Yasmin Forbes, Independent Consultant, South Africa
Short Biography Yasmin works closely with various levels of the national government across key initiatives such as improving service delivery, skills development and broadening digital inclusion with a key focus on building and strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships. This aligns strongly with her passion and the use of technology as an enabler of broad scale community development reinstating the symbiotic relationship between technology and human knowledge.
Prior to starting her consultancy, Yasmin worked for Microsoft SA as a National Technology Officer focusing on Technology Policies in the areas of security, privacy, economic development, interoperability open standards, and technical computing. Before that, she worked for HP South Africa as the branch manager in the Western Cape, as well as the public sector account manager responsible for initiating and developing the high-performance computing business for HP in SA.
Yasmin has also worked at several other leading South African and multinational IT companies, gaining experience in distribution, channel sales, the public sector, oil & gas, telecommunication, education, and new business development.