Stafford Masie

  • Travels From: Johannesburg, SA
  • Fees: $10,000-$20,000

Tagline: Digital Innovation

Talent Highlights

  • Stafford Masie served on the Advtech board for 7.5 years and is currently an independent non-executive director on several boards including the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) & Discovery Bank.
  • He serves as a non-executive director, of the board of ADvTECH (the largest private school education body in Africa) and, after being approached by the Minister of Science and Technology, accepted an invitation to join the board of the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research).
  • Stafford Masie has also been appointed as one of the specialist advisors to the Office of the President of South Africa.

Stafford Masie talks around Digital Innovation and Disruption, and are applicable to any audience because technology is a transversal matter, irrespective of industry or theme. Stafford Masie has been in the ICT industry for more than 25 years. His career foundations started in mid 90’s working for Telkom, Dimension Data and then Novell as a […]

Stafford Masie talks around Digital Innovation and Disruption, and are applicable to any audience because technology is a transversal matter, irrespective of industry or theme.

Stafford Masie has been in the ICT industry for more than 25 years. His career foundations started in mid 90’s working for Telkom, Dimension Data and then Novell as a software engineer. After spending 7.5 years living in the USA working for Novell based in Utah, he notably was responsible for establishing Google’s presence in South Africa (2006).

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.

After leaving Google in 2010, he founded several fintech businesses and has since established several technology start-ups that have expanded globally. He’s known for the ‘Payment Pebble®’ and ‘Payment Blade®’ which he invented and which were launched via ABSA in South Africa and ANZ Bank in Australia and New Zealand.

They are presently being launched throughout the Asia Pacific region. During Stafford Masie time in the fintech arena he raised capital via an international venture capital firm and also the USA based Visa Inc (who also acquired an equity stake in one of his businesses).

Stafford Masie continues his entrepreneurial journey today as an inventor and mentor within early-stage technology start-ups. Presently the two most notable of which are GATTACA – an artificial intelligence platform – and another which focuses on bitcoin crypto currency innovations.

Stafford Masie | Digital Innovation

Speaking profile :

Stafford speaks on a range of technology angled subjects that are applicable to any audience and/or themes; Leadership, Visionary, Inspirational, Strategy, Informational, Humanities, Business, Technical. Though technological his views are comprehended by all and many find his perspectives on humanity and futurism, unique and fascinating.

He is a veteran on the local and international speaking circuits and has many glowing references and reviews of past talks delivered to large through intimate audiences. If you want to understand what is happening technologically, geopolitically, economically, socially, within your industry, family, personally, your business and globally, Stafford is your speaker!

His recent talks on Ai, bitcoin and the crypto space is immensely popular. He is also an excellent moderator, master of ceremonies and CxO consultative advisor.

Professional career :

Stafford Masie has been in the ICT industry for more than 30 years. He began his career as a software developer, network engineer & technology analyst for Telkom and thereafter, recruited to be the National Software Strategist for Dimension Data.

Speaker stafford masie has held various other technology leadership positions in his career, such as Co-CEO, co-founder and strategist for Redstar Networks (his first startup), the Product Director for Novell South Africa, a Global Corporate Business Strategist for Novell Inc. based in the USA (Utah) and returned to SA after 7.5 years to become Managing Director for Novell Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thereafter he joined Google, established Google’s first South Africa presence and became Google’s first Sub-Saharan Africa leader. Stafford built the first Google SA team, launched several of Google’s mainstream platforms, prepared all application services in unison with the World Cup Organizing Committee to ensure SA services were updated and available on all Google’s applications, globally. He and the team compiled, published and maintained Google’s first African strategy.

After Google, Stafford established several leading technology startups; notably “thumbzup” where he and his team invented several world-first financial services (fintech) payment technologies, raised international venture capital (via Visa Inc and Entré Capital) and also launched that fintech business in several global markets looking at the future of work (partnering closely with leading international banks).

After thumbzup he established SauronAi and built several leading edge artificial intelligence solutions for the retail sector.

He has also served on the board of Advtech for 7.5 years as an independent non-executive director (and member of the investment and risk subcommittees) and during that tenure joined the board of the CSIR for a 4.5 year term.
Stafford is a well known businessman and technology investor, who is often a guest on international and local podcasts, radio, and tv news/talk shows. He is also specifically recognized as a tech startup angel investor, executive-MBA guest lecturer (GIBS, Henley, UJ/Wits business schools), and international keynote speaker.

He presently serves as a non-exec director on the board of Discovery Bank, is the Chairman of the board at Altvest Capital, additionally the Chairman of the board at the WITS/Telkom Innovation Lab, whilst angel investing in several emerging technology startups (most notably focused on Ai and Bitcoin (Lightning Network)).

Stafford Masie has also been appointed as one of the specialist advisors to the Office of the President of South Africa.

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Keynote Topics

Explore how digital transformation is reshaping businesses, government, and society in South Africa, and discuss strategies for harnessing the power of technology to drive growth and development.

Delve into the role of innovation and disruption in today’s business landscape, highlighting case studies and best practices from both South Africa and the global tech industry.

Discuss the current state of artificial intelligence, its implications for industries, and the opportunities and challenges it presents, especially in the African context.

 Examine the growing importance of cybersecurity in an interconnected world and offer guidance on protecting organizations and individuals from cyber threats.

Explore the potential of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency in Africa, discussing its applications, challenges, and regulatory considerations.

Offer insights into how organizations can build digital resilience to adapt to unforeseen challenges and disruptions, drawing from personal experiences and industry knowledge.

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