Dion Chang, CEO and founder, Flux Trends
Tracking disruptive forces changing and moulding the business world since 2012 in the last two years that disruption – and the sense of unease it brings – has spread. Most people don't or can't embrace change, and change on this scale is visceral. What's next?
Safiyya Patel, partner and head corporate practice, Webber Wentzel
This input will consider how Blockchain technology can revolutionise the way in which we do business. The most popular application of this type of technology is in Bitcoin, and the technology is already making its mark in more Fintech environments. But Bitcoin is just the beginning. Other ground-breaking applications, which are also based on this form of technology, include smart contracts, smart governments and smart identities. Smart contracts, not only has the potential to reduce reliance on lawyers in the near future but it could also become a major driver of social and institutional change. This talk will examine the functionalities of smart contracts, and how that new way of contracting will improve governance and efficiency and simultaneously reduce elements of risk, costs and vulnerability for corruption.
Sonja Parsons, owner, Business Management Assignments
Why do we need to care? The world spends more than US$6.5 trillion on health services. The stakes are high and the resources precious: money lost to corruption could be used to buy medicines, equip hospitals or hire badly needed medical staff. Why are we not using the data we have stored to detect, prevent and detect corrupt activities which could mean the difference between life and death in the health sector?
Syed Ahmed Mohiuddin, CEO, MD and chief architect, BITS Consultancy Services
The evolution of digital economies and transformation has significantly affected all industries across the globe and has created more opportunities than ever before. Therefore, companies must take the path of digitalisation and have a clearly defined digital strategy and blueprint, with the focus on digital skills development and building the organisation, leadership, mind-set and culture, and adoption of appropriate digital technologies that the digital world requires.
Jadie Naicker, technologist, innovator and digital leader
Clients want what they want, when they want it and how they want it and at a price that makes sense to them. So, how do companies with impressive market heritage compete in this market? This talk will explore the already complex mix of strategy and operations, which is the innovator's dilemma! It will ask whether disruption from within is truly a boardroom imperative.
Linda Ravenhill, owner, The Medical Education Network
This presentation will highlight key experiences and lessons learnt through case studies on implementation in Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa for customers such as but not limited to Novartis, Sanofi-Genzyme, Adcock Ingram, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via IAVI.
Kobus van der Westhuizen, CIO, Genii Analytics