Meet the Team
Dr. Lynn A. Keeys is the President and CEO of the PMI South Africa Chapter since November 2016. She has been a member of PMI since 2005 and an active member of the South Africa Chapter since 2009, volunteering in various capacities. Lynn, a certified project management professional, has significant experience in program and project strategy, including leading project development and design teams, establishing and leading project, program and portfolio management offices and program and project performance management. Having worked in the international development field, she has important expertise in international and intercultural settings and socio-economic change projects. Her work has been published as well as presented at international project management and management conferences.
Chapter Deputy President
Morne Beeslaar is a project controls engineer having fulfilled various roles in the project management space in the construction and mining industries over almost two decades. He completed his MBA at Stellenbosch University in 2016 with a dissertation examining the state of projects in the South African mining industry; highlighting his keen interest in strategy development and execution through projects control, an academic path he intends to further pursue at PHD level shortly.
Morne began his career as a tradesman at Kumba Iron Ore and then deviated to complete a 3 year agriculture exchange program in the United States of America. On completion of the program, he applied himself to various roles rising from site to project manager on projects of an increasing scope and size. Some of the notable projects he has worked on include Medupi power plant, Tenke Fungurume Copper and Cobalt mine in DRC, Amandelbult and various Rustenburg mining projects. Currently he works on the Venetia Underground Project, the largest capital project in the mining sector. He has therefore lived and worked in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Being at the forefront of some of the largest projects across the world Morne has experienced the ups and downs of good and bad project management and is passionate about changing the industry for the better while empowering both project managers and companies to succeed in their program and portfolio strategy.
Dr Kishoor Pitamber, a founding shareholder and Director of Siris Holdings (Pty) Ltd, has gained experience in the field of Engineering and Project Management after completing his studies in Engineering. His experience is varied from infrastructure planning, design and optimization to the specialized implementation of large projects. His management acumen and interests has steered his career to the field of Programme management. Kishoor also has an MBA and DBA in Entrepreneurship. Kishoor currently gives guidance on various Boards and lectures at post graduate level at the University of Free State.
Kishoor has implemented projects in Africa, India, China, Australia and Thailand. His passion for managing large scale projects is demonstrated in the management of infrastructure projects worth billions of rands over the last five years. He is equally passionate about the upliftment of communities and currently manages social development projects in Gauteng, the Free State and Lesotho.
Peter Raw was born in Durban, and completed his BSc Civil Engineering at the University of Natal in 1993. Since then he has managed a wide variety of Projects throughout Southern Africa. These projects include Marine Work, Road Construction, Bridge Construction, Infrastructure and just about anything else to do with Civil Engineering. As a Director at WBHO Roads and Earthworks looking after a section of their International work, this means he spends most of his time on an airplane into some weird African country chasing big construction projects. Peter was registered as a PrEng in 2001 and PMP in 2005. He is certified under SACPCMP as a PrCM and is also a member of PMSA. Many years ago Peter volunteered at the annual AGM for a volunteer role in the PMI South Africa Chapter and has not looked back since then, looking after various roles over his period of volunteering. He is married and has two boys and a step-daughter to keep him out of mischief when he is not doing sport or travelling.
VP Marketing & Communications
Karen Taylor-Vermaak is a brand-building design strategist, and founder of the startup Curator Media, a business focused on helping SMEs and NGOs build brand equity through strategic brand leadership. Karen assumed the position of VP Marketing in August 2015, having been a member and volunteer of PMI and PMI South Africa Chapter from October 2014. Karen represents the SA Chapter on the PMI Publications Committee for Africa, where she holds the position of PubCom Ethics Manager.
Having completed her B.Proc degree through UNISA whilst working first as a legal secretary and then as a candidate attorney, Karen left an established career as a litigation attorney for the more creative and frenetic field of film and television production. She’s been producing content and managing projects for a diverse range of media channels ever since. While working half-day an for education NGO and raising three small children, Karen’s insatiable desire to make stuff and be busy resulted in her gaining extensive experience as a magazine journalist, a fundraiser and grant proposal writer, an award-winning independent short film producer and a residential construction PM. In 2014 Karen certified as a PMP to formalise her 15 yrs of project management experience in media, and returned with her children and more famous husband back to Cape Town, where she completed her Honors Degree in Strategic Brand Communications in 2016. Karen loves learning and is currently completing a Diploma in Digital Marketing through the Digital Marketing Institute.
With a passion for ethical brands and sustainable design, Karen believes all projects should contribute towards the common good. Karen lives in the Deep South with her large lovely noisy family. Connect with her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @curatormediaZA.
VP Academic Outreach
Jannes Haasbroek is the VP Academic Outreach of the PMI South Africa Chapter. He has been member of the PMI and the Chapter since 2011. He volunteered for the Chapter in 2013 and since then has been involved on various levels, including PMI Professional Development Lead and Assistant for Special Projects.
Jannes Haasbroek is a multi-talented consultant with experience in IT Project Management and Software Development and Management. He is currently working as Consultant Project Manager for Haden Concept Consultants, servicing various international clients with Project Management and Software Development Services. Jannes is a founding member of Haden Concept Consultants.
