Keynote Speakers


10th to 12th March 2021

Emperors Palace Conferencing Centre, Kempton Park. South Africa


Mr. Seliki Abram Tlhabane
Chief Director: Mst and Curriculum Enhancement Programmes

Department of Basic Education

For the past twenty four (29) years, Mr Tlhabane has worked within government, NGO and Business environments assuming various positions of leadership. Since 1993 to date, he has worked at middle, senior and executive management levels. He has served in various strategic committees including the interprovincial committee on MST, the Tender and Procurement Committee, Bid Evaluation Committees, CEOs Committee the National Science Week Committee and the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) located within the Department of Science and Technology. Decisions made at these committees were critical in advising the Heads of Departments and the Minister of Basic Education and the Minister of Science and Technology. He has had the privilege of turning around several institutions, schools, government sub-directorate, NGO’s, from levels of under-performance to high performing institutions. He has the experience of developing and maintaining business relationships with a wide range of agencies and organisations within the civil, private and public sectors as well as people from varying multicultural backgrounds.


He has occupied the following positions in government, NGO and private sector: Mathematics Teacher, Head of Department, Deputy Principal, School Principal, Chief Education Specialist, Chief Executives Officer and now Chief Director with the Department of Basic Education.

Elsabe Hart 

Microsoft Education Solution Specialist Microsoft South Africa

As a former Educator with over 11 years of teaching experience Elsabé is passionate about Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century. Over the last 5 years as a Microsoft Education Solution Specialist she has worked with Private and Government Schools and Organizations across South Africa in demonstrating ways of using technology more effectively to support better learning outcomes and to develop 21st-century skills. Elsabé is a firm advocate for game-based learning, coding, robotics and STEAM Education and she loves to play Minecraft in her spare time. As a lifelong learner she is actively exploring new technologies and trends in Artificial Intelligence in Education.


Dr. Babajide A. Adelekan
Department of Agricultural and Bio-Environmental Engineering
Federal College of Agriculture (Nigeria)
Dr. Babajide A. Adelekan is an agricultural engineer and the immediate past Provost of Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria. As the Chief Executive, he led the college to robustly fulfill its mandates within the larger context of advancing tertiary agricultural education and practice in Nigeria. He is currently spearheading the efforts aimed at upgrading and modernization of academics and research programs in the college through the integration of Artificial Intelligence approaches into the mix. He is also involved in finding pathways for integrating Artificial Intelligence approaches into Agricultural Engineering research and practice, which is his primary field.

Dickson Willie
Founder & CEO
Tsogolo Technologies

Dickson Willie is a graduate of the Founder Institute and YCombinator and founder of Tsogolo Technologies, a digital services startup. Under Tsogolo Technologies, Dickson has launched flagship innovations such as MTN App of the year category winner ‘Technishen’ as well as ‘Imbizo.Co’.


Technishen is an on-demand service management solution that connects skilled and vetted technicians (IT, electrical, plumbing, installations etc…) to consumers and businesses. is a bespoke virtual communication solution for meetings and events. is also used to facilitate remote learning and helps to democratise education.

Prior to founding Tsogolo Technologies, Dickson’s career focused on IT infrastructure and worked for Accenture as a cloud migration consultant. Dickson holds a Masters of Commence focused in Information Systems from University of Cape Town. He is also Gauteng Chapter Chairman for the Institute of IT Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), and is a board member at Edumap Education Development Trust.


Chanille Viviers
Director of EduTech
Steyn City School

Chanille Viviers is currently the Director of the EduTech centre at Steyn City School in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she leads the integration of Technology and Innovation using the 21st Century Learning Design

She is an MCE, a Microsoft Innovative Expert, a MIE Fellow, a Global Minecraft Mentor and a Skype Master. Her students collaborate with other students from all over the world to come up with solutions for peace and prosperity within their community and the planet in Global partnerships.

She has led her team to become a Microsoft Showcase school where she has been instrumental in guiding teachers and students to implement Remote Learning best practice using Microsoft Teams, Flipgrid and Wakelet.

She has presented at several conferences, both at home and abroad, and her area of expertise is using immersive technologies like Virtual- and Augmented Reality to enhance learning as well as AI with XinaBox and Azure ML, where our students have also participated in the AI for good project, that focuses on using AI to address some of Unesco’s SDGs.

She has won several awards including the National Teachers’ Award for Excellence in Education, the Statham trophy for Excellence in Education and her team won the International Award for Inclusion during the Global Educator Challenge in Paris, France in April 2019 using the Immersive Reader in Minecraft to make learning more accessible for all students. She is also a qualified Educational Psychologist.

