The Judges

Here is a look at some of those judges !

The Start-Up Tel Aviv 2017 jury has been handpicked from leading South African and Israeli business leaders, entrepreneurs and statesmen.

Hilary Joffe

Deputy Editor Business Day.

Hilary Joffe is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most talented financial journalists. Throughout her extensive career and in her current position as Editor-at-Large of Business Day, she has sought to provide her readers with insightful and informative economic journalism, for which she has been nationally recognised. Hilary Joffe has pushed the boundaries of journalism in South Africa and is a highly respected South African journalist who has won numerous national journalism awards.

Although Hilary has worked as an economist, an academic and a full-time mother, she is best known for her input in South African journalism. Her career began when she joined the Rand Daily Mail newspaper in 1980. A year later she became an economics reporter at the Financial Mail where she would stay for two years. She began working as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in 1983 as a lecturer in Sociology and Industrial Sociology. She returned to the media four years later as the Business Editor of the Weekly Mail after which she was appointed as a senior economist at Standard Bank. In 1995 she joined Business Day on a part-time basis after having taken some time off from her career to be a full-time mother. Currently she holds the position as Editor-at-Large of Business Day.

Ambassador Arthur Lenk

Israeli Ambassador to South Africa.

Arthur Lenk has served as the Director of the Department of International Law at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was responsible for providing legal advice to the Ministry’s International Organizations and Policy Planning Divisions, on multilateral and regional issues ranging from human rights and UN affairs to bilateral and security matters

From 2005 – 2009, Mr. Lenk served as Israel’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan. During that period, political, strategic and economic relations between the two countries grew dramatically including growth of Israeli exports from $5 million in 2005 to $264 million in 2009. Israel massively increased its oil import from Caspian Sea to Israel. He has also served in diplomatic postings in New Delhi, India and Los Angeles.

Mr. Lenk was born in the United States (New Jersey) and made aliyah to Israel in 1983. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LL.B. and LL.M. degrees) and is a member of the bar in Israel and New York.

  Arthur Goldstuck

World Wide Worx research organisation

Arthur Goldstuck heads the World Wide Worx research organisation, leading groundbreaking market research into how change is affecting business and society, and presents his findings and insights to audiences across the globe. World Wide Worx produces the most widely accepted statistics for Internet use in South Africa, and has conducted research across Africa since 2001. Goldstuck has served as principal analyst on research projects covering Internet, mobile and business technology use.

He is also an award-winning writer, analyst and technology commentator. He provides commentary on technology and communications issues to both local and international media. In 2013, the Institute of IT Professionals of South Africa named him as recipient of the coveted Distinguished Service in ICT Award, and made him an Honorary Fellow of the Institute.

As a journalist, Goldstuck was news editor of the Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian), South African correspondent for Billboard, and a freelance feature writer for the Times of London, among other. He publishes the online consumer technology magazine, and is author of 19 books. His weekly gadgets column is the most widely syndicated technology column in South Africa. He also writes a weekly technology trends column for Business Times in the Sunday Times, South Africa’s largest-circulation newspaper.

In 2014, the Minister of Communications appointed Goldstuck to South Africa’s National Broadband Advisory Council, and he was an international judge in both the 2010 and 2015 GSMA Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona. He has been a judge in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards since 2011.

Toby Shapshak

Editor and publisher of Stuff magazine.

