SPEAKERS & CHAIRS
Chairperson – Wi-Fi Forum SA; Chairman and founder – Convergence Partners Investments
Andile Ngcaba is the Chairman and founder of Convergence Partners Investments and also serves as the Executive Chairman of Dimension Data Middle East & Africa. Andile has been actively been involved in public policy development at national, Continental and global levels for more than 25 years through his active involvement and participation in various bodies including the ITU, ICANN and the African Telecommunications Union. He continues to serve in an advisory capacity to a number of national, regional and international policymaking bodies in the technology and science sectors.
He serves on the boards of a number of Convergence Partners’ portfolio companies, these include: Internet Solutions, a Pan-African telecoms service provider to public and private sector organisations and has been providing innovative end-to-end telco solutions and related services for more than 20 years; Seacom, the first fibre-optic submarine cable to serve the East Coast of Africa which is focused on increasing Africa’s access to affordable, accessible broadband services; and FibreCo Telecommunications an independent fibre network operator offering high capacity, data transmission solutions for operators, service providers and enterprises nation-wide.
Andile was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where he will work on multi-disciplinary research related to the Internet.
Andile is the current Chairperson of the Wi-Fi Forum SA.
Andile will be presenting on a Wi-Fi Future at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference, and will also be a panellist on Metis 2020 & the Role of Wi-Fi panel.
Deputy Chairperson – Wi-Fi Forum SA; CEO – Future Horizon Technologies
Raj Wanniappa is the CEO of Future Horizon Technologies based in Johannesburg which is engaged in Telecommunications, Big Data and Analytics and Crypto Currency initiatives throughout Africa. He has worked at the Dimension Data Middle East and Africa Group for 11 years including roles as the General Manager of Big Data, Executive for Carrier Services at Internet Solutions and General Manager of Public Sector. Prior to Dimension Data, he was a senior manager at Accenture South Africa and an engineer at IBM in Toronto, Canada. Raj has a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, is a non-exec director of the Digital Finance Institute based in Vancouver and an interim committee member of the Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa.
Raj is the current Deputy Chairperson of the Wi-Fi Forum SA.
Raj will lead the programme for the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference, and will also chair the panel on Wi-Fi Deployment Strategies in Public Spaces.
Dr Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele
Minister – Department Telecommunications and Postal Services
Dr Cwele is currently the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services. A member of the ANC, he has previously served as the Minister of State Security (formerly named Minister of Intelligence Services). He has been a member of the ANC Provincial Executive Committee in KwaZulu Natal since 1990; a Member of Parliament since 1994 and Member of the National Assembly since 1999. He served as Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and prior to his appointment as Minister of State Security, he served as Minister of Intelligence from 2008 to 2009.
Dr Cwele holds an MBchB Medical Policy from the University of KwaZulu Natal and an MPhil in Economic Policy from the University of Stellenbosch.
Dr Cwele will be presenting on the Role of Wi-Fi in reaching the SA Connect Vision at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Senior Director Marketing and Industry Development – Wireless Broadband Alliance
Ton works as a Senior Director for Marketing and Industry Development for the Wireless Broadband Alliance – the industry association focused on driving the development and deployment of the next generation Wi-Fi experience. His responsibilities are focussed on:
– Market development and advocacy
– Strategic industry engagements|
– Advisory and knowledge management
Prior to the WBA, Ton joined the GSMA in 2005 as a senior project director and has been responsible for the management and implementation of 3G embedded mobile broadband notebooks as well responsible for the development and launch of the common mobile broadband service mark into the mobile space. Ton has worked to develop the technical guidelines for the implementation of embedded 3G modules into notebooks. As Programme Director Connected Living at the GSMA, Ton Brand was a technology subject matter expert across the GSMA Connected Living programme for embedded mobile and M2M devices and services and managed the delivery of the GSMA’s Connected Living programme, which is designed to help operators accelerate the delivery of the connected life services.
