Naz Saunders

Naz is passionate about growing innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. As a result, she has spent over a decade in the corporate and NGO sectors in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa sharpening her skills across marketing, communications, branding, and IT. Since joining the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative in 2014 as the Events and Communications Manager, she moved into the role of Head of Ecosystem Development and Management. When she is not working, she enjoys her active lifestyle and spending time with friends and family. 

Go on: Dare yourself to be the best version of yourself everyday!

As the head of Ecosystem Development and Management for the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative, there is no such thing as a typical workday for Naz. She is responsible for managing the facility that stretches across 5 floors and provides techpreneurs with an ecosystem of dedicated offices, co-working spaces, and boardrooms. Naz worked her way up to the position after working in a marketing capacity as the Events and Communications Manager before being promoted to her current role.

Naz’s career in tech began after pursuing a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Certification. After a few months, however, she realized that in addition to working in tech, she also had a passion for connecting with people. She came to a personal crossroads early in her career then after a spiritual sabbatical, doors began to open for her. And with the help of mentors like her CEO, she has been able to thrive as a leader and connector.

When Naz is not working she enjoys working out “intensely”, singing, and spending quality time with friends and family. She attributes who she is to today to her faith in Jesus Christ which came at a cost to some of her relationships since she was raised as an orthodox Muslim. She loves people and every day she dares to be the best version of herself.

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