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  Professor Helena Barnard
Gordon Institute of Business Science
  Rabelani Dagada
IITPSA President
  Ranka Jovanovic
Editorial director, ITWeb
  Sello Mmakau
CIO/Deputy Director General: IT
  Adrian Schofield
Immediate past president of 
IITPSA
  Wellington Matope
IITPSA Vice-President
  Tony Parry
Executive Director & CEO, IITPSA
  Rob Stokes
Founder and CEO of Quirk
  Neville Willemse
Head of Consulting, Gartner Africa

Professor Helena Barnard
Gordon Institute of Business Science
Helena 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).


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.

Ranka Jovanovic
Editorial director, ITWeb
Ranka 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 year – during the last two years, she was deputy editor of the country’s most popular computer magazine, ‘Racunari’.


Sello Mmakau
CIO/Deputy Director General: IT
Sello Mmakau is a member of the Departmental Executive Committee, Executive Management Committee and core turnaround team at the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA). A holder of a Master’s degree in Business Leadership, Mmakau spent part of his career as a senior manager in IT at Sasol, implementing projects for the company’s 35 000 employees. This experience prepared him to take on the biggest challenge of his career: reinventing the IT infrastructure at the then-dysfunctional Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).

Mmakau has contributed to some of government’s recent success stories, including the Automated Fingerprint Verification System (AFIS) project with SA banks, through South African Banks Risks Information Center (SABRIC), and, most recently, the complex Smart ID card pilot project launched by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Faced with a raft of legacy and bureaucratic hurdles, Mmakau set about to change one of the most fundamental aspects of the DOHA. Apart from obsolete infrastructure, unscalable legacy systems and a culture that made new implementations tricky at best, he also had to restructure the entire IT department. Due to most senior positions being occupied by consultants and contractors, where he could, Mmakau reinvigorated key positions with new recruitments. Key to his vision was employing people with the right attitude, passion and willingness to work long hours.


Adrian Schofield
Immediate past president of IITPSA
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.

Wellington Matope
IITPSA Vice-President
An experienced, qualified, versatile and passionate ICT expert and Prince2 ® Registered Practitioner currently focusing on Large Projects, Programs and Portfolios, IT Consulting and Management in general (as MD).

Is in the 17th year (2012) of service to various industries.

Practical and hands-on, has successfully handled various roles in Southern Africa in the Retail Sector, Insurance and Risk Management, ICT Consulting and Banking industry.


Tony Parry
Executive Director & CEO, IITPSA
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 a professional member of the Computer Society of South Africa.

Immediately prior to joining CSSA, 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, at Barloworld Coatings’ Australian operations.

He manages to find time to tutor third year masters students undertaking Unisa SBL’s Online MBA Programme.


Rob Stokes
Founder and CEO of Quirk
Rob Stokes won the IT Personality of the Year 2012 and is the Founder and CEO of Quirk, Africa’s largest full service online marketing agency established in 1999. Rob is driven by his love of technology and constant search for innovative and fresh ideas. He is owner and founder of a number of tech and software businesses, including Quirk, BrandsEye and Idea Bounty. He was recognised in the Mail & Guardian's Top 300 Young South African's in the Technology category in 2009. Later that year, the Bookmark Awards presented him with the award for the Greatest Individual Contribution to Online Media and Marketing.

Rob is also Chairman of the Silicon Cape Initiative, an organisation created to promote tech entrepreneurship in the Western Cape and beyond. Rob co-authored the Quirk textbook - eMarketing : the essential guide to online marketing. This book was intended to improve industry standards by educating marketing students and professionals. Rob believes in investing time in education and skilling up the industry. With boundless energy and enthusiasm, he also manages to deliver various workshops and presentations across the globe as well as lecturing to students at UCT and Red & Yellow School of Advertising.


Neville Willemse
Head of Consulting, Gartner Africa
Neville 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.
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