President’s Awards 2023 – Our Awards Judges
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Tshifhiwa Ramuthaga – Group CIO Barloworld Limited
Tshifhiwa has over 20 years of experience in IT, with most of her experience in the role of CIO. She has held key IT positions at Telkom, Standard Bank, the Financial Services Board and, most recently, Barloworld Logistics, where she is now the Chief Digital Officer. Tshifhiwa specialises in developing and implementing IT turnaround strategies within complex business integration processes, as well as driving change in business architecture through technology implementation.
Tshifhiwa holds a Master of Information Technology degree from the University of Pretoria. She also holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science, an achievement for which she received the top student award in the elective “leading others through storytelling.” This unique skill empowers her to communicate complex topics to non-technical stakeholders.
Tshifhiwa’s accolades include the Visionary CIO Award from the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (formerly CSSA), in association with ITWeb, GIBS and Gartner Africa for demonstrating visionary leadership in using technology to drive strategy and innovation in the organisation. She has been on the Gartner Africa Symposium Advisory Board since 2015.
Ranka Jovanovic – Founding Member & Senior Editor ITWeb
As editorial director, Ranka was instrumental in establishing ITWeb Online as South Africa’s premier source of IT news and information for business technology users and decision-makers. In 2001, Ranka helped launch ITWeb Brainstorm, which remains the most influential business IT monthly in SA. She serves on the advisory board of ITWeb events and often presents findings of ITWeb’s surveys and research reports at ITWeb’s and other industry conferences.
Ranka is passionate about skills development and has been a mentor to a great number of journalists, editors and other young professionals.
Prior to joining ITWeb, she was editor of InformationWeek Southern Africa and deputy editor of ComputerWeek. She immigrated to SA in 1994 from Yugoslavia, where she had worked as a teacher, lecturer, literary translator and IT journalist.
In 2022, she moved back to her native Bosnia and Herzegovina and took on the role of senior consulting editor, continuing to work closely with ITWeb’s management and editorial teams and helping shape and implement the company’s editorial strategy.
Adrian van Eeden – CIO Gordon Institute of Business Science
He is founding director of an ed-tech start-up and was partner in an e-tourism venture pre-dotcom. His corporate experience extends across higher education, micro-finance, insurance, and consulting, covering a wide range of technology specialisations.
He originally studied civil engineering, which he claims grounded his thinking, but credits running the Engineers’ Pub for his commercial acumen (and for why he moved into computers, being an IBM child with the punch-cards to prove it).
He is passionate about education, both personally and as a calling.
In his “spare” time he can be found tinkering with Arduino boards and wishes he’d learned to solder better.”
Prof. Helena Barnard – Director: Research & Doctoral Pgms GIBS
Admire Gwanzura – President & Board Chairperson IITPSA
Adrian Schofield (FIITPSA) – Consultant IITPSA
Moira de Roche – Vice President
IFIP and Chairperson
Moira de Roche is an independent consultant.
She is the Chair of IFIP IP3, and has been involved with this body since 2007. She is a Director on the Global Industry Council, an IFIP body comprised of senior people from all parts of the globe who are involved with ICT.
She is a Professional Member and Fellow of IITPSA (Institute of IT Professionals South Africa) and a proud recipient of the “EngineerIT/CSSA Distinguished Service in ICT” award. She is a Director of (IITPSA). She was President of this body for four years. She considers herself as an Ethics Evangelist.
She is a trustee of the South African Computer Olympiad.
Moira is passionate about issues facing women in the workplace, with a special focus on how to interest more girls in ICT careers, as well as how to ensure that women can achieve their potential.
For more details za.linkedin.com/in/moiraderoche
Ahmed Ismael (Smiley) – Founder Siyafunda Community Technology Centres
COMMUNITY ICT ACTIVIST, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR, CHANGEMAKER DIGITAL DIVIDE TRANSFORMATION ENABLER with over 40 years of ICT experiences and community activism. FOUNDER: Siyafunda Community Technology Centres, Community ICT Digital Villages 2014 IITPSA PRESIDENT’S
The impact of the digital age and e-learning has transformed the world’s access to information and inter-connectedness, making computer competency an essential skill in equipping future leaders and enabling people to participate in the global economy. With a vision to empower, educate and e-connect communities, and make computer literacy and access to an email address available to everyone, Mr Ahmed Ismael-Smiley Founder of the concept, opened the first Siyafunda Community Technology Centre in Palm Ridge in 2006. The core values of sustainability, affordability and access, remain key project drivers.
Admire Moyo – News Editor
Simnikiwe Mzekandaba – IT in Government Editor ITWeb
It is her love for telling African stories and showcasing the potential of ICT on the continent that attracted her to this sector. Simnikiwe holds an honour’s degree in journalism from Rhodes University.
Adrian Hinchcliffe – Editor-in-Chief Brainstorm Magazine
Prior to this, Adrian worked on and edited a range of other Brainstorm supplements and products, including the long-running CIO Directory and ITWeb’s channel magazine. Before joining ITWeb, he worked for an industry analysis and B2B publishing company in London, which focused largely on the mobile telecommunications sector, pharmaceuticals, defence and financial services. Adrian started his career working as a journalist and editor on a trade publication focused on the development of 3G mobile technology.
Mixo Ngoveni – Founder/CEO of Geekulcha, a young Tech entrepreneur
Dr Stella Bvuma – HoD in the Department of Applied Information Systems
Koki Gojela – Head of Projects and Development at the Gordon Institute of Business
He has had a professional IT careers spanning over 15 years covering across consulting, financial services, and education sectors.
He is passionate about seeing others reaching their potential and believes ICT provides a great platform for both young and older to unleash their potential.
His other interests include marathon running, mountain biking, getting involved in challenging philosophical and societal debates.
The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa ’s (IITPSA) Annual President’s Awards event is a major highlight of the year for many in the industry, combining prestigious long standing awards (since 1979) with unparalleled networking opportunities. It is an event that highlights the talent and commitment of individuals within the ICT industry. Nominees include a number of prominent people in various spheres of the ICT industry in South Africa.
IITPSA, in partnership with leading ICT media publications and other prestigious award partners, presents the following awards:
IT Personality and Visionary CIO of the Year
The Distinguished Service in ICT Award is awarded jointly by EngineerIT and the IITPSA and recognises a significant, career length contribution to the ICT profession and / or the ICT Industry.