Selected global Thought Leaders share their insights into the Future of Technology.
Topics covered will include Big Data, Cloud Computing, Analytics and Artificial intelligence.
Ian Russell is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BCX, Africa’s premier end-to-end digital solutions partner.
He joined BCX on 1 May 2017 from Telkom where he was accountable for the delivery of a wide range of Group Services to Telkom's business units including Procurement, Supply Chain, corporate real estate, security, Corporate Social responsibility activities and Human Resources.
He has served as Head of Procurement for Johannesburg-based South African Breweries (SAB) Ltd and has held several senior back office roles across Barclays, including setting up and running the Smart sourcing team, which was entirely focused on transformational outsourcing.
His previous career highlights include filling positions as Group Integration Director, Chief Administration Officer and Chief Procurement Officer for the Absa Group.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and has been internationally recognised for leading and developing procurement best practices.
TERTIARY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS:
BSc (Econ), MBA, FCIPS
The role of Chief Operating Officer was a natural progression for Mehmood to assume the leadership of strategic operations that will continue to build the SAP brand as the top ICT provider across the African continent.
As the Chief Operating Officer Mehmood communicates a clear vision of the future, motivates through inspiration, mobilises teams and actively establishes relationships characterised by mutual respect and trust.
In his previous roles as Services Director SAP MENA and SAP Africa, Mehmood supported the successful deployment and operation of SAP customer’s systems solutions. He ensured SAP Services delivered the best Business Consulting, Technical Consulting, Solution Implementation, Custom Development and Education Services.
He was responsible for all aspects of leadership, positioning, sales, delivery, revenue growth and profitability of the SAP Services business.
As SAP Africa Value Engineer Lead, Mehmood helped customers develop practical implementation plans and business cases for IT transformation working with blue chip South African companies to structure multi-million rand investments in SAP.
In his role as IT Strategy Manager at PwC, Mehmood led engagements with South African companies to create IT strategies, specialising in M&A and restructuring initiatives.
Mehmood has a BSc Applied Mathematics from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA INSEAD (France).
Diane Capazorio is the Managing Director of Tricruit, a Division of EOH Abantu (Pty) Ltd, a Talent Acquisition Specialist Agency.
Her fierce passion for the staffing industry combined with her love for people and unrestrained drive to make a tangible difference in the industries that she operates has seen her successful in every facet of her career to date.
She began her career at Kelly in the early 90s and quickly progressed through the ranks until 2002 when she headed up Kelly’s call centre business. Here, Diane really made her mark and by the time she left in 2010, she was best known for being at the forefront of industry efforts to develop and benchmark South Africa against the world’s best.
As a result, she is still regularly called upon by both media and industry to share her specialised BPO knowledge and contribute expert strategic and operational input.
Having sat on the board of both BPeSA and the Services Seta as a Director and is currently on the board of the ITA, Diane’s unwavering commitment to the empowerment and development of our country goes far beyond the organisations she has represented.
A stalwart negotiator and an expert strategist, Diane is at her best when she is networking with key government and industry players influencing policies and sharing her knowledge.
In 2010, Diane was appointed as part of small team to set up ADFusion (now known as TalentCru) to design and implement unique talent acquisition strategies (such as RPO) that optimises an organisation’s processes and reduces their costs.
She built and grew the business into a major player in the RPO industry before moving onto her new home, Tricruit. Interestingly, the true value of this remarkable leader however lies in her ability to dynamically empower, inspire and influence all who come across her path… and it is this quality that makes her stand a cut above the rest!
Entrepreneur, citizen of the world, passion for Technology
Managing Director for HP Africa responsible for providing country leadership and driving profitable growth across the printing and personal systems businesses across Africa continent.
I started my career as an Entrepreneur by creating my own company in the Photofinishing and Photo sharing online in France. I kept my appetite around entrepreneurship all along my 16 years in HP by holding responsibilities in Product Management in France, Channel Sales in the Middle East and now as leading the HP Africa team out of Johannesburg, South Africa.
I graduated with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Montpellier, France, and in 1999, with a Specialized Master on Entrepreneurship from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in France.
Ziaad Suleman is a Director and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for IBM South Africa. He joined IBM 10 years ago and has been integral to the growth and development of the IBM Business in the region.
In his role as COO, Ziaad is responsible together with the Country General Manager for overall Business Operations. Amongst other focus areas, Ziaad is responsible for Strategy; Transformation; Operations; Special Projects and Investments (including Ecosystem Development, the establishment of a Local Delivery Centre & Digital Lab, and aligning IBM’s Business with IBM’s investments).
Ziaad serves on the IBM South Africa Board of Directors, EXCO as well as important governing councils such as being the Chairperson of the Social & Ethics Committee and Disciplinary Board.
Prior to his role as COO, Ziaad was the Head Lawyer for IBM in Sub Saharan Africa - a territory which is challenging, both in geography and complexity.
