Please see below a first glimpse at some of the exciting speakers who will be at SAPICS 2021. Keep updated on the speaker line up by checking back regularly or look out for our interesting news updates and social media posts on news!


Daniel Stanton is the well-known author of “Supply Chain Management for Dummies”. He is a supply chain executive, entrepreneur and educator popularly known as “Mr. Supply Chain”. Stanton will share his insights with African supply chain professionals at the annual SAPICS Conference, Africa’s leading event for the profession, which takes place from 24 to 26 August 2021.

Since his book was published in 2017, Stanton has received numerous commendations for helping people to grasp a complex field. Supply and Demand Chain Executive honoured him as a “Pro to Know” in 2020. It was third consecutive year that he won this award.

Stanton is a professor at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, in the United States, and the creator of several courses. He says that his focus in recent years has been on educating the whole world about supply chain management. “Part of that is explaining what supply chains are to people that don’t know. Another aspect of it is helping supply chain professionals pick up the skills and the insights that they need to do their jobs better and to advance their careers” he explained in an article in Supply and Demand Executive after his recognition as a Pro to Know.

In the recently published second edition of his bestselling book, Supply Chain for Dummies, Stanton has included technology advances and changes in trends in supply chain, and there is a greater focus on education around risk management.

There has never been a time in history when supply chain management is more important for society than right now. Professionals in the supply chain industry do great work every single day to help make modern life possible, and this has never been more apparent than during the Covid-19 crisis” he asserts.


Bruce Whitfield is a published author on the political economy and the critical role business plays in keeping the country afloat. He is an accomplished speaker, multi-award-winning broadcaster and writer. His current keynote: Rebels, Renegades & Problem Solvers encourages audiences to think out of the box on South Africa’s future – a future few dare imagine is possible.

Bruce absolutely wowed the audience at SAPICS 2019 and SAPICS was inundated with requests to bring Bruce back for 2020.  It is with great excitement that we look forward to a whole new updated presentation and perspective from Bruce Whitfield.


“Leadership Development Process Maturity – Learnings from recent PhD research as to what makes Leadership Development successful”

Bio –

Hekkie van der Westhuizen has worked across the supply chain in Services, Manufacturing and Retail during his career, which included various executive assignments. He is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (ASCM), holds two Finance degrees from UP, an MBA from Wits Business School and completed a PhD in Leadership Development at UJ in 2020. Throughout his career he was involved in various leadership development programmes and projects, ranging from lecturing, speaking at conferences, guest lecturing to MBA classes, developing corporate business school curricula, as well as acting as accredited facilitator, assessor and moderator. He is now heading up SALDaTI, the Southern African Leadership Development and Training Institute, partnering with organisations to help grow their leaders to have a positive impact on their personal lives and organisational results. He is a passionate family man, enjoys spending time in the African bush, is an open water swimmer and a keen motorcyclist.

Precis –

This research identified 55 Eurocentric and 70 Afrocentric areas through secondary and primary research, which were deemed as important for successful leadership development. From this comprehensive list specific areas per level of leadership were highlighted as critical to the success of the leadership development process in organisations and within a Southern Africa geographical context. The results from this research allow organisations that have operations in this region, to include these areas in a structured leadership development process to increase the return on its learning investment, as opposed to implementing ad hoc interventions without noticeable returns.

Takeaways –

  • Differences between Eurocentric and Afrocentric leadership development process maturity areas.
  • Areas that are more critical versus less critical to include in the leadership development process per level of leadership.

Access to the Leadership Development Process Maturity Index that will allow organisations to measure its current maturity from a leadership development process point of view.


Temitope Ogunfayo studied Mechanical Engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and recently obtained his MBA from Warwick University in UK. Upon graduating, Temitope joined Procter and Gamble in Nigeria and has worked with the firm for the last 17 years, in what he describes as an interesting career.

He currently leads the supply chain for the Babycare business of P&G in India, Middle East and Africa, having risen through the ranks across different disciplines and departments including Manufacturing, Supply Planning, Demand Planning, Initiatives Planning, Warehousing, Sales and Operations Planning, End to End Integrated planning, amongst others.

Temitope also has international work experience in Middle East and Africa, having led the end-to-end Supply Chain for the Laundry business of P&G in that region for 3 years. He is a certified member of the Association of Production and Inventory Control Society, APICS. Excellent people management skills have been the hallmark of his career – always empowering people to DARE and to challenge what is possible. He also brings to the table strong analytical skills and proficiency in use of qualitative and quantitative problem-solving tools. Training and imparting knowledge are great passions both in and out of the workplace.

Temitope is married to his beautiful friend, Olubukola, and together, they are privileged to care for and nurture 3 angels under their roof.


Jaco Maass is the General Manager of BKB SHIFT, a next-generation business services division, which forms part of his responsibility to lead the digital transformation of the BKB Group. BKB has been viewed as a leader in the incorporation of industry 4.0 technologies in its business, which includes the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.

Mr Maass will give us a view on the significant market trends in the agricultural industry and how a 100-year-old business is dealing with the modern challenges of the business world. Jaco Maass grew up in the Western Cape. He has a degree B.Agric. Admin and MBA from Stellenbosch University and has worked in the citrus industry, Absa Business Bank and BKB AgriFin. BKB saw potential in his love for data analytics and appointed him as the CIO in 2013. Under his leadership, the ICT Department of BKB became a world leader as a business enabler and industry disruptor.


