Keynote Speakers / Invited Speakers



Geomatics Indaba 2017 - VENUE - Durban ICC, 21 - 23 August 2017. A fully inclusive geomatics sector conference, exhibition and training event.    REGISTER



  • Minister Gugile Nkwinti

    Minister Gugile Nkwinti will be giving the opening address

    The Hon. GE Nkwinti is a South African Member of Parliament, currently serving in the Cabinet of the South African Government as the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform. From 1984 to 1989 he worked for the United Democratic Front (UDF), in the Eastern Cape, and he also worked as a research assistant in the department of psychology at Rhodes University. From 1990 to 1991 he served as the UDF and ANC regional secretary in the Eastern Cape. In 1994 he became the speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, and in 1999 he was elected as MEC for Housing, Local Government and Traditional Affairs in the Province. In 2005 until 2009 served as MEC for Agriculture a position he held until he was appointed as Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform in 2009, he was subsequently re-appointed as Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform in 2014.
  • Minister Des Van Rooyen

    Minister Des Van Rooyen has a long and illustrious history in the liberation movement. The Minister has worked his way through the ranks of the ANC. He was involved in politics since the mid-1980s and is a former MK operative and soldier since 1986. In addition to this he has held various leadership positions in the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) at Bethel High School and Khutsong Students Congress at Badirile High School. He was also a United Democratic Front (UDF) representative and a member of the National Union ofMineworkers. He skipped the country during the apartheid era and went into exile, living in Mozambique and Tanzania, earning the nickname the “Scorpion.”During the democratic era he served as a Ward Councillor and Member of the Mayoral Committee on Public Safety at Merafong Municipality, eventually becoming the Executive Mayor, a position he held for six years. He was also appointed as Chair of the South African Local Government Association in the North West province. He was appointed as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 13 December 2015.

    The Minister holds numerous qualifications in Local Government. In addition to this he holds a Masters in Public Management, as well as a Masters in Finance.His personal interests include soccer, golf, tennis, reading and hunting.
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Keynote Speakers

  • Aviad Almagor


    Aviad Almagor is the Director of the Mixed Reality Program at Trimble. Aviad specializes in a deeply frustrating though highly rewarding domain - introducing and implementing emerging technologies in enterprise markets - not a job for the faint-hearted. His role requires flexible stubbornosity, knowledgeable ignorancy, acrobatics, and mental agility. Aviad holds an MBA degree from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, and a B.Arch degree from the Israeli Institute of Technology.

    Mixed Reality - Displacement of Space and Time.
    Mixed Reality (MR) technology blends real-world objects with digital content, interactively, and in real-time. It helps users efficiently interpret physical and digital information and the spatial relations between them.MR technology takes 3D data beyond the confines of a 2D screen and fundamentally transforms the way we consume, interact, and communicate information. In this session, we will explore how MR integration with existing technologies can transform workflows and improve efficiency in industries such as buildings, heavy civil, and natural resources. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the possible impact of MR on their practice, and about the challenges that this technology should overcome. The session will include real-world examples of the use of MR hardware such as Microsoft HoloLens and Google Tango.

  • Dean Angelides


    Dean Angelides Corporate Director, International/Alliances/Partners ESRI, Redlands
    Dean Angelides has worked with thousands of organizations to implement GIS technology to improve their operations and decision-making over his 40 year professional career. Nearly 30 years ago he co-founded a GIS services company located in California. He joined Esri in 2005.
    Dean has worked with many different types of organizations and industries – local, regional and national governments, utilities, transportation and logistics firms, natural resources companies, engineering firms, agricultural concerns, conservation organizations, and health organizations.
    He has helped them devise strategies for incorporating GIS into their business, and then assisted them to successfully apply new methods to transform their organizations. Mr. Angelides has advised many executives and business unit leaders on how to get the most from their GIS investments. He has also served on a variety of advisory councils for GIS at local, regional and national levels. He is currently on the Advisory Board for the Geospatial Innovation Facility at the University of California, Berkeley, where Dean did both graduate and undergraduate study.
    In 2009, Dean was appointed as a Corporate Director by Jack Dangermond with responsibilities for overseeing all aspects of ESRI’s international operations, technology alliances, and business partnerships. He is dedicated to ensuring that Esri users are successful in their endeavors, and that The Science of Where and GIS technology and methods are successfully applied to overcome our toughest challenges around the world.

  • Christian Schäfers

    Christian Schäfers from Leica Geosystems is a sales management professional with over 15 years’ experience in the terrestrial laser scanning and hand-held laser scanning business. He has worked in several positions in direct sales, sales leadership, business development and channel management in EMEA and Asia Pacific. He currently holds the position of Business Development Director BLK360 for the EMEA region. He will be establishing new key vertical markets away from the traditional surveying industry as well as establishing new channel partner networks.
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Invited Speakers

  • Lawrance Modise, Chief Director from Stats SA

    "Global developments towards the integration of geospatial and statistical information and what are Stats SA's proposals for domesticating the work for policy making, monitoring and evaluation"
    Lawrence Modise practices as a strategist with over 20 years’ experience in GISc and Remote Sensing. A recipient of Ruth First Scholarship, Lawrence obtained an MSc in Geo-Information for Development at Durham University in the UK in 1996. Prior to that, he completed his studies in Geography, Development Planning, Psychology and GIS at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His professional career started at the CSIR in 1996 as a GIS Specialist, followed by various professional and managerial roles at Department of Rural Development & Land Reform, State IT Agency, Telkom, Intergraph, Esri-SA and his own consultancy, Marang Geo-Solutions. Lawrence is a registered Professional GISc Practitioner with the South African Geomatics Council and represents Stats SA in the Committee for Spatial Information which is entrusted with coordinating and overseeing matters relating to geospatial information across the South African government. Currently a Chief Director of Geography at Stats SA, Lawrence heads a division of 72 staff members responsible for the provision of geospatial information frames, geospatial tools and geo-statistical end-user support.
  • Dineo Peta

    The talk on the 2017 Mining Charter would discuss the following:

    1. An analysis of each element of the charter, the previous and current position and effect of the changes.
    2. Effect of the changes on all Stakeholders (Industry/Mining Companies, Government, Organized Labour, Communities and BEE Entrepreneurs)
    3. Balancing (through policy and legislation) the interests of key stakeholders, ie government priorities such as transformation and economic growth, with industry priorities such as the recovery of mining industry and sustainable productivity particularly in challenging economic times).
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