Futurist . Digital

Based: Johannesburg/Durban

Stafford Masie has been in the IT industry for more than 15 years and has assumed numerous roles throughout his career. After completing his tertiary computer science studies in Israel in the early 90’s, he returned to South Africa. On his immediate return, he worked for numerous companies, including Telkom and Dimension Data.
Thereafter Stafford started his own consulting and engineering services company which was later acquired.

Looking for further challenges he then joined a multinational enterprise software company called Novell, and after 9 months in South Africa, he moved to the USA, where he spent 6 and a half years working at their corporate head office in Utah.
Stafford Masie was responsible for global partnerships and corporate technology strategy and had responsibility for numerous international territories – namely; Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela), Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa and Southern Europe.

Stafford played a significant role in the open source software arena in the USA and returned to South Africa in December 2003 to assume the role of country manager for Novell South Africa. Stafford subsequently joined Google and was, most recently, the CEO of Google South Africa.