Mentors + Judges 

Samantha-Leigh Harper

With over 15 years of tech recruitment experience as well as building 3 recruitment agencies, and starting the first South African Recruitment Networking Community (RecruitSharper), my value and skills lay deep in the Technology and Recruitment sector in Cape Town. For the past 9 years I’ve been building Nu Beginnings, a Tech Recruitment Company, focusing on creating business partnerships that understand the true value of an effective recruitment strategy. My other passion is Soul Donations, a NPC committed to fighting crimes against women and children.”

Zimkhita Buwa

Zimkhita Buwa (The Chief Operations Officer at Britehouse, a Division of Dimension Data. Britehouse provides industry leading Digital solutions in the areas of SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Automotive, Advanced Analytics and Mobility. Zimkhita was an SAP Analytics Consultant for nine years and served as the Chairperson for the Business Analytics Special Interest Group, where she was awarded an Achievement Award for her contribution to the African SAP User Community. In 2010, Zimkhita was also selected as one of 200 SAP Mentors globally. This was in recognition of the involvement in the local SAP eco-system through her willingness to share knowledge and mentor young people in the SAP community. .

Lianne Du Toit

Lianne currently resides between Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, recent winner of 2018 Inspiring Fifty and voted as one of “Fast Company’s most creative people in business in 2016 and entering nominee of the Digital Leadership Female Awards. She is a qualified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator which is a proven methodology that helps unlocks the potential of all the participants in a workshop environment. At its core participants work together to solve complex issues by building models using LEGO bricks. The metaphors in the models serve as the basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing and problem solving and help foster creative thinking and finding unique solutions Lianne is the Business Network Director for non-profit YPO (Global platform for leaders to engage, learn and grow) and certifying as a Leadership Coach helping to build the leaders of tomorrow today.

Baratang Miya

Baratang Miya the founder of Uhuru Spaces and Girlhype Coders Academy founded in 2003 which has now reached the goal of teaching 200000 by 2020. Baratang Miya has been named among 50 People Who Made the Internet a Better Place in 2016 award by Mozilla, A first runner-up 2016 MTN Women in ICT Community Builder award. She received a TechWomen award by US State Department to spend six weeks in Silicon Valley mentored by women executives in Tech, week in Washington DC learning about United States ICT policies from the state department. She was placed at Adobe for her mentorship. Baratang has just been chosen for the 2017 ITS Global Policy Fellowship taking place in Brazil, where she will have an opportunity to work with key ICT stakeholders and government officials. Baratang was recently was invited by UNCDP to Geneva Switzerland to present on E-commerce from the perspective of ACP countries. Her Girlhype work has been presented to Deutsche Welle in Germany to G20 countries delegates..She was the business development manager for Cape Innovation Technology Initiative, BlackBerry Appslab, and managed the City of Cape Town’s SmartCity content development strategy.

Farhana Parker

Farhana Parker’s qualifications paint a picture of her passion and commitment towards the development of her fellow citizens. Parker is a Bertha scholar and Masters candidate in inclusive innovation at UCT Graduate School of Business where her research explores innovative pathways to prevent and scale the wicked problem of domestic violence in women. She further holds a social work degree and three postgraduates in psychology, social policy and management from UCT and social innovation from the Amani Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil. These qualifications have been pivotal in laying the foundation for her to actively tackle issues of inequality and social justice. Parker founded The Social Makeover in 2016, a social enterprise with a special focus on the rights, protection, and advancement of women and girls aligned with the UN Sustainable Development goal 5. Leading The Social Makeover and the World Economic Forums Global Shaper Cape Town Hub has been instrumental in fostering an environment where she can effectively pursue and commit to a career of meaning and valuable social impact, serving and affirming the humanity of as many people as she can. She was named 1 of 200 Mail and Guardian most influential young South Africans and a recent winner of Inspiring50.

Thokozile Miya

Award Winning Woman in Technology, Media and Technology Entrepreneur & Journalist, Thokozile Miya is a founding Director and working committee member at Younglings Africa. A one year internship up-skill and re-skill program for unemployed youth accepting technology students and unemployed youth from all backgrounds and profiles between the ages 18-28. Miya’s involvement in the Women in technology scene in Cape Town, her background as a website content manager as well as her qualifications as a Bachelor of Technology recipient in Journalism has her working at the cusp of the industry in both media and technology. In her 9-5 Thokozile Miya works as the Program Manager at Girlhype, her work featured as part of the campaign to teach 200000 girls by 2020, a goal achieved. Thokozile is a hardworking, passionate and over achieving person. A skilled disciplinarian in both technology and journalism. A firm believer in the power of technology and innovation to enrich today’s’ ever progressive word of invention and creation. Thoko Miya believes in the intersection between technology and the public through dynamic and thought captivating innovation, mobile, design, innovation, art, fashion media, and journalism. Having a dual interest in both programming (technology at large) as well as the liberal arts doctrine of journalism her work is largely in the intersection points between these two doctrines, sharing knowledge thereof and creating dynamic communities of people who are able to learn and grow through mutual engagement. Thokozile Miya is the 2019 recipient of the Carol Boyes Fabulous Woman of The Year Award

Maureen Grosvenor

The entrepreneurial and technology bug bit me at an early age. In 1986, when I was 16, my father bought one of the first home personal computers on the market and I took the opportunity to learn the software languages available at the time. I loved the idea getting to know and understand new innovations and being ahead of the pack. I am proud to be one of the Inspiring50 Women in STEM (Science, technology, Engineering & Maths) winners for 2018. I believe since I joined APPSolve I have brought in team building strengths, opened up new revenue streams and have been instrumental in building our company brand. I have spearheaded appointing and developing new resources. I hope too, that I have enhanced relationships with our partners and clients.

