tinaTina has worked in the field of information and communications technologies (ICT) for the past 30 years, with a particular interest in ICTs to support socio-economic development. She has worked extensively in Africa on ICT-related policy and strategy development, research and analysis of the African ICT sector, and has published numerous articles and books on ICT for development (education, economic development, ICT sector).

Since 1997 Tina has run her own consulting firm (icteum consulting), prior to which she held various management positions at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) where she pioneered the ICT for Development when few were working in this field. She subsequently took up the position of Senior Advisor: Acacia Programme, at the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) which focused on ICT policy, community development and SMEs.

Since 2008 she has focussed on supporting entrepreneurship for women in ICT- and technology-enabled businesses. She is a joint founder and Director of FEMTECH (Pty) Ltd.

In January 2009 she established a new venture, Dancing Divas, in which her dancing, women’s empowerment and entrepreneurial skills have merged to create a dance space for women. The business won the prestigious South African Talk Radio 702 Small Business Award in 2011, in a field of several thousand entries. She has subsequently featured on DSTV’s business channel (SUMMIT TV – the BIG small business) and a number of national publications as an example of a successful small business. The business is currently in an expansion phase.