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Kenyan Innovator, Thinker, and Entrepreneur

Brian Bosire is the Founder and CEO of UjuziKilimo, an agricultural technology company bringing precision farming technology to small-holder farmers to produce more from their farms to curb hunger and food insecurity challenges affecting over 1 billion people globally. He is driven by the passion to introduce African-made technologies to farmers and reduce hunger, increase access to water and food security across the African continent. Brian is also the Founder & CEO of Hydrologistics Africa (HydroIQ), the world’s first virtual water network operator improving access, utility distribution and consumption of water using sensors and data analytics. He is a United Nations Young leader for SDGs and has won numerous global awards and recognitions for his contributions to digital technologies in Africa including Africa Pioneer in Agritech by Forbes, ASME ISHOW (2015), One Young world Ambassador (2018), Digital Capacity development by International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 2018, Leaders in Innovation (LIF) Fellow at Royal academy of engineering and he serves in the World Bank youth Advisory group on solutions for youth employment (S4YE), Named in Vanity Fair global goals list – 2019 for championing for zero hunger. Linkedin

Senior Partner, OGO Creative
Green Building Convention 2024 MC

John Vlismas refuses to go quietly. His first career as a controversial stand-up comedian saw him appointed as a 46664 Ambassador for the Mandela Foundation, and perform at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Modern Art Museum and the Tempodrome, Berlin. John’s gravitation to the taboos that frame prejudice has won him a following of diverse fans who recognise his comedy as valid social commentary. His work on freedom of speech saw him collaborate with noted media law expert Dario Milo to prepare submissions for Parliament to amend the proposed Hate Speech Bill. These
submissions were successful. John heads strategy at OGO Productions – a company that provides Strategy, Production and Design to build better audiences. He was awarded an MBA scholarship at Henley Business School. His involvement there has seen him co-design and facilitate course material with Dr Puleng Makhoalibe. He led the Marketing at Henley Business School Africa through restructuring during the pandemic. Linkedin

Environmental Activist and Founder, Save a Fishie

Zoë Prinsloo is a passionate environmental advocate and youth leader from South Africa. As President of Edgemead High School’s Interact Club (2019-2020) and a dedicated Girl Guides member since age ten, she has consistently demonstrated her commitment to community service and environmental conservation. Zoë attended the 2019 United Nations Youth Climate Summit and has participated in the Eden Festival of Action & Reforest Fest, planting 5000 trees annually from 2019 to 2024. She volunteered with Operation Smile South Africa in Mozambique and founded Save a Fishie, an eco-friendly product distribution business turned nonprofit. Her efforts have earned her the Mayor’s Medal for Conservation (2023) and a spot among the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders (2021). Zoë’s notable projects include the Coast 2 Coast Campaign, cleaning 111 South African beaches in 71 days, and setting a world record for the longest beach clean-up. In 2024, she represented South Africa at the Helen Storrow Seminar in Switzerland. She has been active in the African Climate Alliance and completed the UN Plastic Tide Turners Challenge. Linkedin

Chair, GBCSA

André Theys serves as the Executive Manager of Operations at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, a renowned South African destination. Since joining V&A Waterfront Holdings (Pty) Ltd in June 2017, he oversees all operational aspects, including technical infrastructure, utilities, facilities management, security, waste management, and more. With over 24 years of experience spanning engineering, building maintenance, services design, and corporate real estate, André excels in multi-stakeholder environments. Prior to his role at V&A Waterfront, he spent 16 years at the University of Cape Town, where he held various positions, ultimately serving as the Executive Director of Properties and Services. André is a certified engineer and holds memberships with professional organizations, including ICMEESA, ASHRAE, IPET, and SAIRAC. He is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa and holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering, including an MBA from UCT. Linkedin

Chief Executive Officer, GBCSA

Lisa Reynolds is the CEO of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). With a wealth of experience in the energy efficiency sector dating back to 2003, she played a pivotal role in developing Energy Efficiency Standards and Regulations for Buildings. Lisa has been actively engaged in various committees at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and within the energy management professionals’ sphere. She served as the President of the South African Association of Energy Efficiency (SAEEC) from 2016 to 2019 and was also the former President of the Energy Services Companies (ESCo) Association. Lisa’s dedication to advancing women in energy efficiency led to her involvement in establishing SAFEE (Southern African Females in Energy Efficiency) within SAEEC. Her influence extends to assisting the South African Government with green building policies, energy efficiency tax incentives, and strategies. She assumed the role of CEO in June 2020, leveraging her qualifications, including a BSc, MBA, and CEM. Lisa has garnered numerous accolades, including the 2012 SABS Standards Writer Award, the 2014 Women in Energy (SAWIEN) recognition, and the 2016 Ian Lane Hall of Fame Award. Linkedin

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CEO, Bambili Energy

Zanele boasts a remarkable 27-year career spanning renewable energy, mining, and financial markets. Currently, as CEO of Bambili Energy, a leading hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer, she spearheads advancements in the field. Zanele plays a pivotal role in establishing South Africa’s first Hydrogen Corridor, enabling hydrogen fuel cell truck and bus deployment, and collaborates on the creation of the inaugural Hydrogen Valley with the South African Government and industry partners. She’s committed to knowledge transfer, having established Africa’s first hydrogen fuel cell training program, graduating 35 engineers and technicians. Her career highlights include leading financial markets at the South African Reserve Bank, serving as CEO of Incwala Resources, co-founding Dema Group, and holding key roles on boards like Lonplats, Hollard Insurance, Dema Group, and Incwala Resources. Zanele’s diverse expertise has made her a trailblazer, shaping multiple industries.

