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Welcome to this year’s conference, where we will share new ideas and showcase innovation. The world is changing exponentially around us, and at a rate that we’re unaccustomed to. This is a global phenomenon and it will be with us for some time. We are pleased to stand in solidarity with scientists and experts who advocate social distancing, and it is a great privilege to be able to continue our conference despite not meeting in the flesh. I urge you to engage, ask questions, send us your feedback and help us make this conference, despite the unconventional format, the very best yet!


Welcome to the BCX
XCITE20 Virtual Tech Conference

Welcome to a virtual conference that is a first of its kind in South Africa amongst the local IT Industry. With talks, panel discussions and even virtual exhibitions to browse, we’re very excited to host our delegates and provide an immersive experience. The day will include plenty of delegate interaction and networking with competitions and prizes from many of the BCX Partners.


XCITE20 To the Power of 4.0

Considering the restrictions implemented throughout the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, XCITE20 will take place virtually and we guarantee that this will be no ordinary digital conference! The focus of the conference is 4IR and is based around the theme “To the Power of 4.0.” We look forward to unpacking the drastic shift that recent events have brought into the tech industry countrywide, and how these changes can be mitigated and even leveraged to improve business and ways of working going forward. We look at driving sustainability and harnessing the very latest technologies to drive relevant and lasting change from the inside out in the most secure way.



Get to know our speakers including their passion in the industry, histories, scope of experience and their fields of study

About Jonas Bogoshi

Jonas Bogoshi was appointed Chief Executive Office for BCX in June 2018. Prior to this role he was the Chief Revenue Officer at BCX.

He has more than 28 years’ experience in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, and brings to BCX a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry, as well as a vast network of strategic professional relationships across the country. He is a determined, principled and visionary leader. Prior to joining BCX he was country manager for EMC. When Dell acquired EMC in 2016, Jonas took on the role of channel lead in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. He is a previous vice president of sales at T-Systems, CEO of GijimaAST, chief of strategic services at the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), and commercial sector manager at Cisco Systems.

Jonas brings to BCX a wealth of industry expertise and knowledge that will strengthen its position as a world-class technology provider. His appointment forms a key part of BCX’s business transformation journey and its drive to achieve economies of skill that will enable future business growth.

About Mark Mc Kerr

Central Region Executive, BCX

Mark Mc Kerr joined BCX from Dimension Data, where he was from 2014-2019, as MEA Managed Network Service Practice manager and Cloud Optimized Hybrid WAN Solution owner (SDWAN). Mark has over 12 years in the ICT industry and brings to BCX a deep understanding of the industry and MEA market, with a passion for client success through adoption of innovation.

Prior to Dimension Data, Mark worked at IBM as Energy and Utilities / Industrial and Telco Sector Sales Lead – ITS.

Mark brings to BCX a belief in the art of the possible and helps clients realise their ambitions in the digital world.

About Althon Beukes

Chief Executive Officer Openserve and Telkom Group Chief Information Officer

Versatile Senior Executive with over 25years’ experience in the ICT industry. Recently been appointed as CEO – Openserve in addition to being the Telkom Group CIO.

Career Highlights:

  • Chief Executive Officer – Openserve, 1 April 2020 – present
  • Group Chief Information Officer – Telkom , Dec 2018 – present
  • Chief Commercial Officer – Openserve, Jan 2018 – Nov 2018
  • Chief of International Business BCX, Oct 2016 – Dec 2017
  • Chief Operations Officer – BCX, Oct 2015 – Sept 2016
  • Managing Director: Cybernest, April 2013 – Sept 2015


  • BSc degree in Computer Science (UWC)
  • Executive Development Programme (Wits)

About Shaheen Vawda

Shaheen has over 20 years’ experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) arena and plans to drive strategic initiatives and provide executive-level support to top decisionmakers, both within BCX and for our customers. Shaheen joined us in June 2019 and has experience in leadership and management in all areas of finance, sales and delivery.

Before joining BCX, Shaheen was Channel Sales Director at Dell EMC South Africa.  He led the Channel Sales organisation in South Africa and Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, implementing and heading up a consultative selling approach to position Dell EMC’s global strategy. Shaheen previously held positions at Microsoft and T-Systems.

