Programme Committee

Chief Director: Integrated Development and Spatial Planning, Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Diale Lodi has over 20 years of experience in the urban and development planning profession. As a qualified Urban and Regional Planner, Diale worked in the areas of Spatial and Collaborative Planning, Land Use Planning, Geographic Information Systems, Urban Policy Development and implementation, Integrated development planning and intergovernmental planning.
Diale started his career in the private sector, then spent some time working in the development cooperation sector, after which he joined academia for four years. Since then, Diale spend most of his career in government particularly in provincial and national government. In provincial government, Diale worked in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal briefly and the Western Cape where he held senior management positions in the areas of integrated development planning intergovernmental planning, and spatial planning. Nationally Diale worked in the Department of Cooperative Governance where he led the implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Framework and subsequently formed part of the team leading the development and implementation of the District Development Model. Linkedin

Head of Technical and Executive Director, GBCSA

Georgina Smit serves as the Head of Technical and Executive Director at the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). In her role, she leads efforts to advance sustainability within the property sector by overseeing certification and research initiatives. Georgina manages the Technical team at GBCSA, which is responsible for independently certifying green and net-zero buildings while identifying industry leaders. Through her leadership, Georgina drives the design, construction, and operation of buildings towards a more sustainable future. Linkedin

Technical Principal, MPAMOT

With over 26 years in the Built Environment, Mike Aldous brings a diverse skill set, holding an MSc in Built Environment Sciences, a BCom in property, and professional qualifications in civil engineering and project management. He actively promotes green buildings, sustainability, and energy efficiency at both community and commercial levels. Mike has extensive experience in healthcare facility projects, including renovations, large-scale developments, and modernisation of advanced medical equipment. He has contributed to notable projects like the Department of Environmental Affairs Office and various World Cup 2010 Stadia. Mike is passionate about Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital delivery tools for greener impacts. He has worked closely with the Green Building Council of South Africa, serving as an assessor, committee member, and faculty. Mike focuses on applying digital technologies to enhance sustainability and project delivery. He also emphasises minimising environmental and health impacts while improving energy and material efficiency in existing buildings. Linkedin

Sustainability Architect and Managing Director, MSSA

Recently chosen by the Mail & Guardian as one of South Africa’s pioneers in the green economy, Marc Sherratt has designed some of the most progressive green buildings in the country. An Architect and Net Zero Accredited Professional, Marc founded Marc Sherratt, Sustainability Architects (MSSA) in 2017. Marc Sherrat, Sustainability Architects went on to design the first triple Net-Zero project accredited by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). With nine years of experience in the construction industry, he is considered one of the leaders of the green building movement in Africa. Marc is a member of the GBCSA Academy where he teaches Net-Zero to aspiring Accredited Professionals. He is currently appointed by the GBCSA as a technical expert in the development of Green Building standards for South Africa.
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Regional Property Consultant, eXp Realty

A Harare-based real estate professional, Kura Chihota facilitates transactions in residential and commercial real estate across South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. With a passion for unlocking real estate potential through appropriate leasing and financing structures, his experience spans various roles. He has served as the National Leasing Manager of a multi-billion property portfolio, Chief Property Investment Officer with the second-largest pension fund in Zimbabwe, and held directorial positions in estate agencies and a building society. In 2022, his mandates include activating a corporate housing scheme with over 600 stands in Harare, fundraising and pre-selling a 96-unit modern apartment complex in Harare and overseeing a student housing scheme in KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa.
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Research and Content Coordinator, GBCSA Abi Godsell serves as research and content coordinator for the GBCSA. She is passionate about showcasing South African excellence in the green arena, engaging with researchers, and supporting the next generation of bright minds in our local sustainability space. Drawing on her Urban and Regional Planning qualifications, and experience crafting, debating, and defending progressive spatial policy at the City of Johannesburg, she is not only hopeful about a greener global future but excited about Global South’s role in making it happen. Linkedin