Tekedia Founder To Speak Along With Groupon CEO, Daniel Guasco in South Africa

Tekedia Founder To Speak Along With Groupon CEO, Daniel Guasco in South Africa

Tekedia Founder, Dr. Ndubuisi Ekekwe, will mount the podium in SocialMedia WorldFroum Africa, Cape Town with CEO of Groupon. The speakers in the conference are below, courtesy of SocialMedia Africa.

Speakers 2011

Daniel Guasco, CEO, Groupon

Groupon_ Serial entrepreneur and CEO of Groupon South Africa. An eternal optimist driven rather by making my dreams a reality.

Yoav Tchelet, Head of Digital Channels, Avis South Africa

YoavTcheletAvisYoav Tchelet currently manages the Digital Channels division of Avis South Africa. He has spent the better part of the last 12 years in various digital marketing roles and projects including founding a digital agency, working with some of the largest brands in SA and abroad and has been involved in a number of internet startups locally. He co-founded Ratesdirect, a pioneer in the local lead generation industry and Noobi, the online feed aggregator and is part of the in-depth, ongoing Social Media research project – The Social Media Value Factor. A keynote speaker at Ad:Tech London in 2010, Yoav has been an Internet Media Award Nominee in 2007 and Winner in 2008 and Technology Top 100 nominee in 2008. As a Digital Marketing evangelist, Yoav seeks to spread his passion for all things Internet and writes extensively for various publications and websites and speaks at various conferences around the world.

Nic Harry, Co-founder, Motribe

NicHMotribeNic is the co-founder of mobile-web startup, Motribe. He is a child of dead tree media having studied as a print journalist at Rhodes University in South Africa.
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.

Belinda Carreira, Senior Manager Digital and Direct Marketing, Standard Bank


Nadia Boucher, Head of Marketing, Col’Cacchio


Muhammad Karim, Senior Brand Manager, AB World Foods Ltd

MKarim-ABWorldFoodsSenior Brand Manager and Digital Marketing Strategist with experience across a wide range of categories in the FMCG industry.  Having worked with companies such as Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Mars Chocolate UK, AB World Foods and even Al-Jazeera my experience has led me to tailor and execute marketing strategies for growth and profit as well as enabling brands to use the digital arena for long term brand benefit.

Anwar Jappie,Brand Manager, Nike South Africa

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Jaco Manning, Head of Digital, Investec

Jaco-Manning-Head-of-Digital-Investec2Jaco Meiring heads up digital marketing for Investec South Africa.  He has been dabbling in Internet related stuff since 1997. His areas of interest and application include, digital marketing, eMarketing, mobility and social engagement as well as integrated marketing where digital link with print, television, radio, billboards and other off-line marketing channels in order to create more engaging communication across channels.

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Georgina Muirhead, Online Brand Manager, Woolworths

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Gustav Praekelt, Founder, Praekelt Digital – speaking on behalf of the Mobile Marketing Association

GustavPraekletMMAGustav Praekelt is the founder of Praekelt Digital – a company that develops mobile solutions for emerging markets. After completing his B.Sc. in Computer Science and Philosophy, he co-founded one of the early digital interactive studio in Africa and was its technical director for 10 years.
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.

Trevor James, Marketing Manager, Johannesburg Stock Exhange


Juan du Toit, Head: International Business Development & Marketing, MXit


David Graham, Digital Channels Executive, Deloitte Consulting

Richard Walton, Chairman, MoMo Jo’burg

RichardWaltonMoMoMore details coming soon.

William Price, Global Manager: e-marketing, Tourism South Africa

WilliamPriceTourismSAAfter consulting to SA Tourism in a number of different areas, in 2008 William joined the Marketing Team at SAT as the ‘eMarketing guy’.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. 

Joining SATourism has been a challenge in that many of the systems and platform in the business, the online strategy and the online space itself have all been changing rapidly, which means keeping your eyes open for new opportunities, getting your hands dirty to fix things, and trying to educate and motivate people to take a risk and join you on a new journey – an eMarketing journey. William has brought a fresh way of thinking and sometimes a gung-ho way of doing things to the organisation.

