Prof Josephine Musango
Prof Josephine Kaviti Musango is an Associate Professor with the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University. She previously worked for Gauteng City-Region Observatory as Senior Researcher, Department of Energy as Deputy-Director, and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research as Resource Economist. She holds a Transdisciplinary Doctoral in Sustainable Development and Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics, both from Stellenbosch University. She has fourteen years’ experience as a system dynamicist. She is NRF-rated researcher and her on–going research relates to the application of system dynamics modelling in managing change in resource and policy related challenges – especially in the energy, green economy and African urban resources issues. She is also the Research Group Leader for Urban Modelling and Metabolism Assessment (uMAMA) Research Team (www.umama-africa.com) at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transitions. Josephine was one of the Founding Members of South Africa System Dynamics Chapter, where she served as Organising Secretary and Vice-President. She is currently serving as an Advisor of the Chapter. She is also serving as a Policy Council Member of the International System Dynamics Society. She has published widely in peer reviewed Journals and in international and local Conferences
Dr Nalini Sooknanan Pillay
Nalini graduated with an engineering degree at Wits University in 1994. In 1995 and 1996, she worked as a production engineer at Arcellor-Mittal, where she dealt with line expansion and optimisation projects. In 1997, she joined Eskom Research where she was involved in generation plant related research, as well as the development of knowledge-management diagnostic programs. From 2003 to 2007, she worked privately, and published several books. She re-joined Eskom research in 2008 to project manage generation plant research activities, and set up the Eskom System Dynamics Centre at the end of 2011, while completing her masters in Sustainable Energy Engineering with UCT. She is currently the Eskom Corporate Specialist in System Dynamics and has completed her PhD in Industrial Engineering, with contributions to systems engineering. Nalini lectures ad-hoc in Applied System Dynamics at various universities and has authored and co-authored several internationally recognised papers using a system dynamics modelling approach. She also the President and founding member of the South African System Dynamics Chapter, and the very first System Dynamics Conference in Africa.
Dr Andries Botha
Andries Botha obtained a Bachelor of Engineering and a Honours in Engineering in Chemical Engineering, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pretoria. He also obtained a Masters in the Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His professional experience includes water and effluent management, operations management, business analysis, supply chain management and applying system dynamics simulation modelling to analyse and solve complex problems. He is currently employed at Toyota South Africa as senior manager BI and Production Administration.
Danie Booyens graduated from UKZN with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2010. His interest in energy attracted him to UCT’s Energy Research Centre where he completed the coursework components of a MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering. Since 2012, Danie has been working in the System Dynamics Centre of Expertise in Eskom’s Research, testing and Development, building numerous models to serve business needs. His interest in system dynamics stems from his experience that complex problems cannot be resolved in isolation and this principal has driven his work, conference papers and conference presentations. He is an experienced facilitator of system dynamics and systems thinking training courses as well as the Beer Game, and his interests outside of work include his family and competitive Magic the Gathering.
Mapule (Minah) Ntsoane
Mapule Ntsoane holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of North West and a certificate in business management from the University of South Africa. She joined Eskom Research, Testing and Development at the System Dynamics Centre of Expertise in June 2013. She is currently employed as an Engineer. Her interests in system dynamics started when she was completing her vacation training in March 2013. She has presented her work at the Annual System Dynamics Conference in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. One of her paper on “Hydro pumped Storage simulator” has been published in the International System Dynamics Conference. Mapule has an experience in facilitating System Dynamics Courses and Systems Thinking Workshops.
Dr Rudolph Oosthuizen
Rudolph Oosthuizen joined the South African Air Force in 1990 as a permanent force member and obtained a B.Eng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1994. In 1996, he completed a B.Eng (Hons) in Industrial Engineering and in 2002 a Masters in Engineering Management, both from the University of Pretoria. Over this period he fulfilled various systems engineering roles in infrared electronic warfare and command and control for the South African Air Force. In 2008 he joined the Defence Peace Safety and Security operating unit in the CSIR to continue supporting ground based air defence projects in command and control. The candidate has gained valuable experience in military systems and related systems engineering. He is currently in the service of the CSIR as a Principle System Engineer supporting various command and control related projects. In 2015 he obtained his PhD in Engineering Management at the University of the Pretoria. Rudolph has more than 10 years’ experience in conceptual modelling of systems as a Systems Engineer. Initially the focus was on modelling of Command and Control systems for requirements capturing as well as concept development. Of special interest was modelling of the human element in the sociotechnical system, focussing on cognitive and human factors. Currently, Rudolph focuses on implementing Model Based Systems Engineering as well as System Dynamics practices and processes.
Corne du Plooy
Corné du Plooy is a chemical engineer within the System Dynamics Centre of Expertise in Eskom, SOC. He has a avid interest in learning and teaching. As such he has co-taught dozens of system dynamics courses and is a part time mathematics tutor. The past few years, he has written and published 7 system dynamics papers with some being at international conferences. He coaches multiple people on the practice and application of system dynamics as well as general problem solving approaches. In his drive to keep learning, he has taken up programming, specifically game development in his own time. His first software application was released in 2018 on the Google play store with the intention to help people practice their basic arithmetic in a more playful way. He believes that there is a great need and reward in society to learn and apply system dynamics in various areas. As such he initiated the SASD modelling competition in 2018. He is a passionate teacher, learner and focused problem solver.
Dr Benjamin Batinge
Dr. Benjamin Batinge is a researcher at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the Stellenbosch University. Dr. Batinge holds a PhD in Public and Development Management from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, a Master’s degree in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen, Norway, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana. His doctoral research investigated how leapfrogging unmet electricity markets from ‘traditional’ energy to renewable energy thus skipping the conventional fossil energy, can expedite energy transition and universal electricity access in Africa. He is ardent in research and consultancy, largely pertaining to energy access in developing countries. His areas of interest and expertise includes: Energy transitions; renewable energy leapfrogging; electricity access assessment; energy-water-food nexus, and sustainable development. Dr. worked as Research Assistant at the University of Ghana Business School, Teaching Assistant at the University of Bergen, Sustainability Institute, and as a part-time Faculty at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the Eduardo Mondlane University, in Mozambique.
Victoria Thomas is a second-year Industrial Engineering master’s student at Stellenbosch University and forms part of the Health Systems Engineering and Innovation Hub research group in the Industrial Engineering department. She holds a B.Eng Industrial Engineering degree from Stellenbosch University.
Paul is a Senior Professional Officer at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. He is a systems thinker working on resource flows, urban metabolism and the relationships between food, energy, water and waste in African contexts. He sits on the executive board of the urban Modelling and Metabolism Assessment Research Team (uMAMA) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, is a student board member in the student chapter of the International Society of Industrial Ecology, and is conference co-chair of the South African System Dynamics Chapter. His masters research focused on developing a resource profile typology of African cities, undertaken full-time within the School of Public Leadership of Stellenbosch University, as a visiting student at the Urban Metabolism Group, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and as a Research Affiliate with the Institute for Environmental and Sanitation Studies at the University of Ghana. His PhD research currently aims to further understanding in urban metabolism and resource nexus concepts in African urban contexts. He has experience in data analysis, dynamic modelling, facilitation, photography, and writing. His work with ICLEI Africa focuses on ecosystem services evaluation, urban food security and urban resource and infrastructure systems. Paul aims to contribute to innovative and ground-breaking work that contributes to improved resource efficiency, resource equity, urban planning and sustainable development in cities around the world.