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Project Isizwe
Dudu Mkhwanazi is the Chief Executive Officer of Project Isizwe, the South African
non-profit organization that advocates for free internet access within walking distance
of every citizen in low-income communities. Project Isizwe has facilitated the
deployment of the largest free Public Free Wi-Fi network in Africa in the Tshwane
Municipality, Gauteng. With Dudu’s leadership Project Isizwe has expanded its
footprint to 7 provinces in South Africa; connecting the mining communities of
Emalahleni and the Northern Cape through partnerships with private corporates.
Dudu completed her undergraduate degree in Public Administration at North West
University (Vaal Triangle Campus), she also pursued her Honors Degree in Political
Science at North West University. Dudu launched her professional career at North
West University in the School of Humanities. In 2013 Dudu embarked on her Master's
Degree in Public Policy and Comparative Politics at the Université Montpellier in the
South of France. Upon her return, she worked in a political environment prior to joining
Project Isizwe.

Brand South Africa 
Dr Petrus de Kock has extensive experience as a political analyst focusing in particular on African political economy, the extractive industries, and political risk. In his career he lectured in Political Science and International Relations in South Africa, the USA, and presented guest lectures, and seminars and at various international conferences. In addition to lecturing Dr de Kock also has experience as a consultant and advisor on social, political and economic dynamics in the African market to private and public entities. He has published extensively on international affairs, and African political, economic, and security issues. Dr de Kock has conducted several in depth field research projects in African countries including Sudan, Southern Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and Mozambique. His research focuses on internal social, economic and developmental dynamics, as well as regional and international political economic factors. Dr de Kock holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of the North, an MA (Cum Laude) in Political Science from University of Pretoria (UP), Hons degree in International Politics (UP), and BA in Political Science (UP).

SabiNano (Pty) Ltd
Sabelo Mhlanga is the Founder and CEO of SabiNano (Pty) Ltd since 1 June 2018. SabiNano a nanotech-based company focussing on manufacturing of carbon-based nanomaterials for research and industrial applications, which he founded in 2008 with a partner.He holds a PhD in Chemistry with focus on carbon nanomaterials from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits, 2006) and a certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation (Wits, 2010) amongst other qualifications. He spent many years working as a university lecturer and researcherfrom 2010 (Wits) until he was appointed a full Professor (2015, UNISA) during which he occupied several positions as a Director/Deputy Director of various portfolios. He has published over 90peer reviewed research outputs including papers, reviews, book chapters, technical reports, and conference proceedings. He has trained and supervised masters (15), doctoral (6) and post-doctoral (6) fellows with a focus area of nanotechnology and the water-energy-food nexus, who have graduated or completed their research since 2010. Prof Mhlanga was appointed the National Contact Point (NCP) for the European Commission Horizon 2020 Nanotechnology Programmes in South Africa in August 2016 and became assistant in November 2018. He is the CEO/Managing Director of SabiNano responsible for setting-up the company from being a start-up to becoming a full-scale commercial company. He oversees the day-to-day activities of the company at its head-office and manufacturing facility in Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.

EWaste Africa
Pravashen Naidoo is the Founder and CEO of EWaste Africa, having graduated in 2006 with a BSc in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, having also spent a year at Wits Business School. Pravashen has received numerous scholarships, Bursaries and awards over the years, which included the Abe Bailey Bursary and an exchange program to the University of Dar es Salaam. Having worked as a Plant Manager at Unilever for numerous years, Pravashen’s strong problem-solving skills and experience in the manufacturing sector helped him to establish Africa’s first light bulb recycling business at the age of 30.
Pravashen has won numerous business awards over the last few years. This includes the, BBQ Young Business Achiever winner, Innovation hubs Gap Green 1st place winner and the Eskom BIC ’Trade and services’ sector winner. Pravashen also won the coveted South African Young Entrepreneur of the year 2016, (South African Premier Business Awards), the Nedbank PCB spirit of Entrepreneurship award 2016, and the Nedbank PCB Champion Entrepreneur 2018 Pravashen placed 2nd nationally at the SAB KickStart Boost competition 2016 and was amongst the finalists for the Sanlam Business partners Entrepreneur of the year 2018. 

Technology Inovation Agency
Garth Williams currently works at the Technology Innovation Agency, an agency of the Department of Science and Technology, where he is responsible for the organisation’s Research and Intelligence function, which exists to support strategic and operational decision making.
He previously worked at the Department of Science and Technology where he was responsible for advanced manufacturing technology policy and strategy.  Garth has previously worked at Mintek, Nampak Group R&D and GKN Sinter Metals Cape Town.
Garth has an MSc in Materials Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy (with distinction) from the University of Sussex, UK.

Future Advisory
Herman is ceo of Future Advisory , a digital transformation and start up acceleration firm operating globally. He was previously the CDO of the MTN group where he was also deputy chairman of Jumia , Africa’s first unicorn as well as chairman of its JV insurance business and on the board of MTN Ivory Coast and Cameroon.
He was previously the digital executive for Vodacom and was for 12 years in a similar director level position at Standard Bank.
Herman is an engineer with MD experience at both Siemens and Reunert for 20 years.
He is an Associate Professor at GSB at UCT and is adjunct faculty at Duke Business School in North Carolina. 

Technology Analyst at the Embassy of Switzerland
Sakhile Dhlamini is currently a Technology Analyst at the Embassy of Switzerland, where he focuses on the commercialization of applied research by fostering the engagement of 1) Industry, 2) Academia, and 3) Governmental Institutions.
He is a former Investment Director at GAD Group LP – a Silicon Valley based blockchain and digital currency-oriented asset management firm geared towards technology advancement and sustainable impact.
He was based in San Francisco – California, where he completed his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Hult International Business School. He majored in Finance as well as Economics and graduated top of class. Dhlamini’s wealth management experience comes from working with established firms such as One Wealth Advisors and Dynasty Financial Group in New York City – USA.
He’s an energetic thrill seeker, having passion for: pan-Africanism, bodybuilding, fine art and real estate. 

Musa Khumalo is currently the Group Head for Shared Services at the City of Tshwane. This portfolio includes corporate functions such ICT, Fleet Management, Postal Services, GIS, Archives and Knowledge Management. Musa has
served in the public service for more than 14 years in various roles at Statistics South Africa, National Treasury and
at the City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. He holds a Master’s degree in Risk Management, an Honours in
Economics and various other certificates and qualifications in the area of financial management