Program Committee

  • President, SASTQB

    Corné is the founder and President of the South African Software Testing Qualifications Board. Since the establishment of the SASTQB eight years ago, she has introduced the ISTQB and IREB certification to the South African testing industry, achieved recognition for ISTQB accredited training providers, ISTQB partnership for organisations and promotes software testing as a professional career for South Africa and abroad. Corné is currently the chair of the ISTQB TBOK working group.

    Corné is the founder and Managing Director of Impimpi Technologies and has over 26 years of experience in Software Engineering within the financial, manufacturing, mining, transport and medical industry. She has written various articles and also acts as a program committee member for various international testing conferences.

    She believes that the success of software testing is embedded in establishing fundamental testing best practices based on international standards and effective communication to highlight the business value of software testing.

    Corné holds the degree of B.Sc. (HED) and owns the ISEB Practitioner, IREB Certified Requirements Engineering as well as the Quality Assurance Management Professional (QAMP) Certifications.

  • Vice President, SASTQB

    Mike is a founding member of the SASTQB and past president and secretary of the special interest group in software testing of the Computer Society of South Africa, Gauteng chapter. He is a member of the ISTQB process working party and currently manages a test automation team at a large financial institution.

    Mike has over 14 years of experience which include technical and managerial positions in large test teams, test process definitions and implementation, and test automation.

    Mike’s focus is on software testing in large financial institutions and his involvement in most areas of software testing allows for a detailed understanding of contemporary testing issues and challenges. Mike has been a track speaker at various testing conferences and seminars in South Africa, Australia and Europe.

  • Professor, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

    Prof. Darrelle van Greunen is an Associate Professor and the Research Group Leader of the User Experience Group at the Institute for ICT Advancement at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She has also advised as a Senior Researcher for SAP Research on User Experience and User Interface Design from 2006 to 2011.

    Her background is multidisciplinary, combining computer science, information systems, African languages, education, media studies and psychology. She specialises in human-computer interaction and user experience, reflected in an extensive publication record. Despite only receiving her PhD Computer Science (UNISA) in 2010, she has published extensively and was invited as a regular keynote speaker at international and national conferences, as well as to participate in radio interviews on the topic of usability.

    Her research dissemination over the past 10 years was done primarily in international peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Her research is regarded as trend-setting in the international user experience and human computer interaction community as it focuses on the opportunities and challenges provided by the use of technology in the developing world and more specifically on new and innovative technologies. She is the user experience and user interface design expert for emerging economies within SAP Research and currently also advising the research office in India on user interface design for mobile devices.

  • Professor, University Pretoria, At-Large Director

    After finishing an electronic engineering degree at the University of Pretoria (1987), Aurona started working as a bursar at CSIR developing firmware for speech encoding/decoding devices. She completed a Masters in electronic engineering at WITS developing switching algorithms and programs for MC2, a massively parallel computer with up to 64 TMS32020 processors.

    After CSIR she was employed by DiData and later on owned a company (Tech Control). She primarily developing software for various systems such as radar control and multiplexer switches and developed multitasking OS before Windows was able to multitask.

    She developed one of the first database/internet applications as a consultant at the CSIR. This initiative grew to the MWeb of today. She was a senior lecturer at Unisa in several subjects and completed a PhD in Semantic Web technologies (2007). She again is working at CSIR as a principal researcher in knowledge representation and reasoning. She is responsible for the research in the development and use of models, specifically formal ontologies using DLs.

    Research Profile
    Knowledge Engineering / Knowledge Representation and Reasoning: Models and model building, specifically using ontologies (OWL / DL-based, formal ontologies). This includes ontology engineering and the use of ontologies to create intelligent information systems.

    Enterprise Engineering and Enterprise Knowledge:
    Specifically with regards to enterprise knowledge and models/ontologies. The nature of her 20 years technical development experience lead to interest in this area.

    Biodiversity Informatics:
    Biodiversity Informatics is an interesting and valuable application area for the research focus areas mentioned above, and her personal interest and love of nature supports this area.

  • President, ISTQB-Kenya

    Samuel is the President and co-founder of the Kenya Chapter of the International Software Testing Qualification Board ISTQB-Kenya. Samuel is passionate about embracing Software Quality Assurance in Banking and Finance systems as a strategy for promoting high rate of User Acceptance of new systems and enhancing Effectiveness and Efficiency during technology implementations.

    Samuel has a total of 15 years of experience with Fintech Group in delivering strategic IT Consultancy, Business Development and Quality Assurance Management for clients in Banking & Finance Industry across Africa and has led major Core Banking Implementation projects in Kenya, Mauritius, Liberia, Malawi and Uganda.

    Samuel is also a board member of Girls In Tech Kenya Chapter, a global association based in California USA, focused on the empowerment of girls and women in technology worldwide.

    Samuel holds a BSc in Information Technology from Moi University, Kenya and was in the pioneer MBA class of Strathmore University, Kenya.