Andrew Baird

ANDREW BAIRD                                         Linkedin icon

Founder & Chairman


Andrew qualified as a civil engineer and has been a member of the London based NEC drafting Panel since its inception in 1993. He is acknowledged in all of the NEC documents for his part in their drafting and has been presenting seminars and training workshops on the NEC system since 1995 in many countries.

He has hands on major project application experience of the NEC system in all sectors of the construction industry and has developed templates for contract development and contract administration of all NEC3 documents.

Andrew has worked as a project engineer and project manager for major contractors, consultants and clients in UK, USA and South Africa including on many of Eskom’s power stations. 

He was Eskom’s Corporate Contract Management Consultant for 9 years before starting ECS in 1997. He was a founding ExCo member of ICE-SA, a joint Division of ICE and SAICE, has published papers in several international journals including the International Construction Law Review and been guest speaker at conferences in many parts of the world.

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ZOLA HLATSHWAYO                                              Linked in icon


BSc, PGDip, MSc

Ms Zola Hlatshwayo holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from University of Cape Town, South Africa. She started her career in 1997 and has experience in development and enforcement of environmental legislation, community based natural resources management, environmental impact assessment, heritage site management, waste management, energy infrastructure, entrepreneurship and project management with respect to fast track multidisciplinary energy projects.

Her interests include guiding women that have the drive and are looking for opportunities to pursue entrepreneurial enterprises that will transcend stereotypes build sustainable value.

Ms Hlatshwayo serves on the board of the Powerline Association of South Africa (POLASA).

POLASA is responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the South African Powerline Construction Industry through strengthening localisation initiatives, giving input on the necessity and quality of imported material relevant to this industry and facilitating industry participation in shaping industry requirements, innovation and integrity.

She also serves in the Board of the African Women in Energy and Power (AWEaP) which is a non-profit company established to accelerate African women entrepreneurs’ participation in the Power and Energy sector.

Zola plays an active role in driving positive change in the engineering and construction industry to reflect a more favourable inclusion of previously disadvantaged groups. She strives to assist in terms of overcoming administrative obstacles, procurement processes and upskilling generally.

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SHIREEN CROSSON                                                 Linked in icon



Shireen Crosson has enjoyed a long and successful career in both the public and private sectors (IT, financial, chemical and transport). She is highly experienced in funding applications, human capital management, stakeholder engagement and general management with oversight of internal audit, knowledge management, governance, risk and compliance.

She has a keen interest in transforming organisations, problem-solving, realising value from analytics and the building of efficiencies in processes.

Shireen holds a BA from the University of Natal and an MBA from the University of Pretoria.

Shireen has worked alongside Mr Alec Erwin in the Department of Public Enterprises and understands the nuance of delivering large scale projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. She has a deep understanding of current policy with respect to Government’s policy framework for enhancing trade and development within the region.

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Mile Sofijanic                                          Linked in icon

Managing Director

PrEng, BSc, AMICE,  AAArb NECReg

Completed his studies in Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Moved to Southern Africa in 1992 and South Africa in 1994. Registered as a Professional Engineer in South Africa since 1998.

An astute executive manager and professional engineer with close to 30 years in a range of managerial positions in the Engineering and Construction Industry in Europe, Africa and the US with Kentz, Halliburton/ KBR and Murray & Roberts, including 2 years of industrial and manufacturing exposure with Volkswagen and SKF in Europe.

Mile has a well-rounded experience in all phases of business development and FEED to EPC(M) project implementation, from small to multi-billion US dollars projects, across a number of markets (Oil & Gas, Power, Mining, Infrastructure and Industrial). While working for Halliburton/ KBR, Mile attended the Executive Leadership Development Program at Mays Businesses School, Texas A&M University.

He also served for a couple years as a member of the Construction Industry Advisory Board at Wits University. Throughout his career, Mile has successfully carried out executive and hands on responsibilities for engineering, project management, construction, business growth, performance and profit, while maintaining high standards for safety, quality and client satisfaction.

During his career, Mile successfully administered NEC and FIDIC contracts in Southern Africa. He is an Associate Member of ICE-UK, Associate Member of Association of Arbitrators of South Africa and an ExCo member of ICE-SA, a joint Division of ICE and SAICE, where he replaced Andrew Baird. He is in charge of NEC implementation in Southern Africa.

Mile is formally accredited as a NEC3 Tutor by the NEC office of the ICE in London and also formally registered as a NEC3 PM professional (NECReg).

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Joseph Keogh

Joseph Keogh                                           Linked in icon



A chartered quantity surveyor, arbitrator, adjudicator and commercial mediator with over 25 years’ experience in engineering construction projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Canada and Australia as Operations Director of Kentz Corporation PLC. Joseph was responsible for both commercial and operations management of all African  construction projects, portfolio + R3bn, inclusive of all Oil & Gas, Power, Mining & Infrastructure projects.

Key Clients served included, Sasol, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, GE Power, Vale, Shell, Exxon Mobil, Eskom, Transnet, Anglo American. More recently recruited as expert consultant to Eskom for the new build capital power program to provide improved real time management oversight, assurance and project controls on all Group Capital projects including new coal megaprojects, hydro schemes, overhead line infrastructure and gas power delivery projects.

