Speakers

On Stage at Enterprise Africa Summit 2019

Enterprise Africa welcomes experts, analysts, vendors and end-users to the stage on January 24-25 in Cape Town. The event draws together a community of the most entertaining, engaging speakers and panelists in the African enterprise applications space, addressing an audience of executives, governments, vendors, integrators and end users. Contact us to talk about speaker and panelist positions.

 

Featured Speakers

Our featured speakers:

Enterprise Alliance is proud to announce a dazzling line-up of these prominent thought leaders and field veterans:

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Mico Yuk CEO, BI Brainz Group

Mico Yuk is a leading light in the Business Intelligence ecosystem as a community leader, the BI dashboard Formula (aka BIDF). Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, her team works with Executives to transform their BI teams to meet the challenges in the new era of BI through a series of coaching, training, and consulting services.

A computer engineer by degree, she has been designing and implementing enterprise dashboards for major corporate clients since 2006. Author of keynote publication, Data Visualization for Dummies (Wiley 2014), she is considered to be one of the top data visualization experts in the world. As a consultant and company leader of BI Brainz, she has helped to implement executive dashboard and reporting solutions using the SAP BI platform for customers such as Allstate, Pfizer, McKesson, Ryder Logistics, QatarGas, Walgreens, Chiquita, the US Airforce, Medtronics, SAP, Amtrak, Bank of America, and Nestle.

Mico's most recent accomplishments include being named one of the Top 50 Analytics Bloggers by SAP and being rated #1 global keynote speaker at a number of global BI conferences. To find out more about Mico, please visit http://micoyuk.com.

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Antonio Grasso CEO, Digital Business Innovation

“Antonio Grasso and the Internet of EveryThing: A Business View of the Digital Revolution”.

An internationally-acclaimed expert on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, digital transformation, the internet of things, and blockchain, Antonio is regarded as one of the top influencers in the digital world. His ethical vision with regards to digital transformation has been leveraged across numerous social channels dedicated to spreading knowledge, most particularly to developing countries. He clearly sees how digital transformation is transforming the world as we know it and his social media engagement in this regard focuses on spreading content on new, emerging technologies and their uses to secure a better future.

“While technology is only a component of the digital puzzle, the biggest hurdle is the cultural change; we need a strategic approach to face this epochal change.” – Antonio Grasso

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Tom Raftery Global Vice President, SAP

Tom is an internationally-recognized and respected thought leader and evangelist in the realm of emerging digital technologies. A man of many hats, Tom is a Global Vice President for SAP, a guest lecturer at the Instituto Internacional San Telmo, and a board advisor for a number of start-ups.

For a number of years, Tom has worked as an independent industry analyst focusing on the Internet of Things, Energy and CleanTech and as a Futurist for Gerd Leonhardt’s Futures Agency.

Tom has a very strong background in technology and social media having worked in the industry since 1991. He is the co-founder of an Irish software development company, a social media consultancy, and is co-founder of hyper energy-efficient data center Cork Internet eXchange.

Tom also worked as an Analyst for industry analyst firm RedMonk, leading their GreenMonk practice for over 7 years and he serves on the Advisory Boards of SmartCities World and RetailEverywhere.com.

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Dr. Marcell Vollmer Chief Digital Officer, SAP Ariba

A thought leader in procurement, supply chain, finance and shared services, Marcell Vollmer is well known throughout the industry as a procurement and business thought leader and frequently-requested speaker at industry events, and author of books and a popular blog.

Marcell is Chief Digital Officer for SAP Ariba and his expertise lies in defining digital transformation strategy for global for customers and consumers by delivery high cost and additional procurement savings.

Previously, Marcell successfully developed and led global business development, procurement, go to market, sales operations, and enablement. He has also held various leadership roles involving restructuring, improving project efficiency and executive of global programs in finance, procurement, sales, human resources and post-merger integrations.

Marcell has a PhD and Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg.

