• Full Name: Mdu Zakwe
  • Position: CEO of MICT SETA

Mduduzi Eric Zakwe joined the MICT SETA in April 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. Mdu is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA in IT & E-Commerce. He is certified in Applied Cyber Security with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently completing his PhD in Cyber Security Education with the University of South Africa. Mdu has worked for blue chip companies such as Unilever, FirstRand, AngloGold Ashanti, EY and KPMG. He has served as Chairperson of more than 20 boards and board committees in both the private and public sectors. He has held leadership roles in professional bodies such as the Computer Society of South Africa, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the Black IT Forum. Starting out, he was a tutor at the University of Natal and a lecturer at Boston College. Mdu can be best described as an entrepreneur who is passionate about realising full information technology potential of business systems towards fulfilment of business objectives. As Chair of the Bankseta Sector Skills Planning Committee, Mdu was instrumental in developing the sector skills plan. As Chief Information Officer of Services SETA, he succeeded in turning their ICT platform around. He was moreover instrumental in systems migration at Fasset when he was a member of its Audit & Risk Committee. Regarded as one of our country’s brightest young professionals, he scooped the Black Business Quarterly Award for Businessman of the Year in 2012, and Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young Bright Minds in South Africa Award in 2013. True to form, Mdu enjoys developing cybersecurity board games to raise cyber-risk awareness among our youth. His other hobbies include running, golf, squash and road biking.