The Speakers

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng Finance MEC

Ms Barbara Creecy has been a member of the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC in Gauteng, since 1994.

This mother of two is well respected by stakeholders as a capable leader, with a good track record in public policy formulation and implementation.

Ms Creecy is one of the longest serving Members of the Provincial Legislature. She joined the legislature in 1994, and until 2004, served in different portfolios including Deputy Chief Whip as well as Chairperson of the Social Development and Education Committees.

In 2004 she was appointed MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture. After the General Elections in 2009, Ms Creecy moved to the Education portfolio. It was under her leadership that the Gauteng Department of Education pioneered a turnaround strategy to improve matric performance in 400 underperforming township schools. 


In April 2014, the programme was recognized by the United Nations and awarded first prize in the category “Improving Delivery of Public Services”.

Ms Creecy currently serves as the Member of the Executive Council responsible for Finance in the Gauteng Provincial Government.

In her capacity as the MEC of Finance, she is responsible for Gauteng Provincial Treasury, Department of e-Government and an agency called Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency.

Under her leadership, the Provincial Treasury implemented the Open Tender system. This innovative reform includes the public adjudication of tenders as well as an independent probity audit to ensure that procurement processes are within the prescribed regulatory framework. 


She also led Treasury to comprehensively support departments in improving financial management, with the result that in 2016/17 two out of three departments achieved clean audits and all other departments had unqualified audit status.

These and other significant achievements have led Treasury to be recognised both provincially and nationally as one of the pioneers in financial management in the public sector, winning three awards at the 2016 Batho Pele Awards and another three at the Premier’s Service Excellence Awards in 2017.

Through Ms Creecy’s guidance, e-Gov is also making progress in modernising the public service. As a result, e-Gov’s Gauteng Broadband Network project was recently awarded 1st runner up at this year’s Public Service ICT Awards.

Ms Creecy grew up in Johannesburg. Her political career started when she joined the anti-apartheid movement and later the underground structures on the ANC whilst a student at Wits in the late 1970’s. 


She worked for the Civic Desk of the United Democratic Front and later joined an NGO that offered training and organisational development support to trade unions and community structures.

She holds an Honours Degree in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of London. When she is free, Ms Creecy likes taking long walks, swimming, practising yoga or reading a good book. 



Sello Hatang, Chief Executive Officer, Nelson Mandela Foundation

Leslie Moodley, Managing Director: Bytes Systems Integration

Mandla Mkhwanazi, Head of Digital Business, Transnet

Mr. Mandla Mkhwanazi is the Head of Digital Business at Transnet SOC Limited. Mr Mkhwanazi has extensive experience ranging from IT, international business consulting, business process improvement, logistics, mining, finance and auditing working in SA as well as in the UK, Germany and Denmark. 


Mr. Mkhwanazi holds a B.Compt (Honour’s) and Master’s in Business Leadership (MBL). He holds professional memberships with the South African Institute of Charted Accountants, AGA (SA), CIO Council of South Africa, African SAP User Group, Gartner Executive Programs and Gartner SAP Best Practice Council. 



Mncedisi Mayekiso (Executive - Business Development at Internet Solutions)

 ncedisi Mayekiso will take on an expanded role at Internet Solutions (IS), in a new capacity as executive for business development, the company announced.


In his new role, which became effective on 1 February, Mayekiso will be responsible for revenue growth in its enterprise business.


According to a statement, Mayekiso will continue to lead public sector strategy, maintaining executive sponsorship of key accounts across the private and public sectors throughout the country. He will also rebuild the VCP and enterprise development channel, it adds.


Mayekiso joined the Dimension Data unit as public sector executive in 2016.

In 2010, he was appointed as SAP Africa's marketing director. He previously held positions as partner sales manager at Microsoft SA, and product marketing manager at IBM SA. 


He also served as executive director for marketing at Faritec Holdings and was executive director for business development at Enterprise Connection.


