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Africa Tech Festival 2022 - The Home of AfricaCom
Core Agenda & Exhibition: 8-10 Nov
Partner Programmes & Digital Content: 7 - 11 NovCape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

Core Agenda & Exhibition: 8-10 Nov
Partner Programmes & Digital Content: 7 - 11 Nov,
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

CXO of the Year

Voting is now open!

'The CXO of the Year Award' is back for 2021 - recognising the outstanding achievements of CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, CDOs and others in driving development within the African tech space.

Samuel Chiwanda, Click Mobile

Samuel Chiwanda is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Management, Business Development, Wireless Technologies and Global Markets. 

He is the Managing Director of Click Mobile Malawi, which is leading mobile messaging and solutions provider specializing in mobile software development and implementation, systems support and ICT Consultancy. We implement IT mobile solutions that help streamline business processes and transform organizations.

Click Mobile employs proven best practices and processes to improve efficiency throughout an organization by improving customer satisfaction through service delivery and customer care.

Ernst Fonternel, MTN South Africa

Ernst Fonternel is Chief Digital Officer at MTN South Africa.

He is an experienced business professional in Digital, Marketing and Sales with a strong Finance background with over 20 years of Telco experience, including 5 years of international experience as a Chief Marketing Officer at Telcos in Africa.

The bulk of his career has been spent in the South African Telco sector as Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Digital Officer managing various cross-functional roles in the commercial and digital space. Ernst's diverse skillset combines Business Planning & people management, commercial & Strategy, Digital, Sales and Marketing, and Product Management to drive success at all levels.

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. 

Derrick Ashong, AMP Global Technologies

Derrick Ashong is the Founder & CEO of AMP Global Technologies, a digital media platform that helps content owners understand who's watching and why. He has successfully built and managed the international team, based in LA and Buenos Aires which launched the organisation. 

He is also a three-time Emmy nominated creator and host of the 2021 Telly-Award winning TV show, "Take Back the Mic: The World Cup of Hip Hop"

Sanjay Kumar Kai, MFI Document Solutions Limited

Sanjay Kumar Kai is the Group Director at MFI Document Solutions Limited, an organisation which tailors document & technology solutions to help companies build efficiency, improve workflows & optimize performance.

Sanjay possesses more than 17 years of National and international (Sub Sahara Africa market) experience in IT solutions and infrastructure sales.

Pieter de Villiers, Clickatell

Pieter de Villiers, CEO, and Co-Founder at Clickatell is a South African-born, Silicon Valley experienced entrepreneur and angel investor with a passion for Chat Commerce and the empowerment of people. Pieter is also one of the youngest mobile industry veterans with over 22 years of experience in global telecoms, mobile messaging, and mobile payments, backed by top-tier Silicon Valley VC firm Sequoia Capital. Pieter spent nearly 10 years in San Francisco, where he successfully grew Clickatell into a multi-million-dollar company operating across multiple continents.

Since its launch, Clickatell boasts one of the first and largest messaging-as-a-service footprints globally, as well as one of the fastest growing mobile payment networks serving thousands of businesses across more than 220 territories. In the past five years, true to the company’s history of innovation, Clickatell was the first to launch Chat Commerce and chat banking in the world’s largest chat platform at the time. In February of this year, Clickatell secured $91 million in their Series C round. The new capital is allowing the company to significantly grow its engineering skills. It has already earmarked over 200 positions with a strong focus on boosting its African skills complement in the coming months.

Clickatell enables Fortune 500 brands as well as start-ups and medium businesses to connect, interact, and transact with their customers in chat. Along with his work with Clickatell and the mobile industry, Pieter is actively working to promote and empower entrepreneurs in Africa as well as digital skills training in South Africa serving as Chairman of a public benefit, not-for-profit organization based in South Africa and Africa.