CIO Day: are you the CIO of the future?


On 15 May, South Africa’s leading IT professionals will gather to discuss how the role of the CIO has evolved in an age where technological innovation propels business transformation.

CIO Day is the essential full day of networking and knowledge-sharing event, where South Africa’s IT executives enjoy great company, superb hospitality, a five-star dining experience and drinks at one of the country’s most sought-after venues and tallest building in Africa, the Leonardo in Sandton.

During the second instalment of of CIO Day on 15 May, CIOs will share their views on how they envisage the evolution of their roles, strategies they believe are essential for CIOs to embrace to drive successful digital transformations within their organisations, and the role of CIOs intersecting with other C-suite executives in driving holistic business strategies and achieving organisational goals.

On the back of a successful CIO Day in 2023, CIO South Africa’s trusted Principal Partner MakwaIT has recommitted itself to challenging the status quo by inviting aspiring CIOs to the table, and giving them an opportunity to mingle with top-notch IT leaders for one exciting day. Makwa IT sponsored three tickets to this day of networking, learning and knowledge-sharing.

These CIOs of the future will have an opportunity to network and rub shoulders with seasoned IT professionals such as Eskom’s Faith Burn, Sasfin’s Josh Souchon and Transnet’s Pandelani Munyai.

The day will kick off with a CIO brainstorming session to discover how IT leaders see their role evolve in the next 10 years, followed by a debrief to hear what exactly that future looks like. Right after, Phokeng Mogase, CIO at FSCA, May Govender, group CIO at Old Mutual, Matthew Butler, chief technology officer at Entelect, and Pandelani Munyai, Transnet’s group CIO, will delve into an insightful panel discussion on the future of technology leadership.

Pragasen Pather, CIO of Sun International, will deliver a comprehensive presentation on the strategic integration of AI and gaming trends within the hospitality sector.

Right after lunch, esteemed guests will go into a series of breakaway sessions, roundtable discussions, and group discussions exploring the interchange of application modernisation and AI, as well as the potential of cloud computing and AI in paving the way for a future of unprecedented innovation.

These sessions will feature industry heavyweights the likes of The Capital Hotel Group’s IT Director José Soares, Assupol CIO Keneilwe Gwabeni, and Dr Angus Hay, regional executive for South Africa at ADC, as well as Investec CIO Shabhana Thaver, AECI CIO Toni Serra and Adcorp Group CTO Unathi Thosago.

Things will also get a little interactive during the day with a live survey through (back by popular demand) to capture the diverse perspectives and experiences that shape the landscape of IT. This survey serves as a platform for IT executives to share their perspectives, experiences and predictions on the evolving technological landscape, and its implications for their organisations by answering a few questions.

The night will end with drinks and networking at a second exclusive location.

CIO Day is supported by CIO South Africa’s Principal Partners Entelect, iOCO, Makwa IT and Liquid Intelligent Technologies. Executive Partners are Africa Data Centres, BCX and Equinix, and Associate Partners are Communication Genetics, Nkgwete IT, SAS and Workday.

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