CESA Indaba 2019 Distinguished Speakers

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell, Programme Director (CEO: CESA)

Chris Campbell, CEO of Consulting Engineers South Africa, is no newcomer to the long and hard road to achieving one’s goals and aspirations. From his humble roots in Newclare, a township located in Johannesburg, Chris started his journey as a Draughtsman in 1981 and went on to obtain a National Diploma and National Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering from what is now known as the University of Johannesburg, in the mid-eighties. After almost 10 years in the Consulting Engineering industry as a Senior Technician, he then went on to graduate with a BSc Civil Engineering degree (Summa Cum Laude) in 1995 at the Florida A & M University in the USA, having been awarded a scholarship through a USAID Programme. He has been registered as a Professional Engineer since 1998 and has subsequently also obtained various certificates and diplomas in management and leadership. Over his 37 year career in engineering, he has worked in various capacities in a number of consulting engineering companies, spent several years at Transnet and has even ventured into the precast concrete manufacturing business in an executive capacity with the Aveng Group both locally and internationally. His institutional involvement has been in various capacities over the past and into the present, notably:
- Past Gauteng Branch Chair (SABTACO),
- Past Vice President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE),
- Past President of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA),
- Past Vice President of The World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO),
- Current Chairman of the Built Environment Professions Export Council (BEPEC),
- Current Board Member of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC),
- Current Board Member of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA).

Neresh Pather

Neresh Pather (President: CESA)

Neresh Pather was inaugurated as the President of Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (CESA) at the organisation’s 64th Annual General Meeting held at the CESA Seminar in Johannesburg on Tuesday 7th November 2017.
 Pather, a Statutory Director of Mott MacDonald Africa, currently heads up the Transportation Sector in their Africa Business Unit. He holds a BSc. Engineering (Civil) degree and a MSc. Engineering degree in Transportation and as such has led many transport and strategic infrastructure projects within the company.

He has more than 27 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Pather was the ‘CEO of PD Naidoo & Associates Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd’ for a period of 12 years. He joined the company in 1997 and held several positions in the capacity of Director before becoming the CEO.  Neresh was one of the 7 Founder Directors of PDNA and played an instrumental role in the Mott MacDonald acquisition of PDNA.

Neresh Pather stated, “I am truly humbled by the privilege bestowed on me to lead our industry and I hope that CESA will be able to renew and reinvent itself to increase our relevance to our clients and especially to our young professionals who will ultimately take over the leadership of the industry. We are hopeful that our work on Skills development in Client organisations will focus more attention on “Value for Money” around Infrastructure decision making as opposed to “lowest cost” which is very short-termism in its outlook and of no benefit to our society.  Our work on the Transformation of the Industry will continue as we seek to broaden this to include Technology, Gender, Age and demographics within our country.    In engendering accountability and change we will be pushing for a new normal by “Doing what is Right” and hence our Presidential theme for this year is - ‘Reshaping our Future Together!’

Steven Kuo

Dr. Steven C.Y. Kuo (Political Risk Analyst)

Dr. Steven Kuo research, teach, publish and consult in the area of political risk management and China-Africa relations. He is a Research Associate at GIBS Business School, Johannesburg and Honorary Research Fellow at the Consilium Institute, Chongqing University, China.

He is a regular commentator in English and Chinese on issues pertaining to China-Africa relations, risk management and African current affairs. His commentaries have been published in the Guardian (UK), Forbes (USA), Caixin (China), The Paper (China) and Business Day (SA). He was formerly a Political Risk Analyst for Control Risks Group and Lead Consultant for Chinese clients in Africa. He has lectured at Shanghai International Studies University, China as well as at Stellenbosch and University of the Western Cape. His clients include major Chinese infrastructure construction, oil and gas as well as ICT companies that work in Africa, including: Power China, State Grid, China Road and Bridge, China Harbor, CNPC and Huawei.

Steven holds BA (hons) and MA degrees from University of Cape Town. He completed his PhD in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2013 on a South African National Research Foundation Scholarship.

Ele Ndlovu

Elekanyani Ndlovu (Client Director, Energy: Aurecon)

Elekanyani is a qualified engineer; she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. She is professionally registered (Pr. Eng.) with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and is a Member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (MSAIEE).

She is currently part of Aurecon’s leadership team as a Director responsible for the Energy Market across the African continent. She serves on several boards as a non-executive director and is a member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa. She is also a member of Phato Investment Cooperative.

Her experience in the energy sector includes petro-chemical, working on large scale infrastructure projects, refurbishment projects and green field renewable energy projects. It also includes project engineering, project management, project finance and business development with a power generation background.

Ricardo Pillay

Ricardo Pillay (Director at LNP Attorneys Inc.)

Ricardo is a director at LNP Attorneys, a holistic cradle-to-grave energy, natural resources and infrastructure law firm. In 2018, the firm was recognised by Best Lawyers South Africa, Who’s Who Legal, IFLR 1000 Energy and Infrastructure Guide, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. They were also recipients of the African Legal Awards Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year, 2018 and the Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year, 2017, and were highly commended as Specialist Law Firm of the Year and CSR, Diversity, Transformation and Economic Empowerment Award, 2018.

