Samuel Schmidt

Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize

Deputy Minister at Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services SA

Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize is the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services of the Republic of South Africa from 26 May 2014. She has served as a member of Parliament since 2009.

She is a founder member and a trustee of the Children and Violence Trust since 1995 and she has been a trustee of the Malibongwe Business Trust from 2005.

She a Chairperson of the Peace Commission of the South African Women in Dialogue since 2004; she also a Treasurer General of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League (WL) and became the member of the National Executive Committee of the WL since 2008.

Reshaad Sha

Reshaad Sha

Chief Executive Officer: SqwidNet

As CEO of SqwidNet, Reshaad is entrusted with building an IoT connectivity business in South Africa in partnership with the global IoT network operator, Sigfox. He also serves as the Group Chief Strategy Officer at DFA where he is responsible for Corporate Strategy, Product Innovation and long term business planning. In his role at SqwidNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of DFA, Reshaad will roll out a nationwide open access IoT network to provide a connectivity platform that will enable industries across South Africa to participate in the digitisation shift that is upon us. Reshaad has held various director-level positions primarily in the telecommunications industry, which afforded him the opportunity to work closely with many leading telecommunications operators in the USA, South Africa, across the Middle-East and Africa, Russia, Turkey, and South East Asia. He has fulfilled various executive roles which included Managing Director of a wholesale voice termination company headquartered in Singapore and Director of Strategy at Cisco where he advised governments and telecommunications operators across the emerging markets. Prior to Cisco Reshaad held various senior executive roles in the OSS/BSS environment across the Middle-East & Africa. Reshaad is an executive MBA candidate at UCT’s Graduate School of Business and recently completed a dissertation on the role Service Providers play in an IoT ecosystem.
Thomas Nichols

Thomas Nichols

SIGFOX Communications director

Thomas Nicholls is the SIGFOX Communications director. As a frequent speaker at international Internet of Things conferences, Thomas Nicholls blends his expertise in cellular connectivity and embedded software with his excitement about the IoT’s promise to positively change virtually all aspects of life. Thomas worked along side SIGFOX CEO Ludovic Le Moan at Goojet/Scoop.it, where he was director of engineering on one of the world’s first successful mobil social B2C mobile apps. As part of the architecture team, Thomas helped define the technical architecture for distributed scalable data storage for the Joost startup, founded and managed by the founders of Skype. Prior to that, Thomas worked on a wide range of software based projects, ranging from embedded software to web applications, in several different countries. You can follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasnicholls and @sigfox

David Gluckman

Co-founder of Lumkani

“My business interests lie at the intersection of technology, sustainability and comfort. How can we create goods and services that are in demand, add significant value and are funded innovatively by the those who benefit directly or indirectly from the said goods and services?” asks David Gluckman.

Taking a break from the corporate world to pursue his other interests (among them, entrepreneurship) Gluckman joined a group of his colleagues who were working on the foundations of Lumkani, a technology company that builds fire detection systems for informal settlements.

Terry Warner

Bora Varliyagci

Head of Africa – Digital Infrastructure at Mott MacDonald

Bora is the head of Africa for digital infrastructure practice at Mott MacDonald. His over 18 years’ international experience in the telecommunications industry covers emerging markets from Asia, Central, Southern and Eastern Europe to Middle East and Africa.
Throughout his career, Bora has successfully set-up new businesses and practices, established and managed large project teams in emerging markets, pioneered strategic alliances and partnerships with both industry players and investors and led the development of practical solutions to complex business challenges. Bora has lived and worked in Turkey, Philippines, Indonesia, India, France, Austria, Nigeria, Gabon, DRC and South Africa and conducted business in more than 30 countries. His understanding of African telecommunications market and background in strategy and negotiations combined with his commercial experience bring a unique support and value-add to his clients. His business engagements included communication service providers, funders and investors, regulators and technology vendors both in private and public sectors.

Bora thrives to contribute expansion of broadband footprint globally and digital inclusion as a human right. He has been elected to become a board member of FTTH Council Africa in May 2016, an independent, not for profit organisation that believes the development of fibre based broadband access networks will enhance the quality of life for citizens in South Africa and Africa as a whole.

