Ports & Terminal Operations in the Age of Artificial Intelligence 

Hybrid Conference 2022

“Integration of Artificial Intelligence in Operations of Ports & Terminals in Africa'.

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July 27 - 29, 2022

Zimbali, Durban, South Africa

Africa Ports & Terminal Operations in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022

“The Integration of Artificial Intelligence in the Operations of Ports & Terminals in Africa”.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), is making waves in Ports and Terminal Operations. AI is a key technology for smart ports and the reason for port automation. In fact, without AI, smart ports could not exist. AI has already impacted global logistics companies and will continue to impact the development of the maritime and shipping industry.

This conference aims at getting African Ports to upgrade their operation systems with intelligent technology systems in order to ensure greater productivity and efficiency while also ensuring that jobs are not lost in the process and also PPPs general status of the industry. It is a targeted event specially designed for, and aimed at, representatives from African government policy makers, transport ministries, operations, maintenance and engineers from port authorities, IT technicians, project managers, automation engineers, terminal operators, consultancy firms, dredging contractors, maritime construction firms, consulting engineering firms and suppliers of cargo handling and terminal equipment and those involved in the effective development and operation of container ports and terminals around the African continent. Ports are the largest mode of transport in distribution of goods across the world.

This conference will highlight in-depth, how Artificial Intelligence will transform the Port Operations industry for the better with AI port ecosystems in place to improve the point to point communication system from port terminal to port terminal.​

This conference offers an African perspective on port terminal operations, it is a perfect opportunity to discover the latest technological innovation, the impact automated ports have on the shipping and maritime industry and what can be done better to improve the way port terminals are ran and managed.

Please take note that a cyder security workshop is set for the last day on event. 

This event also offers sponsorship, exhibition and speaking opportunities.


  • The Challenges of Digital Transformation

  • The Redefinition of Human Machine Relationships

  • Investment in Automation

  • Metaverse: Optimizing Process Performance with Digital Twin Technology

  • Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Port Development

  • Optimizing Container Terminal Operations with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

  • Standardization: When will the African Port Industry get its Breakthrough Moment?

  • How Port Terminals can improve their Resiliency through Strategy and Investment

  • Developing a Change Management and Workforce Strategy to Improve Capability Gaps

  • Benefits and Components of Automation in Ports

  • IoT Based Navigation in Port Terminals

  • Cyber Security​

  • Port Terminal Innovation Ecosystem.

Who Should Attend?

  • Representatives from African government, policy makers.

  • Transport ministries.

  • Operations managers, maintenance and engineers from port authorities.

  • Terminal operators.

  • Consultancy firms.

  • Dredging contractors.

  • Maritime construction firms.

  • Consulting engineering firms

  • Suppliers of cargo handling and terminal equipment.

  • Shipping companies.

  • Port Automation software companies

  • CEO's/MD/COO etc.

  • Port practitioners, Port & Terminal Managers

  • Transport & Terminal Planners, Shipping & Transport Managers

  • Academics, students, shipping and logistics professionals, supply chain professionals & policy makers.

  • Port stakeholders (including municipal stakeholders)

  • Government officials

  • Freight forwarders and shipping agents /Shipping company agents

  • Business development managers, officers of port operating companies

  • Importers and exporters, investor relations managers & procurement and sourcing

  • Maritime lawyers and regulators, sales and account

  • Maritime safety, security and environment professionals

  • Shipyard managers and high ranking officers 

      To register contact us immediately and make a booking .


       Information Desk | Zambezi Pride 

       Tel: +27(0) 87 700 3001 | WhatsApp Business: +27(0) 63 253 1081

       Fax: +27(0) 86 603 3081


The Speakers

20 Plus


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Dr. Juanita Maree

CEO of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)

Dr. Juanita Maree B.Com (Hons cum laude, NWU) M.Com (UJ) and PhD (NWU - awarded in May 2020) has been an Executive Director of Savino Del Bene South Africa (SDBSA) since 2008. She has taken on the position as Chief Executive Officer of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) as from 1 September 2021.
Juanita is regarded as a passionate ‘Captain of Industry’ in the logistics field and is active at all levels of Customs-related organizational entities, nationally and internationally. Her PhD subject “An impact analysis of the customs risk management processes in South Africa” is evidence of this passion.
She headed up the Customs Fraud and Illegal Imports Task Team for Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) (2018/2019) and is a member of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF). Juanita, in her capacity as Chair of the SAAFF board, represents SAAFF at the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG). She leads the WCO-ESA-RPSG (Regional Private Sector Group) under the auspices of the WCO-ESA-ROCB (Regional office for Capacity Building). Since 2015, she has served on the 11-judge panel for the Logistics Association Awards (LAA) event under the SAAFF banner, focusing on the Entrepreneurial spirit within supply chain excellence.

Gadi Benmoshe
MD of Marinnovators

The Future of Cloud

Gadi Benmoshe is managing director of Marinnovators, offering consulting services focusing on Digital transformation, Innovation and Cybersecurity
to Port Authorities, Port Operators and Maritime-Tech Start-Ups.

