Developing PPP Models for the COMESA Region > Speakers


  • Carl Aaron is a specialist in investment, trade and business environment reform with a particular emphasis on institutional strengthening.  He has advised governments and corporations worldwide including many in English- and French-speaking Africa whilst working in investment banking, the World Bank and in private sector trade consulting.  He is currently Director of Economic Development and Sustainability Initiatives at the East West Management Institute, and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Political Economy from Oxford University.

  • Prem Coomar Beeharry is the Director of the Procurement Policy Office in Mauritius, a body set up in November 2007 under the Public Procurement Act to monitor compliance with the Act and its regulations, and to advise government on the reform of the public procurement system. In his capacity as Director of the Policy Office he also chairs the PPP Committee set up under the PPP Act. Prior to his appointment as Director of the PPO, he served as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development for 9 years (1998-2007).

  • Monique Bolmin has 20 years of professional experience as attorney-at-law and legal consultant advising on legal and institutional aspects relating to project and structured finance transactions (PPPs, Concession, and privatization) in connection with major infrastructure projects and public utilities in emerging countries. She worked for major industrial groups where she held managerial positions, as well as for the African Development Bank as a consultant where she was in charge of private sector projects. Ms Bolmin graduated from Harvard Law School and from Sorbonne University holding two post graduate degrees in International and European Economic Law.

  • William Dachs is Head of the PPP Unit at National Treasury, South Africa and is one of the Unit’s founding members. Prior to joining Treasury in 2000, he worked as a consulting civil engineer in transport and water related projects in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. He was appointed Head in March 2005.  Between 2007 and 2009 Mr Dachs worked for the World Bank as a senior finance specialist focusing on infrastructure finance in Central and East Asia.  During this time he was involved in the Bank’s new municipal Financial Intermediary Loan programme and PPP programme advisory work.  He is a civil engineer and also has a degree in law.

  • Phiwayinkosi Elphas Ginindza is the Chief Executive Officer of the Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority (SIPA). He has gained extensive management experience in various government departments (e.g. Ministry of Finance, Prime Minister’s Office) and has been in the management and also cooperated with a number of national, sub-regional and international institutions. In 2004 he was seconded to the ADB and joined SIPA in June 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with majors in Economics and Statistics from the University of Swaziland as well as a Masters of Arts Degree in Economics majoring in Development Finance from the University of Manchester.

  • Divyash Keshav is a Chartered Accountant with 13 years experience in financial management.  Mr Keshav joined the Group Management Services department of Netcare in 2004. Netcare Limited is an investment holding company that operates through its subsidiaries the largest private hospital networks in South Africa (SA) and the United Kingdom (UK) and a strong proponent of Private Public Partnership (PPP) models. Mr Keshav’s personal experience with PPPs includes project feasibilities, financial management and analysis, project funding and financial reporting for three hospitals and three clinics.

  • Johan Kruger has been working in the financial sector for the last 30 years. His educational background in civil engineering enables him to understand and interpret both financial elements and technical aspects in PPP implementation. He has worked in the Development Bank of Southern Africa and in the Infrastructure Finance Corporation (Inca) on specific risk allocation and pricing in project finance.

  • Phuti Malabie is the Managing Director of Shanduka Energy (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary company to Shanduka Group led by Cyril Ramaphosa. Shanduka Energy is an investment company primarily focused on electricity, oil and gas throughout the African continent. She joined Shanduka in 2004. Previously, Ms Malabie was head of the Project Finance South Africa unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and prior to that, Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. Ms Malabie holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.

  • Richard Martin has worked in Africa for more than 30 years, and has undertaken many projects concerning infrastructure provision and the role of the private sector. He assisted in the management of the recent Infrastructure Consortium for Africa conference in Dakar on Financing water for Growth in Africa which aimed to raise private sector awareness of the potential for investment in water. He has undertaken studies for the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) in Ghana and Swaziland, and advised the NEPAD-Infrastructure Project Preparation Advisory Facility on project management. He is currently, together with Johan Kruger, advising the government of Swaziland on establishing and implementing a PPP Policy.

  • Richard Mbaiwa is the Chief Executive Officer of Zimbabwe Investment Authority and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of COMESA RIA. He has over 22 years of service in the public, private and quasi-government sectors and has specialized in the area of trade and investment promotion. He joined the Zimbabwe Ministry of Industry and International Trade in 1986 as a trade negotiator and later joined the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries as an Economist. In 1994 he was part of the first group of people who established Zimbabwe’s first Investment Promotion Agency. Mr Mbaiwa holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree and a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Economics, both obtained from the University of Zimbabwe. In addition, he has a number of post graduate certificates.

  • Mohammed Omran is the Vice Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange and Professor of Finance at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology. Professor Omran served several years as an Economist at both the Arab Monetary Fund in Abu Dhabi and the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. He was an advisor to the Minister of Investment and an Acting Executive Director of the Egyptian Institute of Directors. He is recently appointed as non-executive International Board Member in the Privatization Agency of Kosovo. Professor Omran specializes in financial markets, corporate governance, corporate finance and privatization concentrating on the MENA region and has published around 40 papers for international economics and finance journals.

  • Orono Otweyo has been involved in managing privatization transactions for more than 15 years. In Uganda, he led teams on the privatization of more than 30 public enterprises and spend five years in Botswana assisting with the start of the privatization process. His expertise is in preparing public enterprises for privatization, developing the framework for outsourcing of public services and the development of a PPP framework. Currently, Mr Otweyo is Technical Advisor at the Privatization Unit and responsible for the development of the PPP framework in Uganda.

  • Mohamed Tarek joined the PPP Central Unit at the Ministry of Finance of the Egyptian Government in 2007 in the capacity of Sector Officer / Utilities Sector. He has been engaged in two pilot PPP projects in Egypt in the education and wastewater sectors. Previously, he was part of the Holding Company for Water & Wastewater working in the Technical Office of the Chairman. Eng. Tarek has a B.Sc. of Civil Engineering and holds an M.Sc. Degree in Environmental Engineering.

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