I am an experienced executive, passionate about processes and people and designing the best solutions for the context of the affected environment and situation. I am energetic, passionate, a deliverer against targets. I am also a believer of excellence, a leader and a team player. I enjoy building teams and am passionate about good governance. I am energised by the development of people. I thrive on new challenges, building and enhancing, developing strategies and seeing it materialise.
Manager: Cyber Defence
Highly motivated and result-driven technical Cyber Security Manager specializing in Cyber Defence, IAM and Security Architecture. Gained a lot of experience as a consultant servicing clients( different industries) in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America.
With hands on experience in CyberArk and Sailpoint projects, she believes having a skill in both IGA and PAM is important when it comes to helping organizations eliminate any coverage gaps vulnerable to hackers and fully protect themselves from internal and external breaches whilst leveraging security monitoring and triage capabilities.
Group Head of IT Security & Infrastructure
A Technology Executive with over 10 years of experience in delivering enterprise-wide projects within scope, on time, and on budget while cutting costs, spearheading ROI-focused projects, and bridging the gap between business and technology to realize essential integration.
Francis has done all these and much more under a variety of professional hats- working as Head of IT, System Support Engineer, and IT Administrator.
He has led the development, deployment, and integration of IT systems and solutions, owning the full system and project management cycle- from requirements gathering to concept development, implementation, and deployment to propel changes, system, and operational efficiency.
Additionally, he has been instrumental in network security, IT procurement, WIFI implementation and administration, P&L oversight and resource planning, as well as technical end-user support to elevate and enhance user experience.
With strengths in big picture thinking, analysis, and interpersonal communication, his expertise includes:
IT Project Management; Process Improvements; Business-Centric IT Leadership; IT Security & Compliance; Infrastructure Management; Business Continuity; Network Re-engineering!
Bright Gameli Mawudor
Cyber Security Thought Leader
With Bright's growing expertise in information technology, a seasoned Cybersecurity Engineer with strong expertise in Cyber resilience strategy building, risk management adoption, vulnerability management and system penetration testing. Bright has presented at over 140 Cyber Security conferences, lectured at various universities, and contributed to cybersecurity publications. He has capitalised lean analytical and problem-solving skills to maximise network performance through Cyber Security tools, implementing load-balancing techniques, and steering system optimisation.
Coupled with his skillset is a strong entrepreneurial instinct, that he has engaged to pioneer the Cyber Security collective Africahackon. An organisation that aims at the naturing talent in the Cyber Security space.
CIO/Head of ICT
Kenya Tea Packers Limited (KETEPA)
Women In Cyber Security (East Africa)
Principal Security Architect
ISACA South Africa Chapter
Experienced IT Assurance, Risk, Security and Governance Consulting Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and financial services industry. Skilled in IT Audit, Enterprise and IT Risk Management, Internal Audit, IT Strategy and Governance, Business Continuity and Project Management.
Tom Mboya Opiyo
Technolgy Lead, East Africa
20+ years experience in ICT covering programming, IT support, Systems Analysis and Design, Project Management and implementation, recruitment, Coaching and Mentoring, Senior level management and IT procurement.
Specialties: Project Management, Programming, Systems support and analytics
Continuous Improvement Lead - Operational Excellence (Current) - Driving efficiency and effectiveness by eliminating waste using six sigma lean methodologies for improved customer satisfaction, increased revenues and decreased costs.
Executive Director Strategist, Coach, Mentor and Founder
Steve Jump has an unashamedly technical background being both an engineering graduate and a chartered engineer, which he uses to translate complex technology into serious business. He presently consults and coaches in the area of Information Security Governance and Cyber Security Risk, where he expresses support, sympathy, incredulity and fortunately, frequent flashes of inspiration at the state of Cyber risk awareness and management in business today.
With over twenty five years of practical and strategic information and cyber security experience Steve now provides applied cyber security risk governance coaching, mentoring, and guidance at an Exco, Board and ISO level to ensure that non-technical and technical directors alike are able to understand that information security risk is about business success more than technology, and how this understanding adds significantly more value to a business as an enabler than a fear based approach.
Steve provides both coaching and mentorship at all levels, to CISOs, CEOs, and from CIO’s forming a security team to postgraduate specialists joining that team.
He frequently talks around security governance and presents both simple and complex papers and keynotes around cyber security and risk management topics internationally.
Allen De Klerk
Head of Information Security
Allen is an information security management professional and enterprise security architect.
Allen assists organizations of all sizes with their information security management, cybersecurity posture, information security, security governance and regulatory compliance.
Allen is a thought leader in ensuring the success of enterprise security through a combination of business and technical acumen. He is a subject matter expert in information security management as well as information security architecture, strategy development and implementation.
• the knowledge, skills, and abilities to manage security teams;
• exposure to varying industry specific security and ISO initiatives;
• understanding of common cyber security capabilities and tools;
• Information Security Management (ISO27001/2)
• IT Security Risks (GRC)
• Network Security (IPS)
• Identity Access Governance & Management (IAG & IAM)
• Security Information Management (SIEM)
He is consistently recognized for technical management skills used to cost-effectively resolve challenging security concerns and risks. He eagerly drives management understanding of enterprise risks and mitigation's required aligned with a Chief Information Security Officer.
