Wynand started out in 1976 as a junior lecturer in the department of Electrical and Electronic engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1984, at the age of 32, He became a professor responsible for the very active Telecommunications and Digital Signal Processing group. Wynand was soon regarded as the head of the leading Speech…

Francis Petersen is the Rector & Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State in South Africa. He has formerly been Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Dean: Engineering & the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town, the Executive Head: Strategy at Anglo American Platinum, Executive Vice-President: Research and Development…


Keet has over 20 years of investment experience in private equity, banking and venture capital. He co-founded Knife Capital in 2010 to scale African high-growth businesses globally and worked at industry-leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, Investec Bank and ‘Here Be Dragons’ (HBD) Venture Capital. Knife Capital track record includes VC exits to the likes of General Electric, Visa, Garmin, Uber Eats and…

Francois Swanepoel


Francois co-founded Stone Three in 2000 and since then has been involved with leading and managing engineering development activities providing technology solutions for a number of industries, with the primary focus currently being providing productivity solutions to our mining customers. Francois also has a keen interest in property and is on the board of the Paardevlei Umbrella Association.

Derick Moolman


Co-founder & CEO of CSence Systems followed by various Leadership roles in GE based in USA and SA. Group CEO of Stone Three the last 6 years.