Tracey Cohen - CDF Board of Directors


Dr Tracy Cohen is a Director at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) in the Convergence and New Media practice. Before joining CDH in March 2016, Dr. Cohen was Chief of Corporate Services at Neotel Proprietary Limited where she was responsible for legal and contracts, regulatory affairs, corporate social investment, B‐BBEE and Corporate Communications. She joined the company in 2008 as Executive Head of Regulation.  Prior to this she served a term as a Councillor for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) from 2004 to 2008. Between 2009-2016, Dr Cohen was the non-executive chairperson of the South African National Nuclear Regulator.

Dr Cohen has previously held teaching posts at Wits University in Johannesburg and research posts at Columbia University in New York City; the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. She has worked as a regulatory consultant for domestic and international organisations including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO). She currently sits on the Policy Advisory Committee for the Centre for Risk and Regulation (CARR) at the London School of Economics.

Emma Kaye - CDF Board of Directors

Executive Director

Emma Kaye has been named among the top 10 women in Science & Technology in Africa and has twice been voted as one of the top 50 women, globally, in mobile entertainment. She was selected as one of South Africa’s top business women and one of the 20 most powerful women in technology in Africa for 2013. Emma has been judging the International Digital Emmy Awards for the last four years.  She is a board member for Wiki in Africa.

Throughout Emma’s career and achievements as an entrepreneur the common thread has been one of building and managing successful businesses that deliver social impact.

Emma co-founded Triggerfish Animation, a South African animation company whose work has won awards around the globe. Triggerfish gave rise to the birth of Africa as a brand within animation.

Emma was appointed as CEO of tech company Breakdesign, leading the company into the global mobile space to become one of the top five developers for Nokia; developing mobile games and applications.

Emma founded and launched Bozza, an online marketplace for Africa’s musicians and artists, where artists can sell their work directly to the public and create a platform for their work.

Emma has a BA (Hons) in Business, Marketing and Computer Programming at Oxford Brookes University, England.

Charmaine Houvet - CDF Board of Directors


Charmaine Houvet’s love and passion for the ICT industry comes from over 24 years’ telecommunications experience working with private and public sector across Africa.

She joined Cisco in March 2016 with several years’ experience as a Senior Executive in diverse and transformative roles with high profile leading ICT companies.

Charmaine holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

She is passionate about female and community development and serves on various boards and trusts whose objectives are aligned to her values. Charmaine is a Trustee of the Cisco Charitable Trust Board which is headquartered in San Jose as well as a Board member of the Cisco Systems & Cisco Technology and Services in country. She serves as a Chairperson of the South African Women in ICT Forum board, is a board member of South African Communications Forum (SACF) and serves as a trustee on other non ICT Boards. Charmaine is a member of the invitation only South African Chapter of the International Women’s Forum of South Africa. She serves on the advisory board of Girlcodeza.

Charmaine is passionate about transformation and the advancement of women in the sector and is the recipient of a number of business awards in recognition of her vision, leadership and achievements in the ICT sector. In November 2016, she was named South Africa’s Top Woman in ICT and in August 2017 Charmaine was awarded the MTN Ministerial Recognition Award for her outstanding contribution towards advancing the ICT industry in South Africa. CNBC Africa featured Charmaine as a disruptor in ICT in August 2017.

Shaun Pather - CDF Board of Directors


Shaun Pather, holds a Doctorate in Information Technology and is an Associate Professor (Informatics) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where he is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships for Research and Technology Innovation.    In this role he provides oversight to key strategic projects which underpin and advance the university’s long term research and innovation strategy.

He is also active from both research and policy perspectives with government, industry and international agencies. He has served on the board of the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (2009-2011) and was a ministerial appointee to the South African ICT Policy Review Panel (2012-2015) where he was the Chairperson of the ICT Industry Growth Committee.

Shaun is involved several local, African and inter-continental partnerships and research projects focused on advancing the Information Society in developing countries.  He has authored several refereed journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, a book on ICT risks and technical reports in his field.

Shaun also serves on several international conference committees, is the editor of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation, and serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Community Informatics.  He is also the recipient of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar award (2009-2010, University of Washington).

Wesley Lynch - CDF Board of Directors


Wesley Lynch is a serial technology entrepreneur. He is the founder of Realm digital, a leading top South African e-business strategy and technology partner, specialising in Web, Social and Mobile platforms. Wesley is the CEO and founder of global eBook aggregator, Snapplify. The company has won multiple global awards and startup challenges for its innovation in technology and works with leading publishers such as Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Pearson, Oxford and Cambridge. In keeping with his collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, Wesley co-founded Angel Hub, the aim of which is to provide mentorship and advisory services to the above two mentioned groups of businesses. Wesley sits on the board of leading South African retails brands as a digital advisory.

Wesley is continuously evolve the industry as we know it. In 2011 Wesley was named as one of the “38 emerging South African tech entrepreneurs to watch” in the Old Mutual Entrepreneurs guide as well as Top 10 IT Personality from the Computer Society of South Africa. In 2013 he was named a finalist in IT Web’s Top 10 IT Personality of the year awards. He has presented at worldwide events including London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and Book Expo America.

Surajh Surjoo - CDF Board of Directors


Surajh is a Telecoms Industry Expert and registered Chartered Marketer, with over 20 years’ experience in designing & implementing effective Technology, Products, Marketing and Sales Strategies.

His passion for innovation in Products and Services and Strategic Marketing Management across customer segments is fueled by his deep understanding of technology, customer behaviour trends and data analytics.

Surajh is the Principal Specialist: Professional Services at Liquid Telecom, whom he joined in 2014. Prior to this he filled the positions of Senior Systems Engineer, Data Portfolio Manager and Senior Manager in product and segment marketing at a leading mobile telecommunications company.

His skills and competencies include business & technology strategy formulation and execution; strategic marketing & sales planning, development & management; product strategy development; and segment marketing strategy, Go to Market management and Customer Value Proposition development in the Enterprise and Consumer segments.

Surajh holds a BSC Honours in Physics/Applied Physics as well as in Technology Management.