25 Years of Innovation
SATNAC 2023 | 27 - 29 August

The Augmented Era

Navigating Artificial Intelligence in a Connected Society

Africa's leading ICT conference

The two-day SATNAC conference features a number of plenary sessions and presentations focusing on the theme: The Augmented Era: Navigating Artificial Intelligence in a Connected Society, with speakers and panelists representing local and international telecommunication, software, network and infrastructure providers.

Follow the live stream on: https://www.youtube.com/live/qs-1eY9Hm7w?si=jP2hbf4D-AWsuNuH


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SATNAC Offers Unprecedented Value

SATNAC always provides a schedule filled with noteworthy, valuable, and memorable events. Check out the schedule page for an overview of the upcoming events, which includes presentations, panels, dinners, and a golf day.

Our Speakers

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Serame Taukobong

Group Chief Executive Officer

Telkom SA

Serame was appointed GCEO Designate in August 2021. He has taken over the role of Telkom’s Group Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2022. Serame was appointed at Telkom SA in June 2018, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Business Unit, taking responsibility for both its Mobile and Fixed Consumer businesses.

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Philly Mapulane

Deputy Minister of Communications & Digital Technologies, South Africa

Mohlopi Phillemon “Philly” Mapulane was appointed by the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the 5th of August 2021 as the Deputy Minister of Communications & Digital Technologies. Deputy Minster Mapulane is a seasoned local government practitioner who spent a period of 14 years in Local Government Management and Administration. Ten of those years he occupied Senior Management positions.

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Prof. Thomas JO Afullo

Emeritus Professor

University of KwaZulu Natal

Prof. Thomas Afullo holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering (Nairobi University); the MSEE (West Virginia University); and the Doctor of Applied Sciences (VUB, Belgium). He worked in the Telecommunications Industry, leaving as Senior Executive Engineer to join Academia. He then lectured at Moi University, Kenya; University of Botswana; and University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he is Emeritus Professor. He is a Fellow of South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE); Fellow of South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE); Senior Member of IEEE; and registered Professional Engineer with ECSA.

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Colin Campbell

Executive Director: Customer Engagement


As an Executive Director, Colin helps to lead our Customer Experience go to market program for a wide range of our solution into core vertical and international markets. He has over 20 years of experience building & launching enterprise solutions that deliver extraordinary customer experiences. Prior to CSG, Colin held leadership roles in Product, Marketing, and Product Strategy at Aravo, SAI360 & Everbridge, helping customers solve some of their biggest business challenges across APJ, USA/Canada, UK and EMEA.

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Emmanuel de la Gardette

Director & CTO

ZTE Group

Emmanuel de la Gardette joined ZTE at the beginning of 2011 after 20+ years in international IT companies such as Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Andersen Consulting, where he held Managing and Engineering positions.

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Harrison Li

Chief Technology Officer

Huawei Cloud Southern Africa

Harrison has been with Huawei Cloud since 2019. Prior to joining Huawei, he worked as the Technical Account Director for AWS covering the APEX countries. Within his current role he is the CTO for Huawei Cloud in the Africa Region and focuses on OpenSource, Big Data and Containers. Harrison actively supports all the SA and Africa Solution Architects with solution designs and advice.

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Pushkar Gokhale

Chief Strategy & Digital Officer


Pushkar is a senior leader with global experience across strategy and technology. As the Chief Digital and Strategy Officer, Openserve, Pushkar holds a diverse portfolio, which includes business and technology (IT and Network) strategy; and oversees the execution of strategic initiatives across the organisation.

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Dr. Mmaki Jantjies

Group Executive: Innovation & Transformation

Telkom SA & SATNAC 2023 Chairperson

Dr. Jantjies is the Group Executive, Head of Innovation and Transformation at the South African Telecommunications Provider, Telkom. She joined Telkom in April 2021 to establish the new Innovation Office, focusing on leading digital innovation as well as research and development initiatives of the Telkom Group. Mmaki is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at a South African University.

