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Adam Ozinsky

Senior Associate and Sustainability Engineer, GXN London

Adam has a background in sustainability, mechanical, and façade design and specialises in multi-disciplinary design integration.

He has worked on a variety of project typologies across multiple countries, having been based previously in Cape Town, Berlin, and now London. His project experience covers a wide range and scope, from conceptual design and building physics studies to on-site construction monitoring and delivery. Recently he has been involved in several residential façade remediations and upgrade schemes focusing on fire safety, including an in-situ replacement for a fully-occupied block. Each such scheme is nuanced in its differences, revealing new challenges that will shape the industry in the near-term future.

Adam also works closely with GXN London’s in-house Foresight, Research + Innovation team. He recently co-authored a publication 2050 Scenarios: four plausible futures studying plausible future scenarios for the planet and society, and their implications on today’s design decisions for the built environment.

Adrie Fourie

HOD Sustainable Cities & Research, Solid Green Consulting

Adrie has an undergraduate degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Pretoria, a Master’s in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand & a Postgraduate Diploma in Green Cities for Eco-Efficiency from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. She is a trained Climate Reality Leader, a Living Future Ambassador, an EcoDistrict™ AP, a Fitwel Ambassador and a Green Star AP+. With more than 20 years of experience in development economics, urban management and sustainable precinct design, Adrie aims to drive delivery that supports clients and delivery partners on projects beyond the building scale, focused on addressing sustainability and resource efficiency in a precinct, district’ & city scale.

More recently the work that Adrie and her unit are focused on links to ESG strategy development and refinement of overarching Environmental Reporting approaches, biodiversity policies and plans to guide implementation and conservation reporting, the setting of Science-Based Targets for corporate clients to link to the larger city scale work we are doing around unpacking what a commitment to the Paris Agreement to restrict global heating at 1.5 degrees Celsius or below; the Social Development Goals and Net Zero really needs to look like.

Andre Harms

Sustainability Engineer & Founder, Ecolution

André Harms is a sustainability engineer and founder of Ecolution Consulting, a sustainability and green building consulting firm based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. André started the firm in 2011, after spending 14 months in Antarctica as a mechanical engineer and team leader of the South African National Antarctic Expedition’s overwintering team. It was there that his passion for the environment was brought face to face with the critical situation we are facing on our planet.

Since founding Ecolution, André and his team have worked on some of South Africa and Africa’s most exciting sustainable building projects, across many different industries. André is an electro-mechanical engineer by training, with extensive experience in a vast array of disciplines pertaining to design, project management, implementation oversight, energy efficiency, renewable energy, commissioning, green building certifications, and other sustainable interventions in the built environment. André also has a host of credentials, including being a qualified Renewable Energy Professional, Commissioning Process Provider, as well as a Green Star, Net Zero and EDGE Accredited Professional.

Andre Nel

General Manager: Sustainability, Pick n Pay

Andre Nel is Pick n Pays’ General Manager of Sustainability and holds an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) from Cambridge University.

Pick n Pay has an integrated SDG-aligned CSR programme which focuses on partnering to shift the food system, through building more ethical and inclusive supply chains; introducing increased efficiencies in energy and water consumption and decreasing food waste and packaging; promoting healthy living; supporting education through the Pick n Pay Schools Club and a range of community empowerment initiatives.

Anelisa Keke

Chief Sustainability Officer, Redefine Properties

Anelisa is currently the Chief Sustainability Officer at Redefine Properties.

She holds an LLB and MComm (Tax) from the University of Cape Town. In her current role, she is responsible for further refining Redefine’s ESG strategy to achieve the application of best practice ESG principles across Redefine’s diversified real estate portfolio. Redefine has just under R73 billion in real estate assets under management.

Before joining Redefine, Anelisa was a senior manager at PwC in the Reward division, specialising in tax, legal and governance matters. She is also a member of the IoDSA REMCO Forum. She is a widely regarded go-to source as a remuneration thought leader, keynote speaker and editor.

Anelisa is an avid reader and supports various charities in the Eastern Cape where she grew up, as well as in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Annelide Sherratt

Head of Department Green Building Certifications, Solid Green Consulting

A South African with a passion for developing sustainable and meaningful architecture, Annelide Sherratt is the Head of the Green Building Certifications Department at Solid Green Consulting.

She has a Master’s of Science in Energy and Sustainable Building Design from the University of De Montfort in Leicester, an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Johannesburg and is a qualified Professional Senior Architectural Technologist.

Annelide has over 10 years of experience in the industry and has completed more than 40 certifications with Green Star SA and LEED. Annelidé specialises in projects targeting high-level sustainability ratings as cost-effective as possible. She is a GBCSA Green Star Accredited Professional in all Green Star tools, the WELL tool, the EDGE tool, and a LEED AP in New Building Design and Construction, Neighbourhoods and Interiors. She achieved the GBCSA awards in 2018 for the following categories: Highest Rated Building for 78 Corlett Drive (Winner), Net Zero Innovation- Vleihuis Multi-Unit Residential Development (Runner-up) and Established Green Star (Runner-up). 

Dr Antonio
Blanco-Montero

Honorary Research Fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

Antonio Blanco is a Researcher and Professional Architect registered in South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He studied Urban Planning at Università di Roma La Sapienza (Italy) in 1999 and holds a Master´s Degree in Architecture, M.Arch. Majored in Advanced Architectural Design, Construction, Structural Systems, and MEP Services from the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) since 2001.

Antonio has been the lead Architect of over 130 architectural and infrastructural projects, including competitions, proposals and over 80 built projects, among different categories such as housing, healthcare, sport, cultural and educational facilities, public buildings, offices, commercial, landscape architecture, urban design and intervention on heritage. From 2002 to 2012 he worked for the City of Camas (Spain) leading the Projects Department as the main architect on a number of interventions in the design of institutional facilities, public spaces as well as urban planning.