Joseph is highly experienced in contract strategy, project management, preparing/evaluating/defending and resolution of claims both from customer and contractor perspective. He has a thorough understanding of NEC, FIDIC and client standard forms of contract. Extensive leadership capability in engineering and construction sector with focus on mentoring, training and upskilling.

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PETER HIGGINS                                                          Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – NEC

BSc Eng, Civil Engineering,  Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Peter Higgins is one of the founding directors of pdConsult, a UK consultancy organisation providing strategic advice, contract procurement, management and dispute resolution services to the construction industry. He has a background in civil engineering, building and landscape with working experience in the UK, Africa, Europe and in the Middle and Far East.

He initially worked in the design office on a variety of highways and bridge schemes. Subsequently he had several years experience on construction sites. These included work on a major bridge and approach road contract in Cambridge, UK, and a motorway contract in Surrey.

He then held appointments as Project Manager and Project Director on a wide range of engineering projects in Nigeria, Oman, Malaysia and UK. Peter has been responsible for the worldwide civil engineering work of a major UK consultancy and now provides a contract advisory service to the construction industry.

Since 1976, Peter has been involved in determining contract strategy, advising on contract preparation and procurement processes and advising on contract administration.  Much of Peter’s current work is advising international funding agencies and major public sector clients on procurement policy and implementation. Often with legal teams, he has worked closely with clients in developing contracts based on the NEC system and developing procurement strategy. He has given lectures in many countries on contract issues and has published papers on contracts and on ethics in construction.

Peter was Chairman of the New Engineering Contract Panel for the Institution of Civil Engineers and now chairs their NEC4 Board. He has been involved in the development and implementation of NEC contracts since the initial preparation of these contract forms, and has provided advice and training to many contract users. Peter was a council member and subsequently was awarded honorary membership of the Society of Construction Law, and has served as a branch chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and as chairman of the ICE Dispute Resolution Panel.

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Dr RAJ RAINA                                                              Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Business Strategy

B.Tech Elec Eng, Strategic Management & Emerging Markets; PhD Strategic Management

Dr. Raj Raina is an executive and international faculty with over 25 years of experience in diverse eco-systems and countries with a proven track record in assisting start-ups, small and large organizations in achieving their mandates.  He focuses on effective collaboration and persuasion rooted in continuing conversations with the entrepreneurs and C-Suite executives to create a clear focus on overcoming key challenges to build and scale up new businesses.

Raj brings to organisations the real-world, diverse learnings, successes in identifying and overcoming challenges with the aim of developing a platform for building and scaling new businesses. He has consulted or worked across many complex eco-systems which includes; telecommunications, financial, large research and government organisations, IT/Digital, health, retail, mining, and manufacturing. Raj believes that the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) will have a profound effect on the economy and is creating many new opportunities for committed entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

As a senior business executive, Raj has successfully addressed operational, people and strategic issues across industry domains spanning startups, small and large corporations.  In his last senior executive role, Raj helped Africa’s largest telecommunications service provider, through an innovative process based business model, enter and rapidly scale operations in Nigeria. As General Manager and Director of projects, he managed the project office for effective prioritization and implementation of programs that included network rollout, billing and ERP systems with an initial investment of USD 1 billion. 

Raj has consistently been voted the best teacher in the last ten years by the graduating MBAs over the 14 years he has been at Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS) of University of Pretoria. At Harvard, he facilitated a case discussion for professors across the world on competitiveness using a case study he wrote on the primary state owned power utility in South Africa (Eskom). It is the variety and diversity of Raj’s experience which makes him one of the best lecturers on the subject of strategy.

Raj has a doctorate in strategic management from IIM Ahmedabad and bachelors in engineering from IIT Delhi.

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MAHDI GOODARZI                                    Linked in icon

Associate – Project Management

Industrial Eng., MBA, PMP, Accredited NEC3 Professional

Mahdi is an Industrial Engineer studied in Middle East, with a Master of Business Administration from University of Cumbria (UK) and has worked in many projects in Middle East and Southern Africa in different industries of Oil and Gas, Power and Energy, Pipelines, Petrochemical and Infrastructure. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Control specialist, Risk Analyst and Forensic Planning expert with an extensive experience of actively serving construction projects for more than 15 years. 

He started as Planning Engineer in Oil and Gas, and Petrochemical projects in south of Iran and moved to management level in planning function after a few years, followed by many projects in Buildings, Roads, Civil and Structural projects. 

He served Sasol Technology in South Africa as a Senior Project Control and Lead Planning Engineer for 7 years and became recognized as Professional Risk specialist and PertMaster expert, and held number of training and workshops for planning department of Sasol technology company. 

He also worked as Consultant Engineer for Power Plant projects in Eskom for 15 months and then joined a critical project in Sasol again as a Forensic Planning Expert. 

He founded a Project Management Training company in 2016, named Gapsfree, and has developed quite a number of Online and In-Class courses in Project Management, Project Control and Scheduling. 

