Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, January 23

Dr. Benny Mokaba Dr. Benny Mokaba, Executive Director, Sasol Limited

Benny Mokaba, Executive Director, Energy joined Sasol on 1st May 2006. He is responsible for Sasol's synfuels, gas and liquid fuels businesses, mining as well as shared services at Secunda. Benny is a member of the Sasol Limited board and the group executive committee, as well as serves as a director of various group companies and divisions.

He was executive chairman and regional vice-president of Shell Southern Africa before he joined Sasol. Benny also served as acting director-general of the Department of Welfare, led Steinmüller Africa and was chairman of Siemens Southern Africa.


Keynote Speaker:

J. A. Botha J. A. Botha, Group General Manager, Sasol Limited

Mr. Botha began his career at Sasol, Ltd., in 1981 serving in the role of general manager and later managing director for many of the operations over the years. He began his current position as Group General Manager, in 2004, and serves as the director of the following: Sasol Oil (Pty) Limited, Sasol Gas Limited, Naledi Industry Company (Pty) Limited, Tosas (Pty) Limited, Tosas Holdings (Pty) Limited, Tosas Botswana (Pty) Limited, Road Binders Botswana (Pty) Limited, Sasol Synfuels (Pty) Limited, Sasol Technology (Pty) Limited, National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Pty) Limited, Sasol Trading International Limited, Felbitem (Pty) Limited, The Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Pty) Limited and Sasol Gas Holdings (Pty) Limited. Mr. Botha received his B.Sc. in Electric Engineering from the University of Pretoria and his MBL, also from the University of Pretoria and Unisa.


Hans-Otto Herrmann Hans-Otto Herrmann, Director Combustion Engines and Powertrain, Research and Technology, DaimlerChrysler AG

Dr. Herrmann began his career as a project engineer at FEV Motorentechnik performing advanced diesel engine research and development projects then became team leader for Combustion System Development of passenger car diesel engines. In 1996, Dr. Herrmann assumed the role of Program Manager with the responsibility of concept to series for the development of a small high-speed 4 valve DI diesel engine for passenger cars. In 2002, Dr. Herrmann joined DaimlerChrysler in his current capacity. He completed Study of Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Internal Combustion Engines and received his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D both at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany.


Thursday, January 25

Manohar Chaudhari Manohar Kashinath Chaudhari
Senior Deputy Director
The Automotive Research Association of India

Presently working as Senior Deputy Director at The Automotive Research Association of India. Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune in 1972 and completed course on "Statistical Quality Control", conducted by Indian Institute of Statistical & Quality Control and Reliability from Calcutta.

Presently responsible for Emission, Alternate Fuel, Technology driven projects and setting up of testing and R&D facilities to meet future requirement in terms of Safety / Emissions / Noise & Vibration etc.

Working with The Automotive Research Association of India for last 27 years and as Head of Department, responsible for Design and Development of Vehicles, Engines and its Aggregates; Testing, Evaluation, Certification of Vehicles, Engines and its aggregates; Metrology; Alternate Fuel (Oil & Fuel); Facility Planning; Prototype Design and Manufacturing; and Automotive Materials Lab. Also held responsible position in machine tools and measuring instruments manufacturing unit for 4 years in the areas like Design and Development, Quality Control, Marketing and Consultancy.

Worked as UNDP / UNIDO consultant and carried prestigious assignments. A setting of Auto technology centre in Punjab and two wheeler upgradation and technology assessment projects.

I was a part of various delegations sponsored by Govt. / SIAM / World Bank abroad in the field of Emission / Alternate Fuel, Automotive technology assessment and facility planning.