Mark leads Red Hat's Hybrid Cloud solution specialist teams across the CEMEA region. He works with customers and partners to help them address their business challenges by leveraging the power of open source innovation, and raising awareness of Red Hat’s role as a catalyst in the world of Open source software.
Mark’s passion is building high performance teams, fueled by a relentless focus on unlocking value for customers through transformational IT initiatives.
Prior to Red Hat, Mark spent 20 years working in the Data Center, Cloud and IT Automation market with Juniper, Cisco and BladeLogic. Mark has lived in the UAE for the past 10 years with his wife and 3 daughters, and in his spare time enjoys exploring the beautiful UAE desert, and being on the golf course or tennis court with his family.
Dynamic solutions-driven professional with over 20 years IT experience.
Exceptionally well organized and motivated achiever who exceeds sales targets, has been promoted regularly and earns high customer satisfaction ratings.
Outstanding success in building and maintaining relationships with key corporate decision makers in the top customer base in Johannesburg and developing high profit accounts, to bring solutions to the #1 spot within customers’ purchasing priorities.
Articulate communicator who can speak the languages of both business and technology. Strong interpersonal skills which have paid dividends when interacting with both customers and colleagues. Able to engage, relate and place at ease, individually or larger groups; adept at giving presentations.
Resourceful and creative problem solver with a track record in understanding, analyzing and translating complex customer requirements and business problems into real world solutions.
Honorary Consul of Estonia in Kenya, Regional Expert for Smart City Lab, joint project between the City of Tartu, ICT companies and infrastructure companies based in Estonia. Combining digital life skills as birthright of an Estonian with understanding of the region as resident of Kenya for 23 years. Early adopter by nature, her social science background proves necessary in translating technology to everyday application and meaning for non-technology natives. In her role, Kadri provides bridges, connections, linkages and practical understanding to e-governance, e-solutions and e-way-of-life.More information about speaker
Security and privacy leaders face some critical decisions in the years ahead to ensure their organization is completely safeguarding data. The risk of not securing data and protecting privacy is too great. Well, to what extent are prepared for a data breach in today’s ever threatened digital space? Considering how are organizations are capturing data today, to what extent is the right level of consent being adhered to? How secure is data today in the quest of businesses using the same data to propel businesses? What are some of the data compliance challenges being experienced today and how are organizations overcoming them? What’s the future of data privacy?
There are many different drivers for customers to initiative their journey to the cloud such as cost. Business leaders however, expect more than just cost savings and efficiency from their investment . They want to be able to move faster as businesses and transform customer experiences, deliver digital transformation and modernize their businesses-in order for them to reinvest the cost savings achieved to drive new innovations and business models. We will explore how AWS cloud helps them achieve these goals.
Esther Wambugu-Obado is an experienced business-technology advisor with more than 13 years of track record . Currently the Africa lead for SAP S/4Hana at SAP Africa ,focused on helping organizations digitize their business operations. She has held multiple roles in telco, banking and technology both at consulting, software development and leadership roles, she prides herself in helping brands across Africa thrive through technology inclusion.
She is a true woman in tech with a bachelors in computer science and currently pursuing her masters in artificial intelligence. She is a mentor in the Girls boardroom program which seeks to mentor young girls in STEM .
Her career has been driven by passion to do what’s right (“purpose”), the drive to exceed expectations (“performance”) and the love for what technology can do
As IT organizations need to deliver in a more agile and flexible manner, how are they steadily shifting away from traditional equipment purchasing and investing on outsourcing? To what extent has the market matured to embrace more efficient, consolidated, manageable, and cloud-enabled infrastructure? Since digital transformation sits at the heart of today’s organizational shifts and initiatives how are they adopting to technologies like cloud, mobility and social business among others? To what extent are these developments reshaping the datacenter and driving organizations to reassess their architecture?
I have been in the IT industry with a focus on security for over 25 years. During my time in Check Point (+20 years) I worked my way up from an engineer responsible for 3 countries to the SE director for EMEA heading up all presales teams and everything that belongs to that playing field.
The overlay team as it is known today was started by me and has since been extended and duplicated. Concepts such as Partner Training Kit (PTK), Subject Matter Experts (SME) and the dialogue between the field and HQ has been improved over the years and today is a strong supportive force.
I like to create the team based on honesty, a clear expectation of what is expected and a drive for excellence. I'm terrible at losing and it takes a lot before I give up. Anyone in my team gets the trust and confidence they can be great(er). My job is to coach that process.
I'm known to deliver presentations on any topic to any audience. Story telling and understanding what is truly important for the one listening is key.
Competencies include: Firewall and access control, IPS and more advanced threat prevention, cloud computing, data security, endpoint security, networking and much more
Hartnell is an experienced Data, Analytics & Digital professional in the East Africa Region. His specialty is in the Banking and Financial Services sector where he has been able to master the development and execution of key Data Strategies for large banks and financial institutions. He was previously the Head of Data & Analytics for Co-operative Bank of Kenya where he set up the bank’s Data office and delivered a comprehensive Data Strategy for the enterprise.