Sean Grant
Chief Technology Officer
SA SchoolCoding

Sean Grant is an EdTech Coach who helps people to use technology effectively, especially integrating systems to automate processes and optimise workflows. An accomplished educator, who is currently engaging schools in the delivery of Coding and Robotics and the use of Office 365 for Education, especially using Microsoft Teams for Education. He knows all about G Suite & how to Google too! 

Uviwe Qwabaza
Technical Specialist
Microsoft South Africa

Uviwe Qwabaza has 10 years of experience in the Telecommunications Industry. She’s an ICT influencer, currently working with various Departments of Education and other academic institutions as a Technical Specialist at Microsoft South Africa. Her passion is to empower students and educators to acquire, demonstrate, articulate and value knowledge and future skills that will support and empower them, as life-long learners, to participate in and contribute to the global world and practice the core values

Her dynamism helps her to lead efficient ICT implementors in the academic institutions. She is very passionate about enabling digital transformation in our country.

Wayne Stuurman
Bishop Bavin Preparatory School

Wayne is an experienced Headmaster with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. He is skilled in Educational Technology, English, e-learning, Tutoring, Classroom Management and Psychological counseling. Strong education professional with a LDP focused in Organizational Leadership from University of the Witwatersrand.

Dean McCoubrey

As SA’s Digital Life Skills expert, I am passionate about education and human potential, and bring together 20 years of experience in digital, social and traditional media, the app landscape, smart devices and reputation management. I speak internationally on the mental and emotional impact of media and devices on teenage girls and boys, with MySociaLife winning awards and being recognised as a leading advocate of online safety. 

Handson Mlotshwa
Head of ICT
Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership & Governance

Mr Handson Mlotshwa is the Director of ICT and Teacher Development the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership & Governance. He is also a member of the UNESCO ICT CFT community of Experts and African Brains UK, where he is involved in shaping e-learning policies and practices through policy and guides on the development of online materials. An Education Technologist by profession and teacher. Mr Mlotshwa is a recipient of the National Teacher Award for technology enhanced teaching and learning in South Africa.

Wynand Espach
Managing Director
Agricolleges International

Growing up in rural Limpopo Province, South Africa, Wynand Espach has always had a love for soil and agriculture and a passion for education and the people of the African continent. After completing his studies, Wynand was naturally drawn back to the rural Limpopo town of Tzaneen. Here he joined Amorentia Estate where he started as nursery assistant and worked through the ranks to where he now serves as Managing Director, just over 17 years later.

The developmental challenges of farming, education, training and rural development has driven Wynand and the team at Amorentia to become a beacon of excellence in the farming community. Their diversification as a small farm has been inspirational to many other farmers in the district.

Wynand has served as the Chairman of the Board of Thlalefa School for 14 years. The school was established in 1983 by Howard Blight on the farm Amorentia Estate, and serves the rural area of Politsi Valley and caters for children of farm labour. The school has been nominated the best rural school in Limpopo Province on a number of occasions.

Wynand was a Shareholder and Co-founder of a large agricultural enterprise in Mozambique that created huge employment opportunities and uplifted an entire community between 2009 and 2015.

Together with Howard Blight, owner of Amorentia Estate, Wynand then co-founded AGRICOLLEGES international and in 2018, Wynand was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of AGRICOLLEGES international.

Dr Elmarie Mostert
Faculty of Veterinary Science
University of Pretoria
El-Marie Mostert is an Education Consultant and E-learning Project Manager from the Department for Education Innovation, University of Pretoria. She has been involved with many e-learning and other educational projects and currently her focus areas are staff development and computer-based assessment. She obtained a Master’s degree and PhD in Computer Assisted Education. She is the Education Consultant for the Faculty of Veterinary Science and her special interests are e-assessment and Veterinary education. She presented papers at national and international conferences on these and other e-learning topics and is constantly involved with research about these topics.

Jaco Myburgh
TTS Solutions

Jaco Myburgh is the CEO of the TTS Group of companies. One of the companies, TTS Solutions, specialises in the training of computer aided design, and the development of online and digital format learning methods, especially in the technical drawing and design field. Jaco has many years’ experience as a teacher in technical subjects and has phenomenal passion for learning.

Paul Hanly
New Leaf Technologies
Paul Hanly is the Co-Founder of New Leaf Technologies, a well-established and renowned global e learning business based in Johannesburg. He has had 38 years of business experience across a diverse range of industries. He has sat on a number of local and international boards and is an advocate of leveraging innovative technology to unlock an educational renaissance in Africa.

