Daniel Guasco, CEO, Groupon
Yoav Tchelet, Head of Digital Channels, Avis South Africa
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.
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
Anwar Jappie,Brand Manager, Nike South Africa
Jaco Manning, Head of Digital, Investec
Georgina Muirhead, Online Brand Manager, Woolworths
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.
Trevor James, Marketing Manager, Johannesburg Stock Exhange
Juan du Toit, Head: International Business Development & Marketing, MXit
Richard Walton, Chairman, MoMo Jo’burg
William Price, Global Manager: e-marketing, Tourism South Africa
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.
Siphelele Sixaso Head of Marketing – SAfm
Suzanne Stokes, Brand Manager Social Media & Social CRM, MWEB Connect
Eran Eyal, Co-Founder of evly.com & Springleap.com
Megan Nicholas, Country Manager, Motorola Mobility
Garth Rhoda, General Manager Media, Habari Media Group
Jade McDade, Group Digital Manager, Associated Magazines
Deon Liebenberg, Managing Director Africa, Research in Motion
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.
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.
Brett Loubser, Samsung
Brett St Clair, Head of Mobile South Africa, Google
Michelle Atagana, Editor, memeburn
Joey da Silva, Founder, Facebook Developers Garage Cape Town
Mohammed Khan, Executive Editor, Africa Telecoms
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.
Bradley Shaw, Managing Editor, Africa Telecoms
Janalyn Froese, Online Marketing Manager, Singita Game Reserves
Alan Knott-Craig Jr., CEO, World of Avatar
Yolande Van Wyk, CEO for Smart Services, First National Bank
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.
Dr Roland Helmut Beckmann-Kunz, Group Director Content, Etisalat
Raymond Buckle, Chairman, MMA South Africa
Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive: Online Service and Wasps, Vodacom
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
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.
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
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.
Simon Barber, CTO, ThoughtFaqtory
Renier Kriel, Co-Owner – Director, 4i software development
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.
Dirk le Roux, Architecture Consultant, Afrozaar
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.
Dr. Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder, African Institution of Technology
Steven Preston, Co-Founder, Cobi Interactive
Wilter du Toit, CEO, Virtual Mobile Technologies
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
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
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.