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Prof. Brian Armstrong
Chair of Digital Business at Wits Business School


Prof. Brian Armstrong is one of the foremost ICT industry leaders in South Africa, with over 30 years of top level management experience in Telecommunications, IT, technology R&D and systems engineering, both in South Africa and abroad. He is widely regarded as a thought leader in digitalisation, convergence and business strategy.

Brian is currently Professor in the Chair of Digital Business at the Wits Business School. He consults widely to industry and government on technological disruption and digital business and is an acclaimed public speaker on digital transformation and its socio-economic impacts. He also currently leads 4IRSA, the leading forum for dialogue on the 4th Industrial Revolution in South Africa.

Previously Brian spent seven years in Telkom, as Group Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Commercial Officer, and before that several years at BT as Vice President for Middle East and Africa.

Brian completed his BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982 and 1984 respectively, and obtained his PhD from University College London in 1992.

Agenda Sessions

  • Embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution to position South Africa as a global digital leader

  • LeadersIn Africa Boardroom Sessions