In 2014, he moved to South Africa and started his journey as a researcher, exploring the topic of the sustainable city. His thesis approaches the topic: Development of an integrated model for Urban Sustainable Resilience through Smart City projects in the Southern African context. Since 2018, he has lectured at the School of Civil Engineering and the School of Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Currently, he is the coordinator of Green Infrastructures and Built Environment within the Umgeni Resilience Project, the first Adaptation Fund project in South Africa funded by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Argon Poorun

Energy Services Analyst, GreenCape​​

Argon works as an analyst in Energy Services at the GreenCape (GC) Sector Development Agency based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is part of the GC energy team which operates at the interface between business, government and academia in order to identify and remove barriers to economically viable green infrastructure solutions. 

His focus areas include public sector policy support – embedded generation frameworks, tariff design, wheeling arrangements; facilitating access to appropriate finance, sector networking, matchmaking and sharing market intelligence on key developments and investment opportunities across the generation, efficiency and storage sectors.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, and a Postgraduate Degree in Sustainable Development Management and Planning from Stellenbosch University.

Avuyile Kewana

Assistant Professional Officer – Net Zero: Sustainable Energy Markets, City of Cape Town

Avuyile holds a BSc in Applied Geology and a BSc honours in Geology from the University of the Western Cape and the University of the Free State respectively. She has over four years of experience working across the scales of the built environment to assist sub-national governments in embedding and operationalising sustainability and climate action in urban planning and development processes, as well as promoting the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency interventions.

Avuyile is currently an Assistant Professional Officer – Net Zero Carbon within the Sustainable Energy Markets department of the City of Cape Town. Her role includes supporting the development of a net zero carbon built environment by driving change in the building sector, creating awareness, and promoting and implementing energy efficiency initiatives for a carbon-neutral city. Avuyile has also been working on the implementation of the City’s Energy Performance Certificate Compliance Initiative, which is geared to ensure that the City of Cape Town complies with the national regulations by December. Avuyile is passionate about urban sustainability and strongly believes in the role that government has to drive and harness a sustainable future for all.

Brian Unsted

Asset Management Executive, Liberty2Degrees

Brian has an impressive 23 years of experience in the South African property industry with a particular focus on extracting optimal value from some of South Africa’s most prestigious and successful shopping centres/mixed-use properties.

Brian’s background as a Senior Financial Manager in property development at Liberty Properties, Financial Manager at Investec Properties for Growthpoint and role of Head of Finance at Liberty Properties brings to the table expert knowledge in financial and management accounting, asset management and the property industry as a whole.

His chief responsibilities within Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) involve managing the assets of Eastgate Shopping Centre, Liberty Midlands Mall, Melrose Arch and several office buildings. Brian is the champion for sustainability issues for the L2D fund and ensures synergy on sustainability issues between the property investment portfolio and the broader Liberty Group. When Brian is not working or co-authoring a book, he enjoys running, mountain biking, and travelling. His book, Sandton Places, was published in 2014.

Chris Greensmith

Technical Director Structural Engineering, Zutari

Chris Greensmith is a Technical Director for Structural Engineering at Zutari. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with an MSc in civil engineering from Wits University. He holds a PrEng locally, as well as being an Associate of the Institute of Structural Engineers (international). He has been a structural and façade engineer on commercial developments for 18 years.

Chris is a founding member of the Mass Timber Focus Group (MTFG) and has been appointed to the committee of the International Association for Mass Timber Construction (IAMTC).

As a design engineer, Chris specialises in architectural engineering and building structures in the built environment, from concept to completion. Collaboration across disciplines is paramount to his approach and he believes that no design is truly successful unless all contributors and users are satisfied. He is a vocal advocate of sustainable structural engineering and the need to change our approach to design to consider the impact of our choices on carbon emissions and the climate emergency.

In this vein, he is passionate about the use of mass timber as a structural material and increasing its use in buildings with the aim to make it a competitive alternative to the traditional choices of concrete, steel, aluminium, and masonry.

Collen Lethu Masango

Urban Planner, World Bank

Lethu Collen Masango is an urban planner with over 15 years of professional experience in the built environment. He joined the World Bank in 2019 as an Urban Economist, based in Pretoria, South Africa. His areas of responsibility include technical advisory to the Cities Support Program of the South African Urban Program, and co-leading the Economic Development Component. This includes assistance to the country’s 8 metros on economic strategy formulation, business reforms and township economic development.

Lethu leads the Smart Cities Program in South Africa, implemented in 4 metros, in partnership with the DBSA. Other assignments he is involved in, include the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Program and Circular Economy through SWM in SA.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Lethu worked in the City of Johannesburg, serving in key positions in the departments of Economic Development, Housing and Development Planning.
Lethu holds a Master’s Degree in Development Planning from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Danielle Frank

Transactor Sustainable Finance, Rand Merchant Bank

Danielle is a skilled investment banking professional that has extensive experience in developing and executing sustainable finance solutions. She has been instrumental in the development of the local sustainable finance market having executed several award-winning African firsts. These include Africa’s Largest Offshore Sustainable Bond, First Social Bond in South Africa and Africa’s First Sustainability Linked Bond.

Danielle has a keen appreciation for the nuanced application of sustainable finance within the real estate sector and has led to many landmark transactions (sustainability linked and use of proceeds deals in loan and bond format) for both listed and unlisted real estate companies such as Redefine, Equites, Emira, Transcend and Century (to name a few).

Dhevan Pillay

Director and CEO, LTM Energy

Dhevan Pillay, a recipient of a Standard Bank scholarship and an Eskom bursar, is a professional engineer who has completed his MSc Engineering degree at the University of KwaZulu Natal. He is also an accredited professional (AP) with the GBCSA.

He headed the drive in Eskom focusing on demand response and energy efficiency for the large corporate customers in South Africa. He won the Eskom Chairman’s awards in the field of energy efficiency from 2008 to 2010. Dhevan is an external examiner for Engineering MSc students in local and international universities. He has published and presented technical papers in many parts of the world including the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. He represented South Africa at the BRICS international conference in Russia in October 2020 with a focus on the green economy.

He is the current Group CEO of LTM Energy, a registered Tier 1 ESCO, that has implemented several successful case studies in the energy and water management space including renewable energy. LTM Energy has won several global awards for its innovative projects including its proprietary software development over recent years.

