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Vernon Thaver

Sr Executive Partner

Vernon Thaver is an Executive Partner in Africa working in an advisory capacity with CIOs concerning business and technology leadership. Mr. Thaver has expertise in digital transformation covering digital infrastructure, platforms and business models as well as skills in top technology trends including cloud and IoT.

Previous experience

In CxO leadership roles (CTO for Cisco SA and CSO for Bowline Security), Mr. Thaver has provided business value by orchestrating his company's technology, business and channel capabilities into alignment in innovative ways to deliver exponential business growth.

A pragmatist and change agent, Mr. Thaver is concerned with I&T's relevance to create unique competitive advantage and value through digitalization, digital transformation and innovation that positively impacts business outcomes.

An independent director and co-founder of Wild Animal Technology Systems (WATS) NPC, he is passionately involved in use of IoT, big data, analytics and AI technology in the amelioration of illegal poaching of wild life.

Mr. Thaver has been a regular cross-media platform technology evangelist, is a startup mentor with Startupbootcamp and a former CCIE (Emeritus).

Professional background

Cisco Systems



Masters of Management, Digital Business

B.Sc., Engineering, Electronic

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