing services, including business tours and training programs for public and private sector officials.
Nissi is an international director and head of trade and investment at the Global Business Roundtable, a business network with a presence in 21 countries in Africa, Europe and North America.
He is a writer and has co-authored several books and written for websites and magazines in South Africa and abroad. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife and two beautiful daughters.

Brightwell Nkambule,

Head: Modernisation Department, 
Swaziland Revenue Authority
Past CIO of Swaziland Revenue Authority (SRA), Brightwell Nkambule uses the journey of the SRA to implement project management to achieve a host of strategic objectives to illustrate his presentation topic: Cultivating a culture of Project Management for Organisational Excellence, “Project Management Best Practice: To be world class, adopt practices of as world class organisation”.

Brightwell has been in the IT and telecommunications fields since1992. In 2006 he was Programme Director in a Mobile Telecom Billing project with budget of USD 10 million. In 2008 he was Programme Manager in a Telecom Next Generation Network project with budget of about USD40 million.
In 2010 Brightwell joined the Swaziland Revenue Authority as Chief Information Officer and took the helm of their Modernisation Department a year later. The Department's mandate is to transform the organisation to realise our vision: “To be a modern, credible and customer centric Revenue Authority”.

Rick Alan,
Master of Ceremonies
With almost two decades MC’ing experience, from his long-running role as Ellis Park Stadium announcer and Lion’s MC to blue-chip corporate events, Rick is able to connect with his audience and keep any event seamless, entertaining, enlightening and interactive. From MC’ing and facilitating to carefully researched panel discussions and dynamic teambuilding, Rick’s natural ability to adapt, uncanny timing, vibrant sense of humour and golden voice, ensures he delivers perfectly every time. Rick is no ordinary MC. He honed his skills while designing and MC’ing promotions for the major Southern African casinos and is now known as both an artist and producer. Rick has worked with numerous organisations and utilises his degree in marketing to consult on campaigns as well as heading up The ProduXion House. Rick has also proven himself at the highest international level. All of this has made him one of the country’s most experienced and sought after MC’s.

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