Mmaki Jantjies

African. Academic. Social Enterprenur.

I am a South African who is passionate about driving the development of the next generation of 4th industrial revolutionists. By day I am an Associate Professor in Information Systems, by commitment, I am a researcher in education technology who loves to develop software for mobile platforms. I also run an organization which enables exposure to critical STEM skills.


Prof Jantjies is a technology specialist, researcher and advisor. She holds a PHD in computer science
and has held various strategic positions in the field. Prof Mmaki Jantjies is also an academic at the
University of the Western Cape and a member of the W20 digitization group which is a G20 working group
looking at the effect of technology on human personal in the digital era.

Prof Jantjies working with UN Women and Mozilla foundation founded a foundation which runs various STEM
programmes to ensure that young South Africans take up technology as a business or career. The foundation
went on to start further programmes which develop teachers skills in digital literacy.

She has been recognized for her contribution to the South African technology sector through amongst other
awards, a nomination in three categories of education, community builder and leadership at the MTN women’s
2016 awards, she was named the Mozilla foundation 50 people who make the Internet a better place in 2016,
listed 2017 Inspiring 50 women in technology in South Africa through an initiative by the Netherlands Consulate,
named the 2017 South African Mail and Guardian 200 most influential under 35 and listed as the Destiny Ndalo
Media 2017 under 40 power list of women.


Member of the International Mobile Learning Association (to date)

Executive peer- reviewer for the International Journal of Education Technology and Society(to date)

Member of the W20/G20 women digital inclusion policy development chapter (2017)


Mozilla Foundation 50 people who help make the internet a better place (2016), USA

Runner up for MTN partnership for change women in technology in South Africa (2016) awards

  • • Leadership recognition
  • • Outstanding women
  • • Community Builder

Mail and Guardian 200 Young South African Leaders (2017)

50 Inspiring Women in technology by CoCreate and the Netherlands Consulate Awards (2017)

Ndalo Media Destiny Power 4O Women (2017)

Woman of Stature – Woman in Education nominee 2018

100 Young Nelson Mandela Leaders (2018)

Selected Citations

Jantjies, M. and Joy, M., 2015.
Mobile enhanced learning in a South African context.
Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 18(1), pp.308.
Jantjies, M. and Joy, M., 2016.
Lessons learnt from teachers' perspectives on
mobile learning in South Africa with cultural
and linguistic constraints.
South African Journal of Education, 36(3), pp.1-10.
Gombiro, C., Jantjies, M. and Mavetera, N., 2015.
A conceptual framework for detecting financial
crime in mobile money transactions.
Journal of governance and regulation, pp. 727.
Jantjies, M., 2017.
A preliminary study of a digital and web literacy
project for young South African women
IADIS International Conference ICT,
Society and Human Beings, Portugal, pp. 197-201.


University of Warwick
Coventry, United Kingdom
PHD Computer Science
February 2011 – December 2013

Research Topic :
A framework to support multilingual mobile learning : a South African perspective

Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, United Kingdom
MSc Computing
September 2008 – July 2010

Research Topic :
A web-based system for procurement in South African Construction companies

University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
BSc (Honours) Informatics
February 2007 – December 2008

Research Topic :
An analysis of the feasibility of introducing mobile learning to secondary schools in the rural area of the North West Province of South Africa.

North West University
Mahikeng, South Africa
BCom Information Systems and Accounting
February 2003 – October 2006


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