Mdu Mkhonza - President, Black IT Forum

• Twenty two years’ experience at senior management – fourteen at chief executive level (Twelve in the private sector and two in the public sector) and ten years in the skills development environment (two years at University, four at secondary school level and another four in vocational training)

• In 1991 – Appointed the first Academic Coordinator at the first education-with-production center in South Africa – Khumbula Work-Study Centre – where apart from managing the study and work programme – managing the integration of the once exiled youth with the non-exiled youth and local communities.

• In 1997, employed as the Deputy Director, in the Strategic Planning and Development Unit in the Office of the Premier-Mpumalanga Province, established the GIS Unit and chaired the Provincial GIS Forum thus directing all data collection, use, storage and disposal in line with Cabinet decisions.

• In 2002, established and lead Akha-Unique from a start-up telecommunications company with a single client, to a multi-million operation focusing on ICT vocational training, mobile applications development, research and consulting services, business process outsourcing and cybersecurity solutions.

• In 2005, the CEO of an Innovation Support Centre (ICT focus) in South Africa (the UKZN initiated Embizeni Innovation Support Centre) under the Godisa Programme funded by the Department of Science and Technology and the DTI.

• In 2008, appointed lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s school of Information Systems and Technology and supervised a number of research projects undertaken by the post graduate studies.

• In 2015-2016, awarded grant and successfully trained 805 unemployed youth on ICT skills in Durban, Ladysmith and Port Shepstone as part of the DTI’s Monyetla Work Readiness Programme Phase II a & b first attempt.

• In 2015, established the first 100% black SMMEs owned technology incubator – 2063 Innovation Network Cooperative – which (in partnership with MUT, DUT & UKZN) has already provided technology incubation support services to more than fifty ICT graduates.

• President of the Black Information Technology Forum, member of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council, member of the Presidential Working Group: Black Professionals, member of the Mayor Advisory Council – uMhlathuze Municipality (Richards Bay).

• An abstract visual artist, composer and sports person.

BSc – Computer Science & Economics, MBA – Information Management & e-Commerce, Secondary Teachers Diploma, IT Leadership, Project Management, Post Graduate in Management, Principles in Business Management, IT Management for Government.

Previously spoke at:

iWeek 2016