His last role at Israel Ports Company was Chief Information Officer, leading the Israeli nation-wide Port Community System.

Benmoshe is member of the International Association of Ports and Harbors team, which developed the “Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports” and he participates in the activities of various other international associations: IMO, IPCSA, UN/CEFACT.

He holds B.A. in computer science as well as M.B.A.



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Tomer Shamir

Co-founder & COO at AiDock

A passionate entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Strategic Negotiations, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Partnerships, and International Trade. Strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Business management focused in marketing and finance from Peres academy.


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Kgomotso Mogale

FLSA Director - Executive Chairperson SAMBF Director - Transformation

Responsible for Transformation of the Maritime Sector on behalf of all Maritime Businesses operating inside the South African Territorial waters. Representing the SAMBF - The Unifying Voice of the Maritime Sector. Monitoring the Implementation of the Maritime B-BBEE Charter, Maritimes Transport Sector Development Council under the guidance Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy. 

Building the Skills of the Future

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Human Capital practitioner

Ipupa is a business leader with vast experience in the private and public sector. She is currently a Maritime and Human capital development consultant based in Abuja, Nigeria after a 12-year stint at the Namibian Ports Authority, a natural gateway situated on the South-west Coast of Africa where she managed the Ship and rig repair facility (5 years) and Bulk and break-bulk terminal operations (5 years).

Her appointment in Port operations, made her the first female Port operations manager at the Namibian Ports Authority to occupy that role. She has a track record of initiating and implementing turnaround strategies to drive performance, change and profitability.

Vishaal Lutchman

Building the Skills of the Future

Professional Engineer with over 22 years’ experience in leadership and management of businesses related to the development of infrastructure projects. My qualifications include an MPhil in Leadership, an MBA, a Diploma in Business Management, a BSc Civil Engineering degree, and a Diploma in Civil Engineering, among others. I am currently completing my PhD in Urban Studies at the University of Johannesburg. I had the privilege of previously serving as the CEO of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), steering them through various challenges within the organisation, the industry, and the country. Before my role at SAICE, I was Director of the maritime, aviation and rail business at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Prior to that, I spent five years with RoyalHaskoningDHV as Director of the Maritime and Freight Advisory group. As Deputy Chief Engineer at Transnet, I oversaw the parastatal’s capital and port infrastructure projects across all ports in the country.

Managing Director - Transport at Zutari



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Mowlid Aden

Director at Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA)

Experienced Advisor and Consultant to a variety of multinational companies with a demonstrated history of working in challenging environment in Africa & middle East.
Skilled in Project Management, International Business and negotiation in PPP.
Proven leadership skills with a proactive outlook to execute solutions. Experienced in managing diversified business, both on a strategic & operational level. Responsible for significantly improving the performance of a Business Unit.

Specialities: Management Consulting, Start up,Container Shipping, Terminals, Ports, Port Security, Strategy, Analysis, Commercial, Supply Chain, Logistics, Project Management, Commercial, Extensive Knowledge of East Africa, Fluent in French and Arabic

Shailesh Gupta 

Building the Skills of the Future

Chief of Staff

Portcast (     

Previously worked in management consulting as well as strategic sourcing, manufacturing, and last mile logistics - across Singapore, Dubai, USA. Passionate about technology and supply chains.


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Ronen Meroz

 CEO of Cyberstar

Ronen Meroz is a shipping and logistics industry veteran. For over 20 years, he has held leadership roles in maritime business development, corporate development and finance, and global operations.
At ZIM Shipping Lines (ZIM), Ronen was instrumental in the improvement of ZIM's vessel-terminal interface and performance globally, and was responsible for developing business continuity programs, enhancing digital capabilities, and optimising the key operational processes. 

Cyberstar is a boutique cybersecurity consultancy for maritime and logistics companies, created as a subsidiary of ZIM (NYSE:ZIM) and in partnership with Konfidas – a leading cybersecurity outfit. Our mission is to empower organizations to rebound from major attacks with as little business disruption as possible

Roy Avrahami

Building the Skills of the Future

Chief Innovation Officer at Ashdod Port Company

• Formulate a strategic plan for the port, short and long term, in era of competition.
• Monitoring, directing and supervising the execution and implementation of work plans with the CEO and VP of the company.
• Examination of investment alternatives, pricing and recommendation to the Chairman of the Board of Directors on the investment outline.
• Supervision and monitoring of contracting tenders with suppliers, procurement and service providers.



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Eyal Cohen

VP Global Sales  Cydome

Complete Maritime Cyber Security

Veteran & Hands-on Entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology (cyber security), risk management, and Maritime industry (Maersk, ZIM).

Skilled and experienced in sales, business development, and Go-to-market Strategy in both global companies and startups. 

With a passion for developing successful businesses and technology.



