Senior Director: Africa, Cisco

Charmaine Houvet has over two decades of telecommunications experience working with private and public sector organizations across Africa. She leads Cisco’s Africa growth strategy, regulatory, government relations and public policy efforts across Africa and partners with heads of state and various stakeholders. Charmaine serves on the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution under President Cyril Ramaphosa in South Africa. She chairs the Policy and Law reform workstream of the Presidential 4IR commission

She is passionate about transformation and the advancement of the ICT sector especially women in the sector and is the recipient of several business awards in recognition of her vision, leadership, and achievements in the ICT sector. She recently founded Afriel; a non- profit organization that mentors, coaches, and sponsors young female leaders in the ICT sector.

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

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