Nokuthula Chonco
Learning and Development

Nokuthula Chonco is a Skills Development Specialist and curator of information in the career and personal development space. With at least 10 years’ experience in the Human Capital environment; she has occupied various predominately in learning and development. She is currently employed at a leading National Development Finance Institution where her role focuses on, Skills Development and Governance and Youth Development (this includes the programme management of Learnerships, Graduate Programmes and Apprenticeships Programmes). Nokuthula believes her purpose is the development and this has led her founding Me Developing Me. Through the Me Developing Me brand, she shares career development information for the young unemployed individual and to the seasoned professional who desires to take their career to the next level. With the same handle Me Developing.

Ricky Steenkamp
Project Manager
Macmillan Teacher Campus

Ricky has been a project Manager at Macmillan Teacher Campus for 9 years. She is responsible for training educators in the Southern African region on improving their digital fluency and integrating technology into their classroom. She is an avid supporter of tech integration and has a passion for new trends in education. She is a teacher with more than twenty years’ experience in Natural Sciences and Technology. With a growth mind-set, she is eager to learn anything new and challenging. She has recently enrolled for the “2020 Premium Learn to Code Certification” courses on StackSkills. In 2020, she realised, during lockdown, that there is a desperate need for teachers and lecturers at colleges to be skilled in remote teaching. Subsequently, a range of newly developed workshops and webinars were developed and successfully conducted to achieve just that.

Astrid Scheiber
Manager: Calculator Training & Promotions
James Ralph / CASIO

Susanna Ackermann
Education lead
SADC Acer Africa

Susanna is an experienced education account manager with a demonstrated history of working in the ICT space in various African countries. She is skilled in advocacy, influencing, project conceptualisation, implementation, partner enablement, and capacity building. 

Dr Upasana Singh
Senior Lecturer
University of KwaZulu Natal
Dr Upasana Singh is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Information Systems and Technology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Westville Campus, in Durban South Africa. She has a keen interest in Educational Technologies. In 2019 she completed her Fellowship in “Teaching Advancement in Universities” (TAU), from the CHE. Her primary area of research is Digital Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. During the pandemic she has developed 3 conceptual models emerging from her research of the transition to online learning for academics, students and females.
Adam Diprose
General Manager
Elevate Education

Adam was born and raised in Canberra, Australia. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Sydney. Adam began working for Elevate when he was 19 as a study skills presenter, traveling to schools to teach students the secrets of high school success!


Adam moved to Oxford after finishing his degree to set up the Elevate office in the UK. He moved to Cape Town in 2016 to establish the Elevate office in South Africa, and has loved living here so much that he has no plans on leaving any time soon! Adam is passionate about helping students to become more confident and more effective learners, as well as to achieve their academic potential. He has worked with hundreds of schools and universities, as well as speaking to teachers and parents at numerous conferences and professional events.

Virginy Matsi
Specialist: Learning & Development
Nedbank Group

I am currently a Nedbank Wealth Learning and Development Specialist, with over 8 years of

Corporate learning design, development, delivery and implementation. I have worked in the Financial Services Industry for 10 years and hold a Bcom Honours degree in Organisational Psychology. I am also a certified, Education and Training Practitioner. I am a lifelong learner who is experienced in adult corporate learning and development with a keen interest in Professional development.

Johan Benade
Hands on Tech
  • Lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology
  • Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager
  • WorldSkills South Africa Mobile Robotics National Expert
  • World Robot Olympiad Advance Robot Category head referee
  • National Organiser – World Robot Olympiad in South Africa
Darryn Van Den Berg
Award winning, TedTalk and Key Note speaker

I am the visionary and co-founder of P4P – the leading e-Portfolio e-assessment edtech platform. I build the twist to enable the measurable of informal and non- formal learning – that happens every day. I create master strategy frameworks that disrupt the traditional training classroom and e-learning screens to ensure that people learn (using both options if necessary) to increase their productivity. With exceptional Problem Solving ability underpinned by practiced creative and critical thinking competence.

Herman Moolman 


HBM Edu Tech

My professional career started in 1981 when I qualified as a mathematics and physical education teacher.  I became department head in 1985 and in 1992 principal of a primary school.   During my teaching years, I attended night school to obtain my BA and B Honours degrees at the University of Pretoria.  In 1997 I completed my Masters in Education, resigned teaching and pursued a career that would give me opportunities to educate with technology. 

As a consultant, a challenging project to design and develop training for warehouse workers, led me to enrol and complete my Doctorate degree at the University of Pretoria in 2007.  As a result of my e-learning expertise, I joined UTi Worldwide in 2010 to integrate and support e-learning for global employees.  Started own company – HBM Edu Tech – in 2014.  Our mission is to help organisations, training companies and education institutions to establish their “Own Online Academies”.