Mayekiso holds a bachelor's degree in social science and humanities, industrial sociology and political science from the University of Cape Town, as well as an MBA in marketing from Cass Business School in the UK.


He completed the global executive development programme, a leadership and general management programme, at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Mehmood Khan, Chief Operating Officer, SAP AFRICA

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.

Hendus Venter, Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) at South African Airways (SAA)

Hendus is a passionate and committed Banking & Technology Leader obsessed with innovation and creating sustainable value. 


He has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting-edge markets and fast-paced environments.

He has strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of more than 20 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning and organisational transformation, innovation in digital services and payments, banking and risk management, information technology, project and product management and commercialization strategies. 


Hendus is married to an amazing wife, Marnelle, and blessed with twins, Rikus and Liné. The Venter family loves travelling and exploring new spaces. When time allows, Hendus enjoys mountain-biking, the great outdoors and dreams of becoming a golf professional once retired. 


Tashmia Ismail, CEO at Youth Employment Service (YES)

Tashmia Ismail-Saville is the CEO of Youth Employment Service (YES) and the founder of Boundless World which focusses on advisory services in strategy and innovation, inclusive business model design and development, community-based hybrid digital training programme for skills development and economic and behavioral research.


She is a PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht and faculty at GIBS where she has lectured in the field of innovation management on graduate and corporate programmes since 2010.  


Tashmia’ s focus areas include innovation practices, business models and strategies for low income markets, with a focus on developing countries. 


Through her business school involvement, Tashmia found and headed the GIBS Inclusive Markets Programme from 2010 to 2016, here she created a collaborative platform for stakeholders interested in developing and implementing strategies and business models in low income segments of emerging markets, wrote, conducted research and designed executive learning courses on economic inclusion and innovation.


Currently, her work is focused on the development of hybrid mobile-digital strategies that enable basic business skills and behaviourally-based training for microenterprises.


Dr Mlungisi Cele, Acting CEO: National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI)

Kirtan Sita, Chief Strategy Officer at EOH International

Chandra Dake, Executive Chairman, Dake Group

Chandra Dake is the Executive Chairperson and co-founding member of the Dake Group - a community empowerment driven environmentally friendly, technology focused organisation. The Dake Group’s key focus areas include renewable energy manufacturing and generation, Agriculture, as well as Green IT. 


Mr. Dake has a strong entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit with a solid focus on community development and upliftment. His ability to conceptualize social sustainable business models has made him a leader in the area of economic social development.


His current role serves the organisation as the Chief Executive of the sister-company, Dake Solutions, a global ICT consultancy headquartered in South Africa. His 15 years’ experience in the ICT industry has motivated him to bring visions into action. His entrepreneurship and administrative skills are capable to direct a dynamic and seasoned team of technical professionals to deliver unsurpassed satisfaction to the customers through timely and affordable service. His farsighted vision is a product of his hands-on approach to the delivery.


Mr. Dake is responsible for managing the company, formulating and executing long-term strategies, and interacting with clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders. Mr. Dake is the Dake Groups’ primary decision maker and policy maker, setting the tone for the company’s values, ethics and culture.


He exemplifies the company’s commitment to helping its clients and communities achieve high performance. He is a proven leader with deep expertise in developing strong relationships, a passion for building outstanding teams and a disciplined focus on operations and execution.


Mr. Dake spent much of his earlier career with strong operational and leadership positions in the ICT and Energy sectors after graduating from Nagarjuna University.


Specialties: Business Strategy, Economic Development, Sustainable Social Business Models, Visionary, Rain Maker

Adrian Schofield, Director IITPSA (Institute of IT Professionals South Africa)

Born in the south of England, Adrian's career began in the petroleum industry and later moved into casino administration. 


Adrian emigrated to Southern Africa in 1981 (acquiring South African citizenship in the new democracy), where he has worked in casino management, in financial computer systems, in payroll processing, in software development & sales before moving into recruitment & contracting of IT skills, then on to management of technical training before joining CompTIA in January 2000 as the regional International Sales & Marketing Director. 


