Aerospace, maritime and defence matters to come under the spotlight


The sixth annual edition of the annual Aerospace, Maritime and Defence (AMD) conference will take place on 29 September as an online event for the first time.

The conference aims to bring the local and international defence industry together, allowing it to engage, collaborate and potentially close deals with key players in the market as well as provide content, insight and business growth opportunities to those in attendance, the organisers said.

The virtual exhibition will consist of panel discussions exploring a myriad of industry related topics, with a full-scale digital set streaming in speakers from across the world.

The conference is divided into several themes. Defence innovation and technology as a force multiplier will be discussed by Rynier van der Watt, the Managing Director of Hensoldt South Africa; Peter van der Bijl, the CEO of Reutech; and Kaval Shah, Regional Sales Manager at Pratt & Whitney.

Strategic growth opportunities for the South African defence industry will be examined by Dr Moses Khanyile, Strategy Project Leader, National Defence Industry Council; Nivan Moodley, VP Business Development and Strategy at Saab Grintek Defence; and Geoff van Hees, Manager and Country Head: Saab South Africa.

Satellites and the space sector in defence will be under the spotlight and speakers covering this topic include Dr Valanathan Munsami, CEO SA National Space Agency; Professor Robert van Zyl, Project Leader: Maritime Domain Awareness Satellite Programme at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology; and Victor Stephanopoli, COO MzansiSAT.

The promotion of maritime investment opportunities will be discussed by Bruce Tedder, Chairman of the SA Boatbuilders Export Council; Timothy Walker, Maritime Project Leader at the Institute for Security Studies; Rear Admiral David Mkhonto, Chief Director: Maritime Strategy at the SA Navy; and Ed Veen, (retired) Director of the Netherlands Coast Guard.

The virtual platform will allow for breakaway sessions and virtual networking with interaction via live chat or private chats. A moderator will queue audience questions for a presenter to answer at the end of their talk.

The AMD conference has been held by Creative Space Media since 2014. Some of the highlights have been from the United Nations inviting companies to become registered suppliers with the organisation, Denel revealing details of its turnaround plan and the Secretary for Defence giving a candid view of the state of the South African National Defence Force as well as discussions on the fourth industrial revolution, unmanned aerial vehicles, and more.