Speakers

Avi Alkobi, Ethernet technical marketing manager, EMEA, Mellanox Technologies Avi Alkobi  Ethernet technical marketing manager, EMEA, Mellanox Technologies
Ethernet technical marketing manager, EMEA, Mellanox Technologies

For the past eight years, Avi Alkobi has worked at Mellanox in various roles focusing on the Ethernet switch product line, first as an SW developer, then as a team leader of the infrastructure team responsible for the first Ethernet switch management infrastructure.

Abdul Baba, CIO, Skynet Abdul Baba  IT Executive
IT Executive

Abdul has worked in IT for most of his career and was appointed as the IT Head for Sky net Worldwide Express in January 2015 where he owns the relationship between IT and business. He is responsible for driving business IT value in the enablement to achieve profitability and efficiency.

Jonker Bester  Director, Spoormaker & Partners
Director, Spoormaker & Partners

Jonker Bester is involved in and controls the design and associated responsibilities for commercial, entertainment, hospitals, clinics, data centres, industrial and electronic HVAC applications.

Sven Blom, Data centre evangelist, Teraco Sven Blom  Data centre evangelist, Teraco
Data centre evangelist, Teraco

After graduating, Sven Blom plied his trade as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry and later joined a national consultancy as a quality management consultant to blue-chip manufacturing and service companies across South Africa.

Robert Boccia, Product manager, Standard Bank Robert Boccia  CEO, Leapfrog Innovation Technology Group
CEO, Leapfrog Innovation Technology Group

Robert Boccia is a strategic visionary: a person who sees strategic opportunities, and a person who can make it happen because of his passion for business and IT alignment. He builds great teams, which deliver on a vision that's built on business understanding.

Nerushka Deosaran, Senior associate and business development manager, Norton Rose Fulbright Nerushka Deosaran  Senior associate and business development manager, Norton Rose Fulbright
Senior associate and business development manager, Norton Rose Fulbright

Nerushka Deosaran is a privacy and technology lawyer based in Johannesburg.

 Christiaan Dorfling  Technology evangelist, Microsoft
Technology evangelist, Microsoft

Christiaan Dorfling is a technology evangelist that helps design the future of computing in the local market and the method in which it is consumed.

George Etheredge, ICT Research Analyst, Frost and Sullivan, Africa George Etheredge  ICT Research Analyst, Frost & Sullivan, Africa
ICT Research Analyst, Frost & Sullivan, Africa

Experience: Five years working as an economic researcher at the University of Cape Town. Areas of focus included competition economics in industries requiring large, up front capital investment, international trade and consumer attitudes toward risk and time.

Henry Farahar  Head of cloud sales – Asia, Middle East & Africa, CSC
Head of cloud sales – Asia, Middle East & Africa, CSC

With a passion for driving growth and competitiveness in the enterprise space via the utilisation of next-generation technologies, Henry Farahar has been enabling global multinationals to transform their IT infrastructure consumption by progressing through the journey to cloud and ITaaS in Asia Pacific since 2010.

Chris Hart,director, Leapfrog Global and joint CEO, Leapfrog Impact Capital Chris Hart  director, Leapfrog Global and joint CEO, Leapfrog Impact Capital
director, Leapfrog Global and joint CEO, Leapfrog Impact Capital

A commentator on market and economic issues, Chris Hart is renowned for sharing his views on South African and international economic events and trends.

Kevin Krige, Advice specialist, BT Global Services SSA Kevin Krige  Advice specialist, BT Global Services SSA
Advice specialist, BT Global Services SSA

Kevin Krige is a BT advice specialist for the Compute portfolio in sub-Sahara Africa. His responsibilities include working with customers to develop strategic roadmaps and solutions across the broad set of BT Compute capabilities; from data centre outsourcing and managed hosting to public and private cloud offerings and hybrid architectures.

Fabrice Lieuvin, Senior director solution architecture , Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Fabrice Lieuvin  Senior director solution architecture , Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
Senior director solution architecture , Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

With more than 25 years of experience in designing and deploying networks for mid and large enterprises, Fabrice brings an expert view on the evolution of the always more Software Defined DC and Campus networks.

