Wits appoints Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct CEO

NEW JOB: Lesley Donna Williams is CEO of the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct.

WITS University has announced the appointment of Lesley Donna Williams as CEO of the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. “Through Tshimologong, Wits is enabling the development of a new generation of digital technology experts, innovators and entrepreneurs.

The precinct is providing space for our country’s most creative young minds to develop the new digital technologies that are crucial to South Africa’s economic growth and international competitiveness. As CEO, Williams has been mandated to ensure that this initiative achieves its full potential,” vice-chancellor Prof Adam Habib said.

Williams has spent 17 years actively engaged in setting up and running collaborative work spaces and associated programmes.

“I am enthusiastic about collaboration with particular passion for shaping the future of business that contributes to social innovation and enables participatory leadership,” Williams said. In 2010, she established Impact Hub Johannesburg as the first Impact Hub in Africa, which is now one of over 100 Impact Hubs in major cities around the world.

Impact Hub is a community of spaces, people and programming with an impact mission. Williams has served on the global Impact Hub Association Board. Head of Wits University’s Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) and founder of the Tshimologong Precinct Prof Barry Dwolatzky said he was excited to welcome Williams as CEO.

“She brings a wealth of experience and boundless energy and enthusiasm to this important strategic initiative. Going forward, my own role will be to support Williams and her team in various ways with a particular focus on growing strategic relationships, both locally and internationally,” Dwolatzky said.

Meanwhile, Prof Chris de Beer has been appointed as the first vice-chancellor and principal at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) since it was established by the minister of Higher Education and Training in 2014.

De Beer’s tenure commenced in July and will end in June 2022. De Beer’s inaugural ceremony will be held on Friday at 5.30pm for 6pm at the SMU Sports Complex in Ga-Rankuwa.

NTOMBI NKOSI   ntombin@thenewage.co.za