GirlCode appoints new advisory board

Jenna Delport

GirlCode has announced the appointment of its new advisory board following their election in July.

  Joining the board is Bontle Senne who leads Virgin Media’s UK transformation office; Dudu Mkhwanazi, the former Project Isizwe CEO; Neroshnee Rangasamy, technology consulting director leading Accenture Netherlands SAP Advisory Practice; Nonkululeko Tsita, deputy director of Costing at the Nelson Mandela University; Thato Mabudusha, SA territory manager at Uber Business; Venisha Nayagar, an entrepreneur managing the Information Security Company; and Philani Mdingi, digital strategy director at Maverick Mind (EMEA).

  GirlCode Chairwoman, Zandile Mkhwanazi says the board members bring exceptional depth and breadth of skills, as well as global experience to GirlCode, as they embark on the next phase of transition into a social enterprise. 

  “We selected members that showed the passion and willingness to steer GirlCode to new heights. The board’s expertise incorporates knowledge of non-profit, corporate business, and government sectors, a blend of skills that will benefit GirlCode immensely. We cannot wait for the team to hit the ground running. I am passionate about digital inclusion and believe my skills and expertise from my previous NPO will enable me to contribute to the expansion of GirlCode’s footprint and funding strategies,” she says.

  Mkhwanazi adds that their selections and appointment decisions were carefully thought. “That was to allow us to further demonstrate to our partners that we do everything to ensure that we have women role models in our midst, for a women-led organisation that strives to empower the girls and women far and near,” she says.

  These sentiments were shared by Mabudusha, who aims to contribute to the growth of girls in Africa’s technology space. As part of the advisory board, she wishes to improve the number of girls with access to technology and who pursue technology careers.

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