Head of Oxalys
Oxalys, South Africa
I am proudly heading the South African subsidiary of Oxalys, a leading software provider specialized in Procurement and Spend management since 1987.
Deeply passionate about international development, especially on the African continent, I hold multiple Master degrees in International Development and Business law and have gained relevant experience in the retail and e-commerce industries. In my last position, I was in charge of Vendors experience and operational performance at Jumia, the first e-commerce group in Africa. I am now using my skills in business development and vendor management to proudly serve digital procurement transformation, and process optimization.
Dr. Albert Njamen (CMILT)
Camerounian Association of Supply Chain Logistics and Procurement Experts, Cameroon
Dr NJAMEN NJANKE Albert is an expert in supply chain , logistics , procurement with over 26 years expérience. He has occupied several managerial positions in Lafarge Holcim Cameroon and has been teaching supply chain , Logistics in Various universities in Cameroon. Since 2015, he is the GM of Global Dominium Institute and Services that offers certifications in supply chain , transport and logistics in partnership with Cilt International, IIPMR USA and AIMA/World Bank. As speaker, he has presented various conferences and seminars all over the world.
He is the President of CASLOPE-Camerounian association of supply chain , logistics and procurement experts. He holds a PH D in management, an MBA, a Bachelor degree in Mechanical engineering with certifications in many professional fields.
People That Deliver, Denmark
Alexis is an international development professional with ten years of experience in global health programs. The past seven years of her career have been devoted to strengthening health supply chains in low and middle-income countries.
Alexis joined the People that Deliver as the Project Officer in April 2018, where she advises ministries of health and supply chain organizations in low- and middle-income countries on improved human resources for public health supply chain management policies and practices. She collaborates closely with a member coalition of 26 organizations including UN agencies, governments, academic institutions, and private sector companies.
Prior to joining People that Deliver, Alexis was based in Dakar, Senegal, where she worked at Dimagi managing mobile health projects for clients across the region. Of note, she provided capacity-building support to the National Pharmacy Association in Senegal as they revamped their supply chain management mobile technology.
Alexis has also worked with several public health non-governmental organizations, including Population Services International (PSI), and John Snow, Inc. (JSI). It was at JSI where Alexis first realized her passion for health supply chain programs.
Alexis earned a Master’s in Business Administration and a master’s in International Development from American University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
General Manager - Operational Excellence
MTN Group, UAE
Andrew is the General Manager of Business Development and Operational Excellence within Global Sourcing and Supply Chain at MTN Group. Appointed to this role in September 2019, he has overall responsibility for the Operational Excellence team at MTN Group which encompasses a number of different functions from process and governance, through to advanced analytics and data science. He is part of the Senior Management team at GSSC who control an annual spend of $12 billion across 21 operations and two continents.
Andrew brings 17 years of experience within the procurement and supply chain domain, of which 14 years have been spent within the telecoms sector in Africa and the Middle East. Andrew started his career in the supply chain industry in the UK, with one of the world’s largest multi modal logistics providers. He then relocated to UAE where he worked in management consulting within the telco industry. He joined MTN in 2014 in a consulting role and quickly progressed to Senior Manager and then General Manager.
Since joining MTN, Andrew has been instrumental in delivering a significant impact on the digitisation strategy of MTN Group’s sourcing and supply chain management business. Building on his experiences within a number of other operators, he set out a clear vision of delivering a roadmap and framework around procurement digitalisation with the single goal to develop and nurture an agile and well governed procurement organisation with a laser focussed approach to data driven decision making. Fast forward a couple of years and GSSC have implemented an impressive digitalisation strategy which sees the use of AI and machine learning across many use cases, including their recommendation engine and even an AI assistant, GeSSiCa, who handles the mundane tasks of the buying teams.
The use of in house developed applications such as DSA (Decision Support Application) and BoOM (Business prOcess autOMation) have helped to streamline and support decision making through advanced data analytics as well as bring visibility to the entire procurement value chain.
Andrew has been instrumental in driving sourcing performance through delivering additional insights which added more than 25% of external revenues for the sourcing function. Furthermore, he is part of the Senior Management team who delivered business transformation which increased the EBITDA results of the sourcing business by more than 30%
Aside of his day-to-day responsibilities, Andrew is a frequent speaker and presenter on digital topics within the procurement industry.
Arvid is the Chief Executive Officer of Spendency, a Swedish procurement analytics solution with more than 110 customers in over 30 countries.
Prior to joining Spendency Arvid has spent over a decade advicing purchasing leaders all over the world as a consultant at McKinsey & Co and Nordic Boutique consulting firm EFFSO. A large part of his work focused on helping to design and build high performing organisations through a combination of functional processes, methods and capability building.
In addition to strategically developing purchasing functions, Arvid has delivered several category management projects both direct and indirect categories and in several different industries and countries. He has advised more than 50 clients on four continents and about fifteen different countries.
Supply Chain Director
Azukaego Chukwuelue is a certified professional, with a wealth of commercial experience spanning two decades in West East and Central Africa. She currently works as the Supply Chain Director at Kimberly-Clark Nigeria, where she is responsible for the Supply network and operational accountability in line with strategic business goals.
Over the course of her 20-year career, which saw her work in Cadbury and Pfizer (later Neimeth), she has gained versatility and depth working across different fields, including Sales & Marketing as well as Supply Chain. Her passion for transformative leadership and the ability to harness team power earned her several recognitions, including Leadership Imperative Award for Ownership and Accountability and AMEA Recognition for supportive team in Cadbury. Recently, she was named among the 100 female professionals in 20 industries advancing excellence and professionalism in Nigeria’s corporate sector.
Beyond her work she mentors young women, through Truss Empowerment Foundation, a nonprofit that runs an internship program for young minds, aimed at getting them ready for professional and business growth via a simulated MBA course content and actual problem-solving-based learning for managing complex Supply Chains and learning team dynamics and skills.
