André is a seasoned Telecommunications practitioner, having worked in the industry for more than 30 years. He has planned, built, operated and managed all tiers and segments of the network while working for Service Providers in South Africa and Mauritius. He has a broad understanding of the multi-faceted ICT service delivery chain and specialises in leveraging high capacity fibre based technologies for the delivery of high capacity carrier class networks and services.
Andre is currently the President of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and also the Vice Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of the ftth Council Africa.
Dr Angus Hay, PrEng, CEng, MIET, MIEEE, FSAIEE, was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has a BSc(Eng)Elec (1987) and a PhD in digital transmission (1998) from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Dr Hay joined Neotel at its inception in 2006 as employee number two, heading Strategy. He became Chief Technology Officer, later ran Managed Services and Voice Products, and is today heading a new Internet Services venture. He was previously Chief Technology Officer of Transtel, the former telecommunications division of Transnet Ltd. He is a Director of the Number Portability Company (NPC), and was Chair of the Management Committee of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) in 2012.
Dr Hay was President of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) in 2010, and has served on the Council of the Institute for the past decade. He is a Fellow of the SAIEE, was chairman of its Electronics and Software committee in 2005, and received the Institute’s annual Young Achiever award 1999. As a postgraduate student in the early 1990s, he took part in the establishment of the Internet between academic institutions in South Africa.
Zenzeleni Networks LTD
Mr Carlos Rey-Moreno (forthcoming PhD in 2015) received a telecommunications engineering degree at the Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M, Spain), a Masters Degree in Development and International Relations at Aalborg University (AAU, Denmark) and a Masters Degree in Telecommunications Networks for Developing Countries at Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC, Spain) in 2006, 2008 and 2010, respectively.
From 2007 to 2011, he was a researcher at the EHAS foundation and URJC, working in the field of rural broadband networks for developing countries, participating in the design and implementation of long distance Wi-Fi networks in Spain, Peru and Malawi.
Since 2012, he is with the BANG group at the University of the Western Cape. He was instrumental in the co-creation of Zenzeleni Networks LTD with Mankosi Community, rural Eastern Cape, particularly evaluating its socio-economic impact; as reported by his PhD thesis and numerous publications. Currently, he is involved in the replication of the initiative in other rural areas of South Africa and Namibia.
Senior Sales Engineer
Daryl is a senior sales engineer at SES, responsible for designing, recommending and supporting satellite solutions for SES’ customers across Africa.
Daryl has worked in the satellite, telecommunications and IP network industries for over 20 years, lending his talents to several manufacturing, construction and financial services organizations in South Africa and Asia as both a project contractor and consultant.
In addition, Daryl managed several large ICT projects including the ”construction phase” network for the Alusaf Hillside Aluminum Smelter project in Richard’s Bay, South Africa; the launch of retail e-commerce company Priceline.com in Asia for Hutchison-Whampoa, Hong Kong; designed and deployed a metropolitan area network for AS Watson retail stores across Asia and the launch of an ISP, Accelon in Nigeria.
Daryl’s diverse background and experience gives him a keen understanding of the necessary process, design criteria and governance issues needed to ensure successful implementation of data and telecommunications infrastructure solutions.
Ellie is CEO of Nomosphere South Africa, a systems integrator and managed services provider based in Johannesburg that delivers value-added services over telecommunications networks. She also serves as Chairperson of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association of South Africa (WAPA). Her specific areas of interest and expertise are strategy, product management, communications, value chain optimisation, and systems design.
Ellie was CEO of Skyrove, a Cape Town-based Wi-Fi operator, from September 2012-February 2014. Prior to moving to South Africa in 2010, Ellie ran product management for SaaS company Exit41, just north of Boston. She holds an MBA from Babson College (ranked number one in the USA for entrepreneurship for 21 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report).
Chief Strategy Officer
Envir is the Chief Strategy Officer at Convergence Partners and oversees its regulatory, policy activities and research function. He serves on the Boards of certain of its investee companies. Prior to joining Convergence Partners, Envir was the research development and funding manager of the Meraka Institute, at the CSIR.