Jacques Loubser, group executive Jacques Loubser  group executive: Converged Infrastructure Solutions
group executive: Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Jacques Loubser is the group executive: Converged Infrastructure Solutions for Business Connexion. He is responsible for the overall strategic and operational responsibility for the development, integration and performance of the services and technology solutions for the group.

Gareth Mellon, Programme Manager, ICT Africa, Frost and Sullivan Gareth Mellon  Programme Manager, ICT Africa, Frost & Sullivan
Programme Manager, ICT Africa, Frost & Sullivan

Gareth Mellon is well-known for his market expertise and guidance in ICT markets across Africa, having delivered speaking engagements on topics including the evolution of telecommunications, customer experience and data centre developments in Africa.

Gary de Menezes Gary de Menezes  Country manager, NetApp South Africa
Country manager, NetApp South Africa

Gary de Menezes joined NetApp in September 2015 as leader for the southern Africa region

Maiendra Moodley, Head of Department for Financial Systems and Processes, SITA Maiendra Moodley  Head of Department for Financial Systems and Processes, SITA
Head of Department for Financial Systems and Processes, SITA

Maiendra Moodley graduated from the University of Natal, with a bachelor of commerce degree with majors in business information systems and information systems technology.

Val Moodley  Senior manager enterprise cloud, MTN Business
Senior manager enterprise cloud, MTN Business

Val Moodley has been in the IT industry for 26 years. She has a diploma in data processing, a bachelor of commerce degree and an MBA from Henley Business School

Gerhard Nel, Product manager, Standard Bank Gerhard Nel  Product manager, Standard Bank
Product manager, Standard Bank

Gerhard Nel has worked in the IT Industry for over 13 years, mostly in the financial industry, and has been involved in several prominent software deployments in South Africa.

Paul Phillips, Regional VP, UK, Ireland and SA, Nutanix Paul Phillips  Regional VP, UK, Ireland and SA, Nutanix
Regional VP, UK, Ireland and SA, Nutanix

Paul Phillips is VP, UK, Ireland and SA, at Nutanix, a global leader in enterprise cloud computing. Phillips works with his regional teams to garner a better understanding of a customer's direct business needs, in order to assist them with building invisible infrastructures that provide them with the tools to meet today's computing demands, as well as the agility to future-proof their business for tomorrow.

Mikhail Poonsamy, Head: sales and solution operations, AIAC Air Conditioning Mikhail Poonsamy  Head: sales and solution operations, AIAC Air Conditioning
Head: sales and solution operations, AIAC Air Conditioning

Mikhail Poonsamy heads up the sales and solution operations at AIAC Air Conditioning, the sole South African manufacturer of precision air conditioning.

Jason Rylands, Head of data centre – International Projects, Rittal Jason Rylands  Head of data centre – International Projects, Rittal
Head of data centre – International Projects, Rittal

With over 20 years in the data centre, critical facilities and IT industries, Jason Rylands joined Rittal as the head of data centre – International Projects, in February 2016.

Toni Serra, Chief information officer, AECI Toni Serra  Chief information officer, AECI
Chief information officer, AECI

Toni Serra is the CIO for AECI, based in Johannesburg. AECI is a South African-based explosives and specialty chemicals company focused on providing products and services to a broad spectrum of customers in the mining, manufacturing and agricultural sectors.

Lee Smith,Data centre design and management consultant Lee Smith  Director, Dee Smith & Associates
Director, Dee Smith & Associates

Lee Smith has been in the IT environment since 1989. He has a wide range of experience, ranging from IT operations and software engineering through to IT infrastructure management and data centre design.

 Morne Weyers  VP of delivery, T-Systems South Africa
VP of delivery, T-Systems South Africa

Morne Weyers looks after all IT infrastructure services delivered in South Africa. He joined TSSA in 2005, during which time he was head of the Desktop Services, followed by head of Computing Services, before taking responsibility for overall Infrastructure IT Delivery in 2016.

Michael Young, Applications engineer: thermal management, Emerson Network Power Michael Young  Applications engineer: thermal management, Emerson Network Power
Applications engineer: thermal management, Emerson Network Power

Michael Young holds a B Sc in mechanical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and is also registered as a Professional Engineer (Pr Eng) with the Engineering Council of South Africa.

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