SAP Africa has announced the appointment of Dr. Adriana Marais as their Head of Innovation in Africa. Dr. Marais is also one of the candidates in the Mars-One project and has said that she aspires to be one of the astronauts involved in the development of a human settlement on Mars.
“We live in the Digital Revolution where innovation is key to survival in today’s economy. What appealed to me about the role is that I can put my knowledge and experience into action and help transform Africa while changing the lives of people across the continent.” said Dr. Adriana Marais.
As the Head of Innovation at SAP Africa, Dr. Marais will lead SAP's IoT Lab, the Co-Innovation Lab initiatives, as well as other innovation streams for SAP while taking the company’s Digital Platform solutions to market. As part of her role she will also drive strategic co-innovation projects and take responsibility for the SAP Start-up Focus programme – which provides SME’s with digital solutions to help accelerate growth.
Prior to being appointed in her new role at SAP Africa to be based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Marais was a Postdoctoral Quantum Researcher at the University of Kwazulu-Natal and lectured in physics at the University of Cape Town.