Peter Alkema

Peter helps lead digital transformation at FirstRand, the biggest financial services group in Africa. In 2020 he completed his PhD at Wits University and developed a ground-breaking theory of Agile teams. In 2016 he was awarded Visionary CIO of the year by ITWeb and Gartner. His first book has sold over 10,000 copies and his edx.com course has been completed by over 10,000 people. He is passionate about helping you be smarter. Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook

Academic writing for meaning and clarity: An online course from WitsX

Everyone writes, but we don’t always write effectively and with our readers in mind. This course is aimed at postgraduate students in any field and includes principles and practices of writing well in an academic context (click here to enrol). Whether you are writing articles, reports or emails, the principles in this course are widely …

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[Book Review] “Red Notice” by Bill Browder

From hedge fund manager to Russian fugitive; Bill Browder and his international quest for justice. Bill Browder made Billions of dollars for his clients; his lawyer was tortured and killed in a Russian jail and the world’s human rights movement applauds him for the Magnitsky Act – a tour de force of human rights legislation. Most of this book you …

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[Book Review] The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang believes all Americans should be given $1000 per month from the government, this is his Universal Basic Income proposal which he hopes will help him win the White House next year. Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and other leading tech thinkers support similar proposals and Yang says UBI will help avoid a …

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ITU 2018: African connectivity for local solutions

Africa’s first hosting of the largest telecomms conference in the world was an important opportunity for the industry to showcase South Africa to the 91 attending countries. Not just Durban’s beautiful foreshore and local cuisine but the innovation of a sector that Nelson Mandela urged in 1995 to work towards “information riches” for all countries. …

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“This is how we do things in South Africa” – President Cyril Ramaphosa opens ITU World 2018

In welcoming 91 countries to Durban, Ramaphosa has stressed the importance of bridging the digital divide to create an inclusive society. This builds on the theme of Nelson Mandela’s speech at Africa’s first ITU in Geneva during 1995 when he said that telecommunications can help developing countries become “information rich”. Ramaphosa also hopes that the …

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Leaderex 2018: Agility, the future of banking and SME support

11000 people packed into the Sandton Convention Centre for Africa’s largest annual gathering of business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs. Featuring over 250 talks and exhibitions at this year’s event it is a market place of ideas covering venture capital, education, digital, insurtech, AI, banking and much more. During the day I presented a talk on …

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AI 2018: Lessons for humans, selfies with robots

ITWeb’s “Meeting of the Minds” Artificial Intelligence conference took place in Johannesburg recently. Keynote speaker and professor of ethics Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe called for future-proofing AI with responsible design. Named one of Netherland’s top 400 influential women she is driving ethical-robotics thinking through her research and foundation work. She cited examples of human fatalities …

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“I Will” – A surfer’s code for a personal mission

World champion surfer and motivational speaker Shaun Tomson inspires thousands of people every year to take their next wave by committing to 12 simple and personal statements of intent. School kids, students, corporate teams and CEOs have all experienced the power of his message – one that was developed in the highs and lows of …

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