Sean Laval

Sean Laval

Technical Head of IoT at Comsol Networks (Pty) Ltd

I am a well-spoken and self-motivated individual, who achieves satisfaction in seeing complex projects through to completion. I enjoy working with others to achieve goals that will benefit both the team and the organisation. I am passionate about technology, but also about understanding the human and economic factors that drive this complex sector. I have a particular interest in M2M and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) that is currently reshaping our world, in both the enterprise and consumer space.
Dylan Piatti

Dylan Piatti

Snr. Chief of Staff Deloitte Africa. Co-Chair EFA

Dylan Piatti serves as Senior Chief of Staff for the African Consumer & Industrial Products Industry group of Deloitte. In this role Dylan is responsible for global and local stakeholder engagement, with a focus at the intersect of private and public sector. With over 13 years’ experience in strategy, new business development & multidisciplinary project management, Dylan is skilled in developing, managing and creating value for senior stakeholders across African and Global teams. Dylan is also an Advisory Board member of the Ecommerce Forum Africa (EFA) where he Chairs the Africa Integration Portfolio working with companies in the Ecommerce value chain (and at the intersect of ecommerce, Fintech and tech start-ups) across the continent. He also sits on the Board of 38yr old iconic Southern African NGO MID Mophatong - where he drives the future facing business transformation.
Samantha Lucas

Jamie Whittaker

Chief Digital Officer at Discovery Limited

Optimistic and enthusiastic herder of cats. Experienced systems manager providing innovative and creative solutions to complex business and user problems. User-focused, design-centric and solution-oriented.

Helen Jenkins

Justin Gregory

CIO at FNB Fiduciary

Justin is currently CIO at FNB Fiduciary. He has held several positions in IT including Development Manager at FNB Online Banking and Team Lead at Symbiotics Application Services.

Anthony Warren

Prasanna Kumar Burri

Group Head of IT at Dangote Industries Limited

Broad experience in sales, manufacturing operations, Human Resources, IT implementations & delivery management, IT enabled business transformation and Product Management

Specialties: CIO, Digital Transformation, Business Transformation, IT Strategy, IT Program Management, SAP Implementations, Change Management, Product Management.

Ndubuisi Ekekwe

Founder, CEO at Zenvus Nigeria

Ndubuisi Ekekwe holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees, including a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and MBA from University of Calabar, Nigeria, by March 2009. He founded Ultinet Systems-an IT & telephony firm- and formerly held the title of Banking Executive with Diamond Bank Plc, Lagos. He is the Founder of the non-profit African Institution of Technology and has held visiting positions in three African universities. A US semiconductor industry veteran, he blogs at Harvard Business Review site. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Babcock University, Nigeria.

He authored/edited four major books: Adaptive Application-Specific Instrumentation and Control Microsystem; Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy: Corrosion Behavior Application; Nanotechnology and Microelectronics: Global Diffusion, Economics and Policy (won IGI Global 2010 Excellence in Technology Research ‘Book of the Year’ Award.); and Disruptive Technologies, Innovation and Global Redesign: Emerging Implications .

An inventor, he holds a US Patent on microchip used in minimally invasive surgical robots and has authored many journal and conference papers. As a student, he worked on the NASA Jet Propulsion project- distribution of HV and HF in the space environment. Dr. Ekekwe has organized more than thirty five seminars and workshops on technology design, innovation and diffusion across Africa for schools, small firms and governments. He obtained BEng electrical & electronics engineering from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria (FUTO, Aug 1998) where he finished top of his class.

Wayne Fitzjohn

Wayne Fitzjohn

Chairman at IoT.nxt

Mr. Wayne Fitzjohn is currently Chairman of IoT.nxt. IoT.nxt focuses on delivering innovative software and hardware solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT.nxt has developed an open platform framework that is used for rapid software development, integration and deployment in the Internet of Things realm.
Francois Coetzee

Francois Coetzee

Executive Partner at Connect IoT

At Connect IoT, Francois Coetzee is responsible for IOT Alliances, Strategic and Technology Partnerships. Sales growth via Consumption based IOT solutions. Provide superior business outcomes and value to our customers. Result-driven professional with a proven track record of developing and implementing programs that build and streamline organizational processes and business functions; got 20 years experience in Information Technology and works for a leading multi-international company. Good technical, partner sales background, and also is a skilled analytical thinker and creative problem-solver with the aptitude to analyze and translate complex business requirements into workable tools and solutions.

Chandima Miyanadeniya

CIO at Aon SA

Chandima has over 20 years experience in the information technology sector and has specific interests in the areas of technology convergence and cost optimisation. His current focus is on strategy and innovation . Chandima has worked in various organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa and has been involved with the architecture and design of insurance applications within the region. His specialist areas lie in strategy, technology integration, contract negotiations and information security. He holds a B.Eng in Electronics and Telecommunications and a Masters in Industrial Engineering.

