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June 2014 Innovation Dinner Speakers Announced

June 23, 2014 • Events, Top Stories

It News Africa Innovation Dinner

The Innovation Dinner will be held at the Michelangelo Hotel and Towers in Sandton on 25 June 2014.

The Innovation Dinner series has become well known among South Africa’s ICT professionals, entrepreneurs and senior business people as a great opportunity for networking and strategic planning.

IT News Africa, together with key sponsors Kaspersky Lab and Orange Business Services are proud to announce the speakers for the next Innovation Dinner. The Innovation Dinner will be held at the Michelangelo Hotel and Towers in Sandton on 25 June 2014.

Speakers at this month’s Innovation Dinner will focus on Cloud-Moving Beyond Virtualisation. As businesses continue to optimise their IT operations, the migration to cloud computing has proved to be essential to reducing costs, enhancing productivity and agility, and maintaining a competitive edge. Despite much hype around cloud, we’re now in a position to discuss real-world examples of how cloud is being adopted to improve delivery of IT as a service.

“The Innovation Dinner series had modest beginnings, but the support and encouragement we have received from key players in the industry has made it a major event on the African ICT calendar,” Abby Wakama, IT News Africa CEO and Executive Editor, said.

Speakers:

Aki Anastasiou , Co-host Tech Busters, CNBC Africa-(Dinner MC)
Aki Anastasiou is the host of Talk Radio 702′s weekly tech show Technobyte. He also discusses gadgets and tech on CNBC’s Tech Busters. He is a guest tech columnist for the Sunday Independent and other publications and with 64 000 followers, is one of South Africa’s most followed people on Twitter for tech and interesting information. Aki is a regular guest speaker and a sought after MC at Technology conferences.

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. Mark has been active within the Europe, Middle East and Africa IT Services and Service Provider industry since 1992 where he has worked for major IT Systems Integrators, Technology manufacturers as well as for the 2 largest Global Network IT Service providers being BT and currently Orange Business Services.

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 has worked in various organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa and has been involved with the architecture and design of various applications within the region. His specialist areas lie in strategy, technology integration, contract negotiations and cost reduction methodologies.

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 has been in the IT industry since 1994 in a variety of roles. Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Dave led the Mid-Market sector for IBM’s Technology Services (ITS) business.

Prof Barry Dwolatzky qualified as an Electrical Engineer at Wits University in 1975. After completing his doctorate at Wits in 1979 he spent 10 years in Britain working on software-related research at the Universities of Manchester (UMIST) and London (Imperial College), and at the GEC-Marconi Research Centre. He worked on a number of large software development projects. Most recently Barry has been the driving force behind the “TechInBraam” initiative – an activity aimed at establishing a Digital Technology Cluster in Joburg’s Braamfontein inner city area.

About the Innovation Dinner series

The bi-monthly Innovation Dinner series is the premier gathering for IT Executives across all industries in Africa. Designed for Africa’s ICT professionals, entrepreneurs and senior business people, the event is a great opportunity for networking, acquiring information and strategic planning.

Once every 2 months, ICT business leaders meet to create new relationships and promote their organisations.
The strategic agenda includes all mediums of discussion in order to promote maximum take-away from the event.

Corporations which associate themselves with the Innovation Dinner series experience multi-faceted benefits that directly impact their bottom line by strengthening their brand position and allowing them to bond closely with key customer groups that conventional marketing channels cannot present.

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