Daniel Botha

Daniel Botha is a technology consultant, specializing in assisting SMEs and startups to identify and leverage technologies to create leaner, more agile and more profitable businesses. Daniel’s background is in digital marketing strategy, project management and AWS cloud architecture. With over a decade of experience working with some of South Africa’s largest retail and tech brands behind him, Daniel is well-positioned to identify and understand operational and marketing challenges and is deeply passionate about overcoming them through innovation. As Technology Director at La Maison Des Arts, Daniel is building a multi-channel luxury lifestyle platform that will serve as both a showcase of exceptional South African artistic talent, as well as a portal for consumers seeking access to exclusive experiences.

Evelyn Parker

Christian religious education, adolescent spirituality as influenced by sociocultural context and social policy.

Nazli Allie

I am a generalist specializing in digital marketing, business intelligence, and analytics, and in the past, have enjoyed working with ICT companies and technology startups across Africa. When I’m not working I enjoy connecting with people, 3D printing, photography, and radio control crawling in Cape Town. Current Role: As Networks Community Manager for YPO, I manage a portfolio of Networks – connecting CEOs across the globe in supportive and engaging Networks. The communities that I work with a range between 580 and 9500 members and include Networks such as YPO Deal Network, Plastics Network, Automotive Network and previously, Run Bike Swim Network..

Natalie Woodward

Natalie is an owner and founding partner of Woodward + Stern, LLC, a litigation firm in Roswell, Georgia. She received her first million dollar verdict in 2010. She specializes in civil litigation involving accidental and wrongful injury and death, family law, education law, false arrest, construction law and business law. She is a member of the Board of Directors of WIN List, as well as the Board of Directors of the Civil Justice Political Action Committee. She is also a member of the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Society and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Atul Padalkar

Founder of Bizfarm, an Unfunded Business Incubator. Passionate about taking Entrepreneurship and taking digital to people. Amongst the largest trainers for Google in SA. Lecturer at Wits and UKZN on 4IR, AI, IoT. Bollywood junkie. Organiser of the Largest Startup Weekend in Africa.

Ndzavi Derrick

Certified Business Advisor with Institute of Business Advisors Southern Africa IBASA, Board Member of IBASA, Founder and CEO of New DiscoveryBS, Self taught Developer of RechargeMyBiz APP, I am Passionate about Enterprise Development and have worked with various organisations in government such as GEP and Private Sector such as 67CEOs, Exxaro, Sasol, FNB Seil program with Fetola and many more.

Mmabatho Mokiti

Mmabatho Mokiti is a mathematician turn impact entrepreneur with a passion for education and youth development. She is the founder of Mathemaniacs, a STEM CSI (Corporate Social Investment) consulting company that designs and implements CSI strategies for corporates to invest in sustainable STEM education in rural and disadvantaged areas. She is also the founding member of DreamGirls Academy; a female empowerment and mentoring organization that empowers women and girls through various impactful programs that use mentorship and skills and leadership development as a tool; with a focus on getting more women in STEM.

Hannah Subayi

Director at Dazzle Angels, the first SA angel fund investing in women-led tech businesses.Also a Portfolio manager at South Suez Capital, sitting on the advisory boards of several African private equity funds and acting as a trustee of South Suez Charitable Trust. Recently, Founder of Wadymaniac, a non-profit organisation focussing on healthcare and education projects in the Republic Democratic of Congo. Passionate about female entrepreneurship in Africa and technology.

Mbali Motsoeneng

Mbali Motsoeneng is a public policy expert who recently served as a Manager in Policy and Planning in the Executive Mayor’s Office at the City of Johannesburg. Her portfolio focused on setting political and policy directives for efficient municipal governance, driving implementation in public administration and establishing public-private partnerships that maximise resources used for service delivery. In the technology industry she worked at Dimension Data as a Client Manager, offering a value chain of technology and innovation solutions that are key for business competitiveness, efficiency and financial success. As a WITS Master of Management graduate, Mbali contextualised legislation that inhibit ease of doing business in township economies, which now inform her contributions as a Global Shaper regarding the significance of government and business relations for development. Soon she will join a diplomatic organisation to foster inclusive economic growth by managing digitisation initiatives and influencing tech policy.

Yvonne Wakefield

Yvonne is an attorney and advocate (SA) and solicitor (UK). In 2011, she founded Caveat Legal, South Africa’s first alternative legal service provider, offering freelance former Big Firm attorneys to business without the costly bells and whistles of traditional firms. Yvonne has always had a keen interest in womens rights, and in 2019 founded The Warrior Project, a simple data-light portal providing victims of gender-based violence and domestic abuse (‘Warriors’) with information and resources available to assist them.

Zeenat Hendricks

Zeenat Hendricks, from Cape Town South Africa is currently the communications coordinator for Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust and have been with the organization for 3 years. Zeenat Hedriks has a short history of working in the non profit sector (6 years). My role at Rape Crisis involves implementing communications strategies for social and digital media. I am also personally drawn to exploring innovative ways of how to get teams to participate in projects and to create solutions that support social change. The value of messaging and technology is important in this sector as it allows for education to reach a wider audience.

Sindisiwe Chuma

Sindisiwe Chuma is passionate about improving people’s lives using technology. As a technologist, she has had opportunities for improving virtual and augmented reality assistive technologies as a researcher. In her professional career, she has worked as a consultant on engineering and infrastructure solutions that enable private, secure, efficient and customer-centric transactions. Her current focus is to help individuals and enterprises bridge the digital divide through digital transformation.