IT executives hail Innovation Dinner

June 26, 2014 • Events, Top Stories

IT News Africa

Innovation Dinner 2014. (Image Source: Darryl Linington).

The IT News Africa Innovation Dinner was held at the Michelangelo Hotel, in Sandton, on 25 June 2014. The Innovation Dinner saw over 95 executives from top ICT Corporations in attendance.

The theme for the Innovation Dinner was “Cloud: Moving beyond virtualisation.” Abe Wakama, publisher and executive editor of, opened the Innovation Dinner with a warm welcome to the executives in attendance.

During his opening speech Abe Wakama stated that, “IT News Africa is committed to disseminating information about the business of technology on this continent and through events such as the Innovation Dinner Series, we will continue to provide platforms for knowledge sharing and networking. The Innovation Dinner series started in 2010 and since then, we have extended it beyond South Africa. As a matter of fact, on the 10th of December 2013, we held our first IT News Africa Innovation Dinner with Software AG, at the Sarova Panafric Hotel, in Nairobi, Kenya.”

Aki Anastasiou, Co-host Tech Busters for CNBC Africa hosted the Innovation Dinner and kept attendees on their feet with his vibrant and charismatic presence. When discussing the IT News Africa Innovation Dinner, Aki Anastasiou said that, “IT News Africa has again pulled off a great  event and collaboration. We have top people involved in the ICT industry attending here tonight from all aspects of the technology world, and it is great to see businesses and competitors sharing their knowledge regarding the cloud and where to go with it. It is great that IT News Africa organises these events as these are the events that spur on innovation in the industry in order to get this type of technology moving forward.”

During the course of the very successful June 2014 Innovation Dinner, a host of experts took to the stage to discuss the theme for the evening. These experts included:

Mark McCallum, Chief Technology Officer, Director and Head of Global Services, Orange Business Services Africa. Mark currently heads up the Global Services organisation for Orange Business Services Africa. In this position Mark is responsible for all regional Technology Strategy and Innovation aligned with Orange Business Services regional target market.

McCallum added that, “I am very happy with the sheer amount of networking that goes on at the Innovation Dinner series. I am thoroughly looking forward to the end of the year session and future engagements with IT News Africa.”

Dave Messett, European Product Marketing Manager, Kaspersky Lab
Dave joined Kaspersky Lab in 2012. In his role as European Product Marketing Manager responsible for the company’s corporate product set. Dave works closely with a large variety of functions internally and externally to ensure that the product messaging, features and functionality are widely understood.

Dave Messet said, “I thought the Innovation Dinner was really great as well as extremely well attended. It is great to see so many people who are clearly thinking about the cloud and thinking about its issues. The Innovation Dinner series also gave us all the opportunity to exchange views, facts, and opinions, on how we can make the journey to the cloud a successful one.”

Also in attendance was Patrick Shields, Chief Technology Officer for Software AG. Patrick Shields added that, “What I found meaningful at the Innovation Dinner was the practical answers to this whole mysterious thing known as cloud. You hear a lot of people say that cloud is not relevant for Africa; however, look at the turnout here. This shows that there is a lot of interest and we have a lot of great companies actually doing cloud. Well done, well done.”

Chandima Miyanadeniya, CIO, Aon South Africa
Chandima is the CIO of Aon South Africa, the leading provider of insurance broking, risk management and human resource solutions. He has over 20 years experience in technology and has been a guest speaker at many technology focused conferences.

Chandima Miyanadeniya said, “Overall, the Innovation Dinner was a fantastic experience”.

With the Innovation Dinner being a great success among speakers and attendees Twitter was also buzzing with questions and comments from the audience.




IT News Africa would like to thank Kaspersky Lab, providers of premium protection against viruses, malware, spam & other threats for your home or business, together with Orange Business Service for partnering up at the IT News Africa Innovation Dinner. We look forward to hosting many successful events with you in the future.

Darryl Linington


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