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Mark Van Bavel's picture


Over the past twenty years at NTT, Mark Van Bavel has had numerous roles, from client consulting, to leading internal platform and digital transformations as Chief Architect, where he globalised the Dimension Data Service Delivery Platforms, as Group CIO, where he standardised Dimension Data to one Quote-to-Cash Global Template and ERP, and Group CDO where he modernised the front-office and established a global enterprise architecture function across the enterprise end-to-end. 

Mark looks after the global technology and architecture strategy for NTT Ltd.’s global, central Service Delivery Platforms and Corporate IT Platforms, as well as platform development for the global Client Digital Services Platform. He started his career in Siemens Telecoms R&D as a software engineer, before moving to his twenty-year career at Dimension Data and latterly, NTT Ltd.

Paul van der Merwe's picture


Paul is a dynamic and insightful enterprise architect. A conceptual thinker, he has driven a
number of advances in the fields in which he specialises, among them enterprise architecture (EA), data management, software development, risk management and IT governance.

Real IRM’s EA approach, enhanced and implemented under Paul’s guidance, is now included in TOGAF 9 as a best practice. He also led the development of the enterprise-wide transformation roadmap for Nedbank that was awarded the iCMG’s 2015 Global Enterprise and IT Architecture Excellence award for Transformation and Planning.

Paul is passionate about EA and promotes it as a discipline and profession on an ongoing
basis. He was the Chair of the Architecture Forum of The Open Group in 2009, the body that
develops and owns TOGAF. He was one of the contributing authors to TOGAF 9 and continually encourages collaborative participation in the development and adoption of EA as a business discipline.
Paul is currently leading the EA practice at Standard Bank Group evolving a platform architecture that is aligned to the Group’s vision of transforming into a platform-based business that goes beyond financial services.

Stuart Macgregor's picture


Stuart Macgregor is the CEO of Real IRM and The Open Group - South Africa.  Through his personal achievements, he has gained the reputation of an Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance specialist, both in South Africa and internationally. Stuart is a member of John Zachman’s advisory committee and is openly obsessed with Enterprise Architecture with a definite business bias. 
Stuart served as an officer of The Open Group Architecture Forum and fulfilled a liaison role between The Open Group and ISACA. He has participated in the development of both COBIT® and TOGAF® over a number of years; including the COBIT 5 development workshops held in London and Washington.  As the lead researcher, Stuart led the mapping of COBIT to TOGAF® which was published by ISACA and The Open Group.

As a founding member of the Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals (EMMM) Forum of The Open Group, Stuart helped to establish the first industry vertical Forum within The Open Group. The EMMM Forum went on to create industry reference models for process and capabilities - The Business Process Reference Model and the Business Capability Reference Map. These reference models have been used globally by thousands of individuals across various industries.

In the role of lead consultant, Stuart has assisted numerous organizations to establish their Enterprise Architecture practices and has also used COBIT to develop IT Governance frameworks for NYSE Top 100 companies. While participating in the development of the TOGAF standard, Stuart drove the adoption of TOGAF in South Africa and continues to evangelize the discipline of Enterprise Architecture and The Open Group standards through speaking opportunities, professional services engagements, and TOGAF and Zachman Framework training.


James Thomas's picture


James has broad experience in the information technology environment with over 30 years in the field. In addition, he has experience in business management, sales and project management, and has interfaced extensively with senior and executive management of various medium to large enterprises in South Africa, the African continent and internationally. His roles span a broad range from technical specialist, through pre-sales engineer, solution designer, solution architect, trainer/lecturer, security architect, enterprise architect, business architect, to team lead, manager and director. James has formal qualifications in business management and project management, with numerous certifications including TOGAF, Archimate, SABSA, Certified Business Architect (CBA), SAFe and COBIT.

Anneke Thorburn's picture


Anneke Thorburn heads up the Business Consulting business unit within BCX and is responsible for areas such as: Business Analysis, Business Process Management, Business Architecture, IT Strategy & Governance, IT Service Management, Enterprise Architecture, Business Continuity Management and Organizational Change Management.

Anneke is a Business Consultant with profound experience in the structural design of business specific processes.  Her process experience started with a move from system development into business analysis, business process mapping and then into business consulting. Anneke was the head of the BCX Business Advisory Services consulting team since April 2016 and now heads up the BCX Business Consulting team since May 2018.

She has more than 30 years’ experience, and a multitude of skills.  Specific areas of expertise include, Business Process Management, Business Architecture, Business Continuity Management, Process improvement (organizational, departmental, system, product), Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN), Project Management, Organizational Change Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Requirements Elicitation, Requirements Specification (Business & Functional), Continuous Improvement, Facilitation, Requirement Elicitation, Data Modelling, Business Case Development and Customer Journey Mapping (CX/UX/PX). She is also experienced in assessments and implementation of the compliance to the POPIA Act.

Adriaan Vorster's picture


Following a successful career in Electrical Engineering Research, Adriaan Vorster moved  into the ICT field, where, for 23 years, he has been involved in business systems analysis, design, development and implementation.

Through his involvement with Graphic Mining Solutions International (currently MineRP), Adriaan worked with most of the gold, platinum, manganese and iron miners in South Africa on the development and implementation of Master Systems Plans. During the latter part of 1999 he developed the first value chain-based mining architecture for the Mineral Resource Management division of AngloGold. This work formed the basis for The Open Group EMMM Business Process Reference Model for Exploration and Mining.

From 2003 to 2011, Adriaan was Chief Information Officer at the University of Johannesburg and was subsequently Chief information Officer of the Mvelaserve Group. In both positions, he was responsible for the entire ICT domain, ranging from the implementation of world-class data centres through networking and basic services to information provision and business intelligence. He also led the implementation of an ERP system in the midst of a merger, meeting the functionality targets on time and within the set budget.

Adriaan is TOGAF® 9 certified and holds B.Eng (1989) and M.Eng (1991) degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Rand Afrikaans University, as well as a post graduate Certificate in Data Resource Management (2000) from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Raymond Wessels's picture


Raymond Wessels is an advisory consultant with a background in designing the future digital platform for organizations and assisting business and IT to visualize and realize this through his proven abilities to plan, co-ordinate, deliver and complete complex architectures and solutions.

Prior to this, Raymond was head of the Business Consulting team at BCX for three years and managed the IT Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, and IT Governance consulting team for five years. Other posts include Enterprise Architect at Global Frontier Holdings and management of the BCX Enterprise Architecture team for six years.

Raymond has a total 40 years of experience in information technology and his industry experience ranges from twelve years in mining, ten years in banking, eleven years in financial services, two years in telecommunications and sixteen years in the IT consulting industry.

His skills include digital business, program and project management, business case development, change assurance, CIO advisory services, IT strategy development, enterprise architecture establishment, development and management, information architecture and IT governance.

Other specific disciplines include customer relationship management, customer service experience management, business process management, information management and data governance. He has been advising Chief Information Officers for the last fifteen years in the areas of planning, management, governance, organization structure and strategy.