Commerce Edge International's Advisory Board

Bernie van Niekerk

Bernie van Niekerk is the Publishing Editor of The Smart Procurement Review, an African thought leadership publication dealing with leading trends in procurement and inbound supply chain management.He edits and directs, a monthly newsletter with 24 000 readers, most of whom are procurement. He is the moderator of, a leading international forum for procurement professionals.

As a respected consultant, he has been exposed to the latest international thinking around procurement and has personally overseen or participated in some of the leading procurement re-engineering efforts in South Africa. professionals. Many of South Africa’s largest companies have retained Bernie’s services to restructure their procurement environments at a strategic level.


Ronald Mlalazi

Ronald is an accomplished procurement professional who has also achieved the coveted Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply - UK Fellowship status (2012), as a result of his outstanding contributions over the years in Procurement and Supply Chain. He also holds a master's degree in procurement and supply chain from South Wales University.

Recently elected as CIPS Congress representative for Africa (2016-2019), he currently works for Commerce Edge as the Head of the Commerce Edge Academy. Researched and developed Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA) South Africa Training Programme Development on Public Sector Strategic Sourcing. He has written several articles on Procurement and Supply Chain published through Smart Procurement. Presented and assessed Strategic Sourcing courses with the National Treasury. Has served on the Smart Procurement World Conference Advisory Board since 2012 to date.

Ernst Dr Ernst van Biljon

Dr Ernst van Biljon, holds a Doctorate in Business Management, specializing in strategic supply chain and process management in the automotive industry.

Ernst held several academic positions at the Port Elizabeth Technikon between 1980 and 2005. He lectured at undergrad and post-grad level in Purchasing Management, Supply Chain Management, Logistics Management, Business Management, Advanced Strategic Management and Operations Management. He also initiated the Department of Economics and Logistics Management, was appointed as Professor in the Department of Economics and Logistics (2000), and then appointed as Campus Principal (at level of Dean) of the George Campus (Saasveld) in 2000.
He has also lectured various supply and logistics courses at the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE), the South African Breweries (SAB) and the Institute of Packaging South Africa.

Ernst has authored two university textbooks which are prescribed reading in Supply Chain Management and Procurement programmes: co-editor of Purchasing and Supply Management, now in its fifth edition; co-editor of Supply Chain Management: Logistics in Perspective.

Douglas Boateng Professor Douglas Boateng

Professor Douglas Boateng formally joined the Commerce Edge Advisory Board in 2008 after many years of advising the companies founder and Chief Executive. Dr Boateng is Professor Extraordinarius for Supply and Value Chain Management at UNISA.

Professor Douglas BOATENG, Africa’s first ever appointed Professor Extraordinaire for supply and value chain management (SBL UNISA), is an International Professional certified Chartered Director and an adjunct academic. Independently recognised as one of the vertical specific global strategic thinkers on
procurement, governance, logistics, and industrial engineering in the context of supply and value chain management, he continues to play leading academic and industrial roles in supply chain strategy development and implementation, both in Africa, and around the world. His present and past directorships and supervisory responsibilities include the Chairmanship of the Public Procurement Authority of Ghana, Chairman Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Africa Advisory board and Deputy Chairman of the South Africa Supplier Diversity Council.

He holds, amongst other qualifications, an Institute of Directors Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction, MSc in logistics in Manufacturing systems and a Doctor of Engineering (Warwick). He is also an elected FELLOW of: Institute of Directors - UK & South Africa; Society of Operations Engineers - UK; Institution of Plant Engineers - UK; Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - UK & South Africa; Chartered Management Institute - UK; Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply - UK; Institute of Business Consulting - UK;. Professor Boateng has been an elected member of the UK’s Institute of Directors for over 20 years, and continues to assist local and international organisations and CEOs with board level, directional, accountability and governance matters.

Recognised for his outstanding contribution to the academic and industrial advancement of local and international aspects of supply chain goverance and management and industrialisation he was bestowed with a Platinum Life Time Global Achievers Award (2016) and a Life Time Achievers Award (2013 &2015)by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and its various local industry associations. In 2016, Professor Boateng was honoured by CEO Titans Building Nations with a Life time Achievers Award for exceptional work done in the area of industrial engineering, procurement, and supply chain management in a developing world context. In 2018, American multi-national Hewlett Packard(HP) the world’s largest computer and printer manufacturer honoured Professsor Boateng with its first ever functional specific lifetime Achiever Award for his extraordinary contribution to making policy makers public and private sector leaders further appreciate the link between supply chain management and the UN Sustainable development Goals.

He has also been publicly acknowledged by leading institutions, including the Commonwealth Business Council, for his ongoing contribution to the rapidly emerging concept of strategic sourcing and its inextricable link to Africa’s long-term industrialisation and socio-economic development.