Trevor Coetzee

Trevor Coetzee

Regional Director - Africa at McAfee

Prior to his current position Trevor Coetzee was Channel & Commercial Manager at Symantec.
Sunil Geness

Sunil Geness

President, Information Technology Association of South Africa

As the Director of Government Relations and CSR at SAP Africa as well as a member of the SAP Global Communications team, Sunil Geness leads all aspects of government relations, donor relations and corporate social responsibility activities for SAP stakeholders in Sub-Saharan Africa across 44 countries.
Raoul Blignaut

Raoul Blignaut

Head of Technology at Citi Bank

I am an accomplished IT senior manager with a 24 year track record. This includes achievements in managing global projects and strategy. I have controlled budgets from R30 to R300 million. I have delivered cost effective IT services to 1500 internal customers.
Michael Mbuthia

Michael Mbuthia

CIO - Kenya Bankers Association

With more than 14 years of executive-level experience in information technology roles, I am a respected thought leader within government and private sectors. My experience includes working as a CIO for a Payment Solutions Company, Head IT Risk and Controls for a Bank, Head of ICT for a Multinational organization as well as Operations experience gained from an International Airline.
Ian Duvenage

Ian Duvenage

Executive: Internet of Things (IoT) at BCX | FastNet

Currently I am the Executive for IoT at FastNet (Swiftnet), one of the leading IoT solutions providers in SA. FastNet also offers other products, including Point of Sale (POS) connectivity, Wireless Connectivity and Enterprise Digital Solutions. Prior to FastNet I was the CEO of ManMakeMachine, a leading IoT Hardware Technology Solutions company, based in Cape Town and Nairobi, which we built to a size where the team could ultimately be absorbed into FastNet.
Ryan Beech

Ryan Beech

CEO & Chief Roboticist at Ryonic Robotics

My professional career started in the Construction and Civil Engineering Industries working on many landmark projects all over Africa. The ambit thereof included very technical projects such as bridges, mines and power stations. My unadulterated love and passion for technology, electronics and robotics however inspired me to volte-face my career and plunge into the Robotics Industry. I am the CEO and Chief Roboticist at Ryonic Robotics, a company that specializes in the development of robotics. I am also CTO of SSIoT an IoT and technology provider for local and export markets. I am passionate about driving change in the African technology space with a key focus on putting Africa on the international technology map as a formidable player in various international technology industries.
Norman Moyo

Norman Moyo

Chief Executive of CUMii International

NORMAN MOYO, 15 years in Telecoms, Banking and FMCG sector across 7 African markets. - Currently Chief executive of CUMii International – A member of Econet Group Mauritius. - Previously CEO of Helios Towers Tanzania from inception growing it to 4500 towers. - Awarded Global telecoms top 40 under 40 telecoms leadership award. - Led 3 distinct business turnaround in Celtel Zambia and Celtel Nigeria. - Authored and published highly recommended Pan African leadership book- Rumble in the Jungle. - Board membership for HTT , WIOCC , Zantel , and AVI Investors. - Founder of AVI south Africa , a property company with 30 Pan African investors.

Lee Naik

CEO Transunion Africa

Lee Naik is CEO of Transunion Africa. Over the course of his career, he has worked across all spheres of government and private sector industries.

His experience ranges from developing first-in-country strategies and solutions to transforming service delivery, to hands-on delivery managing complex end-to-end programmes.

Lee has a deep understanding and appreciation of the transformative role that technology can play. His current focus is on helping organisations navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by digital technologies, transforming their businesses to remain competitive in an ever-changing and increasingly digital world.

Recognised as one of South Africa’s leading digital and technology transformation experts, Lee is a frequent speaker and commentator on all media platforms.

