Seth Akweshie, who holds qualifications in economics, international business management and accountancy, has a distinguished career as an academic (Fulbright scholar and university lecturer) and industrial civil servant (Botswana) and is an accomplished industrial development consultant specialising in African industry.
His experience encompasses regional, national, sector and company issues. He has experience in sustainable industrial development, sustainability and cleaner production, governance, upgrading and modernisation and industrial cooperation and regional value chains. He was appointed by UNIDO as the SADC Regional Coordinator for the African Productive Capacity Initiative and has worked well with senior industrial sector policy makers throughout the region. Seth is currently the Industrialisation Advisor to the SADC Secretariat, providing substantive support for implementation of the SADC Industrialisation Action Plan.
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.
Dr. Busia is the Acting Coordinator of the African Mineral Development Centre. He also leads the governance and participation team under the African Mining Vision, an African Union mining flagship for sustainable development. He led the AMDC in the design and development of the Country Mining Vision Guidebook which is now being rolled out in a number of African countries for the domestication of the African Mining Vision. He spent nearly a decade leading the United Nation Economic Commission on Africa’s support to the African Peer Review Mechanism for the African Union/NEPAD, helping the flagship programme to gain traction and institutional support throughout Africa and globally.
In this role, he facilitated the adoption of the Peer Review Mechanism as the major framework for addressing natural resource governance challenges in Africa. His career spans a range of additional assignments at the international, multi-lateral and ODA level throughout Africa and globally including design and implementation of a Regional Democracy and Conflict Prevention Programme in West Africa. He is a frequent lecturer on business, economics, governance and development at major events in Africa and globally.
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.
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.
Howard Galloway began his career in the mining industry at Rand Mines as a Learner Official in 1980. He has 38 years of experience in the mining industry. He has held various positions over the years, from a shift boss and a mine overseer, ending his time in BECSA as Mine Manager at Eikeboom Colliery. Howard then worked independently as a consultant for various mines and projects, spent seven years with Andru Mining, a contract mining company, as Regional Manager. He then consulted again with BluePrint Solutions. He is currently working as the General Manager for Canyon Mining Services and is the MD of the newly established Phambili Contract Mining Services.
He holds an MBL (2004) and a B Com (1993) from UNISA, and a National Higher Diploma in Metalliferous Mining (1983) from Wits Technikon, as well as the GCC for both Metalliferous and Coal Mines. Howard has an excellent knowledge of all spheres of opencast mining, process flow and he is passionate about leadership and people.
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.
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.
Lullu Krugel is the Chief Economist for PwC South Africa and a Partner in PwC's Advisory business, where she leads a team of 15 economists that interact with clients across the African continent. She has 17 years of experience in the consulting environment.
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.
Tony Penfold is a Diplomate Mechanical Engineer who came to South Africa on a three-year contract in 1980 and is still here. Originally from a manufacturing production background, he has developed into the contracting and commercial environment, particularly in the execution of often-complicated mining processing plant construction. Over the period of South Africa’s expansion into the rest of Africa he has been involved in the negotiation and execution of various, often financed, cross-border projects.
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.
Virusha Subban is a partner in our Johannesburg office Tax Practice.
She specialises in customs and excise and international trade. She advises clients on how to structure their business operations from a customs and excise duty perspective. Her expertise extends to all customs-related risks in the context of cross-border transactions. She also conducts customs reviews and health checks and provides training to companies that wish to avert customs and excise risk.
Virusha is a past vice-chairperson of the SAICA Customs Sub-committee.
She has BA(Law) and LLB degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an LLM from the University of South Africa and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Tax from the University of Pretoria.
Chris qualified as an attorney in 2001 and practised as such until the end of 2012. He then moved into the construction and engineering field where he acted as legal and commercial advisor to an international projects company. Chris joined DRA Projects in 2014 and is currently acting as the Commercial Manager in its commercial and legal department, giving advice on all commercial, legal and risk aspects for various projects across the globe.
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.
Hennie van der Walt is the Group Aftermarket and Customer Support Director at Bell Equipment, a global supplier of mining and construction equipment. Hennie is responsible for the aftermarket logistics network, as well as the parts and services support globally. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA and has occupied senior positions in Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEM) value chains, including product development, manufacturing, logistics and product support. He has been actively involved in transforming the African supply chains for some of the biggest multinational OEMs.
Patricia Williams is a partner in our Tax Practice at Bowmans. She has exceptional skills, being a Chartered Accountant (SA) and an admitted attorney (LLB). Furthermore, she holds a MBA (cum laude) (GIBS), an H-Dip. Tax Diploma and has completed her chartered financial analyst (CFA) level 1 to 3 exams.
Patricia specialises in tax-related dispute resolution although her expertise extends to providing tax structuring advice within the context of mergers and acquisitions, including transactions in the private equity fund industry. Her accounting and other financial qualifications enable her to assist with financial modelling and pricing calculations in complex transactions. Patricia also has extensive experience in tax due diligences, where her knowledge of accountancy and law gives her a unique advantage.
Prior to joining Bowmans, Patricia built a solid reputation as a tax dispute specialist whilst she was heading up the Tax Dispute Resolution Practice in one of the leading law firms in Johannesburg. She has also spent several years at Deloitte in their tax practice as well as a short stint with SARS, which gave her insight into their approach and tactics.
In view of the ever increasing tax disputes faced by our clients and the litigious attitude of SARS, Patricia adds a critical skill and support to our Tax Team.