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Siphelele Sixaso Head of Marketing – SAfm

SA_FM_Speaker_Details_ Siphelele is the new, dynamic Marketing Manager of SAfm. His career background dates back from the Business Development Unit of the SABC, where he worked as a Business Strategist in Gauteng looking after Limpopo and Mpumalanga Regions. He has gained extensive experience and knowledge in the advertising and media industry, worked as an Advertising and Media Consultant on clients such as: Industrial Development Corporation, Revlon, Peugeot, Nando’s as well as a Consultant for the SABC in Media Placement and strategy before joining the Group.

Suzanne Stokes, Brand Manager Social Media & Social CRM, MWEB Connect

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Eran Eyal, Co-Founder of evly.com & Springleap.com

EranEyalEvly@EranEyal Cape TownCo-Founder of evly.com & Springleap.com. Founder of Techgater.com. Entrepreneur. Tech presenter on Radio 702, Cape Talk. Practitioner of Shaolin Kung Fu & Bagua 


Megan Nicholas, Country Manager, Motorola Mobility


Garth Rhoda, General Manager Media, Habari Media Group

GarthRhodaHabariGarth has a decade of media experience, including 3 years in the United Kingdom, ranging from outdoor to magazine advertising to digital media for both online and mobile. He currently runs the media team at Habari who are sales partners with Facebook, LinkedIn, MTV, BBC, Vodacom, Cnectd, Business Day, Financial Mail, Daily Maverick to name a few in the portfolio.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. 

Jade McDade, Group Digital Manager, Associated Magazines


Deon Liebenberg, Managing Director Africa, Research in Motion

DeonLiebenbergRIM2As the Managing Director for Research In Motion (RIM) in Africa, Deon Liebenberg is responsible for growing RIM’s African business, building awareness of the BlackBerry® smartphone brand in Africa, and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders within the mobile service provider environment. 

Liebenberg has more than 15 years of experience in the telecom industry, earned working at some of the country’s leading operators and service providers as well as at multinational and South African telecom vendors. He joined Research In Motion from Motorola’s mobile device division, where he was the country sales director for South Africa.

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Jamaaludeen Khan, Founder and CEO, Jayz Internet Solutions

JamaalJayZInternetSolJamaaludeen Khan is the Founder and CEO of Jayz Internet Solutions. He has a decade of experience in building websites and forming online communities. He is passionate about the Internet, and about the possibilities now available through Web 2.0 technologies. 

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.

Brett Loubser, Samsung


Brett St Clair, Head of Mobile South Africa, Google

BrettStClairGoogleBrett has been working in mobile media and mobile marketing and advertising for 15 years all over the globe – engineering, implementing and selling mobile operator infrastructure from London to Mongolia. After a decade in London, Brett headed back home to Johannesburg, to start his own mobile media agency. Brett now gets to use his extensive experience in the South African and African mobile media market Heading up Mobile Ad sales for Google South Africa. Brett has recently been elected as the South African MMA Co Chair for the next year where our goals are to grow the Mobile Marketing market space, focusing on measurements, Standards Guidelines and Education. Brett is also passionately involved in the Mobile Monday Johannesburg Council for the past year, where we bring industry minds together and explore innovation. Brett’s passions are family, freedom, the frenetic buzz of developing mobile technology, fine humour and, occasionally, a round or two of golf.

Michelle Atagana, Editor, memeburn

MichelleAtaganamemeburnMichelle Atagana has a Masters Degree in New Media and Journalism, her thesis focuses on social media technologies in the South African journalistic space with some focus on the public sphere. She has been hanging around the Internet since she was 11 back in proper Netscape days and even found a way to get not one, but two degrees out it. She blogs with moderate regularity and tweets with alarming consistency and works tirelessly at memeburn.com.

Joey da Silva, Founder, Facebook Developers Garage Cape Town

JoeyDaSilvaFBDGCTMore details to follow.

Mohammed Khan, Executive Editor, Africa Telecoms


Thibaut Rouffineau, VP Developer Partnerships, Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP)

Thibaut-RouffineauThibaut has been active in the mobile, telecom, software world for the past 10 years as an all-rounder from the research labs, to the telecom shelter, from core network to core OS, from photons to airwaves and from product management to community strategy.
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.

