Cape Town Speakers 2019

MOVING to MASTERY
Women in Tech & Digital Conference

Our industry expert speaker line-up includes

Aisha R. Pandor
Aisha R. Pandor
SweepSouth
Aisha R. Pandor is co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, Africa’s first online platform for home cleaning services. One of few black female-led tech startups, SweepSouth is also one of the fastest-growing startups in South Africa, and became the first SA startup to be accepted to the 500 Startups accelerator in Silicon Valley. SweepSouth operates in four cities and has created job opportunities for over 11,000 women, with millions in earnings and tips paid out to domestic workers each month. Focussing not just on impact but also on financial returns, SweepSouth was awarded by the South African Venture Capital Association in 2018.

Aisha completed her PhD in Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town and studied at the same time towards a business qualification at UCT’s Graduate School of business, ranking top of her class. She then worked as a management consultant with Accenture focussed on large scale projects in HR management and Supply Chain management in the telecoms and mining industries, before launching SweepSouth in 2014.

Aisha was recognized by the World Economic Forum in 2017 as one 6 African female breakthrough innovators for the impact SweepSouth has made on digital and financial inclusivity. She also serves as a board member for the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative.

Anna Collard
Anna Collard
Popcorn Training – a KnowBe4 company
Anna Collard is the founder and managing director of Popcorn Training Pty Ltd – a company that promotes Cyber & Information Security awareness training by using innovative, story-based techniques making complex content simple to understand.

Anna has been working in the information security field for 16 years assisting corporates across South Africa, Europe and the US keeping their information assets safe. Anna is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/IT), a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), an ISO 27001 implementer and lead auditor, a Business Analyst and used to be a Visa/Mastercard Qualified Security Auditor (QSA).

US-based Cyber Security Awareness Training giant KnowBe4 acquired Popcorn Training in March 2018. Anna maintains her role as Popcorn Training CEO – a KnowBe4 company.

Jacqui Mackway-Wilson
Jacqui Mackway-Wilson
GoSocial SA
With a background in education which led her into the publishing industry, Jacqui broke new ground by launching South Africa’s only first-ever, monthly glossy magazine for teachers in 2007. The marketing of the magazine involved exploring the digital space and social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, which were beginning to gain traction in this country at the time.

Naturally creative and ever curious, Jacqui pursued ways and means of reducing costs and maximizing profits for her business through effective marketing in the online space. She made the switch to full-time digital media marketing in 2010, and since then has successfully created, launched and managed the online presence and communities for a number of high profile clients from 4-star boutique hotels to television shows such as Room 9 – the 5th most watched South African show to hit screens in 2012 and 2013 SAFTA winner, as well as for the second season of The Big Break Legacy show (2012/2013) and for South Africa’s premier networking event for entrepreneurs and start-ups, The Hookup Dinner.

Passionate about people, Jacqui thrives on building targeted, active, engaged online communities for brands and businesses that helps to maximize their digital marketing efforts and contribute towards a positive effect on their bottom line.

Barbara Mallinson
Barbara Mallinson
Obami
Barbara Mallinson is the Founder and CEO of Obami – a digital learning solutions company that’s been recognised by the likes of Forbes, CNN and Business Insider as one of the most innovative technologies in the world, as well as one of best start ups to come out of Africa.

Mallinson was identified as one of the Mail & Guardian’s “Top 200 Young People to Take to Lunch”, and has been branded an IT Hero, as well as one of Cape Town’s top 10 Women in Business, by the Cape IT Initiative. She’s been recognised by UNESCO as one of 21 young people changing the world, while the likes of IT Web Africa, CNN, Forbes and the Financial Mail, identified her as one of Africa’s top entrepreneurs and women in business.

Mallinson, who holds a number of local and international advisory board roles, has also featured as one of IT Web’s Top 5 SA IT Personalities as well as one of the Top Woman in ICT by the South African Communications Forum. Mallinson was selected as an “Inspiring Fifty” woman by the Consulate of the Netherlands and was a recipient of the Social Entrepreneur Award presented by AWIEF (African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum).

Lorraine Steyn
Lorraine Steyn
KRS
Lorraine Steyn founded the software development company KRS in 1987. She was the first female Delphi Certified Developer outside America. Lorraine balances staying technical with her role as CEO, and actively shares her strategic and technical expertise by speaking internationally and at local conferences.
Birgitta Cederstrom
Birgitta Cederstrom
VP Commercial Brand & Demand MEA
MD B Incorporate
Frost & Sullivan
Birgitta Cederstrom is Frost & Sullivan’s Global Commercial Director for Growth, Innovation & Leadership, and Head for Best Practices Africa. She was the former Head for Telecommunications & IT Division Africa. Within her current role she works with the global Mega Trend and Visionary Innovation team on futuristic trends cross industries. She has over twenty years of sales and marketing, research and consulting experience within ICT and FMCG from Europe and Africa and is passionate about Innovation.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Strategy Planning, growth strategy formulation, customer benchmarking, geographic expansion, partner identification, market entry strategy, regional strategy, distribution channel development, vertical expansion and new product development.
  • General management, project management, mentoring, business planning and implementation.
  • Business development and client relationship management.
Cathryn Reece
Cathryn Reece
Property24
Cathryn Reece is the Product Owner at Property24, South Africa’s #1 property portal. She is formerly the Head of Audience Development and Head of Product at 24.com, South Africa’s largest digital publishing network.

