Dr Dieter Veldsman
Human Capital Director, Momentum Metropolitan
Dr Dieter Veldsman is a registered organisational psychologist with a key focus on organisational development, people analytics, people effectiveness and organisational design. He is currently the Group Executive: People and Organisational Effectiveness at Momentum Metropolitan Group, a multi-national financial services provider with a footprint in Africa, the United Kingdom and India. He has worked across various industries and has completed numerous global consulting assignments across Africa, Europe and Asia. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on the topics of people effectiveness, employee engagement, workplace trends and organisational development. He has published various articles in internationally reviews journals and has contributed to a number of books on the topics of digital talent, retention and the changing psychological contract. He is a senior research associate at the University of Johannesburg and is also involved in various research studies on the future of work.
Managing Director, Disruptive Leap
Loic has 15 years’ experience at the helm of corporations, and as a CEO, in Africa and Europe has managed turnarounds, market entries, mergers and acquisitions, driven exponential scaling, differentiated and disruptive changes successfully. An alumni of Singularity University, London Business School, Louvain School of Management and GIBS, Loic is a versatile multilingual creative maverick, intuitive strategist, with a solid track record in shaping organizations into their future selves. He is a regular speaker on CNBC and other media platforms. Loic is an engaged Young Presidents Organization (YPO) member, and serves on various boards. 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
Human Resources Director - BMW
Charissa Hector is the HR Director for BMW. She has extensive expensive in HR strategy development and implementation, HR governance and compliance, Compensation & benefits, Organisational development and Transformation, Change Management, HR management, HR Services and administration, Industrial and Employee Relations, Talent Strategy development and implementation, Training and Development, OHS compliance, Health Services Managememt, Gastronomy, Medical Aid Scheme Chairperson, Pension Fund Trustee, B-BBEE Transformation Trust
Executive Administrator - SITA
Luvuyo Keyise’s holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a B.Sc. Hon. in Computer Science from the University of Fort Hare. Before his role at SASSA, he held positions of telecommunications manager: Africa at T Systems, senior manager and Research associate/ information and knowledge manager, Sita, and IT manager at the Council for GeoScience. Arti?cial intelligence, software engineering, database management and design, object-oriented software engineering, modelling analysis, computer architecture and web creation feature prominently in Keyise’s areas of expertise. In 1997, during his days at the University of Fort Hare, Keyise received the Abe Bailey Fellowship Award, and along with other student leaders from South African institutions, he visited the UK on a youth development/leadership scholarship. In 1998, Keyise went on to receive the Fulbright scholarship to study for his Master’s degree in Computer Science at Howard University, where he became president of the African Students Association in 1999.
CEO - CentBee
Angus was the Founder, and later CEO of eBucks. He led the development of the internet banking platform, and later managed the entire business (Loyalty programme, eCommerce and Internet Banking). This business has made a real mark on the SA eCommerce, banking and loyalty landscape. He was the Head of Alliance Banking and Support Services at Mercantile Bank Limited and served as an executive of MMI Holdings and Blue Label Telecoms. With a long history in banking at the highest levels he brings experience and insight into innovative payment businesses like Centbee.
Managing Director at P2 Digital Holdings
Paul Scott - Managing Director at P2 Digital Holdings. He has extensive experience in Deep-level Decentralisation, Strategy, Disruption, FinTech, GreenTech, InsurTech and Big Data eco-system understanding, including utilisation of leading-edge technologies that underpin the eco-system’s development, Global Blockchain & ITO/STO/TGE/ICO development, strategy and advisory.He also has expert level of understanding of the markets, competition, geographic, macroeconomic and global factors impacting customer experience.
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.
Executive Head of Digital (Wealth) - Standard Bank
Deepesh Thomas is a qualified Chartered Accountant and MBA graduate from the University of Cape Town. He started his career in Audit, later moving to Management Consulting and finally specializing in Insurance where he was part of the core team that founded the Liberty Short-Term Insurance business. He currently serves as Executive Head of Digital for Standard Bank Wealth, where he manages a team of 90 IT and operations individuals to deliver on key digital initiatives. His passion lies in applying bleeding edge technology to complex business challenges and customer pain points
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.
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)
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.
Product Lead for Customer Engagement and AI at LogMeIn
Michael Kaufman is Product Lead for Customer Engagement and AI at LogMeIn, with over 15 years of experience in consultative sales, strategic sales operations, business transformation, optimization and customer success management across multiple verticals including Telecommunications, Hi-Tech, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech, covering B2B and B2C.
Senior Director for Customer Engagement and AI at LogMeIn
Yariv Mendelson is Senior Director for Customer Engagement and AI at LogMeIn, with 20+ years of experience leading rapid growth at global organizations.
Yariv's background is particularly strong in leadership of sale teams in global markets through coaching and relentless execution, a field in which he built and led in multiple companies, helping them expand globally. Among other areas of his business expertise, Yariv is an expert on digital transformation through automation and AI solutions.
CEO at MICT SETA
Mduduzi Eric Zakwe joined the MICT SETA in April 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. Mdu is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA in IT & E-Commerce. He is certified in Applied Cyber Security with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently completing his PhD in Cyber Security Education with the University of South Africa. Mdu has worked for blue chip companies such as Unilever, FirstRand, AngloGold Ashanti, EY and KPMG. He has served as Chairperson of more than 20 boards and board committees in both the private and public sectors. He has held leadership roles in professional bodies such as the Computer Society of South Africa, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the Black IT Forum. Starting out, he was a tutor at the University of Natal and a lecturer at Boston College. Mdu can be best described as an entrepreneur who is passionate about realising full information technology potential of business systems towards fulfilment of business objectives. As Chair of the Bankseta Sector Skills Planning Committee, Mdu was instrumental in developing the sector skills plan. As Chief Information Officer of Services SETA, he succeeded in turning their ICT platform around. He was moreover instrumental in systems migration at Fasset when he was a member of its Audit & Risk Committee. Regarded as one of our country’s brightest young professionals, he scooped the Black Business Quarterly Award for Businessman of the Year in 2012, and Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young Bright Minds in South Africa Award in 2013. True to form, Mdu enjoys developing cybersecurity board games to raise cyber-risk awareness among our youth. His other hobbies include running, golf, squash and road biking.
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.
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.
SA Country Manager at Tymlez
Mr. Marcus Mudd serves as country manager for South Africa at TYMLEZ. He has 25 years of experience in the IT industry, having started his career as a Microsoft-certified engineer. He has extensive exposure to Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, Opensource, storage and virtualization solutions and has successfully designed and operationalized public, private, and SAP HANA cloud platforms for various customers and platforms. He has also had the opportunity to work with renowned ICT providers such as Dimension Data, IBM, Fujitsu, Britehouse, Aquilon, and Accenture. In his present position, he helps enterprise customers and partners find value in using blockchain and other digital transformation solutions.
Business Development Director MEA Zoho Corporation
An avid user and consultant of Zoho since 2008, Ali fell in love with the platform when he built a CRM for his real estate company in Zoho Creator in a single afternoon. A multidisciplinary business technologist and a published author, Ali contributes to the the steady growth of Zoho's diverse ecosystem in the MEA region. Experienced in business growth and transformation, business process, marketing, and information management, Ali understands the challenges of modern businesses and helps them utilize the immense power of cloud computing strategically and in day-to-day operations.
Sindisiwe Nhlapho Dlamini Moloi
Sindisiwe Nhlapho Dlamini Moloi
CIO , Transnet SOC Ltd
I am 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. I approach 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 my current role as a CIO I support 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