Keynote Speakers – IEOM 2020 Harare
December 8, 2020, Tuesday
Conference Chair Remarks and Welcome Address: December 8, 2020, Tuesday, 1:45 – 2:00 pm – Zoom Meeting Room 1
Opening Keynote I: Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 2:00 – 2:30 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 8:00 am – 8:30 am (USA EST)
Dr. Esther T. Akinlabi
Department of Mechanical Engineering Science
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Appointed as the Director of the Pan African University for Life and Earth Sciences Institute (PAULESI), Ibadan, Nigeria
Professor Esther Titilayo Akinlabi is a Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She was recently appointed as the Director of the Pan African University for Life and Earth Sciences Institute (PAULESI), Ibadan, Nigeria. The Pan African University (PAU) is a continental initiative of the African Union Commission, Addis Ababa to revitalize Higher Education and Research in Africa. PAULESI represents the West African Hub of the Pan African University hosted by the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Prior to joining PAULESI, she had a decade of meritorious service at the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa. During her period of service at UJ, she had the privilege to serve as the Head of Department of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science and as the Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning for the Faculty. Her research interest is in the field of modern and advanced manufacturing processes – Friction stir welding and additive manufacturing. Her research in the field of laser based additive manufacturing include laser material processing and surface engineering. She also conducts research in the field of renewable energy, and biogas production from waste. She is a rated National Research Foundation (NRF) researcher in South Africa and has demonstrated excellence in all fields of endeavors.
Prof Akinlabi has supervised to completion 22 PhD candidates and 28 Masters Students. Her leadership, mentorship and research experience is enviable as she guides her team of postgraduate students through the research journey. She is a recipient of several research grants and has received many awards of recognition to her credit. She is a registered member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), Council for the Regulation of Engineering Profession in Nigeria (COREN), South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE), the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), USA. Prof Akinlabi has filed two patents, edited four books, published seven books and authored/co-authored over 500 peer reviewed publications.
Keynote II: Tuesday, December 8, 2:30 – 3:00 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 8:30 am – 9:00 am (USA EST)
Siemens – Xcelerator
Portfolio Development Manager
Siemens Digital Industries Software
Keynote III: Tuesday, December 8, 3:00 – 3:30 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 9:00 am – 9:30 am (USA EST)
Douglas Mboweni, Ph.D.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited
Douglas Mboweni is the CEO of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited, the country’s leading provider of telecoms services and has over 20 years of senior management experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industry. Under his stewardship, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe used innovation in the face of difficult economic conditions to grow its subscriber base from 200,000 in 2002 to over eleven million today, a commanding market share of above 65%. Dr Mboweni was instrumental in the promotion of local mobile financial services through EcoCash, up to the unbundling and listing of its parent company, Cassava Smartech on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange as well as the set up of Mascom (Botswana) and Econet Wireless Nigeria. Dr. Mboweni graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Business Leadership from the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) in 2019. In his doctorate thesis, he proposed the Leadership-Driven Resilience Model (LDRM), which theoretically proffered possibilities for business leaders to develop sustainable coping strategies in response to extreme business operating environments. Dr. Mboweni is also a visiting Professor of Practice at the University of Johannesburg since 2018 and is a holder of a Masters in Business Leadership (UNISA), and a BSc Mathematics and Computer Science degree from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). In recognition of his leadership and his success, Dr. Mboweni has won several national and international accolades. He continues to show leadership through a number of youth mentorship programmes in the community and is an opinion leader on telecommunications and technology in Zimbabwe and abroad. Dr. Mboweni is married to Sarudzayi and they are blessed with 3 children.
