Sylvester Katambare is a mining and engineering professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry. He is currently serving as the General Manager (Director) of Richsphere Pty Ltd, a position he has held since 2018. Prior to this, he worked as the Engineering Manager at Bulawayo Mining Company from 2016 to 2018 and as the Operations & Engineering Manager (Director) at Cethlane Holdings from 2014 to 2016. Katambare has also held positions such as Hot Metals Maintenance & Project Superintendent at BCL Mine from 2006 to 2014, Resident Engineer Smelter & Transport at Bindura Nickel Corporation from 2003 to 2006, Opencast Sectional Engineer at Hwange Colliery Company in 2002, and Plant Engineer at Sable Chemicals Industries from 1995 to 2001. He began his career as a Trainee Engineer at Gulliver Consolidated in 1994. Throughout his career, Katambare has developed skills and competencies in maintenance, shutdowns, and project management, business improvement, financial management, technical capacity, problem-solving, and interpersonal communication. He is also an entrepreneur and leader who is passionate about mentorship and youth development..
Dr Isaac Beas
Dr. Isaac Beas is a highly accomplished researcher in renewable energy and heterogeneous catalysis. Dr. Isaac has over 10 years of experience in the field and has significantly contributed to creating new, more effective catalysts for various renewable energy applications. Under the guidance of Prof. Neil Coville and R. Meijboom, Dr. Beas completed his Ph.D. in Catalysis and Energy at the University of Johannesburg, and the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he worked on creating novel heterogeneous catalysts for converting biomass into renewable fuels. He joined a research team at the University of South Africa's Department of Chemical Engineering after receiving his Ph.D. there. He proceeded to create and improve catalysts for various renewable energy applications. Professor Linda Jewell led the group. Understanding the underlying principles that control the activity and selectivity of heterogeneous catalysts has been the main goal of Dr. Beas' study. He has gained a profound understanding of the intricate interactions between catalyst structure, composition, and reaction conditions. He has created and synthesized new, more effective catalysts for various processes using this understanding. Numerous papers from Dr. Beas's research have appeared in eminent academic journals. Dr. Beas is not only a researcher but also a very involved part of the scientific community, working as a reviewer for many journals.. Overall, Dr. Isaac N. Beas is a well-known and accomplished researcher in heterogeneous catalysis and renewable energy whose work has advanced our knowledge of the fundamental concepts that underlie catalytic reactions and has prompted the creation of more effective and sustainable energy technologies.
Prof. Jean-Pierre de la Porte
Jean-Pierre de la Porte is a policy and strategic sector framework expert with over 40 years of experience in the field. He has worked on various projects, including the development of the Corporate Governance Code for State Owned Enterprises in Botswana and the management of a partnership between the University of Toronto and Botswana. He has also concluded an MoU between the University of Bologna and HRDC to establish an Education Hub in Botswana, led a multisector delegation from Botswana to North Italy to study hubs, clusters, and centers of excellence, and facilitated in the transformation of key State-Owned Enterprises in South Africa between 1995 and 2014. Additionally, he has experience in managing stakeholder relations, private sector and public involvement, and consultation processes. He has taught and supervised external examined courses on methodology, architecture, and urban design at various universities.
Elmah holds a Master of Science in Environmental Science, a Post-Grad Diploma in International Environmental Law and has successfully completed the Executive Development Programme with the University of Stellenbosch in 2022. Her post-graduate experience spans 25 years, 22 years of which were spent gaining insight into planning and execution of public participation as part of broader Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) studies. Her clientele ranges from Government institutions, state operated entities as well as the private sector. She has been instrumental in infusing sustainable development principles in large capital investment projects that cut across sectors that include but not limited to water development, mining, tourism, commercial, land use, and waste management. Professionally, Elmah is a certified Principal Environmental Assessment Practitioner by the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Board (EAP Board); the entity she presided over as Chairman from 2017-2021. She has recently (2022) been re-licenced by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Federation Board to deliver core courses of the Global Learning Pathway curriculum. Elmah holds training licences for the region-Southern Africa as a bonafide member of IAP2 Southern Africa and across regions as an International Training Partner. She is certified to offer training in Public Participation and Integrated Environmental Management courses by the is Botswana Qualifications Authority.
Prof. Cheddi Kiravu
Prof. Kiravu is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the New Era College of Arts, Science and Technology. He is an electrical engineer and holds a PhD (Engineering) in sustainable energy systems. Prof. Kiravu has been the founding and long-time Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre at the University of Botswana whose mission was to advance interdisciplinary research, education and advocacy for clean energy. His research interests focus on the nexus: energetics-sustainable development; in particular, rural socio-economic development.
Zain is currently employed at Bryte Insurance company in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Product Specialist in the engineering team and is responsible for providing expert underwriting, governance and risk management support across the suite of engineering Insurance products that Bryte offers into the sub-Saharan region. His responsibilities include risk assessment and pricing, policy wording appraisal, systems development and product development & training. Zain has a post-graduate qualification in both geology and management. He has a specialist understanding of the mining industry in South Africa which he gained during his employment with Anglo American and De Beers. Zain represents Bryte on the South African Association of Engineering Insurer’s (SAAEI) Executive Committee, a subsidiary of the South African Insurance Association (SAIA). He served as the SAAEI chairman between 2015 - 2017. Zain is widely known and recognized in the South African insurance market for his technical expertise and is instrumental in the organizing and hosting of the local annual engineering conference and has published several articles relating to engineering insurance. He has attended several international insurance conferences in Germany, Qatar, Mexico, Austria and Singapore.
