Keynote Speakers

Jan Bosch

Professor of Software Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology

Speaking Topic: Examining the need for change in strategy, innovation methods and R&D practices

With more than two decades experience as engineer, executive, innovator and consultant in the software industry, Dr. Bosch is currently a professor of software engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. His previous experience includes VP Engineering Process and VP Open Innovation for Intuit in Mountain View, California, and several years at Nokia Research Center. Based on his experience from the mobile, embedded systems and computer software industries, he believes it is both possible and beneficial to bring learnings from one domain to another.

Rieks Jager

E-ELT/METIS Consortium Project Manager, NOVA

Speaking Topic: Challenges on Chajnantor; or how to create a high tech astronomical observatory at 5000 m in the Andes

Rieks Jager is currently working as Project Manager of the European consortium that develops METIS, the Mid-infrared Imager and Spectrometer for the European Extremely Large Telescope that will be built in Chile. Rieks is accustomed to working to and achieving firm deadlines and enjoys working with motivated multi-disciplinary teams. He is acutely aware of the essential role that systems engineering plays in project management.

Linda Katehi

Chancellor, UC Davis

Speaking Topic: The Importance of a Systems Approach

Linda P.B. Katehi-Tseregounis is an engineer and university administrator. Since 2009, she has served as the sixth chancellor of the University of California, Davis. In addition to her university roles, Katehi was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Committee on the National Medal of Science. She chaired the 12-member committee, along with the Secretary of Commerce’s committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, until 2010. She is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering where she chaired the committee on K-12 engineering education for two years.

Dr. Ronnie McKenzie

Managing Director, WRP

Speaking Topic: Modelling South Africa’s water and river systems

Dr. McKenzie is a civil engineer specialising in water resource management, Director and Chairperson of WRP. He has considerable experience with various hydrological and water resources models. He was heavily involved with the development of the Water Resource Yield Model for South Africa and has developed similar models for use outside South Africa based on the same concepts but using non-proprietary components.