Over and above IBM, Ziaad serves as the non – executive chairperson of Qode and is a non – executive director of Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa.
Ziaad schooled at St. Johns College, Johannesburg and earned both his undergraduate and postgraduate honours degrees in Law with distinction from University of Natal. He also obtained an MDP Business Management degree with distinction from GIBS Business School.
Zoaib Hoosen is the Microsoft South Africa Managing Director. Before joining Microsoft, Hoosen spent about 21 years at IBM, where he started as an IT graduate in 1989 and rose through the ranks to hold several leadership positions.
In his final assignment at IBM, he headed up the company’s Middle East and Africa Public Sector Business.
Hoosen joined Microsoft South Africa in 2010 as the Enterprise and Partner Group Director, before being promoted to the role of Chief Operations Officer in 2013.
Hoosen currently holds a BSc and an MBA Degree from the University of Durban-Westville and Open University in the United Kingdom.
Chose has firmly established himself as one of South Africa’s finest Corporate Affairs Directors with a dedicated and extensive career served in world-class corporations.
The broad remit of his function has seen him lead highly skilled teams: Academic, Stakeholder Relations, Media Relations, Investor Relations, Government Relations, Public Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development, Community Affairs, Legal and Regulatory, Corporate Governance and Reputation Management.
With a seat at the top table throughout his illustrious career, Chose has shaped thinking and articulated it. His successful practice in both the public and private, and his clear understanding of policy and politics have distinguished him as a practitioner par excellence, managing complex bilateral and multilateral roles among business, community, and government.
Chose’s strategic ability, commercial insight, empathy for stakeholder perspectives, financial prowess, sensitivity to the workings of large organisations, and an understanding of the political dimensions are all the cornerstones of his success.
Chose’s conception and nurturing of proactive and meaningful cross-functional formal and informal networks within the community, government, media, employees, and investors are second to none.
He is a Fulbright Scholar which is one of the most prestigious awards programmes in the world. In 1996 he won the prestigious British Council Chevening Leadership Award. The award is a highly sought-after programme aimed at extremely capable individuals, future leaders, high achievers, opinion formers, and decision-makers.
Chose is the quintessential director, duly certified by the Institute of Directors. He currently serves the South African public in various positions of influence and responsibility. His wealth of expertise and experience are in constant demand across important boardrooms and committee tables.
The Director: Strategy and Planning, Mlungisi Cele, of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has been appointed the acting Chief Executive Officer of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI).
NACI, an entity of the DST, is tasked with advising the Minister of Science and Technology and, through the Minister, the Cabinet, on the role and contribution of innovation (including science and technology) in promoting and achieving national objectives.
These national objectives include the improvement of the quality of life of South Africans, the promotion of sustainable economic growth and international competitiveness.
NACI's mandate stems from the White Paper on Science and Technology 1996.Chapter 5 of the White Paper directs NACI to play an advisory rather than an operational role in respect of stimulating the National System of Innovation.
Dr Cele holds a PhD in Higher Education Studies from the University of the Western Cape and an MPhil in Science and Technology Studies from Stellenbosch University. He joined the DST in 2005 and has been involved in various assignments related to science, technology and innovationpolicy, human capital development and strategy and planning and reviews.
Prior to joining the DST, he worked as a researcher at the former University of Durban-Westville and the University of the Western Cape, where he conducted research and published in areas of higher education policy, science and technology policy, youth and student politics.
Sadé Savings is an entrepreneur, life coach and motivational speaker who is passionate about impacting lives through coaching, social activism and leadership development. An alumna of President Barack Obama’s ‘Mandela Washington Fellowship’ and a One Young World ambassador, Sadé has travelled the globe in her role of civic leader and life coach.
She recently completed a national project that seeks to empower and educate entrepreneurs in townships across South Africa. After completing an honours degree in clinical psychology and working in the FMCG industry, Sadé continued her education and obtained her neuro-linguistic programming and life coaching certification.
This led her to her passion and she completed her masters degree specialising in Awakening Global Leadership. Adding to her list of qualifications, Sadé is also a certified enneagram practitioner, which has helped her craft her unique approach to life and executive coaching through personality mapping. In 2015 Sadé was invited to participate in President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship, which inspired her to bring her passions for leadership, youth development and sport together, as she founded the Dynamic Boxing and Leadership Academy in Westbury, Johannesburg.
For the past decade she has also been involved with CheeseKids for Humanity, Lifeline Crisis centre and DreamGirlsSA in various leadership roles, living out her dream to help build an empowered and flourishing Africa through youth upliftment and education initiatives.
In her professional career, Sadé has worked in a diverse range of roles and industries, gaining valuable experience in marketing, project management, mentoring, programme design, life coaching and employee engagement across the FMCG, banking and insurance industries.
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