Charmaine Houvet has over two decades of telecommunications experience working with private and public sector organizations across Africa.
She joined Cisco in March 2016 with several years’ experience as a Senior Executive in diverse and transformative roles with high profile leading ICT companies.

She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Broadband Plan for Refugees Project to meet the broadband connectivity goal set by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). Charmaine has been appointed to serve on the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution under President Cyril Ramaphosa in South Africa.

Charmaine is passionate about female and community development and serves pro bono on various boards and trusts whose objectives are aligned to her values. She serves on the Cisco local board and the charitable trust board headquartered in San Jose.

Charmaine is passionate about transformation and the advancement of the ICT sector especially women in the sector and is the recipient of a number of business awards in recognition of her vision, leadership and achievements in the ICT sector. In November 2016, she was named South Africa’s Top Woman in ICT and in August 2017 Charmaine was awarded the MTN Ministerial Recognition Award for her outstanding contribution towards advancing the ICT industry in South Africa.

Charmaine is a long time mentor and sponsor of and serves on the Advisory Board of Girlcodeza; a social enterprise that aims to empower young girls and women through technology by teaching them how to code and design.

She is a co-founder of the Mentorship Circle (2017) with the African Women’s Chartered Accountant Association (AWCA) and Duke University CE providing free coaching, mentorship and sponsorship opportunities for future leaders on jobs of the future.

Charmaine holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA.