Unathi Mtya is the latest IT leader nominated for the 2023 CIO Awards


African Bank’s group CIDO joins the list of nominees of the highly anticipated, and first-ever CIO Awards.

Unathi Mtya, the most recent nominee for the CIO Awards, is African Bank’s group chief information and digital officer. She joined the financial services provider in 2021 as group CIO, and in 2022 her portfolio was redesigned, and she became group information and digital officer. She previously worked as the chief technology officer at Grindrod and as the CIO for the South African Parliament. Unathi’s first stint as chief information officer was for the State Information Technology Agency (SITA).

Unathi, who is also a public speaker and has participated in several IT speaking engagements, describes herself as a tech enthusiast and an advocate for ’value’. Her greatest strength lies in her ability to translate strategy into operational delivery, to meet the needs of the business and to ensure creation of value-add. She is also an avid runner, having competed in international marathons in New York and Paris twice, as well as London, Prague, Barcelona, Great Wall of China, Athens, and Berlin.

Unathi holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science and geographic information systems from Fort Hare University and masters of science in technology management from Columbia University. She also has a professional certificate in CIO practice: CIO development from Wits and has participated in the executive development programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, where she obtained her certificate in business administration and management.

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