An interview with May Govender, Chief Information Officer for Payments at Standard Bank on tech, innovation and leadership

Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like? I am the CIO for Payments within Personal and Business Banking Group in Standard Bank. As CIO, I am accountable for all IT areas within Payments for South Africa and play an oversight role in the continent. I look after all delivery and run the bank capabilities within my space. Payments consist of industry Read more…

She’s a Boss – Women in Tech: Interview with Audrey Naidoo, Head of Digital Marketing at Absa

Can you tell us a bit about your background and how it led to a career in digital? I am a marketer at heart and about 6 years ago had an opportunity to move into the digital marketing space. At the time, I believed that digital would be the future and a skillset which is much needed for now. The timing was perfect and I learnt a ton along the way and still continue to Read more…

Women in Digital: An interview with Kirsty Hellens-Barkhuizen, Chief Digital Officer at Nacelle

Can you tell us a bit about your background and how it led to a career in digital? My interest in IT was sparked by my mother. She started her career as a secretary and ambitiously groomed herself into a JAD (Joint Application Development) facilitator. We were the first in our circle of friends and family to own a personal computer in the mid-late 80’s. My father, being the visionary that he was, advised me Read more…

An interview with Ayesha Hatea from Standard Bank who promotes diversity and inclusion in tech

Ayesha Hatea is VAF Global Product – Head: Data and Analytics at Standard Bank Group How did you become interested in data? “Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion” – W Edwards Deming Being in corporate -it is sometimes very difficult to be heard (especially when you’re at the entry level). It was easier to be heard when what was being said was factual and backed by data. So many projects and proposal Read more…

A chat with Gcobisa Gaxela, Senior Manager: Data Quality and Analytics at Standard Bank on women, data and the future

How did you become interested in data? My first job was in MIS, there I got exposed to process management and analysing data to improve processes. I initially wanted to be a DBA, still wanted to pursue this, available position was in Data Management, before I even knew what that was. What are some of the biggest challenges that women who want to venture into the world of data analytics face today?  The biggest challenge any Read more…

She’s a Boss – Women in Tech: Interview with Jenny Mohanlall, Chief Information and Security Officer at RITS

Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like? My day commences with catching up with current world and local news This followed by reading and responding to emails Planning for the day is key for success and focus  Having to respond to urgent requests and challenges would obviously take precedence Part of my day ensure I coach and mentor those I commit Read more…

She’s a Boss – Women in Tech: Interview with Boitumelo Semete-Makokothela, Executive Director at CSIR: Biosciences

Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like?  I’m the Executive Cluster Manager for Health at the CSIR. My role involves driving the strategic direction of the Cluster, with a specific focus on ensuring the offerings are aligned with industry trends. Secondly business development is key part of my day where I engage various stakeholders to support the team in securing funding Read more…