He is the presiding president of the ESCO (Energy Services Companies) Association of Southern Africa (EASA), a Board Member of SAEEC (South African Energy Efficiency Confederation), and a member of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Industrial Advisory Board. LTM has recently partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to focus on innovative off-grid sanitation.

Dennis Madumo

Executive Director for Planning,
City of Tshwane

Dennis considers himself “a rural boy”, having spent most of his childhood in his father’s village, Katjibane in Limpopo, which is about 23 kilometres from Warmbaths. During the school holidays, Dennis would travel to Johannesburg, where his mother worked for an engineering firm based in Doornfontein, opposite Wits Technikon (now University). The firm provided engineering services and worked closely with town planners.

Dennis would visit his mother at work and be fascinated by the large maps that hung on the walls or were laid out on tables. “I would […] start to ask questions: What are these maps? Where do they come from? And then patiently they would explain to me that these are layout plans”, he recalls fondly.

After completing a three-year diploma in town planning at Wits, Dennis worked in the private sector. In 2003, he moved to the public sector, working for the City of Johannesburg and then Madibeng local municipality. In 2008, he joined the City of Tshwane as a town planner and has steadily moved up the ranks, to deputy director and now director responsible for spatial planning.

Every morning, Dennis asks himself, “What are the small steps that I can start to take to ensure that spatial transformation is achieved”. He likes to share his experience with others and to learn what other municipalities are doing in the realm of spatial transformation:

Eben Phillips

Municipal Manager, Cape Agulhas Municipality

Eben Oliver Phillips is the current Municipal Manager at Cape Agulhas Municipality.

Eben is a qualified, competent and dynamic development specialist with extensive experience in most disciplines of local government. His senior management experience stretched over a period of approximately 20 years and equipped him with good knowledge and understanding of the relevant policies and legislation impacting on the local government sphere. Eben developed thorough knowledge and understanding of institutional governance systems and performance management. He is fully aware of the operations and delegations of powers in a municipal council and administration, especially in respect of the key performance areas of a Municipal Manager as the Head of Administration and Accounting Officer of a municipality.

Eben’s previous responsibilities as Manager: Integrated Development Planning (IDP) and Director: Community Services at Knysna Municipality respectively provided him with a helicopter view of all components of the municipality as a whole.

He is currently also the chairperson of Cape Agulhas Municipal Planning Tribunal which is one of the few independent municipal planning tribunals in the Western Cape established in terms of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA).

Prior to his employment in Cape Agulhas Municipality, Eben worked at the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in a Western Cape Provincial Government Economic Development programme. The primary objective of the programme was to identify real economic opportunities which are in line with the Micro Economic Development Strategy (MEDS) of the Western Cape Provincial Government and convert it into viable business initiatives in order to stimulate economic growth in the province.

Dr Engela Petzer

Senior Researcher: Housing and Urban Studies, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Engela Petzer is a senior researcher in the Housing and Urban Studies (HaUS) research group at the CSIR. She is a qualified and registered town and regional planner. Her areas of work and her research interests include integrated development and spatial planning, urban futures and urban policy development and analyses. Her early career included consulting work, editing the Urban Green File magazine and lecturing posts at the Universities of Pretoria and the North West. Since joining the CSIR in 2015, she played a leading role in the revision and update of The Neighbourhood Planning and Design Guide (colloquially known as the Red Book) and she conducted research for, among others, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), the Cities Support Programme in National Treasury and Anglo American. A recent research focus is smart cities and she is leading a CSIR project on the development of inclusive smart cities in the South African context.

Francois Retief

Founder, Sow & Reap Consulting (South Africa)

Francois thrives on collaborating with others to create healthy, sustainable spaces and communities. A mechanical engineer by training, he specialises in developing practical sustainability strategies for the built environment. Francois is the founder of Sow & Reap, a consultancy that focuses on sustainability advisory services, building simulation, certification and compliance.

Prior to founding Sow & Reap in 2014, Francois worked as a building services engineer both locally and in the UK, with a focus on resource-efficient design. For four years he also worked at the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) managing the development and implementation of a number of green building tools and frameworks.

Francois currently serves as chairman of the ASHRAE SA Chapter Sustainability Committee, and in 2021 he received the GBCSA award for ‘Established Green Star’ of the year.

Georgina Smit

Head of Technical, Green Building Council South Africa (South Africa)

Georgina Smit is Head of Technical at the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). She oversees certification and research-related products that drive the property sector to design, build and operate buildings in a more sustainable way. She manages the Technical team at the GBCSA who are responsible for independently certifying green and net zero buildings and identifying market leaders.

Her daily responsibilities include driving market transformation through certification which can verify tangible, quantifiable impacts and providing customer-focused technical support to all stakeholders engaging with GBCSA, both in the private and public sectors.

Gopolang Motswai

Consultant Architect, Rand Water

Gopolang Motswai is a creative and innovative professional Architect.
He completed his undergraduate and post-graduate architectural studies at the Tshwane University of Technology.

His architectural career ranges from private practice, academic and public sector services. He has made his career in critical support service architecture at private architectural firms and now leads the Architecture design team at Rand water. Gopolang is ascribed as being one of a new generation of emerging architects, designing architecture that exhibits and demonstrates the servicing of space as a core value of design.

Grahame Cruickshanks

Head: Sustainability and Utilities, Growthpoint Properties

Grahame Cruickshanks has worked as a professional architect, sustainability consultant and management consultant with 20 years of experience in the design, construction and property industry. Focusing much of his career on green buildings and being an expert in his field, he has worked on a variety of Green Star and BREEAM-certified projects and other building projects in South Africa, Singapore and the UK.

Prior to joining Growthpoint Properties as the Head of Sustainability and Utilities, Grahame’s previous roles included Managing Executive for Market Engagement at the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) and Manager at EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services.

At Growthpoint, he is responsible for utility management, resource efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development and strategic projects across the company’s portfolio of retail, office and industrial properties.

Grant Stewart

Co-Director, R-Cubed

Grant Stewart is an experienced facilitator, trainer and consultant in the trauma-informed landscape, and has an M.Ed. (Educational Support) degree through the University of Stellenbosch.

