Bozoma Saint John
The Ghanian-American chief marketing officer of Endeavour made media waves while she was still the chief brand officer of Uber. According to Techcrunch.com, she left Uber to join Endeavour: a global media company in the fields of sports, fashion, media and events. As CMO, she "envisions being able to impact storytelling in a new type of way", Megan Rose Dickey reports. Bozoma was named one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women, being recognised for her brilliance in business as a marketing and media professional.
Nokuthula 'Nokky' Ndlovu
Recently named as one of the 40 VIP honourees nominated by the 7% Tribe, Nokuthula is the managing director of Projectized and the founder of Limit Breakers. She is a 2017 Inspiring Fifty Awards top 100 finalist and Top Fifty winner as well as a 2018 Gauteng Premier Women in Excellence Awards Top 3 finalist. When we spoke to Nokuthula, she explained that she founded Limit Breakers to lead an organisation that seeks to bridge the gap between education and exposure in young women who are interested in tech. She is "passionate about girls in tech:, and is working to see more women recognised in this field.
Nunu is the regional director of Facebook Africa and she is described by Claude Grunitzky as "a quiet Soweto girl who, despite knowing nearly nothing about advertising, worked her way up the corporate ladder". She was awarded a BET Butterfly award, recognised for her passion, purpose and persistence earlier this year.
Nunu is highly in-tune with local and global issues, and a comment on a study done by Facebook, acknowledges that "helping women to start and grow prosperous companies is a powerful way of transforming our society and creating equal opportunities for all. When women do better, economies do better – they are an important part of the South African economy."
Karen is the CEO of PayU South Africa and the company has increased its market share significantly since her appointment as CEO. According to Bizcommunity.com, PayU has grown its total e-commerce processing volume by 225% and revenue has gone up 136% during her tenure.
She tells Bizcommunity.com how she got into the tech environment, saying "I had a computer from a young age and wanted to learn more about programming. I’ve always been very curious and analytical, so I started playing around and, when it was offered at my new school, I took it up."
At the tender age of 18, Thato, along with Rea Ngwane, founded Rethaka, a company that uses recycled plastic shopping bags and transforms them into solar-powered school bags that can also be used as a light source at night. According to Face2faceAfrica.com, Rethaka was founded in 2013 and it supplies products to Standard Bank, Red Bull, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Unilever. School bags are exported to Namibia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Brazil; there are plans to expand to 24 more African nations.
Aisha is an aeronautical engineer and the co-founder and CEO of STEMBoard, a technology solutions company that is committed to closing the achievement gap. According to Forbes.com, she launched STEMBoard in 2013 and, as a company that develops software solutions for government and private entities, "it is highly profitable and sustainable without the help of Silicon Valley" (yes, she actually is from Silicon Valley).
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