Allen has extensive enterprise security management exposure to strategic realignment of business to IT capabilities.
Olayinka Naa Dzama Wilson-Kofi
Senior Lead Cyber Security Manager
EC-Council C|CISO, Hall of Fame 2023 Winner, CCISO|CRISC|ISO 27032 Senior Lead Cybersecurity Manager|ISO 27k1 LI/LA, WiCyS West Africa Affiliate President|ISACA SheLeadsTech Ambassador|ISACA Mentee|WiCyS Mentor/Mentee
Bernard Munyaradzi Chadenga
The Cimplicity Institute
Delivery Enablement Lead
Founded in 1950, Sasol is a global chemicals and energy company that safely & sustainably sources, produces & markets a range of high-quality products. Sasol is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nadia has been involved in the IT industry for over 19 years and have been in Information Security for the past 9 years.
Being an influencer has enabled me to better understand business and what is needed from and ICT perspective to enhance business and their daily functions.
Excellent customer service is her forte, 'I believe that if you may not know everything but if you are understanding to one's needs then solutions can always be found'.
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA)
As a technically skilled CISO, I bring a unique blend of strategic leadership and deep technical expertise to the realm of cybersecurity. With a background in technical cyber roles, I have gained invaluable hands-on experience in securing digital assets and mitigating complex threats.
I am passionate about driving cybersecurity excellence and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. I am particularly dedicated to advocating for women in leadership and actively engaging in mentoring initiatives to empower the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. With a proven track record in leading transformative security programs, I am committed to enhancing organisational resilience and safeguarding digital assets through innovative strategies and collaborative partnerships. Let's connect and make a positive impact together. #WomenInLeadership #Cybersecurity #Mentoring
I am passionate about creating new things that can make a difference to the people around me. I love the challenge of turning around problems to solutions that make a difference in the organisation. I thrive on learning each day and taking charge of one's destiny.
I love working with people and base alot of importance on relationships and trust and honesty in all I do.
Key crucibles in my career have been;
As a young management trainee at SAB in 1999 I entered into the world of SAP and project management. The experience and skills acquired directed my career into Information Management.
In 2001 as the Solutions Manager at City Power for all the applications. I had been part of the transformation journey of a new company. The key highlight was being instrumental in the first rollout of SAP ISU in Africa and implementing a call center. So began an interesting journey of playing lead conductor in orchestrating an organisation through transformation.
In 2002 I joined Sasol and had been there for 15 years with a wealth of experience and skills. I have been at Engen since 2018. My journey has been lived through my life philosophy "to be the change you want to see" to seeks the opportunties and create success. I have been the SAP and Unique Applications Manager, IT Project Lead in an merger programme, Business Controls Manager in the Supply Chain Function, Marketing Manager in Mumbai, Business Transformation Manager (Portfolio Management), Business Optimisation Manager - Strategy and of recent Business Optimisation Manager Marketing & Sales.
Specialties: SAP, People MAnagement, Change Management, Supply CHain and MArketing. Programme MAnagement, ISOIL, ISU
Magda Du Plooy
Director & Founding Partner
Magda du Plooy has spent the past 25 years connecting the dots and shaping her life's purpose driving companies through her role as an entrepreneur and director.
Starting her career in Recruitment and Human Resource Management, Magda has expanded her expertise into various areas, including Private Equity and Technology.
Magda’s expertise extends to strategic networking, general management, marketing, sales, operations and negotiations. Magda is a Founder and Director at Delineate Group (Pty) Ltd, D8tavision (Pty) Ltd and 8 Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
ISACA SA Chapter
Kgabo is the current Vice President of ISACA SA Chapter. She is a business executive, entrepreneur, humanitarian, mentor, coach, mother, with over 28 years of experience in the ICT industry. Actively involved as a CEO and Founder of V-SIC (Pty) Ltd, a 100% black, female-owned and managed firm of professionals that was formed in 2015 to offer bespoke ICT Audit Services, Cybersecurity Assessments, Technology & Business Consulting Services, as well as Human Resources in these related areas. She holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science, a Management Advanced Programme Diploma, holds CRISC, CISA and CDSE and ISPA (SA). In her 28 years in the ICT field, she has worked and/or serviced clients across the globe, including, Africa, the UK, North America, Germany, France, Hong Kong, China and Bermuda in varied sectors and industries.
She is the currently dedicating most of her efforts in assisting businesses develop and implement digital transformation strategies, helping them realise their investments in ICT, navigate digital transformation and growing business performance. She is Founder of 19 Eleven, an NGO aimed at eradicating pit toilets in disadvantaged communities. She holds a Certification in Wine from the Cape Wine Academy and holds wine tasting and lifestyle event. She enjoys playing golf, learning and travelling.
Head of IT
I'm Jen, an enthusiastic and results-driven Head of Information Technology with a passion for harnessing the power of people, technology, and streamlined processes to achieve strategic objectives and drive organizational success.
