Barend Daniёl (Ben) Peters, South Africa

Barend Daniёl (Ben) Peters,
South Africa
Director of Corporate Project,
Programme & Portfolio Management
at the City of Cape Town

Barend Daniёl (Ben) Peters studied Industrial Engineering, obtained his honours degree and worked for over 15 years Project, Programme and Portfolio Management work experience within the mining, oil and gas, telecoms, food, health care and the government sectors. He has significant experience as a professional engineer, project manager, programme manager, portfolio manager and senior manager in construction, information technology and business improvement industries where he gained advanced portfolio, programme and project management capabilities. Ben is a registered professional Engineer (Pr. Eng), registered Professional Construction Project Manager (Pr. CPM) and Project management Professional (PMP). Ben has been exposed to multiple project, programme and portfolio management frameworks and lifecycles and current Director of Corporate Project, Programme and Portfolio Management at the City of Cape Town. His responsibilities include these disciplines as well as Engineering Management for and on behalf of the City of Cape Town. He is also a guest lecturer at various Universities and business Schools across South Africa.

Ben achieved the highest status of Gold Winner in the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Achievement Award as Young Project Manager of the Year in 2016. He was recognised as Employee of the year within the Corporate Services Directorate (City of cape Town Municipality) in 2018 and he was the Programme Manager for water resilience Programme which received a bronze for IPMA Change Management Project of the year Category. By these achievement, he proved that with his unique approach, he is in the “Top League” within the Project, Programme and Portfolio Management disciplines.

Ben is an active member at the South African Institute of Industrial Engineering, Association for Project Management South Africa, International Project management Association and the Project Management Institution. Ben obtained his Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Edinburgh (Herriot Watt Business School). He is in progress to further his studies in the project management and business management fields. Ben is an enthusiastic supporter of any sport and his hobbies include Mountain Biking, biography reading and time with his Family.


Crisis Project Management: Water Resilience Programme

In late 2017, Cape Town, a city with 4.2 million people, was in danger of running out of water. A multi-year drought, the worst in more than 100 years, had left Cape Town’s water supply at perilously low levels. In response to the growing crisis the Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality formed the Water Resilience Programme to create traction within the municipality to pursue all options available to mitigate the risk of acute water shortages.

Ben Peters and Mark Cawood, who formed part of the programme management team, will share unique insights and practical lessons learnt from this experience.​

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