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Applied information systems Alumna, Melina Mutambaie Katende receives Emerging scholar award.

Melina Mutambaie Katende, a former University of Johannesburg student, has been selected as a recipient of the Technology, Knowledge and Society Research Network Emerging Scholar Award along with four other recipients from the United States of America, the Republic of India, and the Republic of Cyprus. Melina’s paper was accepted to be presented at the 15th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, which was held at ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering in Barcelona, Spain in March Studies at UJ Melina started her studies at UJ in 2008. She completed her undergraduate degree, a BCom in IT Management followed by an Honours in Informatics. She completed her master’s dissertation in 2018 under the supervision of Dr Shopee Dube at UJ’s Department of Applied Information Systems. While furthering her studies, Melina worked as an IT Business Analyst and is well-versed in the electronic payment and collections space. Her experience ranges from African remittance systems, Know Your Customer (KYC), financial technology solutions (also known as Fintech), payments to customs clearing, and enterprise resource planning. The Conference Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organisational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and helping in session rooms. Founded in 2005, the conference is brought together by

Autonomous Organisations’ was well rated and selected for presentation at the Third International Conference on the Internet, Cyber Security and Information Systems (ICICIS), at the University of Botswana Conference Centre in Gaborone. “The award and associated conference provide strong professional development opportunities for budding career academics”, said Melina. “The ability to meet and interact with experts in the field and socialising with colleagues from other parts of the world create lasting networks and connections”.

a shared interest in the complex and subtle relationships between technology, knowledge, and society. Representing UJ, Melina was also appointed as chairperson in the themed panel sessions. This year, the conference themes focused on the Social Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI): Policies and New Governance Models for Social Change. Melina was also shortlisted to present at the International Business Conference in Mauritius. Melina’s research paper on ‘IT Governance in Decentralised



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