Iain Stevenson founded Communication Solutions (Pty) Ltd (Comsol) in 1997 after identifying a gap in the fledgling wireless telecommunications market in South Africa. Stevenson has subsequently grown the company from a small, single regional business to an accredited market leader and specialist in building customised terrestrial wireless access infrastructure for companies, government entities and parastatals of all sizes, across all sectors. Comsol currently has an extensive national footprint that spans every province in South Africa and many other parts of Africa.
Today, Stevenson’s role as CEO of Comsol is to manage and guide the overall direction of the business and to develop its strategic vision in order to ensure that the company continues its organic growth.
Chief Information and Innovation Officer
James has extensive experience in the telecommunications sector holding various positions including – Solution Architect, VAS Manager & Group IT Manager, Professional Services Engineer, Senior Network and Security Specialist, Help-desk Consultant / Network Analyst, and beginning his career as a Computer Technician. James is currently the Chief Information and Innovation Officer for Project Isizwe, an NGO committed to rolling out free Wifi in communities, such as the City of Tshwane.
Commercial Sales Manager
Jens established the Future Wireless Technology Forum (FWTF) in 2014, as a series of collaborative discussions hosted by WAPA. It provides a neutral platform with the purpose to explore trends, best practices, and opportunities for new wireless technologies and solutions in the context of the regulatory framework of South Africa. The very first event in May 2014 discussed the importance of releasing millimetre wave spectrum for commercial use in South Africa. The event had an overwhelming attendance. By the end of 2014, the regulator published amendments to the spectrum fees and opened the doors for public and private sectors to deploy high capacity links above 40 GHz for commercial purposes.
Jens has had a passion for RF from an early age, starting as a teenager with his hobby in amateur radio and working as a student on the SunSat satellite project. In 1997 he joined Siemens Semiconductors AG, later Infineon Technologies AG, in Munich Germnay, as an RF engineer in the R&D team for RF cellular chipsets. During the first year he was delegated to Princeton, NJ USA, and a second time to San Diego, totaling 6 of his 10 years with the company. He returned to South Africa in 2007 with Nokia Mobile Phones, and joined Internet Solutions in 2010. Here he built, migrated and managed their new satellite teleport in Isando and then went on plan the national microwave network, at which point he became involved in WAPA and was soon elected into the Executive team. Most recently Jens joined the world-leading satellite operator, SES, as a Commercial Sales Manager for Southern Africa.
Johan Kruger grew up in Potchefstroom and graduated from the North West University in 1991. In 1996 he moved to the USA and graduated with a Masters Degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. In 2001 he obtained a Masters Degree in Land Economics and Real Estate from Texas A&M. He pursued a career in commercial real estate till 2005 after which he returned to South Africa. In 2006 he obtained a VANs license and started with Safricom.
He has been at the head of Safricom since and has helped to grow Safricom into a regional telecommunications company. Safricom currently provides wireless and fibre services in the North West Province and serves about 7 000 users. Safricom also provides work to about 30 full time employees.
Regional Director: Africa
Kevin Viret is the Regional Director: Africa for Yahsat, an Abu Dhabi based satellite communications company. Yahsat is the first hybrid (commercial and military) satellite communication system to be launched in the Middle East and Africa.
In his current role, Kevin leads and manages the overall Africa operations of Yahsat. He is responsible for establishing a strong network of service partners and developing business models for broadband services in the region. Kevin contributes to the technical considerations of the project and also works on creating business processes for pre-launch and post-launch sales activities for the satellite capacity.
Prior to Yahsat, Kevin was instrumental in nurturing businesses and implementing new technologies and processes in Africa. He has previously worked with MWEB/Multichoice Africa, Nedcor Bank and The Foschini Group in various roles.
Kevin holds Diplomas in Management from University of Stellenbosch- Graduate School of Business, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Mike Silber is a South African attorney and Head Legal and Commercial of Liquid Telecom. Mike has been selected as a leading South African Internet and e-Commerce lawyer by Who’s Who Legal and as one of the leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications lawyers in South Africa by Expert Guides.
Mike serves as on the Management Committee of the South African Internet Service Providers’ Association and on the Boards of the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Nick Ehrke is Sales Director for RADWIN, covering Southern African Region. Nick joined RADWIN after six years at Dell Inc., where he fulfilled many roles, his last position being Regional Account Manager responsible for Dell’s Global 500 Business across Africa.
