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Africa Tech Festival 2024 – The Home of AfricaCom, AfricaTech & AfricaIgnite
Event dates: 11-14 Nov 2024
Exhibition Opening Dates: 12 - 14 Nov 2024Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
Event dates: 11-14 Nov 2024
Exhibition Opening Dates: 12 - 14 Nov 2024,
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

CXO of the Year

The CXO of the Year Award is the highest accolade in the Africa Tech Festival Awards. The category is dedicated to recognising the outstanding achievements of CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, CDOs and others in driving development within the African tech space.


Voting is now closed, see below to discover the 2022 finalists!

The winners will be unveiled at the exclusive drinks reception, taking place on Wednesday 9 November from 6-8pm at the CTICC.

Samuel Chiwanda, Click Mobile

Samuel Chiwanda is the Founder & Managing Director of Click Mobile, which started its operations in 2011, in the country of Malawi.  Samuel has managed to grow Click Mobile over the years, coming up with branches across 7 countries, namely, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya, Ghana and Benin.  He is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. He is skilled in Management, Business Development, Wireless Technologies, and Global Markets. 

He is the Managing Director of Click Mobile Malawi, which is a leading mobile messaging and solutions provider specializing in SMS, Voice & Data.  Samuel recently won the Rocco Awards in Malaga and was position 7 out of 100 nominees.  Click Mobile has worked wither NGOs, Parastatals, Mobile Operators, and Private Sector institutions such as banks.   Sam has grown Click Mobile from an open-source legacy SMS Gateway user to an in-house built SMS Gateway that services tons of Aggregators and Mobile Operators.

Nollie Maoto, FNB South Africa

Nollie Maoto is a Chief Data and Analytics Officer at one of the big 4 banks in South Africa. She has over 15 years of experience in the Financial Services industry. 

Nollie has won the coveted Finnovex CDO of the year 2022 award, and was named the Data Analytics Leader of the Year 2022 by Dalebrook Media South Africa in July. Nollie has been named as one of CDO Magazine’s Global Data Power Women for 2022. Nollie is one of the 2022 Corinium Global Top 100 Leaders in Data & Analytics and is an Inspiring Fifty SA 2021 nominee as one of the 50 most inspiring women in the STEM sectors in South Africa. 

Nollie is a seasoned speaker and panellist in the Data and Analytics industry, not just in South Africa but also globally. In July 2022 Nollie was named the CDO Ambassador for South Africa. Nollie came 4th overall at the Strategic African Women in Leadership (SAWIL) Trailblazers Awards 2020 for displaying unparalleled leadership values and advocating for gender equality and is also now the interim CEO of Strategic African Women in Leadership (SAWIL). 

Nollie is extremely passionate about the data and analytics industry and more so, the empowerment and advancement of women in this industry globally.

Daniel Ale, Prunedge

Daniel is the Partner & Chief Technology Officer at Prunedge, leading an engineering team of approximately 80+ engineers across several technology verticals, and we develop software solutions (web and mobile). 

Daniel oversees the day-to-day running of the team, as well as leading the architecting and design architecture of systems and ensuring Prunedge builds secure products that scale.

He is a FullStack Engineer (Python/Javascript/C#), Mentor and Machine Learning enthusiast with experience building large-scale complex data-driven Web Applications and IoT systems.