In Conversation with Clifford De Wit

Clifford De Wit joined Microsoft in 2000 and from 2009 took on a senior executive role. In this role, amongst other things, he developed and launched the SA BizSpark start-up program, which mentored over 3000 tech start-up’s, managed the Microsoft relationship with South African universities, managed the DevOps business in South Africa, and ran and keynoted several conferences including TechEd, DevDays and Build Tour. After almost 18 years with Microsoft Cliff decided to build a start-up of his own and in his current role, he is the CTO and co-founder of a new digital business.

Profile

Clifford De Wit graduated in 1996 from Wits University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

His passion for computing led him into financial services, where he worked in a team that launched one of world’s first internet banking solutions in 1998 with Nedbank.

He Joined Microsoft in 2000 and in 2009 Cliff took on a Director role, running one of the 7 segments within Microsoft South Africa. In this role amongst other things he developed and launched the SA BizSpark start-up program, which mentored over 3000 tech start-up’s, manged the Microsoft relationship with South African universities, managed the DevOps business in South Africa, and ran and keynoted several conferences including TechEd, DevDays and Build Tour.

After almost 18 years with Microsoft Cliff decided to build a start-up of his own and in his current role, he is the CTO and co-founder of a new Digital business.

In addition to this, Cliff holds two board positions at WITS university, Tshimologong and JCSE. Here he contributes back to both his University and to help individuals and companies in the industry.

Clifford is also a regular contributor on “the money show” on Radio 702 where Bruce Whitfield will invite him on a few times a year. He also keynotes and speaks at developer and technology conferences.

 

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