Inventory Management and Distribution Officer
Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Supply Agency, Ethiopia
Capital Berhanu is an Experienced and enthusiastic Inventory Management and Distribution Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the largest African pharmaceuticals industry Supply Chain. Skilled in Sales, Inventory Management, Teamwork, and forecasting and Quantification. Strong community and social services.
Prior capital was president of the Ethiopian pharmacy students Association. Capitals’ most recent role with the Ethiopian pharmaceutical supply agency is in chemotherapy order management and distribution, pipeline follow-up. Since by nature cancer products management need special care and follow-up capital has devoted his time and committedly worked to insure uninterrupted anticancer supply and strengthen the quality service the company provides.
Capital possesses Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and currently enrolled in master of Logistics and supply chain at Addis Abeba University and attending CSCP. With his expertise in building teams, striving for excellence, result-oriented capital is an asset that pays a huge return on investment.
Cham Etienne Bama
AfCFTA Technical and Policy Advisory Board Member
The Pan African Business Women’s Association, Cameroon
Cham Etienne Bama
CHAM Etienne BAMA holds a PGDip in Law from the University of Yaoundé II, Soa. He has been working for the past ten years on International Trade Policy issues with a focus on export promotion, trade data collection, trade and gender linkages, trade infrastructure development and trade policy design and implementation at the Cameroon National Shippers Council, a Government Agency where he currently serves as Deputy Director for International Trade Promotion.
CHAM is equally a Trade Law Centre (Tralac) graduate 2018 batch on the short course on “International Trade Law and Policy for Africa’s Development”. He also holds certificates on Interpreting International Trade Agreements from Tralac,Gender, Trade and Development from the United Nations Institute for Economic Development Planning (IDEP), Dakar-Senegal, A guide to Gender mainstreaming in the AfCFTA national implementation strategies from IDEP, Making the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) work from IDEP and several others.
He has equally served as expert on AfCFTA continental experts meetings such as the “Expert Group meeting on negotiating institutions: putting the right foundation” organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Regional Trade Forum for West and Central Africa in Dakar, the capacity building workshop on stakeholders engagement on African Trade Policies and Economic Community Of West African States Regional Trade Policy Dialogue Forum in Abuja-Nigeria.
CHAM has actively participated in major AfCFTA events on the Continent like the launch of the AfCFTA operational instruments during the AU extraordinary general assembly in Niamey and was resource person during national consultation process for the setting up of a national AfCFTA implementation Strategy for Cameroon.He also serves as the National consultant (Cameroon) for the International Trade Centre’s Shetrades Outlook Program.
Continuous Improvement Director-Delivering Industry 4.0
Christian Nkana is a Global Supply Chain and Lean Six Sigma professional with more than 20 years international experience helping companies succeed by optimizing Human Capital, Strategy, Technology and achieving Lean and Supply Chain Operations.
He has worked for various Industry:
– Heavy Industry CATERPILLAR; Magotteaux; CMI Defence
– Aerospace: TEC join venture (Pratt & Whitney and Turkish Technics)
– Food Industry / Retail
– Consulting: CGN GLOBAL
Co-founder of O & N Operational Excellence Partners ‘(ONOPEX), Christian aims to enhance Supply Chain Practices in Africa.
MTN Group Executive & Chief Procurement Officer
MTN Group, UAE
Dirk is the Group Executive and CPO of Global Sourcing and Supply Chain at MTN Group. Appointed to this role in November 2017, he has overall responsibility for Sourcing and Supply Chain across the MTN Group. He oversees an annual spend of $12 billion across 21 operations and two continents.
Dirk brings 20+ years of experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain & IT management across the telecom, automotive and the financial sectors, across numerous geographies. Dirk started his career in the financial services industry, where he started in Risk Management of Dresdner Bank AG (Germany) and later at LBBW. Shortly after, Dirk joined DaimlerChrysler IT Services (debis) to lead their IT services for the financial industry sector, a function which later became part of T-Systems.
From there, Dirk moved to the United States to join General Motors as a regional Chief Information Officer for Europe and Latin America for GMAC. After a successful five-years at GM, he joined ING Group N.V. as the Chief Procurement Officer. Whilst at ING, Dirk managed a spend portfolio in excess of 8.0 billion EUR and built a Group-wide sourcing organization for the Bank and Insurance arms of ING with a new central purchasing hub in Switzerland.
Prior to joining MTN Group, Dirk was among the founding team of BUYIN, the leading telecom procurement alliance formed as a joint venture between Orange S.A. and Deutsche Telekom. With BUYIN, in the role of Senior Vice President, Dirk led major transformations of the corporate sourcing departments from both Deutsche Telekom and Orange, and established the alliance with a robust business model for Network Technology, with a top-class operating structure and an exceptionally talented team. Among most notable initiatives, Dirk introduced and executed on “best price alignment” with group suppliers, producing significant savings for existing global agreements. He was also responsible for pioneering the strategic development and launch of the demand management practices that enables category bundling, common technology projects and joint resource management across 49 operating companies in Europe and AMEA.
Since joining MTN in 2017, Dirk has been instrumental in delivering significant impacts on MTN Group’s sourcing and supply chain management business. Building on his experiences, he has transformed the organization through multiple levers, which have increased the EBITDA results of the sourcing business by more than 30%.
Dirk has taken MTN’s sourcing and supply chain to the forefront of the industry through an ambitious digitalisation program. Focusing on the development and exploitation of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, a well established centre of excellence comprising data scientists and sourcing and supply chain experts utilise their in-house developed “Edge platform”, harnessing big data to unlock insights and drive a fact based decision approach.
Aside of his day-to-day responsibilities, Dirk is a frequent speaker in industry forums, where his expertise is sought by leading organizations not only in telecom, but across a variety of sectors. Dirk has been co-publisher of a number of reports and whitepapers, and has been featured in a wide array of industry publications, including Forbes Middle East as part of their Top Regional Executives.
