Kweku Bedu-Addo is the CEO of Standard Chartered Bank for South Africa & Southern Africa. Kweku was appointed to his role in August 2017. Kweku’s career has spanned Public Policy, International Development, and Banking & Finance. He worked in the Ministry of Finance in the 1990s during the implementation of Ghana’s Structural Adjustment Programme. He joined Standard Chartered Bank Ghana in 2000 and rose to become the first Ghanaian Chief Executive in the Bank’s 121-year history in Ghana by 2010. During that decade, he held several senior Wholesale Bank roles in Ghana and West Africa, Zambia and Singapore. He is a recipient of the prestigious Wholesale Bank Global Star Awards in 2007 for his contribution to the global business. His role as Chief Executive for Ghana was expanded in 2015 to include Gambia and Sierra Leone until 2017, when he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for South Africa and the Southern Africa Region.
Kweku is the immediate past Chairman of the Ghana Stock Exchange and immediate past Vice Chairman of the Ghana Fixed Income Market Council. He was on the Global Investment Committee, Acumen Fund, New York from 2012 to 2016. Kweku holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana and a Masters’ degree in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University, New York.
Eric Bruggeman has been the CEO of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) since January 2016. He is also the Chairman of the Board. He has also been Managing Director at Bruggeman Consulting since 2007. A mechanical engineer with a wealth of experience, he was Managing Director of APE Pumps (Pty) Ltd from 1997 to 2007. He has also worked for the AfDB and the World Bank on the economics of machinery and equipment. From 1977 to 1981, he worked at the University of Johannesburg in its Engineering and Mechanical Department. He is a lover of wildlife and the African bush and is a keen nature conservationist.
Lloyd Caughey is the National Head of Sales for Trade and Working Capital in the Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB). His experience in the trade finance industry includes time spent at Barclays, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Westpac and RBS Middle East, amongst other banks. He has spent most of the last 15 years working in Africa, the UK, Australia and the Middle East. He made the move back to Nedbank, Johannesburg last year in December (where he had previously worked in 2002/03). Lloyd is a career banker specialising in sales management in trade and supply chain finance.
Nosipho Siwisa Damasane is currently the Richards Bay Coal Terminal Chairman and is currently working for Sasol, a listed company on both the Johannesburg and New York Stock Exchanges, as the Global Senior Vice President for Inbound and Outbound Supply Chain. She has been a Trustee of the Finance and Fiscal Committee of South Africa as an oversight for Treasury activities. In a distinguished career that spans 27 years, Nosipho has gained broad experience within the South African logistics and transport industry and in enabling global supply chains to support the competitiveness of South African companies globally. She has been instrumental in the development, efficiency and effectiveness of the South African Port terminals. She has been in the development of port and rail integration activities to smoothen the supply chains for mega corridors (containers, cars and bulk operations). She has been instrumental in the development of inland terminals for land-locked countries to smoothen their supply chains. She has worked in infrastructure programmes.
She started her career as an articled clerk at Aitken and Peat and completed her articles at Ernst and Young. She then proceeded to be the first black woman to ever run a port at the port of East London for Transnet Port Terminal (A division of Transnet SOC LTD). She was subsequently promoted to General Manager of Operations, again as a first woman. She then became the General Manager Supply Chain, General Manager for New Business Development, Supply Chain and Commercial for the ports. She left Transnet as a Chief Operating Officer to join the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) as a first woman CEO for the operation.
She has a B.Comm Accounting Degree from the University of Transkei, a Senior Executive Programme (SEP 76) from the London Business School, certificates in Port logistics and Management from Singapore, Rotterdam and Antwerp. She is currently finishing an MBA degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. She has been awarded the IPM CEO of the year in 2014, the Business Woman of the year – Corporate Category award in 2015 and Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business and In Government as a country winner in 2015/16 in the Logistics Sector.
Dr Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte. He also leads the Japan Services Group for Deloitte Africa. He is a member of the Global Firm’s Insight Advisory Group as well as the Deloitte Economics team. Prior to joining Deloitte, Martyn founded Frontier Advisory, a strategy advisory firm that was acquired by Deloitte. Over his career, he has been an advisor to a large array of multinational firms on their market entry and engagement strategies in emerging markets and Africa. He has also conducted a large amount of advisory work on behalf of the public sector.