Some of my best achievements:

·        Established “Online Academies” for pharmaceutical, supply chain, agricultural and training companies:

o    International Healthcare Distributors (IHD) (2004),

o    UTi Pharma (2008),

o    UTi Global (2010) and

o    CR Bard (2015),

o    Suidwes Landbou (2018),

o    Tshiriletso Training (2019) and

o    Emanzini (2020). 

·         Previous Guest speaker opportunities at International conferences includes:

o    IASTED – Chamonix – France

o    TUT Educators Conference

o    SAPICS – Sun City

o    CPUT – Cape Town

·         Latest projects are for:

v  PWC and Transnet,

v  National Treasury

v  Dept of Education and

v  Private training companies. 

o    Projects include the design and development of online courses for employees on a national and global levels.


·         Swam my first – hopefully not the last – Midmar mile in February 2020.   

Dr Ayanda Deliwe
Nelson Mandela University

Paul Wernich
Reddam House

Mr. Dan Nkosi
South West Gauteng TVET College (SWGC)

Donna Lewis
Instructional Designer
Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Kendal Bennie
Regional Manager
Western & Eastern Cape

Sibongile Ngcapu
Tshwane University of Technology
Sibongile Ruth Ngcapu is a Lecturer and a doctorate student at Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. She is offering Computer Literacy and Computer Applications Technology to student teachers. She has worked in the same university as an instructional designer. She is working towards completing her doctoral studies this year.

Dr Kieran McGeown

Education Director

UCAN Achieve Ltd



Dr Kieran McGeown BEd MSc EdD FRSA has worked has over 30 years’ experience working in the education sector. He was both a senior lecturer and course team leader for Teacher Education in one of the UK’s top teacher education university colleges. His main research focus was on STEM/STEAM education and is now Education Director for UCAN Achieve Ltd.

Dr Alan Pollock


UCAN Achieve Ltd



Dr Alan Pollock BSc PhD CMath CEng CMgr has 25 years of experience of working in the IT industry across a variety of large corporations and start-ups. As a co-founder of UCAN Achieve Ltd, he brings an industrial and entrepreneurial focus to help drive innovation and realism into the company’s educational offerings.

Vernon Chapman 

Senior Consultant 

EventMAP Solutions

Vernon Chapman is a Senior Consultant at EventMAP Solutions. Vernon has a wide range of experience working within public sector organisations, particularly in post-secondary education environments, assisting them in the acquisition and implementation of software applications for scheduling, resource management and estate utilisation.

Agustin Porres

Latin America Regional Director

Varkey Foundation



Agustin Porres is a professional trained in Education and Public Policies. He has many years of working experience in the public sector in Argentina, the United States and several education foundations in Latin America.

As of 2016, he is part of Varkey Foundation where he holds the position of Latin America Regional Director. Varkey Foundation is a global organization aimed at training and empowering teachers as well as increasing the value of their role around the world.

In addition, he was part of Fundación Contemporánea for 17 years where he served as Director of Education Policies and coordinated the Education area.

With regard to the public sector, he served as an official for the City of Buenos Aires Ministry of Environment team. Then, he was an official for the City of Buenos Aires Ministry of Education and finally Chief of Staff in ANSES. His main project and challenge there was to enhance the processes for 16 000 employees training them for a new management model and reducing the absenteeism rate.

During his first professional years, he continued teaching several subjects as a member of several school and university faculties.

He holds a graduate degree in Philosophy and a postgraduate degree in Politics, Government and Administration at the Catholic University of Argentina. In turn, he took a Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy, in Washington. In the United States, he lived for more than 2 years where he studied, worked and also founded the Latin America Policy Association.

He currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina with his wife and 2 kids.

Danny Arati

Chief Strategy Officer Becreo Technologies (United Kingdom)


Danny is responsible for BeCREO Technologies’ strategic direction and for engagements at institutional level, with a particular focus on the education sector. This includes the establishment of collaborations to support research, projects and policies to facilitate the deployment of inter-active and game based approaches in education, in full alignment with 21st Century Learning and Teaching. Prior to joining BeCREO Technologies, Danny worked for 17 years at Intel Corporation, where he spent most of his time as the Education Manager for Europe. There, he oversaw the creation, adaptation and localisation of teacher training programmes under the ‘Intel Teach’ umbrella; he also worked closely with ministries of education and other agencies to promote changes in school policies and curricula. In collaboration with universities, he promoted research into usage models of new technologies in the classroom. Having gained an initial experience as a language teacher, he completed an MA in Mass Communication Research at the University of Leicester. He holds a BA in Literature, Philology and Journalism from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, Danny is also a Senior Examiner for the International Baccalaureate.

