Bontle Tladi (Lecturer at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

Bontle Tladi

Lecturer at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Bontle Tladi is a Lecturer at the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, where she primarily teaches Industrial Engineering Design. She is an Industrial Engineer by training (having obtained her BSc and MSc in Industrial Engineering from Wits); an aspiring design theorist; and has a keen heart for coaching and facilitation - which has motivated her completion of programmes in Business Coaching and Social Entrepreneurship (both from the Gordon Institute of Business Science). Her industry experience spans the areas of Supply Chain, ICT, and general business optimisation. Her research interests are broadly in the extension of design to the areas of social impact and social innovation. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria, where she is researching the following topic: "Co-creation of social value: a narrative inquiry into relational models of social innovation". She is a member of the Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering (SAIIE) Council.

Irshaad Vawda (CEO of Engineers without Borders South Africa)

Irshaad Vawda

CEO of Engineers without Borders South Africa

A creative-thinking, analytically-strong and ECSA registered Industrial Engineer with a strong System Engineering background, and experience in large and small energy projects (particularly renewable energy) in various leadership roles and companies.

Passionate about leveraging “hard” engineering disciplines together with “soft” social approaches to create innovative, efficient, resilient and responsible businesses and infrastructure.