Cathryn Reece has worked at Naspers since completing her post-graduate studies in Media at the University of Cape Town. Over the span of more than twelve years she has undertaken roles and responsibilities spanning the disciplines of Audience Development, Product Management, Product Ownership, Business Intelligence, Content Strategy, Social Media Management, Community Management and Content Production. She has a passion for Digital Publishing, Digital Operations, Content Strategy, Content Workflow, Product Development and Mobile Platforms and is a true digital native.

Highlights of her Product Management career included the redesign of News24 in 2009, the product management of the 24.com custom-built CMS, the News24 iOS and Android apps, News24’s Live Elections Results platform, and Gridwatch, the popular Loadshedding app which helped millions of South Africans plan their day around power cuts.

Emma Kay
Emma Kay
Bozza
Emma has been named one of the top 10 women in Science & Technology in Africa, has twice been voted as one of the top 50 women globally in mobile entertainment, elected one of South Africa’s top business women and one of the 20 most powerful women in technology in Africa. Emma has also been judging the Digital Emmies for the last four years and is a board member for Wiki in Africa1.

As an entrepreneur Emma founded and ran two successful companies, the CEO another company and Executive Director of a Foundation:

  1. Executive Director of the Cape Digital Foundation, ensuring that there is a digitally connected society through Smart Townships.
  2. Founder and CEO of Bozza, a global marketplace for African musicians, poets and filmmakers. For this platform, she raised significant funding from Silicon Valley.
  3. CEO of Breakdesign which became the top 5 developers globally for Nokia.
  4. Founder and CEO of Triggerfish Animation – the largest and most successful animation company in Africa.
Olivia du Plessis
Olivia du Plessis
LivFit
Starting from humble beginnings, the local gym is where Olivia realized her passion by assisting others to feel comfortable in their own skin through training and healthy thinking. After obtaining her National Diploma in Sport Management, Olivia branched out on her own to launch Convenient Fitness in 2009. From this foundation the Livfit brand began to develop with group training and weight-loss challenges for men and women expanding the range of training options for both individuals and groups. In addition to her ND, Olivia also successfully completed the 2011 EESA program at Stellenbosch University enhancing her knowledge and fitness expertise even further and also completed nutrition through HFPA in 2016. The LivFit brand accelerated circa 2012 and now the LivFit fitness studio is home to many tenacious fitness fanatics.

Olivia du Plessis is no stranger to rigorous training regimes having being involved with team sports throughout her schooling career and adult life. Using this background as inspiration she brings that go-getting spirit and knowledge to you. Her commitment to completing her goals is one that she believes anyone can develop and it is this drive that she aims to help her clients find within their own lives. Working with clients, a sense of determination and commitment helps keep her outlook positive and motivated with inspiration found in every session.

Celina Lee
Celina Lee
Zindi
Celina Lee is the CEO of Zindi, the first data science competition platform of its kind in Africa. Celina a dynamic leader with a passion for unleashing the power of data for social good. Celina has a proven track record of thought leadership in the intersect between data and development and has played central roles in launching global initiatives to that effect including the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, insight2impact, and now Zindi. Celina’s work has expansively bridged across the private and public sectors and across various development areas including financial inclusion, micro and small enterprise development, market system development, gender, climate change, and public health. She has lived and worked in countries throughout Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Dale Rae
Dr Dale Rae (PhD)
Sports Science Institute of South Africa
Dr Dale Rae is a Senior Researcher in the Health through Physical Activity Lifestyle and Sport Research Centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT. Her research focuses on sleep and circadian rhythms (i.e. the body’s 24h clock). She is particularly interested in how sleep is associated with health, disease and obesity, and the relationship between sleep, the body clock and physical performance. She is also the Director of Sleep Science at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, whose vision is ‘a healthy nation through sound sleep’. Sleep Science enables Dale and her team to put into practice what they learn from research through offering services to the public to help people assess and optimise their sleep, as well as offering various sleep education platforms such as talks, workshops and online courses.
Genevieve Mannel
Genevieve Mannel
Cipla
Genevieve has more than 20 years of corporate business experience which spans across the financial industry, retail, consulting and pharmaceutical. She has successfully managed and delivered many system roll outs as well as developed and facilitated a Senior Management Intelligence Program. Her passion for artificial intelligence started in this business, where her team started to use machine learning to build scenarios and to provide insights using link analysis tools.

As the head of Business Intelligence and Enterprise Knowledge Management for one of South African’s Top retailers, she developed a BI strategy and managed the delivery of a product and supplier data model. Within the Enterprise Knowledge Management space, the digital workplace strategy was kicked off, where her team started delivering solutions to improve the employee efficiency and also worked towards improving the sustainability of the organisation. One of the most exciting deliverables in this space, was to explore the Watson Cognitive computing capability, where her team used visual recognition to predict options from their catalogues for customers.

Genevieve has recently started in a role as Head of IT, at a large pharma company.

Debra Roodt
Debra Roodt
Xago
Debra has over 15-years international experience working for global technology brands and is currently CCO at Xago, a transformational fintech business using blockchain technology. Previously she worked for brands such as SAP in New York and Europe, and Fundamo, a Visa Company, in Africa, taking products to market and helping to build businesses from the ground up. Her experience working in both start-ups and large corporates have given her exposure to all commercial aspects of business, from fundraising and stakeholder management to product road-mapping, strategic sales, pricing & marketing, and operations. In 2017 and 2018 Debra was a proud nominee for the Inspiring 50 Women in Technology, South Africa. She is passionate about technology and the role it can play in the upliftment and full inclusion of women in society.
Helena Wasserman
Helena Wasserman
Business Insider South Africa
Helena Wasserman is the editor of Business Insider South Africa and is a financial journalist and editor with more than 20 years’ experience on some of the country’s leading business titles, including Finweek, Fin24, and Sake24.