Jannes received an Engineering Degree from the Potchefstroom University (now the University of the North West) in 1995. He started his working career in 1997 as Electronic and Software Engineer with Kentron a Division of Denel Aerospace. From there Jannes moved to software development in the Financial and Banking industry and also moved into Line Management for various institutions including Nedbank and Fidelity Cash Solutions. During this time he was exposed to Project Management and found there a new his new passion and second career.
Jannes received a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the Management College of South Africa (MANCOSA) in 2010 and certified as a PMP in 2012. As a Project Manager, Jannes worked for Fidelity Cash Solutions in their Cash Management and R&D departments. In 2016 he moved to Perago FSE a subsidiary of the SIA group, where he managed software installation projects for various international clients including the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Jannes has a passion for the Communication and Stakeholder Management knowledge areas and providing service excellence to clients through using the correct communication techniques with clients as well as internal to the project team. During his post graduate study in project management he completed a thesis on ‘The Impact of Offshore and Internet Contracting on the Project Life Cycle and Project Management Methodologies.
Carel van Zyl
Chairman of the Board
Carel van Zyl, Pr Eng, PMP, Pr CPM, MBL, has been member of PMI for the last 30 years. He volunteered to be secretary of the PMI SA Chapter in 1982 and became Chapter President in the late 80’s. He also did the newsletter until it was replaced by ProjectPro. Presently he is Chair and Director of the Chapter Board and a Director of PMSA. He holds dual membership. In 1988 he registered as PMP with registration number 213. He presented communication and Integration modules at various PMBOK workshops and papers at conferences. He participated in the TC 256 SABS committee for new ISO standards for PM. He remains an active volunteer in both PMSA and PMI SA Chapter. Carel was a practising Project Manager and before his retirement in 2014 completed a fast track development of the Sedibeng Brewery as well as a Glass Furnace in South Africa. He was also line manager of eighty technical and PM staff in the consulting engineering firm he has worked for the 42 years. He is now doing refurbishment projects for Treelands in Dullstroom, as well as project development for undisclosed clients. As director and chair of the art 21 Board duties such as Board and Chapter Governance, Fiduciary responsibilities, Strategic guidance, Financial protection and Succession planning is taken care of.
Board MemberAnnabe Jacobs is senior project manager specializing in process improvement and IT solution initiatives. With a B.Com Honours degree and multiple project management qualifications behind her name, she spent the last twenty years gaining experience and expanding her project management and leadership skills in a variety of commercial industries from vehicle finance to security. Projects managed have varied in value and scope from medium to large budget projects, and from SAP implementations to the complete re-write of systems using other software applications in the market. She has also handled SAP upgrades, infrastructure projects as well as various migrations between different systems and platforms. During her time in the security industry she was instrumental in establishing the local PMO for the international ePMO. After obtaining her Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI™), Annabe started volunteering for the SA Chapter of this organisation. Initially this was as the Event Lead for the Gauteng Branch but soon Annabe’s portfolio was expanded to Branch Leader for the Gauteng Branch. As a volunteer for PMI South Africa Chapter, Annabe dedicates much of her free time to the professionalizing of project management, which she finds very rewarding. Through her engagement with other project management professionals, she is able to share her dynamic, practiced and skilled professional approach to projects, and experience that is supported by a solid practical and academic foundation of project and business management. Her commitment to the South African project management profession is evident from her excellent career track record of driving results and providing viable solutions to organizational challenges.
Nirvanna Rampersad is a Director of the Section 21 Company board and an Executive Committee member of PMI South Africa Chapter with the responsibility for the Professional Development portfolio. She is a registered Professional Chemical Engineer and is an active committee member of SAIChE (The South African Institution of Chemical Engineers) and IChemE (The Institution of Chemical Engineers). She is a certified PMP with a MBA. She has extensive experience in commercial and construction aspects of project management, mineral processing/mining, commercial, marketing and business strategic analysis.
Commodities worked in include platinum, chrome, iron ore, manganese, copper/nickel, gold, silver, coal, diamonds, heavy mineral sands and phosphates. Process industries include oil and gas, Carbon Black and Catalytic Convertors.
Other Specialties include Strategy Execution, Business Assurance, Internal Auditing, Financial Evaluation, contract management, contract negotiations, business development, sales and marketing, tender and proposals management, marketing analysis, CRM, change management, leadership, process engineering, Production and Logistics.
David de Miranda
Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch Lead
David de Miranda has 26 years’ experience in the construction industry. David has a H.N.D in Construction Management and has managed various local and international projects, both as a Construction Manager and as a Project Manager. He has consulted as well as acted for clients on numerous public and private sector works, involving the following works: Petrochemical; Social and Exclusive Homes; Government School projects; New Builds; Piling & Geotechnical; Retail; Commercial; Office parks; Insurance works a Hotel and Power Generation Projects for Eskom. David is currently the Branch Lead for Kwa-Zulu Natal branch.
