Phathizwe Malinga is part of the SingularityU South Africa faculty with a focus on connecting Things to the Internet (IoT). He coined the phrase, “IoT is as simple as ABCD”, Applications + Backend Platform + Connectivity + Device. He looks at how to use the resultant Big Data and the power of smartphones to help solve some of Africa’s grand challenges. He has been involved in the information technology and telecommunication industries for over two decades and has held several senior management level positions. As the Managing Director of SqwidNet, a fully-owned subsidiary of Dark Fibre Africa, Phathizwe is responsible for building an IoT connectivity business in South Africa in partnership with International IoT giant SIGFOX. Phathizwe is no stranger to the role of a strategist, as he consulted with Max Healthcare and worked for the Life Healthcare Hospital Group in his previous position. He completed his Executive MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Cape Town. He also guest lectures at the University of Cape Town and sits on the board of Bizmod Consulting.