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XCITE21 Virtual

25 August 2021



25 August 2021








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Welcome to the BCX
XCITE21 Virtual Tech Conference

Welcome to our 2nd annual virtual conference that was a first of its kind in South Africa amongst the local IT Industry in 2020. 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.

BCX invites you to participate in our world class virtual Industry Tech Conference and exhibition, XCITE21 to take place on 25 August 2021. There will also be a virtual exhibition where delegates can gather further information, engage in live chats, and stand in line to win prizes by engaging with our event gamification competition.


XCITE21 – Creating Possibilities

Considering the restrictions implemented worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, XCITE21 will again take place virtually and we guarantee that this will be no ordinary digital conference! The focus of the conference is technology and is based around the theme of “Creating Possibilities.” 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.

We will have 5 partner breakout sessions during the conference with the following track themes:

1. Connectivity Re-invented – Transform the way people and businesses dynamically connect and collaborate

2. Cloud Platforms – Secure universal access to infrastructure, platforms, and applications

3. 360 Security – Proactively protect the integrity of your digital reality

4. Progressive Innovation – Reinvent and innovate products, services and experiences with speed, scale, and agility

5. Location free Business – Enabling the workforce and work experience with enhanced collaboration and productivity



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 Bruce Whitfield

Bruce Whitfield is an award-winning financial journalist. His daily Money Show on 702 and Cape Talk is compulsory listening for anyone who wants to know what is happening in the political economy. Whitfield presents Taking Stock on eNCA and is a contributing editor at the Financial Mail. He thrives on challenging audiences to think differently about the risks and challenges posed by the complex South African environment.

About Tony Christodoulou

Tony is currently the CIO – Vice President of Information Technology & Process Excellence for the EMEA region (Middle East, Europe, and Africa) of a Global Fortune 500 company, American Tower Corporation. ATC is a provider of wireless communications infrastructure. They are the leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communication real estate and offer solutions and services to deploy and support wireless networks in 20 countries across 5 continents with a global portfolio of 181,000+ sites.

Tony is a Senior Global Executive, strategic, operational & execution specialist with broad experience in many avenues of business from Digital business transformation to merges and acquisitions, largely in the Financial and Telecommunications Sector. Tony has managed many large complex cross-border portfolios’ and has strategically derived Business/I.T/Digital Strategies and driven their effective execution and in all aspects from Operations, Compliance to process efficiencies Innovation and integration within Retail/Corporate Banking and Telco infrastructure, Tower deployments and operations across the globe. He Managed work-streams within the Barclays-Absa merger and acquisition in 2006, driven strategic alignment (from standardisation to decentralisation initiatives), was heavily involved in the American Tower-Airtel Acquisition and integration in Nigeria in 2015, the ATC/FPS Tower France Acquisition in 2017, the Telkom assets acquisition in Kenya in 2018 and in 2020 the $2 Billion Acquisition of Eaton Towers across Africa and the Middle East for American tower. Now with the recent announcement of ATC’s intention to acquire Telxius Towers ($9.4 billion investment with a portfolio of 31,000 communication sites across Europe and LATAM) Tony will be leading the IT strategy and delivery to ensure its success and business adoption.
Tony is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (rated number one Business School in Africa and in the top 50 globally) on their suite of programmes (such as the MBA, PDBA, PMD, MPHIL, open and custom programmes), passionate in the field of Digital Sociology, Digital Disruption, Technology Strategy, Effective Execution & Project Management, Strategic Project Leadership, Process Excellence, I.T as a strategic business enabler, The Art Of Innovation, Information and Knowledge Management. Will be 10 years with GIBS Business School as of August 2021.
Academically, Tony has completed two degrees at Bond University (Australian University), the first in BIS (Bachelor of Information Systems) and the second in B-COM Marketing. In 2008 he completed his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) through GIBS Business School and an Executive course in Building National Competitiveness through GIBS & Harvard Business School. In 2016, Tony completed the Innovative Technology Leader (ITL) Executive Program through Stanford University Graduate School of Business in San Francisco, U.S. In 2018 completed his executive education in Boston at Harvard Business School in Competing on Business Analytics and Big Data. Tony is also an accredited
PRINCE2 Practitioner, MSP certified and has done studies in strategic project management applications, business process optimisation, Agile, Lean manufacturing and has become passionate in the field of effective execution and I.T strategic implementation.
Tony frequently participates as a guest speaker and facilitator to numerous conferences and events across the globe that focus on ICT Strategy, Business Digitisation, Information Technology Enablement, Execution Strategy and many more. In 2018 he was invited by the South African National Treasury to come speak and facilitate a session for the Jobs Fund Learning Forum on the topic: “Job Transitioning in the digital age: Building capabilities – The role of individuals and leaders”. Also spoke at the IT Leaders Africa Summit in Cape Town in 2018 on Monetising Data and in 2019 The Transformation role of the CIO.

