Ms Pinky Kekana

Deputy Minister at the Department of Communications, South Africa

Pinky Kekana was born in Bela-Bela. Kekana has completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree (specializing in Education and teaching). She currently reading for a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Policy at the London School of Economics.

Kekana's experiences as a secondary school teacher fuelled her passion for education and South African’s young people. She is committed to improving opportunities for young South African’s, from all walks of life.

As an agent for change, Kekana is committed to increasing the profile of women on the African Continent, promoting women’s and equality more broadly. She wants everyone, but particularly women and girls to feel empowered.

As the Deputy Minister of Communications and someone from a rural town, Kekana understands and recognises the vital importance of bridging the Digital divide between people living, working and travelling in regional and remote parts of the country and those metropolitan cities.
Our society is rapidly moving towards using cutting edge technology and more people are getting access to the internet year on year. Kekana believes that rural South Africans should have access to 21st century ICT tools to run their businesses, complete their studies and connect with family and friends.
Kekana was elected to the Provincial legislature in 1999 and was re-elected in 2009. She has served as the Executive Mayor of Waterberg District and a MEC for Roads and Transport as well as a MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism.
In her role as a Member of Parliament, Kekana has been a part of a number of committees most notably the Standing Committee on Finance, Defence and the Ad Hoc Committee on the Filling of Vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality. In March 2018 she was subsequently appointed as the Deputy Minister of Communications.
As the Secretary General of PAWO, Kekana is committed to ensuring that all African women, regardless of where they live, have access to opportunities that will benefit them and their local communities.

Tom Cochran

Obama White House Digital Leader

Tom Cochran spent over four years in the Obama administration as a presidential appointee and digital leader helping advance the President’s open government directive.

He currently speaks to international audiences about his experiences to help differentiate digital from IT, gain competitive advantage through emerging technologies, and embrace a "digital-first" culture.At the White House, he ran digital technology powering to amplify President Obama’s message, and led the team that built the 'We the People' petitions platform. He ran global public diplomacy platforms for the U.S. Department of State, emphasizing digital modernization, a cloud-first approach, and the power of relationships and networks to advance U.S. foreign policy abroad.

In the private sector, he ran the government business development practice as the Chief Digital Strategist and VP of Public Sector at Acquia, the leading cloud provider of digital experience management platforms. He also served as the Chief Technology Officer for Atlantic Media (i.e., owner of The Atlantic, Quartz, GovExec, National Journal brands).

He was the first person hired by Blue State Digital (Obama campaign's digital team), spending a few years engineering the early applications that would grow into the robust digital platform which helped President Obama raise $1.2 billion online in two election cycles.

Early in his career, he was the lead engineer and inventor on a content and feedback management system, which was awarded a U.S. patent.

Teddy Daka


Global businessman, academic and South African philanthropist Teddy Daka is a living embodiment of leadership that is inspired to actively lead and help drive the potential that Africa has witnessed in the last few years, and one that is confident in the continent’s future economic possibilities, development and shared prosperity.

Teddy is Group CEO and a major shareholder in Etion Limited, a Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed digital technology solutions provider and a company he joined in 2012 first with the objective to turn it around from a loss-making business into a profitable one, and secondly to transform it from its engineering heritage to a digital technology business that is market ready to drive the 4th Industrial Revolution on the African continent and globally.

Today the business has transformed into a provider that sees limitations as opportunities, and design solutions that enhance the safety, productivity, connectivity and cyber security of it its customers. Etion moves products and solutions from ideation, to design and manufacturing across diverse industries on the continent and in the Middle-East, with aspirations for Austral-Asia.

Teddy is a keen academic, currently studying for his Phd. He holds a masters in business administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management (Honours) and has completed several executive programmes at international business school

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Lee Naik

CEO of TransUnion Africa.

Lee Naik is CEO of TransUnion Africa and is recognised as one of SA's leading digital and technology transformation experts. Naik has worked across all spheres of government and private sector industries. He has a deep understanding and appreciation of the transformative role technology can play and his experience ranges from developing first-in-country strategies and solutions to leading complex delivery programmes.

