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Brendan Haskins
CIO, Cloud On Demand
Brendan HaskinsBrendan Haskins is the CIO and co-founder of Cloud on Demand. Cloud on Demand is a channel-only cloud vendor and hybrid cloud enablement business, built on best-of-breed technologies and designed to enable and empower IT resellers to take their businesses into the future with the cloud.

Haskins has had almost 15 years' experience in the IT industry. Many of his years were spent involved in account management and infrastructure sales throughout the African continent. Having a keen interest in the workings of the technology he sold, and in helping his customers derive the most benefit from their investments, his career path slowly edged towards a more technical and consultative role. This led him into managed services and then finally into his current role as CIO of Cloud on Demand. At Cloud on Demand, he leads the team of technical resources that are charged with innovating and building new cloud solutions to assist their partners to develop a solid cloud business on the Cloud on Demand platform.

Danny Naidoo
CIO, Woolworths
Danny Naidooo Danny Naidoo is a seasoned business executive with more than 25 years' experience in the developed as well as emerging markets.
Throughout his professional career, he has worked internationally and has held leadership roles in technology, financial services and retail industries. Currently, Danny is the CIO of Woolworths, one of the southern hemisphere's top food and clothing retailers.
Before this, he was the innovation director at Old Mutual Group. He has also founded and run businesses and has experience in mergers and acquisitions and disposals.

Danny has a keen interest in sustainable development of talent and the associated socio-economic impact and has worked closely with NGOs and governments in Africa to further these objectives with consideration for the full ecosystem that is needed. In his current role with Woolworths, enterprise development, skills development and employment opportunities for new graduates are key focus areas.

Danny has a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Natal and has completed many leadership and management development programmes. With strong visionary and leadership capabilities that are rooted in his vast experience he is often invited by the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town to present on topics such as talent development; business strategy in Africa; innovation; innovation in emerging markets; reverse innovation and information technology management.

Darryl Thwaits
Group CIO, Tiger Brands
Darryl ThwaitsIn his role as group CIO for Tiger Brands, Darryl Thwaits is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the strategic IT plans for Tiger Brands and for providing effective IT services to the group's multiple divisions. This includes supporting approximately 4 000 users located at more than 120 sites across South Africa and parts of Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

Thwaits has been with Tiger Brands since 1994 in a number of executive roles. He has held his current role as Group CIO since 2005. Prior to joining Tiger Brands, Thwaits was MD of the St Thomas Group, and the financial director for Tongaat Foods. Tiger Brands' IT is heavily outsourced and the 42-strong permanent team consists primarily of management and application specialists, supported by around 150 full-time outsourced equivalents. Thwaits manages a diverse team of technical and application staff. He has a chief technical officer, chief applications officer, chief governance officer and a financial manager reporting to him, and they and he are responsible for internal SLAs, project implementation and management of third-party contracts. At any point in time, this means working with 16 different outsourcing companies.

Thwaits sees massive growth in mobile technology, with smartphone integration with major applications enabling a lot more 'business on the move', increasing productivity, reducing costs and providing competitive edge. The company has also demonstrated its confidence in the application of virtualisation, having already virtualised applications and its ERP systems-sharing hardware, providing an enterprise cloud. Thwaits sees ubiquitous computing and connecting to any device as another major wave in IT. Devices and social media are changing the world, and Thwaits believes entities need to be agile and able to adapt to this fast-changing landscape.

Jacques Barkhuizen
CIO, Deloitte
Jacques BarkhuizenJacques Barkhuizen is the South African CIO and director at Deloitte – one of the world's largest professional services organisations, with approximately 200 000 people in more than 150 countries around the world. As CIO, he has the responsibility for all facets of technology, including strategy, applications, infrastructure, support and execution.

With more than 20 years' experience, he served in a variety of technical and leadership roles, including global CTO for Investec Bank, CTO for Woolworths South Africa, and he played across a broad spectrum of complex landscapes, including retail, banking, capital markets, professional services and digital, to name a few.

As CIO, he provides the requisite leadership to transform the management of IT capabilities and services to support and enable Deloitte's mission. He ensures the South African and African Deloitte IT strategy is in alignment with the global vision, mission, and strategic goals. Barkhuizen also contributes to the Deloitte global IT strategy, and represents SA and Africa on a number of Global Forums. He has recently been appointed to the Deloitte Digital board as a non-executive director.

He regularly attends the Stanford Business School and participates in the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) Round Table, where he has been coined as one of SA's disruptive IT leaders.

Libisi Maphanga
CIO, Independent Electoral Commission
Libisi MaphangaLibisi Maphanga is the CIO of the Electoral Commission (IEC), having joined the IEC in 2000. He is responsible for technology strategy and strategic solutions management as well as technology standards, governance and execution.

South African born and trained, Maphanga's career spans all areas of ICT in the private and public sectors. He has worked for major companies such as SABMiller, IBM SA, South African Tourism, Van Zyl & Pritchards. He enjoys the confidence and trust of his peers, he is a member of several professional institutions, and has served in a number of elected leadership positions. He continues to be a key member of the GITOC (Government Information Technology Officers Council), serving on the Executive Management Committee.

Maphanga is described as "passionate about business, technology, people, democracy and innovation". His strategic objective at the IEC is the creation of business value propositions across the Electoral Commission's operations.

He is a key member of the Commission's Electoral Assistance Programme, advising electoral management bodies around the world on election management best practices and the South African experience; he likewise participated in the United Nations electoral assistance and management programmes. Through his direct strategic role and contributions, the IEC has won innovation awards at all levels – national, continental (Africa) and at the United Nations. He has presented at both local and international conferences.