Tony is a Member of the PMSA (Project Management South Africa) and a member of the CIO Council of South Africa. Tony has been featured in the CIO Directory over the past 6 years, a guide to the country’s IT decision-makers, they feature the profiles of over 200 chief information officers and IT directors from top South African private and public sector organisations.

About Emma El-Karout

Emma El-Karout is a Johannesburg-based future work innovator who founded One Circle, an online HR collaboration platform scheduled to launch in 2019. Born and raised in Lebanon, her formative academic phase in Lebanon was capped with an MBA from LAU, an undergraduate degree from AUB and two school leaving certificates, one French and one English. No bad, as her mother tongue is actually Arabic! Emma almost immediately began challenging existing systems and traditions as she entered the consulting world helping NGO’s and private companies with their HR and training agendas.

She developed her own bespoke content when existing material didn’t serve her clients’ needs and during this phase of her career, operated from Beirut but assignments took her to Syria and Jordan as well. Her effectiveness in HR consulting led her to corporate HR roles in the hospitality sector, and the Arabian Gulf states of UAE (Dubai) and Qatar. She quickly built a reputation as a hotel property preopening and opening specialist with global hotel operators, and an HR leader who operated from a business perspective. She then shifted into one of the other major Gulf industries, joining Qatar Petroleum, the second largest national oil and gas company in the Middle East. As a senior policy advisor, she impacted the HR practices of all employers in Qatar’s Energy sector and was on the working team drafting the (then) new Qatar HR Law. She received a commendation from the Qatar Deputy Prime Minister for her related contributions. Continuing a trend of working in regionally iconic industries, Emma then moved into retail in Dubai, heading up HR for the leading luxury fashion retailer in the Middle East, Etoile Group. Here, Emma managed HR across the Group’s footprint in the Gulf and Levant. After a 7 year period, Emma witnessed the people impact of the economic ebbs and flows in the region and began thinking about a solution whereby individuals could be more empowered to offer their skills and services to employers, instead of through traditional recruitment. Emma continued developing this idea during her next role with one of the largest non-specific retailers in the Middle East, North Africa, and India, Landmark Group. She started to realize the potential impact that technology was bringing to the world of work, coupled with her passion to democratize employment, started designing One Circle. Today, Emma is based in Johannesburg with her family where she intends to launch One Circle (www.onecirclehr.com) in 2019, as a means to combat few of the major societal issues in South Africa, being unemployment, gender and age bias, and the retention of experienced workers in the economy post-retirement.

About Greg Cress

Greg Cress is an experienced, dynamic and forward-thinking ICT industry professional with a successful 20-year career growth record with blue-chip organisations in the South African, Middle-East and European telecommunications markets.

A recognised industry professional in the areas of telecommunications value added services, innovation and strategy consulting, he is highly effective in the areas of thought leadership, the conception of new product ideas, the product development process and the stimulation of the market and revenue around innovative mobile and Internet services.

He is the founder and director of ConnectedFutures (Pty) Ltd, a strategy consulting firm specialising in providing scenario planning services to medium and large organisations.

He constantly seeks out global and technological megatrends that signal disruption and market shift – crucial for detecting early indicators of radical technological change that often provide the greatest opportunities for business model innovation.

He qualified in 1997 with a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Natal, and received his MBA with a top distinction from Oxford Brookes University UK in 2003.