In his previous role as MD of Accenture Digital, he focused on helping organisations transform their businesses to remain competitive in an increasingly digital world. A frequent speaker and commentator, Naik was recognised as a global top 10 commentator in the 2015 LinkedIn Top Voices awards, and was a recipient of the 2015 Standard Bank Rising Stars Award. In 2016, he was one of the top 10 finalists for the IITPSA's IT Personality of the Year award.

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Andre Kritzinger

Executive Head of ICT at CIPC

Andre Kritzinger is an expert in information technology and systems technical management. Supporting boards in organisational turnarounds through IT architecture, strategic business and project management,

Andre has executive level experience in Strategic Business, Operations. He held executive positions as CIO - major South African (SA) companies: INFOPLAN (SITA), KENTRON, SA Breweries, FNB and FEDSURE Group.

Dr. Lance Shingai Mambondiani

CEO at Steward Bank

Lance Shingai Mambondiani is Chief Executive Officer at Steward Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Econet Wireless Limited. He also doubles up as CEO of the Digital Banking Arm for Cassava Fintech, another subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global responsible for digital banking projects across Africa. He is a Lawyer and Banker with years of experience at executive level and was recently named in an Africa Report Magazine 2017 top list of - Who is Who in African Finance.

He has worked across Africa, Europe, and the USA for various Banking and Financial Institutions. He was also engaged as a Lecturer in International Finance for development at the University of Central Lancashire Business School and as guest lecturer in Financial Markets and Corporate Governance at the University of Manchester. He has also had roles as Managing Director of Kingdom Private Bank, a division of Kingdom Financial Holdings and Chief Executive Officer of TN Asset Management, a subsidiary of TN Bank in Zimbabwe. Prior to his banking career, he practised as a corporate attorney.

He is a Chevening scholar, attaining his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2011, analysing the relationship between bank ownership, corporate governance and profitability in the Zimbabwean banking sector. He has a combination of skills in retail and investment banking, economics, trade finance, corporate finance, law and development finance.

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Lisa Macleod

Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar

Lisa Macleod is the head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar.

Samantha Lucas

She is an experienced CIO with 28 years leadership expiriance in the following:
ICT strategy, innovation, systems integration, governance, collaboration, mobility, ecosystem, r&d, infrastructure and architecture, ERP SAP implementation expertise, project management, forensic experties, Business and executive management in RSA.
She approaches technology from the perspective of adding value of efficiency to the business and improving processes and communication & innovation in Digitization and collaboration of business as a whole.
In her current role as a CIO she supports the Transnet business in strategic leadership, management, department leadership, direction, training, project management, governance, information security, Intergration of systems, Business Intelligence, knowledge manage to, architecture and infrastructure, skill development, innovation, R & D, customer efficiency, insourcing and outsourcing, financial management, budgeting, collaboration and custome efficiency of Transnet as well as maintaining its trust ” Agility, Digitisation, Admiratin and Unity.

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Vijay Naidoo

CIO at Parmalat

As an IT executive(CIO) with over 16 years’ experience, I’ve worn many hats in my career - Programmer, Manager, Executive and Strategist. As a result, I have a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects and to navigate complex challenges in a variety of industries, I have consulted for 2 of the leading South African banks and worked as a Technical Consultant for the financial & mining sector and headed the IT function for multinationals such as Appletiser and Parmalat. A value hunter with a passion for creating business value thru IT and driving the digital strategy for the business.

Experienced in managing local and international teams of IT personnel to support the delivery of IT solutions in accordance with excellent governance practices, strategic objectives & quality standards. My skills include implementing IT strategies & operating models, people management & application development and support & implementation. I have been recognised for successfully ensuring that work is performed according to predefined service levels & for upholding operational level agreements.

Lebo Gunguluza

Group Chairman at GEM Group

Entrepreneur, Turnaround Strategist, Inspirational Business Speaker and Dragon Investor on SA’s Dragons Den TV Show - known as the “The Breakthrough Entrepreneur” Mr. Lebo Gunguluza joined the professional speaking fraternity in August 2011 due to the high demand created by his inspirational story of overcoming tremendous odds to succeed. By December 2011 he was chosen as one of the Top 3 new motivational speakers in South Africa by a leading speaker bureau. Mr. Gunguluza was also chosen among many to be a Dragon on South Africa’s first Dragon’s Den TV Show, an internationally acclaimed TV Show from the UK, which started broadcasting on DSTV’s Mzansi Magic from 23 September 2014.

