Speakers

Nhlanhla Nene Former Minister of Finance of South Africa
Work experience:

  • Metropolitan Life : Sales Representative and later Branch Administrative Manager 1985 – 1999
  • Local Government Counsellor 1996 – 1999
  • Member of Parliament (Republic of South Africa) 1999 – 2015
  • Co-Chairperson of the Joint Budget Committee 2002-2004
  • Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Finance 2004 – 2008
  • Deputy Minister of Finance (Republic of South Africa) 2008 – 2014
  • Chairman of the Public Investment Corporation (which manages the funds of the State pension funds) 2008- 2014
  • Member of the Local Organizing Committee for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Confederation of Football Association, and African Nations Championship 2009 – 2013
  • Minister of Finance (Republic of South Africa) 2014-2015
  • Non executive director – Allan Gray – April 2016 to date
  • Resident Advisor – Thebe Investment Corporation – May 2016

Political career:

  • Active in Student politics 1976/77- Georgetown High School – Pietermaritzburg
  • Member and shop steward: SACCAWU (South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers’ Union) 1990 – 1999, and part of the national negotiating team
  • Regional Secretary of Ukhahlamba (Drakensberg) ANC region 1997 – 2000
  • Chairperson of the ANC caucus at the Indlovu Regional Council 1996 – 1999

Lawrence Ajuyah KSG, CEng, FICE, FNSE, FNIM
Mr. Ajuyah has been in engineering and management practice for over 38 years, initially in consulting practice and later in the oil & gas industry where he recently retired as the Major Pipelines and Civil Engineering Projects Manager for Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. He is currently engaged in engineering and management advisory services as a consultant. He is ICE Country Representative for Nigeria.

Prof Yunus Ballim
Yunus Ballim holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in civil engineering from Wits University. After six years in the construction industry, he was awarded the Portland Cement Institute Research Fellowship based at Wits in 1989, was appointed as a lecturer in 1992 and he currently holds a personal professorship in Civil Engineering at Wits. He was the Head of the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering from 2001 to 2005. His research is mainly in cement and concrete materials science and he has published around 80 peer-reviewed articles in this field. He holds a National Research Foundation rating as a researcher and has done so since 1994.

He served as the founding President of the African Materials Research Society and held the Bram Fisher-Oxford Fellowship in 2000. Between 2006 and 2012, he served as the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic and the Vice-Principal at Wits. He served two terms as a member of the Commission for Higher Education in South Africa and was Chair of the Higher Education Quality Council. In 2012 and 2013, he was the Chair of the Board of the National Institute for Higher Education in the Northern Cape and is presently the Vice-Chancellor of the new Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley

Eelco H. Dykstra MD, is Executive Chairman of Daily Impact Emergency Management (DIEM).
With thirty years of international emergency management experience in a wide variety of settings and a proven ability to effectively deal with European, US, African and Asian approaches to emergency management systems and their respective stakeholders, Eelco is an acclaimed presenter and motivator, particularly with interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and inter- sector audiences.

Seán Harris ICE Director of Membership
An engineer of thirty years’ experience and a qualified teacher, Seán commissioned into the Royal Engineers and thereafter served with the Brigade of Gurkhas for most of his career; he served twice in Hong Kong and Brunei as well as Nepal and Europe.

His penultimate role in the British Army was as Corps Colonel Royal Engineers where he oversaw the Institution of Royal Engineers as it gained and implemented the Engineering Council licence to qualify members as Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer. He sees professional development and whole life learning as being core to the membership offer of the Institution.

His final role saw him in the role of Defence Attaché to Nepal and Commander British Gurkhas where he was responsible for the delivery of the UK’s defence diplomacy programme. In a distinguished career, he has built up significant leadership, operational, planning and financial experience.

Seán has a real focus on meeting the needs of members. He recognises the importance of the membership in the Regions and internationally and has begun placing the needs of members at the heart of our policy and planning. All programmes being delivered are aimed at enhancing the quality and depth of the offer and raising the standard of what members can expect from the ICE.