Shaheen holds a Bachelor from the University of the Witwatersrand.

About Mark Walker

Mark Walker is responsible for International Data Corporation (IDC) research and consulting across the sub-Saharan Africa region. He has over 20 years’ experience in techno-economic and competitive analysis of the Middle Eastern and African region and consults to multinational organisations, government, and commercial enterprises. Mark completed his technology training in the Air Force and has graduate qualifications in marketing and business administration from the IMM and Universities of South Africa (UNISA) and Witwatersrand.

About Prof. Brian Armstrong

Prof. Brian Armstrong is one of the foremost ICT industry leaders in South Africa, with over 30 years of top level management experience in Telecommunications, IT, technology R&D and systems engineering, both in South Africa and abroad. He is widely regarded as a thought leader in digitalisation, convergence and business strategy.

Brian is currently Professor in the Chair of Digital Business at the Wits Business School. He consults widely to industry and government on technological disruption and digital business and is an acclaimed public speaker on digital transformation and its socio-economic impacts. Previously Brian spent seven years in Telkom, as Group Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Commercial Officer, and at BT as Vice President for Middle East and Africa. Brian completed his BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982 and 1984 respectively, and obtained his PhD from University College London in 1992.

About Garsen Naidu

Garsen Naidu is the Country Manager for Cisco South Africa. He is responsible for executing a country- wide vision and strategy that delivers transformational value to our customers and partners; driving growth across all technology segments; managing and achieving operational excellence; and continuing to develop strategic relationships across the entire ecosystem to drive a digital agenda for South Africa.

While his tenure as Country Manager began in 2019, Garsen has been with Cisco for a decade, having joined the company in 2010. His previous role was Head of Channel & Engineering for Cisco’s Sub- Saharan Africa region which includes Southern, Eastern, and English-speaking Western Africa since 2017. Prior to this he held the position of Regional Sales Manager for Cisco Southern Africa, a role which he occupied from October 2015.

Garsen started at Cisco in 2010 as an Enterprise Account Manager and he immediately transformed the scale of Cisco’s Energy business; which at that time was the largest for an enterprise customer in South Africa. His career trajectory with Cisco has continued to escalate in a very impactful way since then.

He began his career as a Software Development Engineer in the Aerospace industry designing software and hardware systems for defence systems. His sales career began when he redefined the sales strategy for Denel, a South African Defence and Aerospace company. Following a rationalization of the sales organization, Garsen successfully concluded key deals for the company in East Asia.

Garsen’s academic achievements include a MBA (distinction) from GIBS, a B.Sc. in Engineering – Electrical – Information Systems and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

He is a devout family man, is married and has a son.

About Craig Wing

Craig is a partner of FutureWorld international, working alongside clients understand, create and design their ideal futures through Imagineering and thinking from the future. His areas of expertise include emergent technology (AI, blockchain, Quantum, CRISPr), business models, company culture and New World of Work. Across Africa, he has spoken at length on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the preparedness of the continent.

He’s converted his own car to electric: proof he believes in creating the future we could have! He also turned down an opportunity to head up one of Richard Branson’s companies to create a global platform for tomorrow’s leaders.

Craig moderated the 10th BRICs summit on 4IR with H.E. Presidents Xi, Putin and Ramaphosa & PM Modi in attendance, African Innovation Symposium with the United Nations. He is a keynote speaker at conferences including the SA Innovation Awards, Finance Indaba, Manufacturing Indaba, Africa Agri conference & ITWeb Digital Economy. He is an adjunct professor at the Indian School of Business (ISB) and Duke Corporate Education. Clients include UNAIDS, Tata, Shell, MTN, Airbus, Danone, Microsoft, Fidelity, Accenture, Barclays, Investec, Discovery, Standard Bank, BMW, Huawei and the Indian government.

He has a BSc (Eng), MSc (Usability) and MBA from Babson College (USA) as a recipient of the prestigious Frederic C Hamilton scholarship for significant entrepreneurial achievement. During his MBA he was elected the first “non-American” class president. He is completing his PhD to formulate new models for “Futures Thinking” for leaders to create their ideal futures by “creating memories from the future” by working backward from the future when creating company strategy. As Head of Small Business Marketing for Google, he launched South African Business Woza online where SME’s created 50,000 websites in it’s inaugural year – one every ten minutes. He grew revenue by 82% YoY and was selected the African “Googliest Googler!”

