JCSE’s “Women in IT” Forum

Where are the Women? Why are women under-represented in the IT workplace?

It has long been clear that women are not choosing careers in IT. While some roles, such as business analysis, do attract women practitioners - the more technical work in the ICT sector is still mostly done by men. As a first step to addressing this issue, the JCSE in partnership with Quality Life will be hosting a Round Table conversation that aims to find reasons why this is still the situation in 2017.


  • Moderator: Debby Edelstein from Quality Life;
  • Ruddy Riba from BBD;
  • Arlene Mulder from “We Think Code”; 
  • Rocky Medalie from FNB;
  • Xoliswa Mahlangu  from JCSE.

Debby Edelstein is a proudly South African entrepreneur who focuses her attention on the creation and support of women leadership initiatives. As the founder of WiredWomen, The Annual Women's Leadership Conference, the WeLead Circle Project and the Inspired Teachers Conference, Debby's commitment to creating effective leadership programmes and enabling debates around leadership shines. As a serial conversation-starter, Debby also hosts the #welead weekly social media chats, which takes place on Twitter. Debby firmly believes that the art of conversation (especially between diverse people) can bring about innovation and social change. @DebbyEdelstein 

Arlene Mulder is the co-founder & CEO of WeThinkCode_ .Prior to joining the tech start-up world, Arlene spent 7 years at Rand Merchant Bank where she worked in Corporate Finance and Credit Risk. Arlene left the finance world to start WeThinkCode_, a tech start-up that is revolutionising education for software engineers. Firstly WeThinkCode_ is democratising education, by making it free and accessible to any young talent, regardless of financial means or previous education. Secondly, WeThinkCode_ is challenging the traditional model of teachers and classes by focusing on peer-to-peer, problem solving learning principles. Arlene holds a master’s degree in Business, Mathematics and Informatics. 

Ruddy Riba software developer at BBD and an Honours graduate in Computer Science. With 4 years’ experience she has worked in various projects involving .NET, knockout.js and is recently taken on a venture to Java with Spring and Angular. She strongly believes in testing code and producing software built for purpose. Ruddy is a co-founder of an organisation called Pink-IT aimed at creating a social culture for females to be exposed to software development to achieve gender diversity in the workplace.

Xoli Mahlangu is a Wits Software Engineering MEng graduate who is passionate about skills development and women empowerment.  She is currently heading JCSE’s schools project where she introduces high school students to digital development and helps them create interesting projects with a social impact. She also manages the graduate leadership development programme that gives ICT graduates an opportunity to further their studies whilst working on real life projects.

Rocky Medalie is the Head of IT Architecture for the FNB Business segment, where she is responsible for defining and driving the IT strategy and architecture across Sales, Credit, Short Term Insurance and the FNB Business Instant Solutions Suite. Rocky has extensive experience in the IT industry, with 15 of her 17 years experience being in the financial services sector, where she has developed and implemented many strategic projects. During her time at FNB Wealth, Rocky, along with her architecture team, won the 2014 iCMG Architecture Excellence Award in Banking and Financial Services. Rocky is passionate about technology and education, and has just completed her Masters of Engineering (MEng) in Software Engineering at Wits, in association with the JCSE.

Note: Parking in Juta Street outside venue. Security guards on duty.

To register, follow the link below:



R100 per person, Students Free
Tshimologong Precinct , 39 Juta Street, Braamfontein (Between Station & Henri Streets)
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:30