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SPEAKERS

Gugu Motlanthe

Mrs. Gugu Motlanthe

Trustee of the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation.

Mrs. Motlanthe is the former first lady of the Republic of South Africa and a trustee of the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation.

She is hard at work on a full-time basis, at the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation (KMF) where her energies are focused on youth developmental projects, capacity building, the 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution)music, leadership, and fundraising.

She is a Social Democrat at heart who currently spearheads one of the fundamental programs of the foundation in dialogue among equals to promote social cohesion.


Mrs. Gugu Motlanthe
Trustee of the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation.

Charlene Verzmoter

Charlene Verzmoter

Philanthropies Lead for Microsoft.

Charlene joined Microsoft in February 2008 and is currently the Philanthropies lead for Microsoft, involved with various youth development programmes and empowering NGO’s to use technology through our software donation programme and grants to impact more lives in the communities and the people they work with. She is also the project manager for a youth programme to train 1 million youth in South Africa over the next 3 years in digital and computer science skills in partnership with government and the private sector.

Prior to joining Microsoft, she works for a number of years at Accenture as a management consultant, developing skills in large IT systems implementation projects, change management, transformation strategies and later joined the HR team at Accenture as the Professional Development Lead.


Charlene Verzmoter
Philanthropies Lead for Microsoft.

Thokozile P. Miya

Thokozile P. Miya

CEO at Girlhype.

Thokozile P. Miya is the CEO at Girlhype. With over 15 years of experience as a woman in tech, working with global corporations to facilitate investment in young girls through technology. Her work at Girlhype is too ensure that there is a 100% pass rate of all students, she acquires internships and industry placements after class. She is a coder, a developer for Android and web and a full spectrum technologist. With a key focus on creating digital, inclusion, diversity and transformation within the technology industry, her work has gained her international exposure around the world as a woman teaching girls to code.


Thokozile P. Miya
CEO at Girlhype.

Dale Harrison

Dale Harrison

Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft.

Data & analytics is his game.

Dale considers being able to connect with people and grow together enabled by the use of technology a real privilege.


Dale Harrison
Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft.

Des Laubscher

Professor Des Laubscher

CEO of Greenside Design Center and Vice President of the International Council of Design.

Des Laubscher is a Past President and Fellow of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers. (IFI) He founded and is a Past President of the African Institute for the Interior Design Professions. (IID). He has presented papers around the world on many design issues and is an acclaimed international speaker.
He is at present a Vice President of the International Council of Design, based in Montreal representing the interests of design organizations in 66 countries around the world.


Professor Des Laubscher
CEO of Greenside Design Center and Vice President of the International Council of Design.

Charlene Verzmoter

Dr. Vikki Eriksson

Works with Idea Collective and is a lecturer and postgraduate supervisor at CPUT.

Dr. Vikki (nee Du Preez) Eriksson is a lecturer, focusing on design evolution and theories that influence modern design practice. She works with colleagues as part of Idea Collective and is a tenured member of staff at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Her main research interest is in the user experience and service design fields.


Dr. Vikki Eriksson
Works with Idea Collective and is a lecturer and postgraduate supervisor at CPUT.

Dushan Padayachee

Dushan Padayachee

Data Insights & Artificial Intelligence Specialist at Microsoft.

Dushan has worked in the Data & analytics field for over 15 years, as well as across multiple industries. He is passionate about empowering every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more.


Dushan Padayachee
Data Insights & Artificial Intelligence Specialist at Microsoft.

Maria Day

Maria Day

MD and founding member of The Idea Collective.

Maria is passionate about the personal development of individuals, ensuring there is a sense of equality, quality and accessible education for all. As part of the development process, Design as a subject is, in her opinion, a vital component in developing 21st Century skills for every learner and educator.

She is a woman of many talents and has contributed to various industries prior to her founding Bridgeway High School to pursue her passion for quality education.


Maria Day
MD and founding member of The Idea Collective.

JUDGES

Mervyn George

Mervyn George

Business Architect and Venture Scout at SAP.

Mervyn George is a seasoned technologist and advises leaders of large organizations on the role technology plays in business innovation and the modernisation of corporate strategy. Cape Town-born, Mervyn has recently returned to South Africa after a decade in the UK. He holds a BSc in Computer Science, a post-grad diploma in Industrial Psychology from Stellenbosch University and an MBA from Warwick Business School in England.

Describing himself as a product of free education, Mervyn is passionate about finding opportunities for others to grow and firmly believes that grassroots bootcamp initiatives like AI in Mitchells Plain develop critical skills, such as learning to collaborate, technical fluency, entrepreneurship pitching, understanding business relevance, public speaking and, most importantly, confidence.


Mervyn George
Business Architect and Venture Scout at SAP.

Alexandra Fraser

Alexandra Fraser

Director of Fraser Consulting.

Alexandra Fraser is a business owner, angel investor and start-up advocate in Africa. She is passionate about building a vibrant, sustainable high growth entrepreneurial ecosystem and culture across the continent, to drive economic growth and job creation. She is deeply embedded and connected with the entrepreneurial, investment and innovation communities through her involvement with various organizations and as an independent strategic consultant.

Alex has over 15 years’ experience in early-stage investment space and works with a wide variety of tech startups to grow their businesses, raise funding, and access new customers and markets. She also works with corporate programs and government departments to develop strategic partnerships and source innovative opportunities as well as to design and run acceleration programs. Clients include the World Bank, mLab Southern Africa, V&A Waterfront and entrepreneur support organizations in numerous African countries.


Alexandra Fraser
Director of Fraser Consulting.

MENTORS

Nazeer Osman

USFL

Director

Ryno Rijnsburger

Microsoft 4Afrika

CTO

Mubeenah Ismail

ABSA

Lead Product Design & Innovation

Farhana Fredericks

Absa Technology

Design Director

Olivia Carolissen

Old Mutual

Senior IT Manager

Ghalieb Jardien

Sherwood Holdings

Director

Micah Daniels

Independent Contractor

Independent Contractor

Thashnee Padiaychee

Fahamu Consulting

Director

Zaida Cornelissen

Old Mutual

IT Team Manager

Sam Perumal

Old Mutual

Senior IT Manager

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