Today Mr Gunguluza heads up the GEM Group of Companies, an integrated media, hospitality and communications group that offers holistic media, hospitality and technology solutions to their clients. Mr Gunguluza recently launched the first 100% Digital Bank (the first ever borderless, paperless and branchless bank) in Africa, targeted at the youth “millennials” and unbankable Africans. Mr Gunguluza is also launching the first African digital currency that will advance the African economic landscape and trade between Africans. He is at the forefront of innovation and his group in pioneering the fourth industrial revolution in Africa. The GEM Group has also launched a Fintech accelaration program and the Izani Capital Development Fund, which will both drive the development and growth of Tech startups in Africa.
He is one of the key founders and President of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF), which addresses issues facing black entrepreneurs in South Africa.

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Group Chief Executive - Alexander Forbes

Andrew Darfoor is a financial services CEO with a successful +20 year track record bringing bold vision and all-encompassing strategic planning to international next-stage business growth, re-invention and turnaround challenges. His achievements have been recognized by CEO Today - Africa in 2017 as a leading CEO in the Winners Edition.

He has successfully developed blueprints to build brands, competitively positioned product/service solutions and market/distribution channel expansion, while also improving cost controls, margins and operating processes/systems as divisional CEO for two Fortune 100 organizations and as Group CEO for a leading pan-African publicly listed financial services leader.

He has held various Board memberships and positions, with experience of reporting to public companies’ parent and divisional boards.

He is an economics graduate from the University of London (1995); a UK qualified chartered accountant (1998) and obtained his MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK (2005). Andrew has also completed Advanced Management programs at Kobe University, Japan (2005); Harvard, US (2008) and Insead, France (2011). In 2016, he was awarded the Excellence in Achievement Award from Cranfield School of Management presented by the Dean of the School.

He is a Board Member of The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA). In his capacity at ASISA, he chairs the Regulatory Affairs Committee interacting with the regulator (Financial Services Board); National Treasury; SA Reserve Bank, National Treasury Tax Policy Unit, SA Receiver of Revenue and various Parliamentary Committees.

He has also lived and worked in multiple international jurisdictions including London, Milan, Dubai, Copenhagen, New York, Boston and Johannesburg. He is active in his local community as well as in philanthropic activities, and is past Chairman (now Chairman Emeritus) of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Manhattan, US Chapter.

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Abe Wakama

CEO at IT News Africa

Abe Wakama is the CEO of African Innovator Group, publishers of IT News Africa
( and African Innovator Magazine ( ). With the
help of a talented team of media professionals, he has grown his organisation into one of Africa’s leading
technology business news publishers and conference organisers.

He has a solid understanding of African ICT business drivers and is well travelled across the continent.
Mr Wakama has built an invaluable network of leaders within the ICT business community and his opinions
are highly regarded, evidenced by the numerous TV and radio interviews (BBC Radio, CNBC, AIT,
SABC etc.), and industry conferences he has been asked to participate in.
Conference participation:
Mr. Wakama has been invited to participate in a number of Africa focused technology events including:

  • Panelist at the Commonwealth Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum (South Africa)
  • Moderator at the CIO Mining Africa Summit (South Africa)
  • Moderator at London Business School’s Africa Business Summit 2016 (UK)
  • Abe was a judge at the AfricaCom awards 2013 (South Africa).
  • Invited to be a judge on the Cloud Computing Africa awards panel (South Africa).
  • Invited to be a judge on the Accenture Innovation Index Panel (South Africa)
  • Chaired the Cloud Computing Africa conference (South Africa).
  • Chaired Mobile Web West Africa (Nigeria).
  • He was a judge at the HP Social Innovation Relay event (South Africa).
  • Chaired the Innovation Africa Digital Summit (Uganda)
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Maeson Maherry

Chief Solutions Officer at ETION Limited

Technology executive with 20 years-experience in cyber security, Maeson has been part of the industry from the pioneering days of Public Key Infrastructure, right through to evolution that has occurred worldwide of allowing legal recognition of standardised digital signatures.
He was the co-founder of LAWtrust in 2006, which is an organization that plays a significant role in the security of countries, citizens and organizations.

