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Ralph Ellis

Regional Director

Currently resides in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in London United Kingdom

I lead the Program Advisory Unit for Aurecon in New Zealand with over 20 year international experience in the development and construction sectors. I have worked on projects in the; Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand. I have extensive experience in the private development field and the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) market. I have worked for all the parties involved in projects including; government clients, commercial developers, concessionaire companies (SPV’s) and lenders/financiers. This diverse wealth of experience, gives me the ability to understand the needs and drivers of the parties and deliver the optimal result for the project. I have worked on a wide variety of projects from Hospitals and Schools to Prisons, Commercial Offices and Retail Malls, along with Infrastructure and Civil Engineering projects, for both public and private clients.

Contact details

O: +64 9 523 8928

M: +64 21 760 782

Web presence

Business Address

139 Carlton Gore Rd, Auckland, New Zealand, 1023

Professional Portfolios

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International Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

in Project Management

Joint Infrastructure Fund and Scientific Research...

in Transaction Advisory

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Regional Director | Program Advisory | Aurecon Group
Auckland, New Zealand | October 2017 - present

Consulting and Project Management

Business Development Director | LeonAir
Harare, Zimbabwe | May 2014 - present

Transportation and Logistics

Consultant | Independent Consultant (Self Employed)
Norwich, United Kingdom | December 2008 - present

Consulting and Project Management

Previous Position(s)

Principal Advisor | Infrastructure Advisory | Aurecon Group
Auckland, New Zealand | February 2017 - October 2017

Consulting and Project Management

Non-Executive Chairman | SKMP Projects
Harare, Zimbabwe | November 2016 - November 2017

Building, Construction and Engineering

Member of the Board of Trustees | Project Management Zimbabwe
Harare, Zimbabwe | August 2014 - April 2016


Chief Investment Officer (Commercial Director) | Transaction | PER - Lusulu Power
Harare, Zimbabwe | April 2014 - December 2016

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources

Leading the internal transaction team to secure investment and achieve Financial Close on a 2,000 MW thermal power station.
Secured USD 525 million for the first 600 MW phase

Associate Director | Transaction Advisory | Sesani
Harare, Zimbabwe | August 2013 - December 2015

Consulting and Project Management

Associate Director | Strategic Project Management | Driver Group
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2012 - August 2013

Consulting and Project Management

I head the Strategic Project Management Team for Sub-Saharan Africa

Educational history


Portsmouth College, Portsmouth, United Kingdom (1989)


University of Greenwich

London, United Kingdom | September 1989 - June 1992

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying - Quantity Surveying


media exposure

Business Herald | 2014

PMZ chief executive officer Peter Banda and Ralph Ellis, board member, participated at the PMSA conference

Herald | 2012

Article about Driver Group Africa's involvement in PPP Projects.

Academic Achievements

BSc Hons (2:1) Quantity Surveying | 1992

Other Achievements

Panellist at PMSA Conference | 2014

Panellist at PMSA conference for a discussion on trends in project management in Sub-Sahara Africa.

PPP Panellist at the Mining and Infrastructure Indaba | 2013

Restating the case for PPPs in Zimbabwe

Presenter at PMIZ Seminar | 2013

Presented a seminar titled “An Introduction to Public-Private Partnership”

Speaker at the PMIZ conference 2012 | 2012

Present a brief introduction to Driver group Africa and the PPP process to the Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe conference on 1 November 2012



Project Management Zimbabwe

Professional Member

Chartered Institute of Building

Incorporate, 1992 - present

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Non-chartered member, 1989 - present

Association for Project Management

Member, 1998 - present

Project Management South Africa

Professional Member, April 2012 - present


Project Management Zimbabwe

Board Member, August 2014 - April 2016

Project Management Zimbabwe is the professional body for project mangers in Zimbabwe, providing registration and training

Care for Someone

Patron, June 2006 - present

Care for Someone is a charity working in the UK and Zimbabwe. We registered as a charity in 2001, and now have a charitable objective which is to ensure those that are disadvantaged have access to education & training opportunities to support them realise their full potential.

In the UK, the charity seeks to raise the aspirations of black, Asian and ethnic minority women (BAME) by using mentoring and coaching interventions to increase their employment chances. Focusing on women specifically the groups we target are traditionally underrepresented within the labour market. We identify these groups as black, Asian & ethnic minority women and others from low socio-economic backgrounds.

In Zimbabwe our work focuses on supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds access education.

Other Activities

Fastnet Race

Navigator, August 2011 - August 2011

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