2019 NAAMSA Automotive Conference Speakers

Andrew Kirby

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President, NAAMSA

After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Cape Town in 1988, Andrew joined Anglo America to pursue engineering in the Gold Mining Industry. After gaining his Professional Engineer qualification he joined BMW South Africa in the Motor Industry in the Service Division. He gained experience in service, parts and retail operations along with valuable insight into the challenges and value of re-engineering and change management projects. 

Andrew was afforded the opportunity to study an executive PMD course at Harvard Business School and then moved to the USA working for BMW North America for three years (one year in New Jersey and two years based in Los Angeles). He returned with his family to South Africa in 2000 and headed up the areas of Product Planning, Parts Operations and Brand Management. 

In 2005 he joined Toyota South Africa as Senior Vice President: Sales and Marketing, managing the Toyota, Lexus and Hino brands. At the beginning of 2011 he moved to Japan to take on global responsibilities for managing and leading the Lexus brand. (offices in Nagoya, Toyota City and Tokyo). He lived in Nagoya with his family and returned to South Africa in July 2013.  

On his return from Japan, he took over responsibility for the Corporate Administration team with offices in Sandton, Johannesburg and Prospecton, Durban where the Toyota Manufacturing facility in based.  

In January 2016, he was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, assuming responsibilities all operations and then in April appointed as President and CEO. 

Bruno Grippay

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Regional Director Africa-Middle East-India for Connected Cars and Intelligent Mobility coordination, Nissan Motor Corporation

"With more than 30 years of automotive industry experience, Grippay began his career at Renault in France, where he served in human resources and purchasing for over a decade. He then made the switch to Nissan Motor Corporation, where he has held a number of positions with increasing responsibility in France, Japan, Brazil and the U.S. Most recently, Grippay served as the Vice President of Product Planning, Programme Management, Market Intelligence and Design for Nissan in India, where he was outspoken about the development and adoption of electric vehicles in the country.  Grippay has become an invaluable asset to the organisation and a recognised leader in his field. Grippay earned his license from University Paris XIII, followed by a Master’s degree in Ergonomics & physiology at work from Université Paris Sud."

Craig Parker

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Research Director for Africa, Frost and Sullivan

Functional Expertise : Over 10 years experience in economic analysis and modelling 
Particular expertise in:
Geographic expansion and market entry strategy
Product and value chain mapping
Infrastructure development tracking across Africa
Commercial due diligence
African mobility solutions and forecasting

Industry Expertise: Automotive and transportation market strategy growth expertise across Africa in the upstream and downstream sectors
Experience in economic analysis of a broad range of sectors and countries
Economic analysis of developing economies, with a strong focus on Africa
Industry analysis specifically focused on automotive and transportation, chemicals, energy and industrial sectors
Microeconomic analysis of SMMEs and SMME development consulting for the public sector

Education: Masters in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Bachelors in Commerce and Law from the University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)

Douglas Comrie

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Managing Director, B&M Analysts

Douglas Comrie has acted as an advisor in relation to industrial development, sustainable clustering and value chain competitiveness in the automotive industry for the past 19 years and is one of the three specialists that was appointed to the task team responsible for the development of the South African Automotive Masterplan 2035.

He has first-hand exposure to automotive industry development activities in nine of the ten G20 economies and has acted as an advisor on projects of national industry significance in three of the G20 economies. He is currently the Chief Facilitator of the Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI), a collaborative initiative of the DTI, NAACAM, NAAMSA and
NUMSA focused on supplier capability, localisation and transformation. Douglas holds a BEng (Industrial) and MBA from the University of Stellenbosch and is the Managing Director of B&M Analysts.

Ebrahim Patel

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Minister of Tade and Industry

Ebrahim Patel was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry on 29 May 2019 by President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, combining the portfolios of Economic Development and Trade and Industry. Prior to this, he was South Africa's Minister of Economic Development, from May 2009. Minister Patel served as a nominee of President Nelson Mandela on South Africa's first Financial and Fiscal Commission. He also served on the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and the Council of the University of Cape Town for a number of years. He studied at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town. 