Cohesion Collective, South Africa
Dominic Gaobepe is a speaker & entrepreneur doing work in advocating for anti-racism and anti-sexism within our economy, politics and society. As a co-founder & Managing Director of Cohesion Collective; he works with local and multinational companies to contribute towards social cohesion and nation building by enabling them to build the skill set & mindset of equality, diversity & inclusive leadership.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Rhodes University. After graduating he spent the early years of his career working within the Human Resources field for Unilever SA & South African Breweries, adding value and building expertise in the areas of leadership development, high performing teams & organisational transformation.
People That Deliver, UNICEF, USA
Dominique is the Executive Manager of the People that Deliver (PtD). She is an international development professional with 23 years of experience in managing programs with a focus on health supply chain management, livelihood, food security and nutrition.
Since 2016 Dominique has been responsible for the management and overall performance of PtD, a broad coalition of governments and international, regional and national organizations working together to raise the profile of the health supply chain workforce as a key strategic area of health systems. Prior to PtD she worked for ten years on the HIV/AIDS supply chain for John Snow International (JSI) at the Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM), which procured and delivered essential lifesaving medicines and related commodities to HIV/AIDS programs around the world.
Dominique also has experience working with multilateral development agencies; the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Finance Corporation. She has both an MBA in International Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Nutrition. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Dutch. As a native of The Netherlands and having lived in Latin America (Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela) and Washington, DC, she is now based at UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Founder & CEO
Elizabeth Tchwenko-Fabu is an executive with eighteen years experience working in a Fortune 500 company. Elizabeth has an MBA and a legal background, and is an expert in procurement, entrepreneurship, and negotiations. Elizabeth is the Founder/CEO of Auth’Afrique which produces fabric to ensure an authentic expression of African heritage and identity. Elizabeth is a powerful force to interact with and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others, especially the youth, to innovate and create positive impact. Elizabeth is inspired daily by her son and daughter.
Deputy Executive Director
AfCFTA Policy Network, Ghana
Emmanuel is Deputy Executive Director of Afcfta Policy Network, and an ECOWAS and AU Policy Analyst with cumulative experience of the African Union, ECOWAS, UNECA, OECD Sahel West Africa Club.
He has been a member of the Agenda 2063 Media Network since 2017, and of the African Peer Review Mechanism Communicator’s Network since May 2019.
In 2014, Emmanuel dreamed up East Africa Rising (EAR) on the shores of Lake Kivu while on a media familiarization tour of Rwanda. It has become an innovative membership- and campaign-based digital platform seeking to unite African professionals across 22 countries across East, West and Southern Africa.
In 2015, Emmanuel established the innovative “Ecowas@40Podcast”, a segment on “Africa in Focus Show”, to help listeners appreciate education and knowledge of ECOWAS as it celebrated 40 years.
Since 2016, Emmanuel has moderated at international conferences, including AU’s Regional Youth Consultation in Abuja in 2017; NEPAD’s Africa Environment Partnership Programme (AEPP) in Nairobi; and in Dakar, where he moderated a session on “Institutional Architecture of the African Continental Free Trade Area” (#AfCFTA) at a Stakeholder’s Forum for Private Sector and Civil Society in November 2018.
In November 2019, Emmanuel was asked to moderate the Second Edition of the Arusha Symposium, which focused on AfCFTA and the AU’s Free Movement of People Protocol.
Deputy Executive Director | Field Results and Innovation
Mr. Fayaz King is the UNICEF Deputy Executive Director of Innovation for Results. He recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at Econet Wireless where he was influential in digitally transforming the telecommunications company. He served on the boards of Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe, Econet Burundi and Econet Lesotho, bringing to the position over 30 years of experience in innovation, business development, organizational and digital transformation.
He previously served as Managing Director at Bharti Airtel International and Celtel International, having worked in Uganda, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Mr. King has spearheaded the implementation of several technological innovations, including digital products, and overseen developments aimed at digitizing school education and health care. He is a passionate driver of youth development and empowerment.
Mr. King also founded various entrepreneurial endeavours in the field of agriculture and food security, driving efficiencies through technology innovations. He was Chief Executive Officer and Group Marketing Director at Innscor Africa Limited where he pioneered the growth of a range of products and services, from bread and confectionary to video games and entertainment, and expanded Zimbabwean business ventures in the region.
He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Zimbabwe in 1994 and completed several specialized courses at INSEAD, HEC Paris and Harvard Business School.
DRC Country Director
VillageReach, Congo (DRC)
Freddy Nkosi a rejoint VillageReach en janvier 2018 en tant que Senior Manager, Advocacy and Communications, basé à Kinshasa, en République démocratique du Congo, avant d’être promu directeur pays. Il dirigeait la politique et le plaidoyer en faveur de la vaccination en RDC, liant stratégiquement les évidences et les bonnes pratiques aux priorités politiques mondiales et régionales pour la vaccination telles que l’amélioration de l’équité et de la couverture. Il dirigeait également les efforts régionaux de plaidoyer pour la vaccination en Afrique subsaharienne.
Avant de rejoindre VillageReach, Freddy a travaillé pour l’entreprise mondiale Mott MacDonald où il a dirigé les efforts visant à impliquer le gouvernement, les donateurs, les organisations de la société civile et d’autres parties prenantes à améliorer la gouvernance, la transparence et la redevabilité du secteur de l’éducation en RDC. Bien avant, il a passé plus d’une décennie dans des ONG internationales. Pendant son passage à African Monitor, il a dirigé une enquête post-2015 pour recueillir les voix des jeunes et des communautés de base dans 10 pays africains afin d’influencer les objectifs de développement durable (ODD). À Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa (PPASA), il a renforcé les capacités des OSC à plaider pour un meilleur accès aux informations et soins de santé de la reproductive. Il est actuellement membre du comité directeur de la coalition des OSC de Gavi.
Ses domaines d’expertise comprennent la gestion du changement stratégique, la gestion des connaissances, l’analyse des politiques et le plaidoyer, le financement durable de la santé, le suivi et l’évaluation. Il détient une Maîtrise en Administration des Affaires (MBA) et des certificats en gestion des organisations à but non lucratif, en suivi et évaluation et en gestion de projet, entre autres.
The Customs Hub, South Africa
Graeme Lennie is the Managing Director and Customs Consultant at The Customs Hub.
