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Ralf Leinen

Country Division Lead, Siemens



Leinen is Vice President:  Digital Factory & Process Industries & Drives – Southern & Eastern Africa at Siemens. He studied engineering and business administration at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne (Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln) and is an experienced senior level manager in various industries related to manufacturing and processes. Leinen joined Siemens in 1990 has been in international sales and management roles at the company’s headquarters and regions in Germany, the USA and South Africa.

His experience includes profit and loss management, organisational management, sales and marketing.

Dr Tony Bunn

PATH Health Innovation Consultant



Bunn has a PhD in medical science (physics) and has been involved in health technology research and development, and specifically medical device innovation, for nearly 40 years. Whilst a researcher at the Stellenbosch Medical School in 1984 his spin-out company developed and commercialised the world’s first, portable lung function system. He was subsequently professor and acting head of the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Cape Town and extra-ordinary professor at the Central University of Technology in the Free State. Bunn started the Innovation Centre at the Medical Research Council in 2004 that became the Strategic Health Innovation Partnership in 2013. His academic research (in addition to scientific publications and postgraduate supervision) led to five successful, start-up health technology companies and one international company all based on novel medical technologies that he was instrumental in developing. He also co-founded the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association in 2001.

He is currently a health innovation consultant to PATH (SA) to help grow PATH’s health technology impact in Africa as well as the MRC-PATH global health innovation accelerator for advancing transformative maternal and child health technologies with concomitant growth of the local medical device manufacturing sector in South Africa.


Dr Per Møller

Head of Symbiosis Center Denmark



Møller has a Master’s degree in marine biology from the University of Aarhus and a PhD degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.

He is an expert in the field of industrial symbiosis, circular economy and blue biomass. Møller has a special interest in how large-scale test and demonstration, targeting blue biomass (e.g. microalgae), can assist in the up-scaling of low-value residual streams to high-value bio-products.

He has managed national and international projects and cluster initiatives, is a co-founder of Sustainable Biofuels Network and was a case study and work package leader at a microalgae production facility in Kalundborg. Møller is experienced in commercial neutraceutical and pharmaceutical research, production and process optimisation as well as the commercialisation of aquatic biomass production, building on concepts of sustainability and industrial symbiosis.

His previous positions include those of senior project manager at the Kalundborg Kommune’s Department of Development, academic adviser at Cluster Biofuels Denmark, founder and director of EcoLipids, quality control engineer at Pronova Biopharma, commercial researcher at Fluxome Sciences and scientific researcher at the National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark.

Nigel Rossouw

Environmental Planner Shell Integrated Gas



Rossouw is the environmental planner for Shell South Africa Integrated Gas and holds a Master’s degree in Physical Geography from the University of the Western Cape and is currently completing a PhD focusing on environmental social and governance risks of large infrastructure projects. Rossouw has more than 20 years’ experience, predominantly in the planning and implementation of large infrastructure projects. He worked at the CSIR for eight years as an environmental scientist and received the “Most Promising Young Scientist Award in 1997” and the “CSIR Achiever of the Year Award in 2002”. Rossouw previously served as the president of the South African affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment and was a board member of the Certification Board of the Environmental Assessment Practitioners of South Africa.

Rossouw has authored a World Bank best practice report, published six peer reviewed scientific papers, five book chapters, three professional guidance documents for the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, and five popular articles in non-technical magazines (such as Africa Geographic and Civil Engineering).

Glaudina Loots

Director: Health Innovation, Department of Science and Technology



Loots is the Director for Health Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology and responsible for the implementation of the health components of the Bioeconomy strategy for South Africa. She concentrates on enabling research and innovation that leads to discovery and evaluation of new drug and treatment regimes, the development of new vaccines and new robust diagnostics for the identified diseases or conditions, as well as the development of medical devices.

The range of research activities that Loots encourages as part of her portfolio, include the interrogation of indigenous knowledge, basic molecular science and genetics, chemistry and bio-chemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology, nuclear physics, information communication technology, manufacturing processes and engineering.

Amongst others, Loots serves on the South African National Health Research Committee; the South African National AIDS Council and is a member of the Ministerial Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance. Loots is also a board member of The Biovac Institute, a public-private-partnership aimed at the local manufacturing of vaccines and biologics.