During the period 1987 to 1999, Adrian held business unit director posts in Rennies Group, Q Data Group and SilverLine Resources.


From 2003 to 2005, he carried out consulting contracts with ISET SETA, SAP and City of Joburg/Wits University. He joined ForgeAhead in March 2005, where he was Head of Consulting (specialising in the use of ICT in Government) until moving to the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University in 2008 as Manager: Applied Research Unit. 


He occasionally lectures on the Management of Technology. Adrian has spent more than 20 years being involved in activities to promote standards and growth in the ICT sector.


He currently serves in these voluntary capacities:


  • President of Computer Society South Africa


  • Member of the Steering Committee of the SAVANT Project at the Department of Trade & Industry to promote the capacity of the South African ICT industry


  • Member of Reference Group at SAQA


  • Member of the Advisory Body for Career Planet


  • Chairman of the Wanderers Club

In the past, Adrian has also served as President of the Information Technology Association of South Africa, as Vice-Chairman for Africa of the World Information Technology & Services Alliance and Chairman of the African Federation of ICT Associations. 


He has represented South Africa at conferences in Taiwan, Australia, Greece and USA and supported industry development initiatives in East and West Africa. 


He was a member of the Steering Committee and initial Board Member of ISETT SETA, chaired the initial IT Standards Generating Body and was a member of the Task Team for the ICT Charter Working Group. 


Adrian was also the business sector representative in the NEDLAC ICT Sector Committee and an Advisory Board member of NEMISA. He is a Professional grade member of CSSA.

Isabel Papadakis

 I have 19 years of experience in the ICT Industry. In the 12 years that I worked for Accenture, I had the privilege of leading talented teams in the successful delivery of large scale IT transformations for key Public Sector customers. In the 8 years that I have worked for SAP, my focus has been on working closely with SAP customers to foster a value management DNA, thereby maximising the value they derive from their technology enabled business transformations.


In a digital economy CEOs are looking for immediate results. Value in a digital economy is measured on strategy enablement, tangible business benefits, reducing TCO while increasing IT Innovation spend, and managing compliance and security risks inherent in a hyper-connected world. 

SAP Industry Value Advisors are working with customers on a daily basis, re-imagining business models, and identifying industry use cases to make the transition to digital as simple as possible.

I am a strong promoter of value management having experienced first-hand the benefits that customers realise when they successfully measure, monitor and continuously improve on their desired outcomes. Time away from SAP is reserved for family and in those rare moments when I can focus on me, I turn to yoga and art.

Connect with me on LinkedIn, or email me at Isabel.papadakis@sap.com to explore what SAP Industry Value Advisory has to offer.

Stefan Lauber, CEO Job Summit

 As Managing Director of i-Fundi and Executive Director of the Ubuntu Initiative, Stefan Lauber has made a significant contribution to job creation and talent development in South Africa. 


Working for i-Fundi, he has been with one of the first to implement learnerships. He has seen first-hand how inexperienced youth become an asset to their employers if given a chance and the right training. Over the years he has contributed directly to the employment of over 13 000 learners.


Realising that the continued growth of youth unemployment is rapidly becoming a threat to the future of South Africa, Stefan has dedicated his time and energy over past two years preparing for the upcoming Jobs Summit.


All this is a direct translation of Stefan’s passion for the development and advancement of people. While directing the Centre for Community Development, serving as a researcher at Wits University or working as a senior consultant with Deloittes, Stefan’s personal mission has been to make a difference in the lives of the communities and people he works with.

Christian Kazadi, Director at Click Media Productions

Chris Kazadi is a young and motivated entrepreneur working hard for his success. 


At only 25 years old, Chris has already built a very successful Marketing and Advertising company that has worked with brands such as NBA Africa, adidas, MTN, Tencent Africa,Castle Lite, Yoco and Organizations such as African Leaders For Change Awards, Basketball South Africa and Department Of Sport And Recreation.


