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2016 Speakers

MOE SHAIK - Group Executive International Financing: DBSA

Moe Shaik is DBSA’s Group Executive: International Finance.

Prior to joining the DBSA, Mr.Shaik held several senior management positions both in the private and public sector.

His various positions included that of CEO at CorpAfrica (Pty) limited, South Africa’s Consul General to Germany, South Africa’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Algeria, Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Head of the SA Secret Services. Mr. Shaik holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree, a Bachelor of Optometry degree and a Masters degree in Optometry (Cum Laude), all from the University of Durban Westville. He has also completed an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at the Harvard Business School in USA (2012).

DAVID HUMPHREY - Global Sector Head Power and Infrastructure: Standard Bank

As global sector head, Power and Infrastructure, David is responsible for developing Standard Bank’s involvement in the growth of this core sector in Africa, and helping clients expand their activities into or within Africa. David has had a career in asset based deals in Europe and Africa, and has specialised in rail and telecoms.  As global head, David oversees industries such as conventional power, renewable energy, construction and cement, as well as transport.  He was formerly employed at the Strategic Rail Authority and then Babcock & Brown (B&B) in the UK, specialising in rail finance.  He was involved in many of the major projects in the late 1990’s and 2000’s, including the West and East Coast Main Line developments in the UK, including the purchase of Angel Trains from RBS in 2008.

SINAZO SIBISI - Group Executive Infrastructure Delivery: DBSA

Over the past thirteen years, Ms Sibisi has worked as a politician, an executive level official and consultant. During the course of her career she has gained in-depth experience in strategic planning, the design and implementation of comprehensive OD programmes, human resource development, programme management as well as regional and local economic development. Ms Sibisi has also gained first-hand insight into the complexities of political processes, city governance and urban transformation and participated in a variety of national policy and legislative processes relating to the transformation of local government and the public sector.

Ms Sibisi was appointed as a Member of the Special Ministerial Task Team on the Establishment of Municipalities in 2000 and has served/serves inter alia as a Board member of the University Of Cape Town Graduate School Of Business Advisory Board, UCT Council, Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Committee, Business Women’s Association Johannesburg and the Isandla Institute.

In January 2005, she joined Deloitte Southern Africa as a Director where she went on to lead the Public Sector Industry for Consulting and the Firm; serve on the Global Public Sector Management Board as well as the Global Advisory Team on Corporate Responsibility; and also spent some time as Head of Corporate Affairs.

In November 2007, Ms Sibisi was appointed as the Chief Investment Officer for the LED initiative within the Development Bank of Southern Africa. In May 2009, she moved to the Development Planning Division as Divisional Executive: Planning, in April 2012 she was then appointed as a Group Executive: Corporate strategy, marketing and communications and in January 2013 became the Group Executive: Infrastructure Delivery for the Bank.

LIZEKA MATSHEKGA - Divisional Executive Agro, Infrastructure & New Industries: IDC

Lizeka Matshekga has over 21 years’ experience in the financial services sector, which includes development funding, investment banking, turnaround and restructuring management, BEE financing and post investment management. Ms. Matshekga holds a Masters Degree in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch, an Honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from University of Cape Town, a BCom degree from University of Western Cape, stock broking Registered Persons Exams and Global Executive Development Program of Gordon Institute of Business School (GIBS).

She currently heads the Industrial Infrastructure Sector Business Unit within the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) where the SBU’s objectives are to:

  • Support specific infrastructure that unlocks or enables industrial capacity development and economic opportunities
  • Ensure that Value Chain projects have all the necessary infrastructure requirements to achieve their developmental outcomes
  • In addition to her wealth of professional experience, Ms. Matshekga is a member of professional bodies namely the Association of Black and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) and the Southern African chapter of the Institute of Directors (IOD). She is also Chairperson of IDC subsidiary, Green Valley Nuts and a Board Member of Aerosud. She has formerly held Chairperson and Board Membership of Crossley of South Africa, Safyr and Fibertex South Africa, which is a subsidiary of a listed Denmark Fibertex Group and Columbus Stainless, a subsidiary of Acinerox. She is also a member of IDC’s Fraud Prevention Committee and a member of an adjudication committee of DTI’s Employment Creation Fund.

    BENE M’POKO - DRC Ambassador to South Africa

    Mr M’Poko spent seventeen years in International Banking with Citibank and Chase Manhattan Bank respectively, as well as in international consulting with the World Bank and the USAID, specialising in the privatisation programmes and private banking restructuring. He also spent ten years with United Nations Development Programme and overall, has held posted assignments in the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is currently the DRC Ambassador to South Africa, a position he has held since June 2001. Mr M’Poko was Educated in the United States and holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration, M.B.A. in International Finance and post M.B.A. certificate in Organization Theory and Forecasting.

