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IT Personality and Visionary CIO 2012
Judging panel – biographies
 
Prof. Helena Barnard
Gordon Institute of Business Science
Professor Helena Barnard completed her PhD at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, in 2006, with a dissertation on how firms from developing countries use investment in the developed world as a strategy to increase their competitiveness.

She completed her MBA at the Graduate School of Management at the University of Pretoria, in 1998, and was awarded the Old Mutual Gold Medal as top MBA student.

Prof Barnard has published academic research in the Journal of International Management, International Journal of Technology Management and Research Policy. She has presented her work at numerous competitive conferences, eg, the Academy of Management, and she has been an invited speaker at Aalborg University's Conference on BRICS in Denmark, and a conference jointly sponsored by the UN, Columbia University and the Brazilian business school Fundação Dom Cabral on "The Rise Of Transnational Corporations From Emerging Markets".

Prof Barnard is the director of Research at GIBS, and has been awarded a National Research Foundation (NRF) rating for a five-year period. These ratings are made by the NRF to faculty who have established or are establishing an outstanding record for academic research.
 
Neville Willemse
Head of Consulting, Gartner Africa
Neville has been in the IT industry in South Africa for the past 43 years. His career started in the Operations environment then progressed through Programming and Analysis, Sales and Management. He was with IBM for 29 years and among others, held the positions of Banking Branch Manager, MD of the Corporate Business Division, Director of the Mainframe Division, Director of the Networking Division and IT Solutions Executive. After leaving IBM, he was MD of Conscripti (Pty) Ltd, the local representatives for Tata Consulting, a major Indian software development and consulting house. He joined META Group in 2002 as Sales Manager and moved across to Gartner in 2005 as Consulting Manager when Gartner acquired META Group. He is currently General Manager, Sales and Consulting.
 
Ranka Jovanovic
Editorial director, ITWeb
Ranka is editorial director and founding member of ITWeb.   For the past eight years, she has led ITWeb’s editorial team to grow ITWeb into SA’s premier IT publisher, with a reader base of over 80 000 IT and business professionals. ITWeb published a daily online IT news update; a monthly business IT magazine, Brainstorm, and a weekly IT news digest magazine, iWeek. Ranka has also been programme director and chair of a number of conferences and executive forums hosted by ITWeb and its content partners. 

Prior to joining ITWeb, Ranka was editor of InformationWeek Southern Africa and deputy editor of ComputerWeek. She immigrated to SA in 1994 from Yugoslavia, where she was involved in education, general publishing and IT publishing for over 10 years.

 
Adrian Schofield
Immediate past president of CSSA

Adrian Schofield is a manager at the Applied Research Unit at Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering. In this position Schofield is responsible for leading research activities focused on the ICT sector in Africa.

Schofield’s past achievements include holding the title of president at the following establishments: Information Industry SA as well as the Information Technology Association of SA. In 2000 he was also elected vice-chairperson for Africa of World Information Technology Services Alliance.

Schofield is also an active member of the Project Steering Committee of the Savant project, the Executive Council of the Computer Society of SA, and the ICT Sector Steering Committee at NEDLAC.

 
Tony Parry
Executive director of the CSSA
Tony Parry was appointed executive director of the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) in 2007.

He has over 20 years' experience in IT, having started his IT career with Cobol and Natural Adabas. Among the degrees he holds is an honours degree in African Languages and Linguistics from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK. He is a member of a number of professional bodies, including the Institute of People Management (SA), the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa and is a professional member of the Computer Society of South Africa.

Immediately prior to joining CSSA, he was CIO of Shared IT Services at Barloworld Limited, having spent  almost 18 years with the Group. He has served in a number of capacities in the Barloworld Group’s various divisions and associated companies, and spent 17 months in Sydney, at Barloworld Coatings’ Australian operations.

He manages to find time to tutor third year Masters students undertaking UNISA SBL’s Online MBA Programme.
 
Sandi Macfie
Director of Revenue for Tsogo Sun Hotels

Prior to filling the newly created position of director of Revenue for Tsogo Sun Hotels, in October 2011, Sandi Macfie had been in the ICT industry for over 30 years, the last 12 of these in the hospitality sector. In 2010, Macfie’s role at Southern Sun Hotels (rebranded Tsogo Sun) was expanded to include strategic planning, while retaining overall responsibility for IT.

Macfie’s experience includes broad-based IT management, strategic planning, business and IT alignment, business change management and programme and project management in business sectors such as hospitality, retail, banking, ICT and investments.

Macfie has participated in business and technology forums in South Africa and abroad, and has presented papers at many industry forums.

Highlights in Macfie’s career include winning the CIO Visionary Award in 2011, and receiving a Rotary Vocational “Service Above Self Award”, also in 2011, for her work with children in Diepsloot.

 
Patrick Monyeki
Director – Rangewave Consulting

Patrick Monyeki is an executive director of Rangewave Consulting, a niche ICT company operating at the intersection of business and technology. Monyeki is a driven, focused executive with a reputation for innovative thinking and the delivery of results, being twice recognised by his colleagues in the IT industry in the last 10 years for visionary work he has done in his role as CIO in two different industries – public service and mining. Monyeki has held senior global executive roles at Tshwane University of Technology, Home Affairs and De Beers Group, interacting with major companies and corporate leaders across the globe. Monyeki was voted the Visionary Chief Information Officer of the Year for 2010/2011 – by the Computer Society of South Africa, Gartner, GIBS as well as ITWeb.

 
Rabelani Dagada
The head of ICT at Sebata Institute of Consulting and Development

Rabelani Dagada (PMCSSA) is the head of ICT at Sebata Institute of Consulting and Development, and lectures information technology and knowledge management at the Wits Business School. Prior to this, he was the manager of ICT and knowledge management at the Royal Bafokeng Administration. He is the author and co-author of books in the fields of e-learning, telecommunications, ERP, and ‘technopreneurship’, and was elected as the president of the Computer Society of South Africa in July 2012.

 
Godfrey Ntoele
Managing executive: Government Business Services

Godfrey Ntoele is the managing executive of Government Business Services of Telkom SA.

Ntoele joined Telkom in 1997 and served in various management positions in the Sales and Marketing division. He holds a BA (Law) from the University of Fort Hare, and completed the Programme for Management Development at Rhodes University and Harvard.

He is a member of the Marketing Management & Professional Sales Association, Harvard Business School Club of South Africa, as well as the Institute of Directors South Africa.


 

Gallery

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PREVIOUS WINNERS

IT Personality


Asher Bohbot
(2011)

Mark Levy
(2010)

Ivan Epstein

(2009)

Mardia van der Walt-Korsten
(2008)

Visionary CIO


Sandi Macfie
(2011)


Patrick Monyeki
(2010)


Carl Louw
(2009)

Rabelani Dagada
(2008)

THE PANEL OF JUDGES

Professor Helena Barnard
Gordon Institute of Business Science
Neville Willemse
Head of Consulting, Gartner Africa
Ranka Jovanovic
Editorial director, ITWeb
Adrian Schofield
Immediate past president of CSSA
Tony Parry
Executive director of the CSSA
Sandi Macfie
Director of Revenue for Tsogo Sun Hotels
Patrick Monyeki
Director – Rangewave Consulting
Rabelani Dagada
The head of ICT at Sebata Institute of Consulting and Development
Godfrey Ntoele
Managing executive: Government Business Services

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