The CIO Council of South Africa


Len De VilliersCarol ThomasMarlon MoodleyMandla MkhwanaziPete Janse van VuurenLouise van der BankQiniso LangeniUlrike Weitz

The CIO Council of South Africa is a local initiative with the objective to provide a platform for CIO's and IT Decision makers from Business, Governmental Institutions and NGO's to share knowledge and experience.

The CIO Council was initiated in 2009 by some of the CIO alumni together with Microsoft SA and has registered many of the top CIO's in business and Government. The chairman is Len de Villiers, the CIO of the Bayport Group, and some of the CIO course facilitators are represented on the Council's management executive. The CIO Council has arranged a number of workshops on topics of general interest to CIO's and aspirant CIO's. Participation in this council enables CIO's to meet the top 200 to 300 CIO's every quarter to talk about the challenges of being a CIO.

De Villiers was voted in as "the most admired CIO in South Africa" by the CIO Council of South Africa consisting of the top 100 CIO's in the country in 2009.


Pete Janse van Vuuren, a director of the CIO Council of South Africa, believes CIOs must move from aligning IT to the business to becoming an integral part of the value delivery process to the customer. This can be achieved by evolving from an information technology provider to a business technology expert, says Janse van Vuuren, who is also CEO of The Thinking Cap.