Speakers you can look forward to at the Conference.

Op. Dr. Orhan KOÇ 

Dr Titilola Hameed (PhD) (SIIRSM) (ASCMA)

Born in 1966 in Gümüşhane-Turkey, Op. Dr. Orhan KOÇ finished Medical Faculty in Karadeniz Technical University. He served in many hospitals and in 2007-2008 he officiated as Deputy Director General of Personnel in the Ministry of Health. Between the years 2008-2012, he worked as Deputy Director General of Treatment Services in the Ministry of Health and in between 2012-2013 he served as Vice President of Public Hospitals Authority. He worked as the Head Doctor of Ulus State Hospital between 2013-2015. Op. Dr.Orhan KOÇ was the Hospital Manager of Etimesgut State Hospital in 2015. In 2016, he officiated as Vice President of Social Security Institution and acting Deputy Director General of Universal Health Insurance of Social Security Institution. Since 2017, Op. Dr. Orhan KOÇ is Director General of Occupational Health and Safety in Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services. 

Dr Titilola Hameed is a Lawyer by training. She is currently a lecturer at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, Nigeria. She attended the prestigious University of Lagos, Nigeria and holds an LL.M Degree as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham and University of Aberdeen respectively, both of which are the United Kingdom.

Dr Hameed has published several works on Occupational Safety and Health. She has also presented papers at local and international conferences.

She is involved in the drafting of OSH legislation and policy and was recently nominated to head the Scientific Committee on OSH Legislation and Policy for OSHAfrica. 

Dr Ulrike Bollmann 

Peter-John (Jakes) Jacobs

Dr Ulrike Bollmann is the Head of International Cooperation at the Institute for Work and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance. Ulrike is the Coordinator of the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH). Ulrike is a member of the Editorial Board of Safety Science. Within the context of ENETOSH she has been awarded for “Innovation in Practice”. Together with important stakeholders at European and international level (WHO, ILO, ISSA, EU-OSHA, IALI etc.) she conducted the International Strategy Conference on Safety and Health at Work in Dresden for several times and made decisive contributions to the last two World Congresses on Safety and Health at Work conducted by ILO and ISSA together with the national hosts in Germany and Singapore. Currently she conducts a research project on leading indicators for a culture of prevention together with the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA). Ulrike is a member of the OSHAfrica Scientific Committee on Education & Competency Development. 

Peter-John (Jakes) Jacobs has been involved in Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Management for more than 20 years holding various positions across the HSE spectrum including carrying legal appointments as an Occupational Hygienist and Radiation Protection Officer. Jakes has worked across a number of industries including government, mining and petrochemicals. He has also served on the Board of not for profit organisations including the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene and is currently the President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association. Jakes holds a Master of Public Health Degree in Occupational Hygiene from the University of the Witwatersrand and is passionate about worker health and ensuring healthy workplaces for all. According to Jakes: "Occupational Hygiene is a noble profession and we need to continue to build and expand the profession. Healthy workplaces lead to a safe and productive environment which in turn uplifts societies". 

Mr Ehi Iden

Dr Ivan D. Ivanov

Ehi Iden is an Occupational Health and Safety Consultant with over 20 years’ work experience spanning through healthcare, patient safety and Occupational Health and Safety Management. He holds professional certificates in Industrial Hygiene, Society and Health, Global Social Entrepreneurship, Behavioural Medicine, Health and Wellness and an Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management. He also holds an MBA and M.Sc. in Workplace Health and Safety and currently a PhD by Research student.

Ehi is a versatile trainer and conference speaker of high demand. He is the founding CEO of Occupational Health and Safety Managers (OHSM), a Regional Chair, Patient Safety Movement and Coordinator, OSHAfrica. 

Dr Ivanov is leading the Global Workers’ Health Team in WHO responsible for setting global policies, norms and standards in occupational health team, monitoring trends and work-related health impacts, coordinating WHO’s technical work on occupational health, and providing technical assistance to countries for strengthening policies, institutions and services and for implementing WHO’s recommendations on occupational health. Dr Ivanov is medical doctor with post graduate training in occupational health (MPH) and sociology of health and environment (PhD). In the past, he has worked in the public health system and the ministry of health of his native country, Bulgaria, in the Institute of International Health, Michigan State University and in WHO Regional Office for Europe. His current projects include strengthening countries capacities to protect occupational health and safety of health workers and in public health emergencies, health of migrant workers and workers in the informal economy, integration of occupational health in people-centered primary health care and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases at the workplace. 