Martyn has previously been ranked the # 1 analyst in South Africa in the “African Economies & Markets” category as awarded by the Financial Mail in its annual Analysts of the Year awards. He is a Senior Fellow at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth –a group comprising leading international economists which works on subjects relating to macro-economy and inclusive growth and provides strategic advice to the Mastercard executive.
Martyn completed his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand at the age of 25, has studied at Yonsei University (Seoul) and has completed executive programmes at Harvard Business School, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Jackson Institute for International Affairs at Yale University and Said Business School at Oxford University. He has previously been on the faculty at Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria, as well as at the business schools of both universities. He is a Visiting Professor at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. Martyn is a Non-Executive Director of the NEPAD Business Foundation.
Clive Govender is a seasoned Business executive with more than 19 years’ experience in international procurement and supply chain. Clive is currently CEO of CGC Consulting Services, a boutique procurement and supply chain consulting firm assisting companies in transforming their procurement and supply chain function to deliver bottom line benefits and in doing so transforming them to world-class status. Previously, Clive was the Head of Supply Chain for Anglo American Platinum for 10 years. He has also lead one of the largest procurement and supply chain transformation projects in the metals and mining sector, leading the transformation project at Anglo American Group. He was a senior member of the global leadership team responsible for a spend of 12 billion USD and moving Anglo American from a decentralised operating model to a centralised one, delivering over 1 billion USD in bottom line benefits over a 3-year period. Prior to this role Clive was Vice President, Supply Chain and Sustainable Development at the global engineering firm ABB for 9 years. He was responsible for Sub-Saharan Africa and part of their global leadership team. Clive has a Bcom from Unisa, a Bsc Hons in Operations Management from the University of Hertfordshire, UK, an MBA from the Henley Business School, UK and has completed the Senior Executive Programme from the London Business School, UK. Clive is a member of the World Procurement 50 (a global community of the world best thinkers on procurement/supply chain), a member of the International Alumni Council of the London Business School, President of the London Business School Alumni Charter in SA and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Tony Harwood is an economic geologist with 30 years of international exploration and mining experience. He graduated from University of Wales, Cardiff, UK with a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D in Economic Geology. Tony is President and CEO of TSXV Montero Mining & Exploration since 2009. Between 2006 and 2009, he was the President and CEO of TSX Africo Resources Ltd. and between 1998 and 2006 served as a Vice President Global Generative Exploration at Placer Dome Inc., a major Canadian gold mining company. Other positions include Executive Chairman of ASX listed Universal Coal PLC, Non-Executive Director of Adamus Resources (ASX), Endeavour Mining (ASX/TSX), Auryx Gold Corp. (TSXV), East African Metals (TSXV), African Gold Group (TSXV), Tesoro Resources (TSXV) and Lappland Goldminers (Nordic). He has listed 3 public companies in the last 10 years on the TSX and ASX. Founder and MD of Harwood International Ltd., a geological consulting company, and held a position as a lecturer - University of Wales, Cardiff (UK), University of Natal, Durban (South Africa).
Johnathan, as an experienced, hands-on Procurement Specialist and Manager, has a red seal trade in Tool Jig and Die Making tested by Olifantsfontein test centre and a N5 Mechanical Certificate. He holds a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from Unisa, is an affiliated member of CIPS and has passed the SAATCA auditors examination for ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems at SABS. Johnathan is currently studying towards a Business Management qualification at Unisa. Johnathan formed part of the procurement team during the Medupi Power Station build, making him one of the few Procurement Specialists/Managers with ‘big contract spend’ experience in South Africa.
He has more than 30 years’ work experience – he started his career as a Trax driver in Yskor (today ArcelorMittal), worked as a Tool Jig and Die maker in many different industries, including working at companies such as SATS, Bevcan and Femco. His career development led him to become a hydraulic technician at Sappi from where he then moved into supply chain, becoming involved in various disciplines including warehousing, QA, technical and project procurement.
Johnathan is currently a Metal Fabrications and Mechanical Components Category Buyer/Manager for the sourcing department of Metso South Africa based in Vereeniging. He is responsible for the cost-effective sourcing from reputable suppliers, vendor development, compliance audits and quality assurance. He has a proven track record of successfully identifying improvement opportunities and bringing about change, adding value to the organisation through continuous training and development of himself and his colleagues.
