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“In today’s era of volatility, there is no other way but to re-invent. The only sustainable advantage you can have over others is agility, that’s it. Because nothing else is sustainable, everything else you create, somebody else will replicate.” - Jeff Bezos | Amazon founder

DigiCon Africa 2019 is part of the successful Chief Digital Officer Africa series. These events are meeting places for strategic leaders and innovators to share in their challenges successes when navigating the complexities of digital transformation.

It is said that the global economy is in the fourth industrial revolution - the Digital (R)evolution - but what exactly does that mean for Africa? The continent is a leader in disruptive technologies where "digital disruption" was in fact necessity. Enabled by mobile technology, African businesses are adept at finding innovative ways to interact with customers and improve internal processes. One can no longer sit back and accept the tried and tested. Soon you will be left behind.

DigiCon Africa 2019 gives strategic pioneers and technical implementors, from a diverse cross-section of industries, the opportunity to discuss their digital transformation programmes, back office optimisation projects and customer experience initiatives.

Join the conversation and brainstorm ideas in an objective and interactive environment. These discussions will not only bring a sense of fellowship, also deliver insight and give clarity for the path ahead.

40+ Speakers

150 Attendees

2 Themed Tracks


Speakers from DigiCon Africa 2018

Michelle Matthews - Citi

Michelle Matthews

Head of Innovation, Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi)

Justin Evans - 22Seven

Justin Evans

Head Of Experience & Digital Product Design, 22Seven

Samer Saab - Wala

Samer Saab

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Wala

Francois Vermeulen - HomeChoice

Francois Vermeulen

Group Head: Business Intelligence & Analytics, HomeChoice

JP Smith - Hitachi

JP Smith

Pre Sales Director, Emerging EMEA Markets , Hitachi Vantara

Michael Williams - absa

Michael Williams

AI Lead Architect, absa

Tjaard-du-Plessis - Synthesis

Tjaard Du Plessis

Head of Digital, Synthesis Software

Pranen Reddy - RMB

Pranen Reddy

Head of Client Experience Digitization, Rand Merchant Bank

Chris Shortt - Pick n Pay

Chris Shortt

General Manager: Information Services, Pick 'n Pay

PaigedosSantos - SAP

Paige Dos Santos

Digital Lead, SAP Africa

Tebogo Legodi - Sanlam

Tebogo Legodi

SEB Core Executive: Digital Lead, Sanlam

Marc Stowe - Direct Axis

Marc Stowe

Head of Technology: Financial Services, Direct Axis

Mpendulo Ndlovu - Luno

Mpendulo Ndlovu

Software Engineer, Luno

Helge Reikeras - OfferZen

Helge Reikerås

Data Scientist in Residence, OfferZen

Andre Hugo - Virgin Money

Andre Hugo

Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Money

Tim Willis - Aerobotics

Tim Willis

Chief Financial Officer, Aerobotics

James Erasmus - ABSA

James Erasmus

Co-Head Agile Transformation, ABSA

Berry Diepeveen - Bain

Berry Diepeveen


Riaan Singh - Alexander Forbes

Riaan Singh

Head of CX, Alexander Forbes

Johan Bosini - Quona Capital

Johan Bosini

Partner, Quona Capital

Brett Comaille - AngelHub

Brett Commaille

Lead Partner, AngelHub Investors

Andrea Bohmert - Knife Capital

Andrea Bohmert

Co-Managing Director, Knife Capital

Norman Blunden - Standard Bank

Norman Blunden

Head of Agile Portfolio Office, Standard Bank

Shannon Naidoo - Wesbank

Shannon Naidoo

Chief Digital & Innovation Officer,

Louise McCarthy - HSBC

Louise McCarthy

Former Chief Operating Officer - Global Digital Transformation, HSBC

Jay van Zyl - Ecosystem

Jay van Zyl

Founder, Ecosystem.ai

Bruce Basset - SKA Project

Prof Bruce Bassett

Head of Data Science & Machine Learning, SKA Project South Africa

Brett White - Zapper

Brett White

Head of Product Innovation, Zapper

Dean Hodskiss - Looksee.do

Dean Hodgskiss

Founder, LookSee.Do

Carl Thomen - Old Mutual

Carl Thomen

Head of Digital, Old Mutual Finance

Peter du Plooy - Engen

Peter du Plooy

Chief Information Officer, Engen

Warren Hero - Webber Wentzel

Warren Hero

Chief Information & Digital Officer, Webber Wentzel

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DigiCon Africa 2018 Partners

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