MEET THE JUDGES
Entelect | CEO
Shashi Hansjee in the Chief Executive Officer of Entelect, a South African software engineering and services business. Since he was appointed
Shashi graduated from Wits University in 2004 with a Masters in Engineering and is passionate about creating a place where SA’s best software talent can thrive and grow as well as proving to the world that while our talent pool may be relatively small, it is truly world class. Under Shashi, Entelect has become a company renowned for its culture of learning and growth and has won numerous Best Company To Work For awards. He is also the IITPSA’s IT personality of the year for 2017.
Shashi believes that education is key to transforming the country for the better and that all of us have a role to play in that transformation, however small or large.
SmartDigital Solutions | Chief Executive
Veronica Motloutsi is the Chief Executive of SmartDigital Solutions. A licensed Internet Service Provider focusing on broadband connectivity, and IoT and data analytics capability. She is also the founder of Africa Lead with Veronica Motloutsi, a platform aimed to challenge government, funders and
Her qualifications includes B-Tech: IT (CUT) M-Tech: BIS (TUT), PDBA (GIBS – 2008), MBA (GIBS- 2010), ASCEND(WITS 2015),VAEP (GIBS 2017)
Nedbank Top Performer 2011, Vodacom Women in Red Award 2016; Standard Bank Top Women Awards Finalist (2017); Vodacom-GIBS Top Action Learning Project (2017), National Business Awards – Top Executive Under 40 Winner (2017), Inspiring Fifty Women in STEM (2018), Standard Bank Top Entrepreneur of the Year- Winner (2018); Top Entrepreneur of the Year – Finalist ( 2018) National Business Awards, Top Executive under 40 – Finalist (2018).
Digital Transformation Programmes, Enterprise Architecture, ICT Strategy, ICT Governance, Customer Experience Management, Digital Banking Platforms, Convergence, Cloud, Big Data and Network Solutions, Application Management, Money Transfer, Business Analysis, Programme Management, Leadership, Strategic Management, Corporate Governance
Board Member at Lepharo Base Metals
Colin is an impeccable leader at the helm of Seda Gauteng. His has the following academic qualifications:
- MBA (2017) – GIBS
- PG Dip General Management (2016) – GIBS
- MCom in Development Finance (2015) – UCT (Incomplete)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Management (PDBA 2013) – UCT
- Associate in Management (AIM 2012)
- Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Financial Information Systems (2004)
Mr Leshou is currently enrolled for a Doctorate in Business Leadership (DBL). He is also knowledgeable in the following areas:
- Financial Modelling, Accounting and Supply Chain Management;
- Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Supplier Development as well as Funding of Small Enterprises;
- Mentorship and Coaching, Public Speaking as well as Researching aspects of Development Finance;
- Strategy and Organizational Development;
as well as Applied DecisionMaking;
- Marketing and Risk Management.
Colin is an enthusiastic and professional leader with a proven track record in the field of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. Colin is passionate about Africa and the emerging markets and would like to see Africa
Flow | CEO
Gil Sperling is the CEO of Flow, a
Chief Information Officer for Gijima
Mmasane Kukama is the Chief Information Officer for
Amongst other things, she is passionate about mentoring/coaching junior staff members in achieving
their optimal levels in the ICT industry.
Saidah Nash Carter
Head of Innovation | Thomson Reuters
Saidah Nash Carter is a digital business native with a passion for value creation and the use of tech to create
early internet sensations like Yahoo! and AOL. She thrives on the opportunity to push the boundaries of corporate thinking and business development through emerging technology, co-creation, and a triple bottom line approach. She has a keen eye for identifying opportunities to stretch business development to new frontiers while staying
She also cares deeply about building diverse teams who love their work; believe in
the mission and are empowered to drive both business and social impact.
- Business Development
- Product Development
- Thought Leadership
- Cultivating Partnerships (Corporate, Government, Startup, University)
- Delivering Enterprise Value
- Championing Diversity
Most Recent Awards & Recognition: 2017 Inspiring 50 Women in Tech, 2018 Voices of African Mothers Innovation Award.