In the past he has worked as a freelance business consultant with different fixed and wireless operators on the development and launch of telecom and value added services, notably on initiating and launching broadband services in lesser developed regions and countries.
Ton will be providing the International Perspective at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
City of Johannesburg
Zolani is an experienced technology executive with an extensive technical background and strategic industry expertise. He has held senior roles in private and public sectors and is currently Head of Broadband at COJ. His particular strengths include a multi-industry perspective (telecoms, utilities, mining), strong understanding of business strategy, planning and process alignment and a commitment to economic value management.
In his role as head of Broadband at the city he was responsible for the successful implementation of the Johannesburg broadband network; a continent first technology infrastructure project that has seen the democratization of infrastructure availability and is the foundation for the City’s smart city initiatives. Zolani is currently tasked with the delivery of public access to the internet throughout the city via the City’s Smart Wi Fi project.
Zolani will talk about the Socio-Economic and Job Creation Potential of Wi-Fi at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
General Manager for Innovation – Internet Solutions
Brian is the General Manager for Innovation at Internet Solutions. He has worked in various technology related positions in both South African and international companies over the last 20 years. He was one of the founders of a startup company that was listed on the JSE in the late 1990s and ultimately acquired by the Bidvest Group. Brian is also part of the IS Labs team which is helping web tech startups make the South African Internet better.
Brian will present on Wi-Fi Innovation at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference, and will also join the panel on Facilities Sharing, Wi-Fi Offload and Roaming – Developing Effective Models for Self-Regulation.
Owner – Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions
Dominic Cull is a telecommunications lawyer with extensive experience in advising on the commercial and regulatory aspects of new technology; broadcasting, and electronic communications ventures for local and international companies and policy and regulation in the ICT and telecommunications sectors.
He acts as regulatory advisor to the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) (since 2004), the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) (since 2005) and the Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) and his consultancy – ellipsis regulatory solutions – represents more than 400 local and international communications companies. Dominic is involved at all stages of the communications law and regulation-making process and liaises closely with, inter alia, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, SAPS Cybercrime Division, National Gambling Board and the Film and Publications Board on an on-going basis.
Dominic is trying to do a doctorate in “bottom-up” telecommunications model where communities own communications networks and provide their own services.
Dominic will be co-chairing the panel on Facilities Sharing, Wi-Fi Offload and Roaming – Developing Effective Models for Self-Regulation at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Head: Legal and Commercial – Liquid Telecom
Mike Silber is a South African attorney and Head Legal and Commercial of Liquid Telecom.
Mike serves as a Management Committee member and previously served as regulatory advisor to the South African Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA). He helped form and served as a regulatory advisor and adjudicator to the South African Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA).
Mike has been involved in the formation of the .ZA Domain Name Authority and has served a Director of the Authority since its formation in 2004.
Mike serves on the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the first South African and only the fifth African resident to hold such office.
Mike will be co-chairing the panel on Facilities Sharing, Wi-Fi Offload and Roaming – Developing Effective Models for Self-Regulation at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Manager: Strategic Initiatives – CSIR Meraka Institute
Electronics engineer with 15+ years’ experience in the conceptualisation, research and development of RF and wireless systems, network architectures and protocols, and information systems.
Current interest in applying technology through innovative business models. Extensive experience and understanding of working in rural parts of Africa with base-of-the-pyramid and grassroots approaches.
Specialties: Creative processes and new concept development and Futures/Foresight techniques.
Kobus will chair the panel on The Internet of Things – the Role of Ubiquitous Wi-Fi at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Sales Manager – SES for Southern Africa; Deputy Chairperson – WAPA
Jens believes that key technology advancements provide improvements for effective and efficient spectrum utilisation. This drove him to establish the Future Wireless Technology Forum (FWTF) in 2014, as a series of collaborative discussions hosted by WAPA, the purpose of which is to explore trends, best practices, and opportunities for new wireless technologies and solutions in the context of the regulatory framework of South Africa. Jens joined SES, a world-leading satellite operator in 2014, as a Commercial Sales Manager in the Southern Africa team. Prior to this he was the Teleport manager and Radio Planning Manager at Internet Solutions a division of Dimension Data. Jens started his career in semiconductors with Siemens in Munich, Germany which later became Infineon Technologies AG. He was expatriated twice to the USA as an RF applications engineer. Jens grew up in Cape Town and after returning from 10 years abroad he now lives with his family in Johannesburg.