 

Power Panelists

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Craig Nel MCX Business Development, Oracle

As an official spokesperson and thought leader in cognitive experience at Oracle, Craig Nel is often engaged by the media and press to comment on innovation, transformation and emerging technology trends.

Having started his career as a software engineer in the mid-80’s, Craig is one of just a handful of people that still knows what a rotary telephone is. Over nearly three decades in information systems, Craig successfully launched two venture capital funded startup technology companies during the peak of the dot-com boom and since that time he has held multiple senior management positions at prominent financial institutions and served on the board of numerous high-profile technology companies.

Today, Craig leverage his deep experience by helping key customers in the Middle East Africa region to define their digital transformation strategies and enabling them to deliver innovative solutions based on cutting edge technologies from the Oracle Cloud portfolio. He specializes in Intelligent Chatbots, the Internet of
Things and Artificial Intelligence and is passionate about Virtual and Augmented Reality.

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Lynette Hundermark Founder and CEO, Useful and Beautiful

An established industry expert, tech commentator and keynote speaker within the digital and mobile space in Africa, Lynette is recognised as one of the top 30 most influential women in SA digital marketing, a Regional Business Woman of the Year 2018 Finalist (run by the Business Women's Association of SA) , 2018 Female Role Model in Tech National Winner (SA) and 2018 People's Choice Winner Regional Winner in Southern Africa (Southern African Startup Awards). She has also been recognised by Fast Company in 2018 as one of the most creative people in business.

With over 20 years of experience in the tech, digital marketing and mobile solutions space, Lynette co-founded specialist mobile solutions consultancy Useful & Beautiful and has a passion for creating great customer experience that harness the power of mobile and digital to help businesses achieve their omnichannel goals. In her considerable experience in public speaking she has recently focused upon African of technology, mobile, design thinking, user experience and leadership. She is also frequently quoted in publications throughout Africa

Lynette serves on the judging panel for the EduTech Africa, AfricaCom and World Retail awards, West Africa Mobile Awards and Mobile Marketing Association. She also serves on various advisory boards globally.

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Sanjay Budree Executive Leader Altron BSI

Sanjay is a self-confessed life servant of IT. With almost 2 decades of service across multiple industries. Sanjay has occupied executive positions at large multi-national consulting and system integration companies. He has advised C Level and organisations across Africa and the Middle East.

With the ability to create and articulate corporate vision and then move teams to embrace it, Sanjay effectively uses technology to increase profit, productivity, and competitive edge, while simultaneously delivering significant reductions in the cost of conducting business.
Sanjay is a respected leader of diverse, cross functional teams and regarded highly as a key resource, critical thinker, and an ‘out-of-the-box’ problem solver. He has a strong understanding of the relationship between technology and strategic business interests with a profit and loss mindset.

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Pedro Andrade Chief Information Officer, Mindmap consulting

For over ten years, Pedro Andrade has been a part of most significant IT projects in Angola. As leader and Chief Information Officer for Mindmap, he possesses an excellent knowledge of IT solutions, from document management to business processes and custom made software development for web and mobile.

Pedro is a natural leader and strategic thinker, able to generate compromise and build consensus. His most recent project is VALSYS, a start-up company dedicated to IT equipment distribution in Angola.
Pedro holds a college and master degree in Computer Science from Instituto Superior Técnico - Lisbon, and is on the way to get a certification from PMI.

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Nick Truran AgileIT CEO

Nick Truran is a seasoned speaker at global and local conferences such as the ScienceLogic Customer Symposium (Washington DC, 2017), the IT Africa Leadership Summit (Cape Town, 2017), and the Gartner DCIOM Summit (London, 2016).

A personable, analytical and cost-conscious senior-level executive with extensive experience in technology leadership, Nick is the founder and Executive Consultant at AgileIT.

He possesses deep experience in the development of secure, innovative and robust information technology environments by deploying a hands-on transformational approach to solving business problems.

