IHHA Chairman


Brian Monakali
Chief Engineer - BSc, Rail Network
Eng. MEng. MBA
Transnet Freight Rail
Private Bag X 47, Johnnesburg 2000, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 544 9649
Fax: +27 11 544 9183
Mobile: +27 73 273 7245
Email: Brian.Monakali@transnet.net

Brian Monakali,
South Africa

Brian Monakali has over 18 years of work experience. He is currently working for Transnet Freight Rail, South Africa, as General Manager, Capital Planning responsible for Strategic Long Term Planning and Rail Capacity Development. Previously he worked as an Executive Manager responsible for Strategic Long Term Planning. Before this he held a role of Chief Engineer responsible for rail infrastructure maintenance, which includes the Coal Heavy Haul export line. Brian also worked for the Platinum mining company, Lonmin Plc, where he started as a Plant Engineer, and later moved to role of Senior Manager – Business Process Improvement. Lonmin also seconded Brian to London, UK, for period of over 3 years where he worked as Senior Manager, Strategy and Business Development.

Brian is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA). In his role as Global Chairman of IHHA, Brian is currently spearheading the development of a Heavy Haul Railway vision 2030 with the 10 member countries of IHHA, underpinned by the 4th industrial revolution.

Brian has an Electrical Engineering Degree from University of Cape Town, Masters in Industrial Engineering from Wits University, and an MBA from Wits Business School. Brian is also a qualified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma with a track record of successfully leading a Lean Six Sigma deployment at Lonmin delivering tangible results.