Jens will be chairing the panel on IEEE and New Wi-Fi Standards at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference, and will also be a panellist on the Facilities Sharing, Wi-Fi Offload and Roaming – Developing Effective Models for Self-Regulation panel.
Chief Strategy Officer – Convergence Partners
Envir is the Chief Strategy Officer at Convergence Partners and oversees its regulatory and policy activities and research function. He serves on the Boards of certain of its investee companies. Prior to joining Convergence Partners, Envir was the research development and funding manager of the Meraka Institute, at the CSIR.
Envir will chair the panel on Real Estate & Wi-Fi Deployment at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Director of Government Affairs – Cisco
Siyabonga Madyibi has over 15 years’ experience in telecommunications regulations and has worked in various capacities within the sector. Siyabonga is a Lawyer by profession but he cut his teeth in telecommunications at ICASA the industry regulator for broadcasting and telecommunications in 1999 when he joined as a Legal Manager. He was soon promoted to the position of Head of Department for Legal and Regulatory Affairs reporting to the Council of ICASA and its CEO. During his tenure he also had a concurrent position as the Project leader for the licensing of the SNO and now Neotel.
In July 1993 he joined MTN as a Senior Regulatory Advisor where he was mainly responsible for giving strategic direction and advice on regulatory risk and opportunities in Africa, Middle East and in SA. In December 2004 he left to join Internet Solutions (IS) a division of Dimension Data as a Regulatory Executive and was later appointed as one of its Directors sitting on the Board of Dimension Data. In January 2015 after 10 years at Dimension Data he moved to join Cisco to become the company`s first Government Affairs Director for Africa with his remit initially focused on SA, Nigeria and Kenya.
Siyabonga Madyibi holds a junior degree from UCT where he studied BA – Law and a senior degree from University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) where he obtained an LLB Degree. In November 2011 he was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of SA.
Siyabonga will chair the panel on Metis 2020 & the Role of Wi-Fi, and will also be a panellist on the Facilities Sharing, Wi-Fi Offload and Roaming – Developing Effective Models for Self-Regulation panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Graham will be a panellist on The Internet of Things – the Role of Ubiquitous Wi-Fi at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Dr. Coetzee is a CSIR Chief Engineer and research group leader for the Internet of Things in the CSIR Meraka Institute. As research group leader, his focus is on the creation of smarter solutions applied to resources, assets and the environment using Internet of Things fundamentals. His R&D&I activities have to lead to the creation of several frameworks for the creation of solutions that integrate the physical and digital worlds in a connected Future Internet paradigm. He has published on the possibilities of smarter worlds using Internet of Things as enabler. His background in image processing, pattern recognition, and distributed processing contributes to the creation of smarter systems.
With his research group, Dr Coetzee is currently leading the development of end-to-end solutions that allow for integration of smart- and other physical objects into the Internet application space as applied to Smart and Green Environments. A key project is building a Smart and Green Solution for the Development Bank of South Africa’s Smart and Green Fund. This solution eases the development of smarter object- and sensor aware applications (thus making the Internet of Things a reality). A second project is an European Union FP7 research project, TRESCIMO – Testbeds for Reliable Smart City Machine to Machine Communication aimed at improving Future Internet Research Experimentation testbed capabilities in Europe and in South Africa, demonstrated through experimental research linking smart and green technological and social innovation.
Louis will be a panellist on The Internet of Things – the Role of Ubiquitous Wi-Fi at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Chief Technical Officer – Comsol
Lewies joined Comsol as CTO in August 2013, and his role includes the design, rollout and ongoing technical excellence of the Comsol National Network.
Prior to joining Comsol, Lewies spent five years designing and building more than 15 IP networks for companies and ISPs in various parts of Africa. This included the first commercially live LTE network in East Africa, a 20 city MPLS network in Zambia, a long haul fibre network in DRC, a WiMAX deployment in two cities in Uganda, and a national broadband network deployment in Zambia.
In 2008 Lewies also co-founded three6five, a company involved with network and systems integration in the African carrier space that assists carriers and ISPs to build, improve and manage their IP networks.
Before that, he spent eight years designing and operating networks and new technologies at Internet Solutions. This included the design and deployment of WiMAX, MPLS, and wireless mesh networks, as well as network hosting and secure subscriber management. Lewies had previously spent four years supporting networks in Australia and the Middle East for Dimension Data.
Mauritz will be a panellist on The Internet of Things – the Role of Ubiquitous Wi-Fi at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Enterprise Lead, Intel Corporation – South Africa
As head of the Enterprise Division for Intel, South Africa – Avi is responsible for the Sales & Marketing of all Intel products to Large Business, Government & Partners.
The mission of the Enterprise team is to work with all verticals of big business and government and create business value through the effective adoption of Information Technology Best Practice and Innovative use of Technology.
Through thought leadership, businesses are exposed to innovative break-throughs in technology that drive disruption and help differentiate in the competitive landscape.
Mistry joined Intel in August 2012 and has risen to manage the Enterprise portfolio in its entirety.
Having vast experience in the FSI & FMCG verticals, Avi understands how technology can positively impact on the bottom line.
Avi studied for a law degree at the Univ. of Natal – Durban.
Avi will be a panellist on The Internet of Things – the Role of Ubiquitous Wi-Fi at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
David will be a panellist on The Internet of Things – the Role of Ubiquitous Wi-Fi at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Brian will be on the Wi-Fi Deployment Strategies in Public Spaces panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
CEO – Nomosphere
Ellie is CEO of Nomosphere, a systems integrator and managed services provider based in Johannesburg that delivers value-added services over telecommunications networks, and co-founder of customer intelligence and one-to-one analytics company Viento. She also serves as Chairperson of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association of South Africa (WAPA). Her specific areas of interest and expertise are strategy, product management, communications, value chain optimisation, and systems design.
Ellie was CEO of Skyrove, a Cape Town-based Wi-Fi operator, from September 2012-February 2014. Prior to moving to South Africa in 2010, Ellie ran product management for SaaS company Exit41, just north of Boston. She holds an MBA from Babson College (ranked number one in the USA for entrepreneurship for 21 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report).
Ellie will be on the Wi-Fi Deployment Strategies in Public Spaces panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Chief Operating Officer – Project Isizwe
Zahir has extensive experience in the telecommunications sector holding various positions including that of Head of Business Development, Head of Product and Network Financial Manager during his career. His 17 years of telecommunications experience was gained at the most significant growth periods at leading telecommunications companies in South Africa, such as the Vodacom Group. His core operations and project skills are complimented by his knowledge of network architecture and solutions with his initial experience in the Finance field ideally positioning him as a the Chief Operating Officer at Project Isizwe, spearheading the delivery of Free WiFi for South Africa.
Zahir will be on the Wi-Fi Deployment Strategies in Public Spaces panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Founder and Managing Director – Freewi
Zanele Monnakgotla set up and established Freewi, an IT company that is involved in selling Wi-Fi products to enable faster and more affordable access to internet in South Africa and in Africa.
Zanele has held various positions in the Industrial Development Corporation, and her specialities are project origination and development, project finance, negotiating project equity and debt provisions as well as change management and managing corporate wide Innovation. Zanele holds a Masters in Finance from Wits Business School.
