Johannesburg Speakers 2019

MOVING to MASTERY
Women in Tech & Digital Conference

Our industry expert speaker line-up includes

Kholeka Tsotsotso
Development Bank of Southern Africa
Kholeka Tsotsotso
Kholeka Tsotsotso is an esteemed corporate professional who brings 25 years of solid experience in technology strategy development and execution, business development as well as technology and business operations. She is an alumnus of Insead, De Montfort University, Gordon Business School and is a standing PhD candidate at the Da Vinci Institute.

Kholeka has served in board positions within a number of organisations in Sub Saharan Africa. She is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director of Hitachi Vantara South Africa. Her previous board and executive committee positions include Phumani Paper, Astute: The Financial Services Exchange and VitalityLife Limited (UK). Kholeka is a standing member of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa (BWSA), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) as well as the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.

Her values of integrity, excellence and continuous improvement have made a notable impact in multinational organisations across industry sectors. To date, she has served in Financial Services, Telecommunications, Oil & Energy and Manufacturing and Education sectors.

An avid advocate for the upliftment and empowerment of young people, Kholeka has a keen focus on issues which pertain to the access to STEM education for young girls and women in South Africa. She is an active sponsor of the Future Skills Programme, which is a Career Development programme that identifies, informs, matches and manages high potential young people from low income areas in line with the unique needs of corporate clients, government departments and state-owned entities.

Anna Collard
Popcorn Training – a KnowBe4 company
Anna Collard
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.

Thandi Dyani
Impact Hub Johannesburg
Thandi Dyani
Thandi’s professional life is loud and creative. She’s been playing music as a DJ, teaching women and youth about tech and DJ’ing, communication and history, advocating for South African culture through music and rocking dance floor magic for more than 20 years.

Creativity is also present in Thandi’s day to day work and she is passionate about building communities, connecting people and to make socially innovative ideas come to life. She has worked to do just that in the social entrepreneurship, social innovation and global development field for more than 15 years. Always with that special focus on youth, enabling impact startups, coworking and music – all in an African context, which today is as CEO of Impact Hub Johannesburg.

Her journey includes launching a NGO, building social innovation hubs, advising social entrepreneurs, working for the Development Agency in Denmark and currently, Thandi also leads the impact venture philantropic investment efforts of One Life Foundation.

Thandi is South African and Danish.

Barbara Mallinson
Obami
Barbara Mallinson
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).

Ashnie Muthusamy
Sun International
Ashnie Muthusamy
Ashnie has a degree in psychology, a master’s diploma in human resources management and a master’s degree in leadership. She is a qualified master’s practitioner in neurolinguistics programming and an accredited change practitioner. She is also an author of the book “Succession Management: Definite Do’s and Detrimental Don’ts.” For the last 20 years she has worked in the field of talent management in various large scale organisations. She presently heads up the talent management function in Sun International. She is a frequent speaker globally in the various fields of human resources and is passionate about optimizing human potential.
Sam Wright
Tech Girl
Sam Wright
Sam “Tech Girl” Wright is a technology and gaming YouTuber and blogger who entered the world of esports broadcasting in 2016. She quickly cemented herself as a leading host, interviewer and MC for gaming and technology events in South Africa, and has since worked at various esports events in Europe and Asia, including Overwatch Contenders.

Sam has played a significant role in many major esports and gaming events in South Africa, including the VS Masters 2016 Finals and 2017 Samsung Galaxy CSGO Championship.

Sam’s blog, techgirl.co.za, is one of the leading technology and gaming blogs in South Africa. She’s also branched out to YouTube and Twitch, where she produces behind-the-scenes vlogs of events, live streams gameplay and interviews popular gaming personalities.

Sam has made appearances on international shows such as GinxTV, in addition to appearing on some of South Africa’s most renowned television and radio shows. She currently has a segment on 5fm (a national youth radio station) with a focus on gaming.

Pelonomi Moiloa
Nedbank
Pelonomi Moiloa
Pelonomi has been working on data solutions since her Biomedical and Electrical engineering undergraduate days as a vacation worker, intern and then mentor for the DSIDE (Data science for Impact and Decision Enablement) programme at the CSIR. She has very recently returned from Japan where she completed her Masters in Biomedical Engineering with a specific focus on Neural Networks for identifying neurons in neural activity videos. While in Japan, she organized the TEDxTohokuUniversity AI Salon, a bilingual event which aimed to give people with varying degrees of AI familiarity a technical introduction to how AI works in order to enable engaging conversations regarding the implications of AI with a specific focus on bias and ethics. With a passion for the societal implications of current technologies her reintroduction into the South African Machine learning community was through the Deep Learning IndabaX as a member of the opening panel discussion and as a speaker on AI bias and ethics issues specific to Machine learning and within the African context. She has also dived right in to coding initiatives specifically focused on youth digital development. She is currently a Data Scientist at Nedbank working on Machine learning solutions within the Data Services and Data Driven Intelligence team.
Jacqui Mackway-Wilson
GoSocial SA
Jacqui Mackway-Wilson
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.

More speakers to be announced soon

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