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NET­WORK EN­GI­NEER­ING OF­FI­CER AT VO­DA­COM SA When she was still in school, Ng­wenya’s knack for solv­ing prob­lems and love for science and math­e­mat­ics sparked an in­ter­est in en­gi­neer­ing. She has held key man­age­ment and ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions at prom­i­nent tele­coms, in­clud­ing Sen­tech and MTN. Quot­ing her grand­mother, Ng­wenya says: “If you solve prob­lems, you will never go hun­gry.” She works to pro­vide more ef­fi­cient net­work ser­vices in Africa, cre­at­ing plat­forms to trans­fer con­tent de­manded by con­sumers. She hopes to be a CEO of a suc­cess­ful tele­coms com­pany one day. There have been many. One of them would be when my ca­reer started at Vo­da­com. I worked as a tech­ni­cal man­ager, re­spon­si­ble for the net­work value chain across Africa. It opened up many op­por­tu­ni­ties for me. There­after I was ap­pointed chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer for MTN Zam­bia. My ex­pe­ri­ences and roles at Vo­da­com pre­pared me for that job. My cur­rent role as net­work en­gi­neer­ing of­fi­cer at Vo­da­com is also one of my big­gest breaks. It comes with a lot of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties. Only great things can come from Africa. The in­no­va­tions in this sec­tor are mind-blow­ing. To think that pre­paid was in­vented in South Africa, by the com­pany I work for (Vo­da­com). We do have dif­fer­ent chal­lenges to Europe. But there are also a great deal of op­por­tu­ni­ties for telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in Africa.

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