Maeson has played many senior leadership roles, but has been focussed on designing and marketing technically complex solutions in a way that is understood by business and government decision makers. 

This has ensured the growth of every business he has been involved in, in terms of company significance, market size as well as shareholder returns

Tawanda Chatikobo

Head: Digital Channels and Product at Nedbank

Tawanda is Digital Customer Strategist and Speaker, whose work is focused on developing and implementing market leading customer experience focused digital strategy for financial services businesses to drive acquisition and retention, and grow revenue. He has a background in management consulting, and has worked extensively in banking product and customer segment management.

In his current role as the Head of Digital at Nedbank Insurance, a division of Nedbank Group Ltd, he is responsible for the development and implementation the business digital strategy, with the focus on enhanced customer experience through Artificial Intelligence, and IOT/Connected Home applications. As a speaker he has spoken extensively in South Africa, Kenya and Rwanda on areas including Customer Experience, Insuretech Innovation and Business Transformation.

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Moshtaq Ahmad

CEO at NybSys/Racson

Moshtaq Ahmed is the co-founder and CEO of the NybSys, Racson, and other companies which operate in 6 countries on 3 continents. Moshtaq developed and implemented Customs and Border Control Systems, Health Systems, Payment Processing Systems, Enterprise Resource Planning Systems and systems based on Internet of Things. Moshtaq has over a decade’s expertise in enterprise architecture, large scale system design and development, including many e-government systems in Asia and Africa. His many innovative projects have made positive changes to the lives of millions in Africa.

Currently NybSys is heavily engaged in IoT R&D and coming up with innovative products for Production, Mining, Agriculture, Education, Security, Home Automation sectors in near future.

Moshtaq has a Masters in IT System Management (ALM-IT) from Harvard University.

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Christi Maherry

CEO of ETION Secure, incorporating LAWtrust

BCom. Strategic Business Management; MAP;

Stanford Executive Leadership program for Female Leaders.

Christi is the co-founder and CEO of LAWtrust Information Security Solutions, Africa’s leading digital security experts.
Over the past 12 years Christi has grown LAWtrust exponentially from a two-person operation to a business that touches the lives of all of South African citizens and continues to grow globally.
Before committing her energy to the private sector Christi worked in state security and intelligence for nearly a decade. The experience gained there has been very applicable in the digital era of cyber threats, crime and warfare.
Christi is passionate about female empowerment and youth education and is a Board member of Junior Achievement Africa.
Christi has been the winner of the EY World Entrepreneur Awards for Southern Africa in the emerging category.

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Jamie Brighton

Product and Industry Marketing at Adobe

Jamie has worked in digital marketing for 14 years, 8 of those with Adobe getting passionate with clients about optimisation, personalisation and behavioural targeting. He has experience client, agency and vendor-side and has worked in EMEA and APAC, recently covering digital marketing for Adobe in South East Asia years.

His current areas of focus include mobile optimisation and the role of the marketing cloud in today’s marketing landscape.

Hennie Viljoen

XBRL Programme Manager at CIPC

Hennie works for Accounting & Financial Advisory (AFA) on the CIPCs XBRL Programme as XBRL Programme Manager. His responsibility is to manage all aspects of the Programme. These include change management and communication with all stakeholders, as well as the technical development and implementation of a XBRL Reporting Platform interfacing with all client entities of the CIPC.

After Hennie completed his B.Sc. in Computer Science & Mathematics from the University of Johannesburg, he had been involved in application development ranging from Mathematical and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software in an engineering environment, to large corporate applications in a financial regulatory environment. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Information Systems Management (ACISM) from the University of Pretoria, and has held various management positions for around 15 years. These include Senior Portfolio Manager of Business Solutions at the Financial Services Board (FSB) where he also represented the FSB on the board of XBRL South Africa.

