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About the CIO Forum


The CIO Forum is a social enterprise that undertakes non-profit initiatives every year to develop skills, develop software intensive systems for non-profits or advance technology adoption in communities.


The CIO Forum is a very generic term referring to Chief Information Officer forums that are established in the Information Technology industry. We started as an academic initiative in Cape Town in 2008 aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry and as a means of establishing research collaborations. We established a research centre, the Centre for CIO Research in Africa (CenCRA) which is located at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and remains our academic partner.


But what began as Cafe Conversations turned into a social enterprise and since the end of 2009 we began adopting social programs such as skills development. Every year we have one on ones with Chief Information Officers from various industries and those who have retired and ask them what they would like to change and improve. The CIO Agenda drives the 3-5 programs we adopt every year whether that means skills, education, systems development or integrated community development.


We have established a network of partners and continually try to expand our collaboration where possible, funding being a primary constraints and dependency. But we also believe in managing outcomes and try to focus on pilots for establishing longer term academic research programs, events or non-profit organizations. We try to spearhead initiatives and manage risks and collaborate with stakeholders to build sustainable solutions.


Our Agenda

Read about our vision, mission, values and agenda.

Our History

We summarize our activities over the past few years.

Past Initiatives

Some highlights of past initiatives and working to develop the IT ecosystem.

Program Focus

The things we look for in supporting a program and finding the appropriate partners.

Stakeholder Participants

The different role players we work with in trying to achieve our program outcomes.


Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry

TechnoTeens Africa


Elgin Learning Foundation

Centre for CIO Research in Africa