TUESDAY, 15 MAY 2018


Venue: Ballroom
BUILDING A SKILLED AND DYNAMIC WORKFORCE

Africa is facing a critical shortage of hands-on tech and engineering skills, with a particular need for technicians to build and maintain power and water projects all over the subcontinent. Africa has also been haemorrhaging and exporting African talent to the rest of the world. This session looks at the future of work and how organisations are reacting to the changes and shortages; after all, your organisation is only as good as your best employees.

09:30
Organiser’s Welcome Address
David Ashdown, Managing Director, Spintelligent, South Africa

09:35
European Union Welcome Address
Amb Dr Marcus Cornaro, EU Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa

09:40
Indian Chamber of Commerce Welcome Address and Introduction to the Honourable Minister
Rajeev Singh, Director General, Indian Chamber of Commerce, India

09:45
Ministry for Commerce and Industry, India, Welcome Address
Honourable Minister Shri C R Chaudhary, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, India

09:55
Host Utility Welcome Address
Phakamani Hadebe, Interim Group Chief Executive Officer, Eskom, South Africa

10:05
Host Ministry Address
Honourable Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy, Department of Energy, South Africa

10:20
Future of work and the disruptive forces that are shaping it
Graeme Codrington, Author, Futurist and Strategy Consultant, TomorrowToday, South Africa

10:40
Capacity building for Africa: Thought leader interviews

  • Can climate change and unemployment (especially among the young and the unskilled) be addressed simultaneously?
  • Are there new employment opportunities in areas of clean energy and natural-resource management?
  • How can Africa retain skilled engineers and specialists?
  • Which programmes are proving most promising for up-skilling and building capacity?
  • Are employers succeeding in gender diversity?

Moderator:
Richard Poplak, Senior Reporter, Daily Maverick, South Africa

Speakers:
Graeme Codrington, Author, Futurist and Strategy Consultant, TomorrowToday, South Africa
Lawrence Jones, Vice President – International Programs, Edison Electric Institute and
Project Director, Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange, USA
Nelisewe Magubane, Chairperson, Matleng Energy Solutions, South Africa
Philip Dingle, Marketing Director, Lucy Electric, UK

11:30
Exhibition and lunch


WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 2018


Venue: Ballroom
INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO PROBLEM SOLVING

The next revolution will be a result of innovation, so you need to know about it to be part of it. Understand the realities of climate change, consider a new method to engineer solutions and leave feeling inspired by innovators who are taking their ideas to the next level.

09:30
Biomimicry: Learn from and emulate nature’s genius to create more sustainable designs
Claire Janisch, Founder, Biomimicry, South Africa

10:00
Highly risky or highly inventive? Harvesting an iceberg to meet Cape Town’s water demands
Nick Sloane, Marine Salvage Expert, South Africa

10:30
The story of innovation inspired by nature
Aisa Mijeno, CEO, Co-Founder and Inventor, SALt Lamp, Philippines

11:00
Entrepreneurial thinking: Nurturing a winning business idea
Evans Wadongo, Co-founder of GreenWize Energy, and Founder of Sustainable Development For All, Kenya

11:30
Exhibition and lunch


THURSDAY, 18 MAY 2017


Venue: 2.6
THE FUTURE OF AFRICA’S POWER AND ENERGY SECTOR: SCENARIO REPORT

10:00
Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa, will launch a Scenario Report based on a commissioned study of African Utility Week attendees. This is will be an impactful session, looking at the future of the power industry and Africa’s geopolitics, so you can predict the sector’s future and make effective decisions today.
Marius Oosthuizen, Lecturer: Strategic Foresight (Leadership, Strategy & Ethics), Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa

12:00
Exhibition and lunch