Regional Manager for Africa, Seedstars World
Claudia MakadristoClaudia holds a degree in International Business from the HZ University in the Netherlands. Claudia’s thesis on the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Lisbon that mainly focused on entrepreneurial growth, internationalisation and the competitive position of the city, received highest praise. During her time in Lisbon, she was also the event organizer for the city’s main incubator, Startup Lisboa. When Claudia is not scouting for the best entrepreneurs, creators andinnovators in Africa, she can be found trying out weird combinations of food.
Co-chair, Mobile Monday
Andrew McHenryAndrew is currently the co-chair at Mobile Monday South Africa, a global community of mobile industry visionaries, developers and influencers fostering cooperation and cross-border business development through virtual and live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends from global mobile markets. Andrew is also the Director Operator Engagement at Digitata Insights. Prior to this, he was Head of Mobile and Content at Garmap.
With twenty years + experience in the information and communications technology industry, spanning software, hardware and custom application development. Having held various positions in sales and marketing management roles, including the Head of Packard Bell NEC South Africa, and spearheaded the launching of NEC Direct. After joining NEC Andrew was a founding member of Aqua Online with the position Marketing Manager. Andrew experience within the ICT industry includes international experience with nine years in North America and two years based in London with a pan-European managerial role in channel sales, corporate sales, telesales and product management.
CIO, MSG Afrika
Andile KhumaloAndile Khumalo, a Chartered Accountant by profession, is the Chief Investment Officer of MSG Afrika Investment Holdings, a black-owned media and communications group with interests in The Jupiter Drawing Room (Advertising), MetropolitanRepublic (Advertising), Capricorn FM (Radio), Power FM (Radio), Continental Outdoor Media (Outdoor Advertising), Quizzical Pictures (TV Production), The Communications Firm (Corporate Communications,PR & Events), and The Quarto Press (Printing), amongst others. He is a member of the Takeover Regulations Panel (TRP) which regulates affected transactions and offers. Andile is the 11th President of The Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA) and also serves as a board member of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). In September 2012, the Minister of Public Enterprises appointed Andile on the board of South African Airways.
Managing Director, Silicon Cape
Ellen FischatFrom a career in social work to recently running a business incubator in Nelson Mandela Bay until her new appointment as the first permanent managing director of Silicon Cape, Ellen Fischat’s passion for social entrepreneurship is unwavering as she works hard to see her “babies” succeed in industry. Ellen has made it her business to help entrepreneurs excel as business people by giving them the necessary skills to navigate industry.Through the Propella Incubator, Ellen developed and honed the business skills the city’s start-ups needed to place their brands and products on the map. Her post at Silicon Cape is another critical step in bringing structure and focus to the initiative which has big plans and strategies to deliver in the next two years as it meets its mandate to create a strong, vibrant and diverse tech eco-system in the province.
Founder of WumDrop
Simon HartleySimon Hartley is the founder of WumDrop – the on-demand service that allows users to get anything picked up or dropped off, anywhere, anytime, immediately. Simon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Media Production Degree, specializing in screen, media and writing. He has written in depth feature articles, television scripts and reports covering a wide range of styles, subjects, and fields for Mail & Guardian, the Daily Maverick, and others.