Seán took over as the Director of Membership in August 2015.

Trudy Morgan MBA. B.Eng (Hons), C.Eng, MICE, MAPM
Trudy Morgan is a Chartered Engineer and is the International Representative for the Institution of Civil Engineers in Sierra Leone. Trudy has an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management as well as BEng (Hons) from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. Trudy is a Member of the Association of Project Managers. She is currently a Vice President of the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers, President of the Sierra Leone Women Engineers and is on the board of the Professional Engineers’ Registration Council. Trudy is a trustee with the UK based charity, Engineers for Change – Sierra Leone and is responsible for building relationships for EFC(SL) in Sierra Leone. She is currently working in Sierra Leone as the Programme Director on the $80M design and construction of the new Hilton Cape Sierra Hotel in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Whilst in Sierra Leone, she has also worked with the World Bank in developing a programme to address the challenges of inadequate of the urban services provision within the capital, Freetown and more recently on the Schools Reopening Programme in response to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. She is a Presidential nominee to the National Privatisation Commission and has been working with the Ministry of Finance to leverage the recently created Skills Development Fund for young engineers. She has been appointed as the Project Coordinator for the success deployment of the Young Engineers Corp, a pilot project under the Africa Catalyst Programme, being implemented by the Royal Academy of Engineers.

Trudy has over 20 years-experience of project based assignments, successfully applying her engineering, consulting and project management skills to a wide range of business problems enabling the successful implementation of practical and cost effective solutions. She has worked in the construction, health and transportation sectors and has combined logic and analytical skills from her engineering background with business management, commercial and team leadership skills to provide a financial and strategic capability that is relevant to today’s ever-changing business environment.

Peter Morris
Peter Morris is a Zimbabwean engineer with 44 years of experience. He has a BSc(Eng) in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town and MSc, DIC in Public Health Engineering from Imperial College in London. He worked for the City of Harare for 10 years, was with a consulting firm for 28 years and is now a freelance consultant. While most of his experience has been in Zimbabwe, he has also been involved in projects in Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Angola and Mauritius.

Recent clients include the World Bank, GIZ, DfID and Danida. He has designed and supervised construction of water and sewage treatment works, pump stations, pipelines and reticulation systems. Much of his recent work has been rehabilitation of water and sewerage systems. He is the ICE Country Representative for Zimbabwe, is Past President of the Zimbabwe Association of Consulting Engineers and is a Councillor on the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe.

Rajesh Rohatgi Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank
Rajesh Rohatgi is a Chartered Civil Engineer, with over 20 years’ experience in the Infrastructure industry, primarily in policy formulation, project financing, appraisals and management of transport sector projects. He currently works as Senior Transport Specialist in the Transport and ICT Global Practice of the World Bank. He has worked in United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, India and Kenya. Rajesh holds a Master’s Degree in Traffic and Transportation Planning and Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering.

Kumbwaeli Salewi
Kumbwaeli Salewi holds BSc Eng (University of Dar es Salaam. MSc Civil Engineering Structures (City University London), MBA (Nottingham Business School), PhD (WIU USA). He is A Fellow Institution of Engineers Tanzania, Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers, Chartered Engineer and Fellow Institution of Civil Engineers, Past President Institution of Engineers Tanzania and Board Member of Engineers Registration Board Tanzania. He has over 35 years of experience in civil engineering practice including development and management of donor funded development projects and programmes including within the UN system. He is a FIDIC Accredited Adjudicator and Arbitrator Tanzania

Professor Tim Broyd FREng CEng FICE FRSA
Tim is Professor of Built Environment Foresight at University College London as well as an Honorary Professor of Civil Engineering at the same university. He recently moved to UCL following a career in industry, and has substantial experience as corporate director of technology, innovation and sustainability for globally operating engineering design consultancies. In addition he was CEO of construction industry research body CIRIA from 2002 to 2007. Within his new role he works with leading individuals in industry, government and academia to understand and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. He is a leading advocate for BIM (Building Information Modelling), was a founding member of the UK Government’s BIM Task Group, was lead author of the UK’s published strategy on BIM Level 3 (‘lifetime BIM’) and has provided advice in this area to the development teams of a number of large infrastructure projects. In the summer of 2016 he will become the founding Director of UCL’s new Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment (iDIBE).

