Andile is the Founder and Chairman of Convergence Partners Investments a private equity firm focusing on impact investments in the technology sector. His current focus is 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud. He is specifically looking into the application of AI and Machine Learning in 5G.
Andile holds a Master of Commerce, majoring in Information Systems, qualification from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The University of Fort Hare honoured him with an honorary Doctorate in Commerce, and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University appointed him as an Adjunct Professor of the University, affiliated to the faculty of computer science.
Andile has been actively involved in public policy development at continental and global levels through his activities on various bodies including ICANN and was instrumental in the creation of AfriNIC.
His interest include how we can use technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by the year 2030.
He served in an advisory capacity to several national, regional and international policymaking bodies in the technology and science sectors. Andile’s commitment to the development of technology entrepreneurs led to the establishment of The Cortex Hub in East London, South Africa.
At Convergence Partners, in addition to setting strategy and sourcing opportunities, Andile serves on the boards of several Convergence Partners’ portfolio companies, these include:
- Companies involved in internet related developments and investment in Africa;
- Seacom, the first fiber-optic submarine cable to serve the East Coast of Africa. The focus is on increasing Africa’s access to affordable, accessible broadband services; and
- FibreCo, the open access wholesale long distance fibre cable in South Africa.
Andile was also intimately involved in the conceptualization and establishment of a joint venture with Intelsat in building an African satellite “New Dawn Satellite Company”, Africa’s first private communication satellite service focused on ensuring and supporting Africa’s continued growth of broadband services with a purely African footprint. Convergence Partners has subsequently exited this company. Andile continues to read and research extensively on matters related to technology and presenting internationally on the subject.