Ricardo leads a team in the Construction, Infrastructure and PPP department. He advises on all aspects of project delivery from procurement and contracting methodologies to contract administration and dispute avoidance and resolution. Ricardo has also advised on a range of multi-faceted cross-border projects and is known for his practical and commercial approach to problem-solving.

Msizi Cele

Eng. Msizi Cele (General Manager of Operations: Umgeni Water)

- Six (6) years experience in the management (operation and maintenance) of various business units of Shell and BP SA Petroleum Refineries.
- Three (3) years as Senior Design Engineer responsible for the planning, design and implementation of capital projects in a water utility (Umgeni Water).
- Nine (9) years as Area Manager responsible for the management of wastewater and water treatment, storage and distribution infrastructure including customer / stakeholder relations management.
- Two (2) years as Executive Director and seven (7) years as Managing Director of a water utility (uThukela Water)
Four (4) years as Operations Executive of Umgeni Water.

1986 Obtained BSc Mechanical Engineering from University of Cape Town
1993 Registered with the Engineering Council of SA as a Professional Engineer
1993 Obtained Government Certificate of competency – machinery

Gideon Pogrund

Gideon Pogrund (The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business)

Rabbi Gideon Pogrund conceptualised and founded the Ethics and Governance Think Tank at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Working with senior business, political and civil society leaders, the Think Tank’s purpose is to explore and influence how South African business can follow a more ethical approach, thereby building trust and in turn helping to secure a more successful, sustainable future for the business community and the country. He is the director of the Think Tank and is a GIBS faculty member and lecturer. He is the co-founder of Ethics Evolution, a consultancy which helps blue-chip corporations improve their ethics management. He holds an MA in Social and Political Science from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and previously worked as a commodity trader for Louis Dreyfus. He served as the Director of Education and Political Affairs in the Office of the Chief Rabbi of South Africa.


Dumisani Nkabinde (Regional Manager for the SANRAL Eastern Region.)


Willie Chinyamurindi

Professor Willie Chinyamurindi (University of Fort Hare)

Prof Willie Tafadzwa Chinyamurindi is an NRF Rated Researcher (Y2) and an Associate Professor within the Department of Business Management at the University of Fort Hare. He also serves as the Research Niche Area Leader within the Faculty of Management and Commerce at the same university. He serves on the editorial boards of the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology and the South African Journal of Human Resources Management. With regard to publication experience, he has published articles in a) Acta Commercii; b) Journal of Public Administration; c) Journal of Global Mobility; d) African Journal of Psychology; e) South African Journal of Psychology; f) South African Journal of Higher Education to name but a few. His work has also been featured in newspapers such as: a) the Sunday Times; b) City Press; c) the Conversation; d) Forbes Africa and e) the Daily Dispatch.

Shamiso Kumbirai

Shamiso Kumbirai (2018 Young Engineer of the Year: CESA)

Shamiso Kumbirai is a Water Engineer with experience in bulk water supply and hydropower engineering across Africa and has been awarded in 2018 the CESA (Consulting Engineers South Africa) Young Engineer of the Year. She works with the fundamental belief that the removal of water as a development constraint and the ability to harness this resource as a tool to help power Africa will positively change the lives of millions. She is also a 2018 Obama Leaders Africa Fellow and Tshwane Global Shaper, a youth-led initiative of the World Economic Forum. Through her work, she was invited to attend and speak at the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Shamiso is also passionate about advancing women in STEM and since 2011 she has volunteered with WomEng an organisation aimed at empowering the next generation of female engineers. Currently, she works at Kulani Engineering Consultancy, a female led multi-disciplinary engineering company. She holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town, which focused on participatory planning of water and sanitation projects.


Dr Thulani Dlamini (CSIR)


Sibu Mvana Sibulele Mvana (Unit Manager - Energy: Aurecon)

Sibulele Mvana joined Aurecon in May 2017 from Eskom where she held the position of General Manager in the Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. She is a senior reputable female in the engineering industry where she has featured on several domestic and international speaking panels focusing on the changing energy landscape on the African continent. As a consultant, she oversees multi-disciplinary teams of engineers who work in the Energy, Manufacturing and Resources (Mining) markets globally. She is passionate about technological developments specifically in the Energy industry and enjoys challenging young minds about the future of changing energy landscape. She graduated from University of Cape Town and has completed MBA at Stellenbosch University.


Amanda Masondo-Mkhize (CESA YPF)



Jeshika Ramchund (GAMA YPFSC)


David Metelerkamp David Metelerkamp (Industry Insight)

David joined Industry Insight in February 2015 as a senior economist, and is responsible for the compilation of several industry reports including the Construction Industry Forecast Report, the monthly Construction Monitor as well as the Company Results Monitoring Service report, which focuses on listed construction companies.

David is the go-to expert in the local construction industry and delivers several presentations to key stakeholders in both the private and public sector. David uses his strong background in macroeconomics and econometrics to make sense of all the data that is available to untangle what is an interesting and important sector within the economy.