    JP LABUSCHAGNE - Lead infrastructure and Capital Projects: Deloitte and Touche

    Jean-Pierre is an Infrastructure and PPP specialist and has been involved in various PPP roles in both the public and private sectors. He is the Deloitte Africa Lead for Infrastructure and Capital Projects and is also responsible for the financial modelling team within Corporate Finance. Jean-Pierre is currently working on the Gautrain extension feasibility study, and a PPP for the National Metrology Institute of South Africa. He is also currently advising on Broadband, waste to energy and solid waste and schools infrastructure PPPs. In addition, he has provided PPP training to the governments of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zimbabwe; continues to present various Deloitte internal training courses in South Africa and offers training at Deloitte University

    Jean-Pierre’s experience includes Project Officer roles on behalf of the Department of Rural Development head office PPP, as well as the South African Police Service’s head office PPP.  Other PPP experience includes assisting Imvelo, a private bidder, to reach commercial and financial close on the Department of Environment’s PPP accommodation project; he led the team advising the South African Department of Communications to establish a national emergency response call centre; and has also worked on PPPs involving, hospitals, traders markets, railway stations, broadband, sewerage and water treatment works. Jean-Pierre has also assisted the governments of Swaziland and Lesotho in the design of PPP Units and policies and regulations.

    POYA RASEKHI - Leader: Arup Southern Africa

    Poya Rasekhi was appointed CEO of Arup Southern Africa on 1 November 2015, having joined the prestigious international firm in 2008. An electrical engineer by profession, with a Master’s Degree in Technology Electrical Engineering (SA), he has a MBA (UK), Management Advancement Programme (SA) and Project Management Professional (PMI). His 24-year career spans three continents, having worked for Eskom, the EU, Baha’i World Centre and Profascia in various aspects of commercial and project management. He has proven leadership skills, managing multidisciplinary teams focused on excellence. He has well-developed analytical and problem solving abilities, implementing innovative solutions for effective and sustainable results.

    JOHNY M. SMITH - CEO: Walvis Bay Corridor Group

    Johny M. Smith is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group. The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) constitutes a Public Private Partnership (PPP) of transport and logistics stakeholders, who jointly work towards developing the various Corridor routes through the Port of Walvis Bay, and facilitating fast, safe, reliable and efficient transport along these routes.

    As the CEO of the WBCG, he is leading the growth and development of new business along the three main corridor routes in Namibia. These corridor routes are the TransKalahari route which links Namibia with Botswana and Gauteng, The Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi route which links Namibia with Zambia, DRC and Zimbabwe as well as the TransCunene Highway, which links Namibia to Southern Angola.

    He has more than 25 year’s commercial experience in the fields of telecommunications, land and sea transportation. His relevant experience covers the aspects of Business Strategy, Organisational development, Business Development, Marketing and Project Management. He has previously been serving various positions and roles at Namport, Telecom Namibia as well as TransNamib.

    SEAN MOLLOY - General Manager Integrated Infrastructure: GIBB

    Sean has over 27 years’ experience as a civil engineer and has garnered valuable skills over the yearsin project management, contract documentation and the design and construction supervision of low income townships – particularly those involving labour intensive construction methods. He also has experience in master planning civil services for large towns.

    After attaining a Bachelor of Science and Civil Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town in 1988 he worked on several projects including being the Project Executive, Leader and Engineer for the Two Oceans Development Company, responsible for detailed design, documentation and tender evaluation of full services. During this time he also worked on the construction of 3.9 km of main roads and bulk services for the Cape Provincial Administration as well as other projects in road construction and services in townships in and around Cape Town. While working on these projects, Sean joined Van Niekerk Kleyns and Edwards as an engineer and stayed with them till 1990.

    In 1990, Sean joined Kent County Council as their Highway Maintenance Engineer, moving to GIBB in 1991 where he continued working on various projects including upgrading infrastructure in Blue Downs under the Regional Services Council, upgrading and rehabilitating roads, sewer and stormwater infrastructure in an existing industrial township under the Strand and Ikapa Municipalities and preliminary design, rehabilitation survey and reporting on major bus routes in Cape Town.

    More recently Sean has worked on high density housing units for the N2 Gateway housing project for Sobambisana , and led the development of approximately 16 700 integrated housing opportunities ranging from subsidy to bonded homes, schools, commercial and industrial areas for Garden Cities. Sean is currently working on several projects in the Western Cape. Despite his busy schedule, Sean is also a member of a number of high ranking associations. He is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, registered as a Professional Construction Project Manager, as well as a member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers.

    VIBHUTI JAIN - Project Finance Advisor: Power Africa

    Vibhuti is Power Africa’s Project Finance Advisor based in South Africa. Power Africa is a U.S. government-led initiative, launched by President Obama in 2013, to increase electricity generation and access in sub-Saharan Africa. Vibhuti has over eight years of financial services experience in cross-border banking and corporate and project finance.

