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I have over 8 years experience in programming web technologies, mainly in the Higher Education sector.

Having worked in 3 large universities in South Africa, I have translated university needs to online solutions in the areas of Marketing, Live Video streaming, Document Management, Security & Identity Management and E-learning (Sakai).

Brett St Clair Head of New Products Sub Sahara at Google managers the commercial operations of Youtube, Google Plus, Google display Network and Mobile across Sub Sahara Africa. with over 18 Years of experience in the world of technology and media with a focus on Mobile and Digital over the last 7 Years.

Brett returned from 10 years in London where he worked all over the planet from New York to Greenland to then start his own Mobile Agency, followed by taking a role Managing Admob's Business in Africa and finally Admob was acquired by Google over 3 years ago for just over $750 million.

Sarah Watz is a Joomla evangelist who lives in Stockholm, Sweden. She runs the Joomla! specialized web agency Pixpro. Sarah has been working with marketing, communication, sales and education for more than 20 years. Her passion is to provide great business value to the projects with which she is involved.

Sarah discovered Mambo in 2004 and moved to Joomla in 2005. She fell in love with Joomla! with it's vibrant community and began contributing to the community. Her first involvement in the Joomla! community was as vice president for the Joomla! User Association Sweden (JUAS). Since then she has been the President for the JUAS for several years, as well as project manager for many Joomla!Days and Joomla!Nights in Sweden. Sarah is a frequent speaker at events such as Joomla!Days, JAB and the JWC.

Sarah joined OSM in 2012 and feels really exited about working with the Joomla Certificate Program.

Originally trained as a software engineer, Nick Cadenhead has spent the past 12 years using his technical expertise to provide specialist consulting services on key accounts. Currently Pre-Sales Technical Consultant at Yellowfin South Africa, Nick is responsible for supporting the sales team in the development of new accounts, and the nurturing of current customers and partners by providing pre- and post-sales support and services.

Nick’s areas of expertise lie in Middleware Integration, Business Rules Management and Business Intelligence (BI), specifically centred around storyboard presentations and demonstrations, the delivery of proof of concepts and pilots, and the conduction of relevant training courses, as well as technical support. He enjoys strategic relationship building and uses his broad technical knowledge to help customers get the most out of their BI investment.

Ruth has always been a passionate supporter of free and open source software, and came across Joomla! in the early days when asked to design a website during her time as IT Technician at a school, and the rest, as they say, is history!

She now runs a business - Virya Technologies and Virya Software - which specialises in Open Source technologies including Joomla! website design, management and extension creation, and Linux server management. In March 2013 Ruth was invited to join the Joomla! Community Leadership Team.

Ruth's personal area of interest lies within search engine optimisation and helping websites to recover from poor SEO practices. Ruth also founded Joomla! User Group Suffolk and is on the team for Joomla!Day UK events.

"I am an adventure seeking individual, who loves a challenge, driven by natural curiosity and passion. My heart is to pioneer new things, and to deliver cutting edge solutions in a spirit of excellence, integrity and transparency. I firmly believe in the power of Open Source and the collective power from many minds that work together to produce amazing tools. Joomla is a sterling example of this."

Paul, who has been operating under the Kalemanzi GFX label since 2003 has an extensive experience and knowledge of many parts of the web, audio, visual and IT fields. Paul´s programming roots date to 1987 when he wrote MS-DOS batch programs and was introduced to GW Basic and Turbo Pascal. As soon as the internet became available in South Africa, he started developing websites with tools like Frontpage. In 2005, he progressed from static websites to dynamic websites, in the form of the Mambo CMS, which later spawned Joomla that turned out to be his CMS of choice to this day.

He is currently the developer of one of the top websites in South Africa (It runs on Joomla) and also does custom development work and CMS websites for clients in php, mysql and javascript. He lives with his wife and two sons in Jeffreys Bay, where he enjoys activities like wedding and sports photography, surfing, walking on the beach, spear fishing and scuba diving.

Daniel Acton is a Technical Solutions Consultant at Google South Africa, generally involved in helping partners implement Google's products, specifically Google's monetization solutions. Daniel is also involved with the developer community through Google Developer Groups and JoziHub, doing presentations and workshops. Daniel is passionate about web applications and cloud solutions.

