Arthur Mutambara (Professor at University of Johannesburg)

Arthur Mutambara

Professor at University of Johannesburg

Prof Arthur Mutambara will be doing a Keynote Address.

Professor Arthur Mutambara is the Director and Full Professor of the Institute for the Future of Knowledge (IFK) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He is a world-renowned roboticist, academic, author, Pan-Africanist and technology strategist. Professor Mutambara is also the Director of IFK’s Decentralised Artificial Intelligence and Control Systems (DAICS) Research Group and drives the African Agency in Public Health (AAPH) initiative within the Future of Health (FoH) Research Group.

He is the Former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and was one of the three Principals who created and led the Government of National Unity (GNU) from 2009 to 2013. The other two were Prime Minister Tsvangirai and President Mugabe. He is the author of a new trilogy (three books): In Search of the Elusive Zimbabwean Dream: An Autobiography of Thought Leadership. Mutambara has also published two Electrical Engineering books used extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has worked as a Research Scientist at NASA, a Visiting Professor at MIT, and a Managing Consultant with McKinsey & Company, in the United States.

At UJ, Mutambara has taught Control Systems in both the Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Electronic Engineering Departments, where he has received outstanding reviews from both students and peers. He has conducted Engineering seminars and public lectures across the continent and globally. Prof Mutambara is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers (ZIE), a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS), a Senior Member of IEEE and a WEF Young Global Leader. Professor Mutambara holds a PhD in Robotics and Mechatronics (1995) and an MSc in Computer Engineering (1992), both from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering (1990) from the University of Zimbabwe.

John Bicheno (Professor at University of Buckingham)

John Bicheno

Professor at University of Buckingham

Prof John Bicheno will be doing a Keynote Address as well as presenting a Workshop titled: Muda, Muri, Mura

Benefits of attending the Workshop:
An understanding of Kingman’s queue equation, sometimes known as the equation of lean since it establishes the links between Muda, muri (overload or utilization) and mura (variation). The game has been highly rated at three previous European Lean Educator Conferences and at APICS conference.

John Bicheno was born in South Africa and graduated with Engineering degrees from Wits University. He spent 12 years in industry and local government in South Africa in the areas of project and design engineering, management services, operations research, and operations management. One of his jobs was Chief Solid Waste Engineer, where he was line manager for 1200 people and 400 vehicles. He then joined the Division of Industrial Engineering at Wits University and became Associate Professor and Head in 1984. In 1987 he emigrated to England, and took up a position as Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the University of Buckingham. He became a Reader in 1990 and was Dean in 1992. He has lectured to Masters students at Warwick Business School, Cranfield University, London Business School, Swansea University, Cardiff Business School, Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business and at Fachhochschule Wedel and has supervised over 200 Masters dissertations. Between 1999 and 2012 he was Programme Director of the MSc in Lean Operations at the Lean Enterprise Research Centre, Cardiff Business School. This is believed to be the first Masters Degree in Lean in the world. He was then Programme Director of the MSc in Lean Enterprise at University of Buckingham from 2013 – 2015. John’s books have sold over 130,000 copies. These include Implementing JIT, Cause and Effect Lean, Six Sigma and the Quality Toolbox, the Lean Games book and Operations Management (with Brian Elliott.) A new (fifth edition), The Lean Toolbox, 5th edition was published in 2016 co-authored with Matthias Holweg of Oxford University. In 2021 he published Human Lean, the topic of his keynote address.

Relevant professional and academic qualifications:

BSc(Eng)(Witwatersrand); GDE (Ind Eng)(Witwatersrand); MA(Systems)(Lancaster); MBA (Bradford), CFPIM (APICS); FSAPICS

Hasan Darwish (Head of Experimentation at United Nations Development Programme)

Hasan Darwish

Head of Experimentation at United Nations Development Programme

Dr Hasan Darwish will be doing a Keynote Address.

