Minister of Communications
Mr Yunus Carrim has been Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa since 10 July 2013.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours and Masters in Sociology from the University of Warwick in England and an International Diploma in Journalism from Darlington College of Technology in England.
He was an active member of the anti-apartheid movement. He organised Anti-Apartheid Republic Day Festival demonstrations at Darlington College of Technology in 1971, and he also served as a Chairperson of National Youth Action in Pietermaritzburg between 1972 and 1973.
He was detained without trial for organising demonstrations against Soweto Massacre at the University of Durban-Westville during the period August to December 1976. Mr Carrim was a member of the Executive Committee of Natal Indian Congress; a member of the Executive Council of the United Democratic Front in Pietermaritzburg; and a Secretary of the Pietermaritzburg Combined Ratepayers and Residents Association from 1986 to 1990.
Mr Carrim has served as a member of the Branch and Regional structures of the African National Congress (ANC); a member of the Branch Central Committee and Politburo of the South African Communist Party (SACP); a Chairperson of the Membership of Legislatures Adhoc Committee in 1997; a Chairperson of the Provincial and Local Government Portfolio Committee from March 1998 to June 2004; Chairperson of the Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee since June 2004 and as a member of the Reconstruction and Development Committee in Parliament.
Mr Carrim was a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Natal and previously held the position of Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs from 11 May 2009 until 09 July 2013.
Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications, Kenya
Dr. Ndemo is the immediate former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications. Currently, he teaches Entrepreneurship and Research Methods at the University of Nairobi’s Business School, Lower Kabete Campus and conducts research on social entrepreneurship. He joined University of Nairobi in 1993 as a Tutorial Fellow rising through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer before moving to civil service in 2005. Between 1989 and 1993, he was a Financial Systems Analyst with Medtronic Inc. a fortune 500 company in the USA.
He is regarded as the father of Broadband in Kenya having championed the development of Fibre Optic cables and other supporting infrastructure to the Eastern Africa region making Kenya one of the most wired countries in the World. It was during his tenure as Permanent Secretary that Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) became to be regarded as a critical component to the country’s economic development. His works, such as Open Data, incubation of start-ups, Konza Technology Park, etc, propelled him to the global stage. Today Kenya is regarded as the regional ICT hub. He is now focusing his energies on the demand side of IT through aggressive local content development. Besides having authored several papers and published in international development journals, he has also contributed in a number of policy papers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from University of Minnesota, an MBA from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota and a PhD degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Sheffield, England. He serves in the Board of Better than Cash Alliance, a global initiative to digitalize payment systems world-wide. Dr. Ndemo is married and has three children.
Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.
Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. Previously, Cerf served as MCI’s senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.
Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science.” In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize and in 2013 Cerf, Kahn and three others received the Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering.
Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.
During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related packet data and security technologies.
Cerf was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Science Board beginning in February 2013. He is president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007. Cerf also served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber-security. Cerf sits on the Board of Directors for the Americas Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), StopBadWare (chairman), the Gorilla Foundation, the Marconi Society (Vice Chairman) and the Science Advisory Board for CosmosID. Cerf also sits on the Board of Associates of Gallaudet University. He serves on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advisory Committee and is a distinguished visiting scientist there. He served as Chair of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology during 1996-2013. He also serves as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, the Hasso Platner Institute and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. In 2011, he was made Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Cerf is a recipient of numerous additional awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. These include the Marconi Fellowship, Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the National Medal of Science from Tunisia, the St. Cyril and St. Methodius Order (Grand Cross) of Bulgaria, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the NEC Computer and Communications Prize, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award, the ACM Software and Systems Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Computer and Communications Industries Association Industry Legend Award, installation in the Inventors Hall of Fame, the Yuri Rubinsky Web Award, the Kilby Award , the Rotary Club International Paul P. Harris Medal, the Joseph Priestley Award from Dickinson College, the Yankee Group/Interop/Network World Lifetime Achievement Award, the George R. Stibitz Award, the Werner Wolter Award, the Andrew Saks Engineering Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Leadership Award, the J.D. Edwards Leadership Award for Collaboration, World Institute on Disability Annual award and the Library of Congress Bicentennial Living Legend medal. Cerf was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2006. He was made an Eminent Member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society in 2009. In 2010 he received a Lifetime Webby Award. In February 2011 he was named a Stanford Engineering School “Hero” for his work on the Internet and received a lifetime achievement award from the Oxford Internet Institute.
In December, 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."
In addition to his work on behalf of Google and the Internet, Cerf has served as a technical advisor to production for "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict" and made a special guest appearance on the program in May 1998. Cerf has appeared on television programs NextWave with Leonard Nimoy and often co-hosted World Business Review with Alexander Haig and Caspar Weinberger. Cerf also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design of an interplanetary Internet.
Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds honorary Doctorate degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; University of the Balearic Islands, Palma; Capitol College, Maryland; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; George Mason University, Virginia; Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands; Brooklyn Polytechnic; Marymount University; the University of Pisa; the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications; Tschingua University, Beijing, China; the University of Zaragoza, Spain; the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain; the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain; Bethany College, Kansas; the Moscow State University of International Relations; the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology and Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.
Country Director, Google South Africa
Formerly an Industry Head for Google UK, Luke Mckend is the Country Director for Google South Africa. Luke has worked across a wide variety of businesses ranging from the classifieds, dating and job sectors to property, restaurants and education. Prior to joining Google, Luke was the Commercial Director of a startup tech company which was one of the fastest growing UK tech companies in 2005. Having spent over a decade in colder climates, he is pleased to be back in sunny South Africa, together with his family.
Founder of RLabs, Dreamer and Explorer
Marlon Parker is a Social Entrepreneur and advocate of using Digital Media and Mobile Technology for Social Good. His passion for community development has influenced his work and led to being the founder of the Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) a global movement currently having activities in 19 countries worldwide. He has been listed as one of the 100 World Class South Africans in 2013, an alumni of President bama's Young African Leaders initiative and honorary faculty member of the International School of Digital Transformation. He was the co-founder of JamiiX that was the backbone to one of the largest mobile chat counseling networks in the world with more than 3 million people being reached since its inception. Marlon is also a trustee of the Mxit Reach Trust and his most recent initiative is co-founding the Kukua Fund an early stage investment company seeking to invest in high growth social entrepreneurs in Africa.
Co-founder and CEO, 4Di Group
Justin is a 29-year old entrepreneur and venture investor from Cape Town, South Africa. He is founder, CEO, director, advisor, or investor to various companies in the technology sector. Since deciding to depart high-school early to pursue his business ambitions, and subsequently founding his first startup at age 18, Justin has been involved in startups and entrepreneurial endeavours. After a number of false starts in the wake of the dotcom crash in 2001, he ultimately went on to successfully launch and grow an Internet based software company from a garage in the suburbs of Cape Town, using a desktop computer, phone and an old PC as a server.Today he is co-founding General Partner of Cape Town based early-stage technology venture capital firm 4Di Capital, and co-founder and CEO of diversified general investment management company and family office, 4Di Group. As co-founder of the Silicon Cape Initiative in 2009, designed to highlight and foster South Africa's emerging tech startup ecosystem, Justin fully believes in South Africa’s potential as a global technology innovation hub. In 2011, he was listed in the Mail & Guardian 'Top 200 Young South Africans' for the year, in 2012, listed in 'Ten Young African Millionaires to Watch' by Forbes, and in 2013, listed again by Forbes for '30 Under 30: Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs'.Other than startups, Justin’s passions include performance cars, great food and wine, boating, travel, photography and making music.
Kresten Buch is the founder and managing partner at 88mph, a seed accelerator in Africa for mobile-web start-ups. He is a serial entrepreneur turned investor with experience spanning 15 years. Entrepreneurial and investor track record includes two exits (Statman to Betgenius, 2006 and Danbook to SportingBet LTD., 2012), and taking over and growing bold.dk to be Denmark's largest sports media.
Kresten started 88mph in Nairobi in 2011. 88mph provides early-stage web/mobile companies with up to $100K in funding through a 3-month startup accelerator program and helps companies succeed by providing intense mentorship, funding and access to networks. It is a private seed fund with hundreds of experienced startup mentors, vibrant work spaces in Nairobi and Cape Town, and a crazy talented community of startup founders.
Chairperson, Silicon Cape
Alexandra Fraser is the Chairperson of Silicon Cape, a network for entrepreneurs, aimed at creating a vibrant tech ecosystem in South Africa and is passionate about start-ups. Alexandra has had over 10 years’ experience in early stage investing having seen over 5000 business plans. She has worked for wide range of funding institutions, including government, academia, corporate sector and currently works at Invenfin, the early stage venture capital division of Remgro. Prior to joining the Invenfin team in 2009, she completed her Masters in International Business and Emerging Markets (cum laude) as a Chevening scholar, at the University of Edinburgh’s Business School. Her degree focused on finance and technology management, with her thesis analysing the Venture Capital Industry in South Africa.
Alexandra is involved in sourcing, managing and assessing all new investment proposals for Invenfin, using her technical and business background to achieve this. She is also responsible for the organisation’s marketing and communications, regularly speaking at conferences, guest lecturing and writing articles on entrepreneurship, fund raising, venture capital and intellectual property. Alexandra also has a B.SC in Molecular and Cell Biology and Post Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Cape Town and has worked for a number of companies in South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Inventor, programmer and entrepreneur. Studied Biotechnology and Biochemistry to Masters level at UCT and started three online / telecommunications businesses prior to founding TaxTim - the Fastest, Easiest way to do Tax.
