The Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Context of Developing Countries

Moderator:
Prof Johannes van Niekerk
Panellists:
Dr Gustav Rohde
Dr Reabetswe Kgoroeadira
Dr Vukosi Marivate

Dr Gustav Rohde

Gustav Rohde is currently the COO of Aurecon, an engineering consultancy with 7000 employees operating in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.  He is a professional engineer with a PhD from Texas A&M in the USA.  He completed an Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Business at North Western University and is since 2011 a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineers.

Gustav has a very keen interest in digital transformation and the impact of the 4th Industrial revolution on engineering and the societies we serve.  He has implemented several infrastructure asset management systems in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines and several African countries.    As a member of Aurecon’s global executive, he actively participates in a program to transform their business to partake in a digital rich future.

Dr Reabetswe Kgoroeadira

Dr Reabetswe Kgoroeadira is the Group Executive Officer and Partner of Beryl Group. She serves as a board member of Bollore Africa Logistics South Africa. Before joining the Group she held various executive positions at Standard Bank and South African Breweries (SAB), including senior management positions at SAP Africa. She was an external examiner in the school of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and served as a board member of the UJ-NYDA Institute. She holds a PhD in Economics from Cranfield University (UK), an MBA from Kent University (UK) and a BSc Electrical Engineering degree from The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Dr Vukosi Marivate

Dr Reabetswe Kgoroeadira is the Group Executive Officer and Partner of Beryl Group. She serves as a board member of Bollore Africa Logistics South Africa. Before joining the Group she held various executive positions at Standard Bank and South African Breweries (SAB), including senior management positions at SAP Africa. She was an external examiner in the school of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and served as a board member of the UJ-NYDA Institute. She holds a PhD in Economics from Cranfield University (UK), an MBA from Kent University (UK) and a BSc Electrical Engineering degree from The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Prof Johannes van Niekerk

Prof Wikus van Niekerk is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University.  He holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.  Prof van Niekerk was the founding Director of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies established in 2006 funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Eskom and Sasol.  He has a keen interest in harvesting energy from the sun, wind and ocean.  Prof van Niekerk is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South African and has been practising as a consultant to industry for twenty five years. He has published more than 30 articles in refereed international journals and presented a number of papers at national and international conferences.  He is a fellow of the Southern African Acoustics Institute and the South African Academy of Engineers, and a fellow and past president of the South African Institution for Mechanical Engineering; a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Sustainable Energy Society of South Africa and the International Solar Energy Society.  In 2014 Prof Van Niekerk received the SANEA Energy Award.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4th-IR) is transforming the world, countries, communities, industry and companies into a permanently connected, online, virtual world where data and information are shared and traded to enable and speed up processes enabling collaboration across country and continental borders.  The seamless integration of engineering and business processes create opportunities for developing countries and communities to participate in the global marketplace offering their services and products to many more clients than if they were restricted to our local markets.  It also makes highly advanced knowledge and information accessible to even the remotest communities on earth facilitating education knowledge transfer.  The 4th-IR will also have a profound impact on the “world of work” which will require new skills and mindsets to enable young people to fully participate in the economy.

It is therefore imperative that developing countries understand and grasp this opportunity to ensure that their people do not miss out on

In this session we will explore:

  • What is the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” in the context of developing countries?
  • What are the opportunities that could be exploited to advance communities marginalised by the previous industrial revolutions?
  • How should we prepare youth to be able to fully participate in the 4th-IR?
  • What is the role of the governments of developing countries to maximise the benefit of the 4th-IR for their people?
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