Rapelang Rabana, Founder and CEO at Rekindle Learning, will be one of the top innovators to headline the Accenture Innovation Conference to be held on 17 October 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Rabana will also be the MC for the conference which is in its second year.

In its second installment in 2016, the conference had one of South Africa's youngest innovators, Siyabulela Xuza and Tesla Motors co-founder J.B Straubel as speakers.

"We are in the midst of a technology revolution – one that will result in more change than we’ve ever seen, and reshaping industries as well as markets,” said Ntombi Mhangwani, Africa Director for Integrated Marketing & Communications at Accenture.

The 2017 conference is themed “Ignite Ingenuity” and it will cover topics around advanced digital technologies – such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the platform economy and others.

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Among the 2017 conference speakers are:

  • Salim Ismail: author of Exponential Organizations and Founding Executive Director & Global Ambassador of Singularity University. He is also former Vice President of Yahoo!. Ismail travels extensively where he shares a global perspective on how organisations can leverage breakthrough technologies to outpace and outmaneuver their peers. His book Exponential Organisations, which reached top position on Amazon's "Best-Sellers in Business Management" list, was also named Frost & Sullivan's Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Book of the Year.

  • Marshall Van Alstyne: Boston University's Professor and Digital Fellow at MIT. Van Alstyne is a world expert on IT economics and strategy, a patent holder on privacy protection and spam prevention methods, and has made key contributions to IT productivity and theories of network effects. His work has been featured in Science, Nature, Wired, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

  • Paul Nunes: Managing Director at Accenture Research. His studies focus on IT-led changes in business and marketing strategy, with a specific focus on the changes occurring in consumer behavior and marketing channels. Nunes served as co-architect of Accenture’s High Performance Business research initiative and continues to lead the company’s High Performance Business research program. He is coauthor of three books including Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation and has written numerous articles and book chapters on marketing and business strategy, including more than a dozen contributions to Harvard Business Review. He has also made contributions to leading publications including MIT Sloan Management Review, Fast Company, The European Business Review, Strategy and Leadership, Optimize, ComputerWorld and Wired.

  • Rapelang Rabana: Founder and CEO of Rekindle Learning. She was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30. Rabana was also selected as a Fast Company Maverick and named Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum. As a speaker, she takes the message of the enabling power of tech across the globe; her innovative thinking has contributed to changes in the way organisations adapt and thrive in the new world of work.

  • William Mzimba: Chief Executive of Accenture SA and Chairman of Accenture Africa. He also leads the Financial Services practice in South Africa. Mzimba currently serves on the global Accenture Corporate Citizenship Council, and is Non-Executive Director of Foodforward South Africa. He also sits on the BUSA Board of Trustees. Mzimba is recognised as one of the continent’s preeminent business and thought leaders. He has provided commentary on Africa’s market opportunities on global media platforms including CNN and CNBC Africa.

“Companies need to continue to imagine and reivient themselves in order to survive the revolution. We are pleased to have, and look forward to engaging with these pioneering business minds at our conference, as we continue to lead in new innovation to help companies discover their future and new industries,” concluded Mhangwani.

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