Agyei Fosu
Department of Information Technology
Walter Sisulu University

Agyei Fosu is a lecturer in the Department of Information Technology at the Walter Sisulu University where he lectures Information Technology Skills as well as mathematics for IT. He has a growing research papers in ICTs in education and in business research. His current research papers published in International Journal of Community Development include:

Karen Ann Walstra
EduChangeMaker and EduDisruptor

Karen Ann Walstra is an EduChangeMaker and EduDisruptor who promotes creative and critical thinking, incorporating digital tools, to address educational and learning transformation, assisting schools to adapt to change.

As a passionate independent educational consultant, she works with individual schools and educational organisations, creating personalised solutions. Her experience as a successful twenty-nine-year career as a classroom teacher from Gr. R-11, and as a Director of Academics. Coordinated, developed and trained on large scale outreach programmes namely St Stithians College’s Thandulwazi Teacher and Leader Development Programme from 2005-2015, was Acting Head of the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy from Aug. 2017-July. 2018, as well as the trainer and content developer of Click Foundation’s Learner Reading project from 2012-2015. She has conducted teacher and leadership presentations and workshops for more than 20 years at conferences and symposiums locally and globally.

She is an ex-Google who worked within an emerging markets team, “Education Go Digital” and Chrome OS, both globally and across Sub-Saharan Africa. She has lectured part-time in the education faculties over the years at University of North West, University of the Witwatersrand, and the University of Pretoria. She holds a Master’s in Education, from the University of the Witwatersrand, focusing on Educational Technology. She is an accredited Education, Training and Development Assessor and Moderator. She is a PhD candidate, researching Virtual Reality in Education.  She is an EduChange Maker and EduDisruptor

Mauritz Kotze
SA SchoolCoding

Mauritz has over 15 years teaching experience (5 years in private schools and 10 in government schools). Since January 2014, he’s been working in the computer lab, teaching ICT to children from Grade R-7.The experienced gained from teaching ICT, steered him in the direction of programming or coding as an after school or extra-mural activity at schools. The main reason, in his experience, working with children from different schools, is that children have the opportunity at school to work on a computer but they lack basic ICT skills. In general, children take part in educational games or online math programmes.  

Francois Naude
Phoenix Education Engineers

Francois founded Phoenix Education Engineers as part of his quest to motivate, inspire and support teachers through sharing his life story, experiences and strategies that assisted him in becoming an award-winning teacher, educator, content creator, director of companies and public speaker.

Llewellyn Scholtz
Executive Director
Genesis CITI (G-CITI Campus) / I-CAN Centre

Llewellyn Scholtz is currently the Executive Director of social enterprise Genesis CITI (I-CAN Centre), Centre Manager of the I-CAN Centre and CEO of GCITI Campus. He leads a dynamic team in disrupting the education sector with vocational technology training that promotes employability and entrepreneurship. Successfully, more than 7,000 citizens were empowered in digital skills in 3 years. The success has lauded across South Africa, highlighting the I-CAN Centre as the solution for social transformation and economic growth.

As an educational technology expert, Llewellyn provides consultation to educational institutions in aligning vocational curriculums towards global technology certification to ensure students become effective and efficient in the workplace in preparation for the 4th Industrial Revolution. Llewellyn developed a successful recipe for creating inclusive tech hubs that promote access to technology, adoption of technology and the empowerment of digital skills through partnerships. He is also a passionate and inspirational keynote speaker addressing the digital divide in South Africa. Besides, his weekly radio show has more than 10,000 listeners as he educates citizens about the world of technology. He continues to focus on researching how digital certification and badges aim at solving the UN’s sustainable development goals.

Anita Van Vuuren
Deputy Chief Education Specialist
Western Cape Department of Education
A Deputy Chief Education Specialist at the provincial office of Western Cape Department of Education in South Africa who specializes in the integration of technology in the classroom. Currently, she is spearheading the redefinition of the teacher professional development programme for technology enhanced teaching and learning across the Western Cape Province. This includes the latest remote teaching and learning emergency content pack for teachers and the demystification of coding in education to mention some foci. The latter, also relates to her field of research as a Master’s student at the University of Johannesburg.

Thandile Ntshwanti
Founder and Principal consultant
Bumbatha Africa Group

Thandile Ntshwanti is a Founder and Principal consultant at Bumbatha Africa Group, a Johannesburg based Development Management Consulting firm. Thandile holds post graduate qualifications in Education and in Public & Development Management. A former education lecturer, Thandile has a keen interest on issues around education, rural education and skills development as a whole.  