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Elvis Pillay

Elvis Pillay                                                 Linked in icon

Associate – Quality & Compliance

Elvis has held various senior roles in Quality Assurance and Control in a successful career spanning over 20 years. The majority of his tenure has been spent supporting large and mega projects in the fast track Oil & Gas, Mining and Power sectors with tier-1 engineering contractors. His key strengths include quality management, project evaluation, process improvement, project life cycle methodologies, supplier management, quality management systems, processes, standards and business management systems. Elvis was instrumental in securing benchmark ISO, Lloyds and other accreditations for leading engineering organisations and contractors.

In addition, Elvis is an acknowledged for his expertise on project welding quality documentation, processes & procedures and handover processes. He has led welding control initiatives on mega projects in both the mining and Oil & Gas sectors over many years, often contributing to low weld failure rates of less than 2%. Key clients served include Sasol, Fluor, KBR, Wood Group, CG Energy, Sappi, Eskom, Vale, Sapref, Engen and PetroSA.

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PAUL VESTER                                                              Linked in icon

Associate – Capital Projects Commercial

Specialist (Hons) QS, PrQS, PMAQS, IACCM, Green Star AP (New Buildings)

Paul is a registered professional Quantity Surveyor with over 22 years post graduate experience as a quantity surveyor, commercial manager and contracts manager in both engineering and building projects.

Paul has delivered successful projects and programmes in the energy, industrial, transport, leisure, healthcare and commercial building sectors in both Southern Africa and the Middle East.

He has experience in commercial management on such programmes as the Medupi and Kusile power stations for WSP and Black & Veatch, programme and contract management on the Abu Dhabi transport program for Fluor as well as delivering pre- and post-contract cost management services on the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi for AECOM. Paul has also delivered both pre- and post-contract cost and commercial management services on multiple hotels and casinos as a director of Pentad Quantity Surveyors in South Africa.

Paul’s expertise and core skills are undertaking feasibilities and estimates, cost planning and procurement management; carrying out tender adjudications and ensuring contract compliance; managing contracts (FIDIC, NEC, JBCC) including change management, claims mitigation, drafting and management, risk management and mitigation, applying relevant SHEQ and environmental procedures and client liaison and communication at all levels.

Paul holds memberships with The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession, the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, and the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management and is a registered accredited professional with the Green Building Council of South Africa.

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David Edwards

DAVID EDWARDS                         Linked in icon

Associate – Expert Risk & Program Management

MBA University of Liverpool

David Edwards is a PRMP qualified Risk Management Expert who also holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool.  He has evaluated project, program and enterprise risk on a wide range of projects that included mega projects assurance reviews, procurement process, maturity assessments, enterprise optimisation and re-organisation, contract claims assessment as well as M&A integrations.

Previously David was a core member of the poject governance and assurance team at Anglo American, Kumba Iron Ore.  He was the risk management specialist and Acting Project Controls Manager for the Project Support division. 

Prior to joining Kumba Iron Ore, David was the Risk Management Practice Lead, Africa for Hatch, an EPCM company.  

Prior to joining Hatch, David worked in the ICT industry for Cura software.

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Dr RON WATERMEYER                                        Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Construction Procurement

BSc Eng, Civil Engineering, DEng

Dr Ron Watermeyer is currently a director of Infrastructure Options (Pty) Ltd.

He worked for South African Transport Services as a site engineer and a structural design engineer between 1978 and 1988. He then worked up until 2013 for Soderlund and Schutte, a firm of civil and structural consulting engineers.

He project led the development of the ISO 10845 family of standards for construction procurement and was intimately involved in the drafting of the National Treasury Standard for Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management and the procurement and delivery management arrangements for the first phase of government’s two new universities.

In 2009 he was awarded a Doctor of Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand for his contribution over time to the procurement and delivery of infrastructure. He is a visiting adjunct professor at the School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand, and the Chair of the ISO Subcommitee for Construction Procurement. He was the 2004 president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Ivan Vos

IVAN VOS                                                                      Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – JBCC & GCC 

BSc (Eng) (Civil) Wits; CMP, Graduate School of Business University of Cape Town

Ivan graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1971, registered as a professional engineer in 1976 and is a member of the SAICE.  In 1980 he attended the Construction Management Programme at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

Ivan served as the Deputy Chairman (1997/98) and Chairman (1998/99) of the North Branch of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors.

In 2016 Ivan was accredited as an International Mediator by the London School of Mediation, (AoA) and in 2019 completed the Certificate Course in Arbitration. (Association of Arbitrators).

Ivan has more than 45 years of Post Graduate experience in Railways (Heavy Haul and Rapid Rail), Civil Structures, Township Infrastructure, Major Roads and Toll Roads, Bridges, Harbours, Marine Works, Dams, Oil & Gas, Industrial and Commercial Building Work.  A large part gained in Africa (Swaziland, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Ghana)

In 2016 he formed Ivan Vos & Associates (pty) ltd to persue Alternate Dispute Resolution (Adjudication & Mediation), Dispute Avoidance in addition to Construction Consulting and mentoring of high potential individuals.

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PAUL CHESHIRE                                                        Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Oil and Gas

Paul joins ECS Associates as our in-house leader on Oil and Gas projects for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Paul has led some of the most complex and fast track projects undertaken in the region for Kentz Corporation in recent years. These include FT Wax Expansion Project in Sasolburg (Phase 1 and 2), and Sasol Gas Heated Heat Exchange Reformer Expansion Project in Secunda.

