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SPEAKERS

Rakesh Beekum, chief information officer, SAICA

Nerushka Deosaran,
associate, Norton Rose South Africa

John Giles, partner, Michalsons Attorneys

Gary Hardy, leader - IT governance centre of excellence: Risk Advisory, Deloitte & Touché
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Paul Jacobson, director, WebTechLaw

Mike Jarvis, chief executive officer, OverSight Solutions

Steve Jump, head: corporate information security governance, Telkom SA Ltd.

Vincent Mello, manager: system administration & risk management – IT infrastructure & operations, Rand Water
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Mark Ogden, senior manager in the IT risk and assurance practice, Ernst & Young's Advisory Services

Jonathan Le Roux, audit, forensic and risk specialist, CQS Technology Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Gennaro Scalo, EMEA GRC Lead for RSA, The Security Division of EMC

Tichaona Zororo, director, EGIT
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Rakesh Beekum, chief information officer, SAICA
Rakesh Beekum, CIO of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, has formulated, implemented and governed IT strategies since 2007. He has transformed SAICA from an inward-focusing IT operation to a member-centric information management organisation, by implementing an information and member-centric IT strategy. Some of Beekum’s achievements in IT innovation include: the development of an IT governance toolkit (GovernIT), which enables chartered accountants to assess their own organisation’s or their clients’ IT governance maturity; the implementation of a member relationship management system; mobile applications for BlackBerry, Apple and Android; member thought leadership events; and revenue generating products such as TaxSuite and CareerSuite. He has implemented more than 30 applications at SAICA over the last five years, and delivered the IT projects within time, cost, quality and scope. Beekum has focused his social responsibility activities within the profession, helping the development of young professionals.

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Nerushka Deosaran, associate, Norton Rose South Africa
Nerushka Deosaran is an associate in the technology team at Norton Rose’s Johannesburg office. Deosaran joined the firm in 2010, and specialises in IT, e-commerce and privacy. Deosaran has experience in drafting various IT-related contracts, such as outsourcing agreements, services agreements and licence agreements. She has worked on contracts dealing with the handling of cash and the cash services industry. She has also been involved in various data privacy matters. She advises clients such as Nedbank, City of Johannesburg and Blue Label Telecoms. She obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Pretoria.

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John Giles, partner, Michalsons Attorneys
John Giles is a partner at Michalsons Attorneys. He is an information, communications and technology (ICT) lawyer. He has 10 years of experience applying his knowledge to organisations to help them grow and avoid legal problems, difficulties, and disputes. He is a member of the King III IT Governance Sub-Committee.  He is currently helping many organisations comply and consider IT laws, rules, codes and standards and address IT legal risks.  John finds the best board meetings to be in a suit in the surf.

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Gary Hardy, Leader - IT governance centre of excellence: risk advisory, Deloitte & Touché
Gary Hardy has 30 years’ experience in the IT industry and is recognised globally as a thought leader and expert in business and IT performance improvement. Hardy is a longstanding and past member of ISACA. He is one of the originators of the COBIT initiative in 1992, and a key member of ISACA’s COBIT development team for the past 19 years. He is a lead developer of COBIT5 and advisor to ISACA, and author of many of the ISACA products. For the past 30 years, Hardy has helped many private and public sector enterprises around the world implement improved IT governance and business performance. Together, they champion IT governance nationally, along with a team of highly skilled IT governance professionals across SA.

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Paul Jacobson, director, WebTechLaw
Paul Jacobson is web.tech.law's director and a Web and digital media lawyer who specialises in digital and social media related law. He started out his career as a commercial litigation attorney with Werksmans, and left to start his own practice, Jacobson Attorneys, in August 2005. On 1 August 2007, he launched a new media law and policy focus area in Jacobson Attorneys, and developed this focus area into a Web and digital media law speciality, with web.tech.law's launch in early 2012. This new emphasis draws on his experience with social media to provide an innovative service to clients involved in the social media space.

He has worked as general counsel for the non-profit organisation iCommons, and served as a member of a sub-committee of the SA Standards sub-committee dealing with ‘Information Technology: Document Description and Processing Languages’, which recently considered and rejected the proposed Office Open XML standard in South Africa. He is presently also a part-time WASPA adjudicator and considers complaints filed against mobile operators registered as WASPA members.

Jacobson focuses on the intersect between the social Web and the law. He is particularly interested in open content licences, protection of personal information, reputation issues and freedom of expression on the Web. He has maintained blogs since December 2004, and takes an active interest in the South African online digital community. He is also a social media fanatic and makes use of a variety of online services to interact with clients, colleagues and members of the broader online community, including Twitter.
Jacobson has been frequently quoted in the media on a range of topics. Links to a number of articles are on this page.

