DTC 2019 Speakers

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MICHAEL MOL

Summit Host/ Head of Hello Doctor

Michael Mol didn’t go for career counseling, which could explain why he’s a medical doctor, an executive TV producer & presenter, an international speaker, social entrepreneur, business consultant, former CEO and founder of Hello Doctor. His twitter profile sheds more light @DrMichaelMol:“A husband to one, father to three, friend to few, a stranger to many… but not to God.”

A trauma doctor turned TV personality with a Mr. South Africa title in the mix, Michael traded the casualty room for the small screen and anchored Top Billing, South Africa’s longest running prime time television magazine show, for more than a decade, scooping up several critically acclaimed awards along the way. Michael’s passion for discerning what makes people tick then led him to co-founding Tomorrow Today – helping organizations navigate the ‘New World of Work’ followed by The Revolution Group – helping people unearth what they were born to do through discovering their innate strengths. He has spoken to companies around the world and has been recognized as one of the South Africa’s top business speakers with a Hall of Fame distinction. In line with his ambition for a healthier world, Michael took up the position of CEO of Sportron International – a group of companies focused on promoting health and wellness through education and a new generation of nanotech nutritional supplements – but the power of media to bring about positive behaviour change would not let him go.

Business aside, Michael launched Expresso, SABC’s live morning show, as anchor presenter. Then as Executive Producer and presenter he melded his passion for medicine and media and produced two new TV series: “Hello Doctor” and “The Dr. Mol Show” with a vision to educate, entertain and inspire people to live their best life, by being the healthiest they can be. Watched by over a million people weekly, the show was part of a bigger vision to give every South African access to personal, affordable and quality healthcare through immediate access to doctors via their mobile phones. That vision became a reality with “Hello Doctor” – a mobile healthcare company of which he is a founding director. Hello Doctor’s game-changing approach to healthcare, using mobile technology to give anyone access to doctors anytime, anywhere, on any phone in any language is advancing #HealthForAll, and bringing South Africa closer to achieving the WHO’s Sustainable Development Goals – ensuring that everyone everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.

Michael is a South African Brand ambassador and has been commissioned to write a second book, on the back of his first best-selling publication “Your Best Life.” Aside from all the hats he wears, he suffers from an insatiable thirst for adrenaline! From sky-diving out of a hot-air balloon, running the bulls in Pamplona, scuba diving under a frozen lake, wing walking on a biplane, surfing the great Zambezi white waters on a body board, flying to the edge of space in a Russian Mig and bungee jumping off the highest bridge in the world backwards – there’s nothing that he wouldn’t tackle… yet!

Michael lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife Jacqui, their three children: Josh (18), Rachael (15) and Naethan (10) and is no longer on the safe side of 40

Abe Wakama

CEO at IT News Africa

Abe Wakama is the CEO of African Innovator Group, publishers of IT News Africa
(www.itnewsafrica.com) and African Innovator Magazine (www.africaninnovatormagazine.com ). 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)
Nathan van Rooyen

Russell Warman

Head of Infrastructure and Operations at Auto Trader UK

Russell Warman is Head of Infrastructure and Operations at Auto Trader, the UK's largest digital automotive marketplace. Russell has been at Auto Trader for over 20 years in various technology roles and projects to support their digital transformation.

Mayur Patel

Mayur Patel

CEO of Kwesé iflix

Mayur Patel is a leader in the technology, mobile and media sectors. He is the CEO of Kwesé iflix, Africa’s fastest growing mobile sport and entertainment TV service. Previously, Mayur served as the EVP Strategy & Corporate Development for Econet Media, and the Chief of Staff for the Econet Group, one of the largest TMT companies in Africa. He also worked as Vice President of Strategy and Assessment at the Knight Foundation, a $2.5 billion US-based private foundation involved in digital transformation of the media field. Mayur serves on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council, and the advisory board of NYU Stern Centre for Business and Human Rights. A Rhodes Scholar, Mayur has a doctorate in international development from Oxford, and a BSc (Hons) in International Relations from LSE. Patel was born and raised in Zimbabwe.
Terry Warner

Joseph Ndaba

CEO: Mafikeng Innovation Hub, 4IR Commissioner

Joseph Ndaba a founder & CEO of Mahikeng innovation hub, a 4IR Commissioner - Presidential Commission on 4IR.

MIHub is an innovative virtual techno hub in the heart of Mahikeng- capital city of North West Province, with the focus being unearthing and cultivating innovative solutions that will ultimately assist businesses, educational institutions, government and communities to acclimatize in this vast changing technological world, while improve efficiency and effectiveness in the North West province through the adoption of 4IR, implementation of ICT and Innovation programmes, Entrepreneurial development, Research Development and Innovation.

