Daniel Kamau

Daniel Kamau

Director: Infrastructure - South Africa

  • Johannesburg , South Africa
  • kamau.dnk@gmail.com


I am the director of an $ 8 million - revenue infrastructure advisory team in the Transport & Planning Business Unit of Royal HaskoningDHV, South Africa. The team, comprising eighty professionals, is dispersed in three main centres - Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein - and covers the northern provinces of the country: Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Northern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga.

I offer a combination of contemporary leadership - one that is flexible and adaptable, while applying old-fashioned business principles, and intuitive management - one that is able to sift through voluminous and complex information to make quick, critical decisions.

My ten (10) years of professional experience in the infrastructure sector has been broad, allowing me to develop into a well-rounded professional with the capacity to transfer my leadership and management capability into any sector or sub-sector.

Relationships with clients and stakeholders (internal and external) is central to the success of any business. In line with this, I have developed  an extensive network across various industries (in both public and private sector) in the following African countries: South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia.

Beyond Africa, I have a well-developed professional network in the Netherlands, and to a lesser extent in India and Canada.


  • Contemporary Leadership and Intuitive Management
  • Pan-African experience and professional network
  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Extensive team management and change management experience
  • Specialist in the Infrastructure Sector

Work History

Work History

Royal HaskoningDHV - Northern Region, South Africa

Nov 2014 - Present

Director: Transport & Planning Business Unit

As the director of the Northern Advisory Group of the Transport & Planning Business Unit, I lead a team of more than eighty (80) professionals in three main centres: Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein.

My responsibilities entail:

  • Strategic and operational leadership of the advisory group
  • Financial Controls: responsible for revenue, profitability and working capital management for the advisory group 
  • Internal operations/ business processes: including business Integrity management and compliance of advisory group activities with company policies
  • Projects Management: I act as the Project Director on key assignments
  • Business Development, including proposal management and Client Relationship Management
  • People management: resource management and staff development

In addition to the above, I have driven the establishment of a new service offering - the rail service line - within the advisory group. This has included formulation of strategy, market research and most importantly, development of client relationships.

Royal HaskoningDHV, South Africa & Tanzania

Jul 2013 - Oct 2014

Strategic Development Coordinator: Southern and East Africa

As the Strategic Development Co-ordinator in the Office of the CEO (Royal HaskoningDHV, South Africa) my role involved:

-Development and continuous refinement of the corporate strategy as relates to growth of the business in the rest of Africa;

-Development of sector-specific strategy for each of the business units while ensuring alignment with the corporate strategy;

-Promotion and facilitation of collaboration between the South African business and the various global entities, and locally between the business units-focused specifically on Africa;

-Championing of specific corporate initiatives such as the establishment of an office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and business development in certain key markets

Royal HaskoningDHV, South Africa

Jun 2012 - Jun 2013

Principal Associate

As a Principal Associate at Royal HaskoningDHV , my primary role in the Transport, Aviation and Planning Business Unit entailed the following:

  • Design lead on technical projects
  • Project management on mono- and multi-disciplinary projects
  • Project implementation in various African countries
  • International Business Development: Market Analysis, Strategy Formulation, Client and Local Partner Relationship Management, Tendering, and Marketing.

Royal HaskoningDHV, South Africa

Jan 2011 - Jun 2012


As an Associate in the Transport, Aviation and Planning business unit, my primary function was to execute projects as one of the technical team members, under the guidance of a Project Manager and/ or  Sector Specialist.

Jeffares & Green Pty

Feb 2006 - Sep 2010


Graduate and mid-level engineer in Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning and Pavement Engineering.



Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria

2010 - 2011


(Elective focus on: Corporate Strategy, Emerging Markets Strategy)

University of Pretoria

2007 - 2008

BEng Honours (Transportation Engineering)

(Key subjects: Pavement Engineering, Transportation Studies, Traffic Engineering)

University of Cape Town

2001 - 2005

BSc. Civil Engineering

(Key subjects: Geotechnical Eng, Structural Eng, Hydraulic Eng, Urban Eng, Physics, Mathematics)




Through my years working in a multidisciplinary technical environment, and as the director of a demographically diverse team of 80 professionals, I have honed both my management IQ and EQ. I am able drive performance, without losing empathy, and promote team development, while still able to act firmly against poor performance or transgressions.

Change Management

I have transitioned various teams towards different values and behaviours in order to enhance performance.

An example of this is my transformation of senior leadership team in the Northern Advisory Group, the management of the broader team's response to these changes, and the shifting of the team culture towards a high-performance, meritocratic one.

Strategy Development and Implementation

I am able to synthesise client and market information to identify requirements, translation of these requirements into business operations, and the application of resources to execute against the relevant action plans

An example of this is my development of the Royal HaskoningDHV Pan-African Strategy and the subsequent establishment of an office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the development of strategic network in: Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria

Business Development

I possess the capability to develop a network of clients, strategic partners and key stakeholders with the overarching objective of growing business for the firm. In this regard, I have developed a personal approach that seeks to differentiate between ego-driven business development activities which yield very little return, and authentic initiatives that translate to real business.


Experience in Africa



Engineering Council of South Africa

2012 - Present

Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng.)

Professionally Registered Civil Engineer