About Hope Lukoto

A trained psychologist and executive coach, Hope has over 16 years’ experience in private practice and consulting. She joined BCX as Chief Human Resources Officer in October 2018 and sees herself as a transformer and problem solver, with a vision for the future. Hope has a special interest in acting as a catalyst for change, coaching leaders who are in transition, and helping them to identify and develop strategies for employee engagement.

Her goal is to empower and inspire the employees within her organisation and to develop her team of Human Resources (HR) professionals into strategic business partners.
Before joining BCX, Hope held Human Resources positions at BMW and First National Bank, where she worked for nine years, before launching her own coaching company.
Hope has several qualifications, including a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pretoria and an advanced Human Resources Executive Programme Certificate from the Michigan Ross School of Business. Hope is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

About Nkuli Mbundu

Nkuli is Executive at MicroStrategy Inc., the largest independent publicly traded Business Intelligence company globally with the leading enterprise analytics platform.

Nkuli is responsible for market development of BI & Analytics solutions in Sub Sahara Africa. His focus is on delivering the business’s vision of “Intelligence Everywhere” to the respective geographies and market verticals.

He was previously Managing Executive: Revenue of XLink Communications, a wholly owned Vodacom subsidiary and tasked with sales transformation, business development and customer experience, leading the sales and marketing organizations. Nkuli previously led the Vodacom Business’s Mining & Manufacturing vertical as Executive Head of Department. In this role, he successfully transformed the vertical’s sales capability & competence from legacy mobile to digital.

Prior to that Nkuli was the Country Manager for EMC2 Enterprise Content Division (ECD) before the acquisition by Dell to form DellEMC. In this role, he was responsible for the end to end ECD business reporting to EMEA. In his earlier roles at Ericsson and Sun Microsystems, was sales manager and Global Account Manager for the MTN Group, working and travelling in 18 countries. Nkuli started his career at Cisco Systems as account manager in 1998. Throughout his career, Nkuli has been an over achiever with a number of sales awards both at a global and local stage.

Nkuli has Sales Leadership and General Management competencies in the areas of Enterprise Content, Telecommunications, Analytics, Storage, Computing and Networking having run sales organizations upwards of $400m in revenue.

His key differentiator is the ability to conceptualize a strategic direction, build, lead and coach diverse, high performing teams, orchestrating iterative execution to arrive at the vision.

About Roderick Wolfenden

Roderick is the Africa Markets Leader at EY.

He is an accomplished leader who is passionate about realising business and human potential and has demonstrated the ability to build and grow businesses; to develop strong C-Suite client relationships; and to shape and lead high performance teams. He is a strategic thinker with a ‘big picture’ perspective but is also able to shift from concept to execution of strategy. He is articulate and has highly developed communication skills. Roderick has worked for and advised organisations across Africa and Europe and his expertise lies in the areas of Strategy development and execution, Business Development and large transformation program execution.

About Siphumelele Zondi

Siphumelele Zondi is a South African radio and television reporter, current affairs presenter, producer and journalism lecturer. Siphumelele grew up in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal and studied in Durban, Pretoria and England.

Zondi also works as a current affairs presenter for Channel Africa Radio, a radio station within the SABC. He has also worked as a senior producer and anchor for CNBC Africa and did some work as a reporter for eTV in his earlier years.

Siphumelele Zondi has also lectured on broadcast journalism at Tshwane University of Technology, where he did his journalism degree, and he launched a blog there with his students that was nominated for the South African Blog Awards. In 2010 and 2011 he was part of the EVA Junior Business Fellows, a group of young people from around the world identified as future leaders by the Finnish business sector.

About Zanele Njapha

In the face of disruptive change, Zanele assists organizations organizations going through transitions to unlearn.
She does this by facilitating the understanding that learning, unlearning and relearning must be the crux and heart of an organisation’s DNA if they are serious about being future-fit..

Zanele presents with uncanny wit, humour and engaging insights wrapped in memo- rable stories. She is a well-seasoned and thought-provoking speaker who engages and captures various audiences.

Past clients have experienced:

• Gained knowledge that building and strengthening organizational cultures of learning (and unlearning) is para- mount in developing future-proof teams and organizations.

• An understanding of how to use a positive culture of learning to drive business metrics and influence employee performance.

