Finalist: Dr Stella Bvuma

Head of Department: Dep. of Applied Information Systems - UJ

Dr Stella Bvuma born and bred in Limpopo province, currently appointed as Head of Department at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Applied Information Systems. Once a student in the same department where she is appointed as HoD today, she is a courageous, bold yet a leader with a servant heart and agility. She has a driven robust passion in the area of ICT4development and ICT adoption technologies. Dr Bvuma’ s research focuses on ICT adoption technologies by SMMEs towards growth and development, she also holds personal interest of advocating inclusivity for women in the Information technology sector. She also serves in various boards and is also a member of professional bodies in the area of information technology.

Head of Department - University of Johannesburg


1. Council of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT).

2. Executive Board Member: Township Entrepreneurs Network (TEN) in South Africa.

3. Advisory board member: Pan African Information Communication Technology Association (PAICTA)

4. Member of Applied Information Systems Association (AIS)

5. Member of IEEE

6. Member of ICT4development society

7. Women in Cloud

8. IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa)

Dr Stella has published academic research papers on national and international level, and also supervised postgraduate students on ICT4Developement and adoption of technologies topics.

Awards and accolades:


1. Lifesaver Award/Extra mile Awards

2. Resourcefulness Award

3. Best motivator or inspire Award

4. Best Coach and Mentor Award

Dr Stella is amongst the 32 women who contributed to the volume 2 of We Will Lead Africa (WWLA), a collection of stories of impact change and transformation happening across Africa. these are stories of African women leaders who are having extraordinary impact every day. they provide insight and inspiration about what is possible when the contributions of women are celebrated, valued and amplified.

In April, 2019 she was honored as the best academic leader in Applied Information Systems studies. the South Africa education leadership awards are presented by Asian confederation of businesses with CMO Asia as its strategic partner and stars of the industry group as a research partner. endorsed by the world federation of academic & educational institutions.

in the same year 2019, she was awarded best academic advisor award presented by the International Business and Excellence (IBAE) awards 2019 in Dubai, UAE, under the GISR foundation.

she is described by her students as Dr Ma Stella and her peers, colleagues as a servant leader or leader with agility. Dr Stella believes in the quote by Jim Rohn: "challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly”

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