Lizeka Matshekga


Matshekga is the divisional executive responsible for the infrastructure, agro-processing and agriculture, as well as  new industries at the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (IDC). She has 23 years of experience in the financial services sector, more than half of that in development finance institutions. Matshekga has a Master’s in development finance from Stellenbosch University, a BCom (Honours) from the University of Cape Town and a BCom from the University of the Western Cape. She sits on numerous boards of the IDC’s investee companies.

Ruben Janse van Rensburg


Janse van Rensburg has been at Hewlett-Packard Company for over 10 years and is responsible for product market access and sales support. He conducts research on emerging recycling industries and advocates for the implementation of extended producer responsibility mechanisms throughout Africa. Janse van Rensburg is passionate about the establishment of a sustainable recycling eco-system throughout Africa by applying sound social, environmental and economic principles.

Jaco Botha


Botha holds an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pretoria and started his career in process control at Eskom before joining Nanoteq in 1989. He has extensive experience in the design, development and product management of information security products for networks, personal computers and embedded environments.

Jorge Maia


Maia holds a Master of Arts degree in economics from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.  This was preceded by a Bachelor of Economic Science with Honours from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Aubrey Swanepoel


Aubrey founded Pfortner in 2008. The company develops security-focused business solutions that deliver secure communications to its clients. From humble beginnings in his garage, the business has grown to serve customers in 15 countries. Pfortner secures the Internet of Things and messaging systems using the highest levels of encryption and its patented STEALTH technology.

Henk Langenhoven


Langenhoven was originally trained as an electronics technician and later obtained his Master of Commerce from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a focus on black economic empowerment (BEE).


It is said that the 21st century will depend as much on photonics as the 20th century depended on electronics. Photonics is the science and technology of generating, controlling and detecting photons, which are particles of light. It already underpins many technologies in smartphones, laptops, data communication and medical devices. Join us for a tour to the CSIR National Laser Centre, which is also at the heart of an emerging additive manufacturing platform, to find out about the latest developments in laser research and development.