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Johan Steyn


Johan Steyn is a Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advocate and thought leader and speaks globally at conferences on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Emerging Technologies. He was the 2019 award winner: Best AI & Robotics Management Consultant by Wealth & Finance magazine (UK).

He was previously a Global AI Ambassador with Swiss Cognitive and a Research Fellow at the School of Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Business at Woxsen University (India).

​​He was one of the finalists for the 2022 IT Personality of the Year Award (hosted by the IITPSA, Gordon Institute of Business and ITWeb).

He is a published author who regularly contributes articles on thought-leadership to well-known publications such as Reuters, Business Day, the Sunday Times, Finweek, News24, ITWeb and Brainstorm Magazine.

Speaking engagements

SpeakerApr 24, 2024

CIO & C-Suite Executives Dinner - AI

Topic: Welcome and scene-setting

SpeakerApr 24, 2024

CIO & C-Suite Executives Dinner - AI

Topic: Facilitated discussion: Unlocking organisational potential with AI: Executive insights

SpeakerApr 24, 2024

CIO & C-Suite Executives Dinner - AI

Topic: Introductions



Digital natives: Gen Z’s impact on AI, the workplace

It is anticipated that Generation Z’s proficiency with artificial intelligence will disrupt the way work is performed in every industry.


Silicon shift: How custom AI chips are reshaping tech giants

As the race to develop AI-specific chips intensifies, the competitive frenzy is about more than market share; it's about shaping the future of AI technology.


GenAI ushers in new era of global business services

Generative business services require technological adaptation, a cultural shift towards continuous learning, innovation and adaptability.


Navigating 2024: Key AI developments to watch for

Will AI’s inability to grasp nuances, sarcasm, cultural references and emotional undertones stand in the way of its progress this year?


Reviewing AI’s starring role in cinema

Movies provide a preview of the future possibilities of AI and its impact on our existence, forcing us to evaluate our relationship with technology.

CIO ZoneSept 29, 2023

Thrive in the digital age: Embrace inclusive organisational structures

The transformative power of technology prompts hierarchies to undergo a profound dissolution, leading to an inclusive and agile culture.