Women in Tech of the Week: Gabi Immelman

February 22, 2022 in CEO, Founder, Profiles, Women in Tech

Name: Gabi Immelman
Designation: Founder and CEO
Company: Mindjoy

What do you do every day?
I try play in expert mode at Mindjoy.

We are working to keep growing our inbound leads so that we can unlock the potential of children, ages 8-14 by connecting them to peers and projects that they love learning to code with. Our goal is to prepare youngsters with the critical digital and collaborative skills required for the future of work. We also aim to build children’s confidence in expressing themselves through technology.

How did you get into the tech space?
My desire is to have an impact beyond serving a small group of children at a micro-school I ran and leverage that technology in to larger communities.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Discipline = Freedom

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into tech?
Focus is underrated. Start super small and and experiment weekly. The faster you can figure out how to get things done and develop a weekly executional cadence the more likely you are to make progress.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
Forget about getting out of bed, trying to create experiences where kids can find self-expression through building with technology keeps me in the fight. It is all for the moments where a child realises that they now have a superpower allowing them to make many valuable insights.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?
An astronaut
But I’ll settle for a pirate

Women in Tech of the Week: Vhonani Queen

January 24, 2022 in Operations, Profiles, Woman of the Week, Women in Tech

Name: Vhonani Queen
Designation: ICT Specialist: Unified Communications
Company: Government Printing Works

What do you do every day?
Managing SCCM (i.e. Patch Management, Antivirus Management, Manage 3rd Party Applications etc.) – Managing Microsoft Active Directory – Managing Microsoft Exchange Server – Managing Microsoft Lync / Skype for business Server and Teams – Managing DHCP & DNS Servers – Managing ICT Service Desk (Microsoft System Centre Service Manager) – Managing SCOM – Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 R2/ 2016/ 2019 – Supporting VMware Infrastructure (Servers, VDI’s and view-persona) – Managing GPO’s – Supporting Microsoft SharePoint sites – Managing Fileserver and Printers.

How did you get into the tech space?
I studied Bcom Business Information Systems motivated with the interest of working with computers and how they function.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
You can be anything you want to be and there’s nothing anyone hasn’t experienced out there in the world when you come across challenges in this field make google your best friend and you will be exposed to so much information to help resolve your issues.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into tech?
My advice would be do not be friend of challenges and embrace failure for that is where real learning happens, be self motivated and don’t be afraid as well to push yourself to the limit.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
Knowing that my environment is operating as expected and thinking of how to make it better from what it is by looking at what’s new out there and what benefits it bring to make work more interesting and fun.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?
There’s not a lot of female CIO’s so one day I would love to see myself adding to the small ratio.

Women in Tech of the Month: Kate Farina

December 5, 2021 in Founder, Profiles, Woman of the Month, Women in Tech

Name: Kate Farina
Designation: Co-Founder
Company: Be In Touch (Pty) Ltd

What do you do every day?
Be in Touch is a team of digital family wellness activists. Our business focuses on upskilling parents (primarily mothers) to understand the digital world their kids are heading into, both good and bad, and to empower them to protect, manage, monitor, guide and mentor their kids as they go online. We simplify what it means and what it takes to be a digital parent in today’s busy online-offline, one life world, and provide practical tools and solutions to give parents peace of mind, and keep kids safer and saner!

How did you get into the tech space?
I left a multi-portfolio governance executive role at one of South Africa’s largest corporates, to pursue a passion for making the world around me a better place. I loved the component of my job that entailed mentoring other women in the corporate environment, many of them mothers trying to juggle it all. Now, instead of mentoring their career development, I mentor their child development and protection! I have a teen and tween, so am right in the same space as so many other parents who are busy with so many priorities, and digital parenting feels like another heavy burden.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Don’t hide your light, there are people in the dark who really need it, to find their way out!

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into tech?
I have an environmental legal background and am now in a very technical field, where I have to grapple with device, app and game settings, and how we can make tech safer for our kids to use! I capitalise my non-tech background to make and keep things simple for others. The point is that the tech field is wide open to so many different applications and opportunities.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
That there are parents and a family to whom I can bring peace of mind and a safer, saner online journey.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?
A star in the night sky, that can help parents navigate their way

Women in Tech of the Week: Liesl Rossouw

December 5, 2021 in Business development, Profiles, Woman of the Week, Women in Tech

Name: Liesl Rossouw
Designation: Business Analyst
Company: SPAR

What do you do every day?
A bit of everything. Business process mapping, data analytics, a lot of small project management etc.

