2019 NAAMSA Automotive Conference Speakers

Andrew Kirby

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President and CEO, Toyota South Africa Motors, 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. 

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)

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.


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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