Amal Khatri

Embracing Innovation and Sustainability in an Ever-Evolving World

With an unwavering commitment to driving positive change, Amal Khatri has forged an exceptional career journey that intertwines his twin passions – harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology and championing sustainable practices that nurture our planet.

Over the past two decades, Amal’s voyage has taken him to the forefront of the energy and space sectors, where he has played a pivotal role in pioneering initiatives that have reshaped industries and inspired future generations of innovators.

His exceptional leadership culminated in the development of South Africa’s first operational Earth Observation Satellite, a feat that not only pushed boundaries but also underscored his ability to navigate complex challenges, foster cross-functional collaborations, and drive transformative change.

Amal’s impact extends far beyond the realms of technology and industry; it resonates in his personal philosophy, which prioritizes self-leadership, mental well-being, and a growth mindset. Through the integration of ancient practices like yoga, meditation, and spiritual exploration, he has cultivated resilience, focus, and the ability to navigate life’s challenges with grace and wisdom.

In a world that demands constant evolution and adaptation, Amal stands as a beacon of hope, inspiring others to embrace sustainable practices, harness the transformative potential of technology, and contribute to a greener, more prosperous future for all.

Join Amal on this extraordinary journey as he continues to push boundaries, challenge conventions, and empower individuals and organisations to unlock their full potential while harmonising progress with environmental stewardships

What Matters to me

Technology

My extensive background in the energy sector, particularly at Eskom, has given me a deep understanding of the intersection between technology and sustainable energy solutions. From developing long-term research and innovation programs focused on optimizing energy distribution networks to implementing ICT initiatives like ERP systems and digital transformations, I have championed the adoption of cutting-edge technologies to drive efficiency, sustainability, and operational excellence

Lets Go Green

 The time has come for us to collectively embrace a “Let’s Go Green” mindset, recognising that sustainability is not merely a buzzword but a fundamental responsibility we owe to our planet and future generations. By integrating sustainable practices into our daily lives, businesses, and technological advancements, we can pave the way for a greener, more resilient, and more prosperous world

Self Leadership

Mental Health, Yoga, Spirituality, and Growth Mindset: Recognising the importance of self-leadership, I have actively cultivated practices that nurture mental well-being, personal growth, and a growth mindset. Through the integration of yoga, meditation, and spiritual exploration, I have developed resilience, focus, and the ability to navigate life’s challenges with grace and wisdom. Embracing a growth mindset has empowered me to continuously learn, adapt, and evolve, fostering a deep sense of purpose and fulfillment in both my personal and professional endeavors.

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern organisations, success is no longer solely defined by financial metrics or market dominance. Rather, it is increasingly recognized that the true foundation of sustainable growth and innovation

In today's increasingly complex and interconnected world, the pursuit of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals has become a strategic imperative for organizations across various industries

The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) has ushered in a new era of unprecedented technological disruption, transforming the way organizations operate and redefining the very nature of work itself

In the face of mounting environmental challenges, organizations can no longer afford to treat sustainability as an afterthought.

Working Process

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Work Experience

An accomplished senior business leader and electrical engineer with over two decades of experience in operations management, program leadership, and strategic technology planning across energy and space sectors, skilled in guiding research and innovation while fostering sustainable growth and empowering organizations.

Electrical Engineer
1999-2008
  • Electricity Delivery System Support Manager (March 2004 – August 2008): Directed regional SCADA and metering functions, spearheaded the implementation of a new Distributed Management System, and ensured compliance through rigorous testing procedures. Managed energy billing systems to support the expanding grid infrastructure.

  • Telecommunication Contracts Manager (October 2001 – March 2004): Led the definition and communication of telecommunication requirements vital for grid operations, while overseeing planning and standardization efforts in a national decision-making committee.

  • Electricity Delivery Technology Engineer (February 1999 – September 2001): Crafted strategic plans and conducted feasibility studies on telecom technologies, enhancing the resilience and efficiency of electric grid managemen

Electrical Engineer
Chief Advsior Research and Operations
2009-2015

As Chief Advisor Research & Operations from September 2008 to July 2015, I spearheaded a comprehensive research and innovation initiative in Distribution Energy Networks for a prominent power utility, optimizing solutions for energy distribution and future networks. I led a team overseeing 30+ energy-related projects, including Embedded Generation, Smart Grids, IoT, and Energy Analytics, while also completing significant research programs in Energy Efficiency, Demand-Side Management, and Behavioral Economics Research in Energy. Additionally, I played a pivotal role in fostering collaboration with universities, institutions, and international partners, including launching an Electric Vehicle research roadmap and representing the utility at global workshops and trade delegations

Research Stratgey and Innovation
Executive Director
2015-2022

Dynamic leader and visionary strategist with a stellar track record at the South African National Space Agency, serving as Executive Director of the Space Programme from July 2015 to February 2022. Led a 100+ member team across four divisions, spearheading strategic initiatives, program management, and fostering international collaborations with NASA, ESA, and BRICS nations. Pioneered groundbreaking advancements in space engineering, satellite development, and ICT leadership, while championing STEM activities and industry development. Demonstrated exceptional crisis management skills during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring seamless operations and remote work facilitation.

 

Executive
QueensLand Government Program Manager
2022-2023

As Program Manager Space with the Queensland Government from September 2022 to May 2023, I spearheaded strategic partnerships with industry, research, and government bodies to optimize Queensland’s investment in the space sector. My role involved identifying sector challenges and fostering collaborations to enhance growth and capabilities effectively. Additionally, I provided high-level strategic and technical advice to the government, represented Queensland nationally on space coordination committees, and coordinated various space initiatives, showcasing leadership, diplomacy, and project management prowess. Throughout, I prioritized stakeholder engagement, cultivating relationships across the sector for a collaborative and dynamic ecosystem.

 

Space Program Manager
Initiatives and Partner Development Manager
2023-to Date

As the Initiatives and Partner Development Manager at FrontierSi in Brisbane, Australia since June 2023, I’ve spearheaded strategic partnership development within the mining resources sector. By proactively identifying and cultivating key relationships with government, private sector, and university partners, I’ve expanded our partner base and fortified existing connections. Through innovative problem-solving and collaborative project development, I’ve facilitated the application of spatial, space, and earth observation technologies to address critical mining challenges, ensuring successful project execution and delivery. My leadership and collaborative approach have driven teams toward achieving impactful outcomes, emphasizing a forward-thinking and goal-oriented approach in addressing industry challenges.

Business & Partner Development

What My Colleagues Say About me.

Working with Amal over the past few years has been inspirational. His approach to thought leadership at SANSA sees the empowerment of his colleagues to which he should be proud. Working as part of the Executive team and running his own satellite engineering programme his strategic outlook and road mapping skills have been essential for the team to not only craft a new 5 year strategy but also the new business model to deliver on our strategy. I have learnt a lot working alongside Amal and he is a great asset to SANSA and its successes to date.

Ann Slavin

Mr Khatri has demonstrated to be a hard working gentleman and very honest about his intentions towards his goals and ambitions. We had a very synergetic working relationship and Mr Khatri has had value adding inputs towards proposals that were presented at for a that he chaired. He is proving to move from strength to strength. I have not doubt that he’ll fulfil the position of a successful Executive

Dr Vincent Micali

Amal Khatri is an experienced executive with a great engineering background. His contributions to several industries has been phenomena

Dr Prathaban Moodley