Toby Shapshak writes and speaks about how Africa is at the forefront of the world’s tech innovation.
He is the editor and publisher of Stuff magazine. [] He co-hosts a TV show on CNBC Africa []; and writes a weekly column for the Financial Mail. [] He spoke at TED Global in June 2013 about how Africa is solving real problems for the rest of the world. [] He has also spoke at the South by South West (SxSW) conference in Austin, Texas, on how mobile is being used in Africa [] in 2013 and how music is being consumed [] in 2014.
He believes Africa is a mobile-driven continent, about which he has written for CNN [] and The Guardian in London [] Described by GQ as “the most high-profile technology journalist in the country” and one of South Africa’s top 30 men in media, the Mail & Guardian newspaper called him on of South Africa’s top 300 influential young South Africans in 2009, saying “Toby Shapshak is all things tech… he reigns supreme as the major talking head for everything and anything tech”.
He was the ICT Journalist of the Year in 2002.
He has been the Mail & Guardian’s technology and sports editor, ran the M&G website when it was the first news site in Africa, shadowed Nelson Mandela when he was president, and covered the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
He is writing a book on innovation in Africa, and writes on this subject for a variety of publications, including CNN, The Guardian in London, the Sunday Times and The Times (South Africa) and others.
He has spoken on this topic at numerous conferences, including TED Global in Edinburgh, SxSW in Austin (thrice), The Guardian newspaper’s Activate:Johannesburg, the UK government’s International Festival for Business in Liverpool, Germany’s Future Congress in Wolfsburg, Pivot East in Nairobi, Mobile Web West Africa in Lagos, the University of Michigan’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Speakerer Series in Ann Arbor, Flux Trends Review, TEDxJohannesburg, and Tech4Africa.
He has interviewed a range of tech industry luminaries, including the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs [] Formerly a senior newspaper reporter covering everything from crime to politics, he has been writing about innovation, telecoms and the internet and the impact it has on our lives for more than 18 years, incrluding the Sunday Times, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, The Financial Mail, The Times, City Press, ThisDay, and The Weekender.

 Nir Tenzer

 Microsoft South Africa’s Marketing and Operations Director.

Nir Tenzer is responsible for the company’s entire corporate and product marketing activities, including leading the Business Groups, the Go-to-Market activities, the Customer and Partner Experience, and all compete initiatives. Coupled to that Nir is in charge of the overall company’s business operations, while managing Microsoft operating models.

In his eight years with Microsoft, Nir has also held two key roles in Microsoft Israel, namely VP of Business Development and Platform Strategy and Server and Tool Business Group Lead. Through this, he developed expertise in business development, spanning start-up to mature businesses, driving stronger relationships in breadth technology, start-ups, ISV (independent Software Vendors) and academia communities, as well as an in-depth knowledge on the MS platform and strategy.

Prior to joining Microsoft Nir served as the Marketing and Business Development Vice President for the IPTV division at Teledata Network Ltd. He has also held a number of other executive marketing and business development roles in the Israeli software industry.

During his career, Nir has regularly lectured at the Recanati School of Business Administration in Tel-Aviv University.

Ogone Ntwae

Senior Manager responsible for (eKasiLabs) Special Projects.

Ogone is currently Senior Manager in the Office of the CEO, responsible for (eKasiLabs) Special Projects, implemented to promote the Innovation and entrepreneurship in the township communities, for development of :
New innovative Output in the community, in line with TMR / TER Provincial economic policies
Innovative Entrepreneurship in the community, including social entrepreneurship

His professional experience comprises 13 years in various disciplines such as accountancy,  financial management and project accounting, management consulting with focus in strategy development and implementation, operational process and systems optimization as well business research and innovation advisory among others,

He holds BCom Accounting degree, completed part one of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) professional and International Stream in 2005.

In 2013 he  completed Masters of Management (Public & Development Management) with Wits University, specializing in economics, policy and strategy, development management, leadership and governance.

A fellow from the Thabo Mbeki Africa Leadership Institute, with certificate on International Trade and African Development

An analytical thinker, very creative and highly disciplined when doing his work, and is able to work easily in changing environment, work easily with different levels of management, as well as various stakeholders.

He is an avid reader who is very much passionate about innovation, particularly on developmental issues like economics, sustainable development, SMME and enterprise development technology advancement and public sector excellence.

Lionel Moyal

Managing Director at Intervate

Lionel Moyal is the managing director and a founding member at Intervate, a well-known and established Microsoft technology partner in South Africa. Lionel holds an Aeronautical Engineering degree as well as an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand. His strong blend of technical skills and business understanding plays a key role in driving business innovation through the use of technology. Lionel is an active spokesperson on the topic of innovation and he actively engages and supports local start-ups.