Paul brings a wealth of knowledge in technical, commercial and contractual aspects of Oil and Gas engineering construction throughout the value chain and was involved in an oversight role at Icthys LNG, Darwin.

Paul has led the Oil and Gas business line at Kentz Corporation and thereafter at SNC Lavalin with distinction. He has successfully delivered projects in Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and he established one of the largest Oil and Gas pipe fabrication facilities in the region to support Sasol expansion and Vale Mozambique process plant expansions.

Paul has also participated in upfront development work associated with the Mozambique gas projects.  His portfolio includes Mozambique LNG.

This offered Paul an opportunity to evaluate LNG gas trains to Qatar, Australia and the US.  We are dlighted to welcome him to our team.

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Dr ANTJE BERLIN                                                     Linked in icon

Associate – Executive Coaching

BBA (Bus Admin) TU Berlin, Germany,  MA (Journalism) UNC Chapel Hill, USA, PhD (Comms Science) Vienna, Austria

Antje is a certified Professional Integral Coach (PCC) through the Centre for Coaching at the UCT Graduate School of Business. Antje is PCC credentialed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She offers executive coaching, facilitation and mentor coaching, as well as coach supervision for colleagues, and virtual leadership training via webinars.

Antje is a SACAP educator (South African Council for Applied Psychology). She uses models such as the Enneagram, Transactional Analysis, Leadership Embodiment (Wendy Palmer) and Thinking Environment (Nancy Kline) in her work.

Antje was a profile writer for an Austrian monthly business magazine, before she relocated to Cape Town in 2001. She has a deep understanding of corporate culture and entrepreneurship across various industries.

Antje then consulted several international NGOs in South Africa until she started her own, independent coaching practice.

Since 2011, Antje has been assisting leaders and private persons in customized one-on-one sessions. In addition, she facilitates team coaching and virtual training.

She works locally and internationally – amongst others for the United Nations, Deutsche Bank, Komatsu and Anheuser Busch.

Antje feels privileged to assist her clients on their way to become happier, healthier, more content and more productive human beings. Antje fully embraces the Integral way of coaching, which aims at creating a powerful balance of body, mind and soul.

She helps with issues around performance reviews, skill improvement, breakdowns, over- commitment, Up or Out, Fast Track, new role, communication, work life balance, health, nutrition and life purpose.

Antje works in English and German.

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KIM DENNILL                                                               Linked in icon

Associate – Project Management & Proposals

BSc (Chemical engineering), PMP, Sasol Executive Development Programme (GIBS)

Kim is a project manager with over nineteen years of experience in diverse roles in  an engineering, procurement and construction industry. She has broad experience managing a full spectrum of scopes ranging from conceptual studies, basic engineering to detailed engineering and procurement packages, predominantly in the petrochemical industry in South Africa and Zambia.

Kim has also worked for large engineering companies in business development roles where she developed a strong understanding of maintaining good client relationships, the sales process and in particular, the bidding process.

Kim’s core skill is in executing small to medium sized projects and proposals concurrently, including leading teams to ensure timely completion of project deadlines while remaining on or under budget. Other expertise includes the implementation of project contractual obligations, specifically related to change management and risk identification, management and mitigation. Given her vast experience in compilation of proposals, specifically NEC based proposals, Kim adds significant value in managing the proposal process and deliverables, typically under short and stressful deadlines.

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Dr Kelvin Kemm

Dr KELVIN KEMM                                                     Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Energy & Business Strategy    

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Nuclear Physics)

Dr Kelvin Kemm has over 30 years experience dealing with a wide and diverse spectrum of companies and systems. This ranges from technical operations such as cement making, mining, vehicle manufacture, pharmaceuticals, heavy engineering, electronics, through to banking systems, property development, harbour design and general systems design and implementation.

He is an expert in dynamic assessment, analysis of processes, corrective procedure implementation and complex system output improvement.

He is also highly experienced in behavioural assessment and in determining where the human element is impacting what otherwise might appear to be a pure mechanical, electrical or process design fault. Dr Kemm is a nuclear physicist and has applied his analytical and structural abilities in a very wide range of applications and situations.

Dr Kemm is known for bringing his immense theoretical knowledge and capabilities to industry through practical interventions. Successful interventions include underground mining, factory production lines, aviation control systems, experimental vehicle design and construction project implementation. He is highly experienced in developing energy systems within Sub-Saharan Africa. Successful engagements have been undertaken with Governmental agencies, rural communities, tier-1 companies and OEM’s, listed and private companies.

In terms of training and development, Dr Kemm has been a senior lecturer on MBA programs at a number of universities and has been guest speaker at over 20 universities in the United States. He has appeared on radio and TV internationally on numerous occasions, including briefings given to US Senate and Congress in Washington DC. Guest speaker engagements provided to audiences in Paris, London, Moscow, Hanoi and Windhoek.

Dr Kemm has written two books, over 50 TV scripts and has had over 1000 articles published internationally.

