Brian Armstrong

Brian Armstrong

Chair - Digital Business, Wits Business School

Brian is currently Professor in the Chair of Digital Business at the Wits Business School. His focus here is on building a comprehensive knowledge base on Digital Business, and developing more scientifically rigorous models for core concepts in digitalisation. He consults widely to government and industry on these topics and is an acclaimed public speaker on digital transformation and its socio-economic impacts. He is the Secretary of the 4IRSA, the leading forum for dialogue on the 4th Industrial Revolution in South Africa.

Previously Brian spent seven years in Telkom, as Group Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Commercial Officer, and at BT as Vice President for Middle East and Africa. He also spent time in South African listed ICT services group AST (now Gijima), as Managing Director of AST Networks, and with South Africa’s CSIR, ultimately as the Director of the Division for Information and Communications Technology.

Brian completed his BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982 and 1984 respectively, and obtained his PhD from University College London in 1992.