After his tenure at the FSB, Hennie worked for SABMiller as Governance Consultant, and now for Accounting & Financial Advisory as Programme Manager of the CIPCs XBRL Programme.

Lizelle Vaughan

Divisional Director - Digital Execution at Liberty

Dynamic, results orientated leader with a strong track record of performance and delivery of major change initiatives in the financial services industry, utilising strong analytical skills, financial acumen, business insights and a team enabling approach to drive organizational change. My experience is based primarily in the Financial Services sector with a strong preference for all things Digital and Agile – UX/ UI, SEO, SAFe, etc? In the last 20 years, I have developed a reputation for managing large, complex, Enterprise based programmes through multiple delivery teams. In addition I have extensive commercial skills honed though running an Application Service Provider (ASP) service for an international company. I’m passionate about driving change and growing people.

Recent past:
Utilising strong interpersonal skills to motivate and lead staff to superior sustainable performances. Lizelle has demonstrated strong customer relationship building ability to drive long term customer partnerships. She is a leader in employee coaching, mentoring, development and succession planning.

Rivoningo Mhlari

Co-founder & CEO at Rikatec

Rivoningo Mhlari, born in Phalaborwa Limpopo, is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rikatec. He has a background in Finance and Accounting from the University of Cape Town and has an experience in management consulting from Mckinsey & Company and RIHM Marketing Consultancy & Events. Rivoningo is also part of the Phambili Mzansi NPO team and was featured in this year’s Forbes Africa Under30 Technology list and cover page.

“Mhlari is a master of perseverance. When he first created an information management system using big data and artificial intelligence to solve problems for vehicles such as predicting and detecting vehicle breakdowns, he was rejected 11 times by the manufacturers and insurance companies he approached. The rejections were his greatest motivation. “ – Forbes Africa

Rikatec is an information management system for vehicles that uses big data and leverages of artificial intelligence to predict vehicle breakdowns, predictive maintenance, vehicle wear & tear, resale value and driver profile creation. Our products and services predict and detect vehicle breakdowns, simultaneously providing a connection to the nearest help option within 5 minutes of detection.

We also provide predictive maintenance for fleets, monitor driving habits, wear & tear and use big data and advanced analytics to provide valuable information that can help reduce operational costs.
Rikatec uses real time data and artificial intelligence to provide tailor made solutions for our clients. Our products and services can be used in vehicles manufactured after 1996 to date.

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Birgitta Cederstrom

Global Commercial Director for Frost & Sullivan

Birgitta Cederstrom is the global commercial director for Frost & Sullivan’s Innovation Program GIL and newly appointed VP Sales for Brand Demand offering Middle East & Africa. She is an avid reader and a believer in Digital Transformation across industries, and regions.

Currently, she is actively involved as a facilitator in shaping digital agendas for diverse client groups, focusing on driving innovative and futuristic transformations. With previous executive roles in CS Holdings, Bytes Business Solutions and Epicore, Birgitta is well-networked and a recognised Thought Leader.

Jonathan Novotny

CEO at Code for Change

Jonathan Novotny-Social and Online Entrepreneur - Working with e-Commerce in Mozambique through and co-Founder of international NGO Change the World Trust He holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool with a specialization in Finance and e-Business. Jonathan Novotny is an experienced speaker at both Social and Tech conferences and is currently heading up a campaign to bring computer programing into schools in Southern Africa.

Jason Jardine

Cyber Security Executive at Darktrace

Jason is an Account Manager for Darktrace, joining the team in early 2017. His career began with physical security at Cochrane International, before moving into cyber security at Darktrace, where his specialisation lies in the application of AI and machine learning.

As an Account Manager, Jason works alongside some of Africa’s highest profile clients, and has spoken at events across the region. He holds a BCom in Business Management from the University of Pretoria.

Mike Perk


Mike Perk is the CEO 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.

Mike is responsible for helping guide organisations through the people and organisation change that is required in order to achieve an innovation culture and true digital transformation.

He's passionate about learning and teaching in this space, either on the international speaker circuit, through his learning and change management programmes or through the coaching of leaders that are looking to transform their organisations and become more relevant in a digitally connected world.