Graeme worked for SARS Customs for 12 x years during which time he amassed a deep understanding of Customs policy and procedures. Thereafter Graeme worked for a large multinational Clearing & Forwarding Agent for 10 x years. He fulfilled the role of Customs Manager, managing a large Customs team servicing the automotive and general business sectors. He also served as Chairman and Director at SAAFF (South African Freight Forwarders Association) occupying the role of Director Customs for a number of years.
Today Graeme consults on all matters relating to Customs in particular, Customs Licencing & Registrations, Tariff Determinations, Rules of Origin, Tariff Reduction Applications, Customs Training, Rebates and Bond Stores, Duty Refund and Drawbacks, and Customs Clearing Agent Retainer Services.
Chief Executive Officer
Her Story Matters, South Africa
Ms. Rhoda Harriet Khataba is a Chief executive director, keynote speaker, author, talk show host, editor, producer, philanthropist, and influencer. Ms. Khataba is the founder of the Her Story Matters organization, in London, U K, where she has dedicated more than ten years to the advocacy of social psychology. She is devoting her life to the mentorship and female leadership to help bring women’s equality throughout the world.
Ms. Khataba has degrees in Business Management, Hospitality and Tourism.
She has over 15 years experience in International relations, Business management and Entrepreneurship.
Ms. Khataba and her passion has been embraced internationally through accolades to her dedication. She has been awarded the Transformation Award by Wisdom for Women International. Harriet is celebrated for her work as a mentor by the Wise Woman Award for her commitments to women and children. The ERPA Leadership and Entrepreneurial Foundation awarded Ms. Khataba with the Emerging Leader Award for her steadfast goal to unite all women in the world through social mediums, technology advancement and praise.
Today, Ms. Khataba maintains her position as a board member of the Female Civility Leadership Institute Harriet continues her work as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Her Story Matters, out of London, United Kingdom, where she can be found spending her pastime having coffee with friends in Soho, or expressing her creativity through reading, sketching and designing fashion.
Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), Kenya
Henry Mwenda Rithaa is currently Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority within the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Enterprise Development, National Government of Kenya.
An experienced and seasoned professional in corporate finance, strategy and business acumen with proven and demonstrable experience of over 16 years in technical, managerial and executive leadership, in public and the private sector. Proficient in management, trade development, corporate strategy and risk management, value chain development and financial modelling with a keen focus on credit management and product strategy. A visionary, action oriented and inspiring leader of high performing teams with the innate ability to deliver customer focused and sustainable financial services while driving profitability and value for myriad of stakeholders.
Shift DX, South Africa
Jaco is the General Manager of Shift DX, a next-generation digital agricultural platform business. Growing up on a farm on the West Coast of South Africa gave him a love for the land and the potential it holds. Stellenbosch University was a natural choice for a degree in agricultural administration, followed by an MBA a couple of years later. He has since gathered more than 20 years of experience in the agricultural value chain, working in the fruit, livestock and financing industries. Jaco joined the BKB Group in 2010, and his analytical view of data and the ability of technology lead him to various leadership positions in business and industry. His passion is to apply the opportunities that lie in Industry 4.0 technologies to the global forces affecting the future of food production, and he is currently working on deploying Blockchain technology in the African agricultural market.
SAPICS, South Africa
Josephine Freya Naggingo
Local Category Manager
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Uganda
Josephine Freya Naggingo
Josephine is a demonstrated success driven Raw Materials Planner with over 13 years’experience in FMCGs. A Telecommunications Engineer by profession with a bias in procurement. I worked with Sales and distribution department for my first assignment. Then moved to Transport department for a Preventive maintenance role and then to Stores for inventory management and currently with Central planning department as a Raw materials planner for 4 plants.
I launched 12 products in 12 months in 2018 that led to revenue growth of $150.4M. I implemented Replenishment Plus tool that reduced out of stocks by 10%. In the next 5years, my objective is to leverage on gained experience to draw up and manage business strategy in line with DDMRP maturity.
Consultant and Educator
Kent Outsourcing Services, South Africa
Ken runs his own business, Kent Outsourcing Services, consulting with well over 200 companies and providing their employees with education courses in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Ken has been involved with SAPICS for over 30 years from running the Cape Town Chapter, to being on the Board of Directors and holding the position of President twice.
Ken is an instructor for the APICS CPIM, CSCP, CLTD and Instructor Development Programs. He is also an instructor for the DDI DDP and DDL courses as well as a certified trainer for The Fresh Connection business simulation software from Inchainge. Over the last 30 years, Ken has presented many papers and workshops at South African and overseas Supply Chain conferences. He is currently spending the majority of time promoting, presenting DDI courses.
Country Planning Manager
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Mozambique
Leonid has an IT education background and work experience in the financial industry having moved to the FMCG industry in 2012. He worked as Insights Manager having developed his analytical and reporting skills and having undertaken various strategic projects related to Brand and Pack, Competitive Intelligence and Portfolio Optimization. In 2018 he joined Supply Chain as Planning Manager and has taken the responsibility to oversee S&OP and Supply Planning (raw materials to production) for 4 sites in the country and implementation of DDMRP since day 1, a journey that is currently ongoing.
Founder & CEO
Greenstuff, South Africa
Lorraine Jenks is a professional TEDx speaker, a sustainability facilitator and a green procurement, supply chain and circularity guide. A teacher by profession (University of the Witwatersrand), with two additional Montessori Method qualifications.
An accredited Climate Reality Leader, trained by Former US Vice President, Al Gore, Lorraine also studied under the United Nations Eco-Labelling Project, the National Cleaner Production Programme, Green Building Council’s Interior Design and Décor, Green Leaf Carbon Auditors and is a qualified Procurement and Supply Chain Manager.
With her unique style, Lorraine has become a popular international speaker. She runs workshops, consults, manages fully furnished “green” exhibition homes and hotels and owns two non-profit online directories.
