Francois Denner is Group CEO at SCS Aerospace Group, an innovative organisation of satellite engineering companies with mission to provide space infrastructure for sustainable emerging space programmes.
Before devoting himself to the group, he worked as an independent contract holding portfolios which included:
- Chief Technical Advisor to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
- Space Programme Manager at the South African National Space Agency
- Director of the Biocomposites Centre of Competence
- Director of the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence
- Chief Director for Advanced Manufacturing with the Department of Trade and Industry
- Other clients include:
- Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa
- Automotive Industry Development Centre
Prior to working as independent contractor, Francois had a 10 year career at the CSIR starting as an Electronic Engineering graduate from the University of Pretoria in photonics systems development, moving on to the specialist area of optical radiometry and later served as Manager of the then National Metrology Laboratory. His career with CSIR concluded in the Division of Materials Science and Manufacturing where he focussed on strategic initiates in the domain of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Technology Transfer.
His contributions in matters related to the medium to long-term competitiveness of the South African economy in general, and manufacturing sector specifically included
- Member of the team that formulated the Industrial Policy and Industrial Policy Action Plan of the country, specifically as it relates to advanced manufacturing industries with specific focus on the Aerospace industry
- Past Vice-Chairperson of the Space Affairs Council and Chairperson of Policy and Technical Sub-Committee that lead the development of national Space Policy and establishment of office for Space Affairs
- Past member of the Advisory Committee of the Provincial Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy of the Western Cape Provincial Government
- Past Director of the South African Quality Institute
Panel discussion topic: “The 4th Industrial Revolution: Is South Africa up for the challenge”
The panel discussion will seek to explore and discuss amongst others the short to long term implications of the industry 4.0 for many spheres of the economy. The potential technological innovation gains and the associated long-term advances in efficiency, productivity and strengthened value-chains.