Bashi has held Director / CEO positions of growing responsibility and profile for the past 22 years – both in the private and public sectors, as well as for two global entities: KPMG Consulting and Accenture. He has extensive experience in the banking, insurance, investments, tourism, mining, manufacturing, and telecommunications sectors. His functional experience covers strategy, transformation, project management, project funding, business development, change management, technology and innovation, and entrepreneurship and enterprise development. Bashi is an accomplished strategist and a Certified Balanced Scorecard Professional. He has led over 20 strategy development and implementation projects based on the Nine Steps to Success Framework of the Balanced Scorecard. He has delivered value within complex global organisations and has experience across several African countries including South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Mauritius.
Mr. Gaogane is an executive director and senior consultant with Innolead Consulting. He holds a number of professional project management certificates including PMP, PRINCE2, Project Controls, and Better Business Cases. He has established the partnership of Innolead with professional bodies like PMI, APMG, APM, AXELOS, and AACE in pursuit of capacitating the nation in project management and project controls. He is currently providing project directorship and project controls services for a number of MEGA projects amounting to more than P6 billion. He is a certified Project Management Practitioner with experience almost spanning 2 decades. He has been involved in MEGA infrastructure projects such as Water, Mining, and Energy amounting to more than P10 billion.
My name is Obonye Motokwane, a young man from Kang in the Kgalagadi District. I currently work as a Design Engineer in Bergstan Consulting & Development Engineers under the Water & Sanitation as well as the Transport & infrastructure Divisions. I am also a fellow of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation whose main aim is to grow impactful and responsible leaders and entrepreneurs in Southern Africa. I possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town complemented by Project Management and Procurement & Tendering short courses from the University of Pretoria. My engineering career started in Cape Town where I worked for Martin & East Construction as a Construction supervisor. I then left Cape Town to continue my career back home where I started off as Site Engineer for China Jiangsu International for the Three Grade Separated Interchanges, specifically at the BTV interchange. My stay on that project was cut short when I moved to Bergstan beginning of 2021 where my career has since been shaped and given direction into the Engineer I am becoming now. What inspired me to become and Engineer was when I first flew to Johannesburg during my high school days. The infrastructural advancement around the city caught my eye, and it was instantly something I wanted to see back home. That was when I decided I wanted to be a catalyst to that change and development. Apart from the infrastructure development, one of the most fulfilling moments as an Engineer is seeing the lives of people changing as a result of our work, hence It has been my pleasure to work on projects taking potable water to rural areas, and roads that ensure efficient service delivery to people in remote areas. I enjoy working with younger people, which is something I did a lot back in Cape Town as part of SAICE UCT Student Chapter as well as a young professional. I have grown to achieve some of my goals in the industry as a result of the various individuals I met along the way who shared with me a bit of their time & knowledge, hence it’s my passion to see to it that I pave way for those younger than me especially in the engineering industry.
Thotobolo Morapedi is a 34-year-old young man with over 5 years extensive experience in Software Engineering environment. Thotobolo started his career at Ministry of trade and industry as a System Analyst in 2012, then later moved to Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) as a teaching assistant under the Department of Computer Science and pursued a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems and Data Management. In 2018, Mr. Morapedi moved to Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) where is spend 4 years as a Software Engineer, developing high end and enterprise software solutions. In March 2022, Thotobolo was called as a Solutions Developer at Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) where he later became a DevOps Software Engineer a within Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited. Mr. Morapedi co-authored and published a research paper on IEEE Xplore titled “Collaborative Open Innovation through an Open API Approach to Enable the Development of Financial Technology Infrastructure: Case of Botswana”. Financial Technology (FINTECH) is one of his areas of interest, of which he is greatly passionate about, where he would like to see interoperable digital financial services in Botswana. Thotobolo holds a BSc, (Hon) Business Computing from Staffordshire University, UK, and a certificate in FINTECH INNOVATION: DISRUPTING THE FINANCIAL LANDSCAPE, from University of Cambridge Judge Business School UK
Lone Batshegi is young Industrial Engineer with a membership in the Botswana Institution of Engineers (BIE) and registered with Engineers Registration Board (ERB). With over two years of experience as a Production Shift Leader and Production Planner at one of the largest multinational automotive manufacturing companies in the world, with a plant in Botswana, he specializes in process optimization, process planning, production planning, production scheduling, and production control. Mr. Batshegi is a proactive, visionary, and innovative young professional with an unyielding passion for problem-solving and a keen eye for detail. He continuously strives to increase his knowledge and skills, evidenced by his completion of various online professional courses, including Six Sigma Principles, Project Management basics, Leading Team, Organizational Behavior, and Operations management. Throughout his academic career, Mr. Batshegi has been actively involved in a number of extra-curricular activities, such as volunteering in Student Clubs. He served as the Treasurer of the University of Botswana Industrial Engineers Association (UBIEA) in his third year, and became the President of the same Club in his fourth year. In his fifth year, he was appointed as the President of the University of Botswana Engineers Society (UBEA), and was awarded for his exemplary leadership skills at the University of Botswana Student Leadership Awards in July 2020. Currently, Mr. Batshegi is the Chairman of the Programme, Research, Publications, and Publicity (PRPP) Committee in the BIE Council for the 2022-2024 tenure, and is the youngest member of the council. He is a young leader who is committed to utilizing his skills and expertise to serve his community and make a positive impact on society.