Panel Moderators

Enterprise Alliance welcomes industry analysts as our key panel moderators for all key Enterprise Africa Summit panel discussions. The industry analysts taking part in this event possess deep primary and field research foundations, are well informed across the spectrum of ICT vendors and service providers, as well as enterprise applications and digital assets trends. The combination of objectivity and deeply-informed backgrounds makes them ideal moderators of discussions for an event such as this.

 

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Birgitta Cederstrom VP, Commercial Brand Demand Middle East & Africa, Frost & Sullivan

A well-networked and recognized thought-leader, Birgitta Cederstrom is the global commercial director for Frost & Sullivan’s Innovation Program GIL and newly appointed VP Sales for Brand Demand offering Middle East & Africa. She is an avid reader and a believer in Digital Transformation across industries, and regions.

Currently, she is actively involved as a facilitator in shaping digital agendas for diverse client groups, focusing on driving innovative and futuristic transformations. With previous executive roles in CS Holdings, Bytes Business Solutions and Epicore.

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Hendrik Malan Operations Director for Africa, Frost & Sullivan

The Operations Director for Africa at Frost & Sullivan, Hendrik Malan, has over many years of practical experience, honed his abilities to identify, qualify, strategize and operationalize expansion opportunities.

By supporting dozens of companies on the continent and beyond to reach their corporate growth objectives, Hendrik has developed an in-depth understanding of how to take your organization to the next level despite the challenges of this exciting region.

With a true passion for Africa and its people, Hendrik loves leading companies and teams to grow and expand commercially by taking advantage of the wealth of regional and global opportunities.

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Mike Perk CEO, WWC

Mike Perk's passion for both learning and teaching in the digital transformation space has led to a prominent role of speaking on the international circuit and providing formal workshops, seminars, and one-to-one client coaching.

Since the mid 1990's, Mike Perk has worked in the digital transformation environment helping clients grow and transform.

Mike is the CEO of WWC, a "people-focused" digital transformation advisory. He is also a founding partner of Heavy Chef, an inspiration platform for innovators and leaders in the digital space.

In the field, Mike helps business leaders become "future fit" in order to guide them through the people and organizational change that is required for successful digital transformation.

While he has worked with clients and leaders in all sectors, he has had a major focus in finance, automotive, publishing, retail and government. They include Rand Merchant Bank, Virgin Mobile, Hyundai, Old Mutual, Woolworths, City of Cape Town and iStore.

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Michael Doane Content Director, Enterprise Alliance

A leading authority on enterprise applications and transformation projects, Michael Doane has more than forty years of business and information systems experience, including two plus decades in consulting and many over-lapping years as an industry analyst.

An accomplished seminar leader and public speaker, Mr. Doane has led numerous primary research projects into the most recommended practices for enterprise applications implementations and post implementation strategist. He has published six books on these subjects and continues to write groundbreaking articles with the help of his extensive network of the industry's best minds.

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Paul Taylor Systems Architect, Altron Bytes Systems Integration

Paul Taylor has consulted in the enterprise application space for 18 years, working for small niche consulting companies to multinationals such as IBM. He has implemented integration and implementation projects in several countries performing roles ranging from business analysis, team leadership, technical development and solution architecture.

Since joining Altron Bytes Systems Integration, he has consolidated his experience into a new role as a client technical architect. He enjoys keeping abreast of the latest trends in digital transformation with a special focus on assisting organisations in gaining maximum value from existing and new technologies. Paul has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from North-West University.

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Mohammade Check Managing Director, Spark Towers

Mohammade Check is a French Entrepreneur and Business Development Consultant focusing on the expansion of American and European companies’ footprints to African markets.

Check spent the last 10 years in South-Africa designing and developing safety, operational and environmental support tools for industries such as mining, aviation, energy and healthcare. He obtained a Master of science in Mathematics and Information Technology from the University of Reunion (France) and studied his MBA at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (South-Africa), thus bridging the gap between technology and business imperatives.