Experienced Human Resources Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Talent Management, HR Consulting, Coaching, Employee Engagement, and Organizational Development. Strong human resources professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Business Administration and Management, General from Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Co-Founder – Silicon Launch Pad
Boitumelo “Tumi” Menyatswe is the dynamic Co-Founder of Silicon Launch Pad in Johannesburg, an organization that aims to support and catalyse the creation of a vibrant, sustainable tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem whilst redefining the culture for digital innovation and participation in Gauteng. As a Tech start-up founder herself, Tumi understands first-hand what it takes for entrepreneurs to grow their companies in their local context outside of well-developed entrepreneurial ecosystems such as the Silicon Valley.
Her vast experience ranges from being a project manager in international aviation, strategic management in e-commerce, business development in various emerging technology areas, to prototyping Emerging Technologies in order to supplement new platform adoption recommendations within a business’s Digital Disruption Stream. Tumi has advised
She prides herself on being an active and keen participant in the deliberate inclusion of a diverse group of participants in the digital economy. A testament to her efforts, in September of 2017, Inspiring Fifty in cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and #CoCreateSA recognised her as one of the top fifty most “Inspiring South African Women” working in the different spheres of technology and innovation, and Fast Company listed her as one of the 20 Under 30 young South Africans empowering change in 2018.
Tumi believes that being strategic and intentional about what one aims to achieve, focusing on opportunities for collaboration and growth, putting the customer first and achieving personal mastery makes for successful businesses and entrepreneurs.
Joint CEO & Owner of Integr8 IT
A Professor at the London School of Business describes him as ‘A Marketing Man & Master Deal-maker”. Through sheer grit & determination, Lance co-founded Integr8 from a tiny bedroom in 2001 to its glamorous headquarters today. At a previous Topco National Business Award ceremony, Lance won the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as being a finalist for the Businessman of the Year award. He has also been honoured as one of the top Entrepreneurs in the Ernst & Young Worldwide Entrepreneur of the Year awards, as well as being named one of the top IT Personalities of the Year. Lance’s entrepreneurial attitude has been one of the cornerstones of Integr8’s culture. His mantra has always been “dream big & make it happen”. With a burning passion, clear vision & extreme confidence, Lance guided Integr8 to become one of the largest private ICT companies in South Africa & Africa.
Integr8 IT won many local and international awards & accolades, namely: Topco National Business award for “Innovation Through Technology” ; The Technology Top 100 Company – award winner ; The ICT African Achievers award for “The Most Innovative ICT Company in SA“ ; as well as previously winning the award for being Microsoft’s top partner in SA (namely Gold Partner of the Year). Integr8 was ranked by the MSPMentor Global – as only one of 2 South African companies in the Top 50, out of the Top 501 Managed Service Providers globally.
Business Connexion Group acquired Integr8 IT in 2013.
Head of MSC & CMM, Ericsson MMEA
Mathapelo Mzizi is the Head of Managed Services Campaigns and Customer Marketing Manager at Ericsson for Ericsson Middle East and Africa (MMEA). She has more than 10 years’ experience in leading organizations and people in a global environment with specific expertise in the customer experience, marketing, change leadership and innovation. She’s part of the Ericsson South Africa advisory board member to drive positive change in the company.
Mathapelo is a One Young World Ambassador, a UK-based charity and a preeminent global forum that gathers the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.
She is an enthusiast human being fueled by a constant drive for innovation, human equality, internet for all and leveraging the unlimited power of technology to solve the socio-economic issues and business opportunities.
HULT PRIZE Dubai Intra competition winners 2018, an annual, year-long competition that crowd-sources ideas from MBA and university students to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education.
Mathapelo is an Executive MBA student at Ashridge/HULT Business School in the United Arab Emirates. Also, co-founder for an energy peer to peer startup company Genr8. Shortlisted by Entrepreneur Magazine as 10 Startups to look out for. She’s a social entrepreneur, technology for good advocate and technology enthusiast.
