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BIO: Stafford Masie

2010-08-03 12:20

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Stafford Masie has been in the IT industry for more than 15 years and has assumed numerous roles throughout his career. He worked for numerous companies, namely; Telkom, and Dimension Data

Thereafter Stafford started his own consulting and engineering services company which was later acquired. Looking for further challenges he then joined a multinational enterprise software company called Novell and after 9 months in South Africa he moved to the USA where he spent 6 and a half years working at their corporate head office in Utah.

Stafford was responsible for global partnerships and corporate technology strategy and had responsibility for numerous international territories - namely; Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Venezuala), Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa and Southern Europe.

Stafford played a significant role in the open source software arena in the USA and returned to South Africa in December 2003 to assume the role of country manager for Novell South Africa. Stafford was the CEO for Google Africa and Sub Sahara.

Being in this position and more than qualified as a talent on this subject, Stafford made a conscious decision to begin speaking in order to reach as many people as possible. Stafford's presentation and workshops range from discussing the impact that technology is having in societies, cultures and history to disclosing present day and short term technological trends.

His remarks and demonstrations always intrigue the audience, giving them a thorough understanding of what exactly is happening "out there", how to take advantage of it, and what to watch out for and always leaving them in awe. His target audience is everyone: the technology geeks will find it insightful and the non-IT folks will finally get an understanding of it all and where it's all going.

Versus sticking to particular topics or categories of subject matter, Stafford prefers to tailor his content per client and per vertical business sector; this simply to ensure greater relevance and value to the audience, with the most impact.

Besides being a technology and renewable energy enthusiast, Stafford is equally passionate about flying Microlights and single prop aircraft whenever he can...besides diving and skiing when the weather permits.

Find him on Twitter @staffordmasie 

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