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Executive Head: Innovation at Vodacom
Jannie van Zyl is an Electronics Engineer and an ICT veteran with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. A serial entrepreneur, he started a number of ICT companies but eventually succumbed and joined the corporate world, holding executive positions at Dimension Data, WBS and now Vodacom.
In 2013 he created Vodacom’s Innovation Department and is responsible for disruptive and incremental innovation and strategy initiatives across commercial and technology under which Vodacom won the INSEAD Innovation League award for South Africa in 2015 and 2016.
Jannie recently received the MyBroadband Honorary Award for Contribution to Broadband in South Africa and also received an Innocentrix ‘Corporate Entrepreneur’ award for driving innovation, an award Jannie says really just means “troublemaker”.