Tim GendersChief Operating Officer at Project Isizwe
Tim Genders is the COO of Project Isizwe and passionate about bring the next billion on line. He graduated from Oxford University in 1989 with a 1st class honours degree in Engineering Science. Tim came to South Africa in 1994 and set up an IT consulting business with Matthew Blewett. In 2001 they merged with Benjamin and Isaac Mophatlane to become the leading Microsoft re-seller Business Connexion. In 2006, after the merger with Comparex, Tim left Business Connexion to start an NGO with Marcus McGlivray called Africaid. Africaid uses football to develop HIV prevention skills in young adolescents. Africaid is making a major impact at Edendale hospital in a unique partnership with the Department of Health and has sponsors in FIFA, Liverpool FC and Charlize Theron Foundation. A year later in 2007, Tim formed Airband with Deon Brown and Gavin Blunt. Airband has grown to be one of the leading wireless players in KZN region. In November 2015 Tim sold Airband to HeroTel linking up with Alan Knott Craig Jnr and Corne De Villiers. Airband has grown a further 50% during the past year with Tim staying on as Managing Director until March 2017. In March 2017 he was asked to take a leadership position in Project Isizwe in line with his passion to bring Wi-Fi to the unconnected.