Cyber Security Summit unveiled the Cyber 50 winners

The Cyber Security Summit unveiled the Cyber 50 winners.

After an extensive evaluation process involving nominations, direct applications, database research, interviews, and thorough analysis of public sources, they recognize these individuals for their exceptional contributions and dedication to advancing cybersecurity.

The Cyber 50 winners represent a diverse range of expertise, spanning cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, data protection, cloud security, and quantum computing. They are united by their passion and unwavering commitment to effecting meaningful change in the realm of cybersecurity, demonstrating remarkable leadership and innovation in their respective domains.

Among the Cyber 50 are individuals who have demonstrated outstanding vision and execution in navigating the complex landscape of cyber threats and challenges. These leaders have not only raised the bar for excellence but have also inspired others with their relentless pursuit of cybersecurity excellence.


The Cyber 50 winners for 2024 are:

  1. Abdul Kader Baba, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Industrial Development Corporation.
  2. Andre Pretorius, Head of Cyber Security, DRDGOLD Limited.
  3. Avhatakali Munyai, Director of IT, University of Johannesburg.
  4. Ayanda Peta, CISO, African Rainbow Minerals Limited.
  5. Brian Knott, CIO, Calgro M3.
  6. Celia Mantshiyane, CISO, MTN.
  7. Darshan Lakha, CISO, Vodacom.
  8. Dr. Amos Anele, Academic Head of Programmes, Information Technology Eduvos (Pty) Ltd.
  9. Duke Mathebula , Chief Information Officer, Trident Steel Africa.
  10. Graeme te Brake, CIO, Eazi Access.
  11. Hans Zachar, Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Nutun.
  12. Helene Bezuidenhout, Deputy Director: ICT Information Security,      Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA).
  13. Hendrik Wiese, Chief Information Security Officer, iMasFinance.
  14. Henny Schlebusch, Regional IT Director: Middle East & Africa, Rhenus Logistics.
  15. Ishaaq Jacobs, Chief Cyber Security Officer, Sasol.
  16. Itumeleng Makgati, Executive: Information Security, Standard Bank group.
  17. Jabu Mtsweni, Head of Information and Cyber Security Research Centre, CSIR.
  18. Jeanette Morwane, Chief Director – ICT Innovations, Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.
  19. Jenny Mohanlall              , Senior Director : IT, DHL International.
  20. John Bosco Arends, Group Head Information and Network Technology Operations City of Johannesburg.
  21. John Mukomana, Head: IT Governance & Reporting, NHLS.
  22. Joseph Stokes, Head: Cyber Security and IT Governance, Telesure Investment Holdings (TIH).
  23. Judy Winn, Head of Information Security, Peach Payments.
  24. Justin Williams, Group CISO, MTN Group.
  25. Khomotso Mokwele, Director – Information Security, Government Pension Administration Agency.
  26. Lesiba Sebola, IT Director, Bidvest International Logistics.
  27. Lineo Racoco, Group CISO, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.
  28. Manoj Puri, CISO, Absa Group.
  29. Mario Pinto, Head of Business Information security, Life Healthcare.
  30. Mlindi Mashologu, Deputy Director-General: ICT Information Society and Capacity Development       Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.
  31. Mthoko Mncwabe, Chief Information Officer, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).
  32.  Mthokozisi Hlatshwayo, Director: IT Auditor, SASSA.
  33. Nadia Veeran-Patel, ISO, LRMG.
  34. Niel Van Rooyen, CISO,  MagicOrange.
  35. Nkosenhle Ngongoma, Director of IT, City lodge hotels.
  36. Olabode Ogundele, Chief Information Security Officer, Vox Telecom.
  37. Phathu Mathivha, Group Head IT, Bushveld Minerals.
  38. Pieter Steyn, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Luxaviation Group.
  39. Popi Kunene, Head of Technology retail, Old mutual.
  40. Rohan Day, CISO, Access Bank South Africa.
  41. Sachin Surajbali , Group Chief Information Security Officer, Liberty Group South Africa.
  42. Shalin Naidoo, Chief Information and Technology Officer, DRDGOLD Limited.
  43. Simon Nare, Head of Information Security, TransUnion Africa.
  44. Sithembile Songo, Chief Information Security Officer, Eskom Holdings Soc Limited
  45. Thipe Khaole, CISO, Alexforbes.
  46. Tshepiso Lebogo, Senior Manager: Cyber Security Operations, SOC and Threat Intelligence, Afrocentric Group.
  47. Tswakai Luke, Director: ICT, Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs.
  48. Venisha Nayagar, Group CISO, Life Healthcare.
  49. Vuma Magaqa, CIO, Department of Health South Africa.
  50. Yosheen Padayachee, Chief Information Officer, Tsebo Solutions Group.
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