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iStore/GIBS Series: Is Technology in Business a Disrupter or an Enabler?

As the world ushers into an ultra-digital era, businesses are constantly transforming. 

Technology has brought on this new era by enabling every transformation. This suggests a strong correlation between business transformation and technology. Despite this suggested correlation, transformations that are solely focused on technology often fail to meet long-term business expectations. This challenge is compounded when leaders fail to align technology transformation with the drivers of transformation.   

This session will discuss the impact technology is having on SMEs and how best to navigate through this transition.

About Speakers:

Nomonde White-Ndlovu

Nomonde is a seasoned Technology executive who is currently the Chief Information Officer for Bidvest Bank. In her previous role, she was part of the ABSA Groups Technology Executive team and in her last role at ABSA, she headed up Governance, Risk and Compliance for Absa Groups Information Technology Office. She has also been the Joint-Chief Information Officer for the organisation's Infrastructure Services and Head of Technology for Absa Regional Operations (previously known as Barclays Africa Regional Management). She began her career in Technology at UCS Solutions and later moved on to other multinational Organisations such as British American Tobacco. She currently holds the position of the Chairperson of Wired4Women (which is a technology industry advisory board focused on the development of women in technology, sponsored by IT Web and BCX). In this role, Nomonde is able to advocate for the upliftment and recognition of women at an industry level. In addition to this, she is able to actively pursue gender parity and equality in the workplace. With an MBA from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science), a BA Law degree (Wits) and expedient courses from institutions such as MIT, Harvard, The London School of Economics and the Kellogg Institute of Management (Northwestern University) as a foundation, Nomonde is continuously growing her skill in the Technology industry, with a strong focus on business strategy, leadership, organisational design and efficiencies.

Professor Manoj Chiba

Prof Manoj Chiba is a management professional & has held senior positions in different sectors, with a deep technical expertise in data and technology, with over 14 years of experience. This experience has allowed him to draw on the relevant understanding to exploit opportunities & align strategies. 

Prof Chiba's training, qualifications & passion for data & the intersection with technology drive his underlying philosophy for evidence-based decision-making and the impact on the future of business and society. Some of his work includes Data Science, serving as a data scientist; building data science capabilities and operationalising this capability sustainably within organisations of different sizes; strategy and structure consulting work; price-setting strategies for organisations; market share analysis; SME for legal cases and innovation consulting.  At GIBS Prof Chiba is a Senior Lecturer and Faculty member, lecturing research, statistics, predictive analytics, digitisation, intersection of business, society and technology, artificial intelligence and lead faculty for innovation and design.

Aki Anastasiou

Aki Anastasiou is a speaker, MC, conference facilitator, and social media & technology trends expert. With over three decades in the media, Aki has endeared himself to generations of Joburgers by guiding them through the city’s gridlocked streets each morning as Radio 702's trafficologist. Aki’s other great passion is technology and digital transformation. Aki is a regular contributor on CNBC Africa, NewzRoom Africa, and the tech feature writer for the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s publication Acumen. As one of South Africa's top technology influencers, facilitators, and conference hosts, Aki thrives on innovation and digital transformation, and the incredible impact it is having on society and business.

Ajay Lalu

Ajay Lalu is a highly astute, experienced, and qualified business leader, transformation expert, chartered accountant, entrepreneur, and strategist with 23 years of experience providing bespoke BBBEE and enterprise business solutions to Fortune 500 and JSE listed companies in the FMCG, information technology, financial services, petrochemical, and mining sectors. An entrepreneur at heart, I have successfully started and managed several companies including, Black Lite Consulting a strategic consulting practice focused on B-BBBEE, sustainable development, and general management consulting, and Utajiri Investment Holdings, a BEE Shareholder to Deutsche Bank SA and CIRT an IoT solutions company. Extensive experience in B-BBEE advisory services, strategy formulation, executive and business management, and policy setting having been involved in various businesses, projects, and deals.

Date: 30 August 2022
Time: 17h30 - 18h30
Venue: GIBS Campus
Address: 26 Melville Road, Illovo

Cost: Free

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