Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Panel of Experts

​​​​​​​ Rear Admiral Derek John Christian, MMM, South African Navy (Ret)
(Maritime Security)


Rear Admiral Derek Christian, a qualified submariner, served ​in a variety of seagoing and shore-based posts in the South African Navy and broader South African National Defence Force throughout his 42 years of service, until his retirement in February 2017.​

Captain John M. Holmes, USCG (ret.)
(Maritime Security)


John M. Holmes is an Independent Marine Consultant and a maritime specialist with 40 years of experience in positions that include Chief Operating Officer, Fortune 500 executive, and senior level Coast Guard Officer. 

Brigadier General John Migui Waweru (Kenya Navy)
(Maritime Security)


Brigadier General John Migui Waweru was born on 5th December 1961 in Nairobi, Kenya. He joined the Kenya Navy on 14th April 1982. After his basic training at the Armed Forces Training College in Lanet, Kenya, he attended his basic naval course at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, United Kingdom. 

user-160.pngRear Admiral Hanno Teute​berg, South African Navy (ret)​
(Maritime Security)


Hanno Teuteberg joined the South African Navy (SA Navy) in 1977 and qualified as a seagoing combat officer onboard Type 12 Frigates followed by a stint as a Hydrographic Officer. In the mid-80s, he moved to the submarine branch where he followed the normal career path to commanding a submarine and then the flotilla itself (1998). 

Ms Lydelle Joubert
(Maritime Security)


Lydelle Joubert is a researcher at Stable Seas​ on global piracy and counter-piracy efforts and contributes research on transnational organized crime and terrorism. 

Zane.jpgZane Cleophas
(Landward Security: Border Security)

+27 (0) 12 003 3240

Zane Cleophas, Group CEO and co founder , Areta Holdings (Security & Defence, Consulting and Technologies). Currently he consults in domestic and cross border defence and security technologies, border security, OEM technical evaluations and project management. 

Alice Namuly Blazevic (Uganda Legal Tech Network)​
(Cyber Security)


Alice Namuli Blazevic is a Partner at Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates. She has over 15 years' experience in Commercial and Corporate Transactions, specialising in Projects and Infrastructure Finance, PPP's and the Energy Sector. 

Tendai Marengereke (Harare Institute of Technology)
(Cyber Security​)​


Tendai Marengereke is a Lecturer for Information Security and Assurance at the Harare Institute of Technology in Zimbabwe. He holds a Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Information Security and Cyber Forensics from SRM University, India. 

Christopher John Myers
(Maritime Cyber​)


Christopher Myers is the Chief Operating Officer and Founding Partner of an international consulting and advisory company based in the United Arabic Emirates. He supports international clients in Africa, the Middle East, United Kingdom, western and eastern Europe.​

Dries Putter


Dries Putter is a senior lecturer at the Defence Intelligence Studies at the Department of Strategic Studies, Faculty of Military Science, St​​ellenbosch University. He has functional experience in land- and sea warfare, intelligence, and defence acquisition and related matters such as defence intellectual property and arms control. He holds the rank of Captain (SA Navy). His PhD focussed on Defence Knowledge Management and have master’s degrees in security (MMS), defence (MMil) and business leadership (MBL). He is an Associate Researcher at the National Security Hub, University of Canberra. His research interests are hybrid warfare, counterintelligence, covert action and intelligence.​