• A grasp of tools and methods to enhance and build a future-focused development culture

About Shamalan Soobiah

Shamalan Soobiah is a seasoned Business Executive and skilled strategist with over 35 years’ experience and an MBA and BSc in Computer Science and Mathematical Statistics.
He has worked for respected global organisations such as Accenture, Standard Bank, Deloitte and Business Connexion.

He is a leader with exceptional business transformation and turnaround skills. This includes the ability to solve complex business and technology challenges and come up with practical real-world solutions. He has worked locally and internationally, for extended periods, in the USA, Europe and Africa.


08h00 – 10h00
Platform opens for Registration; Guests can personalize their profiles.
10h00 – 10h15
Introduction by MC and Welcome by Jonas Bogoshi – Chief Executive Officer, BCX Group
10h15 – 11h00
Keynote Address by Bruce Whitfield

Topic: The Upside of Down – Upside Express

11h00 – 11h45
Panel Discussion: Future of Work Reinvented

In a post pandemic digital world, Enterprises are intentionally reinventing the way work is done. Rethinking workplace strategies is not simple. One thing is clear though, to ensure their future success, organisations must adopt a human centric approach that adds value to both the employee and the organisation and address the new reality. However, current virtualised remote work is exhausting employees, and the All-Return-to-Site option will affect performance, engagement and productivity. So, what can organisations do to reinvent work and what needs to be done in order to ensure success?


11h45 – 12h15
In this session you can choose from the following presentations:
  • Redefining workspaces by Microsoft – The role of technology in reversing the social impact of the pandemic
  • Progressive Innovation by Dell – APEX – Transform how the world consumes technology
  • Cloud Platforms by Veeam – Cloud & Container Data Management
12h15 – 12h45
In this session you can choose from the following presentations:
  • Connectivity Re-Invented by Cisco – Connect globally in a world with increasingly complex business processes and threats!
  • Cloud Platforms by Citrix – Secure distributed work made possible with Citrix
  • Progressive Innovation by Veritas – Enterprise Data Services for the Modern Multi-Cloud Enterprise
12h45 – 13h05
Break : Partner networking to commence / Exhibition booths open
13h05 – 13h50
Panel Discussion: Digital Resiliency for Future Success

Digital resiliency is the ability of an organization, enabled by digital technologies, to not only adapt to significant change but also thrive by capitalizing on the changed conditions.
It is a goal of any Digitally Fit Enterprise. to assess themselves against their leadership, workforce, brand and reputation, customers and ecosystems, financials, and operations.
Currently organizations are focusing on operational resiliency to ensure that they are ready for growth again in the future. Given the above, there are a few critical questions that organisations will need to answer such as what do organisations need to do to ensure their successful existence in the next 3-5 years?


13h50 – 14h20
In this session you can choose from the following presentations:
  • Cloud Platforms by IBM – Data Fabric delivered by Cloud Pak for Data
  • Redefining Workspaces by MicroStrategy – Managing Uncertainties with Insights-Driven Capabilities
  • 360 Degree Security by Trend Micro – Managing Uncertainties with Insights-Driven Capabilities
14h20 – 14h50
In this session you can choose from the following presentations:
  • Progressive Innovation by BMC
  • Cloud Platforms by Huawei – Achieve success with HUAWEI Cloud
  • 360 Degree Security by Infinidat – Data Protection – How to keep your organisation from becoming the next headline!
14h50 – 15h20
In this session you can choose from the following presentations:
  • 360 Degree Security by Cybereason – Don’t fear RANSOMWARE – end it!
  • 360 Degree Security by F5 – Lessons Learned from Breaches During the Pandemic
  • Redefining workspaces by BCX DaaS
15h20 – 15h30
15h30 – 16h30
Partner networking and exhibitions continue
16h30 – 17h45

XCITE20 Recap

Highlights from XCITE20 which provided a great platform for conversation and innovation.

  • 1412 registered attendees
  • 800 users on the platform
  • The most active panel discussion was Cybersecurity with 552 attendees
  • Craig Wing’s session had 451 attendees
  • Most downloaded article – Garsen Naidoo,  CISCO
  • Most popular stands:
    – BCX
    – Cisco
    – DELL
    – BCX Digital Innovation Awards


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