SPEAKERS

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

CEO of YDIDI
(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.

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Sean Raymond

Senior Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace

Sean Raymond joined Darktrace in 2018 with a background in IT Security. Prior to Darktrace, Sean has over 8 years of IT Security experience having worked with the market leading IT Security providers across both reseller and vendor channels. He has spoken in front of a vast array of audiences internationally. Sean’s specialism lies in the application of AI and machine learning in order to futureproof and protect an organization’s core business assets against cyber threat. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Management completing his studies at the University of Johannesburg.

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

CEO of WWC

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.

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Phathizwe Malinga

Managing Director of SqwidNet

As the Managing Director of SqwidNet, Phathizwe Malinga is responsible for building an IoT
connectivity business in South Africa in partnership with International IoT giant SIGFOX.
In addition to his Managing Director role, he will continue overlooking the solutions division for
SqwidNet, a fully owned subsidiary of Dark Fibre Africa. Malinga has made a natural transition into
the role of leading SqwidNet because of the various leadership roles he has fulfilled over the years.
He is no stranger to the role of a strategist, as he consulted with both Max Healthcare and Life
Healthcare Group in his previous position with the organisation. He has been involved in the
information technology and telecommunication industry for over two decades, having held senior
management level positions.
Before joining SqwidNet, Malinga was the Head of Application Strategy at Life Healthcare Group, and
he was in charge of the IT Application strategy and Software Development for the group. Phathizwe
completed his Executive MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Cape Town. He continues to
guest lecture with the university and he sits on the board of Bizmod Consulting. Malinga is a
Singularity University Faculty Candidate.

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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Tapiwa Chiwewe

Research Manager at IBM Research 

Dr Tapiwa Chiwewe is a research manager at IBM Research | Africa where he leads the advanced and applied artificial intelligence group which uses artificial intelligence to develop solutions for some of Africa’s grand challenges whilst making scientific advances. An engineer and researcher of many interests, he has worked in academia and industry, developing commercial products and conducting scientific research in many areas that include mining, healthcare, security, and the environment.

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Yusuf Mahomedy

Chief Executive of the Association Executive Network of Southern Africa (AENSA)

Yusuf has a Bachelors degree in Accounting, a postgraduate in diploma in Accounting and a postgraduate Advanced Taxation certification. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession, having served articles at MSGM Masuku Jeena (later acquired by Pricewaterhousecoopers).

He worked as an employees’ tax consultant at Ernst & Young and headed up the remuneration department at the MTN Group. He lectured on the MBA programme at Mancosa. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA). Yusuf is currently the Chief Executive of the Association Executive Network of Southern Africa (AENSA) that develops sustainable regulators, professional bodies, business chambers and industry associations.

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Ashley Thomas

CEO of Monsoon Maker

Ashley Thomas is the founder and Group CEO of Monsoon Maker, with distribution offices in South Africa, Australia, and across Europe. Ashley is a scholar of marketing and sales, and has spent his entire career in pursuit of understanding the science of sales. He developed a paper-based sales formula in the late 1990’s that was implemented by many of his corporate clients including top listed companies in South Africa and Europe, with results of up to 400% increase in sales turnover within 18 months of implementation and training. In 2009 this formula was turned into a software application that is MonsoonMaker, and is today arguably the most advanced Sales Optimization Application in the world, with patents pending in 168 countries. MonsoonMaker is based on proven scientific principles, and the advanced artificial intelligence within the software works with each individual salesperson to increase sales activity, enhance skills and behaviour, and correctly manage the sales process. Ashley has used years of research compiled on sales people, managers, and sales teams, as well as his skills gained in the study of marketing, sales, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, coaching, and human psychology within sales, to create a practical solution to sales enhancement. In 2016 Ashley implemented a money back guarantee policy on the MonsoonMaker software, guaranteeing users an increase in sales if the software is used correctly, a first for any software in the world. Ashley has over many years compiled a database of over 12000 pages of sales information and techniques which is incorporated into the MonsoonMaker software, and using Artificial Intelligence increases the skills and enhances the behaviour of salespeople and managers based on the specific needs of each individual, whether a beginner salesperson, or a seasoned sales professional.