Bradley Shaw, Managing Editor, Africa Telecoms

BradleyShawAFO2 Bradley Shaw is the Managing Editor for 3i Publishing the publishers of the Africa Telecoms Magazine, having been involved since inception of the company and the magazine. Bradley is involved in the monthly editorial planning for the magazine and is actively involved in ensuring that the editorial content remains of the highest quality. Bradley is also involved in Business Development for 3i Publishing taking care of key African and International clients. Bradley was also a Judge at the 2011 Global Mobile Awards and judged the category for Best use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development. 

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Janalyn Froese, Online Marketing Manager, Singita Game Reserves

JanalynFroeseSingit2Details to follow.

Alan Knott-Craig Jr., CEO, World of Avatar

Alan-Knott-Craig-Jr-CEO-World-of-Avatar2Alan is the founder and CEO of World of Avatar (www.worldofavatar.com), a developer of mobile applications for Africans. Between 2003 and 2006 co-founded five companies in the mobile telecoms sector. In 2006 appointed managing director of iBurst, the third largest wireless broadband network in South Africa. In April 2008 published Don’t Panic, persuading South Africans to come home. In June 2008 founded The Trust, an NGO focused on assisting charities access skills and capital. . In 2009 nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Alan is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA.)

Yolande Van Wyk, CEO for Smart Services, First National Bank

Yolande-Van-Wyk--FNBFirst National Bank (FNB) recently appointed Yolande van Wyk as the new CEO for Smart Services. Yolande and her highly skilled and dedicated team are responsible for the development of innovative alternative banking solutions a well as FNB’s eMoney business.

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Gwen Goodwin, ACER

GwenGoodwinAcer2New sales manager to drive Acer’s smartphone business
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.

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Dr Roland Helmut Beckmann-Kunz, Group Director Content, Etisalat

Roland-Helmut-Beckmann-Kunz--Etisalat-Dr. Roland Beckmann-Kunz joined Etisalat Group in April 2009 and is responsible for the Content, VAS and Data business across its footprint. Before, he served as SVP Content and Digital Commerce for Vodafone Germany, where he ran the most successful digital content business in Europe. He has been nominated for the Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

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Raymond Buckle, Chairman, MMA South Africa

RaymondBuckleMMACEO of Silverstone Solutions, Buckle is a B.Com Informatics graduate from the University of Johannesburg and a founding member of the South African Council of the Mobile Marketing Association.

Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive: Online Service and Wasps, Vodacom

PrinsMhlangaVodacom1Details coming soon.

Frans Joubert, Executive Director, Strategic Relationship Products, Services and Innovation, MTN Group

FransJoubertMTNGroupGSM Telecommunications Professional since 1994 with strong focus on financial performance management and game changing Innovations within the Industry. Highly experienced across various areas of the business, these include:
• 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

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Robert Virkus, CEO Enough Software

robert-virkus-enoughRobert has worked in the mobile industry since 1999. 

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.

In his spare time he enjoys the company of his friends and family. Other spare time favorites are going to concerts of soul, ska or punk-rock bands and playing around with his old computers like Atari 400, Comodore 8296 or MCS Alpha 1.

Andrew McHenry, Head of Mobile & Content at Avnic / Garmap / Garmin

AndrewMcHenryGarmapGarmap Head of Mobile and Content, with the overall responsibility of running the Garmap Mobile and Content departments. Having started in March 2008 we have grown our Garmap for Mobile Navigation install base from only a few thousand to 100K+ in South Africa only.
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.

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Simon Barber, CTO, ThoughtFaqtory

simon-barber-thought-factorySimon Barber is currently CTO of ThoughtFaqtory, a unique software development company based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is best described as eclectic with an insatiable appetite for challenging the impossible.

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Renier Kriel, Co-Owner – Director, 4i software development

RenierKriel4iRenier manages the Stellenbosch office and is also a shareholder in the Omniscience group.  Amoung other apps, 4i developed the hugely popular Powertime app, which allows you to buy your electricity vouchers through the app, ensuring you are never left in the dark.

Herman Lintvelt, Founder, Polymorph Systems

HermanLintveltQuality Software Development. I’m passionate about it.
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.

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Dirk le Roux, Architecture Consultant, Afrozaar

DirkLeRouxAfrozaarA self-motivated technologist who can manage successful projects with confidence and certainty. Steer product strategy in business aware manner with continuous attention to technical excellence. Dirk is Afrozaar’s integration and hosted solution architect that does not stop until IT works. Dirk is an industry leader with a great reputation locally and internationally. Implemented Projects for: Old Mutual, Sanlam, Pick ‘n Pay, Metropolitan Life, ICG, Old Mutual, T-Systems Versant JDOGenie product architect (Java Data Objects implementation of SUN’S JDO specification) Eclipse plug-in architect for JPA implementations. Member of SUN Microsystem’s JPA Specification Expert Group.