    Prior to joining Power Africa, she was a senior member of the banking and regulatory groups at the New York-based broker-dealer, KGS-Alpha Capital Markets. She was previously an attorney at the law firms of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York and London.

    Vibhuti has also worked across the African continent as Deputy General Counsel for Millennium Promise, the economic development initiative co-founded by economist Jeffrey Sachs.  Vibhuti is a New York-admitted attorney and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

    GEORGE RAUTENBACH - CEO: Africa Business Experts

    After 20 years of working and living in France and Africa, including Madagascar, as a South African diplomat and then as Chief of Staff to the United Nations, George Rautenbach has built up an impressive network of Executive Level Business Leaders as well as High Level Government Officials across the continent, including but not limited to West Africa, Central Africa and East Africa. He came back to South Africa to establish Africa Business Experts through which he can assist South African companies in maximising their success rate in Africa. Having been directly involved in two of the continent’s high profile negotiations with successful outcomes, Burundi and Côte d’Ivoire, he has significant expertise in high-level negotiations, partnership identification, facilitation and general business acumen. Africa Business Experts offers market entry, risk consulting and management advisory services; counter party political and reputational assessments as well as transnational facilitation and corporate governance advice in Africa. He studied music, psychology and international relations and also holds a Masters Degree in Development Management from the London Open University.

    HLENGIWE KHUMALO - CEO: Construction Industry Development Board

    Ms Hlengiwe Khumalo is the Acting CEO of the Construction Industry Development Board, a statutory body established to lead construction industry development for improved performance and better contribution to society and the economy.

    She joined the CIDB in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer, heading up in addition to her financial duties, Supply Chain Management, IT, Facilities and Human Resource. In addition to her academic achievements in the commercial field Ms Khumalo holds a Masters Degree in Business Leadership. She has worked in various industries as an accountant in the private and public sector.

    PETER VARNDELL - Technical Specialist: NEPAD Business Foundation Africa Infrastructure Desk.

    Peter Varndell is a chartered professional civil engineer with 14 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of major infrastructure projects. Peter has gained valuable experience in all phases of the project cycle from feasibility studies through to construction. Peter prides himself as an excellent team player ensuring that projects are successfully planned and delivered to the satisfaction of stakeholders. Peter’s key areas of experience include:

  • Major transportation, water and hydropower projects
  • Various procurement methods ranging from conventional to EPC to PPPs
  • Public and Private Stakeholder management to accelerate priority infrastructure projects in Africa
  • Project Management
  • Peter is currently a technical specialist for the NEPAD Business Foundation Africa Infrastructure Desk. Apart from his involvement in assisting to unlock priority infrastructure projects on the African continent he is responsible for strategic planning and business development.

    THEMBA MOSAI - Executive: Africa Group Five

    Themba provides leadership to the group in actively pursuing business in South Africa and the rest of the African continent, focusing on large multidisciplinary infrastructure projects that offer annuity income opportunity. With his vast network, Themba is playing an instrumental role in positioning Group Five as a top of mind infrastructure partner and a leading infrastructure company on the continent.

    STANLEY NTAKUMBA - Chief Director: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Policy and Capacity Building.

    Mr Stanley Ntakumba works for the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency of South Africa as Chief Director: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Policy and Capacity Building. He is also responsible for the Knowledge Management and International Collaboration functions of DPME. From August 2014 to October 2015 he was Acting Deputy Director-General: Institutional Performance M&E Branch at DPME. He was elected to the Board of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) for a 3-year term (September 2012 to October 2015) and became its Deputy Chairperson in 2014/15.

    Stanley joined the Presidency in 2007 as a Director: Government-wide M&E in the erstwhile Policy Coordination and Advisory Services (PCAS), which is a precursor of DPME. Previously he worked as research manager (Assistant Director and Deputy Director) at the Government Communication and Information System.

    Furthermore, he was a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, under the erstwhile Knowledge Systems Group. This team conducted research on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology on National Innovation, Research and Development Indicators; Information Society and Development; and Knowledge Management Practices. He used to be a high school teacher and a university tutor, as well as a warden of a postgraduate residence at Rhodes University.

    Stanley’s passion is to use his skills to make a contribution towards ensuring that planning, monitoring and evaluation knowledge is used effectively to improve the quality of life in South Africa and internationally.

    NTLAI MOSIAH - Head of Power and Infrastructure, SA Corporate and Investment: Standard Bank

    Ntlai is SA Head of Power and Infrastructure in the corporate and investment banking division. He completed a Bachelor’s course in Electrical Engineering, a post-graduate course in Industrial Engineering – GDE (Industrial) Engineering and a Deloitte Executive Development Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Johannesburg. He has been with Standard Bank for 8 years, during which time he led the Infrastructure Advisory business and advised on Renewables, Baseload Coal, Bagass and Hydro powered deals. In Coverage, he leads teams dealing with the Utilities in SA and the rest of SADC.

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