Top-flight speakers confirmed for 4 March Innovation Dinner

IT News Africa Innovation Dinner 2014
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IT News Africa’s Innovation Dinner.

IT leaders will convene at The Michelangelo, Sandton, Johannesburg for the next Innovation Dinner on the 4th of March 2015, addressing the theme “Digital Transformation: 2015 Trends”.

Today’s enterprises are being challenged by technology and generational forces that are disrupting business models and placing them at risk of failure.

A new generation raised on advanced technologies is bringing a new set of expectations about how they will engage – as both customers and employees. Organisations that can leverage technology to empower their employee’s and deliver on customer expectations will succeed. Those that don’t, risk failure.

To compete, companies must become Digital Enterprises, leveraging technology to engage their customer’s, simplify their operations and make change a competitive advantage. But getting there can be a challenge.

Sponsored by Orange Business Services, this edition of the Innovation Dinner Series will bring together thought leaders for lively presentations and interactive discussions that will focus on the challenges every business will face on their journey to becoming true Digital Enterprises in 2015.

To request an invitation, register your details at:


Tshifhiwa Ramuthaga, Chief Information Officer at the Financial Services Board

Tshifhiwa Ramuthaga is currently the Chief Information Officer at the Financial Services Board, a regulator of the non-banking financial services in South Africa, a position she has held since 2011. Tshifhiwa has spent almost 20 years in ICT, and has held key ICT positions in organisations such as Telkom and Standard Bank. Tshifhiwa holds a Master of Information Technology degree from the University of Pretoria and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Gordon Institute of Business. Upon completion of the MBA, she received top student award in the elective, “leading others through storytelling”, a skill which she attributes her success to as it empowers her to communicate complex topics to non-technical key stakeholders. In 2014, Tshifhiwa was awarded the Visionary CIO Award by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA, formerly CSSA).

Giorgio Heiman, Vice President, Head of Global Solutions and Services, Emerging Markets & Indirect channels at Orange Business Services.

Giorgio Heiman is Vice President and Head of Africa and also Head of Global Solutions and Services at Orange Business Services covering the Middle East and Africa, as well as globally for SITA, the Orange Business Services channel to the Air Transport Industry. Giorgio has more than twenty years’ experience in the development, implementation, sales and marketing of global multimedia networks and distributed computing Information Technology solutions. He has served in a variety of roles, including Business Unit Director, Business Development Manager, Outsourcing Practice Manager, Program Manager, Internet Services Product Manager, Principal Consultant, and Network Applications Service Manager.

Jamie Whittaker, Head of Digital Channels, Discovery Health Systems.

Before joining Discovery, Jamie worked across the EMEA region for Johnson & Johnson. He cut his teeth on any and all projects that came his way during the .com bubble, working as general lackey and web monkey for a number of successful and not so successful dotcoms. He describes himself as a “part-time thinker, full-time enthusiast, herder of cats” and truly believes that a sense of humour and enthusiasm are the best assets to have on your CV.

Lorrainne Sefolo, GM: Information Technology, SABC

Lorrainne manages and provides strategic leadership to Information Technology, in order to ensure optimal delivery on the business requirements of the SABC by optimising facilities, personnel and IT Infrastructure. She studied Master of Science (MS), in 2014 , further went to British Computer Society – The Chartered Institute of IT,ITIL Incident and Problem Management Practitioner, Incident and Problem Management and GIBS with Standard Bank Global Leadership Centre Senior Leadership Programme, Management, British Computer Society – The Chartered Institute of IT, ITIL Foundation, Incident & Problem management, Sun Microsystems and Luso ITUC, Information Technology 1996 – 1998.

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 IT 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.

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