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Zimkhita Buwa

Zimkhita is a visionary leader and is currently the Chief Operations Officer at Britehouse, a Division of Dimension Data. Britehouse provides industry leading Digital solutions in the areas of SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Automotive, Advanced Analytics and Mobility. Zimkhita serves as a volunteer board member and director at Siliconcape, an organisation that promotes technology entrepreneurship in the Western Cape.

In 2013, she was one of five South African women selected to take part in a prestigious Techwomen Programme, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The programme selected 78 Emerging Leaders out of 1800 applicants from Africa and the Middle-East. She spent six weeks in Silicon Valley being mentored by women from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The Emerging Leaders were placed at prominent Tech companies, i.e. Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Autodesk.

In 2015 she was invited to the Searching for Martha Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda hosted by UNESCO. The objective of the workshop was to empower young African women entrepreneurs to successfully offer high quality training to young African girl programmers to develop mobile apps targeting the 2030 Sustainable Goals. In the same year, Zimkhita was awarded the Anita Borgh Institute Scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper conference in Houston, one of the most notable Women in Tech conferences. It was through the Techwomen Programme that she adopted an attitude of “Lift others and you will rise”.

In 2016, she was recognized for her professional and community achievements as an Outstanding Women at the MTN Women in ICT Awards. She was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of Girlhype, a non-profit that empowers and exposes young girls from underserviced communities to the power of coding. Buwa graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) majoring in Information Systems from the Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia.