About twenty speakers have been confirmed for this year’s IoT Africa Forum set to take place on the 26 – 27th of March at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Notable among the speakers is Johanna Juselius, a Senior Advisor of European Union Affairs in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region, who will deliver a keynote address titled “The Case of Helsinki Region: Creating a Smart Community”..

Johanna is in charge of managing the Smart Specialisation Strategy of the Helsinki-Uusimaa region in Finland, which is the innovation and research strategy of smart initiatives for the region. The region includes the capital Helsinki and 26 cities and towns in the economically prosperous region in the country. All in all, 120 european regions implement the RIS3 strategy, which is an initiative by the European Commission.

She will be traveling to Johannesburg to deliver some valuable insight into what they are doing to make the entire Helsinki Region smart, as well as how to improve service delivery with the use of technology.

Others speakers include Phathizwe Malinga, MD Sqwidnet; Roger Hislop, Executive Head: IOT at Internet Solutions; Toros Esim Emre, Head of Digital Retail and Regional Director of Digital Strategy at Orange Business Services for the Middle East and African market.

Others are Johanna Juselius, Senior Advisor, EU Affairs, Helsinki-Uusimaa Region; Kabelo Rabotho, Marketing Director, Nissan South Africa; Abdul Baba, Head of IT Operations at www.kwese.com and Dr Mark Nasila, Chief Analytics Officer: Consumer Banking & Chief Risk Office at FNB.

The forum, which is considered the leading event on IoT will also see speakers such as Kyle Parker, CEO of MITAS, Pagemark Africa and COO of Informed Decisions; Dr Towela Nyerinda Jere, Principal Programme Officer, Nepad Agency; Sindisiwe Nhlapho Dlamini Moloi, CIO at Transnet SOC Ltd; Lee Naik, CEO of TransUnion Africa; Richard Barry, CEO at Polymorph; Jon Foster-Pedley, Dean and director at Henley Business School, Africa and Tshepo Motshegoa, Group Chief Information Officer at 3Sixty Financial Services Group.

The forum will assemble over 500+ executives, entrepreneurs and solution providers in Johannesburg – for two days of insightful presentations, interactive panel discussions, industry focused break-away sessions, and plenty of networking.


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