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Nyari Samushonga

CEO at WeThinkCode_


Building Systems that Last

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The Covid 19 pandemic accelerated the pace of digital adoption and created huge opportunities for the world of tech. But this big opportunity brings with it significant pressure. The pressure to build new and disruptive things. And to build these new and disruptive things fast. While we try to work as fast as we can to meet these growing expectations, we have to deal with the sobering reality that building stable and effective platforms is actually a complex craft that takes time. In this talk I will cover some of the tensions I've experienced in finding the balance between doing things fast and doing things right. 


Nyari Samushonga is the CEO of WeThinkCode, a South African tech academy that operates in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town. As an Entrepreneur and Tech Executive, Nyari is passionate about seeing Africa take its place as a maker of cutting edge technology. She has accelerated the recruitment of women students to the point of parity within the academy. In her role as CEO of WeThinkCode_ she has driven effective initiatives to scale the impact of the organisation. These include doubling the recruitment capacity and launching a home grown curriculum that caters to the South African market. A Chartered Accountant by training, Nyari has previously operated as the Managing director of ThoughtWorks Africa, a subsidiary of the global software development consultancy, and a Manager in Deloitte's audit and assurance division operating in both Harare and New York. Born in Zimbabwe, she also lived and worked in the United States and Tanzania. A passionate cyclist, she is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.