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Stafford Masie

  • Johannesburg
  • Fee Range: 75,001 - 100k

Tagline: Digital Innovation

Stafford Masie is a computer scientist who has been involved in the IT industry for more than 25 years. He has been closely involved in such pre-eminent ICT companies as Telkom, Dimension Data, Novell and Google. His passion for technology led to him being appointed to senior executive positions at Novell USA (based in Utah for 7 years) […]

Stafford Masie is a computer scientist who has been involved in the IT industry for more than 25 years. He has been closely involved in such pre-eminent ICT companies as Telkom, Dimension Data, Novell and Google.

His passion for technology led to him being appointed to senior executive positions at Novell USA (based in Utah for 7 years) and thereafter at Novell South Africa.

Stafford’s keynote presentations are applicable to any audience because technology is a transversal matter irrespective of industry or theme. He morphs his content and approach depending on the audience and clients’ expectations.

From deeply insightful and technical presentations to academics requiring intellectual provocation, to an international telecommunications enterprise seeking to “wake up” their organisation to the present day realities of change and innovation and a large national HR firm wanting to inspire their staff with the possibilities that are our new today. Whatever the topic, theme or objective, Stafford’s ability to take his technology subject matter – and humanise it – wows every audience.

Stafford Masie – Digital Innovation

Stafford Masie was responsible for establishing Google’s presence in South Africa and orchestrating their initial broader Africa strategy. Stafford led the Google team in launching the African versions of: Google search, Adwords, Google Maps and Streetview as well as the local version of YouTube – in other words the Southern African Google business ecosystem and strategy.

After leaving Google in 2010, he founded several fintech businesses and has since established several technology startups which have expanded globally. Two of these were the ‘Payment Pebble®’ and ‘Payment Blade®’ which Stafford Masie invented and which were launched via ABSA in South Africa and ANZ Bank in Australia and New Zealand. They are presently being launched throughout the Asia Pacific region.

One of Stafford Masie Digital Innovation recently-founded companies raised capital via an international venture capital firm and also the USA based Visa Inc (who also acquired an equity stake). This project is one of the largest technology startup capital-raises in the SA technology sector.

Stafford continues his entrepreneurial journey today as an inventor and mentor within early-stage technology start-ups – presently the two most notable of which are GATTACA – an artificial intelligence platform and another which focuses on bitcoin crypto innovations.

He also guest lectures at several business schools (Wits,GIBS, Henley), participates in television and radio broadcasts and is an international guest keynote speaker on the influence of technology on modern life, society and education.

Stafford also engages in highly specialised and selective strategy consulting for larger organizations wrestling with aspects of digitalization.

Stafford Masie serves as a non-executive director, of the board of ADvTECH (the largest private school education body in Africa) and, after being approached by the Minister of Science and Technology, accepted an invitation to join the board of the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research). Masie has also been appointed as one of the specialist advisors to the Office of the President of South Africa.

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Keynote Topics

Delve into the role of innovation and disruption in today’s business landscape, highlighting case studies and best practices from both South Africa and the global tech industry.

Explore how digital transformation is reshaping businesses, government, and society in South Africa, and discuss strategies for harnessing the power of technology to drive growth and development.

Discuss the current state of artificial intelligence, its implications for industries, and the opportunities and challenges it presents, especially in the African context.

Examine the growing importance of cybersecurity in an interconnected world and offer guidance on protecting organizations and individuals from cyber threats.

Explore the potential of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency in Africa, discussing its applications, challenges, and regulatory considerations.

Offer insights into how organizations can build digital resilience to adapt to unforeseen challenges and disruptions, drawing from personal experiences and industry knowledge.

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