Joel Kaplan
Chief Chaos Officer
Thought Africa

A crazy visionary connected to all things techy & is great at Googling things! We actually think he’s been “accidentally” dropped off from some alien spaceship flying overhead…

Nkanyiso Dlamini

My chief aim in life is to move Africa forward economically, technologically and socially.

  • Manchester Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor Merit Award 2012.
  • SAFA accredited football coach.
  • KNVB accredited football coach.
  • PUMA Influencer.
  • Duke CE Orchestrator & Educator.
  • Founder of leading 4IR Start-Up in South Africa (@e-mfundi) by Small Enterprise Development Agency 2019.

Michelle Lissoos
Global Edtech Trend Specialist
Think Ahead Education Solutions

Michelle has spent the last 20 years specialising in the integration of technology into education. Michelle is passionate about bringing global leading best practice to South African teachers and students in a way which is locally relevant and sustainable. She is passionate about the fact that technology should be empowering for all. Her mission is to support educators, parents and students to succeed in today’s digital world.


Think Ahead is an Apple Solutions Expert in Education, and focuses on working with schools to transform education to meet the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, through Apple technology. iSchoolAfrica‘s aim is to find innovative and creative learning solutions – that can address the challenge of resources and skills in South Africa’s rural and township schools.


Michelle’s team has made an impact on communities through the iSchoolAfrica programme. The iSchoolAfrica programme takes mobile iPad labs preloaded with content and facilitators into disadvantaged communities, through establishing corporate and government sponsorships. iSchoolAfrica currently operates in over 200 rural and township schools and 3000 teachers and 100 000 students have had the opportunity to engage with technology through this programme.


Yasirah Sakadavan
Group Technology Learning Lead
Standard Bank Group

Yasirah began her career in Human Resources in 2002 with Liberty Life and, whilst employed by Absa, transitioned to the Learning and Development domain in 2009. She has a wealth of both local and international experience in the Energy, Oil and Gas and Financial Services industries. She has impressive exposure in both consulting and leading creative, customised and learner-centric development functions, in environments fraught with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.  

Yasirah enjoys getting actively involved in designing customised learning solutions as well as managing the learning function’s outcomes. She has experience in managing cross-geography, virtual learning teams which stands her in good stead in her current role as Group Technology Head of Learning at Standard Bank Group, as the Group seeks to grow technology capabilities across the African continent.  Yasirah stepped into the Group’s Human Capital team at a time when managing learning and transitioning skills to be future ready has never been more important, bringing with her thought leadership and visionary learning-solution experience. Yasirah is the mother to daughter Zinneerah and both are passionate about football, motorsports, and travelling to obscure places with rich art and architectural histories. She is also an avid reader, who enjoys cooking, swimming, and taking long walks to unwind. Yasirah holds a Masters’ Degree in Organisational Psychology, amongst other Coaching and Management & Leadership Development certificates.

Ryan Macquet
Consultant & Speaker: Gaming, Robotics/Coding and Drones
Africa Electronic Sports Association

Ryan’s passion for technology stems from a deep grounding in Technical Solutions that started with PC gaming and esports over the last 18 years. Having spent nine (9) years at Intel Corporation in the retail and education sector as a Technical Marketing Engineer, developing a deep technical and structural grounding of technology, gaming and IOT. Since leaving Intel at the end of 2018 he started up the Africa Electronic Sport Association, a non-profit company that strives to grow the adoption and awareness of Esports by using it as a vehicle for Education Transformation and 2st century learning.  


Prudence Mabitsela
Managing Director
Dynamic DNA

Prudence Mabitsela, Entrepreneur, Managing Director, Board Member, Advocate for true and meaningful skills development 4IR, ABP Member. Prudence believes in empowering and developing the youth to ensure that they have the right skills for the future.

 The right skills will drive them to be more creative in solving social challenges through entrepreneurship and be gainfully employed in the ICT sector. Prudence believes that change can be done through changing one person at the time. She is currently campaigning to drive more females into the ICT industry using the 4IR4Her platform. To find out more and to be part of this campaign visit:

Tim Holiday
Country Director
2 Simple

Proud and passionate South African Country Lead at 2Simple. I feel excited every day about working with our learners and future leaders and teachers. Helping them to understand, embrace and effectively use the technology, tools and platforms to enhance digital skills. 2Simple is constantly moving and developing, and at the forefront of Educational Technology, Technology integration, IT Curriculum development and Coding for schools.

I am passionate about Creative Education, E-Learning, EdTech integration, Computer Literacy, Teacher Training and Coaching.