Director – Head of Custom Applications at APPSolve (Pty) Ltd
The entrepreneurial and technology bug bit me at an early age. In 1986, when I was 16, my father bought one of the first home personal computers on the market and I took the opportunity to learn the software languages available at the time. I loved the
After finishing high school in 1988, I joined Anglo American and since then, have built solid experience in all areas of software development. I established my own software company in 1998. During this time, I built numerous industry software solutions for the agricultural and logistics sector. After 10 years, I sold the business to a listed South African IT company. From there, I headed up the project management office for the EMEA region for a global telecommunications and real estate company. I have managed numerous ERP and custom application projects in Africa and Europe. I love building teams and inspiring them to work together to achieve unimaginable successful results. I joined APPSolve (Pty) Ltd, a South African IT consultancy company in 2014, and am responsible for new business development in the custom applications space. Two of my custom applications have won international awards. I work with an incredible team of people. Without good people and a good team behind you, you are setup for failure. No one can achieve success on their own.
I am passionate about the upliftment of women in South Africa and inspiring the younger generation to reach for the stars. I enjoy helping new entrepreneurs with their business ventures and guiding them through those first few challenging years. Hard work and determination is all you need. I have incredibly high standards and one of my
My other interest
On a personal note, I am married, have two adult children and 3 huge but lovable dogs! Our large family is where our heart is. I am also a dedicated food
He soon progressed within the organisation, eventually taking on the role of General Manager and becoming a member of the Executive Committee before leaving to co-found redPanda Software in 2009. Gareth brings strategic business acumen to the redPanda Software team as Group CEO. His detailed understanding of and ability to identify process efficiencies allows him to guide business and software development to achieve the best results.
With a love for the magic that happens when technology and business meet, Gareth’s drive as redPanda Software’s CEO is to make software development and support easy and predictable for enterprise businesses, and change the landscape of custom software development for the global retail industry.
Group Chief Digital Officer |
As co-founder of LAWtrust, which was acquired by Alt-listed
Aurecon | Director of Innovation & Transformation
Director for Innovation and Transformation at Aurecon and the Community Liaison Africa for the World Design Organisation.
Abbas is a registered professional engineer and holds qualifications across the engineering, business and futures fields. He is passionate about developing Afrikan solutions and has conceptualised the Afrikan Design Innovation narrative, which encourages engineers, architects, planners, designers and allied professionals to embrace transdisciplinary and participatory ethnographic tools in their quest for more creative and innovative Afrikan solutions.
Gareth has 25 years of experience within the IT industry and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town. He has a passion for
He soon progressed within the organisation, eventually taking on the role of General Manager and becoming a member of the Executive Committee before leaving to co-found redPanda Software in 2009. Gareth brings strategic business acumen to the
With a love for the magic that happens when technology and business meet, Gareth’s drive as
BEST TECHNOLOGY START-UP AWARD
This award recognises companies in any sector that display great potential for future growth.
The company must be under 2 years old.
Demonstrate your business model – Organisational structure, sales strategy,
Demonstrate why should a customer buy or use your product or service?
Demonstrate scalability by comparing current market reach vs potential market reach and how to reach that goal.
TECHNOLOGY GROWTH BUSINESS AWARD
The award recognise large companies that are in full growth mode and that have overcome their funding barriers.
Demonstrate your success and excellent service products and insight that the company have overcome in the past 3 years.
Demonstrate the determination and impact that your company has shown to their success.
TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award recognises the companies that have leading technological change, disrupting the status across all industries.
Companies should demonstrate how they have developed the technology within the company / in-house.
Demonstrate how the technology has overcome a defined problem and what positive impact it made.
Demonstrate the quality that the innovation will show in a particular product or service with the potential to change what you do and how it is done.
BEST DIGITAL COMPANY AWARD
The award recognises the company that has the power of digital technologies, including mobile, social, and the cloud.
Demonstrate the digital platform that users experience to create more profitable and connected businesses.
Demonstrate an effective, innovative use of digital to deliver real results and ROI.
Demonstrate the digital tools and software that are essential to monitor, evaluate, plan and execute in the digital environment.