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SIS Global Connect RSVP

RSVP for our Connect event on 16 October 2018


Agenda Speaker Time
Event Opening & Welcome Ian Bayley 08h45 – 09h00
Preparing Today’s Students For The World Of Tomorrow Lillian Barnard 09h00 – 09h50
Professional Services and the 4th Industrial Revolution Gary Griffin 10h00 – 10h45
Tea Break 10h45 – 11h00
Disruption is the new normal: how Technology is influencing Professional Services Professor Small 11h00 – 11h50
Business World and the People Platform Gary Griffin 12h00 -12h50
Lunch 13h00-13h50
Disruption and the Art of thinking differently Riedwaan Bassadien 14h00-14h50
Framing the Future in Education Thomas Sonnichsen 14h50- 15h30
Tea 15h30-15h45
Unit 4 User Group Launch Justin Howes 15h45-16h10
Event Closing Ian Bailey 16h10-16h30


Lillian Barnard – Director for Public-Sector

Microsoft South Africa

Lillian Barnard is currently the Director for Public-Sector at Microsoft South Africa, based in Johannesburg. She was previously Chief Sales Officer for Vodacom from October 2014 until August 2016. She served on the Board of Vodacom South Africa for 18 months before joining the business.

Lillian started her own consulting firm, LillianB Consulting Services and operated for three years; an independent consultant and advisor to business leaders. She also sat on the board of Mango Airlines and the Dad-fund Non-Profit Organisation. Lillian previously worked for 15-years in the IT Industry for IBM; and was based for 7-years at the IBM European Headquarters in France and Switzerland; she held many key positions during her tenure, which has enabled her to travel extensively around the world. She is has successfully led many large Sales teams locally and globally and has received many esteemed awards during this time. Lillian is also a speaker, author and mentor; her quote book “I Hope you feel Inspired” was launched in Sept 2014 and is available on Amazon.com. She was featured as the Powerhouse in Destiny Magazine in 2013; interviewed on the Azania Mosaka – Power Lunch Show on Power FM in 2014; and profiled in 2015 Brainstorm Magazine with the heading under “Born to lead” Lillian is very passionate about the empowerment and advancement of women, and she has a personal mandate to develop Africa’s next generation of leaders. She is patron of the Dream Girls International Outreach and Mentoring Programme of South Africa.

Rashied Small – Education & Training Executive

South African Institute of Professional Accountants

Professor Rashied Small is the Education & Training Executive at the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) – one of the country’s leading accountancy institutes, representing and supporting its members to fulfil the increasing demands of businesses in South Africa’s growing economy by equipping the Professional Accountant (SA) with the latest knowledge, techniques and accreditation required to render key services.

His current position involves, among other things, providing input and support to aspiring Professional Accountants (SA); developing SAIPA’s CPD programmes; running the Fasset-SAIPA partnership: Project Achiever and Project Achiever Extended programmes; setting and moderating the SAIPA Professional Evaluation; consulting on educational and technical issues; presenting training and technical workshops; and assisting in providing input and comments to IFAC and accounting standards.

Rashied holds BCom, BSc CTA, BA, and MBA degrees; as well as holds a certificate in Outcomes Based Education, case study writing and action research.

For further information, please contact Rashied Small on 011 207-7840 or rsmall@saipa.co.za


Gary Griffin – Business Development Manager

SIS Global

As the 2007 recipient of the Accounting Deans bursary, Gary started his studies in B.com Accounting at the University of North West Potch in 2008. In 2012 he graduated with an honors degree in cost and management accounting as his major.

It was only during his SAICA articles, served at Crowe Horwath Sandton that he realised his actual passion lies with people, building relationships and assisting companies with streamlining their operations. This lead Gary to take on the role of Strategic Accounts Manager at Sage where he assisted accounting firms in making the transition to the cloud and assisting them with their digital transformation strategy.

In 2017 Gary decided it was time to write his SAIPA board exam which he passed in November 2017, placing first in Gauteng and second nationally during the prelim in August 2017 through the Project Achiever program.

Gary’s current role is Business Development Manager for Unit4 PSA and UBW in sub Saharan Africa focusing on Professional Service Companies. His passion for digital transformation and knowledge of accounting systems and business processed serve as the perfect fit when engaging with clients and helping them with their overall strategy and finding the best solution for their business.

Riedwaan Bassadien – Azure Open Source Sales and Marketing Leader

Microsoft South Africa

has over 25 years’ experience spanning Technical Engineering, Sales and Marketing. Born a talented computer programmer and destined to craft beautiful computer code for the rest of his life, he found the lure of business, sales and marketing too irresistible to ignore.

Presently he leads the Open Source Strategy at Microsoft South Africa and has been with the company for over 15 years.

In his free time, when he is not hacking electronic gadgets, drones and robots, he can be found spending quality time with his wife and son or strumming his guitar.