Board of Directors

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Andile Ngcaba - President

Andile Ngcaba is a South African businessman who has devoted most of his life and career to the field of technology, in particular communications. He is chairman, founder & majority shareholder of investment group Convergence Partners and is also the Executive Chairman of Dimension Data MEA, a subsidiary of the Dimension Data plc Group, which was recently acquired by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)1.

Through Convergence Partners, Ngcaba is also involved in significant new communications infrastructure projects across Africa including Seacom, the first private sector satellite in Africa, and a recently announced new joint venture to bring high capacity, long-haul terrestrial fibre to South Africa (FibreCo).

 

Juanita Clark - CEO

With almost 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, Juanita Clark is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the FTTH Council Africa. 

Juanita is also co-founder of the Fibre Optic Association Africa, a society for fibre optic professionals with a core focus on skills development.

 

Johan Kleynhans - Treasurer

Johan Kleynhans joined MCT Telecommunications, a full-turnkey fibre optic network provider, in 2010 where he has been serving as their Chief Executive Officer. Johan obtained his B.Eng (Electronics) Pr.Eng with Honours from the University of Pretoria in 1990 and continued with post graduate studies in Bio Medical Engineering and Telecommunications. Johan has a strong engineering and telecommunications background, gained from many years spent within the CSIR and Siemens.

 

Chuks Ofor - Board Member

With over 20 years of practical experience in the ICT space with Africa wide responsibilities, Chuks has been successful in start-up operations requiring intense interactions with regulators across the continent and managing organizational change initiatives. In Nigeria, Chuks was part of the “Industry Working Group on Quality of Service” set up by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with mandate to continuously improve the service quality offered by regional telecom operators. 

He is passionate about capacity development in Africa with a special focus on unleashing the locked potentials of the grassroots. In his view, technology is a powerful tool for developing Africa by connecting people and communities.
Hi is currently the Director – Sales, CCS SSA for Commscope Inc. Prior to this he was the GM / Executive Director for Vodacom Business, a Vodafone Group Company where he started and managed the East Africa region.

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Johan van Dalen - Board Member 

Johan van Dalen is the Executive for FTTH and NGN at Openserve, a Division of Telkom. Johan has more than thirty years’ experience in Telecommunications. As an Executive he has been involved in Broadband, Dispatch Centres as well as managing Field Forces on access and core networks. 

He is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Master’s in Business Leadership as well as a B. Eng (Electronics) degree.

 

Louisa van Beek - Board Member

Louisa van Beek is the Managing Executive: FTTX at Vodacom. She is an engineer by trade with 17 years telecommunications experience in various positions, starting in VAS Engineering, through Enterprise project management, product management, Chief of Staff to two separate Vodacom CEO’s, CTO and acting CEO of Vodacom Business Africa.

 

Mike Silber - Board Member

Mike Silber is Head Legal and Commercial at Liquid Telecom. He previously practiced as an independent ICT lawyer and consultant. He was recognised as a leading South African Internet and e-Commerce lawyer and as one of the leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications lawyers in South Africa.  

Mike is the Treasurer of the South African Internet Service Providers' Association and a director of the Tertiary Education and Research Network (RSA), African Digital Networks (DRC) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (USA).

 

Bora Varliyagci - Board Member

Bora Varliyagci is Head of Africa for the Digital Infrastructure Practice at Mott MacDonald. 

He has more than 17 years’ experience in global telecommunications markets including emerging markets from Asia, Central, Southern and Eastern Europe to Middle East and Africa.
Throughout his career, Bora has successfully set-up business divisions and new practices, established and managed large project teams in emerging market environments and pioneered strategic alliances and partnerships with both industry players and investors.

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Alec Nyatanga - Board Member

Alec Nyatanga started his working career at the Sunday Express as an technology researcher & assistant editor. He later moved out of Media to start at City Electrical Factors UK (Doncaster Cables, Tamlite UK) as a field PR and Marketing Executive for a group that specialised in the manufacture and distribution of cable and accessories. From there he was employed by BT/O2 as an assistant Program Manager for infrastructure rehibilitation and maintenance. 

In 2008, Alec founded Metallux. Metallux is a solutions driven entity built to provide turnkey infrastructure delivery services for Wired and Wireless Networks. Metallux provides Turnkey Civil and Termination Services as well as routing and switching services for various end users or applications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FTTH Council Africa - what we do

FThe FTTH Council Africa believes that the development and deployment of fibre based broadband access networks will enhance the quality of life for South African citizens and Africa as a whole.

TTo work towards providing African countries with an infrastructure that will allow its companies to increase their effectiveness and competitiveness within the global marketplace.

TThe council’s charter is to educate Africa governments, policy makers and political leaders on why and how high speed fibre connectivity can be delivered to citizens within the next years.

HThrough consulting with all major stakeholders, understanding their strategies and concerns - we endeavour to be the voice of the industry and to help create a better future for all involved.