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Hanno Wiese

Business Development Europe  EasySec Solutions

Unleashing Industry 4.0

Hanno is an engineer, a system integrator and a 20-year veteran of European and Israeli critical infrastructure. He has worked for major corporations and has filled key management positions in major projects like Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world’s longest operational rail tunnel, production hubs, power stations and Red Line Tel Aviv, Israel’s first underground metro system. He is a business developer, university lecturer and evangelist for cybersecurity. For a number of years, Hanno has built bridges for leading Israeli cybersecurity start-ups in Europe and worldwide and is currently Business Development Director Europe for EasySec Solutions, a cutting-edge cybersecurity supplier for complex multi-system environments in Maritime transport, manufacturing, logistics, telecommunications, ports and terminals.

Falk Bethke

Expert for Marine Electronics, NAV-, COM- board IT Systems, Integrated Navigation- and Bridge Systems, Bridge Design

Expert for Marine Electronics, NAV-, COM- board IT Systems, Integrated Navigation- and Bridge Systems, Bridge Design

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Luis F Rodriguez

Managing Container Port Operations – Cornelder de Mocambique, Beira. Mozambique

Director of port and terminal operations with more than 20 years of experience in the management of teams responsible for handling and transfer of containers including the use of specialized reefers, fresh produce & breakbulk cargo. Use of TOS systems (incl. internal development) to optimize cargo handling & vessel operations whilst promoting the most efficient use of resources. Effective at meeting deadlines and understanding priorities.

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Speaker Slots Available


Zambezi Pride invites you to come on board our speaker panel for the first, but to be annually held conference on African Port Terminal Operations in the Age of Artificial Intelligence themed the Integration of Artificial intelligence in Operations of Port Terminals in Africa.

A platform where developing countries can learn from the most forward-thinking minds and leaders of the industry. This conference aims at getting African ports to upgrade their operation systems with intelligent technology systems in order to ensure greater productivity and efficiency while also ensuring that jobs are not lost in the process and also PPP general status of the industry.

Should you be interested in speaking, kindly send us an email with your bio attached  immediately.

Every presentation is between 40 – 60 minutes which includes 15 minutes of Q & A. We would be honored to have you on board our speaker panel.

Kind Regards, 

Kenji Chikani

Project Lead | Zambezi Pride 

Phone: +27(0)877003001





Registration & Morning Refreshments


Tea Break




Coffee Break


Q & A Session


Close of Day


The Venue

 5 Corkwood Drive,Zimbali

Coastal Estate, Ballito, Durban

The Capital Zimbali

South Africa’s most iconic coastal resort.

Premier live/play/work destination. Located in a luxury eco estate with insanely beautiful Indian Ocean views, less than fifteen minutes from King Shaka International Airport, The Capital Zimbali Resort is easily accessible and feels like you have arrived at a utopian paradise! Set in a tropical forest that unfurls into the ocean, the resort blends organically into a lush natural landscape.






Phone: +27(0)877003001

Become one of our valued Sponsors

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Main Conference Sponsor 

Lead sponsors will have specific privileges to optimize their presence and exposure including:

  • Branding will be linked to all forms of communication for the Port Operations Conference would be part of all forms/ media of communication/PR for the conference.

  • Have the solo & mandatory representation in terms of any pre-conference communication for the AI & Port Operations Conference on behalf of Zambezi Pride (Be it in the form of newsletters, media, digital media or any other form of media). 2. 30-minute presentation and demonstration of latest technologies.

  • Will receive the following (1) Prime Exhibition area (2) Registration desk management via representatives (3) 6 free registrations for personnel (4) Speaker Slot


Platinum Supporter Sponsorship 

  • Company or product logo on all letterheads and correspondence worldwide.

  • Prominent display of company or product logo on conference website including a link to company website.

  • Acknowledgment as platinum supporter in official program and all preceding announcements.

  • Announcement as platinum supporter preceding

  • Speaker’s presentation.

  • Announcement as a platinum supporter at the meeting and official dinner.

  • Representation at the official dinner including hosting of the international speaker and table branding.

  • Triple stand (three 3 x 3m stands) at the trade exhibition.

  • Seats & Accreditation for 4 delegates

Gold Supporter Sponsorship 

  • Company or product display on company website.

  • Acknowledgment as gold supporter in official Program and all preceding announcements.

  • Announcement as a gold supporter at the meeting and official dinner.

  • Double stand (two 3 x 3m) at the trade exhibition.

  • Seats & Accreditation for 2 delegates & Speaker slot


Silver Supporter Sponsorship 

  • Trade Exhibition Representation 

  •  Single stand (3 x 3m) at the trade exhibition.

  • 2 Delegates ( with Accreditation Provided )

  •  Acknowledgement in the official Program and preceding announcements as silver supporter.

  •  Logo on conference website.

  • Speaker slot



  • All stands measure 3m x 3m Height Restrictions 3m (unless approved)

  • Refreshment breaks and luncheons will be served inside the exhibition hall.

  • Space only: 3m x 3m

  • All stands will be booked on a first come first serve basis.

  • Once confirmed you will be invoiced in full for your stand.

  • Package price includes: Each exhibition stand will be provided with a table, table cloth and two chairs (if required), and an electrical plug point (15 amp).

Become a conference sponsor