New CITi board members

The Cape IT Initiative (CITi) Board Meeting recently conducted a Board Election process.
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July 9, 2010 - PRLog -- Candidates were nominated and voted for by CITI Stakeholders and the election was conducted online using an independent third party (

The three CITi board directors who were re-standing for election, namely Andrea Böhmert (director of Hasso Plattner Ventures), Greg Reis (CEO and founder of Business Systems Group) and Raven Naidoo (chair of Future Perfect/Radian), were all re-elected as CITI board directors.

In addition, three new directors now join the CITi board, namely Mustapha Baboo (Maxxor Business Solutions), Joy-Marie Lawrence (Business Connexion Group) and Russell Dreisenstock (MIH Internet).  

Two further changes have been made to the non-elected directors of the CITi Board: Nezaam Joseph replaces Jo-Ann Johnston as the representative for the Provincial Government Western Cape, and  Prof Willem Visser replaces Prof Anthony Staak as the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) representative.

The other non-elected Board members remain unchanged. Wesley Diphoko remains the Black IT Forum representative; Faith Kolala (alternate to Nokwanda Modise) remains the City of Cape Town representative; Joshin Raghubar, remains a board director in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Bandwidth Barn Board and Jenny McKinnell remains a director in her capacity as the Executive Director of CITi.

“We are very excited to have attracted such a high caliber of directors to the Board and look forward to working with them during the next two years. CITi Board members are all volunteers and we appreciate their willingness to dedicate their time and offer their expertise to assist CITi in achieving its mandate of developing and supporting an information and communications technology cluster in the Western Cape,” says CITi Executive Director, Jenny McKinnell.  

More on the new members
Entrepreneur Mustapha Baboo is the founder and director of Maxxor Business Solutions since 2004. Prior to this he was business systems manager at UUNET South Africa. Maxxor is a previous national winner in the SAB Kickstart entrepreneurial development competition and was ranked 5th in Michael Porter’s AllWorld Network South African FastGrow 100 in 2010. Baboo has a BBusSci (Finance) (Hons) from UCT plus numerous IT certifications (including Paypal, Sun, CISCO and IBM).

Joy-Marie Lawrence is the General Manager for the Western Cape office of Business Connexion and its 435 employees, as well as being responsible for the management of the sales team.  She previously held positions at Business Connexion as Business Manager in the office of the Group Executive Coastal and International, and as senior legal advisor, and also started up the Public Sector business unit in Business Connexion Western Cape.  She was previously senior legal advisor, SABC, attending to both regulatory and commercial legal work in the broadcasting environment; and before that she was commercial legal advisor to the MTN Group. Joy-Marie did her legal articles at Webber Wentzel Bowens and is an admitted Attorney. She has an Executive MBA and an LLB from UCT and a LLM (Masters in Law) from Wits.

Russell Dreisenstock is the GM Business Development: Middle East & Africa for MIH Internet Africa and Middle East and regional head of M&A responsible for acquisition strategy and deal execution. He is based in Cape Town but focused on growing Naspers e-commerce Internet businesses in Africa and the Middle East. He was previously Manager Business Development at M-Web and General Manager: MWeb Home. Prior to that he was Group Financial Director of Alisa Holdings. He has a BCompt (Hons) from UNISA and a CA (SA) and is a Member Institute of Chartered Accounts of South Africa

Nezaam Joseph  was recently appointed Director at Department of Economic Development and Tourism. He was previously Head of ICT at Parliament (Western Cape). He has a BCom(Hons) in Information Systems and an MBA from UCT and has worked as an IT architect for companies such as Woolworths, Old Mutual Bank and Sanlam.

Prof Visser is Head of Computer Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Prior to returning to South Africa in 2009, he spent 8 years in Silicon Valley working for the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS) where he was the area lead for automated software engineering at NASA Ames Research Center. He also spent 2 years working at SEVEN Networks, a leader in mobile email. . He has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester.
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