Jacques Ludik

CEO & Founder, Cortex Logic; President & Founder of Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)

Dr Jacques Ludik is a smart technology entrepreneur, Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert, investor and ecosystem builder with a Ph.D. in Computer Science (AI) and 25+ years’ experience in AI & Data Science and its applications. He is currently, amongst other roles, the Founder & CEO of Cortex Logic and Founder & President of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) and has also founded Bennit.AI, Mosaic, SynerG and CSense Systems (Africa’s first AI company that was sold to a multi-national company, specifically General Electric in 2011). Apart from his executive management responsibilities in these companies, he was previously Vice President Data Science & Chief Data Officer at Jumo, Director and Big Data & Analytics Leader at General Electric and Senior Lecturer & Researcher at Stellenbosch University.

Mike Perk


Mike Perk is the Managing Director of WWC, a “people focused” digital transformation advisory. Mike is also a founding partner in Heavy Chef, an inspiration platform for innovators and leaders in the digital space. His career in digital began back in the mid 1990’s. Since then he’s been consulting and helping companies grow and transform in the digital age.

Raban Masuka

PhD in Computational Chemistry / Chemoinformatics

Experienced PhD with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Drug Discovery, molecular modelling, Patent Law, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, and programming. Strong research professional with a PhD focused in Computational Chemistry / Chemoinformatics from University of Cape Town.

Nick Truran

CEO of AgileIT

A personable, analytical and cost-conscious senior-level executive with extensive experience in technology leadership. A seasoned speaker at global and local conferences such as the ScienceLogic Customer Symposium (Washington DC, 2017), the IT Africa Leadership Summit (Cape Town, 2017), Gartner DCIOM Summit (London, 2016) to name a few. Enjoys being able to share experience and insights with peers.

Prof. Nirmala Gopal (DEd)
Associate Professor (DEd)
Programme of Criminology and Forensic Studies
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Prof. Nirmala Gopal is a criminologist in the Programme of Criminology and Forensic Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is an NRF rated researcher and has multiple publications in peer reviewed national and international journals. Prof. Gopal has presented her scientific results in many national and international conferences both as an invited speaker and as a conference delegate. Her latest research interest is cybercrime which she has showcased in a special peer reviewed journal that is due to be released in November 2018. Between the period 2010 and 2018 she headed the ETDP Higher Education and Research chamber.

Yandisa Sokhanyile

Chief Digital Officer at Konecta

An events manager and has a vast experience in brand activation. She has managed events for SAB, AXE, Government events, roadshows, festival and international shows including, Bebe & Cece Winans, Johnny Gill, Michael W Smith, India Arie tours.

Specialties: Brand Activation and Marketing, Events Management, Artists Management, Publishing.

Neo Rantele Kuaho

(Youth Development through Investigation & Dissemination of Information)

Neo Rantele Kuaho is the founder & CEO of YDIDI (Youth Development through Investigation & Dissemination of Information), Founder of the Annual Dress Jozi Walk – Winter Food, Clothes and Blanket collection and give-away drive, Former TUT / Technikon Pretoria IT – ICCS lecturer, Information Technology – Software Development graduate (Technikon Pretoria / TUT), Foresight and many other related upmarket qualifications…

Lloyd W Kumbemba

CEO and co-founder of Bitcrack Cyber Security (Pty) Ltd

Lloyd W Kumbemba is CEO and co-founder of Bitcrack Cyber Security (Pty) Ltd. For the past 32 years he has gathered broad and extensive knowledge and experience in IT and security having worked in various industries such Tertiary, Manufacturing Services, IT and mining. Bitcrack specializes in cyber security products and solution, as well as IT Governance, Digital Forensic and Threat Intelligence services. Bitcrack has invented a threat intelligence product called Threatbox. The company is doing business in Africa, Europe and Mauritius.

Carmen Van De Merwe

Head of AI and ML unit of the FOUNDeRY, RMB’s innovation and disruption unit.

Carmen is driven by her passion for data science, business, innovation and people. Her Industrial Engineering and business background gives her the unique capability to link business value to data science initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering (Cum Laude), and currently heads up the AI and ML unit of the FOUNDeRY, RMB’s innovation and disruption unit.

Previously, Carmen worked as an independent business management consultant, heading up the Data Science unit of Visualitics, the advisory partner of the JSE listed group, 4Sight Holdings.  She worked on projects, applying advanced analytics and business improvement methodologies, for major corporates in Telecommunications, FMCG, Manufacturing, Health, and Education.

Carmen is a persistent dream chaser, an amateur blogger, a fitness enthusiast, and a traveler at heart. Her motto in life is “hustle and heart, will set you apart.”

Raluca Pauna

CEO of Eriscan

Raluca is an MSc engineer (ICT), (BUCH) and Master in Innovation Studies (WITS), with a degree in Competitive Intelligence (UP) and Theory of Change Studies (Stanford University CA).

Her activities in technical innovation field are in areas of innovation selection, innovation due diligence & audits and innovation management from idea and IP to the market. Her portfolio of innovations contains projects from bio-science and alternative energy to artificial intelligence and robotics. She participated as a general mentor in GCIP program supported by Cleantech International, UNIDO and Standford University, CA since 2013.

Abdul Baba

Head of IT at Kwese Television Network

Abdul Baba currently heads up Information technology within the Television and Media industry i.e. Kwese Media and also a non-executive director for a League of companies in Johannesburg.  He is currently a member of the Executive global network (EGN), Institute of Director of Southern Africa (IODSA), IT professional’s association as well as the CIO Council of South Africa.

Abdul holds a B.Comm Honours degree in Informatics as well as a Master’s degree in Business Leadership (MBL).

Charlene George

Managing Director at Verve Digital

Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Enterprise Software, Sales, Partner Management, Storage, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Business/Commerce, General from Henley Management College.

Kendall James

Business Development Manager Solutions at Hexagon Geospatial

Is your current technology delivering dynamic, actionable information helping you to make the most informed decisions quickly, easily and confidently? Is your current platform accessible anywhere, any time allowing you to analyse the information you have in a simple interface?

Kendal James helps technology companies and the existing partner network expand their offering in geospatial technologies to drive their year on year growth up by at least 15%.

Rivoningo Mhlari

CEO at Rikatec (Pty) Limited

Rivoningo Mhlari (born 28 July 1994) is a South African businessman. He is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rikatec (Pty) Limited; the creators of an information management system for vehicles that provides real-time predictive maintenance for fleets, monitors driving habits, wear and tear and break detection and diagnosis. Following the success of Rikatec, Rivoningo was listed in the Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30, a list of 30 young entrepreneurs within the technology and digitization sphere that have proven to have innovative businesses that shape their societies, in June 2018.

Tim Collins

Head of TransUnion Africa’s Innovative Solutions Group (ISG)

Tim Collins, Head of TransUnion Africa’s Innovative Solutions Group (ISG), joined TransUnion in April 2017. He is responsible for overseeing product development, analytics, data strategy and consulting.

Tim has over 13 years’ experience in using technology to drive business change primarily within Financial Services. Prior to joining TransUnion, he was IT Strategy & Cloud Director at Oracle. Prior to that, as Technology Strategy Manager for Accenture, he ran Technology Consulting at several large Financial Services clients.

Tim holds an honours degree in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town. In 2016, he studied disruptive strategy through Harvard Business School.

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