With a background as a youth and community development practitioner, he has a passion for working with people, especially marginalised young people, towards a transformed way of being.

For over 25 years he has pursued this working across a variety of urban contexts, including organisations, schools, communities and correctional facilities, using a strongly relational methodology. Over the past 5 years, this has found expression as a trauma disruptor with the social enterprise Restore Reconnect Rebuild (R-Cubed) of which he is currently the co-director.

Jeremy Gibberd

Coordinator Smart and Sustainable Built Environments, CSIR

Jeremy Gibberd has undertaken a wide range of sustainable and inclusive built environment projects in Africa. These explore how sustainable development and climate change can be integrated into the planning, design, construction and management of the built environment.

He regularly works as a research scientist, architect and consultant to government, business and community organisations. Dr Gibberd is an adjunct professor at Nelson Mandela University and is on the editorial boards of Building Research and Information (BRI) and Smart and Sustainable Built Environment journals.

Jeremy coordinates CIB’s Working Group (W116) on Smart and Sustainable Built Environments (SASBE) and is a member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) of UNEP’s Sustainable Building and Construction programme. 

Josiah Diale Lodi

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

Josiah 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 and 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.

Juma Assiago

Coordinator, Global Safer Cities Programme, Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat

Juma Assiago is an Urbanist and Social Scientist and is the Global Coordinator of the Safer Cities Programme at UN-Habitat. He has a Bachelor of Science degree (United States International University) and a Masters of Science degree in Sustainable Urban Development (Oxford University, United Kingdom). He joined UN-Habitat in October 1999 and has 23 years of international working experience providing technical support to both national and local governments on the development and implementation of city crime prevention and urban safety strategies. He has also published several articles and books on safer cities.

Part of his achievements has been the development of the Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC), the development and adoption of UN systemwide Guidelines on Safer Cities and Human Settlements, and the realisation of several city crime prevention and safety strategies globally. He has extensive experience working globally, particularly in Africa and Latin America.

Jutta Berns

Director & Founder, ecocentric

With many accolades, green building certifications, projects, and years of on-the-ground experience under her belt, Jutta is a highly experienced strategist who understands the complexities and challenges that companies face when embedding sustainability into the core of their business processes.

She founded Ecocentric in 2007, a multi-disciplinary green building consulting firm, specialising in delivering sustainable solutions and strategies within the built environment, which yield the lowest environmental impacts throughout the building life-cycle while delivering on net zero ambitions.

Jutta has an academic and professional background in political science, environmental economics and eco-systems valuations from the Universities of Bonn (Germany) and Cambridge (United Kingdom) and holds professional accreditations as a LEED AP, a Green Star AP+, and an EcoDistricts AP. She is a GBCSA faculty member, Green Star Assessor and a member of the GBCSA’s Technical Advisory Group, and also part of the GBCSA’s Project Steering Committee tasked with developing the new version of the Green Star New Buildings tool, where she heads up the Resilience Category. She has also been invited again to help curate the annual Green Building Convention, taking place in Cape Town in November 2022.

In addition, she is the Chair of the Gauteng Chapter of the Women’s Property Network (WPN) and heads up the Sustainability and ESG portfolio for the WPN. She sits on the editorial advisory boards for publications Earthworks Magazine, and the GBCSA’s Positive Impact Magazine.

Karl Downey

Senior Technical Manager, CDP

Karl is a Senior Technical Manager at the Science-based Targets Initiative. Within the initiative, Karl leads the work to develop emission reduction pathways for industry sectors including cement, steel and buildings.

He previously worked in the cement industry on CO2 strategy and public affairs, emissions trading, greenhouse gas accounting and sustainable construction. He is a mechanical engineer and also studied sustainable value chains at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Kevin Winter

Lead Researcher: Environmental & Geographical Science, Future Water Institute, University of Cape Town

Dr Kevin Winter is the lead researcher of the University of Cape Town’s Future Water Institute and a member of the City of Cape Town’s Section 80 Water Resilience Committee. During Cape Town’s 2017-18 water crisis he was one of the experts most frequently asked to contribute to the understanding of the public (and of government officials) in relation to the origins of the water crisis and its possible solutions.

His research work at the Franschhoek Water Hub investigates the use of nature-based processes to treat stormwater runoff and reuse of water for irrigating food gardens and rearing freshwater fish.

Dr Krista Schroeder

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Temple University College of Public Health

Dr Krista Schroeder is a nurse scientist whose research examines how adversity, trauma, and social determinants of health influence obesity risk. Her methodological expertise includes large dataset analysis, geospatial research for examining neighbourhood effects on health, and quantitative approaches for program and policy evaluation.

She completed a BSN at Bloomsburg University, a PhD and National Institutes of Health T32 pre-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University, and a National Institutes of Health T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. At present, she is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Temple University of College Health. Her current research, funded by a National Institutes of Health K23 Patient-Oriented Career Development Award, examines the association between neighbourhood environment, childhood adversity and obesity. Collectively, her enthusiasm for her work arises from her prior career as a critical care nurse, which inspired her passion for health promotion.

Dr Leslie Hoy

Senior Manager Environmental Management Services, Rand Water

Leslie is responsible for the management of all horticultural landscape construction, maintenance, decorations, rehabilitation, Environmental Authorisations, monitoring and Water Wise aspects at Rand Water.

He achieved his PhD in Environmental Management from the University of South Africa in 2019.

Linus Naik

Group General Manager: Sustainability & Business Development, Don’t Waste Group

Linus is an environmentalist at heart and in practice. He holds a doctorate in Chemical Engineering, which focused on technology deployment for sustainable urban development. He is currently employed as the Group General Manager overseeing Sustainability and Business Development for a waste minimisation company where his role covers improving recycling practices and reporting for clients; oversight of the company’s global business development; and promoting awareness of sustainability issues.

Linus continually volunteers his service on the boards of non-profit organisations which align with environmental conservation. He is also a Net Zero Accredited Professional with the GBCSA and focuses on Net Zero Waste Level 2 Certifications.