Tim is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a Vice Chairman and Director of the Construction Industry Council and a Director of Thomas Telford Limited. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of BRE Global, having previously been a Director of CEEQUAL Limited. Tim became a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2011, and will become its President in November 2016.

Tim graduated from the University of Birmingham with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering, and remained there to study for a PhD in the mixing of salt and fresh waters in natural British estuaries.

Peter Varndell
Peter Varndell is a chartered professional civil engineer with 14 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of major infrastructure projects.

Peter’s key areas of experience include:

  • Major transportation, water and hydropower projects.
  • Public and Private Stakeholder management to accelerate priority infrastructure projects in Africa.

Peter is currently the Programme Manager for the NEPAD Business Foundation Africa Infrastructure Desk where his focus is on assisting to unlock priority infrastructure projects on the African continent.

Owen Chirwa B.Eng. (Hons) CEng (MICE), ICE Representative for Zambia
Owen Chirwa is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over ten years working experience in the UK highways and transportation sector, and over five years in the infrastructure sector of sub-Saharan Africa.

Earlier in his training, Owen was actively involved in the UK Graduates and Students section both at work and the ICE, having come second in the ICE papers competition, a finalist in the ACE’s “Young Consulting Engineer of the Year”, and contributing to the student magazine, “Target”.

Owen graduated from Kingston University and has worked for several organizations such as Atkins, High Point Rendell, URS Infrastructure and BCHOD in Zambia. Owen is co-founder and Managing Director of PRAXIS Solutions (Zambia) Limited which was set up to provide technical and innovative solutions for the built environment within the SADC Region.

As well as being the ICE Representative for Zambia, Owen is also a council member of Association of Consulting Engineers of Zambia.

Dr. Eng. Andrew G. Naimanye PhD, MSc(Eng), BEng, CEng, MICE, MCIHT

Dr. Eng. Andrew Naimanye is a Chartered Civil Engineer/Transport Planner with 20 years’ professional experience including 14 years management experience gained on a wide range of civil, structural, water, airport, transport planning, road safety, railway and highway engineering projects in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Seven years of experience has been gained in the SSA transport sector at senior management level.

Dr. Andrew Naimanye holds a Ph.D. degree in Transport Economics, MSc (Eng) in Transport Planning & Engineering and BEng degree in Civil Engineering. All the three degrees were awarded by the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Andrew is also a UK certified Road Safety Auditor

Andrew has been a Road Fund Manager in Uganda for the last seven years and his research interests revolve around fair allocation of road funds and equitable road scheme prioritisation in developing countries.

Professor George C Fanourakis

Professor George C Fanourakis joined the Department of Civil Engineering Technology at the (now) University of Johannesburg almost 23 years ago, after leaving the employ of Jones and Wagener (Pty) Ltd Consulting Engineers. He holds the degrees of MSc(Eng) and DTech(Eng). He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a Fellow of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), Honorary Fellow (and Past-President) of the Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists (IPET) and Member of the Soil Science Society of Southern Africa. He received the 2006 Best Journal Paper Award from SAICE.

Sundran Naicker Pr Eng FSAICE, SAICE President 2017

Sundran Naicker is a Professional Civil Engineer, specialising in geometric road design, transportation and road infrastructure projects. His experience which spans a period of 19 years’ ranges between Municipal road infrastructure (including public transport) to National Road infrastructure. Sundran is Past Chairperson of the Transportation Division of SAICE (2007 and 2008), a Fellow of SAICE and President of SAICE for 2017.

As director of Nyeleti, Sundran oversees the road infrastructure design team within the company. He has also been extensively involved in the management of Nyeleti with regard to development and transformation strategy as well as business planning and budget controls. He has developed a rapport with his clients across various spheres of government and continues to contribute to the development of the profession.