Duncan is a partner at specialist Africa consultancy Whitehouse & Associates. Duncan has an Honours Degree in International Relations from Wits University and was a senior tutor there before moving to the South African Foreign Trade Organisation in 1997. Upon Safto's closure in 1998, Duncan joined Whitehouse & Associates and is now a partner in the company. Duncan has worked in over 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in fields including the cement industry, mining, oil and gas, industrial supply, infrastructure development, food and beverage and related sectors. All of these have a strong logistics requirement and focus. Duncan also consults to a number of foreign governments and companies on their potential to develop business opportunities in Africa
Whitehouse & Associates is a boutique research and consulting company that specialises in market feasibility studies, market selection and expansion strategies. It also provides route-to-market analysis for their South African and international client base. The company was established in 1998 and has assisted over 500 companies, trade promotion organisations and other entities to develop Africa strategies and find the correct partners in each market.
Managing Partner, Edodo, Thorpe & Associates
Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Buckingham, and a Master of Laws degree from the University of London,. She studied French language and civilization at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest, in Angers and at the Université Catholique de l’est in Lille, France. She practices law in Lagos, Nigeria and is the Secretary General of the Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce. She represented Africa on the board of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association from 2011-2015. She is the legal adviser of the Nigerian Shipowners Association, Treasurer of the Maritime Arbitrators Association, Financial Secretary of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association and a member of the Committee on the Maritime Seminar for Judges.
Edodo, Thorpe & Associates has been operating in Lagos since 1987. The firm specializes in maritime transport, oil and gas, energy, and commercial laws and is active in international business transactions. It advises local and international corporations on international commercial agreements and trans-border transactions. The unique ability to work in both English and French puts Edodo, Thorpe & Associates in an excellent position to take on assignments in both Anglophone and Francophone countries.
CEO, 3T Cameroun, President, General Council for Import and Export, Cameroun (GICAM)
M. André Fotso is CEO of 3T Cameroun and FME-GAZ, and chairman of the board of directors of COMETAL, all part of the TAF Investment Group. In addition to these duties, he is one of the major local shareholders of Ecobank, and president of the Groupement Inter-Patronal of Cameroon (GICAM).
3T Cameroun is part of the TAF Investment Group, whose vision is to build a solid industrial group with regional spread based on technical and complementary skills so as to invest in various sectors having both innovation and growth potential for the emergence of Africa. The other companies in the group are FME-GAZ, COMETAL and TAF Garage. 3T Cameroun offers customs and freight forwarding services, along with transportation, ships agency, stevedoring and handling, storage, and bundling/unbundling.
Founded in 1957, the Groupement Inter-Patronal of Cameroon (GICAM) has nearly 1,000 members (companies and industry associations) for an economic weight of about 68 percent of Cameroon's GDP. Today it is a major employer organization, representative of Cameroonian companies, whatever their size or nationality of their capital. Its missions are service to members, representation and defense of undertakings, and the promotion of free enterprise and the Cameroonian economic space.
Partner, Shepstone & Wylie
Edmund Greiner is a Partner at Shepstone & Wylie, based in their Cape Town office. He specializes in shipping law and has always had an interest in matters maritime, having, prior to completing his LLB at the University of Cape Town, obtained a BSC honors degree in physical oceanography, during which time he served as a scientist on board the South African research ship, the MV Agulhas. His practice encompasses both “wet” and “dry” work. He has dealt with significant maritime casualties off the South African Coast where he has represented ship owners and their underwriters.
Greiner is extensively involved in admiralty litigation. He also has an extensive commercial practice advising international traders on the shipment of various types of cargo, including specialized reefer cargo, and the drawing up of specialized contracts of affreightment as well as standard charter parties. Edmund is the secretary of the national Maritime Law Association and is as such involved in considering and drafting Maritime Legislation in South Africa.
Shepstone & Wylie is a leading South African law firm with a reputation for integrity and excellence. Established in 1892, the firm is strategically placed with offices in the major port cities of Durban, Cape Town and Richards Bay. The firm has over 120 years of experience and expertise in maritime law, as well as, inter alia, transport and logistics, marine insurance, customs, excise, VAT and trade. The firm is recognised by Legal 500 as a market leader in shipping and transport law, “thanks to the presence of well regarded and immensely experienced partners.”
Lars Greiner is managing director of Greiner Mendi & Associates, a materials management and logistics consultancy in the African market. The company, founded in 1982, has worked in much of Africa assisting in the logistics of building infrastructure, oil and gas facilities and mines, as well as setting up and maintaining the supply chains that feed them.Lars is a qualified shipping specialist and legal advisor who has over 24 years of experience in project development, transportation, and route and country development within the transport industry. He has worked for AP Moller, Maersk Line, Clipper and Macs shipping and related logistics companies in a variety of roles and has a uniquely varied background, required for developing growing project and commodity supply chains into and throughout Africa.
James Lewer began his seagoing career in 1985 as a deck officer. He achieved the rank of third officer with Safmarine and deep sea salvage operator Pentow Marine. Lewer then came ashore as rigging and sales manager for a yacht mast and rigging manufacturer. He rejoined Safmarine in 1992 and held various line management positions within the trade divisions in South Africa and Belgium. Lewer headed up New Trade; Research and Development and established Safmarine in China. He also established the Africa Region Line Marketing Departments at Safmarine/Maersk before joining Safmarine MPV in 2012 (now SAFWAF MPV) as joint SAFWAF MPV Line Manager. Lewer’s high initiative has resulted in extensive experience in Line and Commercial Management and the launch of new trades and projects.
