Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana

Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana

Executive Manager
Adapt IT

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As a digital innovator and Big data analytics expert, she has over 24 years of experience in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Telecommunications sectors. She served as a Commissioner in the South African Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She is currently serving the Digital Transformation for Learning business unit that is in its infancy. Her extensive knowledge in academia and learning management systems will help advance the Adapt IT Education digital innovation agenda and be at the forefront of future-focused digital learning management strategies and solutions for institutions of higher learning, K12 and the corporate sector, globally.


She is the recipient of several ICT awards in recognition for research and continued work in the ICT sector. In 2019, she won both Digital Leadership and Digital Woman, GovTech SITA ICT Public Service awards. In the same year, she was awarded the Distinguished Young Woman Researcher: Research and Innovation by the South African Women in Science awards (SAWiSA). She has been celebrated by the Mail and Guardian in their “Women Changing South Africa” series and recognised in 2019 for Woman Changing South Africa in Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation (STEM). ). She is one of the 2017 South Africa’s 50 most inspiring women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as selected by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Inspiring Fifty and CoCreateSA.nl. Over and above the ICT awards, she was invited to form part of a panel at the 2020 United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) High-Level Policy Dialogue on Emerging Technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) as Tools for Scaling Up Action; Science, Technology and Innovation Forum. 2020-2030: A Decade to Deliver a Transformed and Prosperous Africa through the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, proposing human-centred African 4IR policy recommendations to Diplomats, Decision Makers, Policy Markers and Ministers of Science, Technology and Innovation from various parts of the world.

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