About Robin Barnwell

Robin Barnwell is a security strategist with 15 years of experience leading teams across a multitude of security disciplines such as SecOps, Risk, Governance, Architecture and Strategy.

Believing that people are an organisation’s strongest asset, he uses his years of experience to enable security teams to use design thinking to work on the right problems – “working smarter, not harder”.
In his current role as Head of Security Strategy for Standard Bank Group, he is responsible for the establishment, alignment and maturity of the Cyber Security strategy across 18 countries in Africa as well as several offices outside of Africa.

He has degrees in Computer Science and Statistics as well as a number of industry certifications.
In his free time, Robin enjoys a good Netflix binge, creating sculptures using Lego, as well as pursuing his passion for travel and experiencing new countries and cultures.

About Corien Vermaak

IT law specialist by trade, Vermaak has spent many years working in ICT and representing multinationals.

Vermaak specialises in ICT technologies and network security. She is currently also completing studies towards becoming a certified digital forensic auditor. Vermaak has been instrumental in assisting the Law Society of South Africa with seminars for legal practitioners regarding technology law and cyber crime legislation. As director of a technology academy, she developed training in cyber security and data protection and audits in large companies. She brings a wealth of technology experience to the seminar.

About Eyal Asila

Information security leader with over 22 years of experience in establishing global information security arrays, developing unified and standardised technological security systems, Policies and procedures that are compliant with strict international standards in both business, Operational technology and governmental defence sectors.

Proven abilities to manage complex projects in a dynamic and results- driven business environment. Retired Colonel, Israeli Air-Force.

About Nomonde White-Ndlovu

Nomonde is an accomplished Head of Governance and Reporting for Absa’s Group Engineering Services, one of the largest divisions at Absa Group. The previous roles that she has held within the ABSA Group are:​
– Joint Chief Information Officer for Infrastructure Services ​
– Head of Technology for Barclays Africa Regional Management​

She has extensive experience within the technology space, having started her technology career at UCS Solutions and later British American Tobacco before joining Absa’s technology division in a senior management capacity. ​

In her current role at Absa, Nomonde is responsible for all governance and reporting frameworks and standards across Engineering Services. She is responsible for reporting against Engineering Services’ strategy across local and in-country teams and building critical relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, managing the complex and delicate regulatory relationships, data, dynamics as well as high volumes of change, security and technical risk which is an inherent part of the broader banking environment. ​

Passionate about women in business and working with young talent within the technology industry, Nomonde coaches and mentors young people to inspire them to pursue careers in technology and engineering. She aspires to see a lot more women and young, intelligent African professionals taking up senior roles in the technology industry. ​

Nomonde currently holds the position of the Chairperson for the Wired for Women Technology Forum which is sponsored and supported by IT Web and BCX (Business Connexion)​

Nomonde is married to Muzi and together they have a lovely five-year-old daughter. She has earned a BA Law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is currently pursuing her MBA through the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).​

Nomonde is a seasoned leader, who was a finalist of the 2017 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss awards, and was featured and recognized in both the Elle and Popular Mechanics Magazines as a leader in the technology space – both prominent publications in South Africa

About Doug Witschi

In August 2018, Doug was seconded by Australia to INTERPOL Global Centre for Innovation in Singapore.

In February 2020 he was tasked to establish the Cybercrime Treat Response capability in INTERPOL. Facing the global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, he lead his team in responding to issues of Ransomware attacks against hospitals and critical infrastructure across many countries around the world, targeted Cyber scammers and cybercriminals that were using COVID-19 as a lure, and developed response and disruption strategies to mitigate the global threats being faced by many of the communities around the world. In June 2020 he was tasked to reinvigorate INTERPOL’s Cybercrime Operations capability.

He spends his time building productive and enduring relationships with member countries, private public partners and other key stakeholders in the fight against Cybercrime. He espouses and practices, “Together we can make a difference”

With extensive academic qualifications and an experienced teacher and facilitator, Doug demonstrates foresight thought leadership that inspires change in the digital revolution.