Dr Paul Jourdan is an African integrated development expert specialising in resource-based and spatial development strategies. He has wide experience working on economic growth and development in the Southern African Development Community, West and East Africa. He spent 16 years in Mozambique and Zimbabwe during the struggle against apartheid, working as a geologist, geophysicist and minerals economist, before returning to South Africa in 1991. Subsequently, he worked for the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African government in various positions including as the ANC’s Minerals and Energy Policy Coordinator, President of Mintek and Deputy Director-General in the Department of Trade and Industry. He was a major contributor to the African Union’s “Africa Mining Vision” (2009) and “Country Mining Vision” (2014). He currently chairs or sits on the board of three economic development agencies and participates in tertiary education through short lecture series and post-grad supervision. Currently, he mostly advises on resource-based equitable growth and mineral value chains. He has a BSc (Geology), a BA (African government), a PGDip (Geophysics), two MScs (Mineral Economics) and a PhD (Politics).
Divyesh has been involved in the logistics Industry for more than 20 years in various professional, consulting and leadership roles. His operational and commercial experience and knowledge spans across production, warehousing, road distribution, rail, ports and inland terminals. Divyesh spent nearly nine years as the Commercial General Manager at Transnet where he was responsible for:
• Negotiations and conclusion of long-term Take or Pay contracts with potential customers for port and rail
• Price determination and negotiations
• Capacity allocation frameworks and governance across all channels
• Strategies and implementation for enabling emerging miners.
• Commodity strategies and solutions
• Responsibilities across most commodities, including the major bulk commodities, namely coal, iron ore and manganese
Divyesh was recently appointed as the Executive Head of Makoya Advisory Services to lead the business in the areas of logistics and supply chain advisory services to the public and private sector.
Boris Kamstra is an accomplished senior business executive. He bravely capitalises on his strategic management style to ensure good business leadership, corporate alignment and success – imperative in challenging environments. He has a passion for Africa and the varied opportunities it holds. His ability to identify potential, unlock opportunity and celebrate talent diversity, adds significant value in the growing and competitive African business and mining environment. Boris graduated with an MBA from WITS Business School, University of Witwatersrand and a BSc (Civil Engineering) (cum laude) from University of Cape Town - both times named on the Deans merit list. Boris is a Registered Professional Engineer with the SA Engineering Council and a member of the SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Leanne Kirsten has been involved in projects for the last 14 years within the mining and minerals processing sectors. Her experience includes various administrative and management roles within the procurement, contract, commercial and compliance functions. Leanne is a fellow of the Association of Arbitrators and has specialised in the area of construction contract law. Her key areas of expertise are contract drafting, contract generation, contract administration and management, whilst applying procurement principles throughout the contract lifecycle process. She also has a keen interest in compliance, with particular emphasis on anti-corruption and anti-bribery strategies, policy implementation and training. She is currently DRA’s Contracts and Procurement Manager and compliance custodian.
Sarantis Kosmas has a BCom degree in Marketing and a Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Sarantis has 10 years of experience in supply chain management in a variety of industries including mining, personal care, jewellery, food, retail and pharmaceutical, specifically: strategic supply chain review, optimisation and implementation, development of analytical tools to improve the efficiency of the process of analysing data, implementation of ERP systems, facilitation, master data management, process modelling and QMS implementation.
Kamogelo Mampane (FCIPS) is a Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TK Global Experts, Advisory Chair for the State Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum (SOEPF) and Gauteng Branch Chairperson of CIPS Africa Board. His company offers advisory services in supply chain and procurement, enterprise and supplier development and assists companies to implement solutions that optimise their operations and increase transparency and efficiencies in the value chain.
He has developed some of the leading practices such as the Strategic Sourcing 7x7 model, Supplier Relationship Management, Contract Life Cycle Management (CLM) and has recently developed e-Sourcing tools for some of the leading companies in SA. He has also facilitated and managed one of the most effective State-Owned Entity (SOE) training interventions called the Strategic Sourcing Bootcamp which was an intense learning experience for supply chain management professionals and was designed to challenge an SOE's most talented staff, under extreme conditions, ensuring that they are equipped with the most up-to-date tools and techniques to generate the best deals for their organisation.
Stephen Meintjes has been with Standard Bank since 2012, joining from a competitor bank in South Africa. He is currently positioned in the Trade Product team within the Transactional Products and Services South Africa business unit. He began his career as a shipping clerk in an automotive engineering equipment supply company and soon moved into the freight forwarding and clearing environment where he performed many functions related to the importation and exportation of goods. Later he joined a multinational wholesale company filling various roles ranging from procurement execution to import and export logistic management, group treasury services and finally as Financial Director of the international trading arm of the Group. Stephen has successfully read both Accounting Science and Law degrees at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has also completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) of the INSEAD Business School in France.
