Keynote Speakers

Professor Chris Thornhill
Professor Chris Thornhill obtained his DPhil from the University of Pretoria in 1973 He has 14 years of experience in the public sector including as deputy director-general in a government department. His academic experience include head of department of the School of Public Administration: University of Port Elizabeth (Now Nelson Mandela); director: School of Public Management and Administration, University of Pretoria; and Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences University of Pretoria. He is currently professor emeritus: School of Public Management and Administration, University of Pretoria and actively involved in honours, masters and doctoral studies. He has written, co-authored and contributed to 27 books; has published more than 70 articles and delivered more than 200 papers at national and international conferences. His research visits include countries such as Hungary, France, USA, England, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco. His areas of specialty are local government and administration, African public administration, Public Administration theory and the political /administrative interface.
Mr Shyam Roy
Mr Roy is a professional engineer graduated from the University of Manchester in UK (1977) with a Post-Graduate in Telecommunications Systems & Management from the University of Essex in UK (1982). He has an extensive experience of the ICT industry and started his career at The Department of Telecommunications, (Government Body) Mauritius, in 1979. He then joined Emtel Ltd in Mauritius, (a joint venture with Millicom International Cellular) the first Mobile Cellular Telephone Operator in the Southern hemisphere, as Technical Manager in December 1987, the year of inception of the company and was promoted General Manager two years later. In 2004, when Emtel launched the first 3G operation in Africa, his job title was changed to that of Chief Executive Officer. He has initiated and implemented a wide range of innovations and new technologies at Emtel. He retired in August 2015 after spending a quarter of a century at the highest position at Emtel to start a new chapter in his life. Mr Roy is now determined to pass on his life experiences to the next generation of mavericks. Mr Roy is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of IET (UK). He has served as President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Institution of Engineers (Mauritius) and has been in the Council of Registered Professional Engineers Mauritius.