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10 May 2019
UWC hosts Gauteng Alumni event in May

(Published - 10 May 2019)

The UWC Alumni Office will host the first 2019 UWC Alumni Network engagement in Gauteng. In attendance will be UWC Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Tyrone Pretorius, alongside senior members from the Faculties of Law, Dentistry and Education. As part of the programme, the Office is honoured to announce the keynote speaker on the evening - UWC Alumna, and Managing Director at Microsoft SA, Ms Lillian Barnard.

The objectives of the Gauteng Alumni event are to engage with current Gauteng based Alumni, to welcome 2015 – 2018 UWC Alumni into the Gauteng Alumni community, and to encourage the continued support of UWC Alumni initiatives e.g. the bursary fund and the Gauteng Alumni network.

Date: 30 May 2019
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Venue: Radisson Blu, Gautrain Precinct, Sandton
Dress code: Business Casual
RSVP: 21 May 2019 -  email
Cost: R150 per person  

The proceeds of all tickets sold will benefit the UWC Access to Success campaign.

For more information, contact the Alumni office on or +27 (0)21 959 9568.

Keynote Speaker

Lillian Barnard was appointed as the Managing Director of Microsoft South Africa in March 2019. She joined Microsoft in May 2017 as Public Sector Director for South Africa, a role she held for almost two years.

Lillian has more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry. She is a seasoned professional with proven capabilities and a strong understanding of the local market. Through the various executive positions that Lillian has held, both locally and abroad, she has gained extensive knowledge in sales, operations, business controls, strategy, business transformation and leadership. This experience, combined with her deep industry knowledge, positions her perfectly to strengthen Microsoft’s commitment to South Africa and its wishes to drive its digital transformation ambitions and empower governments, organisations and individuals to achieve more.

She has become renowned for building strong, high-performing teams that consistently deliver on their financial targets, while also bringing innovative digital solutions to her partners and customers. Having led large teams both locally and abroad, she is recognised for strength in developing people and creating an environment where everyone can do their best work.

Lillian is passionate about enabling a truly diverse and inclusive workplace. By drawing on her own experiences, she endeavours to create a culture that enables people to bring their authentic selves to the workplace and be embraced for that individuality. She has been pivotal in re-igniting the South African chapter of Women@Microsoft and spurring a culture that encourages gender equality in the workplace.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Lillian served as Chief Sales Officer for Vodacom’s Enterprise Business for two years. She also headed LillianB Consulting Services where she was an advisor and coach to business leaders. During Lillian’s 15-year career at IBM, she held a number of key leadership positions, including working for 7-years at the IBM European Headquarters in France and Switzerland.

She previously served on the boards of Vodacom South Africa, Mango Airlines and Dad-fund Non-Profit Organization.

Lillian holds a BCom Honours in Business Economics from the University of the Western Cape.