Mr. Ndaba has been in Leadership positions, ICT & Training Industry for the past 13 years and with the skills and educational background he has worked as:

-        Banking Systems Training Consultant at FNB Shared Services HR L&D

-        Micro Specialist at   Spar Group of Companies (South Rand DC)

-        Retail Systems Training Controller at   Spar Group of Companies (South Rand DC)

-        Senior IT Lecture: IT Technical Support at Primeserv: Stanford Business & Computer College

As part of developing Entrepreneurs, he is sitting in two boards at the NW University –

-        North West University Enactus Business Advisory Board,

-        North West University Information Systems Department (ISD) Industry Advisory Board

-        and a chairperson of North West Province Innovation Forum – collaboration between the Industry, Government and Academia, supported by CSIR, and Department of Science & Technology.  With the aim to support and facilitate innovation activities (Regional Innovation Support Programme)

Nominated as:

-        Top 20 Young South African Most Influential Individual for 2016,

-        Standard Bank Rising Star Finalist 2015 & 2016

-        Whos Who SA Notable 2015

-        South Africa’s Black Business Awards 2017 – 1st Runner Up - BBQ Awards

-        STD Bank Thought Leader 2018

-        Business Advisory Board Enactus University of North West - Mahikeng Campus

-        North West University’ Information Systems Department (ISD) Industry Advisory Board

Joseph Hundah

Joseph Hundah

Group CEO for Econet Media

Joseph Hundah is currently the Group CEO for Econet Media. He is a seasoned media and finance executive with over 20 years’ Pan-African and international experience. He has diverse experience having worked on both the public and private sides of the media industry. He has held executive positions across various disciplines and industries including FMCG and broadcasting. His previous senior executive positions include that of Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Modern Times Group Africa. Other roles include Chief Executive Officer of Multichoice Nigeria; Operations Director for M-Net Sub-Saharan Africa, and Chief Financial Officer for M-Net and Super Sport International Holdings Limited and General Manager Finance at the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Johanna Kollar

Johanna Kollar

Head of Comm. Products Partnerships, MEA, Google

Johanna Kollar is a technologist with a strong track record of new business development in Africa. She has been a leader at Google Africa for over 10 years, and in that time has amplified the usage of Google products in these markets. In her role as Head of Communication Product Partnerships, she has excelled in finding and building strategic partnerships that benefit Google’s partners and Google users. In her time at Google, she has cultivated the Android ecosystem in Africa, worked to solve problems for technology in new markets, and launched the Google Umbono Program, a tech start-up accelerator based in Cape Town. Prior to joining Google, Johanna worked in private equity and venture capital post-MBA studies.
Antoinia Norman

Antoinia Norman

CEO at Richard Branson Entrepreneurship Hub, Member at UN Women

Global champion as an agent of change. Antoinia is passionate about developing more entrepreneurs and leaders by building them as change makers and innovators thus helping them overcome their fears, flaws and limitations. Antoinia works towards developing a ‘business as a force for good’ environment, with distinct goals towards supporting more businesses that have heart first i.e purpose. Antoinia supports business development and scale through interventions via strategy, training, linkages and great partnerships. Antoinia’ s big focus is enabling women across the globe, building Africa and shifting underdeveloped countries/ ecosystems from survive to thrive , where she has undertaken to work with like-minded individuals and organizations to accelerate entrepreneurship and leadership by broadening the access to quality information, igniting digital transformation in business and enabling entrepreneurs to be investor ready. A significant area of her work is to enable women in business and tech. Contributor to various global commerce/ entrepreneurial discussions/ forums as keynote speaker, facilitator, moderator, and panelist. Lecturer on business and entrepreneurship at major business schools and universities in South Africa, Europe, Asia and other African Countries. Business leadership coach, mentor and trainer. Serves on certain Boards. 'I without a doubt believe in predestination, we're here not by chance to merely exist. We're not bubbles that pop after whisping around for a bit. We all have a purpose to fulfill. We all have an obligation to help and support each other in every little or big way we can. I relish serving others and doing whatever I can to build, grow and flourish people for a lifetime using business and entrepreneurship as a force for good.
Lizelle Vaughan

Lizelle Vaughan

Master of Digital Transformation at Liberty Group South Africa

Accomplished professional with over 25 years global, experience in Information Technology, Digital Transformation, User Experience Design, Projects & Programme Management, Agile, Strategy development and execution. I have an unique ability to grasp complex challenges quickly and formulate a strategy and execution plans to address them. Adept to leading geographical dispersed teams and trained in Informatics, Econometrics, Economics, Human centered design and Business Management.
Nyiko Ashley Nkuna

