Keynote Speakers

Dr Michael Sutcliffe

Dr Michael Sutcliffe is, together with Ms Sue Bannister, a founding partner of City Insight (Pty) Ltd.  He earned an M. Sc. degree from the University of Natal and a PhD degree from Ohio State University.

Until his contract ended on 31 December 2011 he was, for over 9 years, the City Manager of eThekwini metropolitan municipality (, a city of some 4 million people, where he headed the administration of some 25000 employees with a budget of over R26 billion (US$3.5 billion) per annum.  He was previously appointed by President Mandela to chair the Municipal Demarcation Board (, which redrew the boundaries for municipalities. And his other positions have been as a Member of Provincial Legislature (KwaZulu-Natal) (1994-1999), Director Public Affairs: University of Durban Westville (1991-1994) and Associate Professor: Town and Regional Planning: University of Natal (1982-1991).<<read more>>

Mr Daniel Mminele

Mr Daniel Mminele

Mr Daniel Mminele: Deputy Governor, South African Reserve Bank

Mr Daniel Mminele was appointed Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on 01 July 2009. He is responsible for the Financial Markets, National Payments System and International Relations Departments of the Bank.

Mminele is a member of the Governors’ Executive Committee, the Monetary Policy Committee and the Financial Stability Committee of the SARB. He is the Chairperson of the Reserves Management Committee and serves as the Chairperson of the board of a subsidiary of the Bank, namely the Corporation for Public Deposits (CPD).

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Governor, between 2003 and 2009, Mminele held the positions of Head of Financial Markets Department and Executive General Manager.

His experience before joining the South African Reserve Bank covered various positions in the private banking sector in Germany, the United Kingdom and South Africa.


Professor Marlen Gabriele ARNOLD

Marlen Arnold is head of Corporate Environmental Management, Chemnitz University of Technology. Since her beginning of her scientific career in 2001 she has been dealing with strategic and innovation-related questions regarding sustainability. Marlen Arnold has been working in several research projects at the University of Oldenburg, the Technical University of Munich and the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) in Berlin. She was a research fellow at the Hanken School of Economics and the University of Vaasa, Finland. Her main fields of research are to be found in strategic management, innovation management, open innovation processes, participation, evolutionary approaches and biomimicry. Her publications can be found in Ecological Economics, Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development or Business Strategy and the Environment.

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