Hasan Bassam Deeb Darwish, son of Bassam Darwish and Salwa Deeb, was born on 25 March 1992 in Damascus, Syria. He led an eventful life with his family living in seven countries before age 18. At age 16, he made a promise to his parents during a graduation ceremony at Cornell University that he would achieve doctoral status before age 25. Trained as an BEng Industrial Engineer, he continued his academic pursuit to achieve an MEng in Project Management (Sustainable Development Major), MA in Applied Ethics and a PhD in Development and Management Engineering from North West University (NWU). In his thesis, Expanding Industrial Thinking by formalizing the Industrial Engineering identity for the knowledge era, he provided a multi-perspective view of Industrial Thinking and the Industrial Engineering profession. He has lectured and researched in the domain of Business Engineering, System Engineering and Socio-Technical Systems. During his time in South Africa, he was an active social entrepreneur who designed turn-key businesses for bottom-of-pyramid communities using Industrial Engineering knowledge. He has worked in private industry, startups, public universities and currently works at the UNDP as Head of Experimentation. His current work focuses on fast tracking experiments for sustainable development in Syria which requires addressing development and post conflict needs. Achieving he’s dream was to return and contribute his knowledge, skills and initiative to his home country, Syria.

Gemma Dawson (Quantum Community Advocate at IBM)

Gemma Dawson

Quantum Community Advocate at IBM

Gemma Dawson will be presenting the Workshop titled: Quantum Computing for Industrial Engineers together with Unathi Skosana

Many believe that quantum supremacy, the time where quantum computing is provably superior to classical computers, is not that far off. What does this mean for Industrial Engineers? Join Gemma to learn the basics of quantum computing before taking on and solving simple real-world challenges using IBM Quantum systems.

Benefits of attending the workshop are that you will:
1. Learn what are quantum computers, how do they differ from classical computers and for what they are used.
2. Better understand the IBM Quantum offering and its roadmap towards Quantum Advantage.
3. Gain hands-on experience in using the IBM Quantum Lab, a cloud-enabled Jupyter notebook environment, to solve various real-world problems.

Gemma Dawson is a Quantum Community Advocate at IBM. With degrees in Statistics, Applied Mathematics, and Operations Research, her most recent challenge is taking on Quantum Computing. Filling the position of Vice President (2019) and President (2020) for the Operations Research Society of South Africa (ORSSA) among other volunteer work - Gemma is passionate about community building and knowledge sharing and is skilled in explaining complicated topics.

Unathi Koketso Skosana (Quantum Research Scientist Intern at IBM)

Unathi Koketso Skosana

Quantum Research Scientist Intern at IBM

Unathi Skosana will be presenting the Workshop titled: Quantum Computing for Industrial Engineers together with Gemma Dawson

Many believe that quantum supremacy, the time where quantum computing is provably superior to classical computers, is not that far off. What does this mean for Industrial Engineers? Join Gemma to learn the basics of quantum computing before taking on and solving simple real-world challenges using IBM Quantum systems.

Benefits of attending the workshop are that you will:
1. Learn what are quantum computers, how do they differ from classical computers and for what they are used.
2. Better understand the IBM Quantum offering and its roadmap towards Quantum Advantage.
3. Gain hands-on experience in using the IBM Quantum Lab, a cloud-enabled Jupyter notebook environment, to solve various real-world problems.

Unathi is a Quantum Research Scientist Intern at IBM. He is also a student of physics at Stellenbosch University, where he completed MSc in 2021, with research interests spanning quantum optics and quantum information science. In his spare time he is a tsundoku virtuoso and enjoys going on long walks.

Gomolemo Mohapi (Cloud Advocate at Microsoft)

Gomolemo Mohapi

Cloud Advocate at Microsoft

Gomolemo Mohapi will be presenting the workshop titled: Create your own App through the Microsoft Power Platform together with Irene Agnes Saji (DSV Global Transport & Logistics – Product Manager) and Michael Fok (Santam Insurance – Knowledge Analyst) and some iOCO technology support consultants.

