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How ICT Tech Innovation Brings Digital Transformation to the Mining Industry

Date Tue 27 July 2021, 11:00
Location Online Event
Resources Huwei Announcement 20072021.pdf
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Huawei Mining Virtual Round Table Summit 2021
11:00 - 12:30 | 27 July 2021

On behalf of Huawei, we cordially to invite you to the Huawei Mining Virtual Round Table Summit, which will take place online on the 27th July, 11:00am-12:30pm.
An extraordinary year has passed. 2021 will be a year of digital transformation. The digital journey of Mining needs pro-active promotion of modern technologies and latest solution resources for mining industries; accessible and available, anytime, anywhere.
From business, technology and other dimensions, together with global mining administrators and heads, we will explore how the use of innovative technologies will accelerate the digital journey of the mining industry and facilitates innovation in mining management.
Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to your participation.


Leandra Chinniah 20072021Leandra Chinniah
MC/Host: Huawei Enterprise South






Barry Dwolatzky 20072021Emeritus Professor Barry Dwolatzky
BSc Engineering (Wits), PhD (Wits), FSAIEE, Fellow IITPSA
Director: Joburg Centre For Software Engineering (JCSE) | School of Electrical and Information Engineering

Barry Dwolatzky is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Electrical & Information Engineering at Wits University. He is the founder and Director of the University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE). He is also the founder and Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) of the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Barry’s undergraduate (BSc(Eng) ) and postgraduate degree (PhD) are in Electrical Engineering and are from Wits. In 1979 he left South Africa and worked in the UK as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Imperial College, London and at the GEC-Marconi Research Centre. Over this period, he worked on a number of large software research and development projects.

Barry Dwolatzky returned to Wits from the UK as a Senior Lecturer in 1989. He became a full professor in 2000. In December 2017 he officially retired from Wits and was appointed an Emeritus Professor. His primary focus over the past 28 years has been the growth and development of the South African software engineering sector.

In 2005 Barry Dwolatzky was the major driver in setting up the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits. The JCSE aims to grow skills, promote the adoption of best practices and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in South Africa’s digital economy. In 2007 he became Director and CEO of the JCSE.

In 2013 Dwolatzky spearheaded an initiative at Wits to establish a major digital innovation hub in the Braamfontein area of inner-city Johannesburg. Called the “Tshimologong Precinct” the project has attracted significant support from government and a range of major local and international companies. IBM Research has established their 12th international laboratory in Braamfontein as an integral part of the Precinct.

In recognition of his contribution to the South African IT industry Barry Dwolatzky was named the “South African IT Personality of the Year” in 2013 and received an award for “Distinguished Service to IT” from the Institute of IT Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA) in 2016. Also in 2016 Wits University presented him with the “Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Citizenship”.

JeanJacques Verhaeghe 20072021Jean-Jacques Verhaeghe
Programme Manager, Real-Time Information Systems programme (RTIMS)
Mandela Mining Precinct

Jean-Jacques’ career of 30 years spans several industries and geographies.  He is a globally certified PMP (Project Management Professional) and NPDP (New Product Development Professional), including COBIT, ITIL and BPMs.  He completed the MBA-LS degree from the University of Cumbria and is currently aiming to complete an MSc degree in Information Systems Management (MScISM) from the University of Salford, in 2021. Mostly in senior positions, he has served in ICT (governance, management, technical), enterprise risk management, project management, product development, business transformation, business process management, consulting, and business sustainability projects, in other regions such as North Africa, the Middle East, and often having delivered on large, complex, globally-spread projects (spanning the EMEA and APAC regions). 

Jean-Jacques has worked in numerous industries: ICT, financial services, air travel and transport, mining, renewable energy, telecoms, retail and management/technical consulting.  He currently serves as Programme Manager for the Real-Time Information Systems programme (known as ‘RTIMS’ which delivers R&D and Innovation in/for: ICT, digitalisation, the Industrial Internet of Things, data and information management, etc. in mining), for the Minerals Council South Africa, and is primarily based at the Mandela Mining Precinct.  The aim is to assist in bringing the SA mining industry ‘up-to-speed’ in terms of 4IR technologies and Jean-Jacques has embraced this challenge and embarked on it since 2017.

Ulrich Graf 20072021Ulrich Graf
Senior Engineer Industry4.0 & Industrial IoT,
Huawei German Research Center in Munich, Applied Network Technology Laboratory
Plattform Industrie4.0
Member of WG1 Reference Architecture, Standards and Norms
Industrial Internet Consortium
Chair Mining Task Group, Member of Networking Task Group

Ulrich holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (1994). Before joining Huawei in 2011 he worked almost 17 years in the telecommunication industry in various sales, product and R&D departments at Siemens and Nokia where he could extend his business & professional competence in the areas of Engineering, Product- and Program-Management for enterprise, fixed and mobile networks.

Since joining Huawei Ulrich was established in the European Solution Management Team serving solutions like Policy/Traffic Management, Cell Congestion Control, Telco Transformation (SDN/NFV/MANO) and more recently Industry4.0 and IIoT. In 2019 he joined the Applied Network Technology Laboratory in the Huawei German Research Center in Munich working on new communication and networking technologies targeting different industry verticals.