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HARVEY GALLIARD                                                Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Insulation, Cladding & Scaffolding

Harvey Galliard is a highly experienced commercial executive with over 40 years-experience in the scaffolding, insulation and industrial painting industries. Harvey’s experience includes pricing hot and cold insulation, scaffolding, industrial corrosion protection, cladding of structures and internal lining of tanks and vessels. 

He has provided services to various state-owned enterprises as well as blue chip energy clients. 

Harvey’s skill set includes comprehensive estimate preparation, estimate risk analysis, contract review, on-site verification of productivity outputs, commercial and risk reporting and staff training. Harvey is highly experienced in preparation of interim payment applications, final account preparations and a quantum analysis. In addition, Harvey is an expert in boiler insulation, cladding and scaffolding.

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Helga Hugo

HELGA HUGO                                                              Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Legal Expert

Bachelor of Commerce (B. Comm (B. Comm) – University of Pretoria; Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – University of Pretoria; Admitted as an Attorney to the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA)

Helga is a qualified attorney with a career spanning 20 years. Helga uses her decades of considerable wide range of experience to deploy workable and risk averse solutions to complex contractual challenges.

Her in depth understanding of legal governance, combined with her financial aptitude delivers sound solutions to clients in both the planning and implementation stages of the product lifecycle. 

Helga’s determined approach to relationships provides her with superior people skills, continuously proving to successfully manage disputes and effectively conclude lengthy contract negotiations.

Helga specializes contract assurance, manages contract claims, Dispute Resolution and Pro-Active Risk Management. She has solid international exposure to NEC3, NEC4 and FIDIC.

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CHRISTIAN DUMAS                                                Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Commercial & Contract Specialist

Christian has over 30 years of experience in project controls and contractual/commercial functions working in Tier-1 SMEIP/EPC companies in various market sectors including Oil & Gas, Power, Mining, Water, Buildings and Infrastructure.

He has held senior leadership positions in commercial and contract management with Concor, Kentz Corporation PLC and SNC Lavalin in projects throughout Southern Africa that includes work on some of major projects such as Medupi for Eskom, Project Turbo for Sasol and Madagascar Mineral Sands Development for Rio Tinto.  He has successfully managed mega projects ranging in value from +R6bn to R20m.  

Chris is vastly experienced in contract strategy, project management, preparation, evaluation and resolution of claims in fast track, multi-disciplined complex projects. His experience and expertise are particularly focused on both FIDIC and NEC forms of contract, coupled with a comprehensive working knowledge of many other contractual arrangement options. He has played an integral role in major domestic and international adjudication and arbitration cases. Chris, a French national is fully bilingual (French and English).

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Johan Louw

JOHAN LOUW                                                             Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Fourth Industrial Revolution

BSc Eng Chem (SU) ; Management of Technology (Honours) from Pretoria University.

Johan is a dynamic business leader and management specialist with extensive experience in the technical, commercial and management processes in business with a unique interest in developing human-machine partnerships that leverage human capital value.

His experience in leading capital projects and many change management processes in technical environments, has equipped him with the necessary skills to manage complex business improvement programs.

His experience includes delivery of B2B solutions in sectors such as process engineering, industrial automation and conformity assessment, with solutions delivered throughout sub-Sahara Africa.

Moreover, his exposure in sales, risk management, investment projects, government and other stakeholder relations as well as effectively facilitating a variety of partnerships (investment and operational) further add to his technical foundation and successful track record in management at executive level.

His expertise includes:
• Automation
• Business Process Engineering & Modelling
• Contract Management
• Digital Transformation (IR4, IIOT, MES/MIS, DCS)
• Organisational Decision Making and Information Flow
• Risk Management
• Planning / Execution Complex Projects
• Project Finance / Investment Projects
• Sales & Operations Management

Johan is currently Executive Director of Aguru Business Solutions specialising in Digital Transformation.

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STEVEN GOLDING                                                    Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Project Advisory & Digitalization 

Pr Eng (Mech)

Steven started his career in Iron Ore Mining operations at Thabazimbi, South Africa. While heading perations for the open cast haul truck fleet Steven focused on specialist predictive maintenance methods and tribology research, dramatically reducing operations costs.

He then moved to the UK where he continued working in predictive maintenance, and brake system design for Alstom Train division on the London Underground fleet.

Upon returning to South Africa he started consulting in specialist project controls and data management for large Petrochemical projects. 

Steven was then appointed as Project Manager to execute the “Project Rescue” of the Nchwaning No3 shaft at Black Rock in the Northern Cape for African Rainbow Minerals. Following this he was appointed as Infrastructure Manager of the Sishen Expansion Project, responsible for slimes dams, rail development, power reticulation, control systems and commissioning of the new Iron Ore Facility, for Kumba in the Northern Cape. 

Steven then founded SSG Consulting, a boutique Project Management advisory and execution consultancy, which has been operating for 12 years. The company has grown to 80 employees and a global footprint in MEGA-Projects in Mining, Petrochemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Rail, Energy and Infrastructure. SSG Consulting also provides specialist Project Controls and resourcing, including an extensive capability in Claims Consulting, forensic Planning and Expert Witness services.

During this time he founded and developed the Award Winning KEY360 Management Platform, a cloud based PAAS (Platform as a service) offering. KEY360 is offered globally through its subsidiary “KEY360 Inc” with clients in the US, Canada, Africa and the United Kingdom. 