The workshop centers around that in today's world you need to react quickly to the changing environment - you want the ability to build a digital solution to meet your requirements quickly. With Microsoft Power Platform, you can build great apps without writing code and enhance those Apps even further with low-code additions. This is what we aim to teach you in a 2-hour hands-on workshop.

Benefits of attending the workshop are that :
1. You will learn how to digitize and optimise processes through easily building and deploying your own custom App through the Microsoft Power Platform.
2. You will learn and realise how easily you can connect to and share data through your custom App via multiple data sources.
3. You will become familiar with the ingenuity of individuals and organizations that have created and adopted a vast array of no- and low-code solutions using the Microsoft Power Platform across various industries.

Gomolemo has an Advanced Diploma in ICT Applications Development from the Durban University of Technology and is a young, passionate individual who has always been involved with initiatives that seek to upskill people from all walks of life with the ability to use technology to better themselves in the way that they live and work. Today, he is a Power Apps Cloud Advocate at Microsoft focusing on making the Power Platform space amazing for citizen and code-first developers of all backgrounds.

Feel free to listen and read more about Gomolemo ahead of the conference through these Microsoft sites:
- https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-learn-blog/empowering-gomolemo-mohapi-s-journey-from-student-to-microsoft/ba-p/1628145
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPPAKf0qp4Y

Irene Saji (Product Manager at DSV - Global Transport and Logistics)

Irene Saji

Product Manager at DSV - Global Transport and Logistics

Irene Saji will be presenting the Workshop titled: Create your own App through the Microsoft Power Platform together with Gomolemo Mohapi (Microsoft – Cloud advocate) and Michael Fok (Santam Insurances – Product Manager)

The workshop centers around that in today's world you need to react quickly to the changing environment - you want the ability to build a digital solution to meet your requirements quickly. With Microsoft Power Platform, you can build great apps without writing code and enhance those Apps even further with low-code additions. This is what we aim to teach you in a 2-hour hands-on workshop.

Benefits of attending the workshop are that :
1. You will learn how to digitize and optimise processes through easily building and deploying your own custom App through the Microsoft Power Platform.
2. You will learn and realise how easily you can connect to and share data through your custom App via multiple data sources.
3. You will become familiar with the ingenuity of individuals and organizations that have created and adopted a vast array of no- and low-code solutions using the Microsoft Power Platform across various industries.

Irene is an Industrial Engineer who graduated from the University of Pretoria. She is a certified Agile Project Management and Change Management Practitioner. Irene is originally from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape and moved to Gauteng for her studies. She started working at DSV Global Transport and Logistics (Johannesburg) as a Graduate Engineer in 2018 and is now an Innovation Product Manager. Her portfolio includes Robotic Process Automation, and more recently Microsoft Power Platform. She was part of the team that implemented the first robot for DSV in Africa. Irene has a passion for innovation and wants to help people work smarter, not harder.

Michael Fok (Knowledge Specialst at Santam Insurance)

Michael Fok

Knowledge Specialst at Santam Insurance

Michael Fok will be presenting the Workshop titled: Create your own App through the Microsoft Power Platform together with Gomolemo Mohapi (Microsoft – Cloud advodate) and Irene Saji (DSV Global Transport & Logistics – Product Manager)

The workshop centers around that in today's world you need to react quickly to the changing environment - you want the ability to build a digital solution to meet your requirements quickly. With Microsoft Power Platform, you can build great apps without writing code and enhance those Apps even further with low-code additions. This is what we aim to teach you in a 2-hour hands-on workshop.

Benefits of attending the workshop are that :
1. You will learn how to digitize and optimise processes through easily building and deploying your own custom App through the Microsoft Power Platform.
2. You will learn and realise how easily you can connect to and share data through your custom App via multiple data sources.
3. You will become familiar with the ingenuity of individuals and organizations that have created and adopted a vast array of no- and low-code solutions using the Microsoft Power Platform across various industries.