How did you get into the tech space?
Studied Industrial Engineering

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Proof you worth to yourself, not to others!

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into tech?
If you have a passion for it, go for it! Dont back down because it looks like a male-dominated environment.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
The opportunity to learn (the working of) something new. To understand a new process.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?
Still pondering on this one…

Woman in Tech of the Week: Adel Adams

December 5, 2021 in Owner, Profiles, Woman of the Week, Women in Tech

Name: Adv.Adel Adams
Designation: Legal practitioner
Company: Legal Chain

What do you do every day?
I currently work on my startup in legal tech with the assistance of the I’m IN pre-accelerator program.

Adel Adams is a practising advocate of the high court, born and raised in Boksburg, with a special interest in labour law, amongst others and founding director of a start-up namely Legal-Chain. Exposure gained to the broad world and ease of use in technology while working for a JSE listed corporate.


What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Never give up. Be the game changer.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into tech?
Be the change you want to see. Life is a blessing the opportunities are endless. Stay positive.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to be the owner of more than one female only tech empire.

Women in Tech of the Week: Nadine Murray

December 5, 2021 in Developer, Profiles, Woman of the Week, Women in Tech

Name: Nadine Murray
Designation: Software Developer
Company: Momentum

What do you do every day?
I work as a software developer in the IT department of Momentum TYB. My responsibilities include the analysis, creation, development and testing of software applications to improve business processes.

How did you get into the tech space?
I’ve always had a passion for problem solving and finding new ways of doing things more effectively. As a teenager I was told to stay away from IT because it’s a man’s world. I decided to prove them wrong.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Today’s hell is a gift later. Every challenge in life is an opportunity to grow and improve yourself.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into tech?
Go for it! Believe that you can and persist no matter what. There is still so much to be done in the industry.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
My personal goals, my family and a desire to make a difference.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?
I’m a wife and mom of two beautiful kids. I have 15 years experience in IT and I hope to be a mentor to young girls starting out in the field.

Women in Tech of the Month: Nikita Dehal

November 29, 2021 in Profiles, Woman of the Month, Women in Tech

Name: Nikita Dehal
Designation: Legal Manager
Company: Ozow

What do you do every day?
Professionally, in my role at Ozow, which is a South African FinTech company, my day to day varies. Most days I am reviewing and advising on contracts from both a legal and business perspective, I am driving risk mitigation and regulatory compliance, and I am engaging with various internal and external stakeholders in an effort to improve processes and efficiencies. I am also engaged in building the business’s policy framework and in high-level strategic initiatives.

How did you get into the tech space?
I am passionate about innovation, learning through innovating and contributing to financial inclusion in Africa. I left the traditional law firm environment seeking a place to explore my passions and utilise my skill set and acumen. Having experienced the tech world in the US, I gained exposure to the opportunities for lawyers in tech. I actively sought such a role when returning to South Africa.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Define your purpose, explore your passions, recognise your worth and reach for stars.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into tech?
I would advise that he/she consider their abilities, strengths and weaknesses, conduct their research into the tech environment and look to people with similar backgrounds for mentorship and guidance. I think it is important to ensure that your professional and personal strengths and abilities align with a role in the industry that you are seeking, and an individual in the industry that you look up to. In this way, you can adequately plan a path to achieving your desired professional goals.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
I love what I do and feel that I am living out my purpose. This motivates me.

Women in tech of the Week: Katlego Mabunda

November 29, 2021 in Business development, Profiles, Woman of the Week, Women in Tech

Name: Katlego Mabunda
Designation: Business Process Engineer
Company: FNB

What do you do every day?
I work on process mapping, analysis, and digitisation and/or automation of processes. I am also a tutor at a university and also a business owner for an online store. I pack orders and dispatch them.

How did you get into the tech space?
I studied Masters in Information Technology Management

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
There’s always a price for everything you do whether good or bad, so choose your path well.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into tech?
It’s better to fail than to never try

What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
Life – the minute I open my eyes and realise that I am alive. I get up with gratitude knowing that I am given another chance to make my life right.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?
A leader who follows servant-leadership principles. I want to change the definition of leadership in corporate. Leadership should be given to those who understand and live by this principle.