Anice Hassim, Founder and CEO, Immedia
Ronald Bach, Mobile Product Manager, News24
Thibaut Rouffineau, VP Developer Partnerships, Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP)
Over the past few years has been heavily engaged in the migration of the mobile industry towards a more open and community led approach to development and innovation,especially active in developing the Eclipse and Symbian communities but also supporting operators and OEMs devise their developers program.
Henk Kleynhans, CEO, Skyrove
He realised that if he could incentivize thousands of small entrepreneurs to set up WiFi internet hotspots, it would soon lead to a dramatic increase in broadband penetration in South Africa. He thus founded Skyrove, which enables anyone to earn an income by sharing their internet access with their neighbours.
Alan Knott-Craig Jr., CEO, World of Avatar
Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive: Online Service and Wasps, Vodacom
He joined Vodacom South Africa in 1998 in marketing but his involvement with the Wireless Application Service Providers since 2003 has alleviate the network take a leading role in the enabling of Content purchases and delivery by third parties.
Dr Roland Helmut Beckmann-Kunz, Group Director Content, Etisalat
Anwar Ahmed, Developer Relations Manager EMEA, Navteq
Brett St Clair, Head of Mobile South Africa, Google
Dave Russell, Sr. Business Strategy Consultant, Microsoft Corporation
Brett Loubser, Samsung
Robert Virkus, CEO Enough Software
He created J2ME Polish, the Open Source framework for mobile application development in 2004 and founded Enough Software to commercialize it. Today, J2ME Polish is the quasi standard for mobile Java development, comnmercially licensed by Nokia, Motorola, Qualcomm, Huawei and many more. As a service provider, Enough Software nowadays develops applications for all major platforms. This means that Robert has a first-hand knowledge of the fragmented mobile ecosystem- not only as a manager, but also as an experienced programmer who still enjoys coding whenever possible.
Megan Nicholas, Country Manager, Motorola Mobility
Grant Van Wyk, Head of Mobile Design and Development, Pbel
Frans Joubert, Executive Director, Strategic Relationship Products, Services and Innovation, MTN Group
• Strategic Management and Operations Management, including Organizational Design and Structure, Simulation Models, Capacity Planning, Project Management (PERT and CFM), Just in Time Inventory, Quality Management, Compensation, Job Design
Yolande Van Wyk, CEO for Smart Services, First National Bank
Mike Johns, President, Digital Mind State
Kemi Benjamin, Brand Manager, Nike South Africa
Michael Weitzel, Senior Application Development Consultant, RIM South Africa
After completing his education, Michael worked as an IT specialist for a global bluechip company in Scotland before joining Research In Motion (RIM) in 2002. Michael joined RIM as a server support specialist. He then joined the training department and worked as a technical trainer for the BlackBerry® solution.
Birgitta Cederstrom, Business Unit Leader, ICT Africa, Frost & Sullivan
20 years of sales, consulting and market research expertise, which include primarily ICT and Retail / FMCG related focus. Particular expertise in:
- Market intelligence analysis, growth strategy formulation, customer benchmarking, geographic expansion, partner identification, distribution channel development, vertical expansion and new product development
- General management, project management, mentoring, business planning and implementation
- Business development and client relationship management
Kelvin Jonck, Online Marketing Manager, Cell C
Once I got to take on the role as Cell C's Online Marketing Manager, it was a totally different ballgame, since the scope and size of the operations kept me, and still keeps me on my toes. I'm currently responsible for Cell C's social media activities, web platforms and mobi sites.
Ankit Rawal, Head of Performance Advertising, Africa, InMobi
Ankit Rawal is a leading mobile evangelist within the African market. He is focused on growing and developing advertising within the rapidly evolving African mobile ecosystem. In his role at InMobi, he works to engage and educate brands, agencies and app developers on mobile best practices. Prior to InMobi, Mr. Rawal worked at Microsoft Corp. and Oracle in various technical roles and he holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and a Masters in Business Management.
Sebastien Lacour, Business Operations Manager, Powertime
He has been involved in the energy sector for over 8 years. Starting his career as a Process engineer at Saint Gobain, a leading industrial group, he developed energy efficient concepts for their operations and contributed to design and implement the group energy strategy. Moving to Cape Town in 2009 he participated in a number of entrepreneurial ventures in West Africa and then joined Energy Intelligence, a dynamic solutions driven company focused on integrating BI solutions to enhance energy performance management for business and residential customers.
Leonard Ray Khan, Product Owner - Social Media and Gaming, DSTV
Gwen Goodwin, ACER
Acer South Africa appointed Gwen Goodwin as the Sales Manager for South Africa for its Smartphone product range, Gwen also manages the country’s boarder lying South Africa, Gwen was appointed by Acer Africa to bring their Smartphone division in line with its strategy to grow this new business in South Africa.