Janaine - Jay Meyer

Janaine - Jay Meyer

Head of IT at Woolworths

Jay Meyer is the head of IT infrastructure & Acquisitions at Woolworths. Before his current position he held the position of Group IT Service Delivery Manager - CTO Portfolio at Clicks South Africa.
Pria Chetty

Pria Chetty

Regional Director at EndCode

As the Regional Director I manage a pan-African network of country associates and a core advisory team involved in technology law and policy. I have oversight of the 2 year programme to build the primary technology law and policy knowledge resource in Africa. As the head of the Advisory practice, together with my regional and local team, I advise clients on the technology laws and policies in African countries as well as forecast developments and trends in this area. In particular, I work in the areas of data protection and privacy, electronic transactions, e-government, access to information, cyber security and intellectual property laws and regulations.
Alice Bowman

Brett StClair

Head of Digital Products Barclays Africa Group

Over 20 Years of Leadership and Digital Disruption experience, having developed a reputation for building and leading effective Exponential teams, businesses while building out ecosystems across Africa.
I built Googles Enterprise Cloud business in South Africa as Country Manager and over time promoted to manage Sub Sahara Africa.
I have recently moved to Barclays Africa as part of the CTO office, where we are building DevOps capability to turn Barclays Africa into a Technology business.

Bruce Grobler

Bruce Grobler

Director of IT Division for Schneider Electric Southern African

Bruce Grobler is the vice president for Schneider Electric’s southern African IT Division. His focus is on the fast growing consumer demand for complete data centre solutions, resulting from rising complexity induced by the trends of colocation, virtualisation and cloud computing. Services offered by the business unit include both basic lifecycle services for the installed base and advanced services. In addition to IT, Schneider Electric’s IT Division focuses on power, infrastructure, industry and buildings; with key technologies in these units being low voltage and renewables, medium voltage and grid automation, industrial automation, critical power and cooling, and building automation and security. Bruce joined Schneider Electric in 2009 as automation and drives sales manager in the company’s industry business unit. Prior to this, he spent more than 10 years gaining experience in both the computer software and electronic manufacturing industries at Siemens and Citect. Bruce is well qualified to provide this mix of capabilities. He has a national higher diploma in electrical engineering, along with a Business Management Diploma from the University of Johannesburg (previously the Technikon Witwatersrand) Areas of Expertise • Industry automation • Turnkey solutions in ET and IT • Business development • Development and execution of strategic plans • Transactional business growth
Marc Ramsay

Marc Ramsay

Schneider Electric South Africa Industry Business Director

The Industry Business unit at Schneider Electric South Africa is responsible for the sales and technical marketing of the Industrial and Process automation product suites, which include the organisation’s advanced technologies, such as variable speed drives, programmable logic controllers and even advanced supervisory control systems and high level operations management software systems. As director of the Industry Business unit, Marc Ramsay is responsible for overseeing and promoting this diverse product range, including implementation and support services for the systems. In addition, he manages the direct engagement between the Industry Business unit and its end-users, as well as the network of sales and systems integration partners. Marc started his career in the financial field, in particular taxation, and has expanded his skills to include customer service, and advanced technology sales and implementation. He has spent the past 20 years in the mining industry and has worked with major mining customers at all organisational levels to optimise their operations and the use of their assets. Passionate about the end-user, Marc is always looking for innovative ways for Schneider Electric customers to derive value from the use of the organisation’s products and systems. He joined Schneider Electric in 2013, working in the Mining, Minerals & Metals segment, before moving to the Industry business unit. Marc has served on the board of directors as either financial director and managing director of three subsidiaries of original major equipment manufacturers, prior to joining the global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric. He holds a BCom degree in Finance from UNISA, and an honours degree in Taxation from UNISA, and has also obtained a Masters in Business Leadership specialising in Technology Management from School of business leadership - UNISA.
David Hoelscher

David Hoelscher

Marketing Director for IoT Solutions, Huawei

David Hoelscher Marketing Director for IoT Solutions, Huawei
Riaaz Jeena

Riaaz Jeena

Sales Director: Private Sector and SOE at Software AG

As Software AG’s Sales Director, Riaaz is responsible for creating and delivering sales strategies within the Corporate Sector which includes industries such as Mining, Manufacturing, Banking and Finance, Telecommunications, Media, Retail, and Logistics. With 15 years’ experience in the ICT industry, he plays a fundamental role in developing the company’s future growth, providing vision, direction and leadership. Throughout his successful career, he has gained experience, both locally and internationally, within various roles such as Head of Engagement, Business Management, Account Management, and IT Consulting. Significant achievements in Jeena’s career include completing his IBM Global Sales School training with Top Honours, being shortlisted for Microsoft’s World Partner Summit Business Intelligence Award and being elected to the Board of International Association of Microsoft’s Certified Partners.
Patrick Shields