I specialize in design, implementation and custom Joomla! templates mostly on a business to business level working internationally with companies such as raramuridesign and Piezoworks whilst also maintaining my own development company got2cy.

The last 3 years I found myself in the position of co-organiser of the Joomla! Day in Cape Town.

After 36 years in the IT Industry, 28 of them here in South Africa, Rick has finally accepted that he can be described as an “industry veteran”! His software industry experience dates back to 1995, and from 1998 he has been responsible for the distribution and support of Progress Software in sub-Saharan Africa. Following a restructuring of Progress’s worldwide operations in early 2010, Rick formed Albi Investment Group Services (AIGS) to provide continuity of operation for Progress as the company’s third-party distributor. Yellowfin was added to the AIGS stable in October 2012.

In addition to his role as CEO of AIGS, Rick is also CEO of Global Range Consulting and [email protected] Despite his “advanced years” Rick is passionate about the excitement generated by today’s IT industry and his energy and enthusiasm leaves many much younger people in his wake! He is unashamedly a businessman focussing on the real day-to-day benefits that can be derived from IT and has little time for “solutions looking for problems”! “The Post Y2K period has been the most exciting period for me, since before then IT delivered very little quantifiable and sustainable return on investment! Since the turn of this century we have seen a remarkable shift as our customers become better informed and more demanding. If we can’t deliver demonstrable value today we may as well not bother to get out of bed in the morning!” says Rick.

Jacques Rentzke is the owner of New Web Consulting, which focuses on building and supporting web sites on the Joomla! CMS. He first got involved with Joomla! at the start of 2007 when a client required a Content Management System for their new web site. After some research, he decided on Joomla! and he's never looked back!

In 2010, Jacques was invited to join the board of directors of Open Source Matters (the organization that provides the legal and financial support for the international Joomla project), where he served as Secretary and Vice President, and is currently the lead of the Trademark Team.

Jacques is also co-organizer of the Joomla! User Group Cape Town (JUGCT) and the JoomlaDay Cape Town 2011, 2012 and 2013 events.

"Offline" I enjoy Travelling, Hiking & camping, Rock climbing and Off-the-beaten-track Travel to remote parts of South Africa (no-internet!!). All of this is off-set by the hard work we do Online in Web Strategy Development & Design from our offices, located in Cape Town, South Africa.

I have been involved in the Online Industry for over 14 years. Obtained a diploma in Marketing and Advertising, before going into the Online Industry. My main passion lies in Solution Development for clients using popular open source systems, and seeing our clients businesses grow to success, as a result of the Websites which we develop.

I am also a co-organiser of the JoomlaDay Events in South Africa, over the last 3 years we have organised 10 events around the country.

Although Peter has a background in marketing & communication, he discovered programming in PHP/MySQL in 2003 and Mambo CMS a year later. Since 2005 he has been active in the Joomla community: at first as regular forum user, and later as Global Moderator at Joomla forum and member of the Community Leadership Team (CLT).

Peter loves the freedom and possibilities that open source software gives you as user. And the knowledge sharing that you can only find within such open source communities.

Peter has his own business www.db8.nl (founded in 2005) and supports companies and organizations with Joomla implementations, support and custom Joomla extension development. His other interests are open source software, Linux (Arch Linux & Debian), plug computers & the Raspberry Pi, music (collecting vinyl records) and art house movies. Peter Martin lives with wife & two kids in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Javier Gomez was born in Barcelona (Spain) and works as a Joomla! developer at redCOMPONENT.com. Since 2010 Javier became a board member of Open Source Matters, the non-for-profit that provides organizational, legal, and financial support for the Joomla! open-source project. In 2013 javier joined the Joomla Production Leadership Team where he volunteer his time to the project.

He became active in the community in 2007 by organizing the first national Joomla! meeting in Barcelona and has participated in several other Joomla events in different countries: United States, Chile, Spain, Guatemala, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands... he is passionate about the Joomla! community and is focused on enhancing the internationalisation of the project. One of his most known contributions to the project is the Joomla! language installer  (Joomla! http://community.joomla.org/blogs/community/1668-first-time-in-joomla-history.html)

About Joomla!Day

JoomlaDay™ in South Africa has been running since 2007, with the 11th event being organised in 2015. The event has been held in Cape Town, Durban & Johannesburg. read more...

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