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Sudhish Mohan

CIO & COO TransUnion Africa

Transformational CIO, COO & IT Leader with a passion for people and technology. I have gained extensive experience in key business functions and enabling their transformation through technology. As Regional Head of Anglo American Information Management, I delivered a Global HR consolidation and Global Supply Chain Programme. As Vice President of Global IT at Sasol I delivered a Global Infrastructure programme, an Applications outsource programme & the Digital strategy. I have a reputation for building strategic relationships, thinking through strategic transformations and executing on them with great efficiency.

Currently I am the CIO & COO of TransUnion Africa where I lead a team of IT professionals delivering the Technology strategy for our consumer & business clients. Technology is at the center of every organisation and TransUnion brings together many aspects of a digital & data world where I am driving large automation and machine learning initiatives that improve the customer journey and customer experience.
I am a believer in using technology to make a difference to the society we live in. My interests are Digital transformation and applying Intelligent Automation, AI and Machine Learning Techniques.
I am a regular contributor to journals in South Africa as well as a mentor to multiple high performing executives.

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Brett StClair

CEO of Siatik

Experience in Banking, Cloud Infrastructure, Mobile Technology, Media Innovation from Collaborative Tools, to SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, to Geo, Video Streaming, Mobile Media, Digital Media, Social Media, Digital Marketing and Various Enterprise Technologies in Mobile Networks all over the globe.

After a decade in London, I headed back home to Johannesburg, to start my own Digital/Mobile Marketing and Media Agency. Thereafter I had the privilege of joining Admob one of the world’s largest Mobile Advertising Networks as Country Manager for the region.

After Googles acquisition of Admob, I headed up New Products and Solutions for SAGI (South Africa, Sub Sahara Africa, Greece and Israel), I was responsible for the Exponential growth in Google businesses Youtube, Google Mobile, Google Display Network DSP and RBT and Google Plus for over 3 Years.

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Gavin Meiring

Head of Marketing for Sanlam Global Investment Solutions

Gavin recently joined Sanlam Global Investment Solutions ( SGIS) to head up business development in South Africa and to formulate the messaging on Sanlam’s artificial intelligence investment management capability. He has a strong Financial Services and offshore banking background, having worked with international brands, including: Standard Bank, Old Mutual International and the Virgin Group. He has a particular interest in the use of technology and how it can be leveraged to drive business growth.

Gavin holds a Master of Business Administration and is currently pursuing his PhD in Corporate Governance.

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Johan Steyn

Senior Manager: Software Quality Engineering  at IQBusiness South Africa.

Johan is a business development specialist who has been selling technology products and services in South Africa and in Europe over the last 20 years. During the last decade, his focus turned to the Software Quality Assurance and Testing market. He worked in senior roles for global consulting firms like SQS and Accenture, and at one of the largest banks in South Africa. He is currently with IQBusiness, a management consulting firm, in the Quality Engineering space. He is the Chair: Special Interest Group – Artificial Intelligence & Robotics – IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa).

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Dr Noluxolo Gcaza
Researcher for Cyber Warfare at CSIR

Dr Noluxolo Gcaza has been long captured by cyber security and is passionate about making cyber security accessible to different contexts. Her domains of interests include but not limited to cyber security governance, cyber security awareness and education as well as cyber security culture. Dr Gcaza has written quite a number of research articles in this realm and has also published journal articles. In addition to this, Dr Gcaza has
presented in local and international conferences focusing on areas that are more inclined to the human factors within the cyber security governance domain. Currently she is a Cyber security Governance Specialist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Dr Gcaza serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS) at Nelson Mandela University. She also serves as Board Member in SaveTnet, a non-profit organization that focuses on fostering a culture of cyber security in a community setting through spreading cyber security awareness.

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