Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board provides high-level intellectual and strategic guidance to the team. It is designed to assist in driving unbiased yet knowledgeable dialogue on the constantly evolving world of cloud, data governance and sovereignty; vendor management and SLA’s; security and encryption and the role cloud plays in IoT, AI and Machine Learning. The board members provide insight into the latest trends, breaking news, topical and relevant topics, as well as who the experts are both locally and internationally, on behalf of the Summit, and offer guidance into the overall structure, layout and programme development.

We are enormously grateful for their ongoing guidance and support.

The 2018 Advisory Board Members

Ian Gatley, Head of Product Domains, Neotel Ian Gatley Head of data management, Lombard Insurance
Head of data management, Lombard Insurance

Ian Gatley is head of data management at Lombard Insurance. He holds an MBA and a BSc specialising in IT management, as well as numerous industry certifications, including certified business intelligence practitioner and enterprise architect. Gatley gained over 15 years of consulting experience before joining Lombard Insurance in the role of head of data management. He is a technologist and strategist with an interest in how data and technology will impact every aspect of life.

Ian Gatley, Head of Product Domains, Neotel
Antony Hlungwane, Group IT director, MR Price Group (MRPG) Antony Hlungwane MR Price Group (MRPG)
MR Price Group (MRPG)

He was previously Chief Technology Officer for Hollard Insurance, a financial and service provider. He is a passionate leader and an IT executive with extensive knowledge and skills in IT Governance and Management, Enterprise Architecture, Project and Change Management, Operations Management, Big Data, Financial Management, People Management, Risk Management, and General Management. He is an inspiring and motivational leader with highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability and passion to develop compelling visions for teams he leads. He is able to push performance improvements whilst at the same time delivering business value. In 2013, Antony was a finalist (Top 5) in the annual Visionary CIO Award and in 2015 he was in the Top 10. The Award recognises IT leaders who demonstrates visionary leadership in using IT to support, grow and transform business. Furthermore, it also recognises IT leaders who has established best practice in implementing technology solutions in an organisation.

Antony Hlungwane, Group IT director, MR Price Group (MRPG)
JP Lourens, Software and Solutions product manager, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa JP Lourens Software and solutions product manager, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa
Software and solutions product manager, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa

JP Lourens, software and solutions product manager at Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa, is driven by IT trends. With a background in software engineering and a passion for business and technology, he thrives in the commercial IT space. Lourens has an international honour’s degree in business IT, which enables him to understand, drive, guide and direct industry trends and technologies within the business space in which he finds himself. As a natural leader, Lourens encourages innovative thinking, development and empowering those around him to become just as passionate about the industry. In his spare time, he enjoys quality family time and a good round of golf.

JP Lourens, Software and Solutions product manager, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa
Dennis Naidoo, Senior systems engineer, Tintri Dennis Naidoo Senior systems engineer: Africa and Middle East region, Tintri
Senior systems engineer: Africa and Middle East region, Tintri

Dennis Naidoo is the senior systems engineer for Tintri, covering the Africa and Middle East region. Naidoo has been in the IT industry for over 15 years, and has consulted to large corporations on storage management and data protection optimisation. Prior to Tintri, Naidoo spent many years at NetApp as the technical partner manager, developing and growing NetApp’s technical partner community across the African region.

Dennis Naidoo, Senior systems engineer, Tintri
 Ian Jansen van Rensburg Senior systems engineering manager, VMware Southern Africa
Senior systems engineering manager, VMware Southern Africa

Ian Jansen van Rensburg is responsible for the Systems Engineering team that assists driving revenue in SA as well as 33 countries within Africa. With a focus on technical pre-sales, he ensures the system engineers provide the correct level of technical pre-sales support to customers, partners and other internal teams within VMware. Jansen van Rensburg embodies the philosophy that in the cloud computing market space, one requires experience in all surrounding technologies, ie, virtualisation, storage, networking, security and compliance.

Andre Schoeman, Head of Product Domains, Neotel Andre Schoeman Head of Product Domains, Neotel
Head of Product Domains, Neotel

With Electronic Engineering and MBA degrees, Andre brings together an in-depth understanding of technology combined with the ability to commercialise the technology through strong business acumen.

Andre has 16 years of experience in the IT and Telecommunications, focussing on product management, product development and strategy.

Andre Schoeman, Head of Product Domains, Neotel
 Sithembile Songo Head of the information security governance, South African Reserve Bank
Head of the information security governance, South African Reserve Bank

She has more than 15 years of work experience in the ICT sector and specialised in information security since 2003. She worked in the public sector for approximately 5 years and has been in the banking sector since 2008. She has attained various globally recognised cybersecurity certifications, such as CCISO, CISM, CEH, HISP etc. At the moment, she is pursuing a Master 's degree in Information Security from the University of London.

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