IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit Educate, Engage, and Empower

Digital Event | November 11, 2021


Over the past decade, diversity and inclusion have gained momentum, shedding light on the critical role of women in technology. Globally several women have assumed leadership positions with success, confirming findings that diverse organizations perform better, hire better talent, have more engaged employees, and retain workers better than companies that do not focus on D&I.

At its very core, digital transformation is about cultural change.  Other than the technology aspect, it is change management, with a focus on creating a diverse organization. Over the past decade, diversity and inclusion (D&I) have steadily gained momentum, shedding light on the critical role of women in technology. According to IDC research, more than 80% of C-Suite executives think that D&I policies will have at least “some impact” on their business.

IDC research also indicates that at least 35% of organizations worldwide have D&I requirements as T&C criteria for IT suppliers, underlining corporate commitments to strengthening efforts on social topics – as more clients want to work with partners and vendors who share their values.   

Source: IDC

Diversity is a hot topic in the tech industry — and because it’s discussed frequently, it might be easy to feel like things have already changed. However, the momentum is still too slow in this region.  Women remain largely underrepresented in STEM roles at about half that of male representation. Female participation in IT is about 35% with less than 18% in managerial roles.

Compounding the problem, IDC research found that 51% of employers in the region are accelerating their digitalization agenda and 60% of employers intend to accelerate the automation of processes. These changes are likely to do away with a set of roles that are increasingly redundant in the new future of work— and accelerate the creation of new roles. The distribution of female roles in IT is highly skewed towards the roles that will become automated.

Masterclass Arena


The inaugural edition of the IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit will feature a Masterclass Arena. Here, you will find a selection of CXO best-practice presentations, fireside chats, and panel discussions as respected industry pioneers and thought leaders share insights into the successful digital transformation strategies applied within their own organizations.


Funke Feyisitan Ladimeji

Executive Director, Coronation Merchant Bank (Nigeria)

Eddah Mbogo

Group Head of ICT, The Standard Group (Kenya)

Carole Karema Jeni

Head of ICT and Business Transformation, Equity Bank (Rwanda)

Faith Muasya

Head, iSupport SAP, Kenya Revenue Authority (Kenya)

Angela Mensah-Poku

Commercial & Digital Operations Director, Vodafone

Angela Yochem

EVP, Chief Transformation and Digital Officer, Novant Health (USA)

John Hill

CIO & Senior Vice President, Business Planning, Carhartt (USA)

Hernando Celada

CIO, ChenMed (USA)

Sarah Naqvi

Executive Vice President & CIO, HMSHost (USA)

Seham El Behissy

Products and Connected Services - AMIP, Renault Group (UAE)



Time Event & Speakers

IDC Welcome Address

Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President - Conferences, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

DX Strengthened Through Diversity in the Workplace

Monica Sasso

EMEA FSI Chief Technologist, Red Hat

Anna Collard

Evangelist & Senior Vice President of Content Strategy, KnowBe4 Africa

Mercy Onyango

Channel Business Lead, Fortinet

Mariam Abdullahi

Director, Platform Partnerships, Android and Play, Google

Nagia El-Emary

Country Director (Egypt) & Senior Consultant (MEA), IDC
Ensuring diversity in the workplace is no longer merely a compliance issue. It is a necessity to represent a largely diverse customer base to ensure achievement of Digital Transformation, business and economic growth.



CEOs Panel: A View of D&I Strategy from the Top

Dr. Ryan Noach

Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Health

Vipin Y.S. Mahabirsingh

Managing Director, Central Depository & Settlement Co (Mauritius)

Mark Walker

Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC
Despite the growing number of IT organizations that say implementing diversity and inclusion (D&I) in their workforce is a business imperative, the proportion of women and minorities still averages under 25% of all employees, particularly in technical roles. New hiring and retention metrics are emerging, as are rising customer and supplier expectations, meaning the vast majority of IT organizations will have to rethink their overall diversity strategies, KPIs, and goals. According to IDC research, already more than 80% of C-suite executives think that D&I policies will have at least some impact on their businesses. This high-level panel discussion will highlight the importance of employee experience measures, present structured ways to report and measure D&I performance, and explain how organizations are implementing diverse recruitment and retention goals, quantifying the impact of executive management and boards in making effective company-wide changes and creating the right setting for a D&I-driven organization.


IDC Women Trailblazers: A Diversity Journey to Success

Mary Conroy

VP of Marketing, Worldwide IT Executive,Industry Research & CEC, IDC

Debbie Bernardi

Chief Human Resources Officer, IDC

Eva Au

Managing Director, IDC Asia/Pacific

Meredith Whalen

Chief Research Officer, IDC
The Women Trailblazers panel features a group of female IDC leaders who will discuss in depth their achievements and best practices across technology, HR, marketing, and other lines of business. This panel will focus on the unique diversity challenges women face in today's workplace and the milestones of their own journeys to becoming IDC executives.


Challenges and Choices in Developing and Sustaining an IT Culture of Success – An IT Leadership Roundtable

Timothy Scannell

Vice President, Strategic Content CIO Executive Council/IDC

John Hill

CIO & Senior Vice President, Business Planning, Carhartt (USA)

Hernando Celada

CIO, ChenMed (USA)

Sarah Naqvi

Executive Vice President & CIO, HMSHost (USA)
The past 18 months or more have been challenging for IT leaders confronted with the need to manage a dramatic change in workforce dynamics. Other pressing challenges have included the need to maintain operational efficiencies, shift to a more product-oriented mindset to better align with business objectives, and replace or upgrade outdated technology infrastructures to become more resilient and flexible considering the uncertainties that may lie ahead. The most critical trials on the horizon include managing and motivating people, attracting new talent, driving innovation, leveraging enabling technologies, enhancing the customer experience, and establishing a more intelligent, intuitive, and diverse technology and business ecosystem. In this session, IT leaders from three different industries will provide their own first-hand insights into these challenges in an open and candid discussion that will focus on the demands and opportunities facing IT decision makers this year and into 2022.


Parallel Track Sessions (Parallel Sessions)

Session A: Hitting Home: Conquering Women-to-Women Bias and Aggression in IT

14:10 - 15:10

Session: Hitting Home: Conquering Women-to-Women Bias and Aggression in IT

Kathryn Marston

Group Vice President, Customer Experience and Operations, IDC

Bennetta Raby

Executive Coach, Organizational and Culture Transformation, Runnvation LLC and CIO Executive Council Coach

Workshop: #IamRemarkable

14:10 - 15:10

Workshop: #IamRemarkable

Kristin Ransome

Business Development Executive, Google
Session A: Hitting Home: Conquering Women-to-Women Bias and Aggression in IT
14:10 - 15:10

Session: Hitting Home: Conquering Women-to-Women Bias and Aggression in IT

Workshop: #IamRemarkable
14:10 - 15:10

Workshop: #IamRemarkable


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General Information





Digital Event






Thursday, November 11





11:00AM (GMT+2)


Registration Fee
Free of Charge: For End Users (not IT + Consultant companies)


For More Information, contact: Lizelle Jones - Senior Conference Manager, South Africa

Mobile: +27 73 4043099 | Email:

While this event will celebrate the role of women in technology, all members of the end-user community – both male and female – are welcome to join us as champions of diversity in the workplace.

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Lizelle Jones

Senior Conference Manager, IDC South Africa

Lydia Botha

Senior Sales Manager, IDC Soufth Africa

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