Mentors + Judges
Digital Solutions Hackathon – Virtual Hackathon Mentors
Philippa Dods manages the Marketing operations for the African region at global media intelligence company, Meltwater. She is also a Marketing Strategy Advisor at Future Females, working to increase the number and success of female entrepreneurs. She recently launched and is currently the Director at Future Females Foundation, a nonprofit organisation that exists to combat gender-based violence globally, and regularly participates in marathons and triathlons to raise funds for social justice nonprofit causes that focus on eradicating gender-based violence and discrimination.
I am currently a social worker at Nicro in Cape Town. I am the crime prevention worker for schools as well present an adult substance abuse group. I work in many facets of social welfare and help with alot of programs.Currently helping with Nicro learning management systems in domestic violence so we can counsel digitally. I also run our office newsletter and help oversee interns at the office. In saying all this I have to say I love having fun and experiencing different cultures and beliefs and getting to know people.
Lebogang Victor Ditsebe
Lebogang Victor Ditsebe is a passionate young leader, who prides itself with policy influence, articulate understanding of South Africa’s young constitutional democracy, secondly I’m involved in various organizational avenues which inspire young people to believe in their purpose, more than anything – because it is purpose which steers each and every young person to feel that they have a place in South Africa.
Thirdly, be it their purpose is in sports, business/entrepreneurship or the corporate world; they need to leverage in the route or stream. In closing, Lebogang Victor Ditsebe is a passionate young leader, who leads with clear focus, and determination – works as a team player, and is a passionate individual.
Mbali Motsoeneng is a Digital Access Programme Manager at the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. A public policy and international development expert who formerly worked as a Manager in Policy and Planning in the Executive Mayor’s Office at the City of Johannesburg focusing 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 Mbali was a Client Manager at Dimension Data as providing a value chain of technology and innovation solutions that are key for business competitiveness, efficiency and financial success. As a Master or Management graduate from the Wits School of Governance, Mbali articulated the issues and solution regarding the ease of doing business in township economies by analysing legislations that create limitations for small businesses to be competitive and thriving. As a Global Shaper in Johannesburg, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, Mbali is involved in community projects that seek to address socioeconomic issues with collaboration from civil society, public and private sector leaders.
My career started out in an acceleration hub, where I had the privilege of being mentored by some of the IT industry giants. I now am an IT professional with a diverse portfolio, that includes business development, operation and programme management. Also, an alumni of the ITC Infotech graduate program, an initiative that was launched by the organization 6 years ago, with a purpose of hiring, upskilling, and employing local talent, which I now am the program manager of. My passion is are technology, innovation and women taking space in the IT industry.
“Anything is possible until proven impossible.” This is something Wesley applies to any challenge that comes his way. It drives him to explorer all avenues no matter the perceived outcome. Even if it turns out “impossible”, in this moment in time, much knowledge has been gained that can be applied later. An old, sensitive soul at heart, Wesley has a deep desire to help people realize their dreams and full potential; facilitating that magical space between where ideas become a reality. Particularly where people allow the fear of technology to block their creativity.
Adi Zuk has co-founded 3 businesses over the last 15 years, Dazzle Angels the first female angel fund in South Africa, Jagmethod a digital lead generation business specialising in the financial services sector and Traffic Fundi, and online marketing agency. Adi is currently the chairperson of the Jagmethod group of companies. Adi is a member of WPO (Womens Presidents Organisation).
Adi’s academic experience includes studying Impact Investing at the GSB, A PDBA at GIBS and Digital Advertising at Vega Brand School.
Antonie is enthusiastic about how technology and more specifically software engineering can enhance personal lives and commerce. A computer scientist by training, Antonie has decades of experience in most facets of software development within the retail, telecommunications, healthcare and IT industries. He is passionate about leveraging the trio of people, process, information and to be part of building strong and sustainable businesses.
Most recently he has been involved in the successful completion of projects at large enterprises like Telkom, Vodacom, Shoprite, PnP and MMI Health while acting in leadership, architecture, solution design and project delivery roles.
Nompumelelo’s core philosophies are to have faith and courage in all seasons and to never be afraid of challenges no matter the size or complexity. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy, CA (SA) and has completed her MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2018. After completing articles and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, she went into business getting involved in different projects including technology solutions, accounting and auditing directorship at Ngubane & Co., chairing BWASA Soweto Branch, chairing the Cathsseta Audit and Risk Committee. Nompumelelo then joined Dimension Data in 2016 as the Gauteng Senior Finance Manager for the Managed Services business. Three years later, she was appointed Intelligent Customer Experience GTM Executive. Nompumelelo is constantly inspired to evolve, adapt, be relevant and change. She believes that greatness is not achieved alone but through multi-faceted people, expertise, contributions and opinions.
I’m a founder of a company Glo Mo Solutions we are software development and IT Consulting ,Project Management. I also do voluntary work for school student whom are in the Technology space. I groom them to prepare presentations for their innovations and run Hackathon programs. A founding member of the Baddies in Tech we work with graduates and young professionals in the ICT sector across Africa.
Although I started off as a lawyer , my real passion lies in building businesses and people . This was what lead me to diverse careers in both management consulting and then more recently starting my own start up in the world of customer behavioural analytics .With lots of scars on my back and amazing stories to tell , I am looking forward to sharing and growing through this amazing interaction.
Bilingual Social Worker by profession with fieldwork experience as NICRO Advocacy and Lobbying Manager previously WC Area Manager rendering Adult Diversion, Crime Prevention and Offender Reintegration Services; Participant of the International Visitors Leadership Programme 2019 hosted by US Embassy; Participant of the Professional Exchange programme in Norway at Vardeteatret using theatre as a rehabilitation tool 2015; Statutory Social Worker at CAFDA Child and Family Welfare Centre NGO in Grassy Park, who specializes in Child Protection; Social Worker at RIET Family Guidance Centre (Shelter for abused Women with their Children) Johannesburg 2010; Part-Time Facilitator/Lecturer of Social Auxiliary Workers at The Mintin School of Development Studies
Many organisations lose opportunities because they struggle to understand their audience or communicate with clarity.
Marwaan helps these organisations develop tools to overcome the noise, engage their audience, and consistently launch successful projects.
As the head of Pigeon Pie, a strategy and marketing firm for positive impact, he brings 10 years of experience in brand strategy, marketing, and design, to help teams succeed.
I am a father to a beautiful 4-year old girl, a husband to an incredible woman. We have a baby on the way, so the family is growing. My professional training is in commerce (law and economics graduate from UCT). I also have an Executive MBA in entrepreneurship from GIBS. Since Matric, I have had the priviledge of leading people and teams, and in the process learning about myself. Its given me the opportunity to reflect on complexity of human experiences and the influence of context on our choices. My later years have been focused on mastering and deeping this understanding- how people are shaped and respond to contextual influences, and therefore how to lead effectively. I believe in the power of making good choices. I am the founder or Bokamoso Cross Mentorship Programme, Young Professionals Association and Black Excellence. Over the past 12 years, these have been my contributions to leaving the space better than what one found. The have been institutions of change. I am now the CEO Fashion Art Music Group, building another institution that will unlock the potential of the African child through creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. My vision is for Africa to be creative capital of world.
Digital Solutions Hackathon Cape Town Mentors
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.