He's worked with clients in all sectors, but particularly in finance, automotive, retail and government. They include Rand Merchant Bank, Virgin Mobile, Hyundai, Old Mutual, Woolworths, City of Cape Town and iStore.

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Mpumi Nhlapo

Head of Partner Sales & Marketing at T-Systems

MPUMI NHLAPO (Bachelor of Business Science, Information Systems Honours, Economics Major, Marketing Major) is a recognized thought leader, writer and public speaker on Digital Economies, emerging digital trends and on how organisations and individuals can embrace a ‘digital mindset’ in order to be relevant and effective in a rapidly evolving digital society. He spent over 10 years building Intervate Solutions, a start-up business in the Technology sector, with his partners, which they grew to become the leading Microsoft Solutions Provider in Africa. They eventually sold Intervate to T-Systems, a subsidiary of German Multinational Deutchse Telekom, where Mpumi currently fills the role of Head of Demand Management, Marketing, Communications and Product Portfolio.

Mpumi has presented at various local and international conferences on digital transformation, innovation and the business and societal impact of technology on the African Economy. He continues to write on the topic of Digital Disruption and consults with organisations on how they can engage industry 4.0 and themselves become disruptive forces.
To add to his extensive profile, Mpumi is also a Creative Director and Strategic Marketing Consultant working with organisations to leverage strategic marketing together with digital in order to develop future focused growth strategies. He is also a talk radio host on Cliff Central; DISRUPT WITH MPUMI focuses on immersive disruption across industries. Through this platform, Mpumi has started an initiative called 100 New Voices which engages organisation and society on the art of digital story telling and how it can be used as a tool for leadership development, accelerated learning and brand development.

Paul Jolliffe

Digital Security Portfolio & Solution Design Manager at T-Systems South Africa

Paul is an executive level Digital Security Services Professional with a unique blend of outstanding technical and business experience coupled with excellent communication skills. He gained his technical experience at boutique consultancy firms and IBM working as a Principle Consultant.

In more recent years his roles have transformed to a Senior Leadership role with global responsibility. Key roles have involved blue chip organizations involving KPMG, PwC, Telkom, T-Systems in senior management and leadership roles (United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and South Africa). Dual Citizenship/ Passports (United Kingdom/ South Africa).

Priya Thakoor

Chief Digital Officer at Coca-Cola

Priya is the Chief Digital Officer at the South and East African Business Unit at Coca-Cola and has over 20 years’ experience in Digital from building and selling her own tech start-ups to building and running digital channels for one of the largest global banks – Barclays Africa Group. Her skills span across digital strategy; commercialisation and transformation, ecommerce and digital channel management in the online, retail and banking sectors. In 2017, she was nominated for the Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and is an activist in driving more women to STEM fields and addressing financial inclusion. She teaches Digital Business Strategy at MIT Sloan and is a thought leader is transforming businesses through Digital.

Dr. Jeff Yu-Jen Chen

Gordon Institute of Business Science

Dr. Jeff Yu-Jen Chen is a full-time faculty member of the Gordon Institute of Business Science. His research, teaching and consulting interests include: Forward Notion Strategy consulting, lecturing, facilitation, coaching foresight advisory, leadership development and Integration. His subjects of interest include corporate innovation and transformation, human-centred business model innovation, future preparedness, foresight and insight creation, digital disruption, customer-centric proclivity, and UX / human computer interaction among other subjects.

He is involved in the design and training of various customized executive education programmes. Jeff served as one of the advisors for the IBM SA’s Equity Investment Program till 2016 and he was the Lead Faculty for GIBS–Dimension Data collaboration until 2016. Currently, Jeff is leading the GIBS– Accenture partnership around Digital Futures. In his private capacity, Jeff also consults, coaches, and delivers speeches to companies across different sectors.
Jeff enjoys chatting with random strangers and often stumbles upon many great ideas as the result of these seemingly unrelated conversations.

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Vera Nagtegaal

Executive Head at Hippo

As the executive head of, Vera Nagtegaal's extensive experience in business speaks to her drive in the business world and her passion for forming mutually beneficial partnerships within the corporate environment.