Scott Gibson

Group CEO, Britehouse

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in Johannesburg, Scott spent 3 years working for Deloitte Corporate Finance in London where his last project was the listing of Dimension Data on the LSE. In 2000 he relocated back to South Africa and joined Dimension Data as VP, Group Finance, a position he held for 5 years before being appointed as MD of Conscripti (a JV between Dimension Data and Tata Consultancy Services).  Britehouse was established in April 2007 by Dimension Data and Scott was appointed as the Group CEO. Britehouse employs 800 people and is focused on assisting customers in their digital transformation journey.

Tanya Kovarsky

Tanya Kovarsky is the PR and Communications Lead of Core Group, and is an award-winning parenting blogger.

With more than 12 years of experience in magazine and newspaper journalism, and having been the editor of three consumer magazines, Tanya now heads up the PR and Communication for iStore, iPads in Education, Fitbit and more.

Tanya is a regular contributor to tech, parenting and lifestyle websites, radio and TV shows and media, and has been a judge for several initiatives, most recently the MTN App of the Year awards.


Noluthando Gosa

Director of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF)

Noluthando Gosa is a former Investment Analyst with Investec Bank, now entrepreneur, who ss of 2004, has been running the Akhona Group of companies which has interests in commercial and retail property, as well as in Resources sectors. Gosa is an experienced independent non exec director with previous board positions in blue chip companies like Broll Property Group; AON South Africa; the SABC etc.

Was a member of the inaugural National Planning Commission appointed by the President in 2010 and Independent Non Executive Director at Investec Asset Management since 2005. A recipient of a number of professional achievement awards including the Black Management Forum (Gauteng); Black Securities And Investment Professionals (ABSIP), as well as first runner up of the Women’s Property Network Award.

A longstanding member of a number of professional organisations like the Institute of Directors of South Africa; Business Women’s Association of SA (Gauteng) and the Black Business Council.

A supporter of charitable organisatons like the Student Sponsorship Program, the JZ RDP Education Trust etc that reflect one’s passion for education being the liberator and the most sustainable form of empowering an individual.

Clifford De Wit

Chief Innovation Officer – Microsoft South Africa

As the head of the developer experience (DX) team and the Chief Innovation Officer at Microsoft South Africa, Clifford is following his passion for computing, and the profound impact it can have on people’s lives.
Clifford’s career began as an Electrical Engineer in 1996, graduating from WITS university. However, his passion for computing led him into financial services, where he worked in a team that launched one of world’s first online banking solutions in 1998 with Nedbank.
After joining Microsoft in 2000, Clifford spent time helping large customers to architect, design and build business solutions on the Microsoft platform. Solid work here saw him leading the development consulting team from 2005 to 2007.
In 2009 Clifford took on the role of running one of the 7 segments within Microsoft South Africa, the Development and Platform group. In 2014 he took over the running the Developer Experience team owning all developer and innovation portfolios in the Microsoft SA.
In addition to his commercial work, Clifford has established a project under the support of the Jobs fund to support and build the software startup ecosystem in South Africa. The project has over 2800 members and has created approximately 300 Jobs to date.
Clifford sits on the advisory board of several universities including Rhodes, WITS and Johannesburg Center for Software Engineering where he helps shape the future software talent and industry.
He spends his time with customers, partners, students, software vendors, developers, and the government where he often talks about the industry trends, the value of software and its ability to enable and create an economy through innovation and disruption. His group focuses on helping technical audiences and decision makers succeed with Microsoft and other services, on devices and cloud platforms.
On a personal note, Clifford is married to an amazing woman who is also in the software industry. He has a little boy of ten years old and a little girl of six who provides him with a very welcome perspective on life.


Anitha Ramsuran

Manager at Innovation for Inclusive Development  at the Technology Innovation Agency

She has a PhD in Science Policy and a B.Comm degree with more than 25 years of experience in the National System of Innovation. She is currently a TIA nominated Board member for the South African Technology Network, the Innovate Durban Board, and a member of the DUT Biotechnology Advisory Board.

She began her career as a Maths and Science teacher, thereafter joining the University of KwaZulu Natal as an Academic Coordinator and lecturer. Also worked at the department of Science and Technology as a Director- Governance and thereafter at the Innovation Fund (which merged into TIA in 2010) to manage a National programme on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for schools.

Other judges to be announced