Panelists

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Anesu Charamba Technology Strategist, Altron BSI

Anesu Charamba is a Technology Strategist at Altron BSI. Prior to this, he was a Consulting Manager with Frost & Sullivan and before that a consultant with EY. He has over nine years business and management consulting experience, with experience across the ICT, manufacturing, infrastructure, retail, and oil and gas sectors. Anesu has provided consulting services to companies across the continent, focusing on digital transformation, due diligence, strategy development and market research. Anesu holds a BA (hons) from Durham University, a master's degree from Aston University and a MBA from the University of Leicester. .

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Christy Hunter Chapman Founder and CEO, Empanda

Christy is the founder and CEO of Empanda, specializing in organizational change, leadership, communication, and learning. She is passionate about creating engaging experiences in the real and virtual world that place people at the heart of the agenda. Empanda has a unique thought leadership centre that, combined with a team of creatives and graphic designers, is excited about gathering diverse perspectives and telling powerful stories. In September, Empanda went live with an eLearning tool for the United Nations Global Compact, which has an audience across 1,500 companies in over 160 countries. This is part of our initiative to drive the United Nations 2030 Agenda for ambitious transformational change across the world.

Christy is passionate about creating opportunities for people to engage, enable and evolve, and is evangelical about the importance of lifting and sustaining motivation by building play, purpose and potential into the fabric of our organizational culture. Christy has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford, and was an officer in the British Army before starting her career at Accenture. Christy has over 20 years of corporate experience in major transformational change at major corporates.

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Corlia Van Zyl Group ICT Manager, Distell

Corlia is the Group ICT manager for Distell, SA’s leading producer and marketer for wines, spirits, ciders and ready-to-drinks. She is responsible for all ICT aspects on a global level, but her passion is digital and how it is transforming the world we live in. In her eyes, digital is the new Business-as-Usual and we need to take everyone on a journey with us. Her biggest goal is to make people see that digital does not equal ICT as the bigger picture is the business model transformation that is in play.

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David Degenaar Digital Transformation and Business Executive, In2IT Technologies

David Degenaar has a wealth of consulting, management and entrepreneurial experience that span across various client geographies, technology and business domains, which has been gained through more than 30+ years within the ICT Industry.

He has been at the forefront of many pioneering projects that aimed to deliver business value from emerging trends and technologies, most notably enterprise digital transformation initiatives undertaken by early adopters, driven by organisational efficiencies, regulatory compliance and customer experience.   

David is currently responsible for positioning and delivering In2IT Technologies’ Future Edge Services to the market in a Business Development Role.   

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Nick Truran AgileIT CEO

A personable, analytical and cost-conscious senior-level executive with extensive experience in technology leadership, Nick is the founder and Executive Consultant at AgileIT.

He possesses deep experience in the development of secure, innovative and robust information technology environments by deploying a hands-on transformational approach to solving business problems.

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Geoff Garrett Chief Sales Officer, SYSPRO Corporate

With over two decades of experience, Geoff is one of the foremost sales performance improvement specialists in South Africa.

Committed to improving sales in B2B operations, Geoff is focused on establishing visibility into the sales process, which allows highly accurate forecasting that drives sales force automation to improve processes and productivity. He empowers sales managers by offering clarity across their portfolios to ensure that the right activities are generated at the right time to maximise revenues.

Geoff joined SYSPRO in 2016 as a specialist provider of Sales Performance improvement solutions. At the time, SYSPRO was embarking on a programme of transformation, growth and acceleration and to enable this transformation and to ensure that SYSPRO realizes their growth plans Geoff was brought on board at SYSPRO as strategic advisor.

In 2017, Geoff was appointed Chief Sales Officer at SYSPRO with the continued responsibility for driving the global sales transformation in both direct and channel sales in SYSPRO. This involves all aspects of sales for all key regions including Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe and USA.

For information regarding event participants, contact


Michael Doane
Content Director
michael [@] enterprisealliance.io