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Aki Anastasiou

Journalist & Technology Evangelist and SATNAC 2023 Programme Director

With over three decades in the media, spanning across radio, print and television, Aki Anastasiou has seen the evolution of technology and the changes it has brought to society through different lenses. As one South Africa’s top futurists, technology influencers, facilitators and conference hosts, he thrives on innovation and digital transformation, and the incredible impact it is having on global citizens and business.

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Dr. Maletšabisa (Tšabi) Molapo

Executive: Research & Innovation

Telkom SA

Dr. Molapo is the Head of Research and Innovation at Telkom SA. She leads Telkom's Research & Development (R&D) Portfolio, which includes the Telkom Centres of Excellence Programme and other Research-led Innovation Functions. Prior to joining Telkom SA, she worked at IBM Research as a Research Manager, leading Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing and a Product Manager for Accelerated Discovery. Her recent research has spanned areas such as Trustworthy AI, Natural Language Processing, IoT for Healthcare and AI for Education. She also has extensive experience in User Experience Research, Service Design, Product Strategy and Human Computer Interaction.

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Ofir Daniel

Head of Platform Marketing


Ofir has 20+ years' experience in the Communications & Media domains, leading new platforms & technologies to market and always hungry for innovation.

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Dr. Patrick Sekgoka

Executive: Marketing & Data Science

Telkom Consumer

Patrick leads Telkom Consumer & Small Business on data-driven insights for strategic decision-making. He is an award-winning Data Scientist with over 20 years experience spanning several industries, including Commercial & Central Banking, Market Research and Consulting. He holds a Ph.D. Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Pretoria and an international Master of Science Degree in Engineering Mathematics from the University of Twente (The Netherlands).

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Marius Mostert

Independent Consultant & Chairman


Marius Mostert is the Founder of MCORP Communications and Chairman and CTO of the MCORP Group. He also works in the Industry as an Independent Consultant. He has been in telecoms sector for 50 years and holds a B.Eng Electronic Engineering Degree from the University of Stellenbosch and a B.Comm Degree from the University of South Africa. He also studied Technology Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.

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Collin Dimakatso Mashile

Chief Director and Regulatory Policy Development & Research Expert

Department of Communications & Digital Technologies

Collin Dimakatso Mashile is the Chief Director and Regulatory Policy Development & Research Expert at the Department of Communications & Digital Technologies, with focus on digital economy and transformation issues. He has a Master of Communications in Management Science from University of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, and various certificates in Digital & Data Regulations.  He also holds Harvard Kennedy School Implementing Public Policy Programme & Strategic Management of Regulatory & Enforcement Agencies certificates and has over 25 years experience in the sector.​

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Sönke Peters

Head: MEA Strategy & Technology


Since 2021, Sönke Peters oversees the Nokia Strategy & Technology for the MEA Market. He has a wealth of experience in the Telecommunications Industry, drawing on 25 years in various Sales, Strategy, Technology and General Management roles, spanning across key customers, countries, regional and global responsibilities, based out of Munich, Prague and Dubai. He was born 1966 in Germany, married, and has three children.

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Alphonzo Samuels

Independent Consultant & Director

ZNOF Investments (Pty) Ltd

A Senior Executive with more than 35 years' experience in the ICT Industry. He is the Founder and Director of ZNOF Investments (Pty) Ltd. Prior to this, he served as the CEO of Openserve and CTO at Telkom SA. He also held a number of Senior Management positions, in Planning, Engineering and Operations. Alphonzo played a pivotal role in shaping SATNAC and has served as a Director of IRE and the Chairman.

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Chris Chavaranis

Account Manager: Customer Experience

Nokia South Africa

Chris works at Nokia, focussing on Openserve and other Business Units within the Telkom Group. He started his career with Telkom as a Senior Lecturer and following that has been with Nokia for over 30 years in various roles i.e. Training, Product Line Management and Account Management. He has been involved with the Telkom CoE Programme and SATNAC since 2001 and has attended 20 out of 25 SATNAC conferences.

