AVI AFRIQUE 2019 Speakers

Day One

CEO (Interim)

Thomas Kgokolo Mr Kgokolo is a Chartered Accountant (CA). He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences, B. Compt. Honours from the University of South Africa (UNISA), and B. Com. Accounting Sciences from University of Pretoria (UP). Prior to his appointment as Acting CEO, Mr Kgokolo was an ATNS Board Member and served as a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.


Dr Tebogo Mashifana At only 32 years old, Dr Tebogo Mashifana is already a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering Technology at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Having completed her Bachelors and Master’s degrees cum laude, she went on to obtain her PhD in Civil Engineering as well as an MBA degree. She is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a Professional Engineering Technologist.

Tebogo was featured in the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans (under 35) for 2019 and has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Top 100 Young Independents in SADC. Her current projects focus on the treatment and beneficiation of minerals, solid wastes and the treatment of wastewater. Her interest lies in developing commercially- and environmentally-sustainable solutions that convert waste materials into useful and value-adding products.

She devotes her spare time to mentoring other women as well as encouraging young girls and women to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
Mr Lucas Mak’Omondi Mr Lucas Mak’Omondi is an Electrical Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. Upon attaining his degree, Lucas joined the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Air Navigation Services Department.

He went through comprehensive training in ANS maintenance and project management. During his training, he participated in integrated radar installation, flight inspection and commissioning, test bench maintenance installation, as well as acceptance and commissioning. He was the Subject Matter Expert in the development of ICAO’s STP 165 (Radar head processing)– Integrated Radar Maintenance Course – and conducted the training at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Lucas has worked at various levels in the Authority including: Engineer In Charge for Central Workshops (overseeing maintenance of ANS equipment in unmanned stations), Head of Planning, Head of System Development (overseeing the implementation of Kenya Air Traffic Modernisation Project (KAMP)), Chief Instructor: Engineering at East African School of Aviation, and Head of Training.

Lucas retired in August 2018 but has been offered a one year contract at EASA as Head of Training: Air Navigation Services and Aircraft Maintenance.
Mr Tony Frost Mr Tony Frost’s professional career has seen him serving, among others, two terms as President of the Institute of Personnel Management (Southern Africa) (1991 & 1992), and Chair of the Board of Governors of the International School of South Africa (1990 – 1995). He was a member of the Advisory Boards of the Wits University School of Business Administration and the Global Forum of the International Society for Human Resource Management. He has served as a member of the Minister of Environmental Affairs Advisory Forum, the JSE Sustainability Index Advisory Committee, and the NBI Sustainable Futures Advisory Board.

For five years, until February 2007, he was the Chief Executive of the WWF in South Africa, was on the WWF Global Operations Executive, the WWF Global Conservation Programme Committee, the Percy Fitzpatrick Advisory Board, Chair of the Southern African Wildlife College, the Board of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and Chair of its Governance and Strategy Committee.

His current roles include:
  • Owner and Chairman: Sirocco Strategic Management
  • Board Member and Administrator: Education Endowment Fund
  • Chairman: Aerial Vision Africa
  • Chairman: Aviation Development Foundation
  • Board Member: Earth Centre
  • Chairman: WellCapital
  • Advisory Board Member: Global Change Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Member of the faculty of the African Leadership University
  • Working with several schools focused on development and growth