Steven has recently completed studies at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Boston in the development of Platform Technology, Digitalization and Network effects.

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LUNA JEVREMOVIC                                               Linked in icon

Associate – Financial Analyst

BCom(Hons); FAPM

Luna is a financial analyst and management consultant. She was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and has lived with her family in Botswana, Canada, and most recently South Africa. After completing Matric at Redhill School in Sandton, Johannesburg, she moved to the Cape where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Economics and Management Studies from the University of Cape Town in 2015, and went on to complete her honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management, also from the University of Cape Town, in 2017. She is currently working towards her FMVA certification, and hopes to complete her CFA Level I exam in 2021.

She has been involved in a variety of roles since beginning her professional career in 2016 whilst completing her studies. Through part-time student internships, she gained exposure in the chemical purification industry and medical industry in a sales and marketing role. Thereafter, she began her full-time career in the medical recruitment space as an operations manager, and most recently practiced as a financial analyst and business consultant in the financial services industry. Luna recently joined ECS Associates to apply her skills and knowledge of business and finance to the infrastructure development space. She has a well-rounded and holistic approach to business, finance and management. This, coupled with her international exposure, has made her highly adaptable and capable in terms of delivering to customer requirements.

A passionate and forward-thinking individual, Luna’s approach to work is pragmatic, with strong attention to detail. She is driven by common purpose, and is a fervent supporter of the women’s empowerment and green environment movements, as well as the pursuit of equal education for all children in South Africa. Her goal is to contribute creative solutions in the business and finance fields through impact investing and the implementation of ever-evolving sustainable business practices to work towards an environmentally friendly and socially equitable future.

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Dr SHIRLEY MAHLASE                                          Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Organisational Development & Learning 

B.A.Paed, B.Ed, (University of the North), M.Ed (University of Birmigham, UK), Ph.D Sociology of Education (University of Cambridge, UK) 

Shirley Mahlase is an accredited learning programmes developer, moderator and assessor with the Education, Training & Development Practises Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP SETA).  She is well known as a thought leader with an innovative strategic approach and a track record for generating ideas for programmes, processes, enterprises or assignments that has yielded great success for organisations.

Her work includes extensive experience spanning over 25 years in research, curriculum development, quality assurance, gender mainstreaming and human resources management.

Her career began at Hebron teacher training where she was a Lecturer in Educational Studies.  She was subsequently appointed a Mellon Foundation Research Fellow and Lecturer in Educational Leadership at University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Faculty of Education.  She supervised post-graduate students from the SADC region on a range of topics on educational leadership.  Her major contribution in instigating institutional change at Wits was through conducting research in collaboration with other female black academics in highlighting the under-representation of black women in the academy and the powerful inhibitors for black people and women in the academy.

One of the national training interventions in contributing towards policy formulation and in the making of the constitution of SA, was in conceptualizing research, designing a training manual and training researchers in order to collect data for drawing up a Women’s National Coalition Charter for Effective Equality in order to champion women’s liberation in the country. This process was preceded by hearings from different women’s organisations in the country.

Shirley has trained leaders and policy makers on gender and organisational development in the SADC region at University of Botswana. She was also involved in the following interventions under the auspices of the Southern African Regional Institute for Policy Studies (SARIPS), Harare, Zimbabwe: trained senior managers and policy makers from the SADC region and East Africa on gender and planning, conducted research on Education for Human Rights in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. She has read papers in local and international conferences and published in local and international journals, including a book entitled The Careers of Women Teachers Under Apartheid, by SAPPHO, Harare, Zimbabwe.  She was subsequently honoured with the Women In Research Award in 2001 by the African Association of Women Graduates for the contribution she had made on researching women in South Africa.

Shirley is a highly experienced Senior Level Executive who has worked as Chief Director: Quality Development & Assurance and Human Resources Management Training respectively at the South African Management Development Institute (SAMDI), currently The National School of Government.  She has also served as Chief Director: Human Resources at the Department of Transport, Roads & Works and the Department of Labour respectively.  She held the position of Senior Manager: Curriculum Development & Assessment, Transnet Freight Rail.

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Mbali Mbuli

MBALI MBULI                                                              Linked in icon

Associate – Contract Training


Mbali has worked successfully in the construction and developments sector for over 18 years on a diverse range of multi discipline projects. She possesses extensive experience in quantity surveying, contractual management and dispute resolution.

Mbali holds a degree in Construction Studies and has also attained an Executive Master of Business Administration degree. She has completed a Leadership Development Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and was the first ever recipient of the Standard Bank Rising Star award for the Construction and Engineering category in 2015.

She is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (MRICS) and is a Fellow of the Arbitrators Association of Southern Africa. In 2015 to 2016, she also served as a member of SAFCEC’s Commercial Committee.

Mbali’s expertise include contract drafting, contract review, contract management, commercial management, claims, contractual disputes and training.

She has a keen interest in contracts and has a passion for facilitating learning and continuous development of herself and others.

