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SA entrepreneur and founder of insurance startup Click2Sure Daniel Guasco will next Thursday (31 August) hand over the reins as chairperson of Silicon Cape, to academic Sumarie Roodt.
Guasco told Ventureburn today that he is stepping down as he no longer has the time to do the organisation justice as its chair, as he’s having to dedicate more time on his startup.
In an earlier press release Silicon Cape managing director Ellen Fischat said Guasco will continue as a director of Silicon Cape, to provide mentoring and guidance to the broader ecosystem.
Guasco says he no longer has the time to do Silicon Cape justice as chair, as he’s having to spend more time on his startup
Guasco’s involvement with Silicon Cape began in 2009 as an entrepreneur and active community member. His contributions and commitment to the success of the initiative saw him appointed to the board in 2012. Strong governance and leadership skills led to his election as the chairperson in 2015, said Fischat.
To ensure continuity at Silicon Cape, current director Sumarie Roodt (pictured below) has been elected by the board as the new chairperson effective from 1 September.
Fischat said the election of Roodt was unanimous. Roodt has been actively involved with the initiative since 2015 heading the students and careers portfolio. In 2016 she was appointed as one of Silicon Cape’s five directors.
She said Roodt’s passion for unlocking the power of technology for ICT4 Development across Africa has given her valuable insight to the ecosystem.
Roodt is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems in the Commerce Faculty at UCT, a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher and is a Research Associate at the Centre for Information Technology and National Development in Africa (Citanda).