Introducing Africa’s Captains of Construction and Infrastructure for 2017

Captains of Construction Keynote session

Captains of Construction Keynote session

With Africa on the threshold of industrialisation, 2017 bears witness yet again to the resilience of Africa’s industry players and the innovative ways that infrastructure projects are being implemented.  The latest infrastructure projects and trends for the African marketplace were highlighted recently at the 3rd annual Captains of Construction and Infrastructure Leadership Forum that was held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa from 23 to 24 May 2017.

From project inception, to bankability and financing, to design, build, and operation – As Africa’s construction and infrastructure landscape continues to evolve, The Leadership Forum keeps pace with Africa’s cardinal leaders who are meeting the infrastructure challenge head on, identifying bankable infrastructure projects, developing successful public-private partnerships, and optimising spending.

Every year the Leadership Forum also serves as the official platform for the annual Captains of Construction and Infrastructure handbook launch to highlight Africa’s most competent and passionate leaders on an annual basis.

This year the Leadership Forum hosted 25 private and public sector leaders contributing their experience and expertise to the onsite round table discussions.  MEC Jacob Mamabolo from Gauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development delivered the keynote address and was joined by experts from African investor, Deloitte, South Africa’s National Department of Public Works and more to discuss the creation of a favourable regulatory climate for infrastructure investment and build in Africa.  Gender empowerment, industry transformation including urban regeneration, leadership and enterprise development were identified as key focus areas to drive African growth and industrialisation.

Over 75 VIPs, including private sector CEOs and public sector senior government officials, attended the 2017 Leadership Forum which was supported by 14 sponsors and partners including Arup, Mota-Engil Construction South Africa, McKinsey& Company and South Africa’s Department of Human Settlements.

At the 2017 Captains of Construction and Infrastructure book launch, which took place during the Forum on 23 May 2017, 19 African leaders were identified and featured for their respective exemplary contributions to the development of the built environment.

Introducing the 2017 Captains:

  1. Siyabonga Gama, the Group Chief Executive at the helm of Transnet
  2. Webster Mfebe, CEO of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors, who has been pioneering industry transformation throughout his career
  3. Alejandro Escalona, General Manager of Fluor, who is helping to bring Fluor’s global expertise to Africa
  4. Damane Hlalele, Director at Arup and a seasoned expert in the engineering and construction industries who continues to contribute to Africa’s growth story
  5. Carlos Galego, Managing Director of Mota-Engil Construction South Africa, one of Africa’s oldest EPCs, originating in Angola
  6. Joe Odhiambo, CEO of Agrement South Africa,who is at the cutting edge, qualifying and regulating new products to boost sustainability of construction and infrastructure
  7. Thandiwe Ngqobe, Acting CEO of the National Home Builders Registration Council who has proven results in the delivery of social infrastructure
  8. Lizeka Matshekga, Head: Industrial Infrastructure SBU at the Industrial Development Corporation, who is an infrastructure visionary able to identify bankable projects across all infrastructure sectors from water to energy to transport
  9. Ken McLean, CEO of Lafarge South Africa at the helm of Lafarge, who is driving sustainability through green initiatives for concrete
  10. Mike Mulcahy, CEO of GreenCape, who is dedicated to the development of the green economy and changing the way that builders rubble is being used in African construction projects
  11. Rob Hersov, CEO of Invest Africa, who is an investor and analyst and expert in the art of identifying Africa’s hot spots for investment
  12. MEC Jacob Mamabolo dedicated not only to infrastructure and service delivery but also to urban regeneration in the Gauteng province
  13. Thabo Molekoa, CEO sub-Saharan Africa at thyssenkrupp, who is pioneering industrialisation in Africa
  14. Hiroyuki Nemoto, Executive Director of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), who is pioneering trade and development for Africa on an international scale
  15. Viktor Polikarpov, Regional Vice President of Sub-Saharan Africa at ROSATOM who has vast nuclear expertise and will be one of the pioneers for the next energy revolution in Africa
  16. Kannan Lakmeeharan, Partner at McKinsey & Company who has vast expertise in project inception, design and planning to assist EPCs and project owners to develop bankable projects on budget and on time
  17. Hubert Danso, CEO and Vice Chairman of African investor who is an expert in finance identifying new approaches and new finance models towards closing Africa’s infrastructure gap
  18. Jean-Pierre Labuschagne, Africa Lead for Infrastructure and Capital Projects at Deloitte who is an expert in the formulation of successful PPPs for infrastructure build and project delivery
  19. Chris Hart, Executive Director of Leapfrog Global & Leapfrog Impact Capital who is an economist striving to transform the industry towards investment evergreens as the 4th industrial revolution  arrives on Africa’s shores

The Captains Leadership Forum reconvenes in May 2018 to measure collective progress for Africa’s growth story and the industrialisation of the continent that will see African citizens prosper.