Madelein Meiring

Regional Sales Director 

South Africa, McGraw Hill Education


Having spent the last 24 years within the Education Sector, Madelein has developed a deep passion for education with a particular emphasis on helping both academics and students to find solutions that would help them to be successful in their studies an in their later careers. Madelein believes that all learners in South Africa, both young and old, should have access to quality education and content support to assist them in successfully graduating.  Her belief is that learners should not become merely part of the masses but be met and assisted at the point where they are, providing them with personalized learning support at the level which they need.  Her true belief is that all learners hold withing them the potential to greatness, and that it is our responsibility to assist them to mine and develop that. Learning is truly a science, as is teaching, and her every day goal is to find that pivotal point where these meet. Prior to joining McGraw Hill, Madelein did extensive work in Training and Development as well as local Educational Publishing.

Boitumelo Khunou
Teacher Development Consultant
TMK Education Consultants

Boitumelo is currently a Masters’ in Education candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from Rhodes University, a PGCE from the University of South Africa, and a Bachelor of Education Honours (Cum Laude) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Boitumelo has over 7 years’ experience in the education field as a teacher in the public sector, and most recently as a teacher development consultant, materials developer, and teacher trainer. She has a specific interest in Culturally Responsive Teaching as a pedagogy that addresses diversity and inclusion issues faced in schools and classrooms. 

Danie Boneschans
Danieteach Pvt Ltd

Danie finds his passion in accessing and integrating a variety of different technical and online teaching practises and methodologies. After developing online Afrikaans learning programs for kids and adults, he continued to teach online and soon expanded to all fields of learning. Danie specialises in training teachers how to teach digitally and get results. He is the Founder and Director of DanieTeach, who successfully runs the online distance learning leg of the company while managing four micro learning hubs in Carlswald, President Park, Koppieslaagte and Westdene.

Terrence Thapelo
ETD Consultant

Accredited on Facilitation, Learning material and program design, Productivity tools, Team building and Quality management.
Since I started with learning and development, I have worked in a variety of educational settings. I have developed many valuable skills while teaching diverse groups of learners including both learners with learning disabilities, Senior Personnel and gifted learners. I am adept at individualizing the curriculum to meet each learner’s different needs and designing resourceful lesson plans that accommodate differing learning abilities and interests. I enjoy being creative and utilizing new ideas and approaches to improve the learning environment for my learners. I have incorporated a variety of hands on activities, fun manipulative and learning projects to inspire and motivate the learners. This also includes the innovative integration of technology across the curriculum. I am passionate about empowerment, development and helping learners to develop their full potential. Part of this process includes close interaction with learners to encourage participation and reinforce learning while building the learner’s self-esteem and confidence especially with technology. 

Grover Abrahams
Managing Director: Learning and Systems
Verve Digital-Learning & Systems

Grover has a real passion for all digital best practices in learning technologies, whether it is content or systems. He has been instrumental in assisting many large organisations, become future proof and leading learning companies. Considered a thought leader in the eLearning field, Grover has been invited to speak at national conferences, events and run workshops with eLearning best practices. 

Estelle Drysdale
Senior Instructional Designer
University of Pretoria

I have a passion for Teaching and Learning. I believe educators are shaping the future in terms of the people they train and who will become the next leaders. Therefore I am always aiming to see where I can add value to faculty in such a way that the students will reap the benefits – be it in the way the faculty teach or the way they deliver their online courses. My motto: small changes that will have huge impact.

Chelsea Williamson

Inclusion & Accessibility Facilitator/Apple Teacher



Accessibility and Inclusion is for everyone. Yes, even you. Chelsea has her Honours in South African Sign Language and Musical Theatre as well as a teaching diploma for Speech and Drama. She has always immersed herself in the disabled communities, having disabilities herself. Being in these worlds has allowed Chelsea to witness the barriers that are faced daily, and has shown her how technology truly is the most effective tool to overcoming them and creating successfully inclusive and accessible environments.

Kerry-Anne Constance
Segment Head of Learning and Development
FNB South Africa

James Lees


Advantage Learn

I am a passionate ZA [South African] tech entrepreneur who firmly believes that providing keen learners with access to top educators is a critical component to providing equal opportunity. On my journey, I have realised that we all have a part to play in helping to level the playing field.

In 2014 I co-founded and since then I have been working on helping learners and organisations become agents in the fourth industrial revolution. My current priorities are providing learners’ access to high-quality STEM educators and materials and helping organisations provide their learning online in a helpful and meaningful manner.