Lorraine spent 15 years as Contracts and Procurement Manager for Africa’s largest hotel chain – working on new builds, refurbishments, management and operations. It became her personal mission to find an eco-friendlier version of every product and service in her Purchasing Manual.
Prof Marcus Ambe
SCM Interim Council, South Africa
Prof Marcus Ambe
Prof. Marcus Ambe, President, African Institute for Supply Chain Research, Department of Applied Management, University of South Africa (Unisa), Deputy Chair, SCM Interim Council
Prof Marcus Ambe is an esteemed Supply Chain Management Professional. He is a Professor at the Department of Applied Management, School of Public and Operations Management, University of South Africa (Unisa). Prof Ambe is the Founder and President of the African Institute for Supply Chain Research (AISCR) as well as the Deputy Chairperson: Technical Standards and Competencies, Interim SCM Council, South Africa; Chairperson of the Supply Chain Management Research Group (Unisa) and Doctoral Coordinator for Supply Chain Management at Department of Applied Management. Prof Ambe is a member of Senate at Unisa. He has executed numerous projects in the area of supply chain management. He is the Project Leader for the Unisa Programme in Public Procurement and Supply Chain Management as well as the Programme in Enterprise and Supplier Development.
Team Leader, Technical Cooperation Programme to Promote Good Governance in South Africa
GOPA Worldwide Consultants GmbH, South Africa
Mark is an organisational development expert and currently the Team Leader of the Organisational and Individual Capacity Development for Public Procurement project aimed at strengthening the SCM function in eight municipalities in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.
Mark started his career as an accountant and internal auditor in the manufacturing and financial services sectors. Mark has spent the past 18 years managing the development and delivery of public financial management (PFM) capacity development programmes aimed at improving the capability and performance of the state. Mark’s experience has extended from policy and strategy development to programme implementation with a focus on effective change leadership.
Mark holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education and Training, and National Higher Diploma in Internal Auditing.
Subdirector of Supplies, Distribution and Consumption
Ministry of Trade, Cameroon
Gilbert is the Sub Director incharge of Supplies, Distribution and Consumption in the Ministry of Trade Cameroon. He handles AGOA issues and trade defence mechanisms. Within the scope of supply potentials of companies and their distribution capacities, he prepares companies to face challenges of trade liberalisation, which includes taking advantage of free trade agreements such as the Economic Partnership Agreement and the AfCFTA.
As part of his role he has been incharge of the development of e-commerce in the Ministry of Trade since 2015. Gilbert worked in the elaboration of the National Strategy on the Development of e-commerce and the African Union ecommerce strategy. Being a trade and gender advocate, he believes that empowering women requires addressing structural issues such as unfair social norms and attitudes, but this also includes innovation, investment in ICT infrastructure and training.
With a Graduate diploma in Public Administration from the National School of Administration and Magistracy, Gilbert has held different positions notably in research and trade policy making and evaluation for the Ministry of Trade since 2007.
Women in Tech, South Africa
Melissa Slaymaker is the Women in Tech Country Director for South Africa. She has worked in Technology from an Executive Search and Recruitment perspective for over 14 years in the UK and in Africa. She recognised the need for more women in IT and Leadership roles when she was helping businesses to build diverse teams and discovered the gender gap in technology was increasing!
Melissa is a speaker, moderator and advocate for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace and helps to empower women through connecting them to various programmes, events, and opportunities – created to give access to investors, mentors, networking, quality education or job opportunities.
Melissa has a BSc Degree in Psychology, Genetics and Physiology from the University of Stellenbosch and a postgrad MDP (Management Development Program) from the University of Witwatersrand. Melissa also serves as an Advisory Board member to the African Chamber of Digital Commerce. She has a real passion for Technology, Financial Inclusion and for connecting people.
Africa Business Group, South Africa
Owner/Director/President of SAPICS
ProscE2E, South Africa
MJ Schoemaker (CSCP, CPF) is a supply chain professional with over 30 years of global experience across various pillars of supply chain within a mix of sectors such as FMCG, High Tech, Consumer goods, Public Health and Pharma.
MJ was a board member for Global FMCG company and has a vast track record of executive supply chain positions. MJ is extremely passionate about supply chain being recognised as a business partner in the industry. MJ now has her own consulting company (ProscE2E Pty Ltd) specialising in business excellence and is the president of the board of directors of the professional body for supply chain management (SAPICS).
Institute of Business Advisors Southern Africa, South Africa
Ms. Mpho Mofikoe is currently the Managing Director (MD) for the Institute of Business Advisors South African (IBASA), an Independent, Non-Statutory, Professional Body recognised by SAQA, that Grades and Accredits Business Advisors, Consultants, Coaches and Mentors serving micro, small and medium enterprises (SMME’s) in Southern Africa.
She is a seasoned corporate entrepreneur and business strategist with over 20 years work experience in the public, private and consulting environment. Her extensive experience cuts across diverse industries which include the Private Security, Mining, Financial, Energy, Manufacturing, Real Estate and ICT sectors just to mention a few.
She has a comprehensive experience management consulting and business advisory service, business and operational turnaround, organisational transformation, market and product development, stakeholder and customer relationship management, regulatory framework development and implementation. She has the knowledge and understanding of the different dynamics of doing business in Africa and around the globe as a result of her past and current work experience.
Dr Newton Demba
CILT International Vice President & Chairman
Africa Forum, Zimbabwe
Dr Newton Demba
I am a strategist with more than 16 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management and Administration in the telecommunications, public health, manufacturing, and mining sectors. My key competencies, experience and expertise are in the development and implementation of supply chain and administration strategies, operational systems, policy and procedures, strategic global sourcing strategies, procurement operations, contracts management, logistics operations, warehousing and inventory management, and transport operations.
I joined the institute as an affiliate member in 2004 and have gradually upgraded my membership to Chartered Fellow status.
I work closely with the Institute to establish new country branches, develop strategies to increase membership in existing member countries, and promote CILT as the first choice for logistics and supply chain professionals.
I oversee preparations for Africa Forum, coordinate and support YP and WILAT activities, and coordinate the lobbying for National, Regional and Continental recognition of CILT, including supporting and aiding the continued development of branch and territory organisations.
