Johannesburg Welcomes 7th IT Leaders Africa Summit

Now in its 7th year running the IT Leaders Africa Summit, South Africa’s most respected CIO event, will take place on the 15th and 16thMarch at Vodacom World in Johannesburg.

The IT landscape is swiftly evolving and continually facing disruptions which makes it incredibly difficult for CIOs, CTOs, Directors and Managers in the information technology space to keep up.The IT Leaders Africa Summit is a meeting place for IT and business leaders across all industries: FMCG, mining, manufacturing, finance, retail and many more. It is designed to provide attendees with the latest key insights, the tools needed to re-look at IT strategies, advice on how to update skill sets and the latest in trends and technologies.

“We are excited to host the 7th annual IT Leaders Africa Summit. With budget cuts looming and more pressure than ever on the IT leader to reduce overall costs and improve efficiency, the synergy between an IT head and the business is paramount. The summit is about building relationships, meeting industry peers and networking,” says Shannon Mackrill, Joint Managing Director, Kinetic.

The event will assist delegates to align IT with business priorities and provide the ideal setting for engagement, networking and relationship building with like-minded individuals in the African IT industry. The event will feature 40 high level speakers, 250 attendees and many blue chip sponsors. Keynote speeches, panel discussions and educational workshop sessions will be hosted by industry leaders that are shaping the IT landscape in South Africa and beyond.

“What really attracted me to the event is the industry nature of it and it really bringing together leaders from all over at an executive level, rather than a general level,” says Franz Hirschberg, IT Director, Pernod Ricard Sub Saharan Africa.

This year the agenda will focus on digital disruption and its impact on organisations, the evolution of technology, the effective management of data centres, cost reduction through the adoption of innovative technology and how to ensure a sustainable network.

The summit has appointed a brand new advisory panel that will guide and tailor the conversation. Advisory panel member and Group CIO for Sasol, Alec Joannou adds that the summit will address the most pressing IT related issues i.e.“What are the game changers for IM – mobility? Value analytics, security of information or all of the above?”

The advisory panel is made up of three of the most respected names in IT in Africa namely:

Tunde Coker, Managing Director, Rack Centre, who will look at cost reduction strategies and why it is vital for CIO’s to stick to budgets.

Cuan B Kloppers, CIO, Samancor Chrome Limited and Past Executive Chairman, AFSUG Board of Directors, who will examine the challenge of IT execution and how to keep up with the implementation of IT projects.

Alec Joannou, Group CIO, Sasol, who will look at transforming the IT department from a cost centre to a value add function.

Other leading speakers include:

Clive Donninger, CIO, Associated Motor Holdings, who will examine a case study looking at the CIO’s role in rolling out an ERP project across an organisation.

Peter du Plooy, CIO, Engen Oil, who will discuss the driving of growth and expansion in the IT function.

Antonio Raposo, CIO, Volkswagen who will explore the trends and game changers for mobility in Southern Africa.

Platinum sponsors include:


Hewlett-Packard (HP) South Africa delivers superior information technology infrastructure; personal computing; access devices; services; imaging, printing and networking infrastructure products.

Gold sponsors include:


CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) helps companies around the world design, build and manage their wired and wireless networks.


SITA was established in 1999 to consolidate and coordinate the State’s information technology resources in order to achieve cost savings through scale, increased delivery capabilities and enhanced interoperability.


Mimecast’s security, archiving and continuity cloud services protect business email and deliver comprehensive email risk management in one fully integrated subscription service.


Perfomanta offers technology agnostic, bespoke turn-key support services that are uniquely tailored to meet the requirements of their clients, who currently extend across 5 continents with a reach of over 1.3 million users.


Forcepoint safeguards users, data and networks against the most determined adversaries, from accidental or malicious insider threats to outside attackers, across the entire threat lifecycle. Forcepoint protects data everywhere – in the cloud, on the road, in the office – simplifying compliance and enabling better decision-making to streamline security.

Other sponsors include: Sage evolution, Airwatch by VMware, EG Solutions, Sophos, Kofax, Ninzi-Connect,Forcepoint, Performanta and many more.

For more information about IT Leaders please contact:

marcia@kineticevents.net +27 (0) 21 180 4700

2nd Floor, Dean Street Arcade Dean Street, Newlands, Cape Town

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