Videos of recorded talks:    

      Stafford Masie

      Prof Maria Frahm-Arp 

      Prof Saurabh Sinha

Keynote Speaker:
Stafford Masie
Google SA CEO, Multimillionaire, Entrepreneur, Father & Son.


Stafford Masie provides insights and views on technology-related matters and industry developments. This sees him presenting at conferences and in-house strategy sessions as a technology futurist. He says "the financial services industry is now at the epicentre of the technology disruption storm.

         •  Battles for the transactional store of value; "over the top" banking rails
         •  Traditional valuation(s) of asset classes; from ownership to access
         •  Actuarial thinking (human) versus big data (machine)
         •  The establishment of an entirely new "fat protocol" based shared value system (BlockChain).

Professor Johannes Cronjé  
Prof Cronjé is the Dean of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.  


Professor Cronjé was named the top ICT educator in Africa. 

He obtained a Doctorate in Afrikaans Literature in 1990 and then a Masters Degree in Computer-Assisted Education from the University of Pretoria. From 1994 to 2007 he was a professor of computers in education with the University of Pretoria. He has also been visiting professor at Sudan University of Science and Technology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; the University of Joensuu, Finland, and the University of Bergen, Norway, The Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium, The University of Namibia and the University of the Free State, South Africa.  He has supervised or co-supervised 72 Masters and 60 Doctoral students and published more than 42 research papers. 

This determination to impact on teaching and learning saw Prof Cronjé become a pioneer in ICT in education, with many of his innovations becoming standard practice in classrooms across the globe. In 1997 he ran one of the first Internet-based classrooms in the world and was also a pioneer of "peer teaching" in the field of ICT, where learners would sit two to a computer and assist one another.

He was awarded a C rating by the NRF, has conducted extensive research in ICT, published extensively and presented papers at hundreds of national and international conferences. He has also acted as a consultant in the area of using computers to reach out to various African countries.  

Prof Saurabh Sinha, PhD(Eng), Pr Eng 
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Internationalisation, UJ


Saurabh Sinha, SMIEEE, FSAIEE, FSAAE Prof Sinha obtained his B. Eng, M. Eng and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pretoria (UP). He achieved both his B. Eng and M. Eng with distinction. As a published researcher, he has authored or co-authored approximately 110 publications in peer-reviewed journals, books and at international conferences. In addition, he is the managing editor of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) Africa Research Journal. Prof Sinha served UP for over a decade; his last service being as Director of the Carl and Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. Together with his research group, he conducted teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, researched and performed extensive management tasks. To allow for continuation of postgraduate leadership, he was appointed as extraordinary professor at UP. On 1 October 2013, Prof Sinha was appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). On 1 Dec. 2017, Prof Sinha was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation.
During his term as Executive Dean, he has significantly contributed to the UJ Global Excellence and Stature Strategic Goal and this contribution is reflected, both quantifiably and qualitatively, in research and innovation, teaching and learning, international profile for global excellence and stature (GES), national and global reputation management, and fitness for GES. During his 4-year term as dean, stellar achievements include, the successful attraction of globally renowned academics, tripling the research/external funding to the faculty, increasing the research publication outputs by 2.3 to over 360 units, significantly growing graduate outputs, to over 2000 graduates in 2016, quadrupling the number of NRF rated researchers, approximately doubling the intake of international students to over 900 students (1 in 10 FEBE students), despite disciplinary scarcity – the FEBE transformation reflects 1 in 2 new academic recruits are from designated communities, and many others. Along with these leadership or management achievements, Prof Sinha’s research group submitted 25 publication units (recognised journal articles, book chapters, books and conference proceedings) to the DHET for 2016 and a similar figure for 2017.
Beyond his academic contributions, Prof Sinha remains an active member of several professional societies. Significant elected positions include 2014-2015 IEEE Vice-President: Educational Activities and IEEE Board of Directors. IEEE is a global engineering society, over 130 years in age, and constituting 420,000 members in over 190 countries. To our knowledge, this was the first occasion where such an appointment occurred from the African continent and the election of Prof Sinha was therefore significant for this reason as well.
He is also the recipient of the 2007 SAIEE Engineer of the Year Award, 2010 UP Laureate Award and 2013 TW Kambule NRF-NSTF Award for his outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) through research and its outputs. In 2017, Prof Sinha was a finalist in the 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards – TW Kambule Award (Management Category). Prof Sinha, a registered professional engineer, also served as an industrial consultant for Business Enterprises at the University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd; in this role – he served a number of industrial sectors, both public and private.
Prof Sinha currently serves on committees of international, national, regional and professional societies. In the recent past, he has served on the Electrical Engineering Professional Advisory Committee, Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). ECSA is a signatory of the Washington Accord, International Engineering Alliance (IEA).

Professor Maria Frahm-Arp
Executive Director, UJ Library


Prof Maria Frahm-Arp obtained her PhD in the Sociology of Religion from Warwick University (UK) at the end of 2006.  She is the author of several journal articles on Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in South Africa and the author of 'Professional Women in Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in South Africa' (Brill 2010). Over the last ten years she has done over 15 TV programs on her area of specialisation. Every week she sends out a podcast through 'Soul Provider' which goes to over 72 000 people worldwide who receive her podcasts and meditations.   

She has taught Eastern Religions, Church History, Contemporary issues in Christianity, the Sociology of Religion, Method and Theory and Old Testament Studies at St Augustine College (2008 – 2012) and then at the University of Johannesburg in the Religion Studies Department (2014 – 2017).  She is the winner of the UJ Humanities Teaching and Learning Award (2014) and the Vice Chancellors Distinguished Teaching and Learning Award (2016).  In 2017 she worked as the Vice Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and since March 2018 she has been working as the Executive Director of the Library and Information Centre at UJ. 

Dr Abejide Ade-Ibijola
Senior Lecturer: Department of Applied Information Systems, University of Johannesburg


Dr Abejide Ade-Ibijola ('Jide' for short) holds a PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (2016). He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Information Systems at the University of Johannesburg; the Lead of the Research Cluster on Formal Structures, Algorithms, and Industrial Applications; and the Tech Lead of the Technopreneurship Centre of the School of Consumer Intelligence and Information Systems, College of Business and Economics. In 2017, he chaired the International Conference on the Internet, Cybersecurity, and Information Systems, hosted by the University of Johannesburg. 

His research interests are in: Problems and Algorithms in Artificial Intelligence, the Applications of Formal Grammars (String or Picture grammars) in the Synthesis of Things;  Program (Analysis / Comprehension / Synthesis), Special-purpose Compilers, and Theoretical Computing. Jide has over nine years of experience in Academia (teaching and research), the Software Industry, Financial Markets (automation of financial reporting, and processes), Serious Games development (in Public Health and Education), and IT consulting; leaving a trail of over 50+ awards, 30+ publications, and an incredible record of top-notch delivery of algorithmic solutions.  

Sharlene Evans   
B.Com (Unisa)

An accountant by profession, became a teacher to spend more time with my own children. Currently an English teacher for grade 4-7 at a small private school in Ruimsig. Developed a love for teaching and the psychology of children and how they learn