Any successful IT endeavor lies in empowering and supporting our talented teams. I strive to unlock the full potential of our IT workforce, enabling them to thrive and deliver exceptional results.
Staying at the forefront of technology is key. With understanding of core business objectives, I am committed to embracing the latest advancements and solutions to optimize our operations, enhance productivity, and boost overall business efficiency.
Cost efficiency is a top priority and I continuously seek opportunities to optimize budgets while maintaining the highest standards of service. Through innovative cost-saving measures and smart investment decisions, I strive to deliver cost-effective IT solutions without compromising quality.
Successful project delivery is the cornerstone of my approach. I take a structured and collaborative approach to project management, ensuring timely execution, effective resource allocation, and clear communication, resulting in successful outcomes and satisfied stakeholders.
In today's digital world, protecting our organization from cyber threats is of utmost importance. I place a strong emphasis on cyber security to safeguard our data, infrastructure, and operations.
I am a firm believer in the power of continuous improvement. By fostering a culture of innovation and process optimization, I encourage our IT teams to proactively seek ways to enhance our capabilities, refine workflows, and stay agile in response to changing business needs.
I am always open to discussing new opportunities, collaborating with like-minded professionals, and sharing insights on leveraging technology to create a lasting impact.
“a business culture is aimed at attracting like-mindedness, it is through like-minded people we create a storyboard of success”
Bidvest Bank Limited
I'm a seasoned Technology Executive and I am currently the Chief Information Officer for Bidvest Bank. I have headed up Governance & Reporting for Absa's Information Technology Office, in addition to this, I have also been the Joint-Chief Information Officer for Absa's Infrastructure Services and Head of Technology for Absa Regional Operations (previously Barclays Africa Regional Management).
I began my Technology career in Technology at UCS Solutions and later moved on to other multinationals such as British American Tobacco.
As the Chairperson of Wired4Women, I am able to advocate for the upliftment and recognition of women at an industry level. In this role I am able to actively pursue gender parity and equality in the workplace.
I have an MBA from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) which together with my BA Law degree from Wits and other certifications, I continue to add value to the Technology industry.
Head of Information Security
Mr Price Group
I am a motivated, driven business professional with multiple international certifications from the major power houses of IT Technology and a successful track record of IT expertise within the retail sector. My profound talent is for quickly mastering technology and utilizing those skills by leading projects that fit in line with the company strategy. The nature of my job has exposed me to handling sensitive, confidential information that is entrusted to me by the Group CIO. I have demonstrated a history of producing accurate, timely project plans, policies and strategy documents related to the Group’s IT service management, infrastructure and IT procurement. I have excellent team-building and mentoring skills which enables me to maintain the excellent dynamics within my team. I come from a strong moral and ethic background which keeps me grounded in areas of my career, spirituality and personal relationships with my friends, family and work colleagues.
Senior Manager, IT Governance, Risk & Compliance
A Technology Governance, Risk and Compliance leader with 15 years of experience in IT Audit, Assurance and Advisory in the banking and broadcast industries.
Provides strategic oversight in IT, Digital, Audit, Risk, Social and Ethics Committees as an independent committee member for various organisations. Provides strategic direction for digital products as an Advisory Board Member.
Holding a BSc in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, I am currently pursuing my Masters in Digital Transformation and Innovation Leadership.
Publicly speaks on all things digital.
Sithembile (Nkosi) Songo
Group Head of Information Security
Sithembile has over 18 years worth of experience in Cyber and Information Security field. She has played a pivotal role in developing, implementing, delivering, leading and managing various information and cyber security initiatives including cyber and information security strategy and programme, CISO services, vulnerability assessments, penetration test services, policy development, risk management, innovative cyber and information security awareness strategy and programme, application security, third party management, information security management system, compliance to ISO 27001/2, ISF SOGP, PCI, GDPR, etc.
Her extensive experience is augmented by various cyber security leadership roles and significant contribution in various sectors, including Consulting, Financial, Telecom, State-owned entity and Public sector.
Sithembile has a Master of Science in Information Security from the University of London and also attained globally recognised cybersecurity certifications, such as CISM, CCISO, CEH, HISP, etc.
She has received various nominations and awards based on her outstanding performance and value added to the organization.
She continuously adapt her skills, knowledge and expertise to remain globally-relevant in this fast-evolving cyber security space.
Head of IT (CIO)
I am currently pursuing my dream of becoming a Full Stack software developer. The intensive coding course that I have recently completed including other online courses have given me the ideal footing to enter this industry. My previous career in IT has given me unique insight into business systems, business needs & processes that will aid me in my future role. I am committed, skilled & hard-working.
A seasoned CISO at the Foschini Retail Group and former Chief Enterprise Architect, Suren Naidoo excels in risk management, ensuring organisational resilience.
Head of Development
Digital and operational strategist.
A leader who develops, mentors and empowers people to rise to new challenges.
A focused manager and peoples person; instilling a culture of growth, innovation, leadership and service excellence.
Expertise in business operations, people management, integration, software development and engineering, automation, cybersecurity, regtech and digital solutions.