Dr Obiora Madu
African Centre for Supply Chain, Nigeria
Dr Obiora Madu
Adjunct Professor of Malaysia University of Science and Technology holds a Doctorate in Business Administration DBA from SMC University Switzerland was a recipient of the 2014 National Productivity Order of Merit Award from the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Madu has over 33 years of related working experience with international corporate exposure in international trade, customs, and maritime as well as transport and logistics/supply chain management. His experience in training and capacity building cuts across all the industries as has been shown in activities too many to list. He has experience working with international agencies like International Trade Centre in Geneva, Commonwealth, The US Commercial Service, USAID, and African Development Bank amongst others. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Centre for Logistics and Transport University of Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, and Kaduna State University.
Obiora Madu is the Director-General of the African Centre for Supply Chain, CEO of Multimix Group, and President of the Association of Outsourcing Professionals (AOPN). He is a Fellow of several professional bodies. He is an Advisory Board Member, International Supply Chain Education Alliance ISCEA Malaysia.
Obiora has authored seven books: Exporting – Frequently Asked Questions and Export Value Chain Financing, Agro Commodity Export Guide, Getting Paid in International Trade, Managing Import Logistics, Fundamentals of Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and Modern Warehousing & Inventory Management.
Randell G. Mengel
Senior Leader, Supply Chain and Sustainability
Randell G. Mengel
Randell G. Mengel helps businesses understand the role of sustainable supply chains and how to integrate environmentally, socially and financially sustainable practices into their operations.
He is a strategist working at the intersection of sustainable business operations, diversity, equity and inclusion, and sustainable development. He helps organizations better prepare for change. At the core of his philosophy of sustainable development is an approach that focuses on the realization of tangible and measurable results with net-positive contributions to society. The methods he relies upon integrate strategic diversity and equity initiatives as well as effective results-based processes in a way that helps businesses, investors and governments capture new and exciting opportunities.
He served in the Peace Corps as a small enterprise development advisor in Mali, West Africa and again as a natural resource manager supporting World Wildlife Fund’s management of Campo- Ma’an National Park in Cameroon. He is well versed in the United Nations 17 SDG’s and committed to acting for global change. Throughout his professional career, he has contributed thought leadership and played a strategic role in organizational decision-making.
Director, Trade Facilitation
Rose is a passionate Trade Policy Professional working in Kenya with over seventeen years work experience drawn from both public and private sector in Kenya. She has extensive experience in trade policy, cross border trade, regional integration, ICT for trade, stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications, government service delivery and energy policy. Her recent activities involve being a member of Kenya Government committee for negotiation and implementation of the AfCFTA, Chairperson of the Information and Transparency Sub- Committee of the National Trade Facilitation Committee which is responsible for implementation of the World Trade Organization, Trade Facilitation Agreement, a member of the National Trade Negotiation Committee in Kenya, implementation of the National Electronic Single Window System, implementation of Trade Information Portal in Kenya, monitoring of technical barriers to trade, monitoring of cargo dwell time at the points of entry and exit in Kenya amongst other trade facilitation related matters.
She currently works at KenTrade a Government Agency under National Treasury in the Capacity of Director, Trade Facilitation. She has previously worked as the Corporate Communications Manager at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Regional Officer at Kenya Power, Brand Manager at the Standard Group (KTN/Standard) and Head of Marketing and Communications at Vaja’s Manufacturers Ltd. Rose is a Business Management PhD Candidate at Moi University. She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), BSc in International Business Administration, an Executive Diploma in Marketing, Project Management Certificate, and Professional Certificate in International Trade.
Rose has represented Kenya at the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, at the UNCTAD14 Nairobi Conference, the 6th TICAD Nairobi and many other bilateral negotiations. Rose is an International Trade Professional Fellow, a Trade Law Africa Centre Alumni and Australian Awards Fellow She is a socially responsible citizen who supports education of Children in Elgeiyo Marakwet County in Kenya. She is a 2014 Finalist of the Rising Star Awards and an Australian Awards 2019 Fellow.
Chairman of Medicines Regulatory Authority
Ministry of Health Development (MoHD), Somaliland
Saed Nuh work for the Ministry of Health –Somaliland as chief of Medicines Regulatory Authority of Somaliland’s MoH, National COVID-19 Vaccination (COVAX) Coordinator for Ministry of Health –Somaliland liaising with lead cluster partners such as WHO in the pandemic response interventions, and Senior Lecturer of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics at College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Hargeisa, a researcher, and epidemiologist.
Representing our NRA, I have attended WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regulatory Authorities Conference (EMDRAC 2018) in Oman; SCOMRA IV and AMRC 6th conferences in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, 2019 where I presented a scientific paper on “Status of Medicines Quality Assurance and Regulatory System in Somaliland” as original author, and I am a member of African Medical Devices Forum – AMDF Taskforce (continental TWG of African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization Initiative) contributing to efforts towards establishment of African Medicines Agency (AMA).
I am also a member of IGAD Regional MRH TWGs participating several events and contributing to the implementation of the MRH program in the IGAD Region (REC) as well as EMR’s regional network of NRAs to strengthen the regulatory technical collaboration in the eastern Mediterranean.
In addition, I am a member of International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)’s – Social and Regulatory Pharmacy Section (SRPS) since 2019, FIP’s Global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Commission constituted in October, 2020 to handle efforts/policies across the 7 continents to curb the detrimental health & social implications of AMR, and actively contribute to the initiatives and efforts under FIP’s leadership to improve pharmacy standards and practices across the globe.
Moreover, I am a researcher and have authored several papers in AMR, POPs and Impact on environmental health and safety , regulatory pharmacy affairs, “SF Medicines status in Somaliland/Somalia and its detrimental health and socioeconomic implications” published at FIPs Journal/Congress Abstracts WPCongress in Abu Dhabbi 2019, Etiologic Bacteria and Antibiotic Susceptibility of CSOM among Children Attending Pediatric Tertiary Hospital in Hargeisa- NejM submitted manuscript for publication, etc.