Patrick Shields

CTO, Business Technologist, Speaker, Author & Coach at Software AG

Patrick Shields offers more than 27 years of solution delivery and consulting experience, with 13 of those years managing the delivery of Software AG solutions. He has worked in various roles throughout his career, including Chief Enterprise Architect, IT Director, Senior Principal Consultant, Pre-Sales Manager, Technical Account Manager, Project Lead, and Software Engineer. Patrick has a wealth of business and technology experience. He has delivered numerous customer engagements using Software AG products such as ARIS, webMethods ESB and BPM, as well as webMethods (IBO) Intelligent Business Operations. He has also designed and delivered solutions integrated to ERP systems such as SAP, Oracle Applications, Siebel and PeopleSoft. Several of his projects are documented customer success stories. Prior to Software AG, Patrick managed delivery and adoption of webMethods BPM and SOA at a $1.7B financial services firm. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Oglethorpe University in the USA.
Gareth Whitaker

Gareth Whitaker

Pre- Sales Director at Software AG

With over 19 years’ local and international experience in software solutions, Gareth is uniquely able to bridge the gap between business and technology. This dynamism pulls through in his work as the Pre-Sales Director at Software AG South Africa where he plays a key role in the development of solutions and technical proofs and journeys for prospective clients. Gareth specialises in the fields of Business Process Management, Integration, Business Intelligence, Business-to-Business, Mobile, and Big Data and is responsible for showcasing the value and possibilities of solutions, as well as the technical details and architectures to prospective customers. Gareth also creates custom demonstrations and proof-of-concepts for new prospects, based on each company’s unique requirements. Gareth holds an Honours degree in Computer Science and is currently busy with his Masters in Big Data.
Melao Mashale

Melao Mashale

Senior Manager - Enterprise IoT Solutions at MTN Business

Melao Mashale leads the MTN Business IoT portfolio after having lead portfolios of mobile voice, data, machine-to-machine and internal WASP as a senior manager for enterprise mobile solutions. Mashale has over nine years’ experience in the telecommunications industry across varying organisational levels and disciplines, with tenures at prestigious organisations including Accenture, Ericsson, MTN and MTN Business. Mashale has developed his business and telecoms acumen from a broad range of telecommunications functional domains. He has successfully delivered projects and solutions from device, through rating, mediation and billing; finally culminating at the customer relationship management systems. This affords Melao an end-to-end view of telecommunication services and offerings to customers. Currently Mashale is tasked with identifying, developing and implementing MTN Business IoT strategies and solutions, to satisfy and retain existing clients, while also growing MTN Business’s share of ICT spend in linear and new lines of revenue from the targeted client base.
Basha Pillay

Basha Pillay

Head of Workspaces for Tomorrow (MEA) at Dimension Data

Basha heads up the Workspaces for Tomorrow practice (SU?) at Dimension Data Middle East and Africa. In this role, his key responsibility is to provide insights and recommendations that influence the direction of the company’s Workspaces for Tomorrow strategy across Middle East and Africa. Basha has over 20 years’ experience in the technology sector and has built his reputation around his thought leadership, skillset, experience and ability to deliver. Workspaces for Tomorrow is the future of smarter working. It’s a strategy that aims to build a modern collaborative environment that supports the needs of both employees and business. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution and start to see the fusion of the digital and physical worlds come together, we will further enable this future state of working. Key trends like artificial intelligence, augmented reality and Internet of Things will drive the way we work and the way our clients engage with us going forward.
Moshtaq Ahmed

Moshtaq Ahmed

CEO of the NybSys group

Moshtaq Ahmed is the co-founder and CEO of the NybSys group of companies which operate in 6 countries across 3 continents. Companies of the group are developing and implementing customs and border control systems, health systems, payment processing systems, enterprise resource planning systems and systems based on the concept of 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 Africa. His many innovative projects have made positive changes to the lives of many people in Africa. Rcently he is focussing heavily in IoT and doing extensive R&D on ObjectRadar, a real time object detection system with many use cases in warehouse management, traffic management, people count and movement detection. Mr. Ahmed completed Masters in IT System Management (ALM-IT) from Harvard University. He also have an MBA degree.
Prof Antonie van Rensburg

Prof Antonie van Rensburg

Data Scientist at BCX

Prof Antonie van Rensburg is a professional registered Industrial Engineer who obtained his PhD in 1996. His main focus is on real-time business optimization – “getting more from less for cheaper”. His practice areas covers all dimensions of the value chain across many industries such as health, mining & manufacturing, telecommunications, retail and financial services. Besides this, he also supervises a number of Masters and PhD students at the University of Stellenbosch, with 70 international and local published papers and conferences.