Chris has been the guy to ask "how it can be done" instead of "why me". Always looking out for opportunities. Chris is an adidas Brand Ambassador. And lives by the quote “Work Hard Now So Your Future Self Can Thank You”. 

Sello Rasethaba, CEO Black Business Council

Alan Mukoki, CEO South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Alan Mukoki has had many years’ experience working as a senior executive, board level executive and non-executive director for various major private and public entities in South Africa, including, amongst others, Khula Finance, Business Partners, Peoples Bank, Land and Agricultural Bank, Nedbank, Denel. 


Alan is a founder member of Pacific Atlantic Capital and Hloma BCI Investments, both companies have been involved in the identification and acquisition of BEE opportunities in various sectors. 


Alan read banking, strategy, finance and the management of mega projects at the University of Oxford, where he graduated with both the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy, as well as the Master of Science( MSc). 


He is a Certified Associate CAIB (SA) and Fellow (FIBSA) of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa. Alan also completed the top executive level, Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard Business School. 

Mdu Mkhonza, President Black Information Technology Forum (BITF)

Ram Ramachandran (Forbes Top 100 Global Leader ME, Forbes Top 50 Indian Executives In The Arab World)

Joe Manchu,CEO MANCHU GROUP

Joe Manchu has a B.Compt degree from UNISA and a MBA from Wits. He attended the Executive Development Programme at Northwestern University in Illinois, USA as well as a SMME development programme at Cranfield University in the UK. 


He has travelled extensively in North and West Africa, Europe, India, the Middle East, Canada and the United States.

Joe Manchu has twenty five years' experience in accounting and audit, finance, corporate and retail banking, information technology, and management consulting. 


He occupied senior positions at Ernst & Young, IBM, Chase Manhattan Bank and the African Bank. In 1986, he started his own Business and IT consulting company, Manchu Consulting which he is still heading. In 2002, Manchu e-Solutions was established as a 100% black-owned company, replacing Manchu Consulting.

Joe's consulting experience covers corporate strategy, business process improvement, change management, IT management, and project management. 


His most recent clients include Eskom, the CSIR, Telkom, Metrorail, Transnet, Arivia.kom, and several government departments at national, provincial and local levels. Joe leads major change projects in large organisations, working with the senior management team on organisational transformation and strategic repositioning. 


He has a proven track record amongst several major South African organisations.

In 2005 he founded the black economic empowered InnovationLab (Pty) Ltd, a laboratory for future business solutions research based on emerging technologies together with TechnoScene (Pty) Ltd.

Sunil Geness, President of the Information Technology Association (ITA South Africa)

 As the Director of Government Relations and CSR at SAP Africa as well as a member of the SAP Digital Government team, Sunil Geness leads all aspects of government relations, donor relations and corporate social responsibility activities for SAP stakeholders across Africa. 


He has vast experience in corporate and public organisations and has appeared on several local and international television networks as a presenter, political analyst and commentator. 


Geness has also delivered several thought leadership papers and presentations at local, African and International conferences. In his various capacities he has also represented South Africa, the South African business community and SAP at high level negotiations and meetings at the United Nations, European Union, European Commission, the World Bank, BRICS and other multilateral agencies on several occasions. He currently chairs the Deregulation Working Group of the SA BRICS Council. 


Geness has a passion for science, technology and innovation and began his career as a physical science and electronics teacher before he moved on to develop a wide range of experience in Government, Quasi-Government and Private sector organisations. 


These roles have included a policy making and implementation stint at the South African National Government, followed by a government modernization role and subsequently a political advisory role at the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), before he was head-hunted by the German global software giant-SAP.


Geness holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UNISA), Bachelor of Commerce Honours Cum Laude (UNISA), Master of Management in Public and Development Management (Witwatersrand), HED (Springfield College) and has been the recipient of scholarships for executive leadership programmes at leading global business schools in the United Kingdom (Birmingham), the United States (Harvard) and France (INSEAD). 


A keen advocate of sustainability and environmentalism, he has also received the World Wide Fund (WWF), One Planet Leaders, sustainability scholarship in 2009.