BOARD MEMBERS – Ecommerce Forum of Africa
Co-Chairman at eCommerce Forum Africa
Currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town specialising in e-commerce, the economics of technology and ICT4D. Adheesh sees himself as primarily as a researcher and a facilitator of knowledge transfer. From a research perspective, he has presented in a number of conferences and published journals. While doing so, he ensures that he stays up to date with emerging trends and thought leadership by remaining actively involved in industry through consulting.
Co-Chairman at eCommerce Forum Africa
Deloitte Africa Snr Industry Chief of Staff (Strategy & Operations). Co-Chair EFA. Futurist. Disruptor.
Dylan Piatti currently serves in a business advisory role as Senior Chief of Staff for the African Consumer & Industrial Products Industry group of Deloitte – the largest industry globally and on the continent – working with clients through the value chain from manufacturers to retailers.
He Co-Chairs the Africa Ecommerce Forum (EFA) & Chairs the Africa Integration Portfolio; As a Board member he leads the future growth strategy for iconic Arts NGO MIDM.
Founder and CEO
– Activate Commerce
Founder and Director
– Sportal Online
Simon is the CEO of Activate Commerce and a partner in Sportal, both eCommerce startups. Simon has been active in technology in SA since 1994 when he joined SEGA Interactive as Marketing Manager for Africa. He has also headed up marketing at top international technology companies such as World Online and iTouch. Simon left iTouch UK in 2003 to set up Fontera, a boutique mobile marketing company that offered cutting edge mobile, web and social media solutions to some of the world’s top brands across three continents. Simon grew Fontera into a global technology group with offices in London, Atlanta and Cape Town. Fontera Digital Works was Africa’s first Magento Solution Partner and provided eCommerce services to brands around the world.
James van der Hoven
CEO - Vane
Founder - Leaderless
James runs Vane, an e-commerce agency helping retailers market and sell their products online using Magento and WooCommerce and building relationships with the popular ecommerce CRM - OroCRM. Leaderless is the education arm of Vane teaching disruptive technologies like Blockchain, Internet Of Things, 3D printing and how to ship these products using Ecommerce.
Amber van der Walt
Business Development Executive
She is an experienced new business executive with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry. Ambers core focus is global ecommerce supply chain solutions.
Chief Information Officer and Shared Services Executive at CGCSA
His corporate experience spans roles in Information Technology, Business Analysis, Customer Relations, Operational Excellence and Project management within the Retail, Petrochemical and Telecommunication industries. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership, a BSc IT (Hons) degree and has completed the International Leadership Development Programme (Henley Business School). He is a versatile and adaptable professional with a proven track record to transform business through technology, processes and people.
E-commerce & Digital Executive
Paris has worked with small, medium and large businesses to establish unique, customer-centric digital solutions, from digital marketing, strategy and systems development to complete value-chain e-commerce business operations.Paris comes from various spheres of business, focusing on digital, including owning a boutique digital media agency, working with leading international luxury brands, and currently heading up e-commerce and digital for Edcon, the largest non-food retailer in South Africa.
CEO Ecommerce Forum Africa
Alastair has spent most of his life working in Brussels, Belgium, for, among others, Readers’ Digest, and latterly the Federation of European Direct and Interactive Marketing. He was active in privacy, alternative dispute systems, co-regulation and self-regulation, ecommerce and postal issues.
He sat on the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Marketing and ICT Commissions; the Unsolicited Communications Enforcement Network (UCENet); and was elected a member of the Universal Postal Union Consultative Committee.
He moved to South Africa in 2011 to work for the DMASA on the POPIA law. He ran the DMASA for 2 years, leaving to set up the EFA. He and his wife, Lauretta Ngakane, set up Conock Consultancy to provide expertise in Privacy in 2014.