Keynote IV: Tuesday, December 8, 3:30 – 4:00 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 9:30 am – 10:00 am (USA EST)
Dr. Robert Van Til
Chair and Pawley Professor of Lean Studies
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Rochester, Michigan, USA
December 9, 2020, Wednesday
Conference Co-Chair Remarks: December 9, 2020, Tuesday, 1:45 – 2:00 pm – Zoom Meeting Room 1
Keynote V, Wednesday, December 9, 2:00 – 2:30 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 8:00 am – 8:30 am (USA EST)
Professor Mqhele Dlodlo, PhD (FZweIE; Pr.Eng. (ECZ); FZAS)
National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
Ascot, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Innovative Industrialisation – the Impact of Education 5.0 on University Operations in COVID-19 Times
Mqhele Enock-Hershal Dlodlo (FZweIE, MIEEE, Pr.Eng. (ECZ), FZAS) earned a PhD (1996) from Delft University of Technology, a master’s degree in electrical engineering (1989) from Kansas State University, and two bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering (1980), mathematics and independent studies in engineering management (1983), from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA, USA.
He is the Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Science and Technology. At the University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa, he is an Emeritus Associate Professor in telecommunications in the Electrical Engineering Department. His research interests are in wireless communication systems and applications.
An active member of the Communications Research Group (CRG) in the Telkom Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Broadband Networks and Applications he continues to co-supervise PhD students. His CoE projects have attracted substantial funding to the CoE from industry and THRIP since 2007. The research has led to over eighty international refereed publications, eight PhD theses and numerous master’s dissertations.
Between May 2008 and August 2011, he successfully led a departmental team working on an Innovation Fund (TIA) Project T70026 on low-bandwidth video streaming, with a patent application filed in South Africa, and a number of international refereed publications. Team members: an Emeritus Professor, a PhD candidate and four MSc (Eng) students – two of the masters’ students graduated with nearly error-free dissertations. Spin-off: an online business linked to a consortium consisting of UCT, CSIR (Meraka in Pretoria) and East Coast Access (Pty) Ltd (a media solutions provider in Durban). The research and development consortium handed the project over to a spin-off company, Tuluntulu (Pty) Ltd. The project brought R 2 477 410 to the department and commercialisation may bring in some profits in the medium term.
In the time at UCT, Prof. Dlodlo served as Assistant Dean for Internationalization and Programme Convener for the Master of Engineering (Telecommunications) degree programme. He has also designed curricula, taught, consulted, researched, headed departments and faculties at NUST as well as the Bulawayo Polytechnic over twenty-one years. In 2003 he became a Fulbright Senior African Scholar at Virginia Tech in America, studying Learning and Information Technology Initiatives for academic leadership in research, learning, and fundraising..
Keynote VI, Wednesday, December 9, 2:30 – 3:00 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 8:30 am – 9:00 am (USA EST)
Corrado La Forgia
VP Operations Manager and Managing Director
BOSCH VHIT – CR
Offanengo, Lombardy, Italy
Keynote VII, Wednesday, December 9, 3:00 – 3:30 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 9:00 am – 9:30 am (USA EST)
Dr. Marco Lübbecke
Professor of Operations Research
RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Keynote VIII, Wednesday, December 9, 3:30 – 4:00 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 9:30 am – 10:00 am (USA EST)
Prof. Quinton Kanhukamwe
Harare Institute of Technology
December 10, 2020, Thursday
Conference Co-Chair Remarks: December 10, 2020, Tuesday, 1:45 – 2:00 pm – Zoom Meeting Room 1
Keynote IX, Thursday, December 10, 2:00 – 2:30 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 8:00 am – 8:30 am (USA EST)
Prof. Nidhal Rezg, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of LGIPM
University of Lorraine
Metz, Grand Est, France
Secretary General of the MATERALIA Pole
Director General of UPS DITEX
Keynote X, Thursday, December 10, 2:30 – 2:00 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 8:30 am – 9:00 am (USA EST)
Dr. Maxwell Chanakira, Ph.D.
