MyBroadband Conference

Vodaworld, 26 October 2011

Speakers at the MyBroadband 2011 Conference

MC: Aki Anastasiou, Radio 702

Aki Anastasiou is a regular stand-in talk show host, while at the same time, having assisted in the development of 702’s internet presence. He hosts “Technobytes” every Monday afternoon with David O’Sullivan and also hosts the “Technology and Gadget Show” with Jenny Crwys-Williams every fortnight. He is also the “techno-man” for both 702 and Cape Talk when any technology news makes the headlines.

Pieter Uys, Vodacom CEO

Pieter joined Vodacom in 1993 as a member of the initial engineering team. Since then he quickly progressed through the ranks and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer effective 1 October 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stellenbosch Business School.

Lars P. Reichelt, former Cell C CEO

Lars P. Reichelt is the former Chief Executive Officer of Cell C. Lars is a highly experienced executive in mobile telecommunications with an impressive track record in managing mobile businesses, including having been CEO of Banglalink, Orascom’s venture in Dhaka, CEO of Telefonica 3G Mobile in Zurich, Head of Wireless for Yahoo! Europe in London, COO of mobile operator ONE in Vienna and Senior Consultant with Monitor Company in Milan, London and Cambridge, MA.

Suveer Ramdhani, SEACOM

Suveer participated on a series of strategy projects in the telecommunications, construction, petroleum and banking industries. He currently leads the Telecommunications Practice at FeverTreeConsulting, which is a strategy and operations management consulting firm. Suveer’s experience in the submarine fiber optic cable industry includes the development of the business strategy and plan for a sub-marine fiber optic cable between Europe, East Africa and South Africa.

Suveer Ramdhani
Angus Hay, Neotel

Dr Angus Hay, PrEng, CEng, MIET, FSAIEE, was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has a BSc(Eng)Elec (1987) and a PhD in digital transmission (1998) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Hay joined Neotel at its inception in 2006, and is currently Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for Neotel’s technology choices, network architecture, strategic planning, and industry partnerships. He was previously Chief Technology Officer of Transtel.

Angus Hay
Steve Lewis, Telkom Managing Executive

Steve Lewis is Telkom’s Managing Executive, Product House. Steve has fulfilled many different engineering and management roles at Telkom. Some these include experience with microwave systems, switching systems, radio engineering, radio spectrum management, R&D, technical product development, financial management, technology management and group strategy. Steve holds, among various other qualifications, an MSc (Cum Laude) in electronic engineering.

John Holdsworth, ECN Telecoms CEO

John Holdsworth is the CEO of ECN, a leading provider of IP based next generation network services. ECN was founded in January 2005 by John with the specific aim of exploiting the impending liberalisation of the South African telecommunications market. Holdsworth is an accomplished technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in the Information Communication and Technology sectors. Prior to establishing ECN, John was also the founder and CEO of PayM8, a leading provider of mobile commerce solutions on the African continent.

Douglas Reed, Vox Telecom CEO

Doug Reed is a serial entrepreneur whose biggest passion is starting up and growing successful businesses - especially when other people think it's impossible. He joined DataPro nine years ago after being approached by Control Instruments Ltd to turn the company into an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Since then he has seen DataPro's value grow 700-fold, from R1.2m in the mid-1990s to a current market capitalisation of around R 1bn - and made several millionaires among the staff in the process.

Matthew Tagg, Web Africa CEO

While in his matric year (1997), Matthew Tagg founded Web Africa as a hosting provider in South Africa while the industry was still maturing. This supported him through his studies at UCT while learning the basics of business and customer relationship management. The company has grown from there to 125 employees and approximately 30 000 ADSL and hosting accounts today that offer award-winning customer service to South African internet users. In 2007, while MD of Web Africa, Matthew co-founded Teraco and is currently a non-executive member on the board.

Jannie van Zyl, Telecoms specialist

Jannie Van Zyl is an Electronics Engineer by training and an ICT veteran with over 25 years experience in the industry. He has spent the last 5 years with the Vodacom Group where he was involved in various areas of the business, from operations to strategy before he took the position of CEO at iBurst in 2009. In 2010 Van Zyl joined Vodacom again after a year at the helm of iBurst.

Andrew Shaw, Broadband Infraco CEO

Dr. Andrew Shaw has a BSc and MSc (Engineering) from the University of the Witwatersrand and a PhD in Transport Economics from the University of Leeds. He recently completed an MBA with a specialisation in finance. He was Acting Director-General of the Department of Public Enterprises from March 2010 to January 2011. His normal function at the Department as Deputy Director-General: Transport, is leading a team with responsibility for shareholder oversight on behalf of Government of Transnet, SAA and South African Express (SAX).

Wayne De Nobrega, Altech Technology Concepts CEO

Wayne de Nobrega founded Technology Concepts in 1999 and is currently Altech Technology Concepts CEO and a Director at Patentdata. De Nobrega holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town. Altech Technology Concepts has expanded with new ADSL and broadband products, and Wayne will discuss the company’s products and future strategy

Lambo Kanagaratnam, MTN South Africa CTO

Lambo Kanagaratnam is the MTN SA MD, and was previously the CTO of MTN Irancell, a position he held since April 2009, and has been in the employ of MTN in various positions and operations since April 1999.Kanagaratnam graduated from Wits University with a BSc Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Cum Laude) in 1995, and completed his MSc in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Cum Laude) in 2000.

Ant Brooks, ISPA General Manager

Ant Brooks is one of the founding members of the Future Foundation, a South African-based organisation specialising in Internet and communications policy and the administration and support of non-profit organisations and associations. Mr Brooks has travelled extensively to developing countries to advise regulators and policy makers on Internet and communications policy matters, as well as participating in numerous international conferences as a guest speaker. Mr Brooks holds a BSc (Eng) from the University of the Witwatersrand and has been involved with ISPA since the Association was founded in 1996.

Ant Brooks