Founder and CEO of FansConnect Online and Afrinolly
Chike Maduegbuna is an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of FansConnectOnline Limited (aka FCO Limited): a Mobile Application, Digital Marketing and Social Media start-up in Nigeria. Within one year of operation, FCO Limited built one of the largest football-based social networking website in Nigeria (www.fansconnectonline.com). It also developed a geo-location application Naija Places (www.naijaplaces.com) that won Samsung Mobile Application Developers contest in 2010. And it developed Afrinolly (www.afrinolly.com) that won Google’s Android Developers Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa in September 2011. Afrinolly (www.afrinolly.com) is a mobile phone app that enables African Movies and Entertainment enthusiasts to watch movie trailers, music videos, comedy and full-length movies that have been made public by content owners or their legal representative via YouTube. Afrinolly is available for FREE on Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Java-enabled phones. With 1.5m downloads, Afrinolly is currently the highest downloaded African app. Prior to starting FCO Limited in 2010, Chike was a technical director at GRID Consulting Limited. GRID is a Nigerian multi-disciplinary consulting firm, which provides integrated Financial Management consulting services to the public and private sectors. Chike has over 16 years experience developing, advising and implementing design and review of systems in Project Management, Financial Management, Accounting, Human Resources and Tax - for Private sector firms; International and developmental organisations including UK Department for International Development, USAID, EU and DANIDA. Prior to starting FCO Limited in 2010, Chike was a technical director at GRID Consulting Limited. GRID is a Nigerian multi-disciplinary consulting firm, which provides integrated Financial Management consulting services to the public and private sectors. Chike has over 16 years experience developing, advising and implementing design and review of systems in Project Management, Financial Management, Accounting, Human Resources and Tax - for Private sector firms; International and developmental organisations including UK Department for International Development, USAID, EU and DANIDA.
Journalist and TV Host
The Business Editor and host of "Power Business" of Power FM, this acclaimed MC, TV and radio personality is an independent financial journalist and producer.
She also hosts financial markets and business programmes on Summit TV and is the host of SABC2's "The Big Debate".
A highly sought-after moderator and facilitator, Siki anchors the annual GSM Association's (Global Systems for Mobile Communications) World Congress in Barcelona as well as their their Connected Women and Mobile Money Summits - amongst others.
She has covered major African markets and acted as a moderator at the World Economic Forum on Africa, the IBSA Editor’s Conference in India and the African Green Revolution Conference in Oslo, Norway. On the corporate front, Siki has facilitated government, business and award functions throughout South Africa.
During her broadcasting career, Siki has worked for most of the major broadcasters in South Africa as an anchor and reporter and until December 2012, she hosted 'Morning Talk' daily on SAFM – a talkshow, which dealt with politics, life and finance. She also co-anchored SABC3’s Africa Inc., a show which looked at Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa. Prior to that, she was a senior business news anchor at CNBC Africa.
She has written a column for the Sunday Independent and has won a variety of awards for her journalism including the Telkom ICT Journalist of the Year award (TV News Category) and the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.
Manager, Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Robin Miller is a Manager with Dalberg Global Development Advisors in Johannesburg where her work focuses on technology, financial inclusion and institutional strategy. Robin has recently worked with a range of companies and institutions including Google, the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, and a large African investment holding company on issues including national ICT investment strategy, design and development of new ventures, product distribution and impact assessment.
Robin recently led a study supported by Google to analyze the Impact of the Internet on socioeconomic growth across Sub-Saharan Africa – with a particular focus on Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal. The study aimed to support policymakers to understand Internet's current and potential role in driving industry growth and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery in key industries including health, education, agriculture, finance and goverance. Robin is also co-leading a series of Innovation Forums with Microsoft and Nokia focused on the opportunity for ICT innovation to drive inclusive growth across the continent. Other examples of Robin's previous work include, market assessment and recommendations to a leading East African Bank on the expansion of its branchless banking strategy and support to a large African investment holding company on the design and development of its strategy to impact financial inclusion.
Prior to joining Dalberg, Robin co-founded the Praekelt Foundation, a mobile technology incubator that designs and deploys innovative solutions focused on economic development, including health, education and agriculture. Praekelt has deployed its services across 15 countries in Africa, in particular, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria and worked with leading network operators and development partners including MTN, Vodacom, USAID and the Omidyar Network.
Robin is a member of the African Leadership Network and has worked extensively across sub-Saharan Africa as well as in India, Europe and North America. She holds an Honors degree in Economics and Business Management from Boston College.