Christopher Haines is currently the Executive Manager Sales at HENSOLDT South Africa, Optronics Business Unit. Haines is the former founder of Novo Energy, the pioneer in CNG vehicle technology within South Africa. He has worked on the development of alternative energy projects and aerospace development projects in Africa. Before that, he spent 20 years at Denel and Denel Dynamics (formerly Kentron) in a number of diverse roles in Business Development, Engineering, Marketing and Product Development. He was also a member of the Executive Management Team responsible for the identification and initiation of product development programmes including various multi-national missile programmes. He has more than 30 years’ experience in Technology and Programme Management, Executive Management, and international Business Development. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) and a M.Sc in Physics from the University of Natal, as well as an Executive Development Programme from the UNISA School of Business Leadership.