SAFWAF MPV is a fully independent, reliable and regular liner shipping service from South Africa to West Africa. The service provides cargo interests with efficient and cost-effective multipurpose cargo solutions. The service presently calls at Capetown, Durban and Walvis Bay on the Southern African coastline; and at Matadi, Boma, Pointe Noire and Luanda/Sonils terminal in West Africa on a scheduled basis. Port Gentil, amongst other ports en route up to Dakar, are offered on an inducement basis. The service accommodates for bagged and unitised cargoes, as well as conventional cargo. All vessels are geared and have a heavy-lift capacity of up to 160 tons. SAFWAF MPV has offices in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Ownership of SAFWAF MPV is held by Fairseas International (BIMCO owner members).
Ed Loubser spent more than 17 years in the South African Diplomatic Corps, performing several fact-finding missions and serving in diplomatic posts at the South African consulate in Lubumbashi and the embassy in Kinshasa. After his return from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he joined the private sector. Fluent in English and French, he has been working with Aberdare Cables for almost eight years, focusing on expanding the company’s business into Francophone Africa.
Aberdare Cables, a member of the Powertech Group, is a leading African cable manufacturer. Founded in 1946, the company manufactures an extensive range of electrical cables for application in power generation, transmission and distribution; infrastructure (rail, ports, airports); petrochemical; mining as well as building and construction. With four manufacturing sites and seven customer service centres in South Africa, Aberdare is able to provide personalised service to its entire customer base. Offshore operations in Mozambique, Portugal and Spain provide seamless entry of stock into Africa and Europe.
Chair & Acting Secretary General, South Africa Independent Power Producers Association
Sisa Njikelana holds a diploma in Applied Social Studies from Ruskin College and a Leadership in Communications certificate from Rhodes University. Beginning his career as a bank manager, he went on to become a trustee and city councillor. In 2004, he was elected to the South Africa Parliament-National Assembly. As a member from 2004-2014, he served on the portfolio committees for Energy [Chairperson]; Rules; Trade & Industry and Health; as well as the Parliamentary Group on International Relations. Now Chair and Acting Secretary General for SAIPPA, he also holds the title of executive director for SinakoYoli International and director for Vega Knowledge Systems, SEBATA Group, and sits on a number of directorial boards.
The goals of the Independent Power Producers Association of South Africa are to promote the collective interests of independent power producers in South Africa, to assist with public policy formation and implementation, and to serve as a platform for information dissemination to its members. SAIPPA seeks to pro-actively engage with legislators, government officials, planners and regulators as part of our initiatives to achieve energy security in South, as well as Southern Africa.
Janet Nodar is Content Director of Breakbulk Events & Media. She became a business reporter for Gulf Shipper and the Journal of Commerce in 2006, covering the U.S. Gulf Coast, North America’s busiest project and breakbulk cargo market. In 2009 she became Editor of Breakbulk, and in 2011 she was named Senior Editor. In 2010 she became part of Breakbulk’s conference program team. In 2012, she received an Apex award for feature writing. Before she began writing about the shipping industry, Nodar taught English at the University of South Alabama and was a freelance writer covering food, wine, film, business and literature. She has published a collection of short fiction and holds degrees in finance and English. She is married with two children.
Paul Runge is Managing Director of the specialized consulting firm Africa Project Access. A former diplomat, he served in Gabon and supervised projects in the Cape Verde Islands. He spent six years with the South African Foreign Trade Organization and led many of the first South African business delegations into other African countries. He regularly undertakes assignments into Africa, writes for several publications and has published “Potholes & Profits: Business (& other) Conversations and Experiences from Africa.”
Africa Project Access is a Johannesburg-based specialized consultancy providing more than 170 mainly South African client companies and organizations with early alerts of projects across a broad range of sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa. APA was established in 1995, initially as EDESA Project Access, and provides vital knowledge on the practical workings of donor and international funding agencies, including World Bank, IFC and the African Development Bank, amongst others, for many projects in Africa.
Shane Smit began his career in power transmission projects before moving to the mining division of Trafigura. In his three year tenure there, his responsibilities included work on an Angolan iron ore project. He now sources projects for the Eurasian Resources Group. He holds a degree in electrical engineering.
Eurasian Resources Group is a diversified natural resources company with integrated mining, processing, energy, logistics and marketing operations. ERG has a portfolio of production assets and development projects on four continents, being one of the major employers in the industry. Globally, the group is represented by over 75,000 employees.
ERG’s interests in Africa include copper and cobalt mining in Democratic Republic of Congo and copper smelting in Zambia. The company also has a number of development projects in coal, manganese, bauxite, platinum and fluorspar across the African continent, including in the Republic of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mali and Mozambique.
Through determination, motivation and commitment, Elmarie van der Merwe obtained her Bachelor of Commercial Honors in Logistics from the University of South Africa while simultaneously gaining extensive work experience in the many facets of supply chain management, especially in procurement. Starting in 2001, she held a series of progressively more responsible positions at PPC Cement, along with a short stint at Barloworld, ending as head of Group Procurement before joining FLSmidth in January of 2013. As Supply Chain Manager, she is an active part of the management team, handling all aspects of the supply process, along with strategic planning, staff management and budgeting.
FLSmidth is a leading supplier of world-class products, facilities and systems to the global cement and minerals industries, backed by tailored consultancy and support services. FLSmidth supplies everything from single machinery to complete cement plants and minerals processing facilities including services before, during and after the construction. FLSmidth’s wealth of knowledge and resources allows it to provide one-source solutions for even the most challenging requirements worldwide. FLSmidth employs close to 13,000 people with offices in more than 50 countries, and has been the leading supplier to the global cement industry since its foundation in 1882.