Janice Allem, Deputy Chair, Mobile Mondays Jo’burg

JaniceAllemMoMoCurrently heads up Training and Consultancy at Quiver Tree House, which involves Mobile Marketing Training (Tier 1 Mobile Marketing Certification)  and Mobile Marketing consulting in compliance and regulations, currently focusing on The Consumer Protection Act. 

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.

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Dr. Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder, African Institution of Technology

NdubuisiEkekweDr. Ndubuisi Ekekwe is the founder of First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics Ltd (Fasmicro) which is developing medical devices, microchips and other technologies in Nigeria. He holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees including a PhD in electrical & computer engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, USA and MBA from University of Calabar. He graduated as his class best student from Federal University of Technology, Owerri (Nigeria), in 1998, and spent years in Diamond Bank Lagos. An Adjunct Professor of engineering, Babcock University (Nigeria), Ndubuisi authored Nanotechnology and Microelectronics that received IGI Global 2010 Excellence in Technology Research ‘Book of the Year’ Award 

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Steven Preston, Co-Founder, Cobi Interactive

StevePrestonCobiSteven Preston is Co-Founder and a Mobile Specialist at Cobi Interactive, the first South African technology company to offer custom software development for the full range of mobile platforms including iPhone, BlackBerry, Symbian and Android. After completing his BSc (Honours) in IT and Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management at UCT; Steven Preston joined the mobile VoIP startup Yeigo Communications. At Yeigo, Steve took up the position of Business Development Manager where he spent his time developing Yeigo’s business relationships and sales strategy. Steve left Yeigo in 2008 and began contract software development, primarily for the boutique asset manager Mergence Africa Investments. In August 2009, Steve co-launched Cobi Interactive and has nurtured the company through a first phase of self-sustained growth; with a number of national media agencies, technology companies and well-known entrepreneurs enlisting their services. Cobi also developed the first and ninth placed entries in the Nokia Calling All Innovators – Africa 2009 competition. As a mobile specialist at Cobi, Steve focuses on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Nokia Widget and software development. He also consults on implementing mobile strategies and how to effectively harness the various mobile technologies.

Wilter du Toit, CEO, Virtual Mobile Technologies

WilterVTRampVMTWilter is a serial entrepreneur that is passionate about business models and innovation. His key focus is to generate new business models to disrupt existing industries and to then iteratively validate them through execution.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.

Currently he is serving as CEO of Virtual Mobile Technologies, a mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) backed by Mvelaphanda Group.

Yaron Assabi, CEO, Digital Solutions Group

YaronAssabiDSGYaron Assabi is an entrepreneur with a passion for ICT. He has been consulting in the ICT industry for the past 20 years in the US, UK and SA.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 .

In 2005 he served as the technology director of Contact in Gauteng and (www.callcentres.co.za) a NPO focused on promoting the BPO&O industry in the region and DSG is still a sponsor of CIG.

DSG was recognised as a Top Technology 100 enterprise and won several innovation awards in the contact centre, mobile and e-business industries. DSG was awarded the Public Sector Innovation award for the most effective use of IT within government jointly with the IEC for its work for the Elections 2004-2006.

DSG was also recognized for its work for National Credit Regulator (NCR ) in 2008 wining the public sector innovation award .

Yaron is a sought after consultant and speaker on thought leadership subjects involving technology and new business models.

He provided strategy to Investec Securities on their ebusiness strategy and formulated the ebusiness strategy for Telesure which led to the launch of an insurance aggregator www.hippo.co.za

He is currently working with United Against Malaria to formulate their digital strategy .

DSG recently won a contract to become Discovery Health mobile partner and build their mobile health applications .

DSG launched a subidary in Kenya called Digital Mobile Kenya which is 49% owned by Capital Group and has engaged with Smart Apps to build a unique MHealth Ecosystem

Arthur Charles Van Wyke, CEO, Fluence New Marketing

ArthurCVWykeFluenceArthur 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.

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