Lodewyk Meyer is a partner at Hogan Lovells, focusing on banking and finance. His experience covers all aspects of lending, advising banks, structured trade and speciality funds and actors in the commodity value chain in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the USA. Chambers Global says: “Lodewyk Meyer has a strong reputation in the market, and considerable experience in trade and commodities finance.” He is a regular speaker at conferences on Africa trade and export finance, investment into Africa and structured finance.
Paul Miller originally joined Nedbank Capital in 1999 following 5 years as a management consultant in the logistics, mining and financial services sectors. He then spent the next 8 years building Nedbank Capital’s mining advisory business, advising clients on capital raisings, asset disposals and mergers and acquisitions. In 2007 Paul was appointed the founding Managing Director of Keaton Energy, which was then a start-up coal exploration company. Over the next 5 years he took Keaton Energy through an IPO and equity capital raising on the JSE, project financed and built a 2.4mtpa open-cast colliery and acquired and turned-around a distressed ultra-low seam anthracite colliery. Paul re-joined Nedbank Capital in January 2013 as a specialist Mining and Resources Investment Banker with responsibility for growing the bank’s African mining finance business.
Janette, who holds a BLC and LLB in law from the University of Pretoria (UP), obtained her PhD in Criminal Law (LLD) from UP in 1998. Janette started her professional career in 1991, at the Bank Supervision Department of the South African Reserve Bank. She lectured in criminal law at the University of Venda from 1994 to 1996 and continued her academic career at the University of Pretoria. Upon completion of her doctoral degree in 1998, she decided to pursue a consulting career in the private sector.
After co-managing and being a director of a private company until mid-2007, Janette joined the Ethics Institute of South Africa as a part-time contractor until 2014, serving on their board for a two-year period. In August 2014, Janette started ProEthics, a new venture positioned to promote professional ethics and responsible governance practices in the private and public sectors. She was elected as a member of the executive management committee of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHI) from 2011 to 2013. She was a member of the Institute of Directors and served on the South African National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) from 2002 until 2012, where she represented Business Unity South Africa (BUSA).
Janette has developed an ethics health assessment tool, which companies can use to measure their ethical performance and she performs ethics investigations for large corporates. She teaches short programmes on ethics, governance and corruption at the Wits Business School Leadership Development Centre. She is also a sessional lecturer at Enterprises University of Pretoria. Janette also develops and presents in-house training programmes on corporate governance, with particular reference to the King Reports on Corporate Governance, the legal duties of directors, the role of social and ethics committees, ethical leadership and ethics management, creating an organisational culture of integrity, prevention of corporate fraud and compliance and risk management frameworks. She does research and develops training manuals and e-learning programmes for clients in both the private and the public sector.
After qualifying with a BSc in Electrical Engineering at UCT in 1996, Freddy commenced working as an engineer at Mondi Kraft, Sasol and then SA Breweries. He achieved registration as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of SA in 2002. During this period, he also established two hardware businesses. In 2004, Freddy joined Fabchem Mining as Executive Director (Finance and Business Development), becoming a shareholder in 2007. From 2007 his role at Fabchem shifted to Non-Executive Director, while he moved into the banking sector - holding managerial positions in business and public sector credit at Standard Bank and ABSA Capital respectively. Freddy returned full-time to the Fabchem Group in 2015 as CEO. In addition to his position as CEO, Freddy also serves as Board Chairman at MEMSA (Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa), is also a Board Member at SACEEC (SA Capital Equipment Export Council) and provides an interface between the two organisations.
Charles Mugwambi has been at Zimbabwe Platinum Mines since 2008. He was previously the General Manager - Treasury and Corporate Finance and is currently the General Manager – Commercial. From 2002 – 2008 he worked at Zimasco, initially as a Finance Manager and subsequently became the General Manager – Finance. Charles began his professional career in 1990 as a Graduate learner at Anglo American. He went on to hold several positions including Mine Accountant, Management Accountant and Accounts Manager before leaving in 2002.
Charles is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Zimbabwe Mining Industry Pension Fund, a Director at Old Mutual (Zimbabwe) and a Trustee of the Zebakwe Trust.
Charles has a Bachelors’ degree in Accounting (Hons) from UZ, he has completed a Management Development Programme at UNISA and has a Masters’ degree in Business Leadership, also from UNISA.