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JACQUES WILKEN                                                   Linked in icon

Associate – Quantity Surveyor & Cost Engineer

Jacques Wilken is a senior structural, piping, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation quantity surveyor and cost engineer with over 20 years-experience gained on fast-track multi-discipline projects in the Oil & Gas, Metals and Mining, Food & Beverage, Water and Infrastructure sectors throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Jacques is highly experienced in developing project costing, procurement, measurement and innovative risk management systems. He has successfully led commercial management activities on projects in Mozambique, Zambia, Madagascar and South Africa.

He has successfully managed commercial and contract services for large subcontract packages for owners and contractors providing services such as plant operations oversight, earned valued management, productivity management, change control, detailed measures, interim valuation, final accounts and claims management. In addition, he has compiled tender estimates, negotiated sub-contract and supply contracts and compiled monthly project financial reports for executive management.

Jacques has significant experience in engineering and construction contract claims and has developed claims for schedule delay, disruption, acceleration, scope change and escalation. He has drafted and negotiated various agreements to conclude claim settlements.

In terms of risk management arena, experience includes project governance reviews, claims prevention and mitigation strategies, project specific risk assessments coupled with development and implementation of risk management identification systems and procedures.

He has undertaken project analysis and review assignments during project concept, pre-feasibility study, feasibility, project tender development, implementation and final account stages. Contract values range from $5m – $150m.

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Nicholas McCarthy

NICHOLAS McCARTHY                                       Linked in icon

Associate – Project Lead

Senior Trade Certificate, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Waterford Institute of Technology

Nicholas is vastly experienced in the execution of mega projects with respect to electrical, instrumentation, process automation controls, PLC commission and start-up with over 30 plus years working on some of the largest and complex engineering construction projects in Africa, South America and Europe. He has successfully led and delivered projects in the Mining, Oil and Gas, Water, Metals and Mining and Infrastructure. In addition, his record for delivering safe and quality projects is outstanding and he has received many project awards for this excellent contribution. During his career to-date Nicholas has trained and mentored many young professionals.

Nicholas is a qualified project manager and holds an Executive Diploma in Leadership and Management from the University of Nottingham Trent. He possesses immense technical knowledge with respect to E, C and I procurement, logistics and installation.

Nicholas recognises that the key to a successful project execution involves continuous collaboration, mutual trust, relentless safety control, stringent quality and all delivered within the agreed schedule and budget constraints.

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FRANS JOOSTE                                                          Linked in icon

Associate – Project Lead

Masters Degree – Management of Technology (University of Pretoria) 

Frans is a Senior Project Manager / Engineering Manager with experience in multidisciplinary projects. Frans worked in Electrical Consultancy, Electrification Projects, Petrochemical and Power Station environments.

He holds registrations as Professional Engineer (ECSA) and Professional
Construction Project Manager (SACPCMP) and has mentored many young professionals to registration as professional engineers.

Frans hold degrees in Engineering and Management from University of Pretoria.

Frans Jooste
Zdravko Kuruzovic

ZDRAVKO KURUZOVIC                                       Linked in icon

Associate – Forensic Delay Analysis

Diploma Project Management Wits University 

Zdravko has 10+ years of broad-based project controls expertise with forensic specialisation; experience in identifying & supporting factual analysis of delays to support expert report & testimony for the benefit of the clients.

He is a diversified, multi-lingual forensic delay analyst & forensic planner with expertise in managing projects and cross-functional teams to consistently meet key client deliverables across multiple industries & commodities. Adept at maintaining focus on achieving deliverables while formulating and implementing advanced technology and business solutions to meet a diversity of needs.

Zdravko has expert level communication skills and attention to detail to exceed customer expectations and maintain ongoing client relationships. He is Capable of accommodating competing priorities and adapting quickly to change.

Zdravko was appointed lead on the largest contract claim event initiated at the Eskom Kusile Power Plant project. Utilised industry standard forensic methodologies to identify causality, liability & compensability to the claimant. Established proven, significant compensation for the client.

Prepared successful upstream (to employer) and downstream (to subcontractors) claim analysis schedules for two of the largest renewable power projects in Southern Africa.

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MICHAEL NEVES                                                         Linked in icon

Associate – Senior Project Lead

BSc Construction Management – University of Pretoria; PMP

Michael Neves is qualified Project Manager (PMP) registered with the Project Management Institute and holds a diploma in project management from the University of Pretoria. He is a Project & Construction Manager with two decades experience in the engineering and construction industry, specifically in the Resources & Industrial, Power & Energy, Oil & Gas and Paper & Pulp sectors.

Operationally Michael has experience in executing projects such as Mega Power Generation Projects, Mining Process Plant Projects, Oil & Gas Infrastructure Projects and Paper & Pulp Industry. He has successfully managed projects throughout Africa under testing conditions and with diverse cultural teams. In addition to the above he has also planned, executed and commissioned a number of shut downs.

Michael has successfully led multi-disciplinary projects with his forte being structural, mechanical and piping with extensive experience in commissioning.

Michael has extensive experience in the compilation, negotiation and managing of international procurement contracts, specifically in the power transmission, renewable power and sub-station sectors.

His key competencies are leading multi-cultural teams through the project life cycles in order to meet or exceed stakeholder expectations. Michael has vast experience in managing construction teams.