Linus is originally from Zimbabwe, where his parents still live, and currently lives in Durban, South Africa, with his wife, Celeste and his son, Jude. He enjoys travelling, reading comic books, and good food with good company.

Lisa Reynolds

∇ South Africa

Lisa Reynolds is the CEO of the Green Building Council South Africa.

Lisa was the driver for the drafting of Energy Efficiency Standards and Regulation for Buildings and has been involved in Energy Efficiency since 2003. She serves on many committees in the SABS and within the energy management professionals’ space. She was President of the SAEEC from 2016 to 2019 and was the previous President of the ESCo (Energy Services Companies) Association. Lisa was instrumental in the formation of SAFEE (Southern African Females in Energy Efficiency) within SAEEC.

She has assisted the South African Government with their Green Building Framework policies, Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives and Energy Efficiency Strategies

Her passion for the “green space” started with the birth of the Green Building Council in 2007. Lisa served on the Board and the Technical Committee of the GBCSA, as well as on several Technical Working Groups for Rating Tools and Criteria. Lisa. became CEO in June 2020.

Lisa has a BSc, an MBA and CEM. Lisa’s awards include the 2007 ETA award for Women, the 2008 Individual Energy (SAEE), the 2012 SABS Standards Writer Award; the 2014 Women in Energy (SAWIEN); and the 2016 Ian Lane Hall of Fame award.

Lisa is committed to growing the Green Economy within a Green Recovery.

Mannini Makhele-Makoa

Director for Integrated Planning and Spatial Governance, Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)

Mannini Makhele-Makoa holds a Master’s Degree in Town and Regional Planning (MATRP) from the University of Pretoria and has more than 20 years work experience in both the private and the public sector.

Mannini worked with some of the biggest Town Planning and Consulting engineering companies in the country during her time in the private sector. Since joining Gauteng province as a senior manager in the Office of the Premier, she led spatial planning in South Africa’s most urbanised province of Gauteng. She initiated and championed a process that seeks to ensure that provincial sector departments gain an appreciation of the importance of spatial planning to the extent that their investment decisions and budget allocations are informed by provincial spatial directives. Her leadership role in spatial governance in Gauteng continues to place at the fore, issues of spatial justice and spatial integration.

Mannini also played a critical role during the COVID-19 pandemic in Gauteng. She was part of the team that led Gauteng’s COVID-19 response strategy working closely with the Department of Health as a Project Manager for the Comprehensive Health workstream that was key to the entire COVID-19 response in the province.

She currently works as a senior manager in the Department of Cooperative Governance, Urban Planning and Traditional Affairs in Gauteng where she leads spatial planning, land use management, and urban development in the province.

Marc Sherratt

Managing Director: Marc Sherratt, Sustainability Architects (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 is 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. 

Dr Mark Olweny

Senior Lecturer, University of Lincoln

Mark Olweny is an architect, geographer, and urban planner whose research explores aspects of sustainable urbanism in the context of sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the pedagogy of architectural education. These interests are built on a background in cultural geography and professional degrees in architecture and urban planning.

Mark also holds a PhD from the Welsh School of Architecture which focused on the socialization processes in architectural education. Mark is currently a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Lincoln, UK, where he is also the Programme Leader for the Bachelor of Architecture.

He is also a Research Associate Professor in Architecture at the Faculty of the Built Environment, Uganda Martyrs University. Mark has more than 20 years of experience in architectural education and practice in Australia, Canada, the UK, and Uganda, and as a consultant with UN-Habitat in Nairobi. He has published widely, with more than 50 book chapters, journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers.

Michelle Ludwig

New Build V2 Project Manager, Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA)

Michelle Ludwig’s career started in the United States with the leading green architectural firms HO+K and Wm. McDonough & Partners with a particular focus on sustainable architecture and environmentally preferred materials. A LEED-accredited professional since 2002, Michelle has contributed to many green projects and industry educational efforts.

She relocated to South Africa in 2006 and has since focused on green building design, using and contributing to the development of green rating systems (Green Star Office, Retail, etc.) as an Environmental Sustainability Design (ESD) consultant, project manager, and as a GS AP, technical advisor, faculty member and independent assessor for the GBCSA.

Having been involved with numerous Green Star projects, Michelle has developed a streamlined approach to facilitating the design team through the Green Star (or LEED) documentation and submission process. She was involved in developing the criteria and the establishment of a non-profit organisation, EcoStandard, that offers independent, 3rd-party verification of products and an ecolabel that is on par with global ISO140024 standards and contextualised for the South African market.

Michelle’s current focus is on creating green education on the sustainable built environment specific to the African context and facilitating its delivery to professionals, students and interested parties.

Mike Aldous

Technical Principal, MPAMOT

Mike has over 26 years of experience in the Built Environment and brings with him a broad industry skill set, with an MSc in Built Environment Sciences, a BCom in property, a professionally registered civil engineering qualification and an international post-graduate project management qualification. He has been actively involved at both the community and commercial level in promoting, educating, and focusing attention on green buildings, sustainability, climate resilience, energy efficiency over the built environment lifecycle and the growing role supporting technology has to play in delivering better outcomes.

Mike has worked on over 60 healthcare facilities ranging from renovations to large-scale brownfield and greenfield developments, including upgrading and repurposing of medical facilities to accommodate modern equipment and nuclear medicine tools.

As a former member of the Healthy Buildings and Healthcare practices within the Mott MacDonald global group, Mike has combined these varied roles to support his keen interest in evolving medical technologies, indoor environmental quality, and the health impact thereof, and the growing influence of biomimicry derived solutions to advancing engineering solutions, with a keen interest in regenerative design opportunities.

Having worked closely with the Green Building Council of South Africa since its inception, Mike has contributed to the development of a number of the Green Star rating tools he serves as an assessor, assessor committee member, GBCSA faculty member and sits on the GBCSA Technical Advisory Group.

Mthobisi Masinga

Manager: Sustainability, City Resilience & Stakeholder Business Relations, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

Mthobisi Masinga is the Manager for Sustainability, City Resilience and Stakeholder Business Relations at Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). In his role, he advocates for green, net-zero carbon buildings, sustainability initiatives and resilient cities, working in partnership with cities and governments across Africa.