Mufaro is an engineering graduate with an honours degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Zimbabwe; he also possesses a Master of Business Administration from the same institution. He is a currently a General Manager heading SENET’s Supply Chain Division. Mufaro has also gained recognition with the South African Council of Construction Management Professionals (SACCMP) as a Professional Construction Project Manager (Pr CPM). Mufaro has had varied experience over a period of 20 years, spanning many industries including, but not limited to, fuel distribution, railway transport systems, automation systems, project finance and mineral processing. This experience has been in various capacities, including projects engineer, site manager, technical management, project management and supply chain.
Gerald Povey has been involved in the supply chain industry for over 30 years within South Africa and the African continent. His present responsibilities include projects, mining and energy verticals as well as developing and executing the strategy for DSV within Sub-Saharan Africa.
DSV is a leading global supplier, fulfilling customer needs for transport and logistics services, targeting extensive growth and being among the most profitable in our industry. This way we are able to set the pace and direction of our own development while being an attractive business partner.
Emuel Schoeman is the Managing Director of Propell Financial Technologies, a leader in working capital and funding solutions. Having garnered extensive experience locally and internationally, Emuel and his team have embarked on a journey to help corporates in South Africa unlock working capital for themselves, and crucially for their suppliers. A qualified accountant (CA(SA)) and a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Emuel completed his articles at PwC. He subsequently enhanced his career overseas, first working for two years in London as an Associate for Credit Suisse, thereafter for Morgan Stanley for 8 years. He began at their London offices, then moved to the Morgan Stanley head offices in New York where he eventually rose up to become an Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer for the Fixed Income Division. Upon returning to South Africa, Emuel joined Propell, which at the time focused solely on sectional title finance. In 2014 Emuel launched Propell Financial Technologies.
In partnership with PrimeRevenue, Propell Financial Technologies offers companies the largest multi-bank supply chain finance platform in the world. They specialize in freeing up cash for companies and hundreds of their suppliers without any new debt. Their unique approach to working capital analysis and programme design has allowed them to successfully design and implement supply chain finance programmes for some of the largest companies in Africa.
Jason has over 17 years of supply chain experience across Sub-Saharan Africa covering manufacturing, sales & operations planning, procurement and logistics. Before joining IFS in 2015, Jason spent eight years at Unilever - the first four in supply, demand and replenishment planning roles and the last four managing the Southern African logistics network. Initially, Jason joined IFS as a consultant, representing Greenroom Supply Chain Solutions, but soon thereafter joined the company full time as the Supply Chain Executive, focusing on optimizing the existing IFS group supply chain network and building capacity and reliability to support the company’s aggressive business growth objectives. This network now spans ten African countries with plans in place to expand further.
Yusuf initially worked as a Project Manager at Kaiser Associates, an international strategic management consultancy. In 2003 he joined the South African Department of Trade and Industry as a Director in the Trade and Investment division, where he headed the ICT unit. In 2009 he was posted to Iran to open a commercial office as the Economic Counsellor and in June 2011 filled the role of Minister Economic at the South African High Commission in London. After returning to South Africa in mid-2014, Yusuf took up a new role within the industrial development division of the department to oversee policy development aimed at growing the interests of the domestic mining equipment manufacturers and establishing the Mining Precinct.
Renato Torres is an executive who built his career path in leading companies in the mining and logistics sectors, and specifically in operations, maintenance, energy and logistics chain management. He spent the past 18 years leading different businesses in ports, railways and roads, which included being responsible for the operation of transport and handling of large volume loads, such as iron ore, steel products, agricultural products and coal. Throughout his years of experience, Renato has built a reputation and good relationship with government stakeholders, municipalities, regulatory agencies and maritime communities. In addition, he has worked in equipment projects, technical advisory in port operations and training programmes in Germany, France, Australia and Africa.
After holding the position of Africa Logistics Operations for Vale, Renato is currently the Chairman of the Nacala Corridor – a 912 km railway line from Moatize in Mozambique to the Northern Region of Nacala-à-Velha, passing through Malawi and a deep-water port. The Corridor is comprised of four companies, namely Corredor Logístico Integrado de Nacala (CLN), Corredor de Desenvolvimento do Norte (CDN), Central East African Railway (CEAR) and Vale Logistics Limited (VLL).
Renato holds a post-graduate qualification in Project Management from the Fachhochschule Karlsruhe in Germany and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UFF.