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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.

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.

Robin Turner

Robin Turner

Head, Graphic and Multimedia Design Department, Green Design Center.

Robin is a Johannesburg-based South African graphic and multimedia designer who began his training at the Vaal Triangle Technikon. He honed his skills through an honors degree programme at the Greenside Design Center, and sharpened his teeth through a series of design agencies, garnering awards in the process.

He has a passion for anything digital, which has, as a result, led him to break into the New/Multimedia design arena. He completed a master’s degree in digital interactive arts through the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011. He is particularly interested in interactive design and specializes in physical or human computing, which is an area of interactive design that explores that potential of human/computer interactions that do not require the use conventional digital inputs such as keyboards and a mouse.

He currently sits on the Executive Board for Cumulus, an international network of important design schools, where he is trying to get an African voice heard at the world design conversations table.


Robin Turner
Head, Graphic and Multimedia Design Department, Green Design Center.

Rakhee Dullabh

Rakhee Dullabh

Associate in ENSafrica’s technology, media and telecommunications (“TMT”) department.

Rakhee specialises in technology, data privacy, cybersecurity, electronic communications, outsourcing, information technology (“IT”), advertising regulations, social media and broadcasting. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa.Her experience includes advising clients on systems integration projects, as well as other information and communications technology (“ICT”) projects.


Rakhee Dullabh
Associate in ENSafrica’s technology, media and telecommunications (“TMT”) department.

Ronelle Klinck

Ronelle Klinck

Teacher Engagement Manager, Microsoft.

Ronelle Klinck’s passion to transform education started over 20 years ago. She has had opportunities to work with schools, tertiary institutions and in adult education. Ronelle’s Masters thesis on Augmented Reality in the classroom was a passion project, as she believes that radical technologies such as AI and machine learning are critical for digital transformation in education.

She started working at Microsoft South Africa in November 2016, as a Microsoft Learning Consultant. Among many other activities in her new role as Teacher Engagement Manager, she has trained teacher interns, supported academic institutions with unpacking the Education Transformation Framework, promoted the importance of industry certifications and supported teachers in the adoption of Minecraft in Education to enhance teaching and learning.

The quote that resonates with her most in this phase of her career: “Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational ” by George Couros.


Ronelle Klinck
Teacher Engagement Manager, Microsoft.

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.

Elizabeth Chacko

Elizabeth Chacko

Director, Microsoft
Technology.

Elizabeth is the Microsoft Technology Director in South Africa. The MTC is key to showcasing the art of the possible with Microsoft technology and taking customers on the cloud journey. With 14 years of tenure at Microsoft, Elizabeth’s previous roles include Sales, Data and AI, Citizenship and Partner roles. Elizabeth is passionate about technology and how it can positively impact the humanity.


Elizabeth Chacko
Director, Microsoft Technology.

Ruben Collin

Ruben Collin

Emotive Transformer, Partner at The Brand Station.

Ruben is dedicated to transforming organizations and brands to meaningful emotive concepts that truly matter to people. Putting people (employees, customers, prospective customers, partners, and investors) first. They are emotional beings and create brand meaning (= happiness) on the individual, collective and societal level.


Ruben Collin
Emotive Transformer, Partner at The Brand Station.

Kim August

Kim August

Emotive Transformer, Meaning Activator at The Brand Station.

Kim has a deep passion for South Africa; for all its beauty and all its potential. With her healthy doses of energy and bubbly personality, she strives to uplift people and society. As a campaigner, as a branding diva and as a presenter, she dedicates herself, her knowledge and her expertise, to a South Africa unlimited.


Kim August
Emotive Transformer, Meaning Activator at The Brand Station.

Pares Malindi

Pares Malindi

Creator DC Reads App.

Pares is 13 years old and started developing programs at the age of 10 and started iOS development via a fabulous free beginner courses at the age of 12. He has so far successfully created a book review app for his school (DC Reads), which his whole school, consisting of about 1,200 students, has downloaded.


Pares Malindi
Creator DC Reads App.

JUDGES

Jose Gomes

Jose Gomes

Head of Business Solutions for Unseen Economy, First National Bank.

Jose Gomes is currently Head of Business Development for the Unseen economy for a large South African Bank. His focus is to find alternate approaches towards delivering financial services into markets where financial service providers have traditionally not been successful.

Jose’s professional history is made up of various experiences with the last decade focused on developing alternate financial service channels, products and services to supplement traditional offerings. His achievements in financial services include establishing transnational mass-market mobile payment solutions for the unbanked and the under-banked and establishment of the largest mobile money solution in South Africa.


Jose Gomes
Head of Business Solutions for Unseen Economy, FNB.

Zukie Siyotula

Zukie Siyotula

Former CEO of Thebe Capital.

In March 2016, Zukie Siyotula joined the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders under the age of 40. Achievements like these are nothing new for Zukie who was previously named as one of the 2011 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans.

As former CEO of Thebe Capital responsible looking after a portfolio of strategic investments across various sectors, she holds a CA (SA); ACMA; MBA and Executive Programmes from Harvard, Instead and Oxford. Her diverse professional experience ranges from general management, finance, corporate governance, strategy, restructuring, business development, through to sales and distribution.

Zukie has served on a number of non-profit, public and listed boards including, but not limited to Shell SA, Altech Netstar, Vodacom SA, SAfripol, STISA, and Sekelo Oil Trading.


Zukie Siyotula
Former CEO of Thebe Capital.

MENTORS

Sylvain Fey-Rock

Riffedge

Director

Ishaq Hajee

MTN

Senior Manager : Architecture Governance

Chimene Chetty

Lilogo Links

Chief Entrepreneurial Officer

Sonal Panchal-Malindi

Soulstice

Director

Azwifari Moagi

Soulstice

Programme Manager

Nazeer Osman

USFL

Director

Laurent Menigault

Gautrain

Station and Systems Manager

Vikesh Bissonauth

Multichoice

Senior Systems Support Analyst

Janice Jonathan

DTI

Director

Jonny Muteba

Pan African Chamber

Chief Executive Officer

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