Gwen joins Acer with 15 years of telecom and IT experience, she has extensive sales, management and technical skills, and has a deep passion for the mobile telecoms market.
Gwen has worked with many blue-chip clients during her career, including financial service firms, logistics companies, food beverage manufacturers and the large Telecom networks.
Gwen comes with extensive skills in the Telecoms space with expertise of Private Networks,LAN’s and WAN’s (VPN),Satellite Connectivity, Voice over IP, Hosting, Network Security, ADSL Platforms and has extensive knowledge in the Mobility industry.
Philip Barber, Managing Director, ThoughtFaqtory
Phillip has worked with many clients during his career, including a POS software development company, education and training companies, logistics companies, equipment manufacturers and hire companies.
Rick Jourbert, Executive Chairman at Yonder Media, CEO at Ringco Ltd and Non-Executive Chairman at Intdev Internet Technologies
I am something of a start-up specialist having been instrumental in the launch of a number of businesses within the telecommunications, media, ISP and consumer services sector in my working career, both as an owner and an employee.
Specialties: Pioneering the development of the Mobile Phone as the 7th of the mass media both in South Africa and in developing markets globally.
John Press, Business Development Manager, Windows Phone, Microsoft
John’s background is predominantly in the areas of sales and marketing of consumer technology product and he has over 15 years’ experience in bringing new products to market.
Michelle Atagana, Editor, memeburn
Dr Moneeb Awan, Managing Director, www.esay-mobile.co.uk
Suzanne Stokes, Brand Manager: Social Media & Social CRM, MWEB Connect
Rui Brites, Team Lead, Product Management, Africa, Research In Motion
With more than 12 years of experience in the telecoms industry, Rui has an excellent understanding of the African mobile landscape. Prior to joining RIM, Rui was the product and technical support manager at Samsung Electronics.
He spent seven years with Samsung, helping the company to grow its handset market share in partnership with the network operators. Before that, Rui was the national service manager for Philips Mobile, where he worked with the carriers to provide support and service to South African customers.
Wesley Lynch, Founder and MD, Realmdigital
Tim Bishop, CTO, Prezence Digital
Dirk le Roux, Architecture Consultant, Afrozaar
Mohammed Khan, Executive Editor, Africa Telecoms
Richard Walton, Chairman, MoMo Jo'burg
Simon de Haan, Chief Engineer, Praeklet Foundation
Juan du Toit, Head: International Business Development & Marketing, MXit
As the Head of International Business Development and Marketing for MXit, Juan has been responsible for driving Africa’s largest, and most successful, mobile social network’s expansion into Latin America, South East Asia and continental Africa. He has achieved this by developing strategies aimed at unlocking the company’s growth in these regions and by forming sound business relationships with some of the world’s top telecoms companies.
Siphelele Sixaso Head of Marketing – SAfm
Dusan Babich, CEO, Device Magic
Liron Segev, CEO, Swift Consulting / SwiftGO.co.za
In 2005, Liron founded an IT consulting firm, Swift Consulting (www.SwiftConsulting.co.za), which provides IT consulting services to corporates. The company prides itself on understanding Business requirements and being able to marry Technology to those requirements.
Oluwagbemiga Ben-Daniel, Country Manager (Africa), QT Electronics
Joey da Silva, Founder, Facebook Developers Garage Cape Town
Hannes Van Rensburg, CEO, Fundamo
Belinda Carreira, Senior Manager Digital and Direct Marketing, Standard Bank
Raymond Buckle, Chairman, MMA South Africa
Herman Lintvelt, Founder, Polymorph Systems
Whether I'm training, consulting, or coding, I believe that it is a core part of crafting great software. Not just quality code and design, but also great user experience.
I try to spread this passion wherever I'm involved in projects and course presentations, maybe overdoing the sermons a bit at times...
For years I have been mostly involved in big Java-based systems, and more recently moving more and more into the mobile space, especially the attractive smartphone (iOS, BlackBerry, Android) playground.
Georgina Muirhead, Online Brand Manager, Woolworths
Simon Barber, CTO, ThoughtFaqtory
William Price, Global Manager: E-marketing, Tourism South Africa
Starting out as a project manager at Rapid Blue Interactive as many as 12 years ago, William has been in the digital communication space since then working as part of agencies and global companies all that time.
Yaron Assabi, CEO, Digital Solutions Group
He founded the Digital Solutions Group (DSG) in 1998 which focuses on relationship marketing solutions using multi channel commerce. In 2000 he sold a 51% stake to iTouch prior to their listing on the FTSE and expanded internationally into the UK and Australasia. Due to the market crash in late 2001 he purchased the group back and refocused on the SA market.
Yaron served as the ICT strategist for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and is currently formulating the strategy for the 46664 global communities.
He has been involved in raising awareness and fund raising to fight HIV AIDS .