Prof. Cas J Badenhorst

Professor John Smallwood

Cas Badenhorst holds a number of tertiary qualifications in the area of physiology, occupational health and hygiene, mine environmental engineering and Health and Safety Management.  He is a certified Occupational Hygienist, working in the field of safety and occupational health and hygiene for more than 20 years.  For the last 6 years Cas leads the Occupational Health and Hygiene Unit within Anglo American plc.


Cas also has a keen interest in the academics and is appointed as Extraordinary Associate Professor in Occupational Health and Hygiene in the School of Physiology at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa. Cas is a Past President of the Southern Africa Institute of Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH) and the current chair of the Health Working Group of the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM). 

John is currently a Professor in and the Head of the Department of Construction Management, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). He is also the Programme Director, MSc (Built Environment) Programme. His qualifications include BSc (Building Management), MSc (Construction Management) and PhD (Construction Management). Responsibilities include, research, supervision and promotion of research, publishing, lecturing, community service, professional association, career promotion, and administration. He is an NRF Category C2 rated researcher and was ranked within the top 20 researchers at the then University of Port Elizabeth in 2000 for the period 1995-1999, and in 2000 to 2003. In 2005 he was awarded ‘Researcher of the Year 2004’. From 2007-2009 for the years 2006-2008, and in 2012 and 2013 for the years 2011 and 2012, he was awarded ‘Faculty Researcher of the Year’. He was also the ‘School of the Built Environment Researcher of the Year’ from 2007-2015 for the years 2006-2014. In addition, he supervises a range of built environment, construction, and project management related research at honours, masters, and doctoral level. To date he has graduated 13 Doctorates. John has either presented or presents the subjects, Materials and Methods 2 and 3, Construction Management 3, and 4, and Construction Health and Safety 4, to either architectural, construction management or quantity surveying students, or a combination thereof. He also presents the Construction Marketing, Environmental Management, Health and Safety (H&S) Management A and B, Risk Management, and Total Quality Management (TQM) modules on the MSc (Built Environment) programme. John has developed a four-day Certificate Programme in Construction H&S, and a five-day Client Appointed H&S Agent Certificate programme, in addition to other H&S seminars and workshops. He has also moderated various construction related subjects at the former Port Elizabeth Technikon, University of Cape Town, the then University of Natal, and NMMU.

Prior to commencing employment at NMMU in mid 1990, John was a Contracts Manager for Murray & Roberts (EP) (Pty) Ltd., a regional entity of a large national general contractor, operating continentally and internationally. He was a bursary student, and worked for them during his fourth and fifth years of study. Salient construction achievements include 5-star H&S gradings and national places in the top three in H&S competitions.

His consultancy Construction Research Education and Training Enterprises (CREATE) undertakes extensive H&S training, project H&S consulting services to clients, project managers, and designers, and contract research in the fields of H&S, quality, and industry performance. Notable clients include Anglo American Projects, the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb), East Cape Department of Roads and Public Works, ESKOM, and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Professional registration includes registration as a Pr CM and a Pr CHSA with the South African Council for the Construction and Project Management Professions (SACPCMP).

Professional association includes membership of the Association of Construction Health & Safety Management (ACHASM), Association of Construction Project Managers (ACPM), the Ergonomics Society of South Africa (ESSA), the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the Institute of Safety Management (IoSM), the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, (SAIOSH), and Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). John is a Past-President and Councillor of the South African Institute of Building (SAIB), a past Councillor of the CIOB (Africa), the IoSM, and the Council of the SACPCMP. He was also involved with the evolution of the International Association for the Professional Management of Construction (IAPMC) having attended and presented papers at IAPMC meetings in Cape Town, Madrid, and Washington D.C. John is also a Past-President, the Association of Schools of Construction Southern Africa (ASOCSA), and a Director (Section 21 Company), ACHASM.