Bruno Grippay, of Nissan International, is not only a person with more than 30 years' experience in many aspects of the global motor industry but he is also an outspoken flag-bearer for electric vehicles.
His keynote address at the annual Naamsa Conference taking place alongside the Festival of Motoring presented by WesBank at the Kyalami Conference Centre on August 22 is sure to be a highpoint on a programme of very knowledgeable speakers.
His topic will be Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Sharing in line with the theme Automotive Trends, Technology and Consumer Behaviour under the overall conference theme of Reimagining the Future Together.
Grippay began his career with Renault in France where he served in human resources and purchasing for over a decade. He then moved to Renault's Alliance partner, Nissan, where the has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in France, Japan, Brazil, and the United States.
Most recently he served as Vice President of Product Planning, Programme Management, Market Intelligence and Design for Nissan India. It was here where was an outspoken advocate for the development and adoption of electric vehicles in that country.
Grippay has become an invaluable asset to the organisation and a recognised leader in his fields of expertise. His current position is Regional Driector - Connected Cars and Intelligent Mobility Coordination for Nissan Africa, Middle East, and India.
Another big plus for this year's conference is the fact that the newly appointed Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel, has confirmed that he will attend the conference as another a keynote speaker, addressing the topic of "Is Government ready as a catalyst and an enabler for change?
"His presentation will be followed with great interest as it will be his first opportunity of addressing such a wide audience of people from the South African automotive industry, from OEMs and dealers to members of related organisations.
"The response from the industry to this year's conference is very heartening," says conference organiser Neil Piper, Head of Content Management at Messe Frankfurt South Africa.
"Bookings are going well and those still wanting to attend should book quickly because seating is limited."
The conference, which also offers ideal networking opportunities, will run from 08:30 to 13:30, when it will be followed by a light lunch. The annual NAAMSA Automotive Conference in association with the Innovation Group and AutoTrader.