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EVENT SPEAKERS - SUSTAINABLE CITIES AFRICA CONFERENCE 

Khanyi Chaba is currently the Head of Responsible Business at Old Mutual Limited. She is responsible for leading the design and roll out of the company sustainable development strategy for all Old Mutual Limited operations across the continent. This includes setting the strategic direction and OML responses to UN Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals. Khanyi manages OML’s sustainability reporting, memberships, internal and external stakeholder engagement including Government, external agencies and industry organisations. 

Africa for Africa Women Empowerment 
Bea Hackula
Bea Hackula, founder and President of Africa for Africa Women  Empowerment is a globally respected leader, strategist and public speaker who has shared platforms with the likes of John Maxwell, Almas Jiwani, Petra Laranjo, Dr David Molapo, Madelein Mkunu and others. Bea has positioned herself as a champion of organizational transformation and a game changer in many aspects of leadership. A Fort Hare University and Harvard Business School Alumnus, Bea has a vast experience from both private and public sectors. She is a respected visionary and strategists who has achieved the impossible
through her innovative mind.

AfrikaRudi Organisation
Dr. Benjamin Sirimba
Dr. Benjamin Sirimba is the chairman of AfrikaRudi Organisation, Group Chairman of AGP Consultants, Chairman Of The Board for Tanzania Small Hydropower Association and Board Member/Director of Energy Circle Holdings Africa-Australia. A specialist in Organisation, Structuring and Behavioural Management, Sirimba has over 15 years of high level management experience gained while working with several multinational companies.
Over the years, he has lent his professional expertise and humanitarian support to community development entities in Southern and Eastern Afrika, like the Help for the Masai, Early Child Education and the Earth Foundation.
A Chartered member of Quality Management, he also serves as the chairman of Tanzania HydroPower Association and the Group CEO of AGP consulting Ltd.
Sirimba earned his Masters’ Degree in International Business Management from the Business School of Netherlands before pursuing his Doctorate in Finance and Accounting at Brookdell University in the USA.

CEO of Consulting Engineer South Africa (CESA)
Chris Campbell Pr. Eng  
Chris is a Professionally registered Civil Engineer. He graduated Summa cum Laude with a BSc Civil Engineering degreefrom a University in the USA. He has obtained various certificates and diplomas in management and executive leadership.
Over his 38 year career in engineering and management, he has been a Consulting Engineer, a Railway Engineer as well as an Executive in the infrastructure precast concrete manufacturing industry in South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique and Swaziland, before being appointed as CEO to CESA.
Some of his institutional involvements over the past periodinclude:
- Past Vice President - South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE);
- Past President - Engineering Council of South Africa,(ECSA)
- Past Vice President - World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO);
- Current Chairman of the Built Environment Professions Export Council (BEPEC);
Exco Member of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) regional African body,(GAMA);
Board Member, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA);

UNIDO
Conrad Kassier
Conrad Kassier is the UNIDO Energy and Climate Coordinator at the SA Regional Office. His work covers the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SME’s, and the Low Carbon Transport Project including cross-cutting issues on digital economy solutions for the enhancement of clean energy and sustainable cities methodologies. Conrad serves on the Youth Chapter of the South African Association for Energy Economics at the University of Pretoria and is involved in UNIDO’s overarching gender mainstreaming activities in the energy sector. Prior to joining the South African Regional Office,Conrad was placed at the Vienna International Centre where UNIDO is headquartered. He holds a joint Master’s Degree in Global Studies with a focus on political economy and energy from the Universities of Wroclaw in Poland and the University of Vienna in Austria, with selected research completed at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Pan-African thought leader 
Mordekai Shumba
Mordekai Freedom Shumba is a Pan-African thought leader, civil society practitioner, youth specialist and social entrepreneur. Shumba has packed 18 years of leadership and management experience mainly in the NGO sector and as an investor in various SMEs.
Shumba’s record is richly backed by a solid contribution to citizen consciousness, knowledge and the building of a Pan-African social leadership dispensation. An approach that uniquely addresses African challenges especially in sustaining green economies. Through research and policy dialogue, Shumba has spoken widely at international policy conferences and panel discussions.
Notably in 2009, Shumba founded the Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth), a Pan-African social movement presently with 33 chapters throughout the continent, which he served as founding president until 2015. The organisation made strong strides in amplifying the voices of African youth, and equipped many with entrepreneurship skills for green growth. He also chaired Beyond 2015, a global campaign of over 1000 organisations, which strongly influenced the outcomes of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Shumba worked with International fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and was instrumental in establishing the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN), a global platform for young entrepreneurs in Agriculture.
He currently serves as Executive Director of Africa Democracy and Governance, based in Pretoria while also managing his company, Territory Dynamic Africa (TDA).

African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council  
Patson Malisa 
Patson Malisa is a Diplomat Executive and Facilitator currently serving as Deputy Presiding Officer of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). Patson is the youngest Deputy Presiding Officer to be elected to the ECOSOCC Bureau.He is also President of the Organisation of African Youth. Prior to his election, Patson served as Head of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, as well as Acting Secretary for the Infrastructure and Energy Cluster of ECOSOCC.
He has experience as Chairman for South Africa at the Organisation of African Youth, Country Coordinator for the Network of African Youth for Development, as well as the Chairman for South Africa at the International Youth Council.He has also served on the Civil Society steering group of the Global Finance Facility.
He has served in the steering committee for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Stakeholder negotiations which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in April 2015. He was also the Chair of Rapporteurs at the 2015 Parliament and Youth Summit on SDGs hosted by the Parliament of South Africa. He also served as the Youth Advocate to the 2nd High Level Meeting on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

EmboAfrica
Tando Songwevu 
Tando Songwevu Founder of EmboAfrica is vastly regarded as one of South Africa’s Thought-Leaders contributing to the economic and cultural renewal of Africa. She is a well-travelled advocate on cultural diplomacy and public policy, whose work recently garnered her recognition as one of South Africa’s top 200 mostinfluential young people by the Mail & Guardian.
She presently is South African Heritage Ambassador: a pivotal role in heritage development, designed by lifting policy areas which have been in the periphery of economic and market related discourse.
A speaker who has featured as a guest speaker and facilitator on stages where she has presented papers at National, Continental and International platforms addressing many of Africa’s most pressing challenges around cultural integration and economic trade affairs.
Her intellectually engaging engagements and programmes have triggered fierce debates and presentations at the African Union level around policy and implementation of programs geared at forging multi-country, multi-stakeholder programmes and formal partnerships towards the creation of a single continental common market.