MyBroadband Conference

Vodaworld, 10 October 2012

Speakers at the MyBroadband 2012 Conference

MC: Aki Anastasiou, Radio 702

Aki Anastasiou is a regular stand-in talk show host, while at the same time, having assisted in the development of 702’s internet presence. He hosts “Technobytes” every Monday afternoon with David O’Sullivan and also hosts the “Technology and Gadget Show” with Jenny Crwys-Williams every fortnight. He is also the “techno-man” for both 702 and Cape Talk when any technology news makes the headlines.

Shameel Joosub, Vodacom CEO

Shameel is a former CEO of Vodafone Spain. He was previously the Managing Director of Vodacom South Africa and a Director of the Vodacom Group Board from 2000 until 2010 prior to his secondment to Vodafone Spain. Shameel joined Vodacom in March 1994 after completing his articles and has held a number of senior positions in Vodacom. He was re-appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in September 2012.

Jose Dos Santos, Cell C Chief Commercial Officer

Jose who has been in the telecommunications and related industries for more than 20 years joined Cell C on 1 October 2012 as Chief Commercial Officer. After holding many executive positions in his career, he joined Cell C initially in 2001 as the Managing Director after which he was made Chief Commercial Officer in 2003. His commercial experience and knowledge has seen him robustly grow Vodacom Mozambique over a period of 6 years where he was appointed as CEO.

Karel Pienaar, MTN SA MD

Karel Pienaar started his career at Telkom, and later moved to Multichoice where he was instrumental in the start-up of MTN in 1994. He served as CEO of MTN Nigeria during the first year of its start-up phase. Pienaar received the highest honour, the SAIEE President's Award, at the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers' (SAIEE) annual banquet recently.

Tim Wyatt-Gunning
John Holdsworth, Appchat CEO

John Holdsworth is the CEO of AppChat, and was also the former CEO of ECN, a leading provider of IP based next generation network services. ECN was founded in January 2005 by John with the specific aim of exploiting the impending liberalisation of the South African telecommunications market. Holdsworth is an accomplished technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in the Information Communication and Technology sectors. Prior to establishing ECN, John was also the founder and CEO of PayM8, a leading provider of mobile commerce solutions on the African continent.

Tim Wyatt-Gunning
Angus Hay, Neotel CTO

Dr Angus Hay, PrEng, CEng, MIET, FSAIEE, 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 Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for Neotel’s technology choices, network architecture, strategic planning, and industry partnerships. He was previously Chief Technology Officer of Transtel.

Angus Hay
Steve Lewis, Telkom Managing Executive

Steve Lewis is Telkom’s Managing Executive, Product House. Steve has fulfilled many different engineering and management roles at Telkom. Some these include experience with microwave systems, switching systems, radio engineering, radio spectrum management, R&D, technical product development, financial management, technology management and group strategy. Steve holds, among various other qualifications, an MSc (Cum Laude) in electronic engineering.

Gian Visser, Afrihost CEO

Gian Visser is the co-founder and CEO of one of the leading web hosting and internet providers in South Africa. Gian is passionate about entrepreneurship and helping each client maximise their success on the internet. He's also loves learning all he can about the psychology of buyer behaviour especially as it relates to making purchases online.

Douglas Reed, Vox Telecom CEO

Doug Reed is a serial entrepreneur whose biggest passion is starting up and growing successful businesses - especially when other people think it's impossible. He joined DataPro nine years ago after being approached by Control Instruments Ltd to turn the company into an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Since then he has seen DataPro's value grow 700-fold, from R1.2m in the mid-1990s to a current market capitalisation of around R 1bn - and made several millionaires among the staff in the process.

Rudi Jansen, former MWEB CEO

Rudi Jansen is a businessman. He is the former CEO of MWEB. He complete a B.Compt (Hons) degree at UNISA in 1990;qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA); joined Coopers and Lybrand (now known as Price Waterhouse Coopers) in 1990 and after completing his articles in 2003,continued his career including a secondment to the Cayman Islands; 1996 he joined MIH Holdings limited and Mcell Limited, as Group Management Accountant; 1997 joined MWEB as Head of Finance; 2003-2005 was the CFO of MIH 's internet segment and rejoined MWEB in 2005 as CEO.

Jannie van Zyl, Vodacom HOD consumer data

Jannie Van Zyl is an Electronics Engineer by training and an ICT veteran with over 25 years experience in the industry. He has spent the last 5 years with the Vodacom Group where he was involved in various areas of the business, from operations to strategy before he took the position of CEO at iBurst in 2009. In 2010 Van Zyl joined Vodacom again after a year at the helm of iBurst.

Gustav Smit, DFA CEO

Gustav Smit is the CEO for Dark Fibre Africa. He also holds a position at CIV Holdings, held since 1992. Gustav holds a Hons. B Compt from the University of South Africa/Universiteit van Suid-Afrika.

Puleng Sejanamane, Broadband Infraco CEO

Puleng Sejanamane is the Chief executive officer of Broadband Infraco. Sejanamane was chief marketing and sales officer at Infraco since December 2011. Before that she spent just over three years as general manager of carrier services at MTN South Africa.

Amith Maharaj, 8ta head

Amith Maharaj was appointed to Telkom in 2008 as the Managing Executive of Telkom Mobile. He has since been developing and executing Telkom's mobile strategy (business and network) which will see R6 billion of capital investment over 5 years. Maharaj obtained his Engineering degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1998 and completed an MBA in 2005. He has also served on the Swiftnet (Fastnet) board as a non-executive director.