He also serves as an advisor on climate change, technological innovation and sustainability trends toward low-carbon economies in cities. Mthobisi is also the Head of the WorldGBC African Regional Network for the Policy & Advocacy Steering Committee and is part of the WorldGBC Global Policy Task Force. In addition, he also sits on the board of the Property Sector Charter Council; the Premier’s Expert Advisory Committee on Climate Change; the CSIR’s Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Human Settlements Steering Committee; and the Adjudication Panel of the Industrial Development Corporation and a number of Project Steering Committees and Technical Working Groups.

Internationally, Mthobisi has worked in Bodø for Bodø Kommune and Hundholmen BYUTVIKLING in Norway, Portland Oregon in the US and in Kenya in a sustainability and climate change consulting capacity.

Dr Nancy Odendaal

Professor: School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics on the Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning, University of Cape Town

Nancy Odendaal is a Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics on the Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. From 2009 to 2012, she was based at the African Centre for Cities, at the University of Cape Town, where she worked on curricula reform and on building a network of planning schools across Anglophone Africa. Nancy is the co-chair of the governing council of the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN), an international umbrella body of ten regional planning schools associations and the incoming chair of the Association of African Planning Schools.

Nancy’s work focuses on three, often overlapping, areas of research: spatial planning, planning education and urban infrastructure. She has published on the role of technology in urban change, the use of technological tools in the urban planning process and the relationship between spatial change, service delivery and networked infrastructure. Recent work on planning education and research methodology in Africa has reinforced an interest in the efficacy of planning practice and the role of experiential learning and practice-based research in enabling contextual relevance in planning training. Her current work focuses on infrastructure and spatial change in cities of the global South.

Dr Oliver Chimusoro

Professional Industrial Engineer, National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure

Oliver Chimusoro Pr Eng, FSAIIE is a Professional Industrial Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and a fellow member of the Southern African Institute of Industrial Engineers (SAIIE) working at the National Department of Public Works & Infrastructure (DPWI) in South Africa.

Oliver is responsible for Green and Greening Infrastructure within the Green Building Directorate where he is also part of a team implementing the Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) across DPWI-owned facilities.

He has been involved in climate change issues since 2001 and is an ISO14001 Internal Auditor. Oliver was involved in the Gauteng Province Green Technology policy and projects for the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development for over six years.

Paul Currie

Associate Director: Urban Systems Centre , ICLEI Africa

Paul Currie is Associate Director of the Urban Systems Centre at ICLEI Africa. In this role, he contributes to Urban Systems projects, chairs the ICLEI Africa Research working group curates the annual RISE Africa event, and co-hosts ICLEI Africa’s circularity, food and water portfolios.

Paul is a fellow at the Cente for Sustainability Transitions at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, a member of Resilient40, a youth climate activist network, and a board member of the Sustainable Urban Systems Chapter of the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE). His PhD research currently aims to further his understanding of urban metabolism and resource nexus concepts in African urban contexts.

With ICLEI Africa, he supports African local government officers and stakeholders to take on systems approaches both in strategy and implementation. His projects relate to themes of food systems governance, circular economy, nature-based solutions and food-water-energy nexus. Paul hopes that his work contributes to new ways of engaging that bridge creative expression, science and policy for improving resource equity, urban planning and sustainable development in cities around the world.

Dr Peta Brom

Urban Ecologist, University of Cape Town

Peta Brom is a transdisciplinary researcher with a PhD in urban ecology from the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on applied solutions, drawing on her experience as a sustainable built environment professional, to use science and big data to find real-world, pragmatic solutions to the planning and management of urban nature in African cities. Between 2004 and 2017 she worked in various capacities in sustainable development planning and was one of the first to become a registered Green Star SA Accredited Professional.

The majority of her pre-PhD experience was carried out from within PJCarew Consulting where she contributed to the development of both MURT and PEB Green Star SA tools. In 2018 she returned to university to pursue her PhD with a prestigious scholarship from the South African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) and shifted focus to urban biodiversity.

In 2021 she was selected by the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) for their young scientist’s programme, placing her among the top emerging scientists in the world. She is currently engaged in a postdoctoral research fellowship for a joint project between the University of Pretoria and Aarhus University in Denmark. The project is funded by DANIDA and run by an international, multidisciplinary, collaborative team that focuses on integrated green infrastructure planning in the City of Tshwane.

Rebekah Hughes

Science-Based Targets Specialist and CDP Reporter, Carbon Calculated

Rebekah Hughes is a passionate corporate sustainability professional with niche expertise in greenhouse gas accounting, science-based target setting and corporate relationship management of F500 companies and leading international companies. She has a proven ability to authentically build relationships in a multicultural environment, influence change, innovate and get results.

Within her role at Carbon Calculated, she supports companies in environmental disclosure through CDP, emissions reduction target setting in accordance with the Science Based Targets initiative and consults on general corporate sustainability. Rebekah is also the Director at Earthbound Consulting, a boutique environmental consultancy firm specialising in corporate climate change sustainability.

She previously worked as an Engagement and Target Analyst in the Science Based Targets initiative with WWF South Africa and has experience in the local government sustainability sector. Rebekah holds a BSc Honours in Atmospheric Science (first class) and MPhil in Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town and is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Renier Oosthuizen

Urban Planner, Novus 3

Renier Oosthuizen is a Professional Town and Regional Planner with skills and experience in built environment consulting, with a specific focus on strategic planning, integrated framework development and capital investment planning in the public sector.

During his career, he supported metropolitan, district and local municipalities from an advisory and change management perspective concerning integrated planning and capital investment management as part of the public sector capital investment value chain. This includes: Capital investment needs identification, project preparation, capital prioritisation model development, capital project budget allocation, incorporation of budget rules and allocation as part of the medium to long-term budgeting and expenditure frameworks, integration of budget processes with long-term financial affordability modelling, geo-spatial and development outcomes analysis, capital projects implementation tracking, monitoring and evaluation.