Richard Lilford

Engela Franken
Assistant Director Open Learning
Gert Sibande TVET College
Engela Franken was born and bred in Pretoria where she completed her BAedMus degree at the University of Pretoria.
After teaching at various schools for a couple of years, she decided to swop the piano keyboard for a computer keyboard and completed a Diploma in Computer Science at UNISA. She started lecturing in 2005 at Gert Sibande TVET College (Mpumalanga) where she played a key role in the establishment of an eLearning Unit at the College. In her quest to improve student and lecturer performance through teaching and learning with technology, the unit has developed a Content Management System called Khuphula, built on the SAKAI model.
As Head of the eLearning Unit Mrs Franken initiated and organised two ICT Conferences for TVET colleges and received the 2014 annual award from DHET for EXCELLENCE IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION.
Mrs Franken recently completed her Master’s degree in Computer Integrated Education at the University of Pretoria. Today, she will be sharing some of her research study’s findings and recommendations, with the topic “The implementation of open learning in the South African TVET college sector”.

Prof.G P Baloyi
Department of Adult Basic Education

Sheryl Yeadon
Executive: Channels
Mindset TV
Dietmar Frey
Chairman & Co-founder

Dietmar spearheads Skypiom’s technical and strategic portfolios, which include product definition and international options.

With more than 40 years experience in the software technology business, along with subjection to other industries, including aviation, telecommunication and technology applications, Dietmar’s exposure to learning and development has been multifarious, spanning extensive flight crew training to chairing parent associations and board of governors at international schooling bodies.

Dietmar’s deep understanding of software development coupled with a future-proofing mindset allows him to conceptualise system modules that are not only beneficial but imperative for organisations, which are reflected in the Knowledge Management System’s ethos.

Felix Spyrka

Regional Director Europe, Africa & China

Firefly Learning


Felix is the Regional Director for Firefly Learning Africa. Currently based out of Berlin/Germany he has lived in Asia for 5 years and has helped schools in more than 30 countries to improve their learning and communication technology setup. Prior to working at Firefly Felix has worked as the Head of Sales for Cialfo – a college counselling software provider based out of Singapore. 

Jamie Ball

Lead Middle East and Africa



An accomplished international session speaker, Jamie is currently responsible for taking the lead on creating impact with the Texthelp range of literacy, maths and assessment technology across the Middle East and Africa. These solutions include the award-winning Read&Write family of literacy support products, EquatIO for maths and WriQ which brings machine learning to assessment, marking and progression tracking. Passionate about teaching ESOL and the use of Educational Technology in the classroom, his particular area of expertise is around creating inclusive learning for all, with a focus on support for bi and multilingual students. His experience teaching English as an additional language provides a practical and experienced perspective. 

Trueman Mabumbo

Founder and CEO

Dzidzo Paden|Imfundo Endlini


Trueman Mabumbo is an 18-year old Zimbabwean. He is the founder and CEO of Dzidzo Paden|Imfundo Endlini (loosely translates to Learning at home), a non profit organization in Zimbabwe distributing academic resources to students across Zimbabwe via an automated WhatsApp based chatbot. Trueman is passionate about leveraging technology to solve societal problems and neutralising the disparities that exist particularly within the educational space. He partnered with UNESCO and the local examinations board in order to push for more equality in education through provision of resources through a more accessible and affordable platform in WhatsApp. 

He is currently studying Upper 6 at St. George’s College, a private school in Zimbabwe. He is interested in robotics and electronics. In his free time he likes to podcast and host progressive discussions on how to build Africa. 

Carla Botha

Learning and Development and Organisational Behaviour




Carla Botha is a specialist in Learning and Development and Organisational Behaviour, with more than a decade of experience in these fields. Academically she holds the degrees, BA (Hons) in Industrial Psychology, an MBA as well as a myriad of certified training programmes in business management, human resources development, education and training, as well as leadership.

She is a registered Orgtologist with the International Orgtology Institute (IOI). She is a founding member of the South African Chapter of the Association for Change Management Professionals (ACMP), where she currently holds the position of Director of Professional Development.Carla heads the Learning and Development division of Signify Software Pty (Ltd) since 2016.

Zolani Lugawe

Chief Learning Disruptor

Financial Services, Telecommunications, and IT


Zolani is an experienced and progressive Learning and Development Strategist with 14 years’ experience in digital learning with a strong focus in Financial Services, Telecommunications, and IT. He is a learning Technologies addict with a massive appetite for capability development in the workplace. He has demonstrated history of building a progressive L&D function that responds to a changing learning landscape in South Africa. Zolani also developed ability to build learning frameworks that leads to high performance culture in the workplace. He is a certified high-Performance Coach with a demonstrated ability to build capacity for scarce and critical skills that drives business outcomes in the workplace. He is a member of Association for Talent Development (ATD). He also serves in the Insurance SETA (Inseta) research committee that looks at revolutionizing skills development in our country.