Nyiko Ashley Nkuna

Head : Intelligent Transport Systems at Gautrain Management Agency

Head of Intelligent Transport Systems at Gautrain Management Agency. He holds a BSc. degree from the University of the Witwatersrand with majors in Computer science and Mathematics and an MBA from Henley Business School. Prior to joining GMA, Nyiko worked at various local and international private organisations (Ericsson, Vodacom, Cell C and MTN) at various levels of technical and commercial roles including software development, mobile network design and rollout, enterprise applications product development and management and IOT product development and management. Samuel Schmidt Aneesa Ameer Innovation Lead at Absa Group A Digital Disrupter, Community Builder, Workforce Consultant, Productivity Catalyst and Innovation Engineer. I am driven to accelerate the social engagement of colleagues, customers and communitieswith measurable results by leveraging technologies in ecosystems that reach beyond financial services Samuel Schmidt Avsharn Bachoo Chief Technology Officer at PPS Insurance Avsharn is a technology strategist that specialises in digital transformation, software engineering, data analytics, machine learning, cloud computing, DevOps, and enterprise architecture. He is an expert in translating business requirements into workable solutions, using best practice frameworks, to ensure that quantifiable outcomes are achieved. Avsharn has implemented cutting-edge innovations at major banks and insurers, working with tech giants such as IBM, Microsoft and Google. With a PhD in Systems Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand, he has published pioneering research in international scientific journals. Patson Malisa Deputy President:Economic, Social & Cultural Council at African Union Patson Malisa is a Diplomat and Advocate, currently serving as Deputy Presiding Officer of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). Patson is the youngest Deputy Presiding Officer to be elected to the ECOSOCC Bureau. He is also President of the Organisation of African Youth, the Vice President of the United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA), as well as High Commissioner for Africa on the Preparatory Commission for the Establishment of the Open Treaty called the Universal Education Charter. Prior to his election, Patson served as Head of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, as well as Acting Secretary for the Infrastructure and Energy Cluster of ECOSOCC.
Aneesa Ameer

Aneesa Ameer

Innovation Lead at Absa Group

A Digital Disrupter, Community Builder, Workforce Consultant, Productivity Catalyst and Innovation Engineer. I am driven to accelerate the social engagement of colleagues, customers and communitieswith measurable results by leveraging technologies in ecosystems that reach beyond financial services.
Avsharn Bachoo

Avsharn Bachoo

Chief Technology Officer at PPS Insurance

Avsharn is a technology strategist that specialises in digital transformation, software engineering, data analytics, machine learning, cloud computing, DevOps, and enterprise architecture. He is an expert in translating business requirements into workable solutions, using best practice frameworks, to ensure that quantifiable outcomes are achieved. Avsharn has implemented cutting-edge innovations at major banks and insurers, working with tech giants such as IBM, Microsoft and Google. With a PhD in Systems Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand, he has published pioneering research in international scientific journals.
Patson Malisa

Patson Malisa

Deputy President:Economic, Social & Cultural Council at African Union

Patson Malisa is a Diplomat and Advocate, currently serving as Deputy Presiding Officer of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). Patson is the youngest Deputy Presiding Officer to be elected to the ECOSOCC Bureau. He is also President of the Organisation of African Youth, the Vice President of the United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA), as well as High Commissioner for Africa on the Preparatory Commission for the Establishment of the Open Treaty called the Universal Education Charter. Prior to his election, Patson served as Head of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, as well as Acting Secretary for the Infrastructure and Energy Cluster of ECOSOCC. He has experience as Chairman for South Africa at the Organisation of African Youth, Country Coordinator for the Network of African Youth for Development, as well as the Chairman for South Africa at the International Youth Council. He has also served as Organising Secretary, Secretary for Information and Publicity for the Continental Youth Executive Committee at the Organisation of African Youth. He has also served on the Civil Society steering group, and as a member of the Investors Group of the Global Finance Facility of the Global Finance Facility. Patson Malisa is a Tomorrow’s Leader Nominee for the class of 2014 at the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention which is hosted annually in South Africa. He was also featured in the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans list of 2015 in the Politics and Governance category. He was named in the Avance Media 2017 list of 100 Most Influential Young South Africans.
Patson Malisa

Nathan van Rooyen

IT Director at Virgin Active

I started out as a business analyst, moving onto project management and ending up as an IT Manager, now an IT/Digital Executive.

The majority of this time has been in financial services, especially banking & insurance (long and short-term). As an IT professional, I have spent my time on the business end of the industry more than a technology/technical focus. This has made me strong on understanding the need for and creating alignment between business and IT as part of a functioning organisation. I have a strong process background (BA), a commercial mindset and attempt to create sustainable business capabilities rather than taking short term solutions to solving business problems. Development of an IT or Digital strategy is key to ensure this occurs. Coupled with a strong execution ability, I have and can deliver what is promised.

More recently I've taken a keen interest in digital specifically. The trend for Marketing and IT to work more closely together in terms of exploiting digital technologies for growing the business and getting closer to clients is an exciting field. Especially the use of social platforms and mobile can create cost effective and innovative acquisition tools or business models.