Zanele will be on the Wi-Fi Deployment Strategies in Public Spaces panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Aadil will be on the IEEE & New Wi-Fi Standards panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Greg will be on the IEEE & New Wi-Fi Standards panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
CEO – Avail Networks
Kervin Pillay is the Co-Founder and CEO of Avail Networks who specialize in providing Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Networking (SDN) and WebRTC solutions to emerging markets.
Kervin is a technologist that pioneers new technology by actively contributing to the IETF and 3GPP standards bodies spanning the real time communication protocol and systems spheres. Most Recently he has been involved in Operations Management at Internet Solutions (A division of Dimension Data, a division of NTT) and moved on to Oracle Communications where he helped Fortune 50 companies redefine their communications strategy.
Kervin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering and is Alumni of the Executive Management Program from Harvard Business School. He has worked in Telecommunications for 14 years spanning Mobile Network Operators, Fixed Network Operators and Internet Service providers across Europe, Africa and North America.
Standards Manager – Blackberry
Stephen McCann has been involved in international WLAN standardisation since 1998 with the following roles:
– IEEE 802.11 – IEEE 802.11 secretary (2007 – present), IEEE 802.11aq chair (2011 – present), IEEE 802.11 publicity chair (2010 – present), IEEE 802.11 Liaison to 3GPP (2011 – present), IEEE 802.11u chair (2004 – 2011)
– Wi-Fi Alliance: Hotspot 2.0 (Passpoint) Technical Editor (2010 – present)
– GSMA TSG: Wi-Fi work item chair (2012 – present)
Stephen will be on the IEEE & New Wi-Fi Standards panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
William was educated in 17 places in 3 continents, eventually getting some weird non-specific honours engineering degree in London. That’s just as well, because he was a Construction, Project, Electrical, Mechanical, and Control & Instrumentation Engineer – and that’s just in the Mining Industry.
After that, he wandered back to the Telecoms Industry and became a bit of a pain about telecoms liberalisation in Africa. Along the way, he co-founded ISOC-ZA, AfrISPA and NameSpace, and led all of them at some stage. He also made noises at ISPA, who were so glad he left that they gave him an award.
He programmed his first huge mainframe (with 36 K of hand-built Ferrite Core Memory) in 1972, built the first fibre optic network in an underground mine in 1987, started an ISP in 1996 and did a bunch of clever stuff no one else had thought of, with lots of help from his partners, until they bailed. For his sins, he ended up being an ICASA Councillor and is now a Consultant, flogging his enormous skills (and tiny ego) on the open market.
William will be on the IEEE & New Wi-Fi Standards panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
CEO – FTTH Council Africa
Juanita Clark is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the FTTH Council Africa, an independent organisation that believes that the deployment of fibre based broadband networks will enhance the quality of life for South African citizens
Juanita plays a key role in developing the FTTH Council Africa’s strategic initiatives to promote broadband deployment and her main motivation is to bring together an eco-system of stake-holders with a vested interest in broadband penetration and in turn increase South Africa’s effectiveness and competitiveness within the global marketplace.
Juanita is also passionate about skills development on the continent of Africa and is co-founder of the Fibre Optic Association Africa, an organisation that is dedicated to promoting professionalism in the field of fibre optics through education, certification and standards.
Juanita will be on the Real Estate & Wi-Fi Deployment panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Managing Director – AlwaysOn
Hayden holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wits and a Masters of Business Administration from GIBS. Hayden has over 12 years experience in the ICT sector acting in both managerial and specialist roles in Cloud Computing, Software as a Service, Communications and Wireless Networking. He is currently acting as MD of AlwaysOn.
Hayden is a passionate South African and family orientated with interests in Sports, Reading and Gadgets.
Hayden will be on the Real Estate & Wi-Fi Deployment panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Junior Analyst – Acquisitions at Growthpoint
As a part of the retail property asset management team at Growthpoint Properties, Justin has worked closely with Internet Solutions on the deployment of a ‘Smart Mall’ strategy in 18 shopping malls. Justin holds a Master of Management in Finance & Investment (cum laude) from Wits Business School, and focuses on acquisitions and innovative projects for Growthpoint.
