Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Head of Investment and Infrastructure
Office of the Presidency South Africa
Principal Secretary of Public Works & Transport
Ministry of Public Works & Transport
Dr Ramokgopa holds a PHD from the University of Pretoria, A Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pretoria and a Masters of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa. He completed his BSC Civil Engineering at the University of Durban Westville in 1998.
Dr Ramokgopa is an avid reader and enjoys following sports. He is actively involved in soccer development in his home township of Atteridgeville and once owned a team that played in the ABC Motsepe league. In his free time, Dr Ramokgopa offers lessons in leadership and public management at various tertiary institutions as a guest lecturer, something he does pro-bono.
Dr Ramokgopa lives by the motto; “If you live truthfully, you shall prevail against all adversity.”
She has served in the same capacity in the office of the Deputy Prime Minister for over 11 years impacting the lives of the vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Prior to this she served as Director Budget and Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance for over 8 years. Her background as an economist, having specialised in Development Finance and Public Administration has equipped her with the necessary skills to handle these roles. Her rise within the government ranks spanning a period of over 25 years evidently gives credence to the high level of expertise she possesses in areas such as labour administration, finance and social development.
As a strategic leader she has enhanced her ability to transform institutions she has worked in to provide efficient and effective public service delivery leading to massive economic and social development of the Kingdom of Eswatini. Her current role has set her heights to ensuring proper investments in transport connectivity for improved access and trade opportunities domestically and within the region as a whole. Transforming people’s lives both in private and professional spheres remains her close passion.
Nangamso Matebese – Maponya
Principal Project & Infrastructure Finance
Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
Saldanha Bay IDZ – LC
Previously the MD of PPC’s International Operations across the continent, Njombo has over 27 years of cement manufacturing and executive management experience within the building and construction industry. His current role sees him overseeing and providing strategic guidance and direction to PPC’s cement and materials operations in South Africa, as well as in Botswana (operations and commercial). His main focus is to optimise and enhance operational output, whilst delivering business growth and profitability. This includes capacity expansion and optimisation, exploiting strategic synergies and exploring various alternative fuel and energy projects in the region.
Njombo has extensive expertise in the management of multi-million dollar projects, including that of the construction of PPC’s $82 million dollar factory in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has also been instrumental in providing leadership and direction on the operational readiness of other projects leading up to the completion and commissioning of the Group’s integrated cement plants in DRC and Ethiopia.
Njombo has a real passion for business leadership and enjoys mentoring and coaching upcoming business leaders – motivating them to make meaningful contributions and drive positive change through their actions. A source of inspiration for many at PPC and other business people, he always challenges people to strive for perfection and excellence because he believes that in business, there is no room for mediocrity.
An engineer by profession, Njombo studied chemical engineering. He has a Master’s degree in business administration (University of Stellenbosch Business School).
Technical Advisor in charge of infrastructures
Cabinet of the Head of the State
Special Advisor in charge of Investment
Office of the Presidency, DRC – DR Congo
Rudolf du Plessis
Portfolio Manager, Energy and SADC
KFW Development Bank
Anthony Nkinzo Kamole
National Investment Promotion Agency (ANAPI)
DRC – DR Congo
Mr Bodom MATUNGULU has an overview of the transport sector (road, rail, port, urban mobility) of the DRC, which integrates technical, economic, institutional and regulatory aspects, for having worked and assumed several functions in the ” development and implementation of structuring transport infrastructure projects within the framework of the Sino-Congolese Program projects, regional integration with ECCAS and AfDB and especially for having participated in the development of the Integrated National Master Plan DR Congo Transport “PDNIT” and the strategic plan for the reform of the Congolese Transport and Ports Company (SCTP).Currently, he is a technical advisor in charge of major infrastructure projects at the Presidency of the Republic.
Mr. Nkinzo is multilingual and fluent in French, English and Swahili
Emma Wade-Smith OBE
Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa
UK Department for International Trade (DIT)
United Kingdom – UK
African Rail Industry Association (ARIA)
Partner: Project development and finance sector
Herbert Smith Freehills
Prior to her most recent experience working on trade and investment, Emma worked at the British Embassy in Washington DC as the UK’s Counsellor for Foreign and Security Policy. This came on the back of a two year stint heading up the Crisis Response Team in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for her work helping British Nationals to safety from hot spots all around the world.
Emma has had a distinguished career as a British Diplomat spanning more than two decades, with postings to Mexico and Chile as well as secondments to the United Nations in New York; the European Commission in Brussels; and the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where she worked on international trade. Emma is married to John; speaks reasonably fluent Spanish; and attempts to play golf every once in a while.
Brigette enjoys a formidable reputation in the continent; according to Chambers Global she is “one of the most well-known names in the projects and energy field” and is regarded as the “doyenne of project finance” in Africa. She has consistently been ranked as a Star Individual for Projects and Energy in South Africa since 2009.
Portfolio Manager: Real Estate & Infrastructure sector
(Business Growth Services unit)
Neil van Rooyen
Dr Pierre Voges
Nonelela currently oversees the Brownfield Investment Portfolio within the Real Estate and Infrastructure desk of Wesgro’s Investment Promotion unit. Her expertise lies in areas such as stakeholder management, resolving complex issues in a highly competitive sector, facilitation of mergers and business acquisitions, linkages to finance and red-tape removal.
Nonelela sits on the Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF) as part of the Real Estate & Infrastructure portfolio team.
She has an undergraduate degree in Business Management and is currently undertaking her Honours degree in Management Practice.
He currently serves as the Vice President of the Southern African Society for Trenchless Technology (SASTT). SASTT is a non-profit organisation focused on the promotion and propagation of trenchless technology for the upgrading, installation and maintenance of buried pipeline infrastructure. As a non-profit entity, SASTT is ideally positioned to provide a neutral platform where all stakeholders, namely asset owners, municipalities, client bodies, contractors, consulting engineers, suppliers and manufacturers can engage within a neutral space in the pursuit of best practice trenchless solutions within the pipeline infrastructure sector.
Pierre is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Mandela Bay Development Agency responsible for urban renewal through infrastructure projects in Port Elizabeth. Prior to his present position, Pierre was a Director with Grant Thornton International Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in Cape Town where he worked on infrastructure projects in the Middle East (Oman, United Arab Emirates and Qatar) and gained extensive experience in managing the finance of infrastructure projects in terms of both public and private sector finance. During this period, he gained experience in public sector finance, project feasibility studies, urban planning and infrastructure project implementation to ensure sustainable urban development. Initially, his work at Grant Thornton was based in the tourism sector, but it later expanded to include government related work, such as public/private partnerships and urban planning ensuring sustainable urban development projects.
From 1994 to 1996, Pierre was an Advisor (RDP Office) in the Office of former South African President Nelson Mandela, where he dealt specifically with development aid finance and public finance and the utilization of this type of finance in infrastructure development. Prior to this position, he was in the South African Foreign Service, serving inter alia in The Hague, The Netherlands and Berlin, Germany.
Over the years Pierre developed an energetic and unconventional style of thinking when it comes to change management and institutional turnaround strategies in an urban and infrastructure development environment.