Michael’s successes can be attributed to strong leadership, interpersonal, commercial & contractual astuteness. He has the experience to manage and deliver dynamic multi-disciplinary projects to accepted world class project management framework methodologies. 

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Joel Gilbert


Associate – Lead Planner                                        Linked in icon

NTC – Mechanical Engineering

Joel is a Lead Project Planner and Scheduler with 10 years machine shop planning experience and 31 years M.E.I.P planning and scheduling experience on projects in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Central America.

Sector experience includes Mining, Steel Plants, Oil & Gas and Power Plant projects, having worked for some of the biggest construction companies on EPCM and PCM projects.

WILLEM VAN DER MERWE                               Linked in icon

Senior Associate – Contract Management


Willem has been providing professional contract management services successfully to the construction industry for over a period of 30 years. He has been involved in a wide spectrum of projects, where he has gained substantial experience with regards to solving problems and delivering innovative solutions.

He has provided contracts, commercial, cost/claim management and assurance services to several projects and blue-chip clients, either directly, or in the capacity of managing a team of multi-skilled professionals.

Willem firmly believes in setting up projects appropriately from the outset to ensure success. He has often supported leading clients in assessing project readiness, project set-up, risk reviews and conducted due diligence reviews at various stage gate processes, thus enabling clients to meet project objectives.

As a former director of Turner & Townsend for 15 years, he was responsible for service delivery, business development and business management, for all Industrial and Infrastructure projects undertaken by the company locally. Willem fully understands and promotes professional working relationships and promotes mutual trust and collaboration amongst teams and clients, to create solid platforms to deliver successful projects.

Willem has supported various clients, including: ABInBev, Africa Data Centres, AfriSam, Anglo Platinum, BAICSA, Barrick, Eskom, Gibela Rail, Hulett, IDC, Letšeng Diamonds, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa, PFG Building Glass, PPC Cement, Sappi, Sasol, Transnet & Unilever.

Willem has the ability, to assess, analyse and propose solutions to challenges, always seeking the most advantageous and commercially beneficial outcome for clients.

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Willem van der Merwe Senior Associate – Contract Management
Danny Eastes

DANNY EASTES                                                          Linked in icon

Associate – HSE Leader

BSc & Associate’s Degree Occupational Safety, Health and Hygiene OHSA Ashwood University Dubai

Danny Eastes is a senior health safety and environmental executive manager and advisor with over 20 years professional experience working for some of the largest engineering construction companies in the region. Dany is vastly experienced in risk management and HSE policies, procedures, best practice, ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001 management systems.

Danny has managed and carried out detailed auditing of SHEQ processes on significant international projects in both engineering and construction phases within the Oil & Gas, Mining, Power and Infrastructure sectors.

His discipline experience includes civil, building, mechanical, steel erection, piping, electrical, instrumentation, pre and post-commissioning. He has undertaken key roles throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.    

Dany recognises that safety is the number one priority in terms of project delivery, and he leads from the front in this regard. He regularly undertakes qualitative hazard identification and risk assessments, considering risks on a macro and micro level using various methods.

He has assisted established EPC contractors with their HSE processes, procedures, plans and systems so that they achieve best in class ISO and OSHA certification.  Danny is result orientated professional, and consistently demonstrates a positive commitment to reduce project risks.     

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HELEN ANDREWS                                                    Linked in icon

Operations Manager

Helen has joined ECS as Operations Manager, and is responsible for brand enhancement, training and corporate communications. Helen has significant experience from a range of leading companies in South Africa, including Unilever, Greenly’s and Experian.  Helen also worked as the Regional Manager for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), where during 14-year tenure, she led the various aspects of the organisation including professional assessment for Sub-Saharan Africa during which time she more than doubled the institutions professional membership.

While at the RICS Helen has gained an excellent insight in the regional engineering and construction industry and retains many of the relationships she has built. Helen is hugely passionate about training and will lead ECS’s training division with a drive into new markets.

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Zola Hlatshwayo


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Willem van der Merwe

Contract Management


Mahdi Goodarzi

Project Management Training


Elvis Pillay

Quality & Compliance


Paul Vester

Capital Projects Commercial Specialist


David Edwards

Expert Risk & Program Management


Dr Antje Berlin

Executive Coaching


Nicholas McCarthy

Project Lead


Michael Neves 

Senior Project Lead



Kim Dennill

Project Management & Proposals


Mbali Mbuli

Contract Training 


Zdravko Kuruzovic

Forensic Delay Analysis


Jacques Wilken

Quantity Surveyor & Cost Engineer


Luna Jevremovic

Financial Analyst


Danny Eastes

HSE Leader


Helen Andrews

Operational Manager


Frans Jooste

Project Lead


Joel Gilbert 

Lead Planner



Shirley Mahlase

Organisational Development & Learning 


Peter Higgins



Dr Raj Raina

Business Strategy


Dr Ron Watermeyer

Construction Procurement


Ivan Vos



Paul David Cheshire

Oil & Gas




Dr Kelvin Kemm

Energy & Business Strategy    


Harvey Galliard

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Helga Hugo

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Christian Dumas

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Johan Louw

 Fourth Industrial Revolution


Steven Golding

 Project Advisory & Digitalization 


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