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JUDGING PANEL

 


Barry Dwolatzky
Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), co-winner of IT Personality 2013 Award
Mteto Nyati
GM for MEA Emerging Regions, Microsoft; co-winner of IT Personality 2013 Award
Sal Laher
CIO and Divisional Executive, Eskom SOC Limited, winner of Visionary CIO 2013 Award
Professor Helena Barnard
Gordon Institute of Business Science
Neville Willemse
Head of Consulting, Gartner Africa
Ranka Jovanovic
Editorial director, ITWeb
Adrian Schofield
Vice president of IITPSA
Tony Parry
Executive Director & CEO, IITPSA
Rabelani Dagada
The head of ICT at Sebata Institute of Consulting and Development
Wellington Matope
President of IITPSA, Portfolio head: GTSS Foundational Infrastructure CBT Business Releases, Standard Bank
 

Barry Dwolatzky
Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), co-winner of IT Personality 2013 Award
Barry Dwolatzky Barry Dwolatzky is professor of Software Engineering at Wits University and director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits.

Professor Dwolatzky played a key role in the founding of the JCSE in 2005, and was its director in May 2007. Prior to that, he was academic director at the JCSE and a professor in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at Wits.

His driving passion is to promote the growth and development of the South African software industry. He set up the Information Engineering option in Electrical Engineering at Wits and developed a course-based Masters programme in Software Engineering.

Most recently, Professor Dwolatzky was the mastermind of a new software outreach programme and software hub being developed in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, with the aim to nurture the production and consumption of local ICT products and services.

As South African MD since 2008, Nyati had driven Microsoft South Africa's transformation to a company that enables a new wave of experiences for people and businesses by using a combination of devices and cloud-based services.

Mteto Nyati
GM for MEA Emerging Regions, Microsoft; co-winner of IT Personality 2013 Award
Mteto Nyati Nyati was named as one of the Yale University's World Fellows on Global Leadership in 2004, which sparked a keen interest in the discipline of leadership, both in society and at a corporate level. He is involved in several leadership initiatives in SA and has written extensively on the subject. Part of Nyati's job has been to drive Microsoft's innovation and leadership across the company's core businesses in key markets. He has also been integral to the development and implementation of Microsoft's 4Afrika initiative, Microsoft's second-biggest investment into a region. This multi-year initiative aims to actively engage in Africa's economic development to improve its global competitiveness.

He won the coveted Black Management Forum's Manager of The Year award in 2012, and the Oliver Empowerment's Male Business Personality in 2013.

He believes strongly in employee engagement and empowerment. This approach has seen Microsoft South Africa win a string of awards, including Deloitte's Best Company to Work for Survey in 2010 and 2012. The CRF Institute has recognised Microsoft South Africa as its Best Employer in 2011, and Best Employer in the ICT Category and Medium Category for 2012/2013. At the Oliver Empowerment Awards 2012, Microsoft SA was also recognised as the Top Empowered Multinational Company in SA.

Sal Laher
CIO and Divisional Executive, Eskom SOC Limited, winner of Visionary CIO 2013 Award
Sal Laher Sal Laher was appointed CIO and Divisional Executive of Eskom SOC Limited in April 2012. An executive and senior IT professional with over 30 years' technical, management, he has held various roles within the infrastructure management, software delivery, project integration, consultancy, and senior management arenas across many industries: central government, aerospace, retail, financial services, utilities.

Within the UK, he held national and international roles and responsibilities and has worked for major IT software integration and services companies in the UK, including, ICL (now Fujitsu), CSC, EDS, major BPO provider Capita Group, and BPO company Vertex. In South Africa, Sal has worked for Checkers, ICL, Absa (Barclays), and Eskom.

Sal Laher managed to turn Eskom IT around into the number one performing business unit within Eskom. He has eradicated audit risks while managing to implement an IT strategy that aims to delivery efficiency and sustainability.

