Top-flight speakers confirmed for Innovation Dinner


Dilbagh Gill, Head Sport and FIFA Relationship for Mahindra Satyam, speaking at a previous edition of the Innovation Dinner
ICT leaders will convene in Johannesburg for the next Innovation Dinner on the 27th of October 2010, addressing the theme “Our Connected Future”. Keynote speakers will stimulate discussions surrounding the factors that hinder network deployment and potential solutions to facilitate the delivery of the new generation of broadband technology. Discussions will also highlight innovations in broadband technology as well as NEPAD’s impact on the growth of ICT. This will be a unique forum for senior executives to engage on the issues facing the sector. This dinner will bring together thought leaders from government, telecommunications, technology, content, and academia to discuss opportunities, challenges and potential solutions.

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Edmund Katiti: Dr. Edmund Katiti is the Head of the NEPAD e-Africa Commission, which he joined in November 2005. He coordinates the development of policy and regulatory frameworks for NEPAD ICT infrastructure programmes and projects.
He is currently overseeing implementation of the ministerial protocol on the policy and regulatory framework under which the NEPAD ICT Broadband Infrastructure Network covering 23 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa will be developed.

Dr Angus Hay: Dr. Angus Hay (PrEng, CEng, MIET, FSAIEE) is the Chief Technology Officer of Neotel. He was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has a BSc(Eng)Elec (1987) and a PhD in digital transmission (1998) from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Dr Hay joined Neotel at its inception in 2006, and is currently responsible for Neotel’s technology choices, network architecture, strategic planning, and industry partnerships.

Konstantinos Tzingakis: Konstantinos Tzingakis is the Head of Innovations and Partnering at Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa. His key focus during his time at Ericsson has been the design of innovative telecommunications solutions across multiple areas including the health, education, commerce, agricultural and energy sectors.

Manoj Bhoola: With a background in computer science and marketing, Manoj has been in the IT industry for over 25 years. He joined HP’s Technology Solutions Group in 2009, as theCountry Manager for HP Enterprise Servers and Storage.
Before joining HP, Manoj held a series of management positions in multinational. corporations such as Microsoft South Africa, Tongaat Hulett Sugar, WordPerfect and Novell.

Vitalis Ozianyi: Vitalis Ozianyi is a senior ICT analyst in Frost & Sullivan’s African office. His expertise lies in infrastructure development and telecommunications in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes the markets for fixed and mobile broadband, converged networks and access technologies such as fibre, WiMax and CDMA.

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 organizations.
The strategic agenda includes all mediums of discussion in order to promote maximum take-away from the event.
Corporations who 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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