CSIR, Building 22
Meiring Naude Rd, Brummeria
Drawing from experience gained over 25 years in various industries and positions, he applies a Systems Engineering approach to ensure that 4IR solutions are aligned from a "hard", "soft" and "digital" perspective. Through considerable research and investment a 4IR Context and Requirement Framework has been developed to assist in defining 4IR business requirements holistically for every stage of the client's 4IR evolution journey. This 4IR Framework is used to align all Best-of-Breed Team inputs and secure great value-add for clients.
He is passionate about connecting with people and using collective insights to build better solutions.
Harry has the following qualifications: B.Eng. (Industrial); M.Com & D.Com. He is fluent in English, German and Afrikaans. Past employers include IBM Consulting, DEKRA and Daimler; Harry was accredited as a professional IBM Management Consultant. He has held various positions as Logistics Manager, Senior Consultant, Chief Strategy Officer, Head of Marketing, Head of Products and Services as well Business Development manager. Harry spent six years working in Europe for IBM and DEKRA. His exposure to Internet-driven business goes back to 1998 at the IBM E-Commerce practice and at DEKRA, where the Internet portal solution was selected as the 2nd best E-commerce solution in Germany in 2002. At Daimler he was closely involved in the roll-out and use of Telematics and mobility-related Services. He is also closely involved in the establishment of a Digital Platform spin-off in the High-tech manufacturing sector.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 72 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of more than 25,000, who work with an annual research budget totaling 2.3 billion euros. Of this sum, almost 2 billion euros is generated through contract research. Around 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.
Dr Verhaeghe is Chairman of Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS), and Chairman of The SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) and director at WineTech. She spearheaded the commercialisation of the SA Innovation Summit as a Southern African Institution and main innovation event for the country. The Summit grew over 11 years to represent the largest eco-system in innovation on the continent of Africa. SAIS runs Inventors Garage and Pitching Den Competitions, establish Tech Tribes through Hackathons, develop township tech entrepreneurs, and leads conversations about Angel Investing in South Africa. Over 3000 technology entrepreneurs have participated in prototype and start-up competitions run by the summit. The Summit hosts 32 countries and is working with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to develop trade agreements for the start-up community across borders. The economic contribution of the summit is estimated to be 1.15 billion rand to the economy of SADC in 2019. The summit partnered with Activate to increase Social innovation impact in Townships and rural areas through the use of technology.
RIIS was born out of a passion for the successful implementation of innovation. Audrey championed Open innovation and established three open innovation platforms on the continent as Great minds think outside.
Innovation, Tech Entrepreneurship and Business Sustainability are Audrey’s primary focus areas in business. She has been an adjudicator at various innovation competitions. Innovation projects include Strategy, audits, surveys, consulting, implementations, research and training. She has published a number of articles and conference papers on innovation as a business process and mentored numerous student research studies in the same area.
Websites: https://riis.co.za/ and www.innovationsummit.co.za She conceptualised and ran https://www.openix.theinnovationhub.com/ for which the Innovation Hub won international awards. She has been recognised with the Co-Create Dutch award as one of the 50 top women in Technology in SA in 2017 as well as the Gauteng Business Women leadership Award for a significant contribution to the economy post-apartheid.
As Executive Director CSIR Material Science and Manufacturing it is Martin's role to drive forward Research and Product Development within the National System of Innovation to solve SET challenges in strong collaboration mode with stakeholders, funders, and R&D/industry partners in the areas of: Industry 4.0 (the Next Industrial Revolution), nanotechnologies; micro manufacturing, robotics, health, water, infrastructure, industry competitiveness, light metals and particularly titanium beneficiation, energy materials (batteries), polymers, composites and textiles.
Previously, as Divisional Director of Siemens (Pty) Ltd, Martin drove the Siemens Smart Grid strategy in Africa (CEO Smart Grid Africa), providing technologies and services in the fields of Smart Metering, IT, data communication, energy automation, micro grid solutions, demand response management systems and rail electrification solutions for utilities, municipalities, mines, O&G, renewables and industry in general.
As General Manager of SEACOM South Africa (Pty)Ltd. and Global Head of Sales of SEACOM Ltd., Mauritius, Martin helped launch the first privately owned and operated pan-African ICT enabler and sub sea fibre optic cable operator driving the development of the African internet.
In other previous roles, Martin has headed up Siemens Mobile Networks as Sales Director and Divisional Managing Director in Southern Africa. Martin spent a number of years in Germany where he headed up the line of business for 3G at Siemens AG when Siemens was one of the top three 3G equipment vendors of the world.
Martin completed a BSc in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1984 and an MSc in digital systems in Cranfield, England in 1987. Martin is a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa and started his career in various roles in R&D including heading up the Engineering Division at Siemens Telecommunications in South Africa in the 1990’s.
Experienced Managing and Sales Director with a demonstrated history of working in the automation industry in both the domains of Industrial Sensors and Explosion Protection. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Process Control, Technology Needs Analysis, and Coaching. Strong sales professional with focus on Electrical and Electronics Engineering in an industrial automation environment.
Cranefield College is one of the first institutions to be registered with the Department of Education as a Private Higher Education Institution (Registration Certificate: 2000/HE 07/010). It is also certified as an ISO-9001 institution. Cranefield has established itself internationally as a leader in the field of project, programme, portfolio, and value chain management. In close contact with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA), Cranefield continuously maintains its cutting edge in terms of paradigms and practices.
Cranefield's graduates are top performers in many parts of the world. Its academic programmes are offered globally through online enhanced distance learning with the support of its Blackboard learning management system (LMS), through which it is also possible for students to attend classes interactively live online. Short courses in Project Management and Business English (as well as Legal English) are also available internationally.
Cranefield promotes outcomes-based adult learning in its teaching, using both applied theory and practical case materials. The outcomes achieved enable students to apply continuous transformation and change in their work contexts so as to ensure improved performance with enhanced communication and integration of operations, applying a systems approach.
Project and programme management has become crucial in the management of successful organisations today. The ability to plan and execute projects and programmes is critical to any organisation's performance. Cranefield's qualifications equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to meet the ubiquitous need for excellent management and leadership. Not only do students enjoy top-quality education, they also gain cutting-edge academic qualifications to serve the current needs of their organisations, both in the private and public sectors.
4IR RSA Forum
An Eco-System of Industry experts dedicated to support industry with Industry 4.0 initiatives and to grow the South African economy by leveraging technology.
Thu, Oct. 11, 2018
8:30 a.m. - noon
CSIR, Building 22
Meiring Naude Rd, Brummeria
• Please allow a few minutes to get through security. Be sure to have your ID or driver license and to declare your laptop.