Sandile Khoza CMILT
GM Operations Access World & Chair-person for Access World Employment Equity Committee
Access World, South Africa
Sandile Khoza CMILT
Sandile Khoza is General Manager Operations KZN division and Access World National Employment equity Manager (in charge of organization’s transformation strategy)
Sandile has gained his experience from big organizations like Grindrod Terminals, Exxaro KZN Sands and African fertilizer Management services.
Sandile is also Board Member of CILTSA (chartered institute of Logistics and Transport RSA) and a member of Global chamber of business leaders.
Sandile is a professional member of the Institute of Directors ( M. Inst. D)
as well as a Committee member of Road Freight Chamber – TETA. He is a mentor for CILT (CTA Commercial Transport Academy ) programme and a part-time Lecturer.
Chief Materials Manager
Central Railway, Ministry of Railway, Govt of India, India
Sanjay Kumar has over two decades of governance and leadership experiences in Public Policy, Procurement and Sustainability. His vision, leadership and dedicated effort has been pivotal for the growth of the sustainable purchasing movement in the region.
He is currently President of the Board of Trustees of Asia-Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP), Bangkok, Thailand and serves in advisory capacity, on Strategic Advisory Committee of Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), Washington, USA. He is also the VOICE of SPHS (Sustainable Procurement in Health Sector) nominated by the Interagency Task Team of 10 United Nations agencies.
He is M. Tech in Environmental Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India and MA in Public Policy & Sustainable Development from TERI School of Advanced Studies New Delhi, India.
Associate Partner, Global Sustainable Sourcing Leader
Sarah Thuo is a Sustainable Sourcing Advisor with 14+ years of experience across Supply Chain Process Transformation, Sourcing Value Creation, Digital Workflow Design and Operating Model Design.
For a personal care company, led the supply planning team through the COVID-19 crisis to review and revise demand signals, automatically update open POs, and optimize inventory and production for COVID-related constraints. Achieved a 4% inventory reduction and maintained OTIF levels despite COVID supply chain uncertainties.
For a personal care company, designed an end-to-end Source-To-Pay process and supporting policies (including Master Data Management, New Product Requests, Automated Vendor PO Conﬁrmation & Supply Planning Communication), to maximize Procurement team member productivity, in preparation for an ERP system implementation & harmonization.
For a ﬁnancial services provider, designed a supply chain operating model including organization structure and technology changes to optimize costs and operations in preparation for a vertical acquisition. Also identiﬁed $200MM in sourcing cost synergies from the acquisition.
Offering Leader for Sustainable Supply Chain and Circularity
Sheri R. Hinish, Executive Partner, Global Offering Leader Sustainable Supply Chain + Circularity
“My purpose is simply to make a meaningful impact for the clients, colleagues, partners, and communities I serve. I help customers design and build supply chains of the future that empower the human experience, strategically champion stewardship, and create change that is impactful, equitable, responsible, and proﬁtable. I’d love to walk with you on your journey.”
Colleagues and clients affectionately call me the nickname “Supply Chain Queen.” I’m recognized as a 2021, 2020 & 2019 Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pro to Know,” the “People’s Choice 2020 Global Woman in Supply Chain Leader,” Corporate Vision Excellence award recipient for “2020’s Most Influential Leader in Supply Chain & Technology,” and a trusted partner that companies consistently leverage for insights and a unique PoV in supply chain, retail, manufacturing, sustainability & the SDGs, leading with purpose, diversity as a business imperative, and change leadership in digital transformations.
I’m a Rebel and eternal student who loves bringing out the best in people and building back better in supply chain transformations. I’ve made a career simplifying the complex, rethinking supply chain strategy and customer experience. I host a top podcast that evangelizes the future of supply chain called the “Supply Chain Revolution”. My vision is to change the world through shared purpose & sustainable supply chain, circularity, and building technology grounded in the principles of sustainable development.
I’m hold a Masters from Harvard University with emphasis in Sustainability. I am certiﬁed in Corporate Sustainability & Innovation by Harvard University and Organizational Leadership by Cornell University. I hold two credentials from Rutgers University with highest distinction (Beta Gamma Sigma), a MS in Supply Chain Management, and a Mini-MBA, in Digital Supply Chain. I also have a BS in Business, Supply Chain Management (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Maryland. Also, I am a licensed IBM Design Thinking Co-Creator, Project Management Professional (PMP), and Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt.
Chief Executive, Co-Founder
MtiMaz Holdings (PTY) Ltd , NS Business School, South Africa
I am a seasoned Procurement and Supply Chain professional and expert who served as a Leader in large and international organisations. I also served and continue to operate at board level and has been instrumental in Supply Chain and Procurement transformation in different industries in the country.
I led different groups and managed Procurement expenditure of over Billions of Rands managing teams of between 10-200 people. As part of Evaluation and Audit committees, I implemented and managed Supply Chain and Procurement operating models, governance, risk and compliance processes providing assurance to governance committees. I further sat on Board and subcommittees of various companies.
SUPPLY CHAIN LEADERSHIP
I have over 20 years’ experience and has developed Supply Chain and Procurement governance structures for large organisations in the country such as Eskom and ACSA. Chaired and managed Adjudication committees making contracts decisions to the value of R 300million. I also served at different board committees and advised both Executive teams and Board members of Supply Chain transactions and other business matters with values of over a Billion Rands.
I have a solid strategic sourcing experience and has managed national and global contracts on behalf of international companies operating in the country. I developed regional procurement strategies, executing procurement plans, negotiation of commercial terms and conditions, maintaining relationships and evaluation of key global suppliers achieving more than 30% annual savings in tough economies times.
Part of supply chain management responsibilities involved championing socio-economic transformation, as a result I became the architecture of integration of small black business into supply chains across the country. This meant empowering black businesses to access markets that they will not ordinarily have in drastically increasing their revenues and creating sustainable businesses. I continue to provide advice on government regulations and amendment to current laws in order to empower and address past inequalities.