He is currently the Chief Data Officer at Absa Bank Kenya PLC where he leads the Data Science, Data Governance, Business Intelligence and Analytics teams. With a deep understanding of Artificial Intelligence, Data Management, Business Intelligence, Machine Learning, Advance Analytics and Governance, he seeks to ensure that organizations are able to set up dynamic data teams, understand the data they hold, harness actionable insights and deliver key use cases encompassing profitability, artificial intelligence, operational efficiency, product development and growth.
His top career achievements include setting up and mentoring data teams, delivering key finance, credit, retail and corporate use cases, setting up the foundation for digital transformation, developing predictive analytics models for business predictions, transforming enterprises to data driven organizations and maturing teams to the highest transformative maturity level.
Hartnell has also worked as a Data consultant providing advisory and analytics services to Governments, Banks, Insurance firms, Telco’s and Industrial markets.
What are organizations doing to manage the unstoppable force of privacy that has coincided with digital transformation? What can be done to enhance data compliance without compromising the ability to use data to its full potential? What are the emerging challenges of enhancing customer experience, compliance, and the growing demands for privacy? What’s being done to make automation of data compliance or making data usage approvals a straight-through processv?
I am a serial Entrepreneur with a passion for technology. ICT Consultant and e-Government Strategist at heart, I have worked with East African Governments in crafting e-Government implementation strategies. This work includes setting up the East African eGovernment Working Group and the development of the East African eGovernment Framework that was ratified by the East African Council of Ministers.
I have deep knowledge and understanding of the East African ICT landscape having followed it for the last three decades. I am a regular ICT commentator on ICT issues in the region and consulted widely by Government Agencies, International Organisations and the Private Sector on strategic ICT issues.
I write regularly and I am a founder and publisher of CIO East Africa, an ICT information platform that has a monthly print publication (CIO East Africa), an online ICT portal (www.cio.co.ke) and a series of events including the CIO Executive Breakfast Series, the CIO Golf Series and the CIO 100 Awards and Symposium.
I am also a founder and Director of African eDevelopment Resource Centre. Probably one of the best corporate IT and Telecoms training firms in Africa. We have trained Engineers from over 27 African Countries in the last 8 years.
Founded DEMO Africa 2012 to discover innovative startups from Africa and presenting them to the world. DEMO Africa has since launched 150 startups who've raised over US$65 million. I am also a partner at Akili, DEMO Ventures and InsightWells Research.
Specialties: Entrepreneurship, Investment, Innovation, Startups, Mentorship, Consultancy, eGovernment Strategy, Training, Writing, Farming
Chibuzo Mbuka leads a team of highly skilled cybersecurity specialists across West, East and Southern Africa at DataGroupIT, Africa’s biggest Value-added cybersecurity distributor providing world-class solutions to the biggest companies and governments in Africa.
He is a distinguished cybersecurity leader with more than 10 years of experience in product management, information security, leadership and technology space and a graduate of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Chibuzo is experienced in building and leading world class teams and capabilities, design and implementation of cybersecurity roadmaps, evangelizing best-practices to the market, developing and executing go-to-market strategies, security product development, improving customer cybersecurity services across different sectors and driving revenue through direct sales and channel partnerships.
A strong communicator, adept at multi-tasking with effective cross-functional organizational and project management skills. A creative leader & analytical thinker who helps companies develop, facilitate & implement decisions across their organizations that help the company achieve both their growth & profitability goals.
Chibuzo has great relationship and goodwill across the customer and partner community within East, West and Southern Africa countries.
CyberSecurity Roadmap Design
New Product Development and Management
Channel Partnership Development
Identifying evolving cybersecurity opportunities and Risks
Cybersecurity evangelism and best practices
Cybersecurity strategic planning
Industry communication and leadership
Security Return-on-Investment Analysis
What motivates a threat actor in today's landscape? What culture differences exist amongst threat actors? Which threat actors are more likely to target the public sector? Which threat actors are more likely to target the private sector? What are some of the real-life examples of such events?
With more than 20 years of cybersecurity experience and proven track record making a difference, specializing in the solutions space and everything that interacts.
Assisting and partnering with people to provide solutions that are scalable yet cost effective.
Cloud is a thing.... where is yours?
Specialties: Engineering, Cybersecurity, Cloud and anything that connects... or is connected to...
Since cybersecurity is never just a technology problem but a people, processes and knowledge, how should organizations be managing it? Why don’t people take up cyber security advice? How should organisations be sharing info to secure their processes against malicious actors? How can organisations effectively audit suppliers?
How is the cybersecurity challenge contributing to the need of increasing the cybersecurity workforce? How should the industry be attracting and retaining individuals from diverse backgrounds to a cybersecurity career?
While 2020 technically released people from the constraints of the office, to what extent are they exposed to secuirity threats plus that of their organizations in 2021? To What extent is remote working compromising on performance and security? How is work affected by where people are working and their data located? Zero Trust frameworks are a great enabler for working anywhere