Mmaki Jantjies

African. Academic. Social Entreprenur.

Dr Mmaki Jantjies is a South African computer scientist and is passionate about the role that technology innovations can play in improving society. She is currently the group executive of innovation and transformation at a South African telecommunication organization. She is further an adjunct associate professor in Information Systems and founded a non-profit organization which enables exposure to critical STEM skills.


Dr Jantjies holds a PHD in computer science and has held various strategic positions in the technology field. She has previously held leadership roles as Head of Department of Information Systems departments at North West University and Western Cape University. She was the 2017 and 2018 South African delegate representative to the W20 digitization group which is a G20 working group looking at the effect of technology on human personnel in the digital era.

Working with UN Women and Mozilla foundation, she founded an organization, Peo Ya Phetogo, which runs various STEM programmes to ensure that young South Africans take up technology as a business or career. The non profit organization 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 with local and international awards.


Aspen New Voices Fellow

World Economic Forum Young Global leaders

Member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)

Member of the International Mobile Learning Association

Executive peer- reviewer for the International Journal of Education Technology and Society Member of the W20/G20 women digital inclusion policy development chapter (2017-2018)


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)

Womandla South African Leading Woman in technology (2019)

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.
Jantjies, M., Moodley, T. and Maart, R., 2018, December.
Experiential learning through virtual and augmented
reality in higher education. In Proceedings of the 2018
International Conference on Education Technology
Management (pp. 42-45).


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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