Keynote speakers

Nthato Minyuku

President – SA Planning Institute, South Africa





Topic: Spatial Dichotomy within Peri-Urban Areas

Dr. Anil Mehta

Principal – Vidya Bhawan Polytechnic Udaipur (Raj), India




Topic: Green Bridge Technology for Managing Wastewater in Urban and Peri-urban Regions – Experiences from India.

Dhesigen Naidoo

CEO – Water Research Commission, South Africa



Topic: The role of research, development and innovation in shaping a more inclusive and resilient society.

Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga

Head – UNEP Office in South Africa, Regional Programme Coordinator – Southern Africa



Topic: Africa’s emerging cities and the peri-urban challenges and opportunities around water, energy, food and land. What are the innovative approaches around peri-urban spaces in terms of entrepreneurship and sustainable development?


Basant Maheshwari

Professor (Water, Environmental & Sustainability, School of Science and Health), Western Sydney University, Australia



Topic: Balanced Urban Development: Is it a myth or reality?

Sithole Mbanga

CEO – SA Cities Network, South Africa



Topic: Connecting Peri-Urban Areas through Sustainable Public Transport.