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Mike Jarvis, chief executive officer, OverSight Solutions
Mike Jarvis was born and educated in the UK. He is an economist and accountant by training and has specialised in IT and management services all his working life. He has been involved in a variety of industries, including heavy engineering, retailing, computer manufacturing, finance and government, and has lived in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and South Africa. He was formerly director of IT at The Littlewoods Organisation in the UK, and senior GM Strategy and IT at First National Bank in SA. He established his own company, Mike Jarvis & Associates, in the UK in 2000, giving advice to boards of directors and CIOs on how to maximise the business value that IT should be delivering. He is now CEO of OverSight Solutions, focusing on IT value and governance. Jarvis was the first IT executive of the year in SA in 1993, and was awarded a permanent exhibition for Innovative Technology in the Smithsonian Institute, in the USA, in 1996. He has been an honorary lecturer at UCT and Wits Business School, and has presented many IT topics and written many articles on IT worldwide.

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Steve Jump, head: corporate information security governance, Telkom SA Ltd.
B.Sc (Hons), C.Eng, CISM, MIET, MSAIEE

Steve Jump has an unashamedly technical background, being both an engineering graduate and a chartered engineer. He uses it to translate complex technology into serious business. He is presently head of Corporate Information Security Governance at Telkom South Africa, where he expresses support, sympathy, incredulity, and fortunately, frequent flashes of inspiration at the state of information security governance in business today.

Jump started his career a long time ago in electronic systems engineering, and his practical experience in the design and testing of objects that were supposed to only go bang at the right time and place helped him develop not only a healthy disrespect for poor process and badly written software, but an eye for systemic problems that could not only lead to error and failure, but actually enable fraud.

He has established manufacturing centres and Internet communication providers around Africa, and has broad practical experience in technology, security and systems strategy. From his first encounters with Internet security, when he found out that in fact he didn’t have any, he has spent a long time making sure others have the benefit of that knowledge.

Having worked in an industry that is governed and lives according to Moore’s law for his entire working career, with in-depth experiential knowledge of electronic and IT systems development and the potential of contemporary software ecosystems, Jump is well able to both identify and predict the changes and risks in information management that consumerisation brings not just to the economics of the enterprise, but to society as a whole.

More recently, Jump has developed comprehensive information security and IT strategies, including enterprise architecture alignment of IT towards business needs, and the creation of a business-centric information security framework. Jump is presently transitioning a conventional IT security group function into a security governance function, almost recognisable as a part of enterprise risk management. He is conversant in the translation of new technologies, new regulatory requirements and new business models into the means to improve governance, reduce costs, and reduce information security risk to business.

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Vincent Mello, manager: system administration & risk management – IT infrastructure & operations, Rand Water
Vincent Malesela Mello is manager: System Administration and Risk Management at Rand Water, with responsibility for SAP Basis, Oracle DBs, SQL DBs, SAP authorisation, IT security officer, IT risk register, IT audit action management, quality management system and co-ordination of audits, project management, disaster recovery management and ICT policy management. He is chair of the IT Change Management Board. He is involved in the ICT governance implementation and is a GRC Committee member.

He previously held the following IT positions: Oracle DBA (three years), network manager (two years), project manager (SAP implementation-modules, one year and seven months) and IT service delivery manager (two years).

He is also a chairperson of the Head Office Training Forum, member of the Business Continuity Management Emergency Committee, IT Steering Committee, Governance Risk Committee, and served as the SHE management representative, IT Graduate Academy co-ordinator, and served in the TUT Academy Advisory Committee. He is a BTech BI course moderator.

Mello is a graduate in Master of IT (MIT at UP), BSc in Computer Science (Wits), Advance Management Programme (accredited by Henley College), OCDBA, PMP, CISM and CEA. He is currently studying for a PhD IT at UP. He has over 13 years of IT experience and more than 10 years of management experience. He is a mentor and a coach to young people in both academia and the technological IT field. He is also a district Zonal Youth Leader, an ad hoc motivational speaker and programme director. He is an IT conference speaker on topics such as IT security, IT risk management and cloud computing.

Mello is a passionate athlete, and recently achieved a silver medal time on a 21km race.

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Mark Ogden, senior manager in the IT risk and assurance practice, Ernst & Young's Advisory Services
Mark Ogden is a senior manager in the IT Risk and Assurance practice at Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services in South Africa. He holds an M Comm (Information Systems); CISA; CGEIT, MCBI; Dip Project Management; and MAP. Ogden was elected to the Board of the SADC Chapter of the Business Continuity Institute.

Ogden has had 27 years of experience in the IT and consulting industry, with 17 of those years with the top four professional services firms. He has worked across many industry groups and currently heads the Ernst & Young business availability competency. Ogden has also been involved in governance reviews at a number of clients.

