keynote speakers

Ralf Leinen


Interviews: Local Perspective on the automation and digitalization industry 

Digital Solutions For A Transforming Industry

About Ralf

Ralf Leinen has worked for Siemens for 28 years and is currently working for Siemens South Africa. He was born in Germany where he obtained his education in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. His career started in sales at Siemens Germany, whereafter he became a product manager for Siemens USA. He went back to Siemens Germany as Head of Promotion and 3 years later became head of Business Development.

After 4 years as the director Sales and Marketing, he became the Vice president of Business Development. In March 2017 he relocated to South Africa and started as the Vice President Digital Factory / Process Industries and Drives for Southern & Eastern Africa

keynote speakers

Frans Cronje

Centre for Risk Analysis

South Africa in 2030: The Latest Scenarios

The IRR’s briefing services allow clients to accurately anticipate short, medium, and long-term social, economic, and political shifts for South Africa. The briefing provides a deep dive analysis of current growth, investment, debt, deficit, employment, education, crime, political and policy trends in order to develop four new scenarios for South Africa’s next decade. The briefing refines its analysis all the way to the point of saying which scenario is going to unfold and how major social, economic, and political trends will evolve under that scenario. Clients are left with a high degree of clarity of what to expect from South Africa and therefore how to position themselves to counter risks and exploit opportunities. By matching first-hand policy and political information with world-class socio-economic analysis the IRR’s briefings provide an unmatched level of strategic intelligence.

About Frans

Frans Cronje directs the Centre for Risk Analysis (CRA). The CRA is a strategic intelligence think-tank. It uses deep-dive data analysis and first hand political and policy information to advise groups with interests in South Africa on the likely long-term economic, social, and political evolution of the country. Through the CRA he has advised several hundred organizations. He is the author of two books on South Africa’s future and teaches scenario-based strategy at the business school of the University of the Free State. He was educated at St Johns College in Houghton and holds a Ph.D. in scenario planning.