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Chief Digital Officer Africa 2019 takes a practical look at digital transformation from a leadership and organisational perspective. Providing an engaging space for digital transformation leaders to gather, Chief Digital Officer Africa will draw on case studies from differing industries that identify change in technology, processes and employee engagement.
As part of the DigiCon Africa series of events, this conference will focus on change management, leadership and the evolving business in the digital world. The content and discussions are high-level and strategic while looking at how culture should permeate the business. At its core, the conference will examine the convergence of people, processes and technology. A highlight in 2019 is how different industries are approaching digital transformation, and look to draw on the similarities; this will be specifically addressed during the Heavy Digital Focus Day.  
“Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.” - Steve Jobs, Co-founder & Chairman and CEO, Apple Inc. 


Speakers at Chief Digital Officer Africa 2019 include:

Evans Munyuki - Emirates NBD

Evans Munyuki

Group Chief Digital Officer, Emirates NBD

Brian Armstrong -  WITS  Head & shoulders

Prof Brian Armstrong

Chair - Digital Business, WITS Business School

Unathi Mtya - Grindrod Bank

Unathi Mtya

Chief Technology Officer, Grindrod Bank

Lee Dawson - AB InBev

Lee Dawson

Vice President: Solutions, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anton Fatti - Discovery

Anton Fatti

Chief Digital Officer, Discovery Limited

Warren Hero - Webber Wentzel-1

Warren Hero

Chief Information & Digital Officer, Webber Wentzel

Mathabo Nakene - ACSA

Mathabo Nakene

Group Manager: Service Development, Airports Company South Africa

Nvalaye Kourouma - absa

Nvalaye Kourouma

Chief Digital Officer - RoA, absa

Kevin Wilson - Steffanuti Stocks

Kevin Wilson

General Manager IT Services, Steffanuti Stocks

Martin Pretorius - Macsteel

Martin Pretorius

Group CIO, Macsteel

Fudile Ntuli - UBank

Fundile Ntuli

Chief Information Officer, Ubank

Ian Gatley - Lombard Insurance

Ian Gatley

Chief Technology Officer, Lombard Insurance

Mike Wright - Ashburton

Mike Wright

Chief Digital Officer, Ashburton Investments

Rebatho Madiba - Transnet

Rebatho Madiba

Acting Group Chief Information Officer, Transnet

Chris Barry - Barloworld

Chris Barry

Chief Digital Officer, Barloworld Equipment

Eswee Vorster - FlySafair-1

Eswee Vorster

Head of IT & Innovation, Safair

Oscar Stark - Liberty

Oscar Stark

Divisional Director: Technology CoE, Liberty Group

Anglo American Logo

Senior Representative

Digital CoE, Anglo American

Fred Beunink - Merck

Fred Beunink

Digital Customer Engagement Lead, Merck Sharp & Dohme

Yoav Tchelet - Bayport

Yoav Tchelet

Chief Information & Digital Officer, Bayport Financial Services

Gavin Ossthuizen - Premier FMCG

Gavin Oosthuizen

Knowledge Architect, Premier FMCG

Lazo Karapanagiotidis - Makro

Lazo Karapanagiotidis

Head: Digital Innovation, Makro

Sifikile Zondi - SterKinekor

Sifikile Zondi

Head of Learning & Development , Ster-Kinekor

Atenkosi Ngubevana - Vodacom

Atenkosi Ngubevana

Executive HOD: Digital Process Re-engineering, Vodacom

Khotso Koetle - Old Mutual

Khotso Koetle

Enterprise Architect, Old Mutual

Lyle Cooper - Multichoice

Lyle Cooper

Head of HR Technology, Multichoice

Hanlie Smuts - TUKS

Dr Hanlie Smuts

Associate Professor, University of Pretoria

Mbali Ndandani - Unilever

Mbali Ndandani

Digital Lead: Africa, Unilever

Elanie Kruger - Tsebo

Elanie Kruger

Group Organisational Effectiveness Director, Tsebo Workplace Solutions

Mike Emanuel - Famous Brands

Mike Emanuel

Technology Manager, Famous Brands

Thokozani Skaka - MTN

Thokozani Skaka

PMO Lead: Group Digital, MTN

Sihle Letlaka - AB Inbev

Sihle Letlaka

Senior Manager: Enterprise Architecture, AB Inbev

Thirusha Chetty - DHL Supply Chain

Thirusha Chetty

Head of IT Africa, DHL Supply Chain

Lisl Fair - Ivanhoe Mines

Lisl Fair

Group Manager Social & Investment, Ivanhoe Mines

Hannes van Vuuren - Santam

Hannes van Vuuren

Chief Digital Officer, Santam Insurance

Joleen Moulder - Vivo Energy

Joleen Moulder

Head of Digital Africa, Vivo Energy

Thabo Mashegoane - Eskom

Thabo Mashegoane

Chief Advisor Business Architect, Eskom

Michelle Hoogenhout - Umuzi-1

Michelle Hoogenhout

Head: Data Science, Umuzi.org

Muhammed Omarjee - Standard Bank

Muhammed Omarjee

Head: Enterprise Security Architecture, Standard Bank

Gideon de Swardt - Hollard Insurance

Gideon de Swardt

Head: Digital & IT Architecture, Hollard Insurance

Ravinash Guinness - Old Mutual Insure

Ravinash Guiness

Senior Manager - Employee Experience & Shared Services, Old Mutual Insure

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Digital Transformation Insight from 40+ Companies

CDigO Africa 2019 Companies

40+ Speakers

150 Attendees

3 Themed Tracks

Why Attend Chief Digital Officer Africa?

Digital is everywhere. It's a word that can't be avoided, and often is misunderstood. Digital, or if you prefer digital transformation, is less about technology, and more about embracing the strategic business transformations these new digital technologies make possible. The DigiCon Africa series of events is all about digital, and in this particular case who leads the transformation of the business.  

The Chief Digital Officer has been thrust into this tricky role of balancing technology with innovation and ROI, driving understanding of what needs to be done and how to do it, making sure the right people come on board and not neglect the human factor when making these decisions. If the customer is at the core decision making, then technology and people are it's outer layers. How we go about this differs from business to business, and this is why we bring digital leaders together, to share their thoughts, find similarities and embrace the differences we all face. 

Key topics to be discussed at Chief Digital Officer Africa:

Do you need a Chief Digital Officer: Often we hear that the Chief Digital Officer is a transitory position, that a good CDO will put themselves out of work within a few short years. But, why does the business need a Chief Digital Officer to begin with?

Everything in the Cloud: Digital transformation and the cloud go hand-in-hand, but how far along are we in our migrations? The big question is though, does everything need to be in the cloud?

Future of Work: The way we work, relate and react is changing, partly enabled by tech, partly enabled by societal changes. For the first time we will have four generations in the same workforce; do we really understand the advantages and challenges of this?

Innovation & Future Tech: What would a conference around digital transformation be without future tech, product and service innovation, and how to pick out the lemons before they become too costly. 

Heavy Digital: Even though mining, manufacturing, agriculture and the like is in its infancy on the digital curve, the future of heavy industry lies in automation, simplification, improved health & safety and skills development. It's such an important topic we gave it its own stand-alone Focus Day. 

Additional discussions will be had around taking agile across the business, bridging the gap between traditional and digital business, enabling digital learning capabilities, predicting ROI, digital impact on HR, cultivating a customer-centric digital-first corporate culture, automation/RPA/AI, as well as a series of case studies, technology showcases, and engrossing panels. 


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