Judges

Daniel Guasco

Daniel’s entrepreneurial spirit started at a young age when he started his school’s tuck shop. Since then, this spirit has seen him start up a business that employed over 250 employees and at its peak did nearly R1 Billion in direct revenue. Since his time as CEO of Groupon SA – one of Africa’s largest E-Commerce business that he and his partner built in less than 100 days, Daniel has built 2 disruptive technology enabled businesses and created Team African Ventures – an early stage investment fund with 13 global investments.
Daniel believes in exponential thinking and technology and is a strong advocate for the disruption of traditional business and industries by smaller, more nimble start ups. Daniel is one of the most influential people in South African e-commerce and won the award for having had the greatest impact on e-commerce growth in Africa in 2015. He also serves as a director on the Silicon Cape board.

 

Mich Atagana

Mich has always had a passion for start-ups. A passion that developed while working as the Managing Editor for leading tech news site Memeburn. She also managed the Burn Media Group for four years.
Her opinion on African Tech is highly regarded and she has been sought after for interviews by the likes of international media groups such as CNN. She now works as the Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Google South Africa where she manages media relations for the region and provides media training for newsrooms.

 

Matthew Buckland

Matthew Buckland is a South African Internet entrepreneur and businessman who is the founder of Creative Spark – a digital agency and publisher which was acquired in 2015 by UK firm M&C Saatchi PLC (LSE: SAA), the holding group of M&C Saatchi. Buckland is also the founder of Burn Media, a suite of technology publishing brands which includes Memeburn, Ventureburn.com, Gearburn.com and others.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes University, with three majors in journalism, philosophy and history. Matthew is a new media graduate and knows no other medium!

 

Geoff Cohen

Geoff is an experienced industry leader in the digital space with a track record of building market-leading digital products with a particular focus on disruptive businesses at the intersection of mobile, media, technology and e-commerce.
He has led 24.com, a division of Naspers focusing on digital media, vertical classifieds and services, into one of the largest operations in Africa. Having left Naspers and 24.com late last year he has assisted various companies in sub-Saharan Africa with early stage capital and advisory services and most recently co-founded and invested in a fast growing data-driven marketing technology company, Delv.

 

Lynette Hundermark

With over 17 years of experience in the tech, digital marketing and mobile solutions space, Hundermark co-founded specialist mobile solutions consultancy Useful & Beautiful.
With a passion for developing mobile products that are aligned to business goals, Hundermark’s appetite for keeping abreast of the latest industry trends is fast establishing her as an expert tech commentator and opinion leader in Africa. She is also regarded as one of the top 30 most influential women in SA digital marketing.

 

Toby Shapshak

Toby Shapshak writes and speaks about how innovation is better in Africa.
His TED talk on how Africa is solving real problems has had over 1,4-million views; and he has been featured in the New York Times.
Toby is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Stuff magazine; is a contributor to Forbes and writes a weekly column for the Financial Mail.

 

Michele Iozzo

Michele Iozzo is Managing Director of Africa at Criteo. In this position, he oversees all of Criteo’s business on the African continent. Before, Michele was part of launching and growing the business in the MEA region as Commercial Director MEA. Before that, as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Data – Germany, he was responsible for strategic projects and driving revenue growth via partner acquisition and retention for the country. He joined Criteo in 2011 as Business Development Manager in Germany. Michele has more than 10 years of Ecommerce experience at many leading global tech companies, among others at Yahoo!.