Account Manager and Corporate Software Specialist
LexisNexis, South Africa
George Findlay is a seasoned attorney, who has experience in notary and conveyancing. After practicing law for 10 years, George joined LexisNexis where he has worked closely with conveyancing and banking software platforms, building an impressive client list along the way. Since 2011 George has been able to leverage his insights from his practising days and has helped grow the Lexis Sign customer base, where he has become the thought leader regarding digital signatures.
Curshaw Ltd, France
Warren has over 25 years experience across private and public sectors, leading transformative projects to introduce new ways of thinking and working in procurement and contracting. He joined the UK Government Digital Service (GDS) in November 2012, and was responsible for ensuring the UK government’s Digital Marketplace directly supported digital transformation. He introduced user-centred, design-led, data-driven and open approaches to public contracting – the foundational step-change in procurement envisioned in the UK Government Transformation Strategy.
Between 2018 and 2021, Warren led the GDS Global Digital Marketplace Programme, helping governments in emerging economies make their procurement more transparent, improve systems that govern public spending, improve scrutiny through better quality open data, and build institutional capability and capacity to ensure sustainable change.
His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ambassador Tal Edgars
Group Executive Chairman
GBSH Consult Group Worldwide, South Africa
His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ambassador Tal Edgars
His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ambassador Tal Edgars, Q.C is a global multi- award winning, well known business authority, erudite speaker of note, diplomat, and a cutting-edge thinker with an outstanding record in planning, managing, and executing phenomenally successful private and public sector initiatives in Africa, Europe, America & Asia. He provides quite extensive domestic best practices in Africa. He is Africa’s leading authority and informed voice on knowledge of foreign policy community, Growth and Competitiveness Practice, complex negotiations, strategic foresight, government affairs, entrepreneurship, investment policies, brand strategy and how countries & businesses can be active participants in their own development. He is currently the Chairman GBSH Consult Group Worldwide.
Some of his awards include:
- 2021 Worldwide Business Leader by the World Confederation of Businesses, USA
- 2019 Chairman, African Pillar of Peace Awards
- 2018 Driver of Change Finalist- Vision 2030 South Africa
- 2017 SA Vision 2030 Awards Driver of Change Award Finalist
- 2017 South African Game Changer of the Year
Supply Chain Global Technical Team Lead
Village Reach, South Africa
Tiwonge is a Senior Supply Chain Manager with VillageReach. Tiwonge works on Last Mile Supply Chain systems strengthening with a focus on community health systems strengthening. Tiwonge has over 10 years’ experience in healthcare supply chain and pharmaceutical strengthening and management in Africa. Her core areas of expertise include supply chain strategy and leadership development, supply chain workforce assessments and development, strategic partnerships and sustainable governance.
Prior to joining VillageReach, Tiwonge spent five years with USAID South Africa as a Supply Chain Specialist and later Health Systems Strengthening Team Lead from 2016 to 2021. In these roles, she provided strategic, technical, administrative and financial directions for the USAID’s Supply Chain portfolio. She led USAID’s Health Systems Strengthening team in the PEPFAR interagency as well as coordination with the South African National Department of Health, Global Fund and other stakeholders.
Stakeholder Engagement Relationship Management
SAPICS, South Africa
Tonya Lamb is currently the Business Development Executive for SAPICS. Tonya’s current portfolio manages the development and maintenance of strategic relationships and partnerships in the Supply Chain profession that provide crucial affiliations and collaborations that enable SAPICS to expand its scope in terms of creating a broader understanding about Supply chain management as well as developing and driving new initiatives to further develop the Supply Chain profession.
Tonya’s passion lies in the building of capacity for the supply chain management profession through education, training, skills development and professionalisation. Tonya’s career in supply chain management started in 1996 and her commitment to the profession has continued to grow with a determination to not only raise the profile of the profession but make it an option as a career of choice for future generations.
Strategic Planning & Operations Coordinator
CILT Egypt, Egypt
Zeinab Awad, is a Managing Partner of Nahj for Training and Consultancy, one of Egypt’s growing advisory service providers. Zeinab also serves as the Strategic Planning and Operations Coordinator of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Egypt, the premiere international organisation working towards the promotion of the art and science of logistics and transport. She currently chairs the Egypt Chapter of the Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT).
WiLAT was introduced in Egypt in December 2020 with overall aim of promoting the status of women in Logistics and Transport. WiLAT serves as a support network and mentoring platform for women in the sector, providing them with training and career path development opportunities. WilAT Egypt also implements advocacy initiates that serve to raise awareness of issues that negatively affect the socio-economic participation of women as well as through training and career path development.
Since receiving a masters degree in Development Studies from the American University in Cairo in 2004, Zeinab has been involved in numerous cross-cutting initiatives covering supply chain, logistics and transport management, public-private partnership, trade competitiveness and export promotion as well as the promotion of women’s rights and youth empowerment. She has worked on the design and implementation of projects funded by various organisations including the EU, the World Bank, the UNDP, the Arab Gulf Fund for United Nations Organisations, the MicroSoft Citizenship Department, FORD Foundation, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – FCO (UK), the Swedish Development and Cooperation Office (SDC) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
Senior Manager, Policy and Research
United Nations (U.N.) Foundation’s Digital Impact Alliance
Maurice Sayinzoga is Senior Manager, Policy and Research at the United Nations (U.N.) Foundation’s Digital Impact Alliance. He leads research on public procurement of digital technology and how new and emerging technologies affect socioeconomic development, particularly in low and middle-income countries. Before joining the U.N. Foundation, Maurice worked in Rwanda and Malawi, where he helped deploy tech solutions for health and education interventions. Maurice has an undergraduate degree in I.T. Applications to Management from the University of Rwanda and a Master’s degree in Global Human Development from Georgetown University.
Anouar Ali Ammara
Head of Supply Chain Management
Anouar Ali Ammara
Anouar is a seasoned professional with over twenty (20) years of experience in designing, planning and implementing organizational, financial and commercial improvements to address global business challenges and drive operational excellence in the Supply Chain and Procurement Management areas and beyond.