Caryn Berman, Business Development director – Brainstorm

Caryn is a versatile, well-experienced marketing and business development professional. With 20 years in the media sector, Caryn has established the Brainstorm brand firmly in the market as the first choice for B2B marketing.

Brainstorm is the magazine for decision-makers and offers content on burning business issues that is fresh, controversial, independent and valuable.

Dr Denisha Jairam-Owthar, Chief Director Information, Communication & Technology, University of Stellenbosch

Dr Denisha is the new Chief Director of ICT at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She will be leading this prominent university of South Africa in its ICT digital transformation journey. She has an array of diverse experience at the helm of leading transformational ICT. She has shown throughout her career that ICT is agnostic of industry.

Helen Nicholson, The Networking Company

Helen has been called the ‘Queen of Networking’ by many of her clients. She began her career as an accountant and has evolved into her current role of CEO (Chief Excitement Officer) of The Networking Company.

A passionate connector with international corporate experience. She has written two best-selling books, and ran the New York marathon in 2011.

Itumeleng Makgati, Group CISO, Standard Bank

Seasoned IT, business, and systems integration Executive, Itumeleng Makgati boasts nearly two decades of expertise in her field. Itumeleng Makgati, Group Executive – Information Security at the Standard Bank Group provide strategic vision and leadership of the Information Security Shared Services across the Group, subsidiaries and ecosystem partners, supporting information security initiatives, the associated decision making, to protect sensitive data and systems from infiltration or misuse. She is passionate about building diverse high-performance teams that thrive in the face of adversity.

Jolandé Van der Hoek, Head of Talent Acquisition Corporate Functions, Absa Group

Lead a team of Talent Acquisition Specialists. My key role is to set high standards and drive an innovative, high performing culture. Our main efforts, as part of capacitating the organisation include Talent Branding, Internal Mobility, Data Insights, Candidate and Hiring manager experience, Hiring Manager education, diverse sourcing channels, define and hire against the “Absa Tech Person” (technical and behavioural), data driven decision making, pipelining against scarce, critical, current and future skills. We drive these initiatives through an Agile approach.

Since the beginning of 2018 I have driven the talent agenda across this area. Other areas in my scope included Operations, Group Procurement and Corporate Real Estate Services

Joni Peddie, CEO – Resilient People

As a behavioural strategist Joni focuses her work in the field of mental and emotional resilience and wellbeing in the workplace.

Besides speaking at conferences and writing books, Joni is an avid trail and road runner with five comrades marathons and six 2 Oceans ultra-marathons under her belt.

Kelebogile Mosiane, Vice President: Digital & IT, Imperial Logistics

Kelebogile is the Vice President: Digital & IT at Imperial Logistics, with a career that spans across leading South African and global organisations.

Professionally, Kelebogile exemplifies South Africa’s dynamic new breed of executives – energetic, hard-working, and well-networked.

Khathu Sibanda, CIO – University of Joburg

Khathu is a disciplined and results-driven IT executive. Her success lies in her perceptive decision-making skill, strong ethics, natural aptitude to lead multi-cultural teams and her ability to define new strategies that drive growth.

An avid reader with a passion for family and her community, she also drives CSI initiatives for disadvantaged schools and orphanages.

Kume Luvhani, Co-founder and Executive Director – Vaxowave

At just 29, Kume made directorship at Absa becoming one of the youngest executives at the bank. Her passion for business enablement through innovation led to her co-founding Vaxowave, a technology company in 2018.

She is a passionate advocate for literacy programmes in SA, developing the youth and developing talented women in leadership. She helps to equip rural schools with essential school supplies and dedicates a large portion of her free time to mentoring young people.

Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen, CMO – BCX

Mandisa is a seasoned marketing professional who is passionate about brand strategy and content marketing. With more than 25 years in the profession, she is not afraid to get her hands dirty to get the work done.

Mandisa is an empowering leader who believes in the importance of working within a collaborative environment.

Nomonde White-Ndlovu, CIO, Bidvest Bank

Nomonde is the Chief Information Officer for Chief Information Officer for Bidvest Bank Limited. A great thought leader in technology and fintech in South Africa. She is an accomplished executive with extensive experience within the tech space.

Passionate about women in business and working with young talent within the technology industry, Nomonde coaches and mentors young people to inspire them to pursue careers in technology and engineering.

Nonhlanhla ‘Noni’ Tshabalala, Senior Manager Product and Platforms: Digital Enablement SA, Multichoice

Noni is passionate about digital transformation and driving strategy execution.

Noni has over 10 years’ experience working across various industries, the majority gained in financial services. She joined Absa in 2013 and has risen in the ranks as a result of her commitment to excellence.

Philile Mkhize, Technology Divisional Executive, Corporate Functions – Liberty

Philile is an IT change-maker who is passionate about the convergence of technology and humanity. She is a standing Doctorate candidate specialising in Entrepreneurship.

Philile is a head judge for Technovation, a USA based non-profit organisation backed by Big Tech companies like Google and Salesforce. Technovation inspires young girls in STEM across the globe.

Thato Sopeng, Chief Information Officer Energy, Sasol

A seasoned Technology professional with 20 years’ experience in leading Tech and Digital transformations within Financial Services, Retail and FMCG and now in the Oil and Gas industry. Passionate about innovation and growing young professionals in Tech. Recent experience includes working with Cloud, Open Banking, involvement with Fintechs and other startups in financial services.

Traci Maynard, Microsoft Executive – Axiz

Traci is a results-driven executive offering a strong combination of business acumen and marketing flair. She is a motivational leader who can optimise individual performance while sustaining a strong team spirit. With valuable international network of professional relationships in the technology sector, Traci is also a persuasive negotiator.