Maureen Ann Grosvenor
The entrepreneurial and technology bug bit me at an early age. My father bought one of the first home personal computers on the market and I took the opportunity to learn the software languages available at the time.
While still attending school, I started developing custom applications for friends and family and the rest is history. Programming came easy to me and my life since then has emulated the same problem-solving logic that computers run on.
I went to work for Anglo American and have built solid experience in all areas of software development. I established my own software company in 1998 and after 10 years, sold it to a listed IT company. I headed up the project management office for the EMEA region for a global telecommunications and real estate company. I have managed numerous Oracle and custom application projects in Africa and Europe. I joined APPSolve (Pty) Ltd, a South African IT consultancy company in 2014, and am responsible for new business development in the custom applications space. Two of my custom applications have won international awards. I am passionate about women’s rights and stamping out pay discriminations and sexual harassment in the work place. Both have plagued me throughout my career and I try and educate and inform younger women I meet who are starting out on how to navigate through these waters. I enjoy helping new entrepreneurs with their business plans and guiding them through those first few challenging years. I have worked closely over the past 10 years with a children’s NGO, Ditshego House of Laughter, based in Mooiplaas. Although I do my best to source funding for them, I try and make more significant differences like providing them with access to wi-fi and therefore information, and education.