One of his major objectives at Eskom includes the transformation, development, and building of IT skills, particularly in ERP, BI/MI COE, testing, collaboration, and service desk.

Professor Helena Barnard
Gordon Institute of Business Science
Helena BarnardHelena Barnard teaches in the areas of innovation, strategy and international business. She completed her PhD at Rutgers University, in New Jersey, in the 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 has published academic research in Advances in Qualitative Research, the Journal of Management and Governance, and the International Journal of Technology Management.

She has presented her work at numerous competitive conferences, eg, the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, European Academy of International Business and Globelics (Global network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence-building Systems).


Neville Willemse
Head of Consulting, Gartner Africa
Neville WillemseNeville Willemse has been in the IT industry in South Africa for the past 38 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, 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.

Ranka Jovanovic
Editorial director, ITWeb
Ranka JovanovicRanka Jovanovic is editorial director and founding member of ITWeb. For the past 17 years, she has led ITWeb’s online and print editorial teams and helped grow ITWeb into SA’s premier IT publisher, with a reader base of over 130 000 IT and business professionals. ITWeb publishes 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. She serves on the ITWeb Events advisory board.

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 worked as a teacher and lecturer, and was involved in publishing for over 10 years – during the last two years, she was deputy editor of the country’s most popular computer magazine, ‘Racunari’.


Adrian Schofield
Vice president of IITPSA
Adrian SchofieldAdrian 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 organisations: Information Industry SA, Computer Society South Africa (now IITPSA) as well as the Information Technology Association of SA. He was also elected vice-chairperson for Africa of World Information Technology Services Alliance. He currently serves in the same capacity for the Africa ICT Alliance and the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3).

Schofield is a Fellow and Professional grade member of IITPSA.

Tony Parry
Executive Director & CEO, IITPSA
Tony ParryTony Parry was appointed executive director of IITPSA (then the Computer Society of South Africa - CSSA) in June 2007.

He has over 25 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 IITPSA.

Immediately prior to joining IITPSA, he was CIO of Shared IT Services at Barloworld, 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, as Head of IT at Barloworld Coatings' Australian operations.

He manages to find time to lecture in Information & Technology Management to Postgraduate Diploma in Management students at the Wits Business School.


Rabelani Dagada
Immediate past president of IITPSA
Rabelani DagadaRabelani Dagada (PMIITPSA) is a Development Economist based at the Wits Business School wherein he also lectures Information Technology and Knowledge Management. Rabelani serves as a consultant both in private and public sectors. 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, and ERP and 'technopreneurship',

Wellington Matope
President of IITPSA, Portfolio head: GTSS Foundational Infrastructure CBT Business Releases, Standard Bank
Wellington Matope Wellington Matope was elected as the President of the Institute of IT Professionals SA in July 2014, following a stint as VP of the Institute under Rabelani Dagada.
As Portfolio head: GTSS Foundational Infrastructure CBT Business Releases at Standard Bank, Wellington is accountable for SAP Core Banking Transformation business releases.

Practical and hands-on, Wellington has successfully handled various roles in Southern Africa in the retail, insurance and risk management, ICT consulting and banking sectors.


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Click here to view the IITPSA President's Awards 2013 gallery.
IT Personality

Barry Dwolatzky & Mteto Nyati
(2013)

Rob Stokes
2012)

Asher Bohbot
(2011)

Mark Levy
(2010)

Ivan Epstein
(2009)
Visionary CIO

Sal Laher
(2013)

Sello Mmakau
(2012)

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
Vice president of IITPSA
Tony Parry
Executive Director & CEO, IITPSA
Rabelani Dagada
Immediate past president of IITPSA
Wellington Matope
President of IITPSA
Barry Dwolatzky
Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE)
Mteto Nyati
GM for MEA Emerging Regions, Microsoft; co-winner of IT Personality 2013 Award
Sal Laher
CIO and Divisional Executive, Eskom SOC Limited