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Jonathan Le Roux, audit, forensic and risk specialist, CQS Technology Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Jonathan Le Roux, a certified fraud examiner, has over 19 years’ risk management experience spread across internal auditing and fraud risk management to operational risk management. Le Roux spent over seven years of these at Old Mutual in the roles of internal auditor and fraud prevention consultant, and over three years at DirectAxis as head: Operational Risk and Audit. The balance of time was spent in the professional services firms of Ernst & Young Global Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services, Exactech Fraud Prevention Solutions and Crole Le Roux, before joining CQS as audit, forensic and risk specialist in 2012.

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Gennaro Scalo, EMEA GRC Lead for RSA, The Security Division of EMC
Gennaro Scalo, EMEA GRC lead, RSA, has a career that spans the broader areas of governance risk and compliance (GRC), and information security. He has helped organisations build integrated functions to address the many challenges associated with GRC, including risk management, regulatory compliance, business continuity, disaster recovery, e-discovery, cyber investigations, computer forensics, incident response, IT audit, records management, and privacy. As an employee of RSA, The Security Division of EMC, he is currently responsible for growing the GRC business within Europe, the Middle East, and Africa by helping organisations define strategic, efficient, sustainable, and integrated GRC programmes.

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Tichaona Zororo, director, EGIT
Tichaona Zororo is a certified internal audit (CIA), certified information systems auditor (CISA), certified information security manager (CISM), certified in risk & information systems control (CRISC) and certified in the governance of enterprise IT (CGEIT). He holds BSc honours in information systems, a post-graduate diploma in computer auditing and a number of certificates in business and IT. He is currently studying for a Masters in Business Leadership (MBL).

Zororo is a member of the board at ISACA South Africa and full member of The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Institute of International Auditors (IIA).

He is a published author of several articles in ICT governance, cloud computing audit and risk.

Zororo sits on the ISACA International CGEIT Test Enhancement Subcommittee charged with identifying and supporting activities required to create and qualify new items for the CGEIT Certification Committee.

He is currently portfolio assurance manager (PAM) with the Results Management Office (RMO) Standard Bank Group responsible for Africa. He has vast national and international experience in ICT auditing (advisory and assurance), IT governance and IT risk management, in the investment banking, insurance, telecommunications, and service provision and manufacturing industries, which cut across countries such as USA, Belgium, UK. India, Africa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, Mozambique, to mention a few).

Zororo has worked on the development of a number of IT governance initiatives for ISACA, including COBIT 5 framework, Process Reference, & Implementation Guide and cloud computing as a subject matter expert. He is an accredited COBIT 5 trainer. Zororo is currently involved in a number of ISACA initiatives such as material and frameworks development. His involvement with ISACA has seen him travel to areas such Chicago, Illinois and Antwerp Management School in Antwerp, Belgium.

‘Enterprise Governance of IT is not about just keeping the lights on (Fire Fighting). IT is not about the CIO presenting around the mahogany table once in every year. It is not about the Board learning new IT enabled business models through the press. It is about the Board proactively engaging in IT enabled business models to drive, sustain and extend enterprise strategy’ Tichaona Zororo, CIA, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT

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IN THE NEWS
GRC a matter of optimisation, alignmentJonathan Le Roux
18 Feb 2013 – Governance, risk and compliance is seen as a big project, but most organisations already have processes in place without realising it, says RSA.
The missing link in IT governanceJonathan Le Roux
14 Feb 2013 – Governance interventions tend to focus on the technology, and not on the people who will implement the technology, says CQS.
Prioritising IT complianceJohn Giles
1 Feb 2013 – Adopting a risk-based approach to IT compliance can help enterprises tackle the issue more easily, says Michalsons Attorneys.
IT governance 'not GRC'Mike Jarvis
24 Jan 2013 – To ensure effective IT governance, IT has to be considered as part of the greater enterprise-wide governance picture, says Oversight Solutions.
COBIT vision nears realisationGary Hardy
22 Jan 2013 – Enterprises are seeing the business benefits of IT governance, rather than viewing it as a ‘grudge initiative’ driven by IT, says Deloitte.
Social Media: A future GRC toolRakesh Beekum
4 Dec 2012 – Social media is not just for the marketing department; it could play an important role in risk management, says WebTechLaw.
IT-business connect improves IT governanceRakesh Beekum
20 Nov 2012 – Organisations require effective communication between business and IT, says an IT governance specialist.
SA lacks in IT governanceMike Jarvis
11 Oct 2012 – South African companies lag when it comes to IT governance and see the practice as a cost imposition, which is the wrong approach.


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