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Fabian van der Merwe
Azure Blockchain Service Lead at Microsoft South Africa


Fabian is what one could commonly refer to as a “Geek Boy.” He has over 20 years’ experience in the IT sector ranging from web site development to IT Management consulting services. Through his experience, Fabian has played a pivotal role in advancing IT initiatives and projects across various Industry sectors including finance, industrial, retail, hospitality, IT and manufacturing. He simply loves technology and how it is utilised to improve the way we live. His current role is that of Azure Specialist with focus on Customer Acquisition as well as being the Azure Blockchain Service Lead at Microsoft South Africa.

His passions are, God, family and Disruptive Technologies such as Blockchain, AI, AR and IoT. In order to understand Hyperledger, he built a Hyperledger Fabric network, installed Hyperledger Composer and deployed Smart Contracts written in GoLang, which he taught himself. “Geek Boy,” right?

One of his favourite quotes is by the late Steve Jobs – “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” He explains it as follows, “One should never let a past, great achievement deter one from achieving something even greater and one should never think that one knows it all. There is always another who could teach one a thing or three.”

Agenda Sessions

  • KEYNOTE PANEL: Blockchain laying the groundwork for a sustainable shared future