Horst Weinert


  • Head of Didactic for Festo Southern and Eastern Africa, part of the global industrial automation group.
  • Passionate about bridging industry and education, for employability and productivity that drive industrialisation.
  • Experienced in engineering, commerce, teaching, entrepreneurship, across public and private sectors.
  • Managing innovative teams in technical projects, delivering fascinating impact, changingthe future of nations within a generation, and laying the foundations for Industry 4.0

CV in brief:

  • Leading sales, installation, and training teams of Festo Didactic in Southern and Eastern Africa; part of the industrial, multinational Festo group headquartered in Germany.
  • Managed business technology transfer, at the Small Enterprise Development Agency.
  • Taught mechatronic engineering, at Tshwane University of Technology.
  • Ran projects and maintenance in heavy machinery, at Arcelor Mittal Steel.
  • Volunteer work at WorldSkills International competitions, andTuksNovationtech business incubator/accelerator.
  • Qualifications: MEng – UKZN, South Africa / MBA – Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

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