Accenture has appointed South Africa’s Sandiso Sibisi as it Open Innovation Lead for Africa making her a unicorn in Africa’s tech landscape, as she is one of the very few (young) black females operating at a regional level.Prior to her new role, she specialised as a supply chain business consultant, in helping consumer goods clients with complex enterprise resource planning solutions and cost reduction projects.
Sibisi’s appointment, demonstrates Accenture’s commitment in attracting more women in their workforce and more females in STEM as gender equality, inclusion and diversity are essential to high performance—because diversity is not just good for business, but it’s the right thing to do.
As the Open Innovation Lead for Africa, Sandiso will operates as an entrepreneur, promoting innovative business models to help make business and technology consulting services, accessible to clients in business and international development.
Open Innovation is about Accenture wanting to accelerate entrepreneurial growth by making it easier to connect innovative start-ups to it clients. “Many entrepreneurs in Africa are innovation leaders, that seek to develop unique solutions, that have the power to create their own markets or disrupt existing industries. As our clients seek new sources of innovation vehicles whether it be a start-up, accelerator, an incubator, idea lab or university, to achieve their business objectives, I believe there is an opportunity for corporates to partner with the start-up community to achieve business objectives.”- Sandiso.
Amongst other accolades she is a Mandela Washington Fellowship 2016, a Sustainable Development Goals ambassador, Mzansi’s 100 Aspiring and Inspiring Leaders, a Play Your Part Ambassador with Brand South Africa and recently spoke at the United Nations, New York about educating young women.
She is also the founder Born to Succeed programme a social enterprise helping to curb the steep youth unemployment rate in South Africa through education and mentorship. In November 2016, she represented South Africa at the World Bank Youth Summit in Washington DC by sharing her EdTech mobile platform called ‘Khwela’. Her experience in establishing a start-up and its challenges, makes her ideal for the new role.