Daniel Guasco, CEO, Groupon
Dr. Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder, African Institution of Technology
Andrew McHenry, Head of Mobile & Content at Avnic / Garmap / Garmin
Prior to joining Garmap I was employed for five years working at Leaf International Communication, having spent two years heading up Leaf’s African expansion, selling to mobile operators and partners in sub-Saharan African. Before I took on the African expansion role I was Leaf’s executive account manager on the MTN account looking after the http://www.mtnloaded.co.za portal, at time it was the largest mobile portal in Africa with over one million subscribers.
Steven Preston, Co-Founder, Cobi Interactive
Jamaaludeen Khan, Founder and CEO, Jayz Internet Solutions
Being a people’s person, he very much enjoys public speaking and delivering seminars and workshops. He speaks at networking events, unConferences, and other events (across the country) on Web 2.0 and Social Media topics. When not on stage, he blogs, writes articles for magazines, and talks on radio about the Web. He has a firm commitment to contributing to people’s understanding of what can be achieved online, and this has earned him a huge reputation globally, with numerous added bonuses such as being written about on blogs in South Africa and as far as California, and also securing international business. Jamaal has also appeared in the Cape Argus as well as the Sunday Tribune newspapers.
Bradley Shaw, Managing Editor, Africa Telecoms
Renier Kriel, Co-Owner - Director, 4i software development
Nic Harry, Co-founder, Motribe
He moved through top media organisations in South Africa and pushed in to mobile media at the Mail & Guardian. Subsequently he ran mobile social projects for Vodacom SA, a South African OpCo. Projects included The Grid, a location based social network and Legends of Echo, a massive multiplayer online location based mobile game.
Etienne Louw, CEO, MapIT
Previous roles include Managing Director of MMB Service Providers, a multi-media broadcasting services provider, where he provided services in the area of multimedia broadcasting specialising in content delivery over broadband infrastructure. As Business Development Manager for GISCOE he was responsible for system analysis, application development design, strategic client development, new business development and the management of partner relationships.
Yoav Tchelet, Head of Digital Channels, Avis South Africa
Wilter du Toit, CEO, Virtual Mobile Technologies
He previously founded Yeigo which was one of the first mobile VoIP companies to launch a solution into the enterprise mobile VoIP space. He formulated the company strategy and vision and then recruited two co-founders to aide in driving the company forward.
Subsequently they raised angel funding and grew the company to 12 employees. He exited the company in October 2008 after a majority share was acquired by another company.
Janice Allem, Deputy Chair, Mobile Mondays Jo'burg
Also is the Chairperson for Advertising Guidelines of the Mobile Marketing Association of South Africa and is the co-Chairperson of Mobile Monday an international mobile networking event.
Gustav Praekelt, Founder, Praekelt Digital - speaking on behalf of the Mobile Marketing Association
His belief in the power of mobile phones to transform Africa inspired him to establish the Praekelt Foundation in 2006. A technology incubator that develops robust, highly scalable mobile solutions for social good, its programmes have reached over 50 million people across 15 countries in Africa.
Gustav is a passionate advocate of the idea that mobile technology should be available to all and is a frequent speaker at a variety of international conferences.
Jaco Manning, Head of Digital, Investec
Eran Eyal, Co-Founder of evly.com & Springleap.com
Co-Founder of evly.com & Springleap.com. Founder of Techgater.com. Entrepreneur. Tech presenter on Radio 702, Cape Talk. Practitioner of Shaolin Kung Fu & Bagua
Jade McDade, Group Digital Manager, Associated Magazines
Arthur Charles Van Wyke, CEO, Fluence New Marketing
Arthur Charles Van Wyk, a native Capetonian, is the CEO of Fluence New Marketing, a specialist digital marketing & communications agency based in Durban, South Africa. He is also the social media columnist for Airport Magazine and Founder of offline business social network SCHMooZ 2.0. He got hooked on the web when - as a BCom student in 1995 - he successfully put an HTML page together for his faculty. Arthur is passionate about people, technology and information and nothing energises him more than helping business owners use those 3 things to propel their companies forward and upwards.
Trevor James, Marketing Manager, Johannesburg Stock Exhange
Garth Rhoda, General Manager Media, Habari Media Group
Predominantly from a traditional media background, Garth held a management position in the custom publishing division at Touchline Media for two years before recognising the need to move into the digital arena. He is responsible for monetizing the commercial partners for online and mobile for Habari Media and passing knowledge and experience to brands on how best to take their brands into digital.
Janalyn Froese, Online Marketing Manager, Singita Game Reserves
Nadia Boucher, Head of Marketing, Col'Cacchio
Nadia graduated from the University of the North-West, Potchefstroom, in 2003 with an Honours Degree in Business Communication and Mass Media and worked in a number of marketing and project management roles in the lifestyle, restaurant and media industry before moving purely into the online trade.
Nadia is an avid believer that there is far more to social media than Facebook, YouTube and Twitter and always factors in other networks, bloggers and reviews when gathering customer feedback.