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GirlCode appoints a New Advisory Board

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GirlCode is proud to announce the appointment of its new Advisory Board following their election in July 2020. GirlCode's 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. They selected members that showed the passion and willingness to steer GirlCode to new heights.

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GirlCode is proud to announce the appointment of its new Advisory Board following their election in July 2020.  

Joining the board is Bontle Senne who leads Virgin Media’s UK Transformation Office; Dudu Mkhwanazi,  the former Project Isizwe CEO, announced in 2019 as one of Fifty inspiring women in STEM SA by the German Embassy; Neroshnee Rangasamy, Technology Consulting Director leading Accenture Netherlands SAP Advisory Practice, advising C-level executives on digital transformation strategies and programs; 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 that advises businesses on data protection strategies and lastly the GirlCode’s gentleman; Philani Mdingi, Digital Strategy Director at Maverick Mind (EMEA) a digitally-led agency.  

Our board members bring exceptional depth and breadth of skills as well as global experience to GirlCode as we 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 absolutely cannot wait for the team to hit the ground running, said the GirlCode Chairwoman, Zandile Mkwanazi. 

When asked about her involvement with GirlCode, Neroshnee said, “As a leader, I believe in sending the elevator down. Therefore, my involvement spans more than just serving as a role model, it also supports the future growth ambition. Leveraging my international and South African network coupled with my experience, I look forward to our collaboration to create awareness, access to education, and opportunities for girls to pursue a career trajectory in technology or STEM.”  While Dudu said, “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”. These sentiments were shared by Thato who aims to contribute to the growth of girls in Africa’s technology space. As part of the advisory board, Thato wishes to improve the number of girls with access to technology and who pursue technology careers. 

Under the category of “what drives you as a professional”, Bontle said she was captivated by start-up ecosystem in Africa and hopes to instil enough interest in young women and drive them to want to start their very own enterprises. Nonkululeko was optimistic about strengthening the Board’s financial oversight given her finance and accounting expertise, she was thrilled to be offered an opportunity to advise a women-led tech organisation. Lastly, Venisha hopes to employ skills gained as an Entrepreneur and a former Corporate Executive to the board, she aims to leverage her networks to make GirlCode an even bigger success. 

The thrill of making this announcement as we are about to observe Women’s Day made us realise how important it is for the Board to have the voice of a male ally; Philani  said, “ I am humbled to be selected as the only man on the board surrounded by talented ladies with vast experience. I am passionate about what GirlCode wants to achieve and nothing will give me greater satisfaction than reaching as many girls as possible and giving them the gift of technology. I wish to elevate the strategic marketing and brand management of GirlCode to position and promote the good that the organisation is doing for our girls and women”. 

In closing Mkwanazi said “our selections and appointment decisions were carefully thought of 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”. 

GirlCode is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (158-642) aimed at empowering young girls and women through technology. Established in 2014 and a Level 1 BBBEE contributor, GirlCode believes that the more women get involved with technology, design, development and leadership, the more successful and diverse companies and their products will be in the future.  

For more information about GirlCode visit www.girlcode.co.za. To make any contribution, please contact Zandile Mkwanazi, Chairwoman, via email at [email protected].  

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