Speakers

Keynotes

Craig Wing, Futurist and Business Strategist Craig Wing  partner, FutureWorld International
partner, FutureWorld International
Craig Wing, Futurist and Business Strategist

Craig Wing is a partner of FutureWorld International, assisting companies understand the future of their business and how to create a culture that supports this “future-proof” strategy. He has a BSc (Eng), MSc (Usability) and MBA from Babson College, as the recipient of the Frederic C Hamiliton scholarship for significant entrepreneurial achievement.

Speakers

 Luci Abrahams  director, LINK Centre
director, LINK Centre

Luci Abrahams is director of the LINK Centre, a public interest research centre at the University of the Witwatersrand, SA. Now in its 20th full year of operation, the theme for the centre’s work is framed as “mapping digital transformation of economy and society”.

Valter Adão, lead director/partner at Deloitte Digital Africa and innovation leader for Deloitte Valter Adão  lead director/partner at Deloitte Digital Africa and innovation leader for Deloitte
lead director/partner at Deloitte Digital Africa and innovation leader for Deloitte
Valter Adão, lead director/partner at Deloitte Digital Africa and innovation leader for Deloitte

Valter Adão leads Deloitte Digital in Africa and is the firm’s innovation leader in the same region. As the former leader and founding director of Monitor Deloitte in Africa, Adão brings strategy and innovation capabilities and thinking into Deloitte Digital.

Maurizio Canton, CTO EMEA, TIBCO Software Maurizio Canton  CTO EMEA, TIBCO Software
CTO EMEA, TIBCO Software
Maurizio Canton, CTO EMEA, TIBCO Software

As TIBCO CTO of the EMEA region, Maurizio Canton ensures consistency of technology vision, provides strategic sales support and support for AR, PR, marketing and M&A initiatives, as well as serving as a conduit for the global CTO function.

Nerushka Deosaran, Senior associate and business development manager, Norton Rose Fulbright Nerushka Deosaran  Senior associate and business development manager, Norton Rose Fulbright
Senior associate and business development manager, Norton Rose Fulbright
Nerushka Deosaran, Senior associate and business development manager, Norton Rose Fulbright

Nerushka Deosaran is a privacy and technology lawyer based in Johannesburg.

Lazaros Karapanagiotidis, digital lead, Accenture Lazaros Karapanagiotidis  Digital lead, Accenture
Digital lead, Accenture
Lazaros Karapanagiotidis, digital lead, Accenture

Lazaros Karapanagiotidis specialises in digital innovation and business development, with over a decade of management and technology consulting experience in retail banking, short-term insurance, FMCG, legal and public service industries.

Jon Hamlet, Regional manager, Forcepoint Lee Naik  Managing director, Accenture Digital
Managing director, Accenture Digital
Jon Hamlet, Regional manager, Forcepoint

Lee Naik is Managing Director of Accenture Digital in South Africa. Over the course of his career, he has worked across all spheres of government and private sector industries.

Mpumi Nhlapo, head of demand management, T-Systems South Africa Mpumi Nhlapo  head of demand management, T-Systems South Africa
head of demand management, T-Systems South Africa
Mpumi Nhlapo, head of demand management, T-Systems South Africa

Mpumi Nhlapo completed his honour's degree in information systems at the University of Cape Town and is currently pursuing his MBA thesis.

Joe van Niekerk, CIO, Discovery Vitality Joe van Niekerk  CIO, Discovery Vitality
CIO, Discovery Vitality
Joe van Niekerk, CIO, Discovery Vitality

Joe van Niekerk joined Discovery in 2009 as CIO for Vitality Life in the UK, and held both operational and systems roles during his tenure there.

Quinton Pienaar, CEO at Agilitude - customer engagement specialist and agile evangelist Quinton Pienaar  CEO at Agilitude - customer engagement specialist and agile evangelist
CEO at Agilitude - customer engagement specialist and agile evangelist
Quinton Pienaar, CEO at Agilitude - customer engagement specialist and agile evangelist

Quinton Pienaar launched Agilitude in 2013 for which the company has grown organically to a team exceeding 40 people.

Herman Singh, group chief digital officer, MTN Group Herman Singh  group chief digital officer, MTN Group
group chief digital officer, MTN Group
Herman Singh, group chief digital officer, MTN Group

Herman Singh’s initial and primary focus is on MTN’s international business; this will extend to include the South African business. Singh joined the MTN Group from Vodacom SA, where he held a position of managing executive: commerce. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Beyond Payments, Innovation and New Business Incubator division of the Standard Bank Group.

Greg Solomon, CEO, McDonald’s South Africa Greg Solomon  CEO, McDonald’s South Africa
CEO, McDonald’s South Africa
Greg Solomon, CEO, McDonald’s South Africa

Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald’s SA, started his career as an engineer. He joined McDonald’s in 1996, where he was a project manager in the construction department. During this time he was instrumental in the building of some of the first McDonald’s restaurants across SA.

Brett StClair, Africa head of digital product management, Barclays Brett StClair  Africa head of digital product management, Barclays
Africa head of digital product management, Barclays
Brett StClair, Africa head of digital product management, Barclays

Brett StClair has spent the last 20 years building and growing digital businesses and products.

Bruce Taylor, group technology director: Group Information Services, Dimension Data Bruce Taylor  group technology director: Group Information Services, Dimension Data
group technology director: Group Information Services, Dimension Data
Bruce Taylor, group technology director: Group Information Services, Dimension Data

Bruce Taylor is a highly accomplished, results-focused Information Management professional with extensive experience in information strategy, architecture design, project management, systems development, technology innovations, and process engineering. He is qualified in Commercial Programming & Information Systems and is dedicated to supporting bottom-line growth by envisioning scalable digital enabled innovative solutions.

Len de Villiers, chairman of the CIO Council of South Africa, and Group CIO at Telkom Len de Villiers  chairman of the CIO Council of South Africa, and Group CIO at Telkom
chairman of the CIO Council of South Africa, and Group CIO at Telkom
Len de Villiers, chairman of the CIO Council of South Africa, and Group CIO at Telkom

Len de Villiers has 25 years' experience in the IT industry and is considered to be one of the top CIOs in SA. De Villiers was voted "the most admired CIO in South Africa" by the CIO Council of South Africa, consisting of the top 200 CIOs in the country, in 2009.

Gareth Whitaker, pre-sales director, Software AG South Africa Gareth Whitaker  pre-sales director, Software AG South Africa
pre-sales director, Software AG South Africa
Gareth Whitaker, pre-sales director, Software AG South Africa

With over 19 years' local and international experience in software solutions, Gareth Whitaker is uniquely able to bridge the gap between business and technology.

Timothy Willis, central operations lead, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa Timothy Willis  central operations lead, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa
central operations lead, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa
Timothy Willis, central operations lead, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

Timothy Willis is the Business Intelligence Team Lead, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, Tim focuses on Growth and Analytics.


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