Stafford Masie

Keynote Speaker - Johannesburg
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Stafford has been in the IT industry for more than 15 years and has experienced several roles throughout his IT career.

Returning from studying abroad he immediately started working for Dimension Data and then Telkom. Stafford started his own consulting and engineering services company which was later acquired. Looking for further challenges he then joined a multinational enterprise software company called Novell and after 9 months in South Africa he moved to the USA where he spent 6 and a half years working at their corporate head office in Utah.

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He was responsible for establishing Google’s presence in South Africa. He led their team in launching the African versions of: Google search, Adwords, Google Maps and Streetview as well as the local version of YouTube – in other words, the Southern African Google business eco-system and strategy.

In 2010, he founded several Fintech businesses and has established several technology start-ups that have expanded globally. To name a few - two of these were the Payment Pebble® and Payment Blade® which he invented and which were launched via ABSA in South Africa and ANZ Bank. They are presently being launched throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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His recently founded companies raised capital via an international venture capital firm and also the USA based Visa Inc. This project is one of the largest technology startup capital-raises in the SA technology sector.

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Stafford continues his journey today as an inventor and mentor within early-stage technology start-ups, presently the three most noteworthy which are GATTACA – an artificial intelligence platform – SNAPTUTOR a platform for social education interaction – and another which focuses on bitcoin crypto innovations.

In 2019 Stafford joined WeWork (an American commercial real estate company that provides shared workspaces for technology startups and services for other enterprises). He is their General Manager for Africa and launched their first presence on the African continent.

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He also guest lectures at several schools such as Wits, GIBS and Henley, participates in television and radio broadcasts and is an international guest keynote speaker on the influence of technology on modern life, society and education.

He serves as a non-executive director on the boards of ADvTECH and the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research).

He’s excited by all things technological and says tech is becoming ubiquitous. “Technology is no longer technology, it’s everything,” he says, without meaning to sound hyperbolic. “It’s no longer a niche. It’s health care, supply chain, manufacturing, banking … and the real question is how do you deal with that?” Besides being a technology and renewable energy enthusiast, Stafford is equally passionate about flying Micro-lights and single prop aircraft whenever he can as well as diving and skiing when the weather permits.

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