At the last Girl Geek Dinners Cape Town (GGDCPT) event on Thursday, Suhaifa Naidoo, marketing manager for Realmdigital and SA Blog award nominee, was announced as the new chairperson for GGDCPT for 2012.
Suhaifa will be taking over the reigns from marketing engineer, Mariska du Preez, who founded GGDCPT in December 2010.
Says Suhaifa: “I am very excited and feel incredibly honoured to be a part of such an amazing initiative. There are a large number of women who are passionate about technology in Cape Town and have supported the Girl Geek Dinners from the start and it’s because of them that GGDCPT has been so successful.”
Girl Geek Dinners Cape Town is the first South African chapter of the global Girl Geek Dinner movement and hosts networking events for “the fabulously geeky girls (and guys) from the Mother City”. High profile business people such as Mardia van der Walt-Korsten (CEO: T-Systems, South Africa), Johanna Kollar (Programme Manager leading Start Up Support programs across emerging markets for Google) and Rapelang Rabana (CEO of Yeigo Communications and Head of Research and Development of Telfree) were some of the guest speakers during 2011’s events.
Suhaifa will continue with the bi-monthly networking events and aims to encourage companies to sponsor young geek girls and guys to attend the events in future.
The global Girl Geek Dinners manifesto about geekdom:
“After all to be geeky is to be intelligent, have passion for a subject and to know that subject in depth. It’s not at all about being better than others, or about gender, race, religion or anything else. Those things just detract from the real fun stuff, the technology, the innovation and the spread of new ideas.”