Pakamile Kayalethu Pongwana
In May 2000, Pakamile Pongwana was appointment as Deputy Director General – Telecommunications in the Department of Communications. In this post Pakamile was responsible for telecommunications policy with the major achievements being the amendment of Telecommunications Act to facilitate Telkom’s listing, drafting and finalisation of Electronic Communications and Transactions Act and the drafting of existing Electronics Communications Act.
Pakamile held this post until he was appointed by Vodacom from 01 June 2005 as Executive Head – Government Relations. In February 2006, Pakamile was appointed Managing Executive: Regulatory Affairs in SA after having been Managing Executive – Government Relations for 6 months. Presently Pakamile is Chief Executive Officer for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa(ICASA), since 01 November 2013.
Pakamile has a Master of Business Leadership (MBL-2011) with the Graduate School of Business Leadership – University of South Africa, including research report titled Mobile Technology Impacting Hospitality Industry SMMEs in South Africa.
Rhys Morgan leads Intelsat’s sales efforts in Africa. He has more than 15 years of experience in sales and marketing in the EMEA region, including 10 years in the telecommunications industry. An executive who has dedicated his career to serving the satellite sector, his expertise spans telecom infrastructure, media distribution, and enterprise data networks across the Europe and Africa territories.
Previously, Mr. Morgan served as Head of Events and Media for Astrium. Prior to that position, he held a number of sales roles at Intelsat, joining the company as Senior Director, Broadcast Services in July 2002 and later serving as Managing Sales Director, Broadcast Services and then Managing Sales Director, Western Europe.
Mr. Morgan earned a BA in European Languages and Business from Leeds Beckett University.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr Sunil Joshi joined Neotel as its MD and CEO of Neotel (Pty) Ltd in April 2011. Prior to joining Tata Communications in 2007, he was based in New Zealand and Australia for over 12 years. He worked in various capacities with IBM New Zealand Limited, IBM Australia Limited, and TelstraClear Limited where, as Head of Business Markets. Sunil focused on sales, service, solutions, product development and marketing for the business segment. He has over 26 years of experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industry.
Sunil has played an instrumental role in cross-leveraging Tata Communications’ resources across the world’s fastest growing markets. He drove the group’s Global Enterprise Solutions practice and earlier, its emerging markets strategy across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and India for both Carrier as well as Enterprise segments.
He holds an MBA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications together with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Medical).
Senior Telecom Consultant
Tim Parle is a Senior Telecom Consultant with BMI-T since 2007. Tim is a telecommunications engineer with over 23 years’ experience in the industry both in Southern African and Western Europe. He has worked with many technologies from access networks (fixed and wireless) to transmission networks (optical and microwave) to management systems (OSS/BSS).
Tim is an advanced GIS user and uses spatial analysis to add value to research and client projects. Tim holds a B.Sc Electronic Engineering, an MDP in Project Management and an MBA from a leading UK university. Tim combines technical, market and business knowhow in a unique and valuable manner.
William Stucke has just completed his term as an ICASA Councillor, where he most recently focussed on TV White Spaces and Dynamic Spectrum Assignment.
He has a long history as a pioneer in the SA Internet and as an advocate of telecommunications liberalisation in Africa. He programmed his first computer in 1972, built his first underground fibre-optic and “leaky feeder” radio networks in 1987. Started an ISP, ZAnet, in 1996.
He has presented papers on a range of Internet, VoIP, TVWS and telecommunications liberalisation subjects, at conferences in RSA, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Swaziland, Uganda, and elsewhere.
Executive Network Architecture and Planning
Zoltan Miklos is an Executive in the Telkom CTO Transformation and Planning group. For the last 6 years, Zoltan has been an Executive in the Telkom Mobile Networks and IT group, and has been responsible for strategy and engineering of the Telkom Mobile RAN, PS Core and Data-communication environments. His current role has now changed and he is responsible for fixed and mobile architectural and planning aspects of fixed and mobile networks with the Telkom CTO Networks Transformation and Planning group. He has a Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.