Cape Town Branch Lead
Marko Divac is a certified Project Manager who dedicated his entire career to working in the IT sector. His IT career started more than 20 years ago, with the last 11 years spent in a Project Management role, managing projects in various industries, mainly Software, Financial Services, Telecommunications and Retail.
Gauteng Branch Lead
Elmar has held a variety of positions throughout hiscareer, He is also a former Board Member (2006/2012) and past President of Project Management South Africa
He is an experienced business executive specialising in Portfolio Management, Programme Management, Project Management, Organisational Change Management, Project Governance, Project Offices and all facets of Information Technology. He has developed and presented training courses in all aspects of project management and systems development since 1984, and has been a popular speaker at local and international conferences. As part of advancing the profession he has been involved in ISO / SABS and other standards development activities since the 1980’s. HE has extensive industry experience which includes: Engineering, Government, Banking, Higher Education, Manufacturing, Distribution, Insurance, NGO and general business. Elmar proudly advances the principles of ‘batho pele’ (people first) as a mentor (preferred style) and coach.
Port Elizabeth Branch Lead
Riccardo was born in Johannesburg and raised in the friendly City of Port Elizabeth, where he finished his schooling at Gelvandale High School. Upon completing his schooling he followed his passion and studied a Bachelors of Technology degree Civil Engineering at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, formerly PE Technikon. Obtaining this qualification would allow him to enjoy a professional career whilst having an outdoors office, the best of both worlds. He furthered his studies in Nuclear Science and Technology and obtained a Post-graduate Diploma at North-West University in the Nuclear Science field, back in 2011. He has also completed all his electives towards an MSc Project Management at Tukkies, University of Pretoria, planning to complete his masters dissertation by November 2017. Riccardo started his working career with Stewart Scott Inc, now Royal HaskoningDHV, a multi-disciplinary Consulting Practice. His desire for travel led him to spend seven years in London, UK, working for FTSE 250 company Capita.
During his time in London he worked on a variety of projects, as Infrastructure Engineer and eventually as a Project Manager. A key assignment was being part of the team working on the early works for London Olympic 2012. Riccardo returned to Johannesburg from London, to work for Eskom’s Nuclear Planning team, as Project Manager – Infrastructure Works, working on the multi-billion rand Nuclear Power Station Project. During this time he became a PMP with PMI in 2013. He is currently heading up the PMO, Centre of Excellence, for Coega Development Corporation, as Acting Executive Manager since 2015. He also Chairs the Roads & Stormwater sub-committee for the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. He use to volunteer on the Maths & Science CSI in a previously disadvantaged area of Port Elizabeth, an experience that constantly reminds him of SA’s many challenges. Riccardo loves the outdoors enjoying hiking the Eastern and Western Cape escarpments, vlei’s valleys and veld areas. Add to this running over short and long distances including full marathons.
Non-Executive Board Member
Werner is a multi-skilled consultant with a keen interest in many fields including mathematics, psychology, research, project management, training, and information technology.
Werner has been a project management consultant for the past 21 years and has consulted to companies in information technology, aviation, banking and finance, mining, manufacturing, construction, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications.
Most of Werner’s work has been in developing the project management capability in organizations through maturity assessment, methodology development, skills and competency assessments, portfolio and project models, policies and procedures, and training.
Non-Executive Board Member
Iqbal has spent the last seven years developing and fostering Project Management in South Africa, through the participation in Project Management South Africa (PMSA) as a National Executive Committee Member and Branch President. This included the hosting of regional events and conferences, which included local and international subject matter experts providing workshops and presentations on various topics related to Project Management in the different industries nationally and internationally.
Being a people-centric person, he has been assisting individuals over the past six years as a coach and mentor.
Non-Executive Board Member
Reginald is a passionate and results-oriented Project Management Professional with far-reaching experience traversing over 15 years in Electronic and Mobile Payments Systems, Card Business Strategy, Business Development, Product Development Strategy, Telecommunication Technologies, IT Service Strategy, Change Management and Project Management. Reginald started his career in the Telecommunications Industry before moving to the Banking Industry and the Payments Industry. He has served in various senior positions. He is well travelled and has extensive customer working knowledge in Sub-Sahara African countries such as Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Mr Mazana holds a Bsc (Hons) Computer Science Degree and a Masters of Business Administration Degrees. He was also awarded a Chartered Manager Status by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). He has strong Leadership and People Management Skills.
Michele (Nathan) Sanua is member of PMI since December 2014 and a member of PMI SA since 2015. She is a certified PMP since 2014 and is PMI SA volunteer since March 2015. Michele’s role as a volunteer is to assist EXCO in managing admin e-mails, replying to online queries and provide general administrative support. Michele has 20+ years project management experience in consulting and deployment of various sized projects in the IT field. She’s also a consultant with 17+ years’ experience in end-user training in the corporate and private sector in PC related training including OS / MS apps & IT Theory in computing. Publisher of own training manual (Windows and Office applications), which was recognised by the Department of Manpower in 1995. This personally written training material provided a written guideline to the courses / training offered. Background in IT: completed various professional courses including OS, various application software, hardware support and accreditations; SETA accredited Assessor & Moderator. Cambridge International Examinations accredited Moderator.