Chief Operations Officer, Property Point

Desigan Chetty is chief operations officer of Property Point and executive director of Entrepreneurship to the Point. He is an economic transformation strategist who has over 15 years of experience with a focus on economic inclusion, empowerment financing, enterprise and supplier development (ESD), transformation and BBBEE. He has held various senior management roles focusing on BBBEE transformation and strategic alignment at listed financial institutions. In his role as chief operations officer at Property Point, he drives inclusion strategies with small and growing businesses in conjunction with public, private and international partners focusing on access to finance, markets and business development support. Chetty has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (BCom), is a designated chartered associate of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa (CAIB(SA)), has completed an MDP in Incubation Governance (IGMDP) and has recently completed an executive course on impact investing in Africa.

Project Manager: Investment Planning (Neighbourhood Development Partnership Programme), National Treasury

Mbali McBrown is currently an Investment Planner within the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Programme (NDPP), at the National Treasury. She is responsible for managing the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant (NDPG) across numerous South African municipalities, which is a grant that aims to improve the quality of life in the townships targeted by the programme through funding, support and facilitating the planning and development of catalytic programmes and projects. This grant also aims to shift infrastructure investments towards the creation of efficient and effective urban and rural centres, through an approach of spatial targeting of public investment, primarily infrastructure. Mbali holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Management from the Institute for Housing and Development Studies, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and a Master’s in Town and Regional Planning, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. She has 12 years of experience, spanning across the private and public sector and has had the opportunity to
work across all the three spheres of the South African Government.

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Head of Marketing, Daikin

Michael Bynens is a distinguished Belgian HVAC professional currently serving as the Head of Marketing, Key Accounts and Sales Analytics at Daikin. Armed with a Master’s in Applied Economics with a focus on Corporate Finance from Ghent University, he has accumulated over a decade of invaluable experience in the industry. Michael possesses a profound international perspective, having worked across various countries, including the Middle East and Russia. His passion lies in assisting businesses in enhancing their energy efficiency while championing a shift towards a more sustainable approach in the HVAC sector. In his role as the manager of the key account department, he actively contributes to bolstering the energy efficiency and sustainability of international businesses across Africa. For the past six years, Michael has been based in South Africa, representing Daikin’s head office in Belgium. His mission is to drive organisational growth and establish a leadership position in the advancement of heat pumps throughout Africa, emphasising the adoption of sustainable refrigerants and inverter heat pumps. Michael is a fervent advocate of leveraging analytics as a foundational tool for business improvement, coupled with a hands-on GEMBA approach to customer interactions. Linkedin

Project Officer, eThekwini Municipality

Nomvula Mthembu is a highly educated and experienced professional with a background in Management Accounting and Project Management. With over 13 years of expertise in Project Finance, Green Building Efficiency, and Energy Efficiency, her journey in the sustainability field began when she joined eThekwini Municipality as an Energy Efficiency Officer in 2020. In this role, she passionately champions sustainability initiatives and leads projects such as the eThekwini Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and Municipal Energy Management Systems (MEMS). Nomvula’s career commenced in 2010 with Eskom, followed by a role at Link Africa, before her current position in the Energy Office department at eThekwini Municipality. Throughout her career, she has excelled in overseeing reliability projects, shaping green building policies, establishing Standard Operating Procedures, and managing energy efficiency data for municipal buildings. Nomvula plays a pivotal role in advancing energy efficiency initiatives for eThekwini Municipality, showcasing her dedication to sustainability.

Professional Architect, Roelof Rabe Argitekte

Jozanne Louw is a registered Professional Architect who has been an integral part of Roelof Rabe Architects since 2011, rising to the position of Shareholder and Director in 2018. In her multifaceted role, Jozanne serves as Lead Project Architect while actively contributing to the company’s management. Her expertise lies in the design of intricate buildings, where she combines her passion for sensible design with a deep understanding of architecture’s power to positively impact people’s lives. Beyond her architectural pursuits, Jozanne is a versatile individual, identifying herself as an Artist, Dormant Writer, Social Media Contributor, Nature Lover, Amateur Off-road Triathlete, Open Water Swimmer, Hardcore Mountain Biker, and, above all, a devoted wife and mother to a pigeon pair currently in Primary School.

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 Africa’s leaders in the green building movement. Marc is a member of the GBCSA Academy where he teaches Net-Zero to aspiring Accredited Professionals. The GBCSA currently appoints him as a technical expert in developing Green Building standards for South Africa.

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.

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.