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Wendy Pienaar

Director: Innovation & Ventures

Deloitte Africa

Wendy Pienaar is a Digital & Innovation Strategy Executive with extensive corporate venture building experience across industries in various African markets. She leads Innovations and Ventures for Deloitte Africa and has a passion for helping corporates with growth opportunities from new product development to impact innovation and new business model development using upcoming technologies.

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Ashvir Singh

Senior Specialist: Special Projects & Network Quality


Ashvir is a Senior Engineer with over a decade of experience in the telecommunications industry covering Research & Development, Data Analytics and Network Quality Optimisation. He currently serves as a the Lead for Operational Strategy and spearheads Special Projects to drive efficiencies and shape the future of network operations.

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Phila Sithole

Head of Industry Research

Association of Comms & Technology

Phila has two decades in the Technology Industry space and working in Engineering companies, including multinational such as Siemens, General Electric, Alstom and Thales. He has recently been with the Department of Communications & Digital Technologies (DCDT), leading the implementation of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Prior this, his positions included Business Development, Systems Engineering, and Programme Management for industries including rail, energy, mining, telecommunications, manufacturing, and air traffic management.

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Ntsako Baloyi

Africa Lead: Data & AI

Accenture Technology

Ntsako is the Africa Lead for Data & AI, as well as The Liquid Studio within Accenture Technology. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from University of Pretoria; Masters, Honours and BSc Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Limpopo and an LLB from UNISA. He is also an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and an alumnus of the Telkom CoE at UL.

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Keneilwe Gwabeni

Chief Information Officer

Telkom Consumer & Small Business

Keneilwe has 23 years' work experience in the Information Technology field, with 17 of those years being in IT leadership roles. She has worked in large Energy, Academic, Regulatory, Financial, as well as Banking Institutions and now Telecommunications. She has won the Global CIO 100 recognition in 2021 as well as 2022, which is an award of top 100 Technology Leaders in the world who showcase excellence, resilience, and innovation.

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Stefan Steffen

Head: Data Insights & Intelligence


Stefan is an experienced Data Science & Business Strategy leader with a demonstrated history of leading Specialist and Operational teams in the Financial Services and Information Technology industries. He has a strong bias towards strategic business engagement underpinned by analytical insight. With experience across the data disciplines, his strength lies in unlocking business value through actionable insight.

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Prof. Melissa Densmore

Associate Professor: Computer Science

University of Cape Town

Prof. Densmore is a Human-Computer Interaction for Development Researcher, with a specific focus on the uses of new information technology and interfaces for healthcare in Africa. Prior to joining UCT, she completed a post-doc in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research in Bangalore, India and did her PhD at the- University of California, Berkeley School of Information.

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Dr. Adam Pantanowitz

Director: Innovation Centre

University of Witwatersrand

Dr. Adam Pantanowitz is an iconic Biomedical and Electrical Engineer, well-known for initiating and leading the first group in the world to connect a human brain live and mobile to the internet in a project called the Brainternet – a term he coined. As a Technologist, he enjoys using his Applied Sciences skills to have real-world impact. He has co-founded a number of businesses/social impact projects including AURA, Resolute Education, PRTL Medical, shift.stream, and others.

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Sajag Arora

Lead: Consumer & TMT Consulting Africa


Sajag has served multiple Telco organisations over the last 18 years, across 20 countries. He leads the Consumer & TMT Consulting Department for EY Africa and is passionate about enabling clients in the Consumer & TMT sector, to transform and thrive in the era digital disruption by seizing opportunities today for sustainable value creation.

A breathtaking Venue

Nestled in the picturesque Central Drakensberg, Champagne Sports Resort is the ultimate destination for work & play. Discover the perfect place for conferencing, leisure, timeshare, wellness & golfing - where business meets pleasure & so much more.

Champagne Sports Resort features state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, a full range of accommodation options from family to luxury, a gorgeous golf course, world-class leisure amenities & state-of-the-art conferencing facilities.