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Mmaki Jantjies
Associate Professor at University of Western Cape


Prof Jantjies has led Information Systems departments at the North West University as well as the University of the Western Cape. In this role she formed part of lead teams that established new academic programs in the fields of data analytics and immersive technologies.

Prof Jantjies has further conducted extensive research on how technology can be used to support development with a focus on education. One such example was a focus on how mobile software can be developed, contextualised and used to support science and maths education in South African schools. Currently Prof Jantjies has been awarded a National Research Foundation research fellowship and is investigating the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality in education to simulate learning environments which can mitigate the experiential learning components in schools.

She has been part of the W20 which is a G20 group looking at the impact of digitization on women in G20 counties.

Prof Mmaki Jantjies has been recognized as one of the 50 people who globally help make the Internet a better place by the Mozilla Foundation, a global Silicon Valley computing company. She was recognized as one of the Inspiring 50 Women in technology in South Africa, recognized as MTN runner up of leading women in ICT in three categories of leadership, community builder and education, listed as Power of 40 Women impacting South Africa. She has been listed as the Mail and Guardian 200 most influential young South Africans, recognized as the Mandela 100 young leaders under the visionary category and recently recognized as the top women in technology in South Africa by Womandla awards.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel: Why We Need Diversity in AI