8 September 2017
MTN Women in ICT 2017 winners announced
MTN has announced winners for the 2017 MTN Women in ICT – Partnership for Change Awards.
The winners were awarded during a gala event hosted at The Venue, in Johannesburg, South Africa on 31 August 2017.
This initiative seeks to accelerate women’s participation in the ICT sector by celebrating and rewarding women professionals who have made a significant contribution towards the growth and development of the sector.
It aims to enhance the industry’s employer value proposition by attracting and encouraging girl children and young aspirant female professionals to consider a profession in the industry.
Leadership Recognition Award: Recognises senior female executives in the ICT sector whose proven depth of experience in leading change, influencing business outcomes and leading teams has impacted positively on the organisations they lead.
Innovator Recognition Award: Recognises women who have introduced new methods, ideas, or products that are contributing in one way or the other to the delivery of a bold, new, digital world.
SME Recognition Award: Recognises wholly-owned, women-run enterprises that are viable businesses making inroads in the ICT sector. This is also extended to MTN employees who run their own enterprises on the side, using ICT to enable their businesses.
Community Builder Recognition Award: Recognises a woman who has made a considerable difference in her community through ICT, or use of an ICT tool to make a difference in the community.
Lifetime Achiever Recognition Award (Women Pioneer): Recognises a woman who has longstanding success in the ICT industry, has demonstrated a remarkable entrepreneurial spirit, and has continually stayed ahead of the curve.
Dr HF Swanepoel
Excellence in ICT Journalism Award: This category seeks to recognise a journalist who has contributed immensely to creating a better understanding of the ICT industry through her reporting.
CEO’s Award: this award recognises an MTN employee who has made a difference within the organisation with the use of ICT and Technology.
In addition to the categories listed above, a significant female ICT professional, whose contribution has helped to bridge the digital divide and facilitate access to telecommunication services, will be announced at the gala awards event later this month.
“We are delighted with the progress we have made in once again celebrating the excellence and distinction of women in the information and communications sector. The selection process was very challenging due to the high calibre of nominations received. As we continue to celebrate Women’s Month, and the strides that women have made in all spheres of life, it is humbling and gratifying that MTN, in partnership with Kagiso Media, also celebrates remarkable women who are making a mark in this technical and competitive industry,” says Graham de Vries, MTN South Africa Executive Corporate Services.
Microsoft welcomes new Country Manager for West and Central Africa
Microsoft has appointed Yacine Barro as Country Manager for West and Central Africa (WCA). Barro, who returns to Microsoft after serving as Business Development Manager for Microsoft WCA between 2004 and 2006, will be based in Dakar, Senegal.
“We have the utmost confidence in Yacine and we are certain that under her leadership, the team will continue to accelerate the organisation’s cloud drive on the continent, increase digital transformation and maintain our customer focused culture across countries in the region,” says Amr Kamel, General Manager for Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.
After graduating from the Institut Supérieur de Commerce et de Gestion (INSEEC) in Paris in 1997, Barro worked as a sales manager at CISCO Systems in France, before returning to her native Senegal in 2004 to work at Microsoft for 3 years.