Prof. Brian Armstrong is one of the foremost ICT industry leaders in South Africa, with over 30
years of top level management experience in Telecommunications, IT, technology R&D and
systems engineering, both in South Africa and abroad. He is widely regarded as a thought leader
in digitalisation, convergence and business strategy.
Brian is currently Professor in the Chair of Digital Business at the Wits Business School. He
consults widely to industry and government on technological disruption and digital business and
is an acclaimed public speaker on digital transformation and its socio-economic impacts. He also
currently leads 4IRSA, the leading forum for dialogue on the 4 th Industrial Revolution in South
Previously Brian spent seven years in Telkom, as Group Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief
Commercial Officer, and before that several years at BT as Vice President for Middle East and
Brian completed his BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982 and
1984 respectively, and obtained his PhD from University College London in 1992.