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ITWeb Governance, Risk & Compliance 2024

Arrival, registration and networking at sponsor displays


Welcome and scene-setting

James Francis, writer and ITWeb Brainstorm contributor


Keynote address: Four Future Seasons: Framing the Future

Craig Wing, futurist, AI sentiment company founder, global keynote speaker

In the realm of the future, possibilities are boundless, each holding its own unique potential. Rather than a predetermined path, envision an infinite array of potential futures. This keynote, rooted in groundbreaking doctoral research, unveils a transformative concept inspired by the Japanese philosophy of "shiki-sansui" – the "four-season garden." Much like the esteemed aristocratic families of Japan who designed gardens reflective of changing seasons, this presentation introduces the concept of the Four Future Seasons.

In this journey of exploration, we will navigate the permutations of the (un)known (un)known future. By delving into this conceptual landscape, we'll decipher how to strategically navigate today's processes, where emergent forms are required, and how to engage with policymakers in segmented approaches. Drawing inspiration from real-world examples, including the Wayamo initiative and the formulation of self-driving car policies, we'll illuminate the intricacies of crafting effective GRC interventions.

Embrace the analogy of "gardens of future success," where each season represents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Rooted in principles of harmony, balance, and the transient nature of life, this keynote aims to empower you to cultivate your own vision for success.


Fireside chat: POPIA Today: Navigating the regulatory landscape

Adv. Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson, Information Regulator of South Africa

Adrian Hinchcliffe, editor in chief, ITWeb


Operational Resilience – How does ServiceNow deliver

Anna Mazzone, Head of Risk & ESG Business & EMEA Vice President, ServiceNow

ServiceNow is a digital enterprise platform technology that enables organisations to use intelligent workflows combined with other capabilities to deliver operational resilience. During this presentation we will demonstrate how ServiceNow’s technology supports a use case associated with fraud linking it to regulatory and risk management, controls, to deliver operational resilience. 


Refreshment break and networking at sponsor displays


Keynote: Quantum Computing in GRC: Navigating the New Frontier of Risk and Regulation

Johan Steyn, Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advocate and thought leader

If 2023 was a watershed year for Artificial Intelligence, marking significant strides and transformations across various sectors, 2024 is poised to be an even more disruptive year, heralding a new era with the rise of Quantum Computing. As we stand at this pivotal juncture, the fields of Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) are undergoing a paradigm shift.

Quantum Computing is not just an incremental advancement; it's a revolutionary leap forward, offering unprecedented computational power and possibilities. This talk will explore the profound implications of Quantum Computing on GRC, unravelling how it will redefine our approaches to regulatory challenges, risk assessment, and compliance strategies. We are on the brink of a quantum revolution in GRC, and the time to prepare for this transformative journey is now.


Keynote: Enhancing Boardroom Efficiency: Harnessing the Power of Board Portals

Ralph Hohls, Country Manager, TeamEngine South Africa

We take you on a journey, touching on the challenges of traditional board / governance meeting management, showcasing the history and some of the features and benefits of using board portal technology, through to what the future might hold in this space.


Lunch break and networking at sponsor displays

Track one: Navigating the digital horizon: Transformative Trends in GRC

Chairman's welcome

James Francis, writer and ITWeb Brainstorm contributor


Empowering future IT Auditors: Bridging the skills gap

Dr Fazlyn Petersen, senior Iecturer, Department of Information Systems, University of the Western Cape

  • Importance of diversity and inclusion in the IT audit profession.
  • Challenges faced by historically disadvantaged institutions (HDI) in IT auditing education.
  • Collaborative efforts with ABSA iNkanyezi IT Audit Academy.
  • Showcase successful training models and methodologies for aspiring IT auditors.
  • Insights into overcoming barriers and fostering talent in marginalised groups.
  • Call to action for industry support in expanding similar initiatives.


IT governance being the pivotal role in bridging the gap between business and technology. Technology is the business of today!

Megaree Naraidoo, head: Security, Governance, Risk and Compliance, Bayport Financial Services


Refreshment break and networking at sponsor displays


Enhancing IT Governance in the Public Sector to enable value realisation in service delivery. (Preventing the Saving Grace from becoming the Big Disgrace!)

Norbit Williams, Senior Manager: Group IT Governance Services, Eskom

IT in Public Service had for many years been considered as cost centre driven functions and the "necessary" nuisance we need to have. Then comes Covid-19 and lockdown and everything changed. IT Leaders were considered as some of the most important individuals in the world. In a time where mobility, personal interaction and primarily health and well-being was under threat, IT became the "saving grace" to rescue a world that was seeming to fall apart. With the threat of the unknown, many decisions were made in haste and to a degree the flouting of controls and ultimately governance was imminent and evident. Opportunist exacerbated this situation and although becoming the saving grace, the lack of effective governance threatened the rationale. How do we as IT leaders prevent this in future?

Track two: Future-Proofing Governance: Cultivating a Compliance-Driven Culture

Chairman's welcome

Johan Steyn, Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advocate and thought leader


Sustainability and ESG Reporting

Mary Thipe, ESG Lead, sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, stakeholder engagement, certified ethics officer

  • Difference between Sustainability and ESG
  • ESG Reporting and Disclosure( best practices for transparent and accurate reporting
  • Reporting and assurance
  • Governing of ESG and Board Committee roles
  • ESG trends/lessons for 2024


Technical Debt – The most relevant future business debt arising from use of technology

Bella Sekhwela, internal audit manager - strategic initiative assurance, Discovery Bank

In software development, technical debt (also known as design debt or code debt) is the implied cost of future reworking required when choosing an easy but limited solution instead of a better approach that could take more time. Accruing technical debt causes existing problems to get worse over time. The longer debt builds up, the more costly it becomes to rectify. Companies that delay or omit work for the sake of speed accrue technical debt, which they need to pay back later or face consequences. As a result, businesses eventually have to pay with time, money, and resources, typically for choosing speed over quality. Technical debt is the measure of the cost of reworking a solution caused by choosing an easy yet limited solution. The most significant consequence of a complex technical debt is that it hinders a company’s ability to compete and innovate. It robs organisations of resources, time, energy, and the ability to innovate, adapt, and grow.


Refreshment break and networking at sponsor displays


Compliance culture and ethics

Samukele Mkhize, country compliance head/MLRO – SSA, Binance

Plenary sessions - afternoon

Panel discussion: Why is innovation failing in your organisation

Dumisani Gumbi, Manager: IT Governance and Compliance, Sanlam & Board Director, ISACA SA Chapter

Johan Steyn, Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advocate and thought leader

Makabongwe Siziba, CIO, Fasset (Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority)

Kgabo Ralebepa, vice president, ISACA SA Chapter

  • Is it an investment issue (competing interests, innovation and exploration a secondary concern)
  • Is it a systemic issue (business and systems complexity inflexibility)
  • Is it environmental (legacy, architectural and regulatory constraints)
  • Is it skills constraints (all innovation reliant on external service providers)
  • Is governance throttling innovation

Wrap-up and close

James Francis, writer and ITWeb Brainstorm contributor


Networking cocktails sponsored by ServiceNow