As an Associate at Novus3 (Pty) Ltd, with a functional role as Advisory Manager, Renier is responsible for the management, development and innovation of advisory services focused on but not limited to the capital investment value chain. He is a candidate PhD student at the University of Stellenbosch, focusing on land-use forecasting methods and their impact on transport modelling.

Richard Palmer

Director: Global Sustainability,
Integral Group

Richard is the Principal for Global Sustainability Service. He has over 17 years of experience providing sustainability advice to projects in both buildings and infrastructure sectors.

His experience in sustainable design and procurement extends across the full breadth of the built environment: green buildings, sustainable infrastructure, sustainable precincts, and future cities. His thinking and leadership on policy, planning, and strategy, coupled with his design and delivery experience, have allowed him to support urban development projects with integrated approaches to buildings, mobility, digital systems, utilities, living infrastructure, and communities.

Richard’s thought leadership on sustainable investment and assurance of non-financial performance, coupled with his design and delivery experience, place him at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment. His experience and market exposure means Richard is a unique asset that can manage and deliver sustainability outcomes at a precinct scale.

Samanta Stelli

Coordinator: Water Wise and Research, Rand Water

Samanta Stelli is a registered Environmental Scientist. She currently holds the position of Coordinator of the Water Wise and Research section in the Environmental Management Services department at Rand Water. Samanta has more than 13 years of experience in water and environmental conservation and research project management.

She has an MSc in Environment, Ecology, and Conservation from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an MSc in Aquatic Health from the University of Johannesburg. She is a member of professional institutes such as WISA (Water Institute of South Africa), IWA (International Water Association), and SASAqS (Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists).

Sameer Morar

Senior Manager, Rand Water

Starting out as an experiential learner at Rand Water in 2002 and having been exposed to multiple facets of the water sector, Sameer Morar is now the current Acting Water Cycle Manager within Rand Water and is responsible for overseeing Water Demand Management both internally on Rand Water’s distribution network and within the utility’s area of supply.

Sameer graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a BTech degree in Civil Engineering where he specialised in, you guessed it… water!

His area of specialization includes water demand and catchment management including urban and peri-urban projects.

Aside from his life in water (coincidentally also an Aquarius), he is an experienced motor mechanic, a dog and nature lover and the proud father of 6-year-old twins.

Dr Samir Traboulsi

Senior Lecturer: American University of Beirut at Notre Dame University, The Order of Engineers & Architects(Lebanon) and The Global Training Center (Dubai)​​

Samir Traboulsi, PhD, P.Eng, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, is currently a senior lecturer at the American University of Beirut at Notre Dame University, at the Order of Engineers & Architects in Lebanon, and at the Global Training Center (Dubai), and has taught a variety of subjects including building services technical courses, MEP design of green buildings, HVAC design courses, thermodynamics, operations research, the engineering economy, and engineering ethics.

Dr Traboulsi is the founder and was the president of the Lebanese chapter of ASHRAE (1995-1996), as well as director regional chair (2005-2008) and director at large (2009-2012) for ASHRAE. He also served as co-founder and former president of the Lebanon Green Building Council (2008-2012). He has worked extensively with UN agencies as a consultant and has presented lectures worldwide.

Dr Traboulsi is the author of numerous publications and is the recipient of the ASHRAE John F. James International award (2003), the Student Activities Achievements Award (2005), the Distinguished Service Award (2008), the ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award (2014), the ASHRAE Fellow Award (2014) and the ASHRAE F. Paul Anderson Award (2021). He is CIBSE Fellow & NEBB Certified Professional.

Dr Sandile Mbatha

Senior Manager: Research and Policy Advocacy, City of Ethekwini

Dr Sandile Mbatha is a Senior Manager responsible for Research and Policy Advocacy in eThekwini Municipality where he supports evidence-based policy development process through city-wide research and strategic planning. He is a data strategist who views data as a critical ingredient for supporting insight-driven service delivery. He is responsible for driving integrated city-level data processes for strategic decision-making.

As part of this work, he has established strategic partnerships for building an inclusive data ecosystem necessary for supporting a data-driven city. He is also part of the team using a data-centred approach toward SDG institutionalisation and indicator localisation with the aim of building a reliable SDG monitoring system for eThekwini Municipality.

He is a former Director and founder of Ulwazi NS Research Consulting, an organisation focused on human-centric solutions to human settlements; informal land markets; urban planning; local economic development; water; food and energy issues in urban and peri-urban contexts. He holds a PhD in Architecture and Town Planning from the University of Stuttgart, with a focus on informal transactions in low-income housing in South Africa.

He has more than a decade of working with the public and non-governmental sectors through developing and implementing programmes for low-income urban and peri-urban communities. He has also participated in various urban development programmes aimed at fostering development partnerships between the municipality and communities, particularly conducting research on urban renewal and driving stakeholder coordination and engagement. 

Sanjeev Raghubir

Group Sustainability Manager, Shoprite Holdings

Sanjeev’s job is to establish a sustainability strategy and implementation plan for the biggest retailer in Africa, the Shoprite Group, to minimise its environmental footprint across its value chain.

Sanjeev started his career at the CSIR where he worked as an environmental engineer. In 2003 he moved to Nestlē South Africa as the Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Sustainability Manager, looking after this portfolio in the Southern and Eastern Africa region.

Sanjeev holds a degree in chemical engineering, an honours degree in environmental engineering and an MBA. He’s passionate about environmental and social sustainability and believes that all business and all development should be done with sustainability in mind.

Simisha Panther-Elias

Project Manager, Sustainable Energy Africa (South Africa)

Simisha is currently a Project Manager at Sustainable Energy Africa. She works on a variety of projects that involve supporting and strengthening the capacities of local governments in South Africa to implement sustainable energy solutions in a just and equitable manner. Support areas include energy management systems, energy efficiency, energy poverty, renewable energy, and climate mitigation.

Simisha has over 9 years of experience in institutionalising sustainable energy and climate response approaches and practices in urban development planning across South Africa. Before joining Sustainable Energy Africa. She graduated with a Master’s degree from the Energy Research Centre in the Faculty of Engineering at UCT in 2012, focusing her research on the technical and financial feasibility of implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy in the food retail sector in South Africa. She also holds an M.Sc. in Biotechnology from Rhodes University which she attained in 2004.