Michael is an Industrial Engineer with a bachelors degree from the University of Pretoria, he has dedicated his life to make an imprint on the world before he leaves it. He is infatuated with technology and loves to ‘look-under-the-hood’ of ground-breaking technologies. He has over 2 years experience building Microsoft Platform solutions by the dozens, and helping to maintain them ten fold. In his spare time he loves to indulge himself in good food, fitness and games.

Estie Boshoff (Industrial Engineer at KIRAZ Partners)

Estie Boshoff

Industrial Engineer at KIRAZ Partners

Estie Boshoff will be presenting a Workshop titled: How to get from scaffolding to scenery

Benefits of attending this Workshop:
1. Background on taxonomies, ontologies and knowledge graphs.
2. Why they are useful and what you can use them for.
3. Hands-on of the tools that you would need to create these taxonomies, ontologies and knowledge graphs
4. Applying some NLP (Natural Language Processing) on the data to ensure you don't have contradictory relationships or don't introduce duplicate entries (in terms of intention and not necessarily word for word)
5. Discussion on other areas that this could be beneficial to

Estie Boshoff (Pr. Eng.) was born in Meyerton, South Africa, in 1989. She received a B.Eng. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 2013, and registered as a professional engineer in 2021.

In 2014, she joined Altron Group based in Cape Town and worked in various roles in Quality Assurance, Process Analyst and Data Management Consultant (and a bunch more unofficial roles in various projects – Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Data Governance Analyst, Agile Coach) in industries that include, Telecommunication, Higher Education, Insurance and Entertainment.

She joined KIRAZ Partners in January 2022 as Industrial Engineer and is currently working in the ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) space where it intermingles with Data Management.

Her current interests include biomimicry, ontologies, business processes, data, regenerative design and scaling. Estie is a passionate and enthusiastic person and has worked on projects large and small and always finds a way to apply some Industrial Engineering superpower to the task.

Jessica Murray (Management Consultant at 4xcellence solutions)

Jessica Murray

Management Consultant at 4xcellence solutions

Jessica Murray will be presenting a Workshop titled: GO Bowtie - become a risk management super hero

Benefits of attending this Workshop:
1. Learn how to use the bowtie risk management methodology to manage your risk in any industry.
2. 1 month free license to Go Bowtie software.

Jessica Murray is an ECSA registered Industrial Engineer who qualified from the University of Pretoria. She has more than 12 years experience in various industries such as petrochemical, mining and logistics. She currently works as a Management Consultant for 4xcellence Solutions.

Stephen Ojango (Business Scientist at Vuuma Collaborations)

Stephen Ojango

Business Scientist at Vuuma Collaborations

Stephen Anyera Ojango will be presenting a Workshop titled: Value Driver Trees: Top Down Thinking in Problem solving

Benefits of attending this Workshop:
1. Development of a top down thinking approach to problem solving
2. Understanding the value of having a core objective/goal that drives the organisation
3. Developing an appreciation of collaboration in problem solving
4. Developing an understanding and appreciation of leading and lagging indicators in Organisational Improvement

Stephen Ojango is a business scientist working at Vuuma Collaborations and has recently completed his Masters degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. His heart and drive stem from the desire to help those in need around him and so he strives to have an impact and make a positive difference in their lives. Projects and challenges he has worked on, have centered around process design and strategy with a focus on the more people and work flow aspect of things as he believes people hold the power to make the most impact.
While at Vuuma collaborations, he has been able to grow in understanding Operations Management Systems and work performance measurement and how the two inevitably affect workflows, strategies and the success of organisations.
His goal is to become a world class problem solver capable of coming up with and conveying new innovative ideas while fixing known ideas and concepts. Ultimately, he would like to help develop policies and structures that cater to and sustain those in need in society.