Audrey Verhaeghe, Chief Executive Officer
Audrey spearheaded the commercialisation of the SA Innovation Summit as a Southern African institution and main innovation event for the country. The Summit grew over 13 years to represent the largest ecosystem in tech-driven start-ups on the continent of Africa. Over 5 000 technology entrepreneurs have participated in prototype and start-up competitions run by the Summit. The economic contribution of the Summit is estimated to be R1.15 billion to the economy of SADC in 2019. Audrey championed Open Innovation and established three open innovation platforms on the continent. She has published a number of articles and conference papers on innovation as a business process and mentored numerous student research studies in the same area. Audrey is also the chairman of the RIIS and the SA Innovation Summit, and director at WineTech.