Maphanga participates in skills development initiatives, implementing internships and learnership programmes.

Michael Greer
Group CIO, Chubb
Michael GreerMichael Greer has been in the ICT industry since 1979, starting his career as a business analyst for Metro Cash and Carry Group. He accumulated expertise in system design and system implementation, and held IT manager roles since 1995. Prior to Chubb, he headed up CIT for ADT Security, managing financial system design and implementation, multiple redundant infrastructure design and WAN server environments.

His role has evolved to encompass setting local IT policies, IT business strategy and planning, service management, business process optimisation, change management, and the identification and development of IT opportunities. He is also responsible for identifying and communicating innovation to the business in order to retain and develop competitive advantage, and is currently focusing on system integration with a new Sage X3 ERP system. He is developing an in-house written sales application to integrate it with an 'enter data once' philosophy.

Robert Boccia
CIO Lion of Africa
Robert BocciaResponsible for the alignment of IT and business throughout Lion of Africa, Robert Boccia has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, specialising in areas of business and IT alignment, including solution delivery, service management, business analysis and strategic planning, and delivering innovation through the use of technology. Boccia comes from a finance background and has previously held positions at Nampak, as divisional IT director and finance manager. More recently, he was chief technology and information officer at LAW Holdings, and at Microsoft he was CIO of Africa and lead for Technology Strategy. His qualifications include, among others, a certificate in CIO Practice and IT Leadership from Wits Business School, and a diploma in Company Administration, as well as CIMA stage one and two. He is also a founder member of the SA CIO Council.

Boccia is a can-do person with a track record of achievement, including winning the Microsoft Global Best Practice Award in 2003, as well as Innovator of the Year, and Best Department at Lion of Africa in 2013.

Sandra Hutchison
CIO Aon Sub-Sahara Africa
Sandra HutchisonAs CIO of Aon South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa, the largest insurance brokerage and risk advisors on the continent, Sandra has always maintained a strong focus on communication and building people and talent as the foundation upon which businesses thrive and grow.

Her varied career started off in an HR role in the healthcare industry where she spent 18 years honing her skills in project management, specifically around mergers and acquisitions of medical schemes. A strong operational and IT focus has always been part of her role.

Sandra joined Aon South Africa in 2008 to assist with the project management of its various mergers and acquisitions. Her role evolved over time to include running HR for SA and SSA as well as general management with full accountability for all HR functions across the region, managing the marketing function, ad-hoc project and programme management, strategic and succession planning, senior level recruitment and expatriate contracts.

In 2012 she spent eight months in the Aon Sydney office managing a major organisational restructure. On returning to SA, she took over the role of CIO for Aon SA and SSA with the task of continuing the systems consolidation process of Aon's acquisition of Glenrand M-I-B. This involved reducing and consolidating the number of systems and leveraging the EMEA estate of applications. Sandra's primary role is to engage with business partners to ensure the business delivers profitable and differentiated solutions enabled by a team of outstanding technical experts, ensuring best practice in service delivery and infrastructure and line of business systems.

Tim Brown
CIO, Stanlib
Tim BrownA chief information officer at Stanlib, Tim Brown is involved with defining, designing and executing the ICT strategic direction for the organisation.
Prior to joining Stanlib, he was CIO of Maitland Group.
He holds an MBA and a PhD degree in management of technology and innovation.

In his earlier career, Brown founded two ICT business. He was founder and MD of Aqute Business Intelligence – a company that offered a range of pre-built analytics for the short-term insurance industry, as well as founder and COO of WebSoft, later to become WebSoft Maven. WebSoft provided an extensive range of software, general technology and consulting services for the insurance industry, becoming the leading supplier of bureau services for brokers, insurers and third-party administrators.

He is also board member of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme of South Africa (NSFAS) and chairperson of NSFAS ICT Committee. NSFAS is an entity of the Department of Higher Education and Training mandated to provide a sustainable financial aid system for study loans and bursaries. NSFAS currently disburses over R9b annually.

Tshifhiwa-Ramuthaga
CIO Financial Services Board
Tshifhiwa RamuthagaTshifhiwa Ramuthaga's career in the ICT industry spans 18 years. She is currently the CIO at the Financial Services Board, the regulator of the non-banking South African financial services sector. In this role she has brought in a customer-centric approach in terms of how the FSB delivers its regulatory business through ICT. She developed the organisation's ICT governance framework and strategy, which improved and stabilised the ICT environment in the organisation and allowed for more effective business continuity and partnership.

Under her watch, the FSB's engagement with various stakeholder groups was enhanced with the introduction of portals, eg, Solvency Assessment and Management (SAM) portal and Consumer Education portal, and automated stakeholder access for regulatory submissions. The ICT environment that she is in charge of is a crucial enabler to the FSB's vision to promote and maintain a sound financial investment environment in SA.

Ramuthaga is also currently the FSB's exco representative for the Committee of Insurance, Securities and Non-Banking Financial Authorities (CISNA), which forms part of the Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment Directorate with the Southern African Development Community.

Her career began at Statistics South Africa as a programmer, on graduation from the then Technikon Witwatersrand. She later joined Telkom and worked her way up until she was appointed senior manager, ICT at Telkom, the first black female to hold this position, at the age of 26. Her responsibilities included ICT system availability and SLAs for both Telkom internal systems and Telkom hosted services.

Her qualifications include an MBA degree from the Gordon Institute of Business Science, master's in IT from the University of Pretoria, and a B Tech degree (IT) from the then Technikon SA.


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