When not working he is a passionate sailor, scuba diver and enjoys spending as much time as he can with his family.

About Pabi Moloi

Pabi Moloi is a cosmopolitan South African radio and television presenter. Pabi has had an extensive career as both a television and radio presenter and her skills, knowledge and charisma make her the perfect broadcaster to drive corporate, advertorial and commercial formats.

Pabi Moloi’s illustrious career has seen her before international audiences, a myriad of prolific movie and music stars as well as in in-depth reality formats. She has also been the face and voice ambassador for multiple multinational brands.
Her presenting career began at the tender age of 11 and she has since hosted shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, The Amazing Date, All Access on MNET, Trending SA on SABC 3 and a variety of other programs for major corporates such as Standard Bank, SAB, SA’s 2010 World Cup as a corespondent to the UK. Pabi has also had extensive experience as a radio presenter hosting shows on stations such as YFM, 947, Metro FM and most prolifically on Power 98.7.

She has been honored as a Best TV Talk Show Host award recipient at the SAFTAwarda and multiple nominee at the South African Radio Awards.
Pabi Moloi currently hosts POWER Weekend Breakfast on talk-station Power 98.7 where she continues to challenge the norm and provide her audiences with insight, inspiration and knowledge. Her effortless presenting style, inquisitive nature and heart of gold always ensure that audiences remain entertained and engaged no matter the platform they experience Pabi Moloi through.


10h15 – 10h20
Introduction by MC – Pabi Moloi
10h20 – 10h30
Welcome by BCX CEO – Jonas Bogoshi
10h30 – 10h50
Keynote Address by Craig Wing
A Global view on Tech trends considering the impact of Covid-19
10h50 – 11h35
Panel Discussion: From Cyber-security to Cyber-safety: Managing IT risk during COVID-times.
Corien Vermaak – Cisco South Africa, Cybersecurity Partner Specialist
Panelists include:
Jonas Bogoshi – BCX, CEO
Althon Beukes – OpenServe, CEO
Robin Barnwell – Standard Bank, Head: Security Strategy Enablement
Eyal Asila – ATOS, Director, Head: Global Cyber Security Consulting Group
Doug Witschi – INTERPOL, Assistant Director: Cybercrime Threat Response & Cybercrime Operations
11h35 – 12h05
Session 1a – Manufacturing to the Power 4.0 (IBM)
Session 1b – Empowering Heros on The Front Line – Covid 19 (Zebra)
Session 1c – Are efforts to modernise IT creating a data challenge? (Commvault)
Session 1d – Dell’s Strategy and vision for 4IR and the digital economy future we now face. (Dell)
12h05 – 12h35
Session 2a – Change of plans? – Plan for change. (Red Hat)
Session 2b – Post Pandemic – What are some of the possible scenarios for IT Operations? (Nutanix)
Session 2c – Universal Framework for Intelligent Cities. (Huawei)
Session 2d – The more things change the more they stay the same: technologies to empower the future of work. (Citrix)
12h35 – 13h05
Session 3a – Transformational Impact of Industry 4.0 (Cisco)
Session 3b – Best practices in protecting Operational Technology in a converging IoT world. (Fortinet)
Session 3c – Extracting Complexity from Data Management. (Veritas)
Session 3d – Accelerating your Digital Transformation Journey. (Veeam)
13h05 – 13h30
Partner networking and exhibitions to commence
13h30 – 14h15
Panel Discussion: Covid-19 is accelerating 4IR. How should CEOs tackle this given the enormous pressure for them to take the lead in the digital transformation of their own organisations?
Shaheen Vawda – BCX, Chief Sales Officer
Panelists include:
Craig Wing – Partner: FutureWorld International. PhD Candidate
Prof Brian Armstrong – Wits Business School, Chair of Digital Business
Mark Walker – Int. Data Corporation (IDC), Associate Vice President
Garsen Naidu – Cisco South Africa, Country Manager
Nomonde White-Ndlovu – Wired4Woman Tech Forum, Chairperson
14h15 – 14h20
Wrap-up and closing by Mark Mc Kerr
14h20 – 16h45
Partner networking and exhibitions continue
Platform will remain open for all guests
16h45 – 17h00
Event winners announced

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