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Japie Scholtz is a champion for chemical engineering, an experienced separation technology engineer, a passionate grower of people, a life-long learner, and a leader in all of these dimensions.

Japie is a Past, President and Honorary Fellow of the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE), having fulfilled various positions which span the scope from student representative all the way up to President of the Institution (2006). He was Technical Director for the SACEC 2012 and 2020 congresses.

Japie is a registered professional engineer in South Africa, a Fellow of IChemE, and a Chartered Engineer. He has represented South Africa on the World Chemical Engineering Council for many years.  He has received an Honorary Fellowship from SAIChE, and a life-time achievement award from Sasol for his services to the profession of chemical engineering.  He has represented South Africa on the inaugural Congress of IChemE.

Japie holds a bachelors and masters degree in chemical engineering (membrane separations), from the University of Pretoria, an honours and masters degree in industrial psychology (chemical engineering careers), from North-West University, and a degree in management from the University of South Africa.

Japie has more than 28 years experience in research and process development in petrochemical separation technology, including 13 years as senior manager.  His particular technical field of expertise is in adsorption technology, particularly in industrial applications, but he has exposure in many fields of separation technology, in research through operations and troubleshooting.

Presently Japie is a senior intellectual property technical advisor with Sasol.

He lives in Sasolburg, South Africa, with his family.


organising committee


Lizelle van Dyk is the president of the South African Institution of Chemical Engineering (SAIChE). She is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 

She holds a PhD from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and has been in academia for 18 years. Her research interests includes water remediation, metal extraction from previously discarded materials and fly ash utilization.

Lizelle has been a member of the organising committee for the SACEC congress in 2012 and in 2020. 


Anthony Bass is a South African Coach, Author Speaker and Lecturer, known for his Forum Seminars. 

He is a past leader of some notable South African companies, including Altech, Vodacom World Online, Dimension Data and the ECS Group and he has 30 years of I.T. and Business leadership experience with companies including , ABSA, De Beers, Discovery Health, Standard Bank, Nedcor, Premier Farnel (UK), Tiscali, mCel, (Mozambique), and Natswitch (Zimbabwe)

Anthony holds a DSc in Light Current Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has lectured at Princeton University, co-authored a New York  best-selling book, and has worked around the globe in leadership positions for many multinational companies. 

Recently, Anthony has been coaching and consulting to a number of large South African organisations whilst running the section 21 company LifeForums, (an adult life skills program).

As a contribution to a greener world, Anthony successfully designed and manufactured a highly efficient multilayer AC generator which has been subsequently sold to General Electric for implementation in the new South African power stations Medupi and Kusili.


Prof. Hendrik Brink (PhD, PrEng) is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2015, specializing in Bioreaction Engineering. He has 9 years of academic experience, initially as senior lecturer and subsequently as associate professor since January 2022. He is a member of SAIChE, an associate of ICHEME, and a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.

Throughout his academic career, he has published 83 accredited papers and successfully supervised or co-supervised 22 master’s and 6 PhD candidates. Currently, he supervises or co-supervises 8 master’s and 5 PhD candidates.

His research primarily focuses on waste valorization for a circular economy.


The Scientific Committee members will be announced on our website in due course.