George Mienie

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CEO, AutoTrader

"George has been on a journey through the eye of the storm of “the automotive digital revolution”. An architect of change and the driving force behind AutoTrader’s successful transition from a traditional print business into a digital giant and clear market leader in its category, being at its helm since 2007.

Mienie is an active thought-leader and experienced blogger (, who has been published in a number of prominent magazines,

newspapers, online publications and has appeared as a guest on numerous television shows in South Africa.

He has a solid social media presence on all major social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram) and reaches and influences not

only the motoring public but also car dealers with industry insights, trying to push and drive the motoring economy of South Africa forward.

He has innovated the process of giving car dealers accurate minute by minute demand, supply and pricing data – Providing “live market data” and

believes in People leadership and mentorship of his team.

Using influence in his leadership style, he is allergic to dictators and invests heavily in growing people because at the end of the day, the world is

made up of people, not computers!"

Ghana Msibi

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Executive Head of the Motor Division, WesBank

Ghana Msibi was appointed Executive Head of the Motor Division in February 2019, after spending time as the Executive Head of Sales and Marketing. He joined WesBank in 2015, and his solid experience in finance, insurance, governance, risk, and compliance has since been felt across the division.

Ghana started his career as an administrative clerk at an insurance company. He progressed to a Fund Accountant role, before bedding down that for a substantial stint at a Big Four rival company where he worked within Risk, Corporate and Business Banking, and Insurance.

Ghana holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Milpark Business School, a National Diploma in Cost and Accounting Management, and a multitude of post-graduate certificates.

Hiten Parmar

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Director, uYilo eMobility

Hiten stands as a lead expert within the automotive industry extending over 14 years in profession through academia, private and public sectors. His broad based professional expertise includes fulfilling responsibilities across advanced manufacturing and automation; research and development; engineering; motorsport; electric vehicles and smart grid technologies.More recently, his career has intensified to directorship of the national electric mobility programme’s mandate of multi-stakeholder engagements across the public and private sector, both locally and internationally. His enabling, facilitating and mobilizing roles span across national government lobbying; provincial and city government engagements; OEM product and infrastructure support; enterprise development; and thought leadership.

Encompassed with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Honours in Business Administration, Hiten’s passion extends across contributing to advancements within the industries globally.


Michael Mabasa

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Michael Mabasa is a Transport Economist by training with an extensive background in the aviation industry.  He is still involved in the aviation ecosystem where he currently serves as a Chairperson of the Air Services Licensing Council, a regulatory body under the Department of Transport that regulates access to the domestic air services market based on airlines’ ability to operate safe, secure and reliable air services.  Mike adjudicate applications for operation of Domestic Air Services and the licensing and control of air services.  He also served as the Chairman of the Air Traffic Navigation Services [ATNS] Board for more than 6 years and participated actively as a Council Member of the International Air Services Council as well.  His career spans for over 22 years mainly in the business and corporate environment.  Mike has extensive working experience in the private sector and has worked for a number of blue-chip multinational corporations such as Heineken International, Diageo, Rio Tinto and Japan Tobacco International.

Mike Vincent

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Director, Deloitte

Mike is a strategy consultant who has worked with clients across Africa and globally. He leads the Consulting Automotive focus in Africa and sits on the Deloitte Africa Clients & Industries Leadership Committee and the Consulting Industry Executive. 

He has led both the strategy and innovation businesses in South Africa. He is a senior partner in Monitor Deloitte in which he helps clients to solve complex business and industry challenges. Mike has had extensive consulting experience in the automotive industry, working with OEMs, component manufacturers and industry bodies.

Mike holds MBA, BA and Higher Diploma in Education degrees. Previously he was the CEO of a JSE-listed company, subsequently an entrepreneur invested in TMT and IT ventures and an investment banker.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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