Following the completion of her post-graduate degree in brand communications at Vega, Nagtegaal worked at a number of advertising agencies in South Africa, as well as one of the country's leading online commerce Web sites, (now After working for more than seven years within the advertising and online commerce sectors, Nagtegaal joined Lipco Law for All to provide support on the company's marketing and branding. In 2010, Nagtegaal founded Lipco Corporate (a Lipco affiliate) that specialises in the white labelling of Lipco's affordable legal cover policies to major corporates, including: Absa, Telesure, The Foschini Group, Bryte Insurance (previously Zurich), Metropolitan, Road Cover and Digicall.

In her role as the executive head of, Nagtegaal aims to position the brand as SA's consumer champion by offering customers better value through comparing products online before purchase. Nagtegaal was a key panellist at the 2018 African Insurance Forum, discussing the future of insurance among the growing list of disrupting digital competitors like Google and Amazon.

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Lazaros (Lazo) Karapanagiotidis

Head: Digital Innovation at Makro

Specialising in Digital Strategy, Innovation and Enterprise Transformation. Over 12 years of Management and Technology Consulting experience in Retail Banking, Short-Term Insurance, Retail, Health and Public Service industries. Worked in, and led teams in five geographies. Moving from technology project delivery to focus on strategy and business value creation for multi million US$ engagements. Delivered client-specific solution designs, strategic analyses and business cases, now focusing on service design and digital innovation at the heart of every client touch point. Author, speaker and contributor to various thought-leadership pieces from market research, insight and Digital transformation.

Involved in development of successful startup business, focusing on human capital analytics based solutions for insurance, banking and legal industries. 

Currently heading Digital Innovation for Makro SA.

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Dr. Bennie Steyn

Chief Technical Officer: ETION DIGITISE

Dr. Bennie is Chief Technical Officer for Etion Digitise where he is responsible for guiding railway systems engineering strategy and development within the company and has more than 37 years working experience in the railway systems and signaling arenas.

His recent railway project involvement includes leading the design and specification of the signaling, telecommunication and condition monitoring systems required for the upgrade of the TFR Manganese export line and the Majuba link line. Recently he conducted the assessment of the Western Australian railway strategy for train control and migration to onboard authorisation systems.

He also contributed to the provision of GSM-R communication systems in the South African metropolitan areas and the provision of systems engineering and integration services on the country wide passenger rail re-signaling program.

Experience with on-board electronic systems include a feasibility study of in-cab signaling and protection systems for sub-urban passenger railways, as well as the development of freight rail communication and control systems.

He led the development of integrated railway systems such as rolling stock and infrastructure condition monitoring for TFR. He is also experienced with development of electromagnetic compatibility standards and compliance assessment of most of the rolling stock employed in South Africa.

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Dr. Kenny Moodley

Head: Digital & Social Media at Eskom

I specialize in leading key strategic teams, stakeholders and customers in digitally evolving businesses in the Energy and Information Communication & Telecommunication (ICT) industry. I commenced my career as a telecommunications engineer and diversified into leadership to be able to manage multi-disciplinary teams in the business with efficacy. My experience in ICT and energy sectors has further developed my skills as an exceptional communicator, politically astute at all organizational level, with a consultative business approach. I have recently completed my Doctorate studies (DBA) cum laude, through the development of a strong knowledge of global strategic imperatives in energy, ICT and private sectors globally. I have always excelled throughout my career in through conviction; driving new dimensional thinking to drive business concept to fruition (Blue Ocean Strategy).

I am a frequent keynote speaker at International symposium on the subject of ICT, Digital Trends, Internet of Things (IOT), Innovation, Augmented Reality, Customer Centricity, Business sustainability in a digital economy. I excel in using research, best practices and new thought leadership models to influence team success and business financial sustainability. I currently serve as a director on the Information Technology Association (ITA SA) board due to my experience in management consulting, business development, finance, operations, leadership, marketing, multiple brand management, product development, strategic sales, new business development, analysis & gearing R&D to meet
business and client needs. In partnership with government, the ITA interprets the World Information Technology (WITSA) imperatives translating them into local execution able strategies and implications for the ICT industry at large in SA. I have extensive client engagements knowledge in South Africa, SADC and Globally.