Justin will be on the Real Estate & Wi-Fi Deployment panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
South African Communications Forum
Walter Brown graduated as an electrical engineer at London’s South Bank University in 1968, and earned the status “Chartered Electrical Engineer of the Institute of Electrical Engineers” after acquiring the requisite practical experience. His ICT engineering experience ranges from the design and manufacture of consumer electronic products (radios, televisions, hi-fi’s), through to the design, construction and management of integrated national and private telecommunications and broadcasting networks for several African countries. He has led several national and international research and development teams in ICT4D, and human resources, institutional, and organizational development for the African ICT sector. He acquired several management certificates and awards through studies at African universities and professional institutions.
Walter’s extensive knowledge and experience of the African telecommunications sector was gained through an eight year professional assignment to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), followed by a special SADC policy and regulatory development program, and a short assignment as Regional Director for Africa with the Iridium GMPCS satellite communications company from its base in Washington DC. His last professional assignment prior to his retirement was preparing the bid document, designing the fixed line network architecture and business plan, and leading the negotiating team that won the acquisition of a 70% stake in Lesotho’s national telecommunications operator, on behalf of the Mountain Kingdom Communications Consortium comprising Econet Wireless, Eskom Enterprises, and Mauritius Telecom. He has provided numerous consultancy services for various private and international companies and organizations active in the African telecommunications sector. His experience covers the organization of, and support for several regional and national telecommunications development colloquiums, conferences and seminars through the preparation and presentation of keynote papers, presentations and working documents. These conferences range from the first Regional Telecommunications Development Conference for Asia and Pacific held in New Delhi, India in 1989, the first African Regional Telecommunications Conference (ARTDC) held in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1990, and more recently the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2009) held in Verona, Italy in 2009, and the ITU/IEEE Kaleidoscope 2009 Conference held in Argentina. Some of Walter’s more recent peer reviewed papers and publications are available online.
Walter’s most recent occupation has been a part-time ICT researcher at Monash University’s South African campus, and currently, also part-time, the South African Communications Forum (SACF).
Walter will be a panellist on Metis 2020 & the Role of Wi-Fi panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Portfolio Manager – Telkom
Prashil is a prolific portfolio manager under Telkom, responsible for internet and digital product management into broader enterprise markets of South Africa. His responsibility includes direct and broadband internet services, digital solutions and enterprise Wi-Fi solutions. He has successfully developed products into the enterprise segment within the Telkom Internet portfolio. Prashil has a MSc in Electronic Engineering and Masters in Business Leadership, with research outputs in next generation technologies and broadband diffusion amongst SMEs.
Prashil will be a panellist on Metis 2020 & the Role of Wi-Fi panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.
Hans van de Groenendaal
Features Editor – EngineerIT
Educated at the Witwatersrand Technical College in telecommunications, he worked in the telecoms sector for many years. He re-schooled in Public Relations and held several positions in advertising and public relations mainly in the technology field. His most recent position was Senior Corporate Communications Consultant for Telkom, a post from which he retired in March 2005.
In 2005 he did consulting work for Telkom. When EE Publisher launched EngineerIT in July 2005 he was contracted as contributing editor and a year later increased his involvement with the Magazine as Features Editor, a position he currently holds. He writes on a wide range of technology subjects.
He became a radio amateur at the age of 18 and has pursued his hobby until today. His main interest is new technologies, propagation research and satellite communication. For his work in the amateur radio satellite field he was in 1994 awarded M.Ing. honoris causa degree by the University of Stellenbosch. He produces a weekly one hour radio programme called Amateur Radio TODAY. And is current involved in propagation research on the 5 MHz band.
Hans will be a panellist on Metis 2020 & the Role of Wi-Fi panel at the Wi-Fi Forum SA Inaugural Conference.