SPEAKERS

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

Founder, Energy House ZA

Noxolo is the founder and business development executive at Energy House ZA, specialising in integrated sustainable development projects in rural South Africa to foster climate-resilient communities. With over 15 years of experience in sustainable development, she has worked across management consulting, FMCG, mining, renewable energy, and oil & gas sectors. A passionate activist for youth and women’s empowerment, she has served as a non-executive director at City Power, chairing the HR & Social Ethics Committee, and chaired Exxaro’s Matla Setshabeng Development Fund. She has also been a trustee of the Eastern Cape Education Development Trust. Originating from Shiloh village in the Eastern Cape, Noxolo has led the Sasol Foundation and previously served as the accounting officer for the Mintirho Foundation at Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, where she supported historically disadvantaged farmers and small suppliers. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Rhodes University, a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development from Sussex (UK) via the Nelson Mandela Scholarship, and an MBA from GIBS. Noxolo is the Chairperson of the Advisory Board at the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre and a speaker and part-time lecturer on sustainable development and the green economy. Linkedin

Director, Afreetekture | Senior Lecturer, Wits School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Sechaba Maape is the Director of Afreetekture and a Senior Lecturer at the Wits School of Architecture and Planning. With a PhD in architecture, his research explores people/place relationships, rituals, and climate change adaptation. His work integrates indigenous knowledge with contemporary architecture, culminating in his curation of the Venice Architecture Biennale South African Pavilion 2023.
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Co-founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Preoptima

Professor Francesco Pomponi is one of the globally leading voices in the space of embodied and whole-life carbon. He has authored national methodologies and roadmaps, contributed to international standards, and advanced the fields of data quality and transparency. With over 120 peer-reviewed scientific outputs in his career, cited over 6000 times globally, he is one of the most prolific authors in this space. He is the Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Preoptima, an AI startup that offers whole-life carbon assessments in real-time for design optioneering at the earliest possible stage. He has been the founding Director of the Open Data for Climate initiative (ODCi), a philanthropically funded global effort to develop carbon footprint data for materials and geographies that don’t have any, in a way that is compliant with global data standards for environmental product declarations. He also has active academic roles as a Professor in 3 institutions: the University of Cambridge (Institute for Sustainability Leadership), Edinburgh Napier University (where he previously held the Chair of Sustainability Science), and the University of Cape Town (as an Honorary Professor). Linkedin

Human Rights and Environmental Justice Activist

Kumi Naidoo is a South African human rights and environmental justice activist, who currently is the
Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University. He is the former Secretary-General of Amnesty International (2018-2020) and also the first person from the Global South to lead Greenpeace International (2009-2015). He is an advisor for the Community Arts Network. He serves as a global ambassador for Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity. His family has started the Riky Rick Foundation for the Promotion of Artivism to build on the positive legacies left by popular South African rapper Rikhado “Riky Rick” Makhado through his music and life’s work. Kumi is the author of the award-winning Letters To My Mother: The Makings of a Troublemaker. Kumi is also the host of the podcast Power, People and Planet. Linkedin

Comedian, Academic & EDI Strategist |
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

Climate Activist

Yola is a young climate activist from Khayelitsha whose journey as an advocate for environmental justice began at the age of 11. Fueled by her passion, she has emerged as a powerful force in climate activism, working tirelessly to accelerate climate justice in her community and beyond. Currently, Yola spearheads a clean air campaign that focuses on raising awareness about the detrimental effects of climate change on marginalised communities, particularly emphasising the importance of clean air for all. Through this initiative, she collaborates with younger girls in her community, empowering them to become active agents of change and fostering a sense of urgency around environmental preservation. In addition to her local efforts, Yola serves as a spokesperson for the African Climate Alliance, amplifying the voices of African youth in the global conversation on climate action. Her advocacy extends further as she is a young advisor for the Children’s Rights International Network, where she champions children’s rights and advocates for policies that prioritise their well-being in the face of environmental challenges.

Climate Activist

Anelisa Mgedezi is a remarkable 16-year-old visionary who embarked on her social impact journey at 10. Recognising the pressing needs of her community in Khayelitsha, Anelisa dedicated herself to pioneering innovative solutions that address both environmental sustainability and food security. From a young age, Anelisa initiated a one-of-a-kind project that transformed her community’s approach to sustenance and environmental care. She established a nursery where community members could swap eco-bricks for seedlings, promoting sustainable living and waste management. This audacious move not only fostered environmental stewardship but also nurtured a sense of self-reliance within Khayelitsha.Today, Anelisa is a strong advocate for food sovereignty, championing the power of growing one’s own food and reclaiming control over food production. Through her advocacy, she becomes a role model for her peers and young girls in marginalised communities, encouraging them to cultivate their own food sources and take charge of their nutritional well-being Anelisa is also a passionate advocate for clean water access.

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 organisations, 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

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Speakers are being finalised and will be announced soon. 

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

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

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

ZERO+ STAGE

Speakers are being finalised and will be announced soon. 

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

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

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

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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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

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.
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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

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