Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Head of Infrastructure South Africa
Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa is the Head of Infrastructure South Africa and the Head of the Investment and Infrastructure office, in the office of the President of the Republic of South Africa. Prior to this, Dr Ramokgopa was a Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Economic Development, Agriculture & Environment in the Gauteng province. In 2010 – 2016, he was the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, an era in which he was the youngest serving Mayor of a Metropolitan in the country. He has led as the Chief Executive Officer for both the Metropolitan Trading Company and the Johannesburg Market and has served as Deputy Chairperson of the board of Trade and Investment in the province of Limpopo.
His political participation dates back to the 80’s when he was 14 and participating in the Atteridgeville-Saulsville Residents Organisation (ASRO). During his time at the University of Durban Westville, he joined the South African Student Congress and became a branch chairperson, later he was deployed as a Secretary General of the Student Representative Council at the University of Durban Westville. Dr Ramokgopa was also chairperson of the ANC in Ward 51, zonal chairperson of the ANC in Atteridgeville and regional chairperson of the ANC in Tshwane.
He holds a PhD, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pretoria and a Masters of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa. He completed his BSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Durban Westville in 1998. Dr Ramokgopa is an avid reader, enjoys following sports and is actively involved in soccer development in his home township of Atteridgeville. In his free time, he offers pro-bono lessons in leadership and public management at various tertiary institutions as a guest lecturer.
Dr Ramokgopa lives by the motto: “If you live truthfully, you shall prevail against all adversity”
Ms. Mameetse Masemola
Deputy Director-General: Infrastructure Investment Planning & Oversight
Ms. Masemola holds a MBA degree from University of Reading’ Henley Business School. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of the Western Cape, part of which she completed at the University of Missouri in the United States of America. She has completed several short Executive Programmes, including Leadership in Development from Harvard University and Evidence-based Policy Making, University of Cape Town.
Ms. Masemola is currently the Deputy Director-General: Infrastructure Investment Planning & Oversight at Infrastructure South Africa. This portfolio includes policy and legislation development, the development of national infrastructure strategy to close the infrastructure investment gap and to direct the national portfolio of infrastructure projects and programmes, as well as institutional coordination with spheres of government and public entities.
She has extensive experience in public policy and legislation development and economic regulation as well as deep knowledge of government planning frameworks and management of strategic partnerships. Before joining Infrastructure South Africa, Ms. Masemola was responsible for ICT sector development at the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT). Prior to joining the DCDT, she served in various capacities at the Department of Trade and Industry & Competition, including being the Government Convener for the Trade and Industry Chamber at NEDLAC, policy analyst, and economic research.
In her current role as DDG: Infrastructure Investment Planning and Oversight programme, she leads a team that is responsible for developing the National Infrastructure Plan 2050 and its implementation and driving overall vision and alignment of infrastructure investment across spheres of government, public entities, SOEs and the private sector.
Dr Hubert Joynt
Programme Manager: Centre of Excellence at Infrastructure South Africa (ISA)
Dr Hubert Joynt is the Programme Manager of the newly established Centre of Excellence at Infrastructure South Africa (ISA). Prior to this he joined the PICC Technical Task Team. He also served in many senior and executive management positions in the consulting engineering and local government sectors. He received his Doctor of Commerce degree from UNISA in 2005. Academic achievements include Best Student and Senate Medal awards. He obtained degrees in development planning, transportation planning and transport economics. Hubert is also registered for his second doctorate, a PhD in Public Management and Governance, and aims to make significant progress towards its completion during 2022.
He is a qualified transport economist and is also registered as a Professional Planner. In addition, he is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport South Africa. He recently obtained his certification as a Certified Economic Developer from the Economic Development Council of South Africa. His current work activities relate to infrastructure economics and infrastructure research.
He currently serves as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management. He is actively involved in the academic world and has assumed numerous roles as co-promoter, examiner or external examiner at UNISA, University of Pretoria, University of Free State, Technikon SA and Nelson Mandela University from graduate to doctoral level. My personal motto is “never stop learning”.
Mr Alvino Wildschutt-Prins
Programme Manager: Infrastructure Pipeline Development & Management
Mr Alvino Wildschutt-Prins is appointed as the Programme Manager for Infrastructure Pipeline Development & Management within Infrastructure South Africa (ISA). Alvino has over 15 years experience in Policy and Research Analysis, Project and Pipeline Management in the infrastructure space. In recent years, Alvino developed a repository of knowledge around all matters related to infrastructure corridor development in Africa whilst working at the Development Bank of Southern Africa as an Infrastructure Investment Specialist.
Furthermore, Alvino was responsible for building effective stakeholder relations with key players in the local and international market, strategic planning and worked closely with project preparation and investment officers of the DBSA and other relevant institutions. Alvino managed the packaging of the Central Corridor shortlisted phase 1 projects in partnership with the Business Working Group of the World Economic Forum and the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) in East Africa in preparation for the first High Level Industry and Investor’s Forum.
He also held the position of Relationship Manager for the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP) Africa Hub Programme of the World Economic Forum for two years. Alvino holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) as well as a Master’s in Commerce in Development Finance from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) where he received a Cum Laude for his dissertation focusing on Blended Finance for Infrastructure projects in Africa.