Colloquium Programme Committee
The programme committee comprises the following
Prof Tembisa Ngqondi
Acting Colab Director University of Mpumalanga
Bio to be attached
CoLab Director, Walter Sisulu University
Ms Sibukele Gumbo is the Director of the NEMISA Eastern Cape eSkills CoLab. She has over 11 years’ experience championing work in information and communication technologies (ICTs) for education and rural development. Previously, Ms Gumbo was the Project Leader of the Siyakhula Living Lab and Liaison in Reed House Systems, both linked to Rhodes and Fort Hare Universities. More recently, she was the Corporate Services Manager for Ivili Loboya, a rural based wool processing plant.
Dr Colin Thakur
CoLab Director Durban University of Technology
Colin is recognised as an International expert in e-democracy and has consulted for the Electoral Commission and the UNDP on this. He holds a PhD in e-voting. He is a past National Treasurer of Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), the professional body for ICT practitioners He was also the KZN Chapter Chair for many years. He served on the first Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) of ICASA. Colin writes prolifically for at least 9 print newspapers and blogs for technology incubators such as Innovate Durban. He is recognised as an national expert on Social Media and technology. He has 9 Masters and 3 Phd students. His mantra is one-person one-connect-device.
Dr Farivar Rahimi
Dir, eLearning/CoLab University of Limpopo
Educational Technology Leader with 25+ years’ experience in ICT Executive Management and Education. Advanced Expertise/Knowledge - Management • ICT in Education • ICT, Hardware, Software • Communications • Research Major Qualifications – PhD in Technology in Education, Pretoria University, South Africa, MBA, Heriot Watt University, UK, BSc, Computer Science, Brighton, UK
Dr. Leona Craffert
Director: CoLab for eInclusion and Social Innovation
Leona Craffert holds a DPhil in Psychology and is registered at the HPCSA (Health Professional Council of South Africa) as a research psychologist. She commenced her career as a mathematics teacher, but after 3 years joined the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). During her tenure at the Council she participated in and managed various basic, applied and commissioned research projects and national progammes. One of these focused on the Competitiveness of Technological Innovative Companies in South Africa.