BanQu is a groundbreaking for-profit / for-purpose blockchain-as-a-service software company solving the toughest global problem – Extreme Poverty. As the world’s first and only non-cryptocurrency blockchain platform—we help lift people out of extreme poverty by connecting them to the global supply chains they participate in and the brands, organizations, and governments that power them.

Coca-Cola, BanQu launch payment platform for informal waste reclaimers (engineeringnews.co.za)

He will speaking on this project with Coca-Cola.


Carol Ptak is currently a partner with the Demand Driven Institute and was most recently at Pacific Lutheran University as Visiting Professor and Distinguished Executive in Residence. Previously, she was vice president and global industry executive for manufacturing and distribution industries at PeopleSoft where she developed the concept of demand driven manufacturing (DDM). She spent four years at IBM Corporation culminating in the position of global SMB segment executive. A leading authority in the use of ERP and Supply Chain tools to drive improved bottom line performance, her expertise is well grounded in four decades of practical experience as a successful practitioner, consultant and educator in manufacturing operations. Her pragmatic approach to complex issues and dynamic presentation style has her in high demand worldwide on the subject of how to leverage these tools and achieve sustainable success.

She holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and completed the EMPO program at Stanford University. She is a frequent educator at the university level and presents at many key technical conferences around the world including South Africa, France, Israel, Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands and fourteen APICS International conferences. She is the author of numerous articles and the books Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning 3/E with Chad Smith, MRP and Beyond, ERP, Tools, Techniques and Applications for Integrating the Supply Chain, Theory H.O.W. with Harold Cavallaro, Necessary but not Sufficient with Dr. Eli Goldratt and Eli Schragenheim. Together with Dean Gilliam she updated Quantum Leap, originally written by John Constanza. She has lent her name to the internationally coveted Ptak Prize for Supply Chain Excellence that is awarded annually by ISCEA (International Supply Chain Education Alliance.)

She is certified through APICS at the fellow level (CFPIM) and was certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) with the first group internationally. She was the President and CEO of APICS, The Educational Society for Resource Management for the year 2000. Prior to her election as APICS President, she served on the Society in a variety of positions.

Dick Ling is recognised as the creator of Sales and Operations Planning and well regarded as an educator, speaker and consultant. He coauthored the first book on Sales and Operations Planning. After graduating from the University of Rochester, Dick joined IBM where he gained valuable experience helping manufacturing companies utilise the computer. The most notable of these was Wilmot Castle Co., in the early sixties when Dick helped them implement time phased, level by level requirements planning before it was called MRP.

Dick’s interest in manufacturing applications led him to Arista Information Systems in North Carolina where he implemented MRP systems for companies such as Ingersoll Rand and Warner & Swasey in the early seventies. He and his staff developed MRP software with the first Master Scheduling capability in the industry. This software also had the first planning bill capability. Ollie Wight recognised what Dick was accomplishing at Arista and he asked him to conduct “Hands on MRP” class for the Oliver Wight companies in 1974. Dick ran that class with Walt Goddard and in later years with Al Stevens and John Sari.  Ollie decided to expand his education offering and asked several people to join him to conduct education classes and consult with clients.

Dick became an Education Associate in 1979 and worked with the Oliver Wight organisation until 1992. He conducted classes in the US, the UK and Australia, helping to grow the business and groom other instructors. Dick’s specialties were the Master Scheduling class and The Sales and Operation Planning class which he authored.

SAPICS Women’s Forum.

25th August 2021 8am – 10am


Denine (Dina Maria) Smit is an admitted advocate of the High Court and attained the degrees B. Iur, LLB, advanced course in labour law (cum laude) LLM, (cum laude), LLD (Labour Law) at the UFS. She was an advocate for the State for 12 years, and was one of the first female advocates practicing criminal law in the Free State. Thereafter she was the legal adviser and IR specialist for SAB and one of the first females occupying an executive position in the Central South African Region for 8 years, where she specialized in Industrial Relations and Human Resources.

She went into private practice as an advocate, specialising in Labour Law until she took up a full time teaching position with the University of the Free State 9 years ago. She is currently an associate professor at the UFS, specializing in labour law.

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Cecily is an executive coach, facilitator, leadership practitioner and advisor who spent more than 18 years consulting with local and international management consulting firms. She has advised executives on strategy development and execution, and more recently on leadership, team effectiveness and bringing out the best in themselves and their teams.

Cecily combines experience in consulting with strong interpersonal skills and background in Occ. Therapy to focus on maximising leaders’ potential, providing thinking partnership and working with individuals and teams to evolve their awareness of themselves. She does this through leadership programme development, facilitation and one on one coaching. She also continues to provide strategic advisory services to clients in the public and private sector.

Cecily’s is also passionate about economic development in Africa and has spent significant time working on projects for development and poverty reduction. She is active in promoting women in business and contributes to thought leadership on the topic including being a contributing author in the book titled “Women Leadership in Emerging Markets” edited by Chengadu and Scheepers.

Cecily is also a Trustee on the Board of the Helen Suzman Foundation and a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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  1. The Speaker Selection Committee, at its sole discretion, will determine the acceptability of the submitted presentation. In addition, the Conference Committee will determine whether or not to publish a submitted paper either in whole or in part. SAPICS agrees to provide the author of the submitted paper appropriate credit if the paper is published.
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