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Xoliswa Kakana

An electrical engineer by profession, Kakana has more than 25 years of experience in the Electronics Engineering and ICT sectors, holding positions in many blue-chip technology companies. Since the start of her career, Kakana has positioned herself as a leader in the information, communication and technology (ICT) sector in the country. She is an active contributor to the evolution of the industry and participated in the development of the Green and White Paper processes that led to the Telecommunications Act. Thereafter, she continued to drive the process of transformation in the sector through her involvement in the Women in ICT forum of which she is founder and former chairperson.

Kakana has held several board seats, and is currently non-executive director at Broadband Infraco, and ZA Central Registry (ZACR).

In 2009 Kakana was honoured with the Women in Technology award; was a finalist in the Telecommunications Business Woman awards in 2011; and a finalist in the Business Woman of the Year award in 2012.

Kakana holds a BSc Maths and Applied Maths from the University of Transkei; a Master’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from F.H. Giessen-Friedberg University, Germany; a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Management College, London; a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Technology Management and Innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University.