Terri Clapperton

Sustainability Officer, Belgotex Floorcoverings (Pty) Ltd

Terri Clapperton has worked in the corporate sustainability and responsibility field for the past 14 years and currently works as the Sustainability Officer for Belgotex Floorcoverings (Pty) Ltd, a Pietermaritzburg- based flooring manufacturer and distributor. Previously, she has worked for large listed and private entities, medium-sized private companies, as well as in the NGO sector.

Terri holds an MSc in Sustainable Development, majoring in Environmental Analysis, from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She is a strong believer in the power of hope and the leverage of the collective and cohesion action to disrupt paradigms, change mindsets and innovate for the wellbeing of our planet.

Teslim Yusuf

Project Manager, South African National Energy Development Institute (South Africa)

Teslim Mohammed Yusuf is presently the Acting General Manager: Smart Grids & Data and Knowledge Management Programme at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Pretoria and an Honour’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Teslim has over 15 years of experience in the energy sector on applied research in Smart Grids, Energy Efficiency, Information Communication Technology and Project Management. In addition, Teslim is tasked with applied research focused on the application and adoption of energy efficiency and smart distribution grids.

Tessa Brunette

Associate & Sustainability Leader: Africa, India and Middle East, Arup

Tessa is an architect, integrator and building envelope designer who is Arup’s Sustainability lead for Africa, India, and the Middle East. Her experience ranges from master planning and infrastructure implementation to specialist façade and multidisciplinary building engineering design services with a specific focus on leading the delivery of integrated multidisciplinary engineering on complex projects, often using diverse teams located in different geographies. Tessa is passionate about sustainable development, with a specific focus on the urgent need for advocacy, collaboration, and action to achieve the transformative change needed to shape an equitable and regenerative future.

Thandiwe Vilakazi

Investment Banking Associate Principal: Sustainable Finance Solutions, Nedbank

Thandiwe has over 10 years of banking experience ranging from Banking Operations, Digital Assurance & Africa Institutional Trade Finance. She has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) in Public Finance and Development from the University of Johannesburg.

She is a certified trade finance professional and during her career, she has coordinated and executed Trade Finance Risk Participation Agreements with AFDB and BII.

At Nedbank, she was part of the team that successfully executed the Green Residential Development Bond in 2021 and the Old Mutual Property Sustainability Linked Term Loan.

Thea Weeks

ESG Strategy and Communications Lead, MPAMOT

Thea Weeks has over 21 years of experience assisting impact investors, portfolio companies, development institutions, government, and NGOs, she emphasises the unique and catalytic role growth equity and infrastructure-type investments can play in creating sustained value. She assists clients in driving the sustainability agenda through responsible growth and optimised development impacts based on factual, measured demonstration of sustainable ESG value creation with its suite of associated benefits.

In addition, she embraces an ESG -centred investment management approach as a key strategic driver for enhancing stakeholder value that entrenches philosophy, policies, procedures, and measurable actions in embedded impact management systems. 

She assists a range of local and global private, public, and non-governmental organisation sector clients to understand environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts, with a focus on sustainable development, renewable energy, agriculture, health and wellness, youth development, women empowerment, media and communications, mining, oil, and gas. 

Thea specialises in ESG impact assessments, social safeguarding, communication strategies and stakeholder engagement in Africa, Europe, Papua New Guinea, and the Middle East. She has contributed to and managed projects in Africa, the Middle East (Yemen), Papua New Guinea and Europe. Her African experience, in particular, includes projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Uganda, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Egypt, Kenya, and all provinces of South Africa.

Todd Wiltse

Partner – AIA, LEED AP, WJW Architects

As a Partner of WJW Architects based in Chicago, Todd Wiltse is recognised nationally for his work in evidence-based design sensitive to the needs of seniors and persons with disabilities.

A champion of supportive housing models, he strongly believes that design should accommodate people regardless of age or ability, should promote equal opportunity for use by individuals with or without disability, and should create meaningful spaces that enable the full richness of life for all family types and income levels.

Todd’s client-focused and mission-driven approach to design has led to successful designs for a multitude of clients, helping foster the development of healthy communities which have been responsible for the redevelopment and revitalisation of neighbourhoods and municipalities across Chicago and the surrounding region.

He has served as an Associate Adjunct Professor of Building Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture and has been a frequent speaker at the national Environments for Aging conference as well as the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing.

Willem van Zyl

Chief Information Officer: Information Communication Technology, Cape Agulhas Municipality

With 18 years of experience in the municipal space, in 2010 Willem was tasked to establish the ICT department at the Cape Agulhas Municipality. Establishing the ICT Department included Governance, Infrastructure, Applications, and Cybersecurity as well as setting up standard operating procedures to meet the existing and new ICT challenges as the business of the Municipality evolved. The prime focus of the Municipality has always been to serve the citizens and Information Technology has become a vital mechanism for the Municipality to achieve this.

Willem`s experience includes ICT Strategy, ICT Governance, ICT Risk Management, POPIA compliance and Enterprise Architecture. More importantly, was Willem having the benefit of on-the-ground municipal operational experience with the ability to map those requirements between ICT and business and thereby establish an ICT platform to service those requirements.

In 2016 Willem became the strategic lead in establishing a Smart City strategy for the Municipality. It was a vigorous process as it required strategic business input and coordination of various departments within the Municipality. The process required cooperation and strategic input from the various role players. The Electrical and Strategic Services Departments together with the Office of the Municipal Manager were pivotal in drafting the Smart City strategic document for Council. The draft document was subsequently approved and accepted by Council in 2018.

The Smart City strategy and roadmap have been executed and to date have seen successful implementations and are currently still a work in progress. The prime focus of these implementations includes Safety and Security, Public Participation, Environmental Monitoring, Water Conservation and Demand Management. General Public Connectivity is also a key factor and is viewed as a key enabler for socio-economic development within the Cape Agulhas Municipality region and its constituency. It will also attract investment into the region by having a reliable and secure world-class communication platform.