Pro Vice Chancellor
Harare Institute of Technology
Dr. Chanakira is an Electrical Engineer, holding the City and Guilds (London) Full Technological Certificate in Telecommunications, a B. Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and a Post Graduate Certificate in Digital Telecommunications Technology, (AOTS, Japan). He also earned an MBA from the Management College of Southern Africa, South Africa in 2005 and a Doctor of Technology degree in Organisational Leadership from the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, which he attained in 2009.
A proven industry practitioner and academic in the areas of Telecommunications Engineering, Organizational Leadership and Strategy, Dr. Chanakira’s career spans over thirty years. His first appointment was in 1985; with the Zimbabwe Posts and Telecommunications Corporation as a Telecommunications Technician. He rose through the ranks becoming a Chief Telecommunications Technician, Area Manager and was later appointed Manager – Access Network CBD East Harare,- a post equivalent to that of Regional Manager. After leaving the PTC, Dr. Chanakira became the Project Manager for the Telecommunications Network Rehabilitation in Lesotho. In 2005, Dr. Chanakira was appointed a Lecturer in Strategic Management, MIS and Operations Management at the Management College of Southern Africa,- with subsequent appointments at the Regent Business School and Tshwane University of Technology Business School.
In March 2010, Dr. Chanakira joined the Harare Institute of Technology as a Lecturer. He has taught courses in the areas of Technoprenuership, Innovation, Business Leadership and Strategy. He has published and presented over 25 papers in the areas of strategy, innovation, incubation, and commercialisation of technology, including five book chapters. He has also reviewed several international journals in Europe and the United States and is an external examiner of PhD theses for several local institutions.
He has distinguished himself in institutional advancement and has garnered financial support and partnerships for the Institute over the years. In the area of community service, Dr Chanakira has served on local boards in varying capacities. He was a Deputy Board Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Msasa Industrial and Training College (MITC). He also serves as Chairperson of the National Manpower Advisory Council (NAMACO) Technical Committee on Public Private Partnerships.
Prior to his appointment as Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr. Chanakira served as the Acting Director of the Technopreneurship Development Centre at HIT.
Keynote XI, Thursday, December 10, 3:00 – 3:30 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 9:00 am – 9:30 am (USA EST)
Professor Ephraim Tobela Gwebu, PhD
Keynote XII, Thursday, December 10, 3:30 – 4:00 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 9:30 am – 10:00 am (USA EST)
Professor David Simbi
Chinhoyi University of Technology
Keynote XIII, Thursday, December 10, 4:00 – 4:30 pm (Zimbabwe Time) / 10:00 am – 10:30 am (USA EST)
Professor Thong Ngee GOH
Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management
Former Head of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and Former Dean of Engineering
National University of Singapore
Title: Megatrends facing the Industrial Engineers
GOH, Thong Ngee holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Registered Professional Engineer. A Project Specialist at Lockheed Aircraft before joining the National University of Singapore, he has served as Head of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and Dean of Engineering; he was also Director of the University’s Office of Quality Management. He was CEO of Design Technology Institute International, a joint venture between Singapore and the Netherlands.
Professor Goh is a Founding Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineering, and Founder President of the Singapore Institute of Industrial Engineers. He has been named “Educator of the Year” by the IEEE Engineering Management Society, was recipient of the inaugural Masing Book Prize of the International Academy for Quality, Harrington-Ishikawa Medal of the Asia-Pacific Quality Organization, the William Hunter Award and the Eugene Grant Medal of the American Society for Quality.
Professor Goh has been on the editorial boards of some ten international research journals, published more than four hundred technical papers and six specialized books. A frequent invited speaker at professional conferences and corporate meetings, he has served variously as advisory board member, awards judge, external examiner or reviewer for academic institutions and government agencies in various countries.
Abstract: Many Industrial Engineering and Operations Research curricula today in universities and colleges are still built upon traditional paradigm along the line of “Scientific Management”. While canonical techniques are useful, new breeds of IEOR practitioners should deliberate beyond them and consciously make themselves relevant in the days to come. In this presentation, some notable megatrends that exist in the real world are highlighted to bring about awareness of various related issues.
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