The 2020 Judges

2020 Judges Selections are in Progress and will be available on the 8th of October 2020:

Giovanni Chiarelli 

Giovanni Chiarelli is the Chief Technology and Information Officer for MTN South Africa. He has served in this role since November 2016. Chiarelli is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the fields of information and technology gleaned from a number of multi-national corporations, including Infostrada, Accenture, Telecom Italia and Vodafone Group. Chiarelli is responsible for shaping and driving technology and information strategies for MTN SA. Before joining MTN SA, Chiarelli was the Chief Technology Officer of Vodafone Romania, and prior to that he served as the Global IT Programme Director for Vodafone Group. Chiarelli holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Poliecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy and a MBA from Universita Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy. In 2009, Oracle Corporation awarded him ‘CIO of the Year for the EMEA Region’.

Marco Gagiano

Chief Transformation and Strategy Officer

Phinda Ncala

Phinda Ncala is the Executive: Information Technology at MTN South Africa. He has in this role since December 2017. Ncala joined MTN SA from South African Airways where he served as Chief Information Officer.

Ebrahim Said

Ebrahim Said is an Enterprise Architect and Innovation champion for MTN South Africa. He has served MTN in various roles since 2007. He has recently played the role of lead architect who saw MTN South Africa though its customer and digital systems’ transformation. Ebrahim graduated from the University of South Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand with degrees in Information Systems,  Economics & Engineering. He is currently in the closing stages of his Ph. D. in IoT Systems Architecture & Control.