Dr Denisha Jairam-Owthar adds CIO Awards nominee to her impressive resume


The CIO has been nominated for the 2023 CIO Awards.

Dr. Denisha Jairam-Owthar joins other IT leaders who have been nominated for the inaugural 2023 CIO Awards. Before joining SARS as a junior business intelligence analyst, she worked as an internal auditor in the insurance industry.

Denisha spent the majority of her career in finance and banking, working for organisations such as Absa and the South African Revenue Services (SARS) before joining Stellenbosch University to lead the university's IT initiatives. She also serves on various boards as an IT specialist. Denisha was the CIO of the City of Johannesburg Metro Services before joining Stellenbosch University.

She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an MBA in information technology from Unisa, and a PhD in information technology from Unisa. In fact, she was named the youngest person in the country to earn this degree at the age of 33.

Denisha enjoys taking part in youth empowerment projects in the IT sector as part of the many 'wired for women' programmes in which she is involved.

